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the triptych & diptych

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.

Diptych (dip-tick) n. A picture or carving as above, except one of the panels has been nicked.

Each year Pheno invites respected designers to present bespoke single-session games: a set of three more serious games (the Triptych) and a pair of lighter, more humorous games (the Diptych).

These games have tended to be systemless (emphasising characterisation and drama over rules use and tactical simulation), and showcase what we consider the best of Pheno roleplaying: characterisation, genre, entertainment, innovation.

Players and teams can enter each game by itself and the games will be judged separately, but complete teams finishing all three games of the Triptych will also be eligible for the Triptych Perpetual Trophy. Teams finishing both Diptychs will be eligible for the Diptych Perpetual Trophy.

The Triptych

The Triptych games may not be always dark and angsty, but they will be pretty serious in tone. All are for 5 players.

  • Closing the Gate of Dawn—by Morgan Morningstar (1 sessions, 5 players, Systemless)
  • Ever On—by John Machin(1 sessions, 5 players, Custom system)
  • Inner Space—by Penny Sullivan and Jason Chappel (1 session, 30 players, 5 players per team, Custom system)
  • The Diptych

    The Diptych games are a light brain cleanser after the Triptych. They may be silly, they may not. They are for 5 players.

  • Jinkies: A Space Opera—by Kane Edwards and Graham Schneider (1 session, 5 players, Simplified FATE system)
  • Vampire: The Ugoogaly—by Stephen Justice (1 session, 5 players, systemless)
  • Previous triptychs


  • Peter Rousell, Shiprock
  • Fi McConachie, The Silent Ones
  • John and Philippa Hughes, The Gate of Heaven, Cancelled due to illness
  • 2012

  • David James, In Sceadure—In Shadow
  • Mike Walker, Death Journey
  • Dan L'Estrange, Home
  • 2011

  • Jacinta Thomler and Stuart Barrow, Eternal Companions
  • James Riley and Terence Janssen, Project Legacy
  • Ingrid Bean and Shane Donohoe, The Sacrifice of Immortality
  • 2010

  • Andrew Smith, Body Corporate
  • Ryan d'Argeavel, The Cabinet of Doctor Makundi
  • Michael Hitchens, Floodland
  • 2009

  • Mik Bonsall, Dead Man Walking
  • Fi McConachie, Silence of the Bush
  • Nick Argall, Vengeance of the Vampire Lord
  • 2008

  • David Hollingworth, Crime and Punishment
  • Andrew Smith, The Fall of the Family
  • Mike(y) and Liz Argall, The Group
  • 2007

  • John Hughes, Quest: Mask of Heroes
  • Jacinta Thomler, Six Soldiers
  • David James, Those Left Behind
  • 2006

  • Liz Argall, Being There
  • Joe McNamara, Killing De Villefort
  • Ingrid Bean, Rebirthing Eden
  • 2005

  • Stuart Barrow, The Mask and the Moonlight
  • Xole Karman, Familiar
  • Andrew Smith, Something Wonderful
  • 2004

  • Robbie Matthews, Mayhem Over Manhattan
  • Peter Rousell, Last Night in Eden
  • Eric Henry, The Fishbowl
  • 2003

  • David James, Can you go home again?
  • Mike Walker, Psi
  • Ingrid Bean, Silence
  • 2002

  • Ben Hunter, Project Hydra
  • Robert Barbetti, Something Wicked
  • Mark Bruckard, This Way Comes
  • 2001

  • 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
  • 2000

  • 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
  • 1998

  • Liz Argall, When I Meet My Family
  • Felix White, Lost Highway
  • Scott Walton & Daniel Wilks, Spazmo
  • 1997

  • Andrew Smith, Fatalism
  • Diana Leithead, The Charity Gig
  • Antti Roppola, Understanding Ellen West
  • 1996

  • Richard Percy, Covenant
  • Mark Barnes, Prometheus Rising
  • Brent Steves, Graenlendinga Saga
  • 1995

  • John Hughes, Fallen Angel
  • Madi, Freaks
  • Grant Allen & Lindsay Beaton, Portents
  • 1994

  • Ian Wanless, The Breaking
  • Robert MacLean, Faded Giant
  • Chris Slee, Uncle Jurgen's Happy Hour