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WEGS Trove Rolling | 2019+2020

By the bright beard of Ogma, it’s the year-end rolling of the trove! We’re doing twelve rolls on the fabled TABLE I: TROVE PILE GENERATION…

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Shuffling Horrors!

Innsmouth 32 | Meet The Cast #4 | The Students

This Miskatonic University trio has the misfortune to be on the bus hijacked by the bootleggers. Do you think they have what it takes to…

Gary Con XII | Old Skool Fantasy Awaits!

January 25th, 2020

Here’s a list of the events I am running at Gary Con XII (2020). It’s a mix of WEGS Old Skool Fantasy rpg adventures and a couple of special Shuffling Horror events. Blurbs for all events found below.

For dungeoncrawl fans, BOSS, the Basic Old Skool System, is akin to Basic D&D and designed for over-the-top fantasy adventure. All BOSS events are intro sessions and start with a quick character creation (link below to our character creation pdf guide). For horror gaming fans, there’s an Innsmouth 32 session (summer 2020 release) and a playtest of Cannibal Creeps (future expansion for Pittsburgh 68).

Wick’s Gary Con XII Events (2020)

1 pm – 4 pm      The Caves of Utter Chaos (BOSS)  ID#794
8 pm – 10 pm    Shuffling Horror: Innsmouth 32 (Sneak Peek) ID#793
10 pm – Mid      Shuffling Horror: Cannibal Creeps (Sneak Peek)  ID#792

10 am – 12 pm     Elf. Dwarf. Magic-User. Thief (BOSS)  ID#790
1 pm –  4 pm       The Caves of Utter Chaos (BOSS)  ID#795
8 pm – 11 pm      Cast Blast: Beyond Thunderdoom (WOSF)  ID#789

10 am – 12 pm     Elf. Dwarf. Magic-User. Thief (BOSS)  ID#791
1 pm – 4 pm        The Caves of Utter Chaos (BOSS)  ID#796

The BOSS Character Creation Guide pdf is found here.


WEGS Old Skool Event Blurbs

Elf. Dwarf. Magic-User. Thief. (BOSS)

Full-throttle dungeon fun with the BOSS (Basic Old Skool System). The BOSS pays homage to Holmes Edition style adventure. We start by rolling up characters and then heroically set forth to the dungeon! Honed for simple, fast-paced play, the BOSS rules are a bare bones version of WEGS Old Skool Fantasy RPG. Great system intro. No XP required. Pig-Faced Orcs Await! Pssst… give your character an edge, claim one of these trove items!

The Caves of Utter Chaos (BOSS)

You’ve heard of the Caves of Chaos, perhaps? Well, these are the caves below those caves that nobody dares enter. We start by rolling up characters and then enter a dungeon brimming with terrible foes, nasty traps, and treasure galore. Full-throttle dungeon fun awaits with the BOSS (Basic Old Skool System). Rules taught. No XP required. Don’t forget those iron spikes and stirge repellant! Pssst… give your character an edge, claim one of these trove items!

Cast & Blast: Beyond Thunderdoom (WOSF)

We don’t need another hee-ro, we just need another wee-zard… Eight wizards enter Thunderdoom, one wizard leaves. This is a moderated player-vs-player, anything-goes spellbrawl where one wizard will walk away and the rest won’t. In WEGS, spellcasting is as simple as cast and blast. Use whatever spell you like, as long as you like, as many times as you like, as long as you have the spoints to pay for it. All rules taught. Zany dungeon fun awaits! Want an edge? Email the Lair Bear for a spellbook.

Shuffling Horror Blurbs

Shuffling Horror: Pittsburgh 68-Cannibal Creeps!

The Time: 1968. The Place: Pittsburgh. The Problem: Zombies AND Cannibals!  What’s worse than a zombie apocalypse? A zombie apocalypse with cannibal creeps on the prowl. A new twist on Pittsburgh 68 play! This cinematic card-n-dice story-telling experience plunges you into the horror of a creepy old zombie flick. Trapped in a farmhouse, survivors face an ever-growing zombie problem (which they might end up being a part of). Like a GM, one player directs the movie and controls the zombies; all other players just try to survive a night of the living dead! Who will be standing when the film fades to black?

Shuffling Horror: Innsmouth 32 (Summer 2020 Release)

Lovecraftian horror awaits in this latest Shuffling Horror release. Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s “Shadow Over Innsmouth”, the game’s action is set a few years after that story ends. On the lam gangsters hijack a tour bus of Miskatonic University scholars and students. One wrong turn lands the group in the decrepit seaside town of Innsmouth. A night of terror ensues in this cinematic card-n-dice game.


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PAX Unplugged 2019 | GameWick Returns!

December 5th, 2019

Pax Unplugged / GameWick Booth 3602

Come find us at Pax Unplugged (Dec 6 – 8) and check out our Shuffling Horrors! Our booth is in the front of the hall with quick-n-easy access. We’ll be running demos all day and maybe even a pick-up game at night. Stop by the booth for details. The Dice Hog awaits!


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Shuffling to WittCon 2019

February 13th, 2019

PIC-SQR-WOSF-BOSSIt’s been a few years since I last visited Wittenberg University RPG Guild for their annual WITTCON gaming convention, but, when I got the call to attend as this year’s panel guest, I did not hesitate to commit! Now in its sixteenth year, this one-day con starts in the early morning and dice don’t stop rolling until midnite. In addition to the panel, I’m sneaking in a few playtests on Innsmouth 32 and topping it all off with an epic WEGS Old Skool RPG session.

Lots of great board, card, and rpg games are on the schedule, check it out: the full WittCon XVI info page. Below are the events I’m hosting.

Larry “El Willy” Wickman

May’s Eve, 1932. On-the-lam bootleggers hijack a tour bus with Miskatonic Univ students and scholars on board. A fateful wrong turn brings them all to the shunned seaside village of Innsmouth… A night of mind-bending horror awaits!

Why do some games capture our attention, while others fall flat? How do some games manage to get a task like rolling dice or moving a pawn feel like so much more? Game designer and publisher Larry Wickman (WEGS Old Skool, Shuffling Horror) takes on just those questions in our panel, discussing how he manages to turn the roll of a die into an experience no player will ever forget.

You’ve heard of the Caves of Chaos, perhaps? Well, these are the caves below those caves that nobody dares enter. We start by rolling up characters and then enter a dungeon brimming with terrible foes, nasty traps, and treasure galore. Full-throttle dungeon fun awaits with the BOSS (Basic Old Skool System). Rules taught. No XP required. Don’t forget those iron spikes and stirge repellant!


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Gary Con XI Event: The Caves of Utter Chaos (WEGS)

January 22nd, 2019

Where: Gary Con Gaming Convention
When: Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th
Time: 2 – 5 pm
System: WEGS Basic Old Skool System (WEGS BOSS)

A grizzled old Dwarf, his beard wet with ale, turns to your party. Long-ago adventure gleams in his eye as he lets you in on a little secret… “You’ve heard of the Caves of Chaos, perhaps? Well, there are  caves below those caves… the Caves of Utter Chaos. Everyone knows the upper caves have long since be picked over by every first-level adventurer and his five hit-point brother. The caves beyond… ah… that’s where the fun is now! But those who enter better be prepared for anything, my friends. It is a mess of chaotic tunnels and forgotten chambers, impossible to map, and rife with terrible foes, nasty traps, and, if Lady Luck allows, treasure galore… If you’re looking for adventure, that’s the place to be…”

As many can guess, the Caves of Utter Chaos is inspired by the famous dungeon that accompanied Gary Gygax’s adventure module, The Keep On The Borderlands (B2). For many D&D players, this was the first dungeon they ever explored; it was packaged in the Basic Dungeons and Dragons introductory box set back in the early 80s. I remember the thrill of cracking open that module and seeing the gorgeous, baby blue and white grid, double spread dungeon map. Just one look and I knew epic fun was ahead.

These sessions seek to give folks those same retro thrills, when we played D&D for the first time. Players will be introduced to our Basic Old Skool System (WEGS BOSS) and get to create their first character (a pretty quick process). Here’s a preview of how easy character creation is.

All rules are taught. No XP required. Once characters are ready, it’s off to the dungeon for fun and adventure. Just don’t forget those iron spikes and stirge repellant!

Here’s a link to our full menu of Gary Con events!


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Does Your RPG Make Your Heroes Rock?!?

January 21st, 2019


If your rpg doesn’t make your characters feel like they are epic enough to be on a rock album cover, they might need a little a WEGS Old Skool Fantasy in their life! Unfortunately, we’re out of print ’til we get the reboot rules done… Hang in there, Old Skool-ers, your rock-n-roll rpg dreams will come true later this year!

WEGS – it’s just a Wickedly Errant Game System!


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Gary Con XI Event: A Plump Half-Dead Merchant (WEGS)

January 12th, 2019

Where: Gary Con!
When: Thursday, March 7th
Time: 7 – 10pm
System: WEGS Basic Old Skool System (WEGS BOSS)

I kick off my Gary Con 2019 events with something near and dear to my old school heart, an adventure inspired by a block of descriptive text from Gary Gygax’s epic adventure module, The Keep on the Borderlands. Back in the 80s, this was THE module that introduced many to basic Dungeons & Dragons. Within the module was the Caves of Chaos, a maze of dark tunnels to lure inexperienced heroes to their doom. In my very first game, my Elf quickly fell under a swarm of rats just shortly after character creation (Cave A, Room 2). I was hooked.

In another nearby cave complex dwelt the fierce Hobgoblins – it is there we find the “plump half-dead merchant”, his wife, and four other prisoners chained to the wall. The merchant and his wife’s time is running out as both are slated to be eaten that night! It is here that our adventure begins. Each player selects one of the six prisoners to play: the half-dead merchant (who begins with half HP!), the merchant’s wife; one of the two men-at-arms who serve as guards for the merchant; an orc (who will fight goblins and hobgoblins gladly) or, perhaps, a crazy gnoll.

Players also begin by picking a class for their character (Fighter, Magic User, Cleric, Thief, Ranger) – and then the game is afoot! In a prior session of this adventure, the merchant’s wife was a magic-user and became the group’s leader. In same game, the crazy gnoll thief just ran off, deserting the others to fight on their own. Twists and turns await!

Can the group band together and find a way out – or are they just doomed to hang around for dinner?

Find out with WEGS, the Wickedly Errant Game System. Rules taught!

Here’s a link to our full menu of Gary Con events!


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