Peaky Games

Peaky Games is a non-profit society whose mission is to write, run and publish freeforms - oh, and also to organise freeform writing weekends (known affectionately as Peaky).

Peaky Games was formed in 2008 and has so far published the following games:

Join the Peaky yahoogroup to learn more: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/peaky/

See the Peaky Games website, where you can learn more about us, buy our games or sign up for Peaky Weekend at http://peakygames.wikidot.com/start

Peaky is current held at Upper Rectory Farm Cottages. http://www.upperrectoryfarmcottages.co.uk/

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A short history

In 2001, 20-ish enthusiastic members of the uk-freeforms mailing list met over a weekend (Friday to Sunday) to write a freeform. Or more accurately, three freeforms.

The first time we met, it was a challenge to see if was actually possible to write playable freeforms in a weekend. And we surprised ourselves - the first was ready by Saturday evening. So we played that then - and still played the two on Sunday.

The first was so successful that the weekends are now an annual event.

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April 2013, Appleby Magna

Peaky 2013 was held on the weekend of the 26th/28th April 2013

  • Brothers in Arms written by Nickey Barnard, Phillippa Dall, Tony Mitton, Alison Ryder Hill, Natalie Spindler. A game inspired by M*A*S*H.
  • What Happened in Blackpool written by Mo Holkar, Heidi Kaye, Alli Mawhinney, Cat Tobin and Traci Whitehead. A character-driven freeform for 12 players.
  • Dramatic Tensions (Working title): Sue Lee, Graham Arnold, Martin Jones, Rich Perry, Elina Ghouliu
  • Dr Nefarious And The Paradise Project: Daniel Taylor, Nick Curd, Su Jolly, Clare McNall, Mike Snowden. Bond Style Henchmen horde game
  • Old Nick’s Game: Charlie and Alan Paul, Roger Gammans, Nick Hollingsworth
  • Venice: Steve Hatherley, Tym Norris, Kate Dicey

May 2012, Peaky Midwest - Peaky goes International!!

This was the first event outside the UK, held in Madison Wisconsin. 3 groups formulated in Mags house, and 3 games were created. It was agreed that this was definitely Peaky Midwest #1 and we look forwards to many more.

  • IRL written by Alan De Smet, Gail Freedman, Aaron Pavao, Sarah Pavao, Jim Silverstein, Cyberpunk Preapocalyptic for 8-9
  • A Turn on the Radiance Rose written by Steve Vig, Eva Schiffer, Kristen Pierson, Sue Lee, Doug Freedman 1920s seance in a train car, for 10 players.
  • Larpers Anonymous written by Drew Novick, Margaret Simkins, Dave Cave, Mike Reed for 10 players. Slot zero at a LARP convention

April 2012, Appleby Magna

  • Hope Springs Eternal written by Nickey Barnard, Sue Jolly, Helen Jones, Tym Norris and Traci Whitehead for 9 players. The 1952 Christmas Party at Hope Brothers department store.
  • The Order written by Kath Banks, Roger Gammans, Heidi Kaye, Sue Lee, Alison Rider-Hill and Mark Steadman. A 1930s Pulp game for 12 players.
  • Small Town Folks written by Tracey Bose, Rob Harris, Mo Holkar, Tony Mitton, Mike Snowden and Cat Tobin for 12 players.
  • Sword Day Mike Cule, Nick Curd, Adrienne Gammons, John Kammer and Charlie Paul for 10 players.
  • Trick or Treat written by Graham Arnold, Philippa Dall, Steve Hatherley and Clare Gardner. A Halloween party for 23 players aged 8 and up.

May 2011, Appleby Magna

  • Once Upon a Lily Pad written by Adrienne Gammons, John Kammer, Heidi Kaye, and Traci Whitehead. Fairy tale fun in the land of the Frog King. For 11 players.
  • Pirate Island written by Philippa Dall, Jerry Elsmore, Steve Hatherley, Tony Mitton. You're invited to a children's pirate birthday party. For 22 players. Bring your own cake and jelly.
  • From Hel to Hiawatha written by Nickey Barnard, Tym Norris, Mike Snowden and Janet Young. Native Americans and Vikings. For 12 players.
  • The Accused written by Graham Arnold, Tracy Bose, Mo Holkar, Sue Lee and Cat Tobin. For 10 players.
  • The Deliverance written by Clare Gardner, Martin Jones, Richard Perry and Ali Mawhinny. For 9 players.
  • One Night in Devon written by Roger Gammans, Su Jolly, Mike Grace and Mark Steedman. For 9 players.

May 2010, Appleby Magna

  • The Day the Music Died written by Jim Ashby, Kath Banks, Jerry Elsmore, Heidi Kaye and Janet Young. Set aboard the pirate Radio Rebecca ship, after the 1965 FAB Music Awards. For 10 players.
  • Health Farm Blues written by Martin Ellis, Helen Jones, Mike Snowden and Carol Tierney. For 11/12 players.
  • The Highgate Club written by Philippa Dall, Steve Hatherley, Alan Paull, Adrian Smith, Mark Steedman and Cat Tobin. For 12 players.
  • Miss Maypole and The Christmas Pudding Affair written by Graham Arnold, Nickey Barnard, Dream Cloutman-Green, Jon Cloutman-Green, Clare Gardner and Sue Lee. For 14 players. Originally called Miss Maypole and the Missing Baby Plot
  • The Night Train written by Roger Gammans, Su Jolly, Tony Mitton, Tym Norris and Charlie Paull. For 13 players.
  • Zeus' Zoo written by Tracy Bose, Andy Brown, Mike Grace, Alex Helm and Mo Holkar.

The largest attendance at Peaky to date (33 people) and we had to split the games into two different streams. Steve has posted some thoughts here.

March 2009, Appleby Magna

  • The Marshenge Project written by Jenny Anderson, Kath Banks, Philippa Dall, Martin Ellis, Rachel England, Roger Gammans, Hanbury Hampden Turner, Steve Hatherley, Su Jolly, Heidi Kaye, Tony Mitton and Janet Young. A government conference at a Norfolk country house during World War Two for 22 players.
  • Veterans Day written by Clare Gardner, Mike Grace, Alex Helm, Martin Jones, Adrian Smith and Mike Snowden. A futuristic superheroes game.
  • Victoria Junction All Change Please!! written by Nickey Barnard, Jerry Elsmore, Alex Jones, Sue Lee, Tym Norris and Mark Steedman. A "horde" game set in a Victorian railway station and hotel

April 2008, Appleby Magna

  • Squaring the Circle written by Graham Arnold, Jon Freeman, Steve Hatherley, Tym Norris, Alex Helm, Karen Banfield and Su Jolly. Dark goings on in Dartmoor for 17 players.
  • For Your Spies Only written by Helen Jones, Nickey Barnard, Mike Grace, Mark Booth, and …
  • Hotel Apollo Sigma written by Philippa Dall, Heidi Kaye, Michele Minnett, Roger Gammans and Mark Steedman.

At the same Sue, Tony, Janet, Mike & Jerry started work on "How to Write and Run a Weekend Freeform" - a work in progress.

June 2007, Appleby Magna

  • Starboard Home written by Steve Hatherley, Heidi Kaye, Tony Mitton and Donald Oddy. An experimental game set on the SS Star of Bengal in 1926, just leaving India. For 11 players.
  • Best of the Wurst written by Nickey Barnard, Martin Jones, Mike Snowden and Julie Winnard. Inspired by Allo Allo - for 9 players.
  • Diamond Geezers written by Graham Arnold, Clare Gardner, Sue Lee and Tym Norris. British gangsters - a sort of cross between The Italian Job and Reservoir Dogs.

February 2006, Appleby Magna

  • Under Pressure written by Graham, Mike and others. Strange goings-on deep under the ocean.
  • Daze of Empire written by Helen, Tony and others. The British civil service rules the world!
  • Romance and Respectability written by Sue, Nickey, Steve, Donald, Phillippa and Julie. The side of Railways and Responsibility that we didn't get to write in 2004.

January 2005, Granary Court, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

  • The Village written by Tony, Graham and others. Horror.
  • An Ecumenical Matter written by Nickey Barnard, Matt Bull, Philippa Dall, Mike Grace and Steve Hatherley. Irish priests and nuns - what could go wrong?
  • Hearts and Minds written by ??? Newspaper barons in a midlands town.

At the same Sue, Janet(?) and Mike did some rework on Carry on at Camp David, to prepare it for re-running

January 2004, Appleby Magna

  • The Beautiful Game written by Michael, Donald, Tym, Jonathan and Mike G. A soccer game.
  • Railways and Respectability written by Jerry, Tony, Mike, Steve and Nickey. Victorian railway building.
  • All's Well that Ends written by Heidi, Jane, Tony, AJ and Russell. Elizabethan intrigue in Deptford.
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November 2002, Edale

  • The Ticking Dog written by Sue, Mik, Chris, Nickey, Phillippal, Mark, Steve and Hanbury. Time-travel game set in Lancashire.
  • Murder on the Transylvanian Express written by Tony, Donald, Jerry (and others). Does what it says on the tin.
  • SS Telford written by Mike, Dream, Mike and others. Genetic engineering aboard a luxury yacht.

November 2001, Edale

  • The Rosie Lee written by Phillipa, Sue, Tym, AJ, Brian, Hanbury and Mike. Mysterious goings on aboard a tea clipper becalmed in the Indian Ocean.
  • Carry on at Camp David written by Liz, Janet, Russell, Steve, Donald and Mike Snowden. 1960s paranoia, diplomacy and presidential nonsense at Camp David.
  • The Whitest Link written by Graham, Nickey, Chris, Dennis, Jerry, Nathan and Gareth. Set in Hell, the freeform of sins and broken comandments - and soul trading.

(Mike: My memory is the farmhouses were the buildings to the east side of Ollerbrook Cottages - while the names are familiar, they seem to have reconfigured to smaller lets)

Weekend timetable

Peaky is a quite intensive weekend of writing and playing - here's the timetable for the weekend:

Friday (arrival, AGM and starting to write)

  • 1600 – arrival.
  • 1800 – Peaky Games AGM
  • 1900 – Supper
  • 2000 – Form groups and start writing

Saturday (writing)

  • 0730 to 0900 – breakfast
  • 1230 to 1330 – lunch
  • 1900 to 2000 – supper

Sunday (running the games)

  • 0730 to 0900 – breakfast
  • 0930 to 1130 – first game
  • 1130 to 1230 – lunch
  • 1230 to 1430 – second game
  • 1430 to 1500 - tea
  • 1500 to 1700 – third game
  • 1730 – Peaky finishes

Monday (checkout)

  • 1000 – everyone leaves Peaky

Things to bring

  • usb stick
  • laptop
  • printer (with ink!)
  • light clothes/sandals (it can get warm)
  • beer/wine/cola
  • chocolate/crips or whatever it takes to get you through the day.
  • adaptor/extension lead
  • an inspiring prop

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