Ultimate Game Master Challenge

What’s Happening?  Ultimate Game Master Challenge (UGMC).  It is a challenge presented for those who think they deserve the title of the Ultimate Game Master.  This is the inaugural season and it was chosen to be held for 5ed D&D System in the Legacy of Mana setting.

Who can play? 16 contestants (GMs) will be chosen to compete in 4 qualifiers. (4 GMs per Qualifier). The winner of each Qualifier will move on to the Championship round to be held at SkyCon 2018, Sunday the 14th.

What is this? Each Qualifier will have a scenario to present with 3 elements that must be presented within the scenario. The GM is encouraged to use their creativity in any way (within the confines of the challenge) to incorporate these elements. GMs will have 1 hour to prepare their scenario and decide on the character’s they’re going to use or offer for use from their stable. They will then have 90 minutes to run their scenario.  Then the players will judge the GM on their skill and talent for running.  There are 4 rounds. The GM will run the same scenario of a total of 4 parties. (20 players) throughout the competition.

GMs are responsible for bringing their own dice and stable of pre-generated characters. Pens, pencils, and scratch paper will be provided. All GMs will be given a free PDF copy of the Legacy of Mana setting, and a commemorative GM Screen.  GMs may bring their own accessories (miniatures, matts, maps, dice towers, tokens, etc.)

Who will Judge? There will be 20 judges in each qualifier. They will be assigned to a party of 5 players. There are 4 rounds to judge.  The judges are encouraged to bring their own dice, but an ultimate GM should be well prepared. They will receive a score card for each GM which will be sealed and held-on to until the judging talley.

Judges will judge the GMs on their creativity, use of the elements, and execution of the scenario. How the rules are used and how the GM handles any conflict.

What are we playing for? Well, first and foremost the Title of Ultimate Game Master.  Each qualifier will have prizes for the GMs to win (prizes TBD and will vary based on entry fees and sponsorships). Each winner of the qualifier will play in the final round to be held at SkyCon 2018 October 14th.  There will be 4 guest judges and 16 judges chosen by raffle for the event.  The final scenario will be revealed and the 3 elements.  GMs will be given the information the evening before but must come prepared to run their scenario for 4, 1-hour rounds. There will be a grand prize and a trophy to the winner.

Where and when are these qualifiers and final round happening?  The first qualifier will be held Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at the Watchtower Restaurant in Waterloo.  The second qualifier will be held Sunday July 8th, 2018 at the Round Table in Guelph. The third qualifier will be held July 22, 2018 at the Watchtower Restaurant in Waterloo. The fourth qualifier will be held Sunday September 30th, 2018 at the Round Table in Guelph.  The Final Round will be held on Sunday October 14th at SkyCon 2018 at the Holiday Inn on Fairview in Kitchener, ON.

How can I apply to be a GM?  GMs must be 18+. Must be a Canadian Resident. Please send a 2 min video tell us who you are, where you’re from, a brief gaming history (RPG) and why you want to win.  The Contestants will be chosen and contacted with their assigned date for qualifier.  You may request a date, but there’s no promise that the date requested will be available. We will do our best.  If you cannot attend the date assigned and there are no other dates available or that work mutually then we will move on to another contestant. There will be a $25-dollar entry for each contestant chosen which will go towards prizes.

How can I be a player/judge? Players/Judge must be 18+. We will set up a small application process and you will be contacted for the seat.

Gen Con 2018

If you’re planning on heading down to Indianapolis this August for some gaming action, don’t forget to plan some quality time with Team Lynnvander!  We’re going to be there in full swing, demoing everything from Star Trek Attack Wing the Alliance System all the way to Cowboy Bebop, Legacy of Mana and Dragon Ball Z!  We’ll even throw in some Reanimator, Terminator and SO MUCH more!

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Check out HERE to register for events through the Gen Con official page.  We’ve taken the liberty to search the key word Lynnvander and give you a list of all our panels and game programming!


If you’re also going to be at Origins in Columbus Ohio in June, we’ll be there too! Hope to see you there!

Legacy of Mana


Legacy of Mana Returns!

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An anti-magic themed, warlords campaign guide by Team Lynnvander. Welcome to Imaria, where all magic is alive, yet no magic is safe.

Legacy of Mana is full of new classes, races and lore! We’re publishing both a Pathfinder and a 5E version of the setting guide so you can play using your system of choice.

For Pathfinder

  • Over 20 new races unique to this setting.
  • Over 10 new guilds/factions, each with their own extensive backgrounds and in game techniques.
  •  Over 30 new feats.
  •  Modified rules for how some of the most famous archetypes in fantasy settings are viewed and played in this world.
  •  Over 10 new archetypes, variants and prestige classes including original concepts never before seen in a Pathfinder setting.
  •  Over 20 new pieces of equipment and items.
  • Unique bartering system.
  • New magical airship statistics, flight and combat rules.
  • Rules for unique travel between sky realms, surface realms and sub-surface realms.
  • Unique rules for anti-magic combat including a compendium of how the basic spells of the Pathfinder Players Handbook interact with it.
  • A series of short stories spread throughout the book.

For 5E

  • Featuring an all new class that specializes in anti-magic combat.
  • Over 10 new races unique to this setting.
  • Over 10 new racial sub-types.
  • Over 10 new guilds/factions, each with their own extensive backgrounds and in game techniques.
  • Over 10 new class archetypes.
  • Over 10 new background options.
  • Over 20 new pieces of equipment and items.
  • Unique bartering system.
  • Unique rules for anti-magic combat including a compendium of how the basic spells of the 5E Players Handbook interacts with it.
  •  Rules for unique travel between sky realms, surface realms and sub-surface realms.
  • New magical airship statistics, flight and combat rules.
  • A series of short stories spread throughout the book.

More about Legacy of Mana

Legacy of Mana is a Pathfinder and Dungeon’s & Dragons 5E Roleplaying Game  compatible setting guide, created by Thomas Gofton of Lynnvander Studios. Thomas Gofton is the creative force behind board games like Albion’s Legacy, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: the Board Game, and he’s created an original roleplaying setting like nothing else we’ve ever seen. Norse Games (sister company of Norse Foundry) is excited by what this setting has to offer, and we know you will be too:


Imagine a world where Wizards and Sorcerers don’t reign supreme: a world where magic is as powerful as ever, and flows from the core of the planet itself through every living thing in the form of mana, and yet, those who wield it, those who are most attuned to it, fear for their lives, hunted to near extinction by an army of ordinary soldiers. The knights of this army carved their way across the land, empowered by alchemically crafted swords that thirsted for and destroyed mana in all of its forms, absorbing lightning bolts as harmless white light, draining magical creatures of their very life force, and converting the stored energy drained from the mana into powerful blasts of energy.

Gen Con Indy

Our entire team is headed to Gen Con Indy this year and we’ve got one heck of an action packed schedule for you. See the schedule below for more details and sign up early! This schedule was just released from Gen Con’s event staff. The list of events is below, where you can sign up.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about each of the events.  There will be more to come as we’re sponsoring some amazing things with our friends at Geek Chic.


We’re exhibiting in the main hall!  Exhibit Hall Booth #2920. Come visit us at the booth during off hours programming.  Meet our design team in full force and grab your very own copy of Albion’s Legacy, see the prototypes for Sherwood’s and more!


If you’re interested in…

AlbionsThursday 12:00noon – BGM1574096
Thursday 3:00pm – BGM1568738
Friday 11:00am – BGM1582939
Friday 2:00pm – BGM1568759
Saturday 11:00am – BGM1568763
Saturday 4:00pm – BGM1574099
Sunday 1:00pm – BGM1568768

SherwoodsThursday 12:00noon – BGM1582938
Thursday 3:00pm – BGM1573875
Friday 2:00pm – BGM1581675
Saturday 4:00pm – BGM1581676
Sunday 1:00pm – BGM1581677

ShadowrunThursday 12:00noon – BGM1568758
Friday 11:00am – BGM1581668
Saturday 11:00am – BGM1581672
Saturday 4:00pm – BGM1581673

Deep5Thursday 3:00pm – BGM1568756
Friday 11:00am – BGM1574097
Friday 2:00pm – BGM1568760
Saturday 11:00am – BGM1568764
Sunday 1:00pm – BGM1568767

ManaThursday 12:00noon – RPG1568757
Friday 5:00pm – RPG1568761
Sunday 12:00noon – RPG1568766

Natural1Friday 7:00pm – FLM1581891
Friday 7:30pm – H&H FLM1581892

The AtmaGEEK is at GenreCon

AtmaGEEK is Lynnvander

If you’re in the area of Guelph on October 4th-6th weekend I highly recommend coming to this fun, panel packed, nerd fest of awesomeness at the Delta Guelph, Hotel and Conference Centre for the annual fest GenreCon! Come get your geek on with the AtmaGEEK representing Lynnvander in all ways film, fun and fan!

Here’s the AtmaGEEK Bio PAGE

Here’s a list of the schedule – Look me up, come check out the activities and please come say hello!



Lynnvander Inc. at Dragon Con this year!

Join producer, actor and creator Thomas Gofton at Dragon Con this year for an array of panels and workshops, screenings and general discussion. Representing several initiatives, Thomas is ready to lend his career experience so far to any and all who wish to hear it.

The Dragon Con schedule is below;

Title: Filmmaking Basics and Beyond: Producing
Time: Fri 11:30 am
Location: Fairlie – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Learn the art of producing a film and the trends and the tricks that can make you successful.

Title: My Favorite Book is a TV Show
Time: Fri 04:00 pm
Location: Embassy C – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: A Song of Ice and Fire has entered the cultural lexicon, but other fantasy book series haven’t had the same luck.

Title: World Building Panel
Time: Sat 04:00 pm
Location: The Crystal Ballroom (Length: 1)
Description: Join some of the best fantasy RPG world builders as they share their creative knowledge.

Title: Are Web Series the New Short Films?
Time: Sat 05:30 pm
Location: The Learning Center – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Cheaper than a TV series and more immediate than film festivals, a web series could be the way to make your short film.

Title: The Gamers: “Natural One” and “Humans and Households”
Time: Sun 02:30 pm
Location: International South – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: A screening of two brand new shorts in the Gamers series. Q&A with the filmmakers after.

Title: The Gamers
Time: Sun 04:00 pm
Location: Fairlie – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: A look at the making of The Gamers series, its wildly successful Kickstarter run, and what’s next for the series.

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Legacy at Gen Con Indy

Legacy of Mana is coming to Gen Con Indy August 14th to the 18th and we’re ready to role-play an action packed series of adventures! See below for a list of events and register today! You can register at the following link by signing in and getting your ticket!


RPG1346014 Legacy of Mana Thu @ 12:00 PM 5 hrs
Location: Marriott :: Lincoln :: 2–3

RPG1346020 Legacy of Mana Thu @ 12:00 PM 5 hrs
Location: Marriott :: Lincoln :: 4

RPG1346010 Legacy of Mana Thu @ 5:00 PM 5 hrs
Location: Marriott :: Lincoln :: 1–3

RPG1346011 Legacy of Mana Fri @ 1:00 PM 5 hrs
Location: Marriott :: Lincoln :: 1–2

RPG1346015 Legacy of Mana Fri @ 6:00 PM 5 hrs
Location: Marriott :: Lincoln :: 1

RPG1346012 Legacy of Mana Sat @ 1:00 PM 5 hrs
Location: Marriott :: Lincoln :: 1

RPG1346013 Legacy of Mana Sun @ 11:00 AM 5 hrs
Location: Marriott :: Lincoln :: 6–7

SEM1346022 Legacy of Mana: Living World Discussion
Sun @ 11:00 AM 2 hrs
Location: Crowne Plaza :: Victoria Stn A/B


Welcome to the World of Imaria!

Imagine a world alive with magic: a world where mana ebbs and flows deep from the subterranean core, to the lush surface lands and all the way up to the sky domains floating high above the clouds. Mana is the element of existence, magic in its purest form. It is an enigma, its source as mysterious as the origins of the noble bloodlines that ruled the realms. Some have tried to wield it for higher power and some have tried to control it. There were those that simply ignored it and those who became its slave. Inevitably, there were those who wished to destroy it, to remove it from the world altogether.

Not long ago, an army of anti-mana knights invaded the realm of Krymaris bearing swords made of an alchemically enhanced alloy. These swords possessed the power to feel, manipulate and negate mana in all its disciplines. Thus the knights began to drain Krymaris of its mana, leaving it barren and desolate, and destroying every magical creature and bloodline in the process. They tore apart what little order was left to impose one of tyranny and domination.

Now the realms are in need of champions. Can the surviving rebel factions be united? Can peace ever be restored to Krymaris? And most importantly, can mana be brought back to a world that was once teeming with life?

Welcome to Imaria, where all magic is alive, yet no magic is safe…