Phoenix 2018

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Phoenix 2018 will be held at the Waipara Adventure Centre, 137 Darnley Rd, Glasnevin. That about an hour’s drive North of Christchurch. As with Chimera and Hydra, it will be residential and fully catered.

This year’s flagship is A Game of Thrones: Blackfyre Rising by Kristen and James Patten, facilitated by Malcolm, Donna, and Daena:

“Some old dead king gave a sword to one son instead of another. That was the start of it”.

In Westeros, the Targaryens rule the Six Kingdoms, as they have since they came with their dragons to conquer, bringing fire and blood. King Aegon Targaryen IV is dead, and on his deathbed has decreed all of his bastards to be legitimate heirs to the throne. His only legitimate son, Daeron II, has assumed the Iron Throne, but the length of his new reign is anything but certain. The Great Houses have called their banners and marched to King’s Landing, and it remains to be seen whether they come to swear fealty, or to plunge the Six Kingdoms into bitter war. Now, Gods, stand up for bastards!

Set in the world of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, Blackfyre Rising is a game of politics and romance, chivalry and treachery, bastardy and baseness, the bonds of blood and the will to power, and perhaps a touch of magic. There will be great lords and ladies (both honorable and treacherous), knights, holy men and women, wise maesters, noble hostages, and more people with claims to the throne than is probably healthy.

Pre-registration is not yet open, but game submissions are, and can be made here:


If you are flying in from the North Island, I would recommend an arrival time no later than 16:00 so you can coordinate with other travelers for transport. We’re arriving at ~15:30. Last year Saga were kind enough to organise car-pooling, so we didn’t have to hire a vehicle.

For return, organise departure time of 18:30 or later. Earlier may involve stress, and possibly having to skip the last round.

As of time of posting, you can get there from Wellington for as little as $120 ($60 there, $60 back, involves arriving early and a no-stress 19:30 flight back), or from Auckland for $140 ($70 there and back, but early arrival and very late departure). These prices are for Air NZ; if you fly Jetsuck, its at your own risk of just not getting there.