Jun
22
2017
0

Talents for Cosmic Horror Campaigns [GURPS 4E]

Talents for Cosmic Horror Campaigns – Google Docs

 

Talents for Cosmic Horror Campaigns

 

Below are Talents (GURPS Basic Set: Characters, pages 89-90) that would be suitable for a classic 1930s style Cthulhu Mythos campaign. Customization is, of course, encouraged; for example, the Cultist Talent assumes that the cultist is some sort of Tcho-Tcho or Cthulhu Cult minion. A Dagonite, on the other hand, might have Swimming and Brawling, instead of Climbing and Blowpipe.  Also: the higher the level of the Talent, the higher the likelihood of various forms of insanity. At least, that’s how it always seems to work out in the stories.

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Jun
21
2017
0

Yeah, calling it a night here.

I’m pretty deep into the first-draft stuff of the Yellow King RPG.  I might want to actually run a game in the faux-modern game world. Possibly using elements from GURPS Madness DossierI think that combining Carcosa with the reality wars concept might prove to be, and God help me for saying this, synergistic. If you don’t have Madness Dossier, by the way, you should definitely do something about that.  It’s chock-full of brain-hacking, neurolinguistic goodness.

Jun
21
2017
1

The Yellow King Roleplaying Game Kickstarter.

Brothers (and sisters), have you seen the Yellow Sign?  This one promises to be a nice, big, fat set of RPG settings for playing games where midnight approaches, and so does the Yellow King to his throne in Lost Carcosa.  It’s not going to be excessively cheap, but Pelgrane Press gives good value for the money. And they don’t like missing deadlines.

Jun
21
2017
0

Adventure seed: The Ust-Kuyga Anomaly.

Blame this.

Ust-Kuyga Anomaly – Google Docs

The Ust-Kuyga Anomaly

 

Roughly 12 hours ago, a party of illegal mammoth ivory miners came stumbling into the desolate Siberian settlement of Ust-Kuyga with an unbelievable tale. Well, unbelievable to anybody who wasn’t looking for certain keywords in babbled reports, not to say access to certain satellites that continually passively scan for spikes of certain forms of radiation. One of those satellites was in place to do a deeper scan, which turned up sufficiently positive to justify this on-the-fly briefing. It’s a long way to Vladivostok, even with military transport.  

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Jun
20
2017
0

Item Seed: The Beccar Harmonicas.

Beccar Harmonicas – Google Docs

The Beccar Harmonicas

So-called for their reappearance during a raid on a collector living in Beccar (a suburb of Bueno Aires that once boasted residents like Mengele and Eichmann) that revealed the existence of not only the harmonicas, but a veritable treasure-trove of Nazi memorabilia.  Which was actually mostly kitsch.  Deliberately so, in fact: hiding the existence of the harmonicas was the crucial objective, and what better way to hide them than to mix them in with horribly tacky busts and geegaws?

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Jun
20
2017
0

Item Seed: The Maxim Ostracod Tracer Round.

Maxim Ostracod Tracer Round – Google Docs

 

The Maxim Ostracod Tracer Round

 

The Maxim Ostracod Tracer Round has the distinction of being the only tool of war to ever be successfully banned by the Royal Interplanetary Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. And it took some doing: the British Empire’s Venusian forces swore by the things. But even the most jingoistic regimental colonel would privately concede that the RISPCA perhaps had a point.

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Jun
19
2017
0

*Finally* The Yellow King RPG Kickstarter drops Wednesday.

I’ve been haunting this damn feast for it seems like forever waiting for this Kickstarter to unmask itself. …No mask?  What do you mean, “No mask?”

Jun
19
2017
0

Georges, Angel of Trains [In Nomine]

Yeah, yeah, it’s been a while since anything original along these lines.

Georges, Angel of Trains – Google Docs

 

Georges

Cherub Master of Finances

Angel of Trains

 

Corporeal Forces: 4 Strength: 10 Agility: 6

Ethereal Forces: 4 Intelligence: 8 Precision: 8

Celestial Forces: 6 Will: 12 Perception: 12

Word-Forces: 10

Vessel/6 (Big Dude, Charisma +2)

 

Skills: Dodge/6, Driving/3, Emote/3, Engineering/3, Fighting/6, Knowledge/6 (Everything Concerning Trains), Large Weapon/6 (Club), Ranged Weapon/3 (pistol), Small Weapon/6 (sap), Tactics/6

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Jun
18
2017
5

Item Seed: Beer Gun.

Beer Gun – Google Docs

 

Beer Gun

 

This thing, to put it simply, is a monster of mid-20th century engineering.  The Beer Gun looks roughly like a drastically scaled-down version of a M61 Vulcan rotary cannon; while it is light enough to be fired by a person, there’s a handle on the top to grab while firing. The user frankly needs it, given that this thing kicks like a mule. The Beer Gun has six muzzleloading barrels: each barrel can fit one standard-sized can of Budweiser beer from the 1950s (the US Army manual that accompanies each Beer Gun is adamant that only Budweiser is to be used).  The firing mechanism is one heavy-duty titanium spring per barrel: once a chamber has been fired, it takes a total of one minute of steady ratcheting with an included jack to cock the spring back. There are no electrical or chemical components to the Beer Gun at all, and all of the mechanical parts are designed to be as rugged as possible.

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Jun
17
2017
1

So, Free RPG Day was a total whiffleball for me.

The store opened at 10 AM, and when I was there in 2016 when I got to the place at noon-thirty or so there was still tons of stuff left. So I figured getting there at quarter after 11 would be OK, right? Nope! Cleaned out within fifteen minutes.  I’d feel worse about this, except that I had two kids in tow and I wouldn’t have enjoyed standing in line with them for a half hour at 9:30 AM or so. (more…)

Jun
17
2017
0

Group Seed: Reasonable Metahuman Solutions.

Reasonable Metahuman Solutions – Google Docs

Reasonable Metahuman Solutions

 

Reasonable Metahuman Solutions (RMS) is in the metahuman employment business; which, in a world where superheroes and supervillains exist, is not particularly unusual. What does make RMS unusual is that they almost exclusively hire ex-convicts (both villains and henchmen).  The company will even hire violent ex-convicts, provided that they have served their sentences and have no outstanding warrants.  The employee demographics tend to skew towards older metahumans and henchmen, but RMS gets its fair share of younger ex-cons who had a taste of prison, and who aren’t eager to go back.

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Jun
17
2017
0

It’s Free RPG Day!

I almost missed this! Fortunately, somebody was talking about it on Facebook. Anyway, today is Free RPG Day, and there’s a enough publishers participating in it with gaming supplements that I want to justify my getting the kids dressed and over to Games and Stuff. Might as well: it looks like it’s going to spit rain today, and I gotta get ’em out of the house and doing something.

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