Games on Demand

Games on Demand is a different RPG experience!

What is Games on Demand?

Games on Demand is an open-gaming room held at conventions like U-Con. The designated room has tables, supplies, and a stable of enthusiastic volunteer GMs ready to run a variety of new, cutting-edge, and indie roleplaying games. Games on Demand makes it easy to try out a game, whether it’s your first time with the system or your first time with an RPG. Participation is simple:

  • Just show up at the Games on Demand room at the beginning of a slot
  • Select a game from the menu of available options
  • Pay your way into the game with three (3) generic tickets
  • Have fun!

Remember, these are first-come, first-served games with a limited number of openings. Some games may be available at different slots on different days, based on their GM’s availability and the number of interested players. Please check with Games on Demand to see this year’s schedule and menu. Note that only generic tickets are accepted.


Intrepid GMs

Who can run Games on Demand?  You can!  Games on Demand follows a different process than our regular Event Submission process, although you can still qualify for a complementary GM badge as normal. If you’re interested in signing up, you can register as a GM using the two-step process linked below:

  1. GM Info: submit your personal GM info and contact details here:
  2. Event Info: submit an overview for the game(s) you are offering to run here:

These Game Masters have volunteered so far, and their games are listed below.

  • Roger Edge, Games On Demand coordinator (Fate, Laser Kittens)
  • Chris Bekofske, assistant coordinator (Fate, Dungeon World, Mutant Crawl Classics, Feng Shui 2, Tales from the Loop, )
  • Don Bisdorf (Epyllion, Blades in the Dark, Fate)
  • John Corey (Follow)
  • Ryan Oldani (Genesys, Polaris, Pugmire)
  • Jaimée Livingston (Dread)
  • John Hunter (Fate)
  • Ryan Strobe (Fiasco, End of the World)

How is it really different?

Cutting-Edge and Indie Games. Games on Demand gives you the opportunity to drop by and play (or run!) new and interesting games throughout the show. The event is organized and run by friendly volunteers, and serves as a showcase for the most exciting small press tabletop games available.

There’s Always a Ticket. Gaming conventions typically focus on scheduled games–you buy a ticket for an event, you find your seat, you play that game. But sometimes slots fill up, or the scheduling is impossible for you, or you can’t find the games that you want. These things happen, but it would be a shame if you couldn’t find a game to get into and have some fun.

Which games are on demand, exactly?

Games on Demand focuses on small press and independent games that often feature unusual mechanics or ideas, from creators and publishers who are mostly unknown in the broader industry. It’s very possible you won’t have heard about some of the games. No worries! The “on demand” part means that we’ll help you match your interests to a GM who is prepped and ready to go with just the right game.

Available Games

Games on Demand has a number of cool games scheduled. These games will be offered at different times based on their GM’s availability; please check with the games room coordinator to learn which of these games are offered during which slots on which days.

  • Follow: A game about working together (or falling apart) by the creator of Microscope and Kingdom
  • Tracers: A 2-4 player co-op deck-building board game with a cyberpunk theme.  As an android, enter The Grid to hack systems while trying not to generate trace which attracts Hunters and Tracers.
  • BEAR Force! (Fate): B.E.A.R. Force (Bear Earth Aegis Response Force) is the codename for the world’s daring, highly trained special mission force of uplifted bears. Its purpose: to defend human and uplifted animals’ freedom against CRAB (Comrades of wRetched Attitude and Bullies) a ruthless, terrorist organization determined to rule the world.
  • AETHER: Sins of Sin City (Fate OR Night’s Black Agents): AETHER: Is a Mystery Horror game with some elements of pulp & noir depending on the table. If you like Kolchak, The X-Files, urban fantasy and mystery you will love this!
  • Epyllion (Powered by the Apocalypse): Epyllion is a game about young dragons who use the power of their friendship to save Dragonia from a growing Darkness.
  • Blades in the Dark: Blades in the Dark is a game about risky heists, turf wars, occult contraband, and ghost-filled cities where the sun never rises.
  • Heroes of Newhope (Fate): Heroes of Newhope is a Fate Accelerated game where masked heroes protect their city from dastardly, scheming villains.
  • Assault on the Sky High Tower (Mutant Crawl Classics):A 0-level char funnel. Whisked away from your hothouse jungle home by a Tube-Thing, you find an intact sky tower of the Ancient Ones surrounded by miles of well-tended parkland. What could go wrong?
  • Dread: Dread is a game of horror and suspense. Those who play it participate in a mutual telling of an original macabre tale. You will take on the role of someone trapped in a story that is only as compelling as it is hostile–someone who will find themselves making the sorts of decisions you hope never to face in real life.
  • Worst Gig Ever (End of the World): Metalheads, roadies, and a few lucky fans attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse.
  • Summer Break and Killer Birds (Tales From the Loop): Something is wrong. It begins with a talking bird, and soon the Kids are involved in a nefarious plot. Can they solve the Mystery before it is too late?
  • Shadow of the Future of the Apes (Feng Shui 2): Ki-Yeah! Terrorists from the future are on the rampage and only you can stop them! Use your wire-fighting, slow-mo, dual pistol wielding, kung-fu skills to battle the minions of a nihilist cyber-ape from a radioactive tomorrow.
  • Day After Ragnorak (Fate): Know, O Prince, that between the years when the Serpent fell and the oceans drank America and the gleaming cities, and the rise of the Sons of Space, there was an Age undreamed of… Pulp swords-and-sorcery meets World War 2.
  • Genesys: Survive the events of a Haunted House attraction that may not be so innocent.
  • Polaris: Post-Apocalyptic Underwater Adventures
  • Pugmire: Fantasy Realms where dogs evolved to be the dominate species
  • Laser Kittens: Tiny kittens learn to control their lasers and grow up to be awesome cats in this storytelling-focused roleplaying game.
  • Pick-up games of Fate, Fiasco, and Dungeon World, based on player interest and GM availability


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