Apr
20
2017
3

Adventure Seed: The Grant Escape.

Just as a reminder: Julia Child was a member of the freaking OSS.

Grant Escape – Google Docs

 

The Grant Escape

Turns out that Ulysses S Grant is not actually buried in Grant’s Tomb.  He’s apparently not buried at all, in fact. And, yes, we’re talking about something that’s a bit creepier than mere grave-robbing.

It’s like this: old H.P. Lovecraft was onto something with regard to Essential Saltes — or, rather, the books of his grandfather’s that he mined for ideas were onto something.  Not the bits about cosmic horror, hopefully; but the techs keep babbling something about DNA echoes and the holographic residue thrown off by souls and the short version is, if you mix enough of a corpse with enough carbon, water, sodium chloride, and [CLASSIFIED] you can get a self-aware humanoid product of science that more or less has the skill set and memories of the original donor.

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Apr
20
2017
1

“So, hey, Moe: convert GURPS Black Ops character templates into 4E!” [UPDATED]

“How hard could that be?”

…Hard.  GURPS Black Ops PCs are very skill-oriented; I had forgotten how much space they’d take up on the character sheet.  It looks like I’m going to have to break down the common skill list on paper, try to group them by 4E’s wildcard skills, then break down each department’s skill list similarly and see where that gets us in terms of point totals.  This will… take longer than I expected.

Honestly, at this point I’d turn this into an article for Pyramid if I thought that it’d get accepted.

[UPDATE] Got it about half-done, but I’m starting to think that I may need to do a conceptional translation of the character templates, not a point-to-point one. Heavy use of wildcard skills and Talents, in other words. And maybe re-calibrate the final skill levels, too.

Apr
19
2017
1

Santo (Location) [The Day After Ragnarok]

I wish that this game line would come back.  There’s a lot of fun to be had in WWII meets Conan.

Santo (Location) – Google Docs

Santo (Location)

[The Day After Ragnarok]

 

Santo – more properly, ‘Espiritu Santo’ is an island in the New Hebrides archipelago which was the site of a truly massive American military buildup during World War II.  Engineering teams built camps, Marine and Navy bases, airfields, hospitals, and artificial harbors and drydocks capable of repairing battleships. By post-Serpentfall standards, the island is an endless treasure trove of valuable, and possibly irreplaceable, military loot.

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Apr
18
2017
1

Campaign seed: The B.A.B.Y. Protocol.

I blame Internet videos.

BABY Protocol – Google Docs

The B.A.B.Y. Protocol

 

The Broad-ABility Yield Protocol (at this level of security, you’re allowed to make puns) is that rarity: a genuine international conspiracy.  One that every government in the world has either signed up for, or at least sworn to keep quiet about.  And that’s not an idle oath, either: even the threat of the failure to do at least the latter has resulted in at least six regime changes since 1978.

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Apr
17
2017
1

Tweet of the Day, Successful #DeltaGreen Op On Atlanta’s I-20 edition.

They’re talking about a gas leak – or lack thereof – because a portion of Atlanta’s I-85 caught fire at the end of March (first picture below).  Ironically, that one was actually part of an Ordo Veritas veil-out.  OV and Delta Green tend to get along surprisingly badly, considering that they’re essentially in the same line of work…

Ooh, crossover adventures!  It’d be a memorable game.  And a short one, too.

Apr
17
2017
1

The Bundle of Holding double-barrel-dangerous Champions 4E sale.

‘Double-barrel’ because it’s in two parts. You got your Champions 4E Essentials, which is gonna cost you thirty-three bucks – look, let’s not pretend that you’re going to go minimalist here, OK?  You’re either going to open your wallet wide, or not at all.  No point trying to play the angles here.  – Anyway, that’s going to get you pretty much all the Champions genre books.  And then you got your Champions 4E Universe, which for thirty-seven bucks gets you all the adventures.  All in all, act now and spend seventy bucks and you get the entire Hero System 4E Champions line.

And that’s why ‘dangerous.’  Because that price is only going to go up.  If you’re gonna get ’em, get ’em now.

Apr
17
2017
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So, GURPS Mysteries 4E is on CreateSpace.

…hold up, I don’t have this one in print.

I mean. Wow.  It’s not every day that I can pick up a GURPS book that I don’t actually have in print already.  Seriously,  I’ve been waiting for them to put some of their electronic-only stuff up. I’m hoping for GURPS Supers 4E next, not least because I’m not really sure that it ever had a print version in the first place.

Apr
17
2017
3

Species Seed: Ant-men.

I spent the entire afternoon on this, and I’m not exactly sure why.

Ant-Men – Google Docs

 

Ant-Men

formica xenosapiens ebrios

 

Description: six-limbed sapient species standing about three and a half feet tall, in a fully-upright position.  The head resembles a terrestrial ant’s, only facing forward.  The eyes are segmented, typically blue or green in color; dietary habits typically leave an Ant-Man’s eyes in a condition where the capillaries can be clearly seen.

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Apr
13
2017
2

Also in the mail: Miskatonic University Monograph: Codex Beltrán-Escavy.

The full title is Archaeological Interpretations of Myth Patterns in the Iconography of the Codex Beltran-Escavy (Miskatonic University Press), and at ten bucks it is one of the best Call of Cthulhu RPG props I’ve ever seen that isn’t actually explicitly a Call of Cthulhu RPG prop.  The conceit is that the pamphlet is a scholarly monograph describing and analyzing a pre-Columban Codex depicting a hitherto unknown deity; while the scholars themselves are apparently blissfully ignorant of what is actually being portrayed in the pictographs, any halfway competent Mythos scholar (and/or person who plays Cthulhu Mythos games) will instantly catch on to the Codex’s true meaning.  You can easily craft several adventures around this monograph, with it as the central prop.

The artwork is also very nice. There are color drawings and a fold-out centerpiece.  The HPLHS really worked on this one.

Apr
13
2017
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Hero [TL10] [GURPS 4E]

Hero [TL10] – Google Docs

Hero  [TL10]

 

This drug is produced for the ‘primitive’ [TL8 and below] trade, and it’s typically made by those who see nothing wrong with calling members of sentient species ‘primitives’ to their face.  Hero is a variant of the ancient Terran drug heroin that combines blissful pain relief, a boosting of the subject’s general health, and artificially-boosted addictive properties.  Effects: deep euphoria for thirty minutes; +1 to HT rolls, Hard to Kill 1, and Resistance to Disease (+3) for twenty four hours. Multiple doses have no extra effect, but do not result in overdoses.

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Apr
13
2017
5

In the Mail: Paranoia: Ultraviolet edition.

There’s no picture because Paranoia: Ultraviolet Edition comes in a white box with white inlay… which means that taking a picture of it would be an exercise in frustration.  Which is, hey, an excellent descriptor for Ultraviolet-clearance citizens generally.  Anyway, if you were in on that Kickstarter then expect your game to show up soon.

One warning, though: the books are a good deal smaller than I was expecting. Something like 6 inches by 9 inches. It’s not bad, merely surprising.

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Apr
13
2017
1

Tweet of the Day, Three (And One More) Skills For GMs edition.

These are good skills, to start with:

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