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Masters of Wind and Wave

Book a berth aboard one of the daring ships that worked the dangerous and lucrative cod-fishing trade along the Grand Banks of Newfoundland in the colony’s early days. Challenge great storms, hunt for valuable seal and caribou meat, haggle with greedy fish-merchants, and brave death and disaster to scrape by and maybe even build a family legacy amidst the blustering weather and icy chill of northern Canada.

Masters of Wind and Wave

In the Colonial Newfoundland: Masters of the Wind and Waves set of adventures Vala explores the most dangerous frontier of the late 18th Century, where men and women came to pit themselves against the elements to make their fortune, as well as teaching skills like teamwork, self-reliance, problem-solving, and determination as they strive to become Masters of Wind and Wave.

Chapters:

  1. The Hunt
  2. Wave Over Wave
  3. Rant And Roar
  4. To Beat the Winter Wind

The Hunt

As Spring frees the seas for conquest, the Fishermen of Newfoundland are gearing up for their first chance of the year to ply their dangerous trade. Making a profit against the potential of a poor season, reconnecting with the community, and discovering strange maritime creatures and monsters, the Masters of Wind and Wave prepare for a hard year on the sea.

Masters of Wind & Wave

Gather your equipment and set out across the ice to hunt seal and cod alike, when they discover a leviathan of the deep – the Giant Squid. It will take all their wits and fortitude now that they’ve begun The Hunt.


Wave Over Wave

Community spirit is strong and anticipation running high among the fisherfolk of Newfoundland as the warm days of late summer draw in, signalling that the fishing season is finally here. Outfitting their ship, the Windrider, they set out along the Grand Banks in search of a fisherman’s fortune in Atlantic cod, daring savage winds, high seas, and the treacherous weather.

Wave over Wave

But they may not even reach shore in time to preserve their catch against the lingering summer heat, though they race desperately Wave over Wave for home.


Rant And Roar

Cultural tensions in the town are running high again after the fishing season, due to competition over yields and accusations of poor conduct out on the high seas. The fish merchants have arrived from England and America with a mandate to change their financial relationships and require exclusive contacts, and the town is nervous over the risk of being beggared.

Masters of Wind & Wave

The locals must negotiate the tension between the town’s ethnic communities to put up a strong front and negotiate a better deal from the fish merchants. Then they must pull together to survive the devastating impact of the 1775 Hurricane as it drowns thousands and ruins houses to expose the vulnerable (children, grandparents) to the storm.


To Beat the Winter Wind

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Freedom of the Bush

Explore the tangled wilderness of colonial-era Tasmania and learn how convicts lived and thrived there before the harsh tyranny of Governor Arthur. Range the bush hunting for valuable kangaroo and emu, make friends and allies among the Big River Tribe of Palawa Aboriginals, party and carouse down in Hobart Town, and meet the infamous Michael Howe before the heyday of Tasmanian bushranging comes to an end.

Freedom of the Bush

In the Early Colonial Australia: Freedom of the Bush set of adventures Vala Games explores the rich bushranging tradition of Van Diemen’s land, the freedom enjoyed by convicts before the arrival of Governor Arthur, the culture and struggles of the local Palawa Aboriginals, as well as teaching skills like good judgement, teamwork, and logical thinking.

Chapters:

  1. The Camp
  2. The Rise of Michael Howe
  3. Governor of the Rangers
  4. Coming Soon

The Camp

Leaving the world they knew far behind and embarking on an eight-month sea voyage in cramped and miserable conditions, a group of convicts are shipped down to the bottom of the world to help establish a settlement in Tasmania.

The Camp

Following in the wake of Colonel Collins as he works to establish a British colony, the convicts search for good hunting grounds, make contact with the local Aboriginal people, build the town that will become Hobart, and investigate the secrets of the nearby Bowen settlement to consolidate the position of their town: “The Camp”.


The Rise of Michael Howe

Living wild in the forests as hunters with the permission of the British government, our group of convicts make a visit to Hobart Town to sell kangaroo meat and enjoy the charms of civilisation.

The Camp

Prices are not what they hoped for, but a chance encounter with an older convict plants the seed of an idea: establish ties with the Aboriginal people to improve their situation. Sounds simple enough, if it weren’t for the government ordering them back to town, the strange ways of the Big River Tribe, and getting caught up by bushranger history with The Rise of Michael Howe.


Governor of the Ranges

Years have passed since our group of convicts first heard the name Michael Howe, and now the legendary bushranger is the topic of conversation all over, from convict drinking-halls to the dwellings of the rich and powerful. After an attempt to fire the farm of a landowner who won’t pay his debts, the convicts have a front row seat as the legend of Michael Howe begins to collapse.

Contacted by powerful figures in search of vengeance, they find themselves drawn into an investigation to find out what really happened that fateful day to the Governor of the Ranges.


Coming Soon

The World of Oliver Twist

Well now, well now, well now… so you want to visit Old London Town do you?

London Town in not-so-Merrie Olde England during that time what was called the… Industrial Revolution?

Well in that case you need to get ready for a pretty rough time of it!

Youse have been given shelter here by a bloke who they call… Fagin. You can call him “dear old uncle Fagin” if you like, if it makes you feel better; but I wouldn’t go getting too sentimental. Although he is ‘nicer’ than his ‘assistant’, name of Bill Sikes, who, truth be known, is prone to using a big stick to “keep folks in line”.

So roll up your sleeves my little thieves. Today we are welcoming new boys and girls to the gang! By the t ime ‘dear old Uncle Fagin’ and Bill have finished… instructing you in the finer points… you’ll be more than ready to hit the streets and get to work here in the World of Oliver Twist.

So let’s get going, without further ado… you’ve gotta pick a pocket or two!

Join in the merry (or not so merry) troupe of priggers, pennyweighters, and pidgeon pluckers under the ‘tender care’ of dear old Uncle Fagin in this literary romp of Dickensian proportions as we fall in with the crooks and coves of Saffron Hill around the turn of the Industrial Revolution.

Oliver Twist

Learn about teamwork and self-reliance, trust and betrayal, as well as exploring the magnificent storytelling of a true master as we toddle along with Fagin’s Gang in the World of Oliver Twist!

Winner of our Inaugural Vala Writer’s Prize

Our inaugural Vala Writer’s Prize has been a fabulous success garnering several entries from dedicated students. Thank you all for participating.

The Winner of our Inaugural Writer’s Prize was Harry Broadhead. Harry has been attending Aeoncademy since he was seven years old, and has rapidly become a stalwart of the Vala program.

Winner of the Writer's Prize
Harry, preparing himself for the scenario ahead.

Harry’s entry, Letters from Mexico, is an absolute ripper of a read, exploring the epistolary form and telling the story of the Spanish invasion of Tenochtitlan from the perspective of a conquistador. Inspired by and sourced from Fall of the Aztecs, Harry’s story lays out actual historical events from an incredibly human perspective. Congratulations Harry for your excellent work.

Special mention is due to our two shortlisted entries by Leyla and Annika, with a story sourced from our near future science fiction story Dawn of a New Horizon. Told in stream of consciousness and action-focused, Leyla’s entry is a fantastically engaging narrative that is mirrored by the beautiful comic strip interpretation of the same events.

It’s well worth a read – and you can find our top three entries, as well as a narrative pulled straight from the fantastic Young Mutant Chronicles, in our new publication AeonDawn Magazine. Available online, we also have a limited print run with a couple of copies still left for purchase! Contact the office to find out more.

Vala Writer's Prize

The Vala Writer’s Prize will open again during the Summer Holiday Program, so stay tuned for more information!

The Vala Writer’s Prize

Aeoncademy’s Vala program centres around collaborative story telling. We have all sorts of modalities to facilitate telling those stories, which all relate to character play, taking on a character in a place and time different from the participant’s own. This means that in Vala each day we work together to develop a story, a narrative,  as a group by piecing together a pastiche of different character experiences.

Vala Writers

From our earliest days, Vala’s stories have been developed into written records, with players sending in ‘Character Reports’ to the Vala facilitator to help progress the story, and the way we told stories inspired our current facilitators to where we are today. You can read more about our Vala Facilitators here.

After a fabulously successful First Edition, Aeoncademy is really excited to announce the Second Vala Writer’s Prize.


Vala Writer's Prize

The Vala Writer’s Prize

One free day in the upcoming Aeoncademy Holiday Program – worth $190.00 and publication in Æ°nDawn Magazine.

How To Enter

  • Create a narrative work in which the key element is writing, this can be a short story, novella, comic book or series of panels, or any other predominantly written work.
  • Theme – My Character’s Story – A story from a character played during the recent-most Holiday Program. This can be what happened during that day’s story, or the backstory behind the character.
  • Submissions — Submit your work as a PDF or Word document electronically to the Aeoncademy email address
  • Entries open on: January 3rd 2017
  • Entries close by: 5.00pm on 31st of January, 2017.
  • Unlimited entries per entrant.
  • Word limit  – unlimited!

Conditions of entry

  1. Entries must be your own original work.
  2. Work will not be returned to authors.
  3. Submit your story by the deadline.
  4. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. Winning and selected works may be used by Aeoncademy, whether on the website, or in print, as-submitted or with modification, in any form Aeoncademy deems fit.
  6. Published entries may be subject to editing.
  7. Entry indicates acceptance of these rules.
  8. Winners of the Vala Writer’s Prize will be notified and the prize will be awarded at the Aeoncademy Open Day, following the Live Action Dramatic Adventure Demonstration, on the 4th of March, 2017!

Judging

The stories entered in the Vala Writer’s Prize will be judged by a selection from a panel of judges made up of Vala’s content-developing Facilitators, Mathew Long, Luke Jordan, and Andrew Yallop.

The Young Mutant Chronicles

The Young Mutant Chronicles

Dive into the weird and wonderful Sea of Babiro, far away from Elfs and Towers, in our new Dawnsaga Fantasy campaign: Young Mutant Chronicles. Plucked from obscurity by genetics and fortune, learn to navigate the colourful larger-than-life world of being a heroic young mutant in the Sea of Babiro.

Young Mutant Chronicles

Experience a whole new fantastical way of life among the bustling city-states of Babiro with psychic news and television, bizarre food and drink, strange sea creatures, weird sorcerous science, all-powerful merchant nobles, and competition for the popularity and status that will earn you the best view over the gently-bubbling Sea of Babiro

Chapters

  1. Issue #0: The Triangulation Effect
  2. Issue #1: The Magnificent Why’s Ones
  3. Issue #3: The Verdigris Lantern of Faith
  4. Issue #4: Vs. the Babiron Avengers!
  5. Issue #5: The Ok-Li Plague

Issue #0: The Triangulation Effect

Exploring the vibrant Wet Market on the foreshore of bustling Denium, a group of Yu-Tu (youths) begin to come to grips with their developing Mu-Tati (mutant) powers. As they mix and mingle with the life of the market and with others experiencing strange phenomena of their own, they begin to realise that they are being watched.

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Their status as developing Yu-Tu Mu-Tati has not gone unnoticed, either by the Merc-Sec police or by the criminal Kazu-Kwai syndicate. And all this while dealing with the encroaching threat of entrapment by …The Triangulation Effect.

Issue #1: The Magnificent Why’s Ones

Rescued from imprisonment and experimentation by the mysterious Professor Why, a group of Yu-Tu (young) Mu-Tati (mutants) are trained in the use of their developing powers. Lessons in martial arts, tactics and teamwork, and public relations skills follow as Professor Why begins to shape them into Denium’s latest greatest superhero team.

Whys Ones Issue 1 - The Magnificent Whys Ones

 

But unbeknownst to them, all the while the process of their transformation is being broadcast on psychic media to rapt audiences as the bustling metropolis’ hottest new reality psi-vi show: “The Magnificent Why’s Ones!

Issue # 2: Why’s Ones Hit The Streets

With their training over and public opinion running high, our group of Yu-Tu (young) Mu-Tati (mutant) trainee superheroes experience their first patrols through bustling Denium in the final episode of “The Magnificent Why’s Ones”.

Pandemic Panic

Heroism and danger abound as they deal with thieving underlings of the criminal Kazu-Kwai syndicate, assist in an emergency evacuation, and answer the heartfelt plea of a father concerned about the safety and whereabouts of his runaway son. Look forward to all this and more on the season finale as Why’s Ones Hit the Streets.

Issue #3: The Verdigris Lantern of Faith

Answering a father’s call for aid, our group of Yu-Tu (young) Mu-Tati (mutants) superheroes enter the secretive world of Denium’s rogue philosophers in search of his missing son. With nothing but rumour and whispers to guide them they plunge ever-deeper into this community of irrational and misguided idealists before they finally rescue the wayward child.

Young Mutant Chronicles

But by then a father and son are the least of their worries, as they uncover a deranged plot that threatens the city and the dangerous and antisocial philosophy-cult behind it: the Verdigris Lantern of Faith.

Issue #4 – Versus the Babiron Avengers!

Responding to museum’s call for help after a daring heist by the criminal Kazu-Kwai syndicate, our group of Yu-Tu (young) Mu-Tati (mutant) superheroes discover they have been beaten to the job. Another new superhero team have already taken the job, but there’s no way that Professor Why will allow them to pass up the glory (and rich reward) from retrieving the stolen artefacts.

 

But if they are to win this superpowered contest and solve the crime first then our group must step up their game and be at their best in this competition of Why’s Ones vs the Babiron Avengers!

Issue #5 – The Ok-Li Plague.

A new disease arrives on the streets of Denium, veining the eyes of sufferers in garish colours, and starts to spread among the lower classes and the dirt-eaters on the outskirts.

Pandemic Panic

As disease becomes plague and starts spreading up into the high-rises, the Houses of Commerce panickedly pass a bill authorising the creation of a multi-house Merc-Sec team: the Plague Marines.

Issue #6 – Pandemic Panic.

Riots fill the streets of Denium and the Plague Marines are cracking down hard on the poor districts to restore control whilst Why’s One follow-up clues to the source of the plague (an isolated island lab called only “The Facility”) in desperate search for a cure.

Pandemic PanicThe Why’s Ones are set for a real challenge as they set out to stop the spread of Pandemic Panic!

Issue #7 – The Beast in the Underbelly.

It’s citizens still recovering from the onslaught of the Ok-Li Plague, Denium’s streets are no longer safe to walk since a range of rare and dangerous creatures were released from an illegal underground zoo at the height of pandemic panic.

The Beast in the Underbelly

Striving to put rest to rumours that certain in their own ranks were responsible, Why’s Ones get down and dirty to contain or remove the threats; but the question still remains… who or what exactly is.. The Beast in the Underbelly?!

Issue #8 – The Miasma Misadventure.

The light distorting, mist-like, atmospheric feature of the Sea of Babiro -the Miasma (Miaz-Ma)- is thought of as the life-giving breath of the ‘Mother of All’ (the Sea itself). Citizens of the City-States that bedeck Her Shores vie for position on the waterfront to enjoy the Miaz-Ma to the fullest. It’s a fine and lovely, ‘miazmical’, day when the Miaz-Ma is at its height.

Imagine their despair when a plume of smog from the back-lots, appearing animated by a sentient consciousness, sets about corrupting the Miaz-Ma of all Denium!!!

“Why’s Ones Assemble!”… The Miasma Misadventure awaits.

The Age of the Buccaneers

The Age of the BuccaneersAge of the Buccaneers

Discover for yourself the buried treasure which is the truth of the history of the famous Pirates of the Caribbean. Set sale under the flag of the Brethren of the Coast and participate in their greatest victories under the command of Captain Henry Morgan, King of the Buccaneers!

Chapters:

  1. Brethren of the Coast
  2. The Treasure of Porto Bello
  3. Classic Enemies
  4. Escape from Maracaibo

Brethren of the Coast

Captain Henry Morgan, the charismatic ‘Admiral’ of the piratical buccaneers, sails into the disreputable island of Tortuga with a plan and a promise that all those who sail with him will be rich men before it’s done. The best and boldest of the buccaneers leap to join him, duelling and quarrelling over positions and privileges, before setting out to sea to raid Spanish ships and the port of Puerto Principe. 

Brethren of the Coast

But between the vagaries of the stormy Caribbean weather, an unexpected run in with possible allies, and the undisciplined nature of the drunk and rowdy crew will there end up being any riches at all to be had for these Brethren of the Coast?


The Treasure of Porto Bello

After drunkenly allowing a prisoner to escape and forewarn the town of Puerto Principe, the buccaneer’s gained gained little when they took the city. Unable to pay their debts they cannot return to port, but Captain Morgan has a new scheme: sacking the wealthy city of Porto Bello. 

Age of the Buccaneers

Riches beyond imagining stand before the crew, but rumours of foul play during the fall of Puerto Principe breed strife among the ranks and whispers of the three heavily-armed fortresses that guard their target fill even the boldest heart with caution. They must come together and rise above fear and bickering if they hope to win their prize: the Treasure of Porto Bello.


Classic Enemies

Despite a recent peace treaty between England and Spain, buccaneering in the Caribbean continues apace. Spain refuses to acknowledge the treaty as binding beyond Europe, so despite Crown disapproval Captain Henry Morgan and his men plunder on with the support of Port Royal.

Assembling a fleet of buccaneers, Morgan is forced to grapple with the explosive consequences of a drunken celebration and the disastrous impact of gusty weather before he even reaches the lakeside town of Maracaibo to go raiding once more against the buccaneers’ Classic Enemies.


Escape from Maracaibo

Foiled in his ambitious attempt on famous Cartagena by bad weather and worse luck, Captain Henry Morgan and his crew have turned to Lake Maracaibo instead, raiding its waterside towns and acquiring plenty of plunder to fill their ships. But greed has distracted them from caution, and as they prepare to depart they discover that beyond the single path out of the lagoon wait a Spanish Vice-Admiral and three warships bristling with cannon.

 

They will need all their cunning, courage, and camaraderie if they are to pull off this daring Escape from Maracaibo.

First of the Bushrangers

Near Sydney, New South Wales / Bidjigal, Cammeraygal, Wangal, & Cadigal Countries

1788 – 1802

Before there were any wild colonial boys or daring rogues of the bush preying on the traffic between country towns and goldfield settlements, there were the very first of the bushrangers- runaway convicts as foreign at first to the bush as were the soldiers and gaol-keepers whose irons and lash they fled. What opportunities does their new found liberty present? 

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Discover for yourself where difficult decisions will lead. Maybe a handful of such people even found a way to live a life in the bush while Sydney Town itself hardly looked beyond its garrison walls?

Chapters:

  1. Escape into the Bush
  2. From Bolters to Bushrangers
  3. Bushrangers & Blackfellas
  4. The Battle for Vinegar Hill

Escape into the Bush

Moved from the struggling Sydney settlement beyond the outskirts of the colony to construct a road that will connect Sydney to the farms at Parramatta, a group of convicts take advantage of the situation to slip their shackles and vanish into the depths of the wilderness.

Escape into the Bush

 

But as wounds fester and food supplies rapidly dwindle and then run out the convicts are forced into desperate and dangerous action to escape starvation in the wilderness. Before their attempts at raiding and resupply are done they may come to rue their reckless decision to Escape into the Bush.


From Bolters to Bushrangers

The band of convicts who escaped the Parramatta roadworks have made their escape from British justice, vanishing into the deep bush. But they are learning that escaping was one thing, but surviving in this hostile landscape will be quite another. Driven by their inability to live off the land they have been forced over the months into ever-riskier action to maintain their supplies. 

From Bolters to Bushrangers

But after their latest raid ends in tragedy their situation becomes clear: if they are to find a way to thrive outside British society they must transform themselves From Bolters to Bushrangers.


Bushrangers & Blackfellas

The bolters have cut their ties with society entirely, turning their backs on their longings for British civilization and throwing in their lot with the local Aboriginal people. Through their connection with these ‘Eora’ and with Pemulwuy, a leader of the growing resistance to British expansion, the bolters are drawn into increasing outright conflict with the world from which they have fled. 

Bushrangers & Blackfellas

As Pemulwuy plans a major raid on the settlement of Parramatta, he takes the bolters ever-deeper into his confidence and begins to form an allied warband of Bushrangers & Blackfellas.


The Battle of Vinegar Hill

Three years have passed since the disastrous Battle of Parramatta, where British guns laid waste to the bushrangers and their Aboriginal allies’ resistance to the Sydney colony. Down in the town the convict population is swollen with large numbers of Irish men and women, political prisoners sent to Australia after the failed United Irishmen Rebellion.

But failure has not dampened the spirit of these newcomers, and from their fastness in the outback the bushrangers see in the Irish another chance to stop British expansion into their bushland home at The Battle of Vinegar Hill.

Legendary China

Legendary China

After the Heavenly Emperors’

The time of the Three Sovereigns, demigods whose abilities helped create mankind and impart essential skills and knowledge, and the Five Emperors, sages possessed of great moral character, is now slipping from living memory and into the mists of legend. Shun, last of the Five Emperors, gave his throne to the legendary Yu the Great, who established the Xia Dynasty, the first in China to be described in the ancient historical chronicles, the Bamboo Annals.

Delve into a dark time in China’s semi-legendary past- devastating earthquakes heralded the era of the last Xia ruler, the tyrant Jie of Xia. Years into his oppressive reign he floats about on an imperial party barge in the midst of a slave-made lake of rice wine while the Nine Provinces go to rack and ruin. Anyone speaking out against him is immediately executed.

Legendary China

The Mandate of Heaven has been withdrawn from his rule, the great Long Dragons no longer bless the land with reliable rains, and if the Nine Tripod Cauldrons are still in Jie’s possession then he has not brought them forth to make the proper sacrifices for many a year.

Chapters:

  1. The Sage of Snow-Treasure Peak
  2. The Dragon Within
  3. The Dragon’s Return
  4. Nine Tripod Cauldrons

This is a Legendary China in dire need of new heroes- do you have what it takes to face the dragon within, reclaim treasures symbolising Heaven on Earth in the name of the People, and to empower the beginnings of a new Dynasty?


The Sage of Snow-Treasure Peak

Ancient Legendary China suffers under the tyrannical rule of King Jie of Xia, who sits in his Tilt Palace drinking and partying while his people suffer and starve. Most stand by and do nothing, but there are some with the courage and will to resist his evil. A group of fledgling heroes, strangers to one another, are called by a recurring dream to seek training and guidance from a legendary sage.

Sage of Snow Treasure Peak

He is their only hope, the teacher and mentor who will help them to end King Jie’s evil and undo the damage he has done. He is The Sage of Snow Treasure Peak.


The Dragon Within

It is a time of great suffering for Ancient and Legendary China. The age of harmony and plenty when the Heavenly Emperors ruled and the great Lung Dragons brought rain and good harvests is long passed. A group of fledgling heroes, students of the legendary Sage of Snow Treasure Peak, have left him to go questing after he revealed their destiny to protect the hopes and future of all China.

The Dragon WIthinNow their first task lies before them: a great cave-mouth yawning like a passage to the underworld, the depths of which they must travel to encounter and face …The Dragon Within.


The Dragon’s Return

The group of heroes have completed their first task, returning the dragons to the Nine Provinces. This should be a time of celebration as the rain-giving elemental creatures return life to the parched farms of China. But the rain comes in a raging torrent, and flooding threaten to destroy the fertile low-lands.

The Dragons Return

Only the long-dead Yu the Great, legendary Tamer of Floods, held the secret to ending the downpour, and so the heroes must venture into haunted Gin Gul Cemetery to find his tomb and ensure that good and not further suffering results from The Dragons’ Return.


Nine Tripod Cauldrons

The group of heroes have brought back the dragons and restored the harmony of the elements, and now the Sage summons them back to learn their greatest task yet. Prince Shang of Tang and his worthiness offer the hope that the gods will bless a new Emperor to replace the tyrant Jie, but preparations are needed if this is to be fulfilled.

 

The heroes’ is the most dangerous of these tasks: to infiltrate Jie’s terrible Tilt Palace, find the lost treasures of China hidden there, and make the proper sacrifices in Shang’s name into the sacred Nine Tripod Cauldrons.