SOXS 2020 – Announcement & Information

The Abingdon Guild of Adventurers is very pleased to announce that we will be holding this years SOXS on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April at the Oxford Town Hall, OX1 1BX. We are hosting this event as part of and in association with Thames Con 2020.

Thames Con is a not-for-profit convention bringing together local trades, crafts and hobbies in Oxfordshire. Please see their website for details of other events going on at the con while we’re playing games!

Any money generated from entrance fees, after the costs of running the event, will be donated to the various partner charities that Thames Con has selected, including Parkinsons UK, Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary and Models for Heroes.

Additionally we will be holding additional collections for a charity of our choice, yet to be decided, as well as our traditional charity raffle (with proceeds donated to the same cause).

We hope to see you there to enjoy a weekend of games, workshops, and to support these good causes!

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SOXS 2018 – After-Action Report!

Thank you all to those who attended and our wonderful volunteers for manning the doors and kitchen all day, running tables and brinigng games, and generally sacrificing their own time to help out. With your help, and the help of our sponsors, we made a whopping £345.00 for The Gatehouse!

On top of that, Infineum UK offered to double the amount as the event was partially organised by one of their staff, adding an additional £345.00 to the coffers!

We hope that you all enjoyed the day, and that we’ll see you all again next year!

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SOXS 2018 Gaming Raffle

With great thanks to our many sponsors this year, we’re able to offer a raffle of gaming prizes! Tickets will be available for purchase on the day at the cost of £1 for a strip of five tickets, with the prize draw taking place from 22:00-23:00.

Here’s the current list of donations:

1. 3x Polyhedral Dice Sets (donated by Fay)

2. 20x $5 Vouchers for Pinnacle Entertainment Group’s online store (donated by Pinnacle Entertainment Group)

3. 1x $20 Voucher for Pinnacle Entertainment Group’s online store (donated by Pinnacle Entertainment Group)

4. 2x $25 Store Credit for DriveThruRPG (donated by OneBookShelf)

5. Dungeons & Dragons 5E Starter Kit (donated by Tim)

6. 1x Voucher for Hero Forge Miniatures – valid for 1x 30mm scale miniature in premium plastic (donated by Tim)

7. Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Rulebook (donated by Chaosium Inc)

8. RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Gorantha Rulebook (donated by Chaosium Inc)

9. Elite: Dangerous Rulebook (donated by Stu)

10. One Deck Dungeon: Dark Forest Game (donated by AGoA)

11. We Didn’t Playtest This At All Game (donated by AGoA)

12. Sushi Go! Game (donated by AGoA)

13. Cryptid Game (donated by Tim)

14. Odin’s Ravens Game (donated by Tim)

PEG Inc

Chaosium

DriveThruRPG

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SOXS 2018 – Announcement & Information

The Abingdon Guild of Adventurers is very pleased to announce that we will be holding this years SOXS on Saturday 3rd November at the Preston Road Community Centre, Abingdon OX14 5NR. Doors will be open from 13:00 to 23:00.

The charity we’re supporting this year is The Gatehouse, a local drop in café for Oxford City homeless and the vulnerably housed. The Gatehouse provides a wide range of services for the homeless and vulnerably housed in Oxford, including providing food and drink, warmth and shelter, washing facilities, toiletries and sanitary products, clothes, sleeping bags and blankets, phone and internet access, newspapers and books, and social contact. Additionally they offer one to one support and advice on a wide range of personal issues, organize weekly workshops to support personal development and skills.

We hope to see you there to enjoy a day of games and support a good cause!

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SOXS 2017 – The Belated After-Action Report!

Last year had a lower turnout compared to previous years, in part due to clashes with various conventions being held across the country. Still, we’d like to offer a very late thank you to all who attended and provided games, and report that we raised £108.70 for our chosen charity, Special Effect!

SOXS 2018 is booked at the Preston Road Community Centre, Abingdon, for Saturday November 3rd!

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RPG Pitches

We’re now open for pitches for RPGs for SOXS 2017, which takes place on 28th October. Please use the format:

GM: Your name
Game title: A title for your game
System: The System the game uses (eg D&D 5e)
Genre: The type of game (eg Fantasy, Sci Fi, Horror etc.)
Time slot: Morning or afternoon or both?
Number of players: How many people you can accommodate (eg 4-6, lowest number should be the number of people required for your game to run, highest should be your hard limit so that we know when a game is full)
Game description: A rough idea of the setting and plot of your game.
GM’s Note: Any short comments the GM wishes to add

Our contact details can be found on the Contact Us page or email us.

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Thank you!

Thanks to all of you who came to SOXS today. It was a really successful day and I hope everyone had fun. We had 6 tables of RPGs running in the morning and 5 in the afternoon, plus lots of board games being played, Intrepid, and ongoing Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes sessions. It was a great turn out and we raised £362.75 for our chosen charity, AFS Oxfordshire!

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RPGs and Games for Young Players

The details of our RPGs for Young Players are now up on the Games page. We have a morning game of No Thank You, Evil for children aged 4 and over, starting at 11am, followed by a Dungeons and Dragons game for young players of 9 and over, starting at 2pm.

We will also have a selection of fun board games for younger players, including Geistes Blitz, Battle Sheep, and Heroica. Plus a large bucket of Lego will be available for avid builders.

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Simon Burley RPGs

I’m pleased to announce that Simon Burley will be joining us again for this year’s SOXS. Simon will be using his newly developed “Manifold” rules system for Renegades of Darkspace, a sci fi action adventure of survival against the odds. And if you prefer a different sci fi setting then, he’ll also be running The Great Martian Tripod Race using his Steampunk “Codes of Steam and Steel” rules.

Simon is best known as Britain’s foremost Superhero Roleplaying game author. He is the creator of Golden Heroes (Best New Roleplaying Game – Gamesday 1984), Squadron UK, and The Comics Code. He also spends many of his weekends touring the games conventions of Britain. You can find his RPGs on RPG Now.

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Raffle Prizes

We’ve had some very generous donations of raffle prizes from our friends at local gaming businesses. Cubicle 7 have sent us some PDF download codes for three of their publications. We’ve also got vouchers from Thirsty Meeples and some great stuff from local gaming publisher, Osprey. Finally, we have a copy of GMless RPG adventure game Intrepid, given to us by the author. Pictures to follow.

Huge thanks to all our local business supporters for your donations. We really appreciate your help.

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