Honourable University of Stirling Strategy And Roleplaying Society
At HUSSARS we aim to encourage a fun environment for roleplaying and board games at Stirling University, providing venues and tutorials for those new or old to board gaming or roleplaying.
On Mondays we role-play (18:00 - 22:00) from a variety of systems including, but not limited to:
- Dungeons & Dragons
- Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (Our own homebrew version called Bilyhammer, developed over decades and unique to our society)
- Dread RPG (A Jenga based horror roleplay)
- H.P. Lovecraft inspired – Call of Cthulu
- Werewolf (A variant of Mafia)
- As well as various worlds and systems being crafted by our members
On Thursdays we have a wide selection of card and board games (18:00 - 22:00) – again, including, but not limited to:
- Shadows Over Camelot
- Settlers of Catan
- Betrayal at the House on the Haunted Hill
- Game of Thrones Board Game
- Arkham Asylum
- UNO (Or UNO Extreme)
There is also a growning number of Magic The Gathering players which join us on Thursdays – we have intro decks available to anyone wishing to try their hand.
Along side this, we attempt to organise a team of students for a trip to Nationals; a roleplay, strategy and board gaming competition held annually in April - This is 3 days of your chosen category in which you will compete against other universities across the UK! The next competition will be held in Bradford!
But what is Roleplay?
Roleplay in our society is, essentially, acting out a character in a given scenario generally alongside other people who are also playing their own characters. These characters may have their own personality, agenda, or alignment; however the group will (usually) be working together to fulfill a task or to take part in a scene given out by the Game Master (GM) who is basically the narrator of the story you are taking part in.
Because each player may not want to follow the exact path the GM has in mind for them, the stories are generally fluid and may end in ways which were unexpected, as the GM has to think on the spot of new ways to challenge the players on the tangent they have taken or to steer them back on track to the adventure they had in mind.
More advanced roleplay may have players fight against each other in player versus player combat, if the characters truly cannot get along, or perhaps the characters are placed in situations of great peril, from which they may not return...
We always welcome new members, students or not, to try out our society. With the growing number of members we get every year who have never taken part in roleplay, we also offer support and a friendly environment to those who wish to advance their skills in roleplaying, and workshops can be organised for individuals who want to try their hand at becoming a Game Master (GM) and running a game for themselves.
Visit our Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/Hussars.Sitr/?fref=ts to keep updated during term time!
(Relevant as of January 2017)