Sunday afternoon, 2019


Grimmerspace: Abattoir 8

Sunday afternoon, 1:00–5:00 pm, 2019 • Olympic 1

When a mysterious disaster leaves an orbiting agricultural space station silent and dark, the halted flow of food threatens nearby colonies with starvation, rioting, and desertion. Investigating PCs find themselves trapped aboard the hellscape that is Abattoir 8. Forget heroism… can you race through the pandemonium and escape in one piece?

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Event # 2693734
When PaizoCon 2019:
Where PaizoCon 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Olympic 1
18740 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98188
Contact Iron GM Games
Category Starfinder Game
Game Master Greg A. Vaughan
Age Rating 13+
Complexity Average
Experience Required Beginner/Novice
Materials Required Dice, Pencil
Also Required Willingness to brave the terrors of the endless void.

Thanks to Greg for running this game on apparent short notice. I know that he had a lot on his plate, and that this game was difficult to run.

I'm sorry that I had to excuse myself about halfway through this game due to receiving an important phone call about two hours in.

To be honest: Even if I hadn't been called out of the game, I would very likely have resigned from it: I had been considering just that when I received that frantic call from home.

I have some critiques...

1. This game should have been rated "18+." I found the content extremely disturbing (and not in a good/fun way).

2. When printing character sheets for a game being run at a con, it would be very helpful to new players if you included the game mechanics about all of the characters' various powers and abilities on the character sheets. None of us at the table were experienced Starfinder players, and none of us had the rulebook with us. We spent the first 40 or so minutes of the session just looking up our characters' abilities on a very slow-loading "Archives of Nethys."

3. While I suppose that I should have guessed the nature of the horror presented in a game called Abattoir 8, I was expecting something more akin to Alien than Saw. To be honest, this kind of gross-out/splatter-horror is very much not my cup of tea. If I had known the horror sub-genre that was being explored in this game, I would not have signed up for it.

4. I very much did NOT appreciate having the extremely disturbing art from the adventure sprung on me without a content warning. Again—if I had known what was coming, I would have declined to view it.

My suggestion for the future would be to have some clear content warnings about games like this, and to be very frank in the game description about exactly how dark a game like this will go.

I am glad about one aspect of playing in this game: I had backed the Grimmerspace Kickstarter, but now that I know what the content is going to be like, I realize that I will never, ever use such content at my table. This gave me time to cancel my pledge before my credit card was charged.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.


Mike "Haladir" Ferdinando

Lantern Lodge Customer Service & Community Manager

Thanks for the feedback about the game Mike. I'll bring this up internally when we discuss events for next year and work on communicating from our end with folks running games what needs to be in event descriptions.

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