Dragonfire

South Africa's longest-running role-playing tournament

Dragonfire is the official annual role-playing tournament of CLAWs (the Cape Legion of Adventurers and Wargamers), the student roleplaying society on the campus of the University of Cape Town. Dragonfire started in 1989, the year of CLAWs's founding. The tournament runs in August every year, most recently on the Women'sDay weekend (around the 9th), and includes several roleplaying modules in various systems, LARPs, cardgaming (Magic, Vampire and Mythos), and occasional figure wargaming (Warhammer, Necromunda, etc).

A brief module history for the years in which I was involved follows, where my somewhat erratic memory can supply it. In the case where I no longer have a copy of the module or it was one of those last-minute efforts which had no credits page, I may have left out names of designers: please do mail me and say so.

Details for more recent Dragonfires can be found on the CLAWs page.

Dragonfire 1989

AD&D; module 6 hrs Dragonfire by Andrew Sturman

(choice of characters, 3 to 6-person teams).
(This was a massively unwieldy character system where you had a choice of seven or eight characters of various levels, and had to choose them to make up a total number of levels - i.e. more players equals lower levels. Hell to design...)

Dragonfire 1990

AD&D; module 6 hrs Forest of Thorns by several designers including Andrew Sturman, Giles Embleton, Carlo Kruger, Eckhard Gartz

(choice of characters, 3 to 5-person teams).

Dragonfire 1991

AD&D; 6 hrs Bloodstream by a LARGE design team: Thomas Alsen, Lester Biskupsky, Giles Embleton, Eckhard Gartz, Andrew Shackleton, Anthony Steele, Andrew Sturman, Bryan Thomas, Jessica Tiffin, Mark Wilson.

(choice of characters, 3 to 5-person teams).

Dragonfire 1992

AD&D;* 6 hrs Eye of the Storm by Stefi Anastasiadis, Giles Embleton,Jessica Tiffin, Eckhard Gartz, David Maclay
Rolemaster**4 hrs Thief of Honour by Andrew Shackleton (design co-ordinator), Thomas Alsen, Stefi Anastasiadis, Andrew Higson-Smith, David Maclay, AndrewSturman, Bryan Thomas, Jessica Tiffin.
Star Wars** 4 hrs A.C.I.D. by Andre Botha, Giles Embleton, Ari Levin, Colin Naturman, Andrew Simpson, Andrew Sturman, Jessica Tiffin

*choice of characters, 3 to 5-person teams.
** 4 characters, no choice

Dragonfire 1993

AD&D;* 6 hrs When Dragons Dieby Giles Embleton, Ricky de la Harpe,Andrew Shackleton, Jessica Tiffin, Robert van der Vliet, Adriaan Wessels
Rolemaster** 3 hrs Judgement by Andrew Higson-Smith, Andrew Shackleton, Jessica Tiffin
Cyberspace/Cyberpunk** 3 hrs Killing Timeby David Maclay, Colin Naturman

*Choice of characters, 3 to 6-person teams. The last of the great CLAW marathon modules: design teams and modules bothstarted to shrink to more manageable proportions from this point...
** 4 characters, no choice

LARP: Ars Magica LARP

Dragonfire 1994

AD&D;* 4 hrs While the Hunt's Away by Philip Anastasiadis, Tracy Dawson, Ricky de la Harpe. David Maclay
Rolemaster 4 hrs Tarrigond: An Arthurian Quest by Andrew Higson-Smith, Andrew Shackleton, Jessica Tiffin

* 4 characters, no choice - from this point, sense reasserts itself. All other Dragonfire modules hereafter are for four characters unless otherwise specified.

LARP: The Auction

Dragonfire 1995

AD&D; 4 hrs Why the Daughter of the Chief must wear no Trinket by Philip Anastasiadis and Jessica Tiffin
Call of Cthulhu 4 hrs Tintin and the Sengir Chapel by Giles Embleton, Alan Searle, Adriaan Wessels, etc.

LARP: Dinner at the Roxy

Dragonfire 1996

AD&D; 3 hrs Prince of Intrigue by Simon Cross, Wayne Human, Patrick Schreiber, Duncan Sellars, Jessica Tiffin
Maelstrom 3 hrs Cassady's Folly by Dylan Craig
Call of Cthulhu 3 hrsNameless Ways by Philip Anastasiadis, Austin Chamberlain, Jessica Tiffin
MERP 3 hrsHand of the Dead by Eckhard Gartz, David Maclay, Jessica Tiffin
Vampire 3 hrsAll Hallow's Eve by Alan Searle, Nenad Ristic, Davin Fligel, Darren Menachemson

LARPs: The Final Voyage of the Mary Celeste; A Falling Out; The Wolves Are Running; Cedar Falls.

Dragonfire 1997

AD&D; 3 hrs On Lady Miriam's Dayby Austin Chamberlain and Dylan Craig
Call of Cthulhu 3 hrs Brooding Spiritby Jessica Tiffin
Cyberpunk 3 hrsThe Prometheus Project by Alan Searle and Adriaan Wessels
Fighting Fantasy 3 hrsZombies Ate My Headlightby Dylan Craig
Castle Falkenstein 3 hrs The Highwayman by Jessica Tiffin
MERP 3 hrs Judgement by Andrew Higson-Smith, Andrew Shackleton, Jessica Tiffin

LARPs: An Attack of the Vapours; The Sultan's Tear; Thorn

Dragonfire 1998

AD&D; 3 hrs Spudbug's Wormery by Dylan Craig
Call of Cthulhu 3 hrs Cornwall in a Day by Philip Anastasiadis
Werewolf 3 hrs Homecoming by Ryan Olsen, Alastair Pearson, Nenad Ristic
Star Wars 3 hrsEnvoy to Ardhew: A Newt Hope by Austin Chamberlain, Perry Dace

LARPs: Where There's A Will; Changing Times; Red Rover; Whispering Dragon

Dragonfire 1999

AD&D; 3 hrs Six Fathoms Deep by Dylan Craig
Call of Cthulhu 3 hrs Shifting Sands by Austin Chamberlain and Jessica Tiffin
Shadowrun 3 hrs The Trick is Not To Close Your Eyes by Brendan Quinlivan
Alternity 3 hrsDowntown Station by Jeremy Norton and David Seaward

LARPs: Aurora, Past Imperfect, Black Coffee Blues, Twinkle Twinkle

Dragonfire 2000

AD&D; 3 hrs The Morning After by Tim Lawrance
Call of Cthulhu 3 hrs Disorder'd Death by Austin Chamberlain and Jessica Tiffin
Alternity 3 hrs Quiet Iteration by Simon Cross and Adrianna Pinska
Deadlands 3 hrsFun After Dark by Ryan Kruger

LARPs: The Lady Guinevere; Mardi Gras; Opera In Cognito; War and Peace

Dragonfire 13 (2001)

GURPS Space 3 hrs Free Association by Simon Cross and Adrianna Pinska
Feng Shui 3 hrs Now Boarding at Gate Thirteen by Dylan Craig
D&D; 3rd ed 3 hrs Taillesbourg by Tim Lawrance
Aberrant 3 hrs Tarnhelm Initiative by Adeeb Balla and Ryan Kruger
Call of Cthulhu 3 hrs Darkness Falls by Brendan Quinlivan
All Flesh Must Be Eaten3 hrs Thirteen Ways To Die - Choose One by Dylan Craig

LARPs: My Fair Lady, Paranoia, Consequences , One Fine Day

Dragonfire 14 (2002)

Call of Cthulhu 3 hrs Noir Nightmare by Mike Dewar
Castle Falkenstein 3 hrs The Highwayman by Jessica Tiffin
D&D; 3rd Ed 3 hrs Brothers in Arms by Simon Cross and Adrianna Pinska
GURPS 3 hrs Out of the Mud by Austin Chamberlain and Dylan Craig
Fvlminata 3 hrs Curatores Fumisby Dylan Craig
Unknown Armies 3 hrs Darksoulsby Dylan Craig and Brendan Quinlivan

LARPs: Sign of the Star; Revenge of the Yak; In the Shadow of the Stake

Dragonfire 2003

Buffy Roleplaying System 3 hrs Slaying Alive by Mike Dewar
D&D; 3rd Ed 3 hrs Dinner with the Count by Lucas Wheeler
Unknown Armies 3 hrs My Soul To Keep by Michelle Haward
Call of Cthulhu 3 hrs Ravaged Lands by Austin Chamberlain and Jessica Tiffin
GURPS3 hrs Mindscapeby Mike Dewar

LARPs: Where There's A Will; Anestri; Farago


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