May
24
2018
4

OK, quick gaming story.

I ran a convention game once (In Nomine) for some of the old-school In Nomine folks; people who knew the game world, because they helped write parts of it. So I told them to bring fortune cookies, and one of each basic land from Magic: The Gathering. They asked me why. I told them to guess. (more…)

May
23
2018
3

Location Seed: The Ghost House.

Ghost House – Google Docs

The Ghost House

The Ghost House exists in whichever conveniently rural and semi-arid locale that the GM needs it to be located in. It is a small two-story single-family residence of mixed wood, brick, stone, and metal construction.  With a special emphasis on ‘mixed:’ the house is well put together, but regular aesthetics were tossed out the window. Wood slats alternate with metal sheets, the floors are bricks in some places and wood in others, and no step in the staircase to the second floor matches any other.  The Ghost House has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a basement, an attic, and is fully furnished (in the same crazy-quilt, ‘eclectic’ style). One other oddity of the place; all the lighting is fluorescent, and obviously antique.

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May
21
2018
0

Item Seed: Smoke Scabbards.

Smoke Scabbards – Google Docs

Smoke Scabbards

These charming assassination tools somehow never get officially banned by various nations or public institutions; Smoke Scabbards are simply too useful. In their natural form a Smoke Scabbard is a dirty grey-brown thin sheet of magical fabric. When it’s used to completely wrap a weapon (usually no larger than a dagger), the sheet and whatever it’s wrapped around transforms into a cohesive cloud of gas that can be inhaled and kept in a container — like, say, a pair of lungs — for eight hours.  At the end of that eight hours, the Scabbard is expulsed from its container and solidifies back into a sheet and whatever it was wrapped around. If the Scabbard was being kept in somebody’s lungs, the expulsion does not cause direct damage but is highly unpleasant.  Note that the magical effect can be ended early, if desired.

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May
17
2018
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Dragonfly [GURPS 4e]

Dragonfly – Google Docs

 

Dragonfly [600 pt]

Attributes [310]: ST 18 [80], DX 16 [120], IQ 12 [40], HT 16 [60]

HP 18, Will 14 [10], Per 12, FP 16

Basic Lift 65
Damage 1d+2/3d

Basic Speed 8, Basic Move 8, Air Move 16, Ground Move 8, Water Move 1

Social Background
TL: 8 [0]
Cultural Familiarities: Western

Advantages [325]: Ambidexterity [5], Charisma (1) [5], Combat Reflexes [15], Damage Resistance (20) [100], Danger Sense [15], Enhanced Dodge (1) [15], Enhanced Parry (All Parries) (1) [10], Enhanced Tracking (2) [10], Extra Arms (2) [20], Extra Attack (2) [50], Fit [5], Flight (Winged) [30], Gifted Artist (4) [20], Regeneration (Slow: 1HP/12Hr) [10], Reputation (Stalwart hero) (3) (All the time; Almost everyone) [15]

Disadvantages [-70]: Code of Honor (Comics Code) [-15], Enemy (Supervillians) (Medium-sized group (6-20 people)) (9 or less) [-20], Honesty (12 or less) [-10], Pacifism (Reluctant Killer) [-5], Sense of Duty (Society) (Entire Race) [-15], Unnatural Feature (Six-armed humanoid winged dragonfly) (-5) [-5]

Quirks [-5]: Thinks she can sing [-1], Constantly sketches interesting things [-1], Likes pets [-1], Prefers to fight robots instead of humans [-1], Patient [-1] (more…)

May
16
2018
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Grand Vizier Bartholomew Morraine [The Day After Ragnarok]

Grand Vizier Bartholomew Morraine – Google Docs

Grand Vizier Bartholomew Morraine

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

Bartholomew Morraine is the very model of a classic grand vizier: he is tall, saturnine, sports a goatee, wears silken robes whenever he can get away with it, and never goes anywhere without his blackwood staff.  He is currently more or less in charge of whatever North American petty-kingdom the players next encounter, and it is widely (and accurately) whispered that Morraine is a sorcerer of no little skill. Certainly he has no trouble with binding others to Morraine’s service, and probably his will as well.  Ah… the King’s (or Premier’s, or President’s, or Mayor’s) service, of course.  There’s always a figurehead in place, while Morraine rules from the shadows. He prefers it that way.

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May
15
2018
6

Tweet of the Day, :Twitch: :Twitch: edition.

Well now.

Of course, I want the new Car Wars. :pause: Also.

May
15
2018
15

So, no Origins for me now.

I was planning to hit it this year as a reentry into the larger gaming con experience, but after this ridiculous Larry Correia dis-invitation nonsense I ain’t going.  Which is fine: it was going to be expensive, anyway… what? No, not the hotel and the registration or even the airfare. I was going to be at a gaming convention.  With a working credit card.  It was going to be a horrorshow, to the point where I might have had to decide on whether to jettison clothes to make room for purchases.

:spreads hands: But, hey, Origins: you do you. I’m sure that nobody wanted my money, anyway.

Moe Lane

PS: I recognize that this is close to the Line.  Sorry.  But I ain’t no coward.

May
15
2018
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Seed: Spokuruna.

Spokuruna – Google Docs

Spokuruna

 

Spokuruna originates in Latvia, mostly by accident.  The country has been fought over several times over the last century or so, invariably by regimes nasty in word and deed, which means that there have been a lot of people killed suddenly, and with unfinished business.  As anybody familiar with spectral phenomena can tell you, that’s an excellent way to get ghosts. And that is exactly what has happened in Latvia, as it has happened throughout human history. It mostly doesn’t matter, as most ghosts can’t be seen by anybody who isn’t Sensitive in a particular way, anyway.

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May
14
2018
1

Location seed: North American Amusements, Inc.

North American Amusements, Inc – Google Docs

North American Amusements, Inc.

 

North American Amusements (NAA) is run out of a warehouse-office building on the outskirts of Bakersfield, California.  It’s been there since about 1974 or so; the company employs about ten or so people, mostly in the warehouse. The company owner is listed as ‘Maggie Rogan,’ but nobody’s seen her for decades. But the taxes and utilities get paid on time, so nobody fusses much.  Besides, in some ways working for NAA is a dream job.

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May
13
2018
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Location Seed: The Frothing Sloth.

Frothing Sloth – Google Docs

The Frothing Sloth

 

It is (correctly) said that this fantasy inn was first owned by one Jon the Surly, a mercenary of fearsome visage and skill who terrorised whatever battlefield he was on until a magical curse forced him into retirement.  It is also said that the curse was one of shapeshifting, which is also correct. Every night, on the night of the full moon, Jon the Surly turned into an equally surly giant sloth.

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