Random Inc presents, a Phenomenon Labs production...
A roleplaying convention

Phenomenon 2006


The Triptych

Triptych (trip-tick) n. A picture or carving on three panels able to fold over the centre; a set of three associated works so placed esp. as a centre piece; a set of three writing tablets hinged or tied together; a set of three artistic works; such used as an altar piece; a treatise in three parts.

Each year, Pheno invites three respected designers to present a systemless single session game as part of a triptych. Each game showcases what we consider the best of Pheno roleplaying: characterisation, drama, entertainment, innovation. Each game will be judged separately, but teams competing in all three games will also be eligible for the Triptych Perpetual Trophy.

Being There

By Liz Argall

This is a simple story, the story of a child who does not speak. Once she was bright eyed, full of laughter and noise... something has broken inside, we don't know what and we don't know why. We all want to save her, although from what we don't know. Perhaps we shall find her, find out the reasons why... in the end perhaps our only hope is that being there will be enough.

A game of family, of fears, of obligations, remorse and what we will do to save the ones we love.

In a minor key.

A systemless game set in the here and now. Some characters in this game have histories of abuse. This game relies on characterisation and contains emotional and confronting material. Please direct inquiries to liz <at> ozgamer.net.

Pheno ratings
Characterisation 5 Genre 0 Rules knowledge 0
Story/plot 3 Seriousness 4 Advisory rating MA

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Killing De Villefort

by Joe McNamara

Your life has been taken from you. You’re not sure how long it’s been since you were locked up for committing massive bio-crimes, but you know it’s a matter of years. Things were going well for you, too well — you had a job you loved, a rich, supportive family, enough money to upgrade your body whenever new enhancements came out…it was great.

Then, everything went wrong. You were arrested for crimes so horrific you still can’t quite wrap your head around them. You weren’t responsible, of course — you had no idea what was going on — but that only served to make you look insane rather than guilty. There was no trial, as at that stage everyone involved was still rich and powerful — you were quietly sent away to an asylum where you were drugged into submission.

Tonight, however, you and a small band of people in a similar situation have escaped from the asylum. The air of the outside world is far more toxic than you remember, the batteries which keep you alive are wearing down and in your mind, one name is repeating itself over and over again: De Villefort, the man who did all this to you.

Pheno ratings
Characterisation 4 Genre 3 (SF-revenge tragedy) Rules knowledge 0
Story/plot 3 Seriousness 4 Advisory rating MA (violence, adult themes)

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Rebirthing Eden

by Ingrid Bean

The Blasted Lands are dying.

Few would mourn their passing.

A broken desert, haunted by dire beasts, the Blasted Lands are a scar that divides the land of Sharnevor almost in two. For generations, only the most brave or foolhardy have dared enter the Lands. But the Blasted Lands are getting worse, a victim of their own disease: the veils that protect the tangible world from the Aethereal Realms have long been failing, but now their final tearing draws near.

When that happens there will be destruction on an unprecedented scale.

The Blasted Lands are dying.

But still, few would mourn their passing.

For who would champion such a dire place?

Who would have the courage to exorcise the Lands’ demons?

Who would have the compassion to heal their wounds?

Who would have the power to forge a new beginning?

Who would have the strength to embrace a new world?

Rebirthing Eden is a systemless dark fantasy game for 5 people who believe in second chances.

Pheno ratings
Characterisation 5 Genre 4 Rules knowledge 1
Story/plot 4 Seriousness 4 Advisory rating MA15+ (supernatural themes, violence, adult themes, sexual references and coarse language)

Rebirthing Eden is the final in the Sharnevor series, knowledge of the previous games is not necessary for enjoyment of this one.

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Previous triptychs


Stuart Barrow — The Mask and the Moonlight

Xole Karman — Familiar

Andrew Smith — Something Wonderful


Robbie Matthews — Mayhem Over Manhattan

Peter Rousell — Last Night in Eden

Eric Henry — The Fishbowl


David James — Can you go home again?

Mike Walker — Psi

Ingrid Bean — Silence


Ben Hunter — Project Hydra

Robert Barbetti — Something Wicked

Mark Bruckard — This Way Comes


Larry Larkin — Once upon a time

Ryan d'Argeavel — I knew she was trouble the minute she walked into my office

Jon Naughton — They don't advertise for killers in a newspaper


Michael Hitchens — You are Number 4, I am Number 6

Caitlin May — What is Honour?

Tony Guyot — Citius Altius Fortiu

1999 [The year Pheno ate Cancon]

Richard Canning — Memory Lost

Jo Ellem — Signor Jacemo's Circus of Wonder

Morgan Morningstar — Redemption


Liz Argall — When I Meet My Family

Felix White — Lost Highway

Scott Walton & Daniel Wilks — Spazmo


Andrew Smith — Fatalism

Diana Leithead — The Charity Gig

Antti Roppola — Understanding Ellen West


Richard Percy — Covenant

Mark Barnes — Prometheus Rising

Brent Steves — Graenlendinga Saga


John Hughes — Fallen Angel

Madi — Freaks

Grant Allen & Lindsay Beaton — Portents


Ian Wanless — The Breaking

Robert MacLean — Faded Giant

Chris Slee — Uncle Jurgen's Happy Hour

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