The Kraken - a gaming vacation - Schloss Neuhausen, Germany
A baroque gathering of international gamers and game creators to play and create fine quality games


Look whom THE KRAKEN has snatched!

Steadfast KRAKEN allies known for their talents, brawn, wit and humor.

Robin D LawsROBIN D. LAWS doesn't really need an introduction but just in case: Robin is the acclaimed game designer of HeroQuest, Hillfolk and GUMESHOE, the system behind Trail of Cthulhu, among many, many other prized and plenty-awarded games and game supplements like The Armitage Files. He also wrote our first Chapbook Sharper Adventures in HeroQuest Glorantha. Robin is a writer, movie buff, cartoonist, blogger, editor, an awarded podcaster, creative director, a celebrated GM coach, a newfound beer enthusiast, a well-travelled and well-versed convention guest and first-class seminar speaker. He is a great GM and one of the best analytic and creative minds when it comes to narration and narrative structures in games. Robin is currently working on the Glorantha computer game 6 Ages among other projects. Since his first appearance at our bygone Tentacles Convention we longed to invite him back and now the Stars are Right! Robin will run some exclusive Horror Lottery Games for us and host seminars and workshops about designing HeroQuest adventures for Glorantha and GM Troubleshooting, he will co-host Sandy & Robin's Movie Night AND act as judge in our German Beer Tasting event.

Sandy PetersenSANDY PETERSEN aka the Great Old One, aka The Only Old One, aka Mr. Shiny, aka Carl Sanford, aka The Bane of Daniel der Zauberer, aka Uncle Sandy is the original designer of the roleplaying phenomenon Call of Cthulhu is now happy that he is NOT going to miss THE KRAKEN for the first time after all! His urgent business matters that demanded his presence in Texas in October have been pushed to November. (Never underestimate the power of THE KRAKEN!) Sandy is widely acknowledged to be the most influential shaper of the fantasy world Glorantha after the creator Greg Stafford himself. He is responsible for most of the fun you had playing computer games like Doom (He fought to keep the shotgun in the game!), Quake and the Age of Empires ("Wololooo!") series. Now he is living his third-act career as a board game designer and solid Kickstarter sensation. If you have not heard about Cthulhu Wars, Theomachy, Orcs Must Die: The Boardgame or Glorantha: Gods War yet you dwelt too long in the Dreamlands and it is high time you check out Petersen Games. Sandy's latest Kickstarter stunt is Glorantha: Gods War, that runs until Thursday September 15, 2016 (15:07 CEST). Furthermore Sandy serves as Vice-president of the Board of Directors of Chaosium, Inc. and acts as the Chief Creative Consultant and Guidance Ro-Man the legendary publisher. All Krakeneers can look forward to intimate play-test sessions of Glorantha: Gods War, guided Cthulhu Wars sessions with hopefully ALL expansions, weird movies, cool seminars, great chats and as tradition dictates an exclusive Call of Cthulhu scenario sprung fresh from his mind for the 'winners' of our Horror Lottery to play in.

Jason DurallJASON DURALL got started in the RPG industry with Chaosium, playtesting and writing a tiny bit of Elric! then wrote Slaves of Fate for the ill-fated Dragon Lords of Melnibone. Other publishing credits with Chaosium include Basic Roleplaying and feedback and editorial on Magic World. He has worked on Cthulhu-based games such as The Laundry, World War Cthulhu, and Achtung! Cthulhu including the massive Assault on the Mountains of Madness campaign book. Other games he's worked on include Amber Diceless Roleplaying, Conan, The Lord of the Rings, Silver Age Sentinels, Supernatural, A Game of Thrones, Serenity and Battlestar Galactica as well as writing, playtest, and editorial on many other games. He is proudest of his diceless roleplaying game Lords of Gossamer & Shadow for Rite Publishing. In his day job in the computer games field, he's worked on Shadowbane, Wizard101, Pirate101 and is now the lead designer on Drakensang Online in Berlin. Jason is also the lead developer and contributing writer for Modiphius's new Robert E. Howard's Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of, and recently joined Chaosium's design team for the brand new version of RuneQuest. Eventually he will finish Interplanetary. He has no spare time.BUT he will run some pretty nice games for us (Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamt Of for the win!) AND host a pretty darn cool Conan seminar.

Jeff RichardJEFF RICHARD is the tireless Vice President and Creative Director of Chaosium, Creative Director of Moon Design Publications and prolific Glorantha writer. He is also the writing part of the webcomic Prince of Sartar team and the co-host of the gaming podcast series Tales of Mythic Adventure with Michael O'Brien. To celebrate 50 years of Glorantha Jeff will give us the Glorantha FreeForm White Bear and Red Moon: The Hero Wars Begin and spearhead the assembled Chaosium management bringing us new gaming wonders for Glorantha. Get excited to gawk at the new RuneQuest, the new Dragon Pass board game, the Trollball miniature game, the Glorantha card game Kahn of Kahns, Glorantha: The Gods War, HeroQuest Glorantha, 13th Age in Glorantha and RQ2. Hear news and whispered rumors in seminars, test the new Runequest in play, join the Glorantha Writing Workshop and feast at the Chaosium BBQ to celebrate 50 years of Glorantha.

MOBMICHAEL O'BRIEN better know as MOB, is the Vice President (Product Development & Community Outreach) of Chaosium. He is also an author and contributor to numerous RuneQuest & Glorantha titles, most notably Sun County and Strangers in Prax. He was associate editor of the Tales of Reaching Moon magazine, devised the rules for Trollball as a participant sport for gaming conventions, masterminded the creation of the gloriously fake fanzine Gorp and is one of the biggest advocates of MGF (Maximum Game Fun). MOB co-hosts the gaming podcast series Tales of Mythic Adventure with Jeff Richard, and is developing a new edition of Credo, the game of dueling dogmas, and a new game, Unfamy, the card game of the obscurely famous and marginally memorable for Chaosium. Yes, you can play them at THE KRAKEN, look here and here. To top things off he will bring the prototype of the new Glorantha card game he has been working on with Reiner Knizia, Kahn of Kahns, so you can play yourselves silly as Praxian Nomads.

Ian BrumbyIan Brumby is the head of Fenris Games the wargaming and roleplaying supply store that achieved immortal fame by sculpting the incredible Cthulhu Wars and Glorantha: The Gods War miniatures for Sandy Petersen. Besides being an longtime gaming enthusiast Ian is a professional industrial modelmaker that previously worked for television, film fx, advertising, museums and exhibitions before setting up shop with his modelmaker brother Jo to found Fenris Games. Ian will show his exemplary work in the panel The Making of Awesome by showing us a step-by-step process of the making of a marvelous Gods War miniature from a Dan Barker concept art to a finished sculpt. THE KRAKEN looks forward celebrating a man that helped furthering the fame of the Cthulhu Mythos and Glorantha with his work.

October 2-5, 2015