A Megagame is a multi-player game in which the participants are organised into teams, and those teams into an hierarchy – all playing different aspects of the game, or different elements that interlink.
Megagames are challenging, interesting, and fun. Teams of players take on specific roles – for example as a military headquarters, or a national government, and they interact with other teams representing their opponents or allies.
Megagames can be described as a RPG meets a board game, with a slice of wargaming, sprinkled with a topping of chaos.
What is involved in playing a Megagame?
Generally, the games start around 09:30 in the morning, and we go on to about 17:00 in the afternoon. At the end there is a short debriefing, and usually a longer debrief in a local pub or restaurant afterwards.
If you are interested in playing, please contact us with details of the game (and in some cases the specific team or role) you like the sound of. Once we have enough players we will ask for an up-front payment to secure your spot in the game; this is due to the large cost of hiring a venue, preparing game materials, posting materials to the players and so on.
A typical game will currently cost around £30 for a player; for the volunteers in the ‘control’ team who help run the game the fee is usually less, around £15. If we could run them for free we would, but all we aim to do is break even.
A couple of weeks after booking, we assign everyone a role and team. A few weeks before the game, we send out the game briefing materials – this typically takes the form of a booklet with the rules and background you’ll need to play the game.
For more information on the original Megagame Makers, visit their website
If it is your first megagame, you can find the beginner’s guide here – it has some good tips about how to get the most out of the day and what to expect.
(All photos from the 2014 Watch the Skies game, Southampton)