Random Inc presents a Phenomenon Labs games convention


Phenomenon 2009 is proud to offer the following games and events. These are divided into several categories:

The schedule

Go to General and miniatures schedules...

New Designers

Each year Pheno is proud to encourage games writers who are new to writing for Cons to have a go.

At the end of each game the players will be asked to vote for the new writer whose game was the best, and the winner of this will receive a trophy and widespread adulation!

New designers are marked with the New Designer Star: new designer star It don't mean they're no Federal stoolie though.

Game ratings

Pheno uses a rating system for games to help you choose games, and to help you anticipate what the GM is looking for in a game.

Games are rated from 1 (little or none) to 5 (really important) on the following: 

The Triptych

The triptych: each year, Pheno invites three respected designers to present a systemless single session game. 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.

The Triptych games are all for 5 players.


RPGA games

A primo heist of an RPGA game brought to you by the RPGA.

Organiser — Wes Nicholson, email

More RPGA game details will be posted when we have them, closer to the date of Pheno.


Freeforms are big games for 15–30 players (or rarely, and insanely, more...) players, whose characters are collected in some kind of social gathering in which they interact, intrigue and politic with each other.


Team (tabletop) games

Team games (or tabletops) are the traditional form of roleplaying, for groups/teams of about 5 players with generally one GM. There will be character sheets; there may be dice.



Pheno brings back Boardgames!



War games typically played on a 4' x 6' table with painted miniatures, modelled terrain and endless camaraderie.

Special events

More fun than we can classify anywhere else.