You have discovered the Tabletop games! The table is optional but mysteriously traditional, with usually space for 5 players and taking 2.5 to 3 hours to play.
Pre-written characters are usually provided as part of the scenario, or sometimes created as part of the introduction.
Tabletop games at Phenomenon don’t always stay on the tabletop and some designers make use of the space available in creative ways.
Dice may or may not be involved. While some games at Phenomenon are system-based (i.e. a published system), others are “systemless” (which actually means home-brew systems or games that otherwise do not rely on dice).
New designers are highlighted: