Dec
06
2017
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Last hours of the Monster Hunter International RPG Kickstarter

And if they hit $125K, everybody in the Monster Hunter International RPG Kickstarter who is getting physical book (ahem) also gets a patch.  It’s a very nice patch. I’d rather like one.

 

Dec
05
2017
2

In Nomine Revisited: ‘A Real Friend.’

This one is so old I had to fix the dates. It was also written before 9/11 (I believe), when we were all more cavalier about terrorists and buildings and whatnot. I myself don’t know how insouciant I’d be on the subject if I was writing it today, and I kind of resent that.

A Real Friend – Google Docs

A Real Friend

There’s a bit of a problem.  To be specific, there are lots of bits of about eight or so problems.

You see, about eighty five years or so there was a bit of a firefight in a construction area.  It was one of those fun, zany little adventures that was fraught with enormous weight at the time — the Destiny/Fate of nations hanging on a thread, the future of humanity itself at stake, the usual stuff — but is not currently noteworthy except as the metaphysical equivalent of a Trivial Pursuit question.  Indeed, it wouldn’t even be that if it weren’t for the fact that the event spawned a minor record: ‘most Vessel replacements made during a single combat lasting less than twenty minutes’ (thirteen).

The holder of this record is Vern, a Malakite of Trade who happens to have extraordinarily good contacts among his Word’s logistics organization.  That night, he needed them: he kept getting shot out of his vessel by an incredibly obnoxious piece of Vaputech, and the usual Malakite rapid-response teams were busy putting out other fires, so he kept grabbing spare vessels and jumping back into the fight.  Well, eventually Heaven was victorious, the demons defeated, dead or fled and Vern and his allies had won the day.

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Dec
05
2017
1

The Seima Families [GURPS]

Seima Families – Google Docs

The Seima Families

Once upon a time, in the long-ago era known as the Eighties, there was a group that had all sorts of quirky, bizarre adventures that regularly placed them in mortal, yet easily resolved peril. What times they had! Exotic physics, secret conspiracies, ancient mysteries, and at least one Christmas-themed crisis (that one took twice as long to resolve as the others). But it all worked out in the end, at least for everyone who was good.

However, in the course of one of these wacky adventures our group of heroes came across a time warp (that bit about ‘exotic physics’ wasn’t a joke) that had spit out a real life ‘caveman!’ But they fixed things; the caveman (they called him ‘Lou’) amazingly picked up English pretty quickly, Lou and the group had a bunch of humorous misunderstandings, and the group eventually got Lou back to his own time.  The group was sad, but really, it was all for the best.  After all, Lou’s tribe was back there. Surely he’d be happier among his own ki… ah, friends and family, right?

Well, perhaps not.  You see, five minutes after the group left the area to go have another wacky adventure, Lou was back.  With his family (read: ‘tribe’). It was a bit of a strain for Lou to hold the time warp open for that long with his mind, but he decided that it was probably all for the best.

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Dec
04
2017
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The ‘Dracula Dossier’ Bundle of Holding.

My only argument against you folks picking up the Dracula Dossier Bundle of Holding is that the physical books themselves are very, very pretty.  I picked this line up back when it was being Kickstarted, and it was great value.  You should definitely grab this one, if you have any interest at all in playing vampire meets post-Cold War espionage roleplaying games.  Which of course you do! How could you not? (more…)

Dec
03
2017
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Werspeer [GURPS]

Werspeer – Google Docs

Werspeer [19/23]

This martial art first appeared in medieval combat instruction manuals; and it disappeared there, too.  Many scholars think that Werspeer was an elaborate practical joke; rather more think that it’s a 17th Century forgery. Certainly it’s not currently practiced, except for the inevitable hobbyists.

Werspeer purported to be a martial style primarily to be used against werewolves — the pamphlet illustrations are remarkably forthright about that — and assumed a group of shield-carrying fighters armed with specialized spears and crossbows. The basic technique was to immobilize the ‘werewolf’ with their spears, allowing a crossbowman to shoot the target safely.  Werspeer fighters were, according to the books, expected to extensively train and fight together. (more…)

Dec
03
2017
2

Werespear [GURPS]

Werespear – Google Docs

Werespear

These specialized polearms are clearly derived from bear-spears: a Werespear is a six-foot spear with a metal stabbing spear tip and a crossbar, to prevent the quarry from impaling itself further, in exchange for getting within striking range of the spear-holder.  However, this is a spear designed for fighting werewolves (and other shapechangers). The wood is reinforced rowan, and is usually smeared with various anti-werewolf herbs and unguents. The crossbar is also much longer, made of silver-coated steel, and features two additional spikes (also silver-coated steel) designed to also pierce the werewolf’s flesh.  Finally, the area below the crossbar is likewise covered with silver, just where a werewolves hands might try to grab the spear and leverage it out of the wielder’s hands. Note that the spearhead itself is not made of silver, as silver does not keep an edge well.

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Dec
02
2017
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Concombre de la Mort. [The Day After Ragnarok]

Concombre de la mort – Google Docs

Concombre de la mort

[The Day After Ragnarok]

The Concombre de la mort (‘Death cucumber’) is a mutated version of Ecballium elaterium, which is also known as the ‘squirting cucumber’ for its ability to briefly take flight under the right circumstances.  This particular North African variant has been heavily tainted by the Serpent: it now shoots itself with enough velocity to break bones, and is even more poisonous than the original. Its toxin acts as a powerful purgative, emetic, and diuretic; this generally incapacitates the victim for about an hour, unless it kills him outright. (more…)

Nov
13
2017
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Steve Jackson Games puts GURPS 4E on DriveThruRPG…

…at least, it looks like just GURPS 4e here on DriveThruRPG.  Specifically, it looks like the GURPS 4e titles I’d put on if I was getting ready to offer them as a Bundle of Holding; at first glance, the only items missing from DriveThruRPG are the ones that involve licensed properties. Which probably means no In Nomine any time soon, dammit. Still: keep watching the skies.

Nov
13
2017
1

In the Mail: Ogre Miniatures Set 1.

Shiny.  Well, actually, no, they’re plastic.  But: shiny anyway.

You can still get Ogre Miniatures Set 1 from SJG, by the way. The basic set has everything that you need to play.

Nov
07
2017
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Hypezokos, Impudite of Fate [GURPS IN NOMINE]

Ah, I remember this one. To explain the joke: the Archangel of Flowers for In Nomine is called Novalis, and she is a happy-shiny, sweet, hippie kind of Archangel. Her angels, are in fact, required to avoid committing any acts of unnecessary violence.

But there are so many complexities inherent in the term ‘unnecessary.’ I regret that the line effectively stopped being supported before it was her turn for a full write up; I had such plans for that Archangel.  Especially the part where I wrote up Novalis to be the most avowedly anti-Communist Archangel in Heaven. It would have been a glorious battle in playtest.

Alas.

Hypezokos (Impudite of Fate) – Google Docs

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Nov
06
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: Daisy, Habbalite Archangel of Cheerfulness.

Once upon a time, there was a contest on the In Nomine List to come up with the single most horrifying and horrible Demon Prince that we could possibly think of.  Something… foul, and squicky. Something thoroughly vile.

This was my entry.

Daisy – Google Docs

 

Daisy

Habbalite Archangel of Cheerfulness

The world is just so sweet and lovely that I could just hug it and hug it forever! It’s full of puppies, and pretty flowers, and fuzzy sweaters, and oh, all sorts of fun-fun things! Of course, there’s a lot of icky nasty-poo things too, like bugs and frowns, and smelly old people, but we’ll get rid of them all, and then we can all get together and sing happy songs for the rest of eternity!

Don’t you think that’s just swell?!?

I knew you would…

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