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Steel Aces Intrude 2
The Steel Aces are on hiatus. However, Frankie Mendoza, an incredibly talented artist, who has worked on shows like #Archer and #Unsupervised, continues to amaze with his interpretations of the Steal Aces! Check out the entire team.
From Left to Right: Bulwark, Crossfire, Nox, Ronin, Elf, Guardian, Wayfarer, and Vigilant
https://housedok.com/comic/steel-aces-interlude-2/

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Steel Aces – Interlude 2
 
Adventure Seed: Diversionary Tactics
It's starts with an attack on the traffic control systems, triggering accidents all over the city. Things only get worse from there? Can you stop Backlash before he turns the city into a federal disaster zone?
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Diversionary Tactics
 
This week's Traveller session sees the crew jumping into the Anundarluu nebula, a strange region in Reft. They're heading to explore a comet where the Deepnight Endeavour picked up its infection from. During the jump though, some of the crew start getting strange dreams.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/07/bad-dreams-dead-rats.html
#traveller #rpg #roll20

Bad Dreams, Dead Rats
 
We have come to the end of the fourth chapter of Strange Aeons, The Whisper Out of Time, and are ready to head off into the next part of the adventure path, What Grows Within. We managed to find what we needed, and rescue some slaves, whilst avoiding various subplots which involved grinding for XP. We got given the XP anyway, for being sensible enough to avoid them.

Personally, if I ever run another Pathfinder adventure path, I think I'd deliberately remove all the XP grinding sections so we can get them finished in a reasonable time.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/06/what-the-elf-said.html




#rpg #roll20 #pathfinder
What The Elf Said
 
Steel Aces Intrude
The Steel Aces are currently taking a hiatus, but that doesn't mean we don't have fun new content. Check out the amazing line art from Frankie Mendoza!
https://housedok.com/comic/steel-aces-interlude-1/

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Steel Aces – Interlude 1
 
We're back to a full group for this session of Traveller, and are now just at the point where the PCs are ready to begin the mission to enter the Anundarluu. I expected us to be at this point some weeks ago, but illness and side quests have delayed things a bit.

The in-game clock has clicked around to the start of 1107. One thing that I do like about Traveller is that time moves on, unlike in some other games where you seem to go from 1st to 20th level in a few months. It gives opportunity to have things happening in the background at a reasonable pace.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/06/new-year-new-mission.html




#rpg #traveller
New Year, New Mission
 
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An adventurer gave this #dungeon a bad review on #Yelp. ("Yelp" is #Orcish for "this wall here".)

#RPG #Roleplaying #Games #DnD #graffiti
 
I normally use TravellerMap when running Traveller adventures, but the Deepnight Revelation campaign will be taking the PCs to places TravellerMap doesn't cover, so I'll be using my own WorldGen to populate these sectors.

I've also using it to flesh out the systems in charted space, which means adding better support for binary and triple star systems since a lot of the UWP data includes such systems. So far, 56,244 planets and moons have been mapped, across 1,798 systems and 14 (mostly empty) sectors.

And I've just realised I've already used 248GB of a 1TB disk. I think I need a bigger drive.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/06/uwp-star-system-types.html




#traveller #rpg
UWP Star System Types
 
Animal Powered 10: Shark
Half shark, half man! .. They bite, they fight!

Jawesome!
https://housedok.com/animal-powered-11-shark/

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Animal Powered 11: Shark
 
Had the opportunity to speak with Mildra the Monk. We talk a about the influences behind Metahumans Rising, both role-playing games and comics. Then we dive into topics like avoiding analysis paralysis in a Superhero RPG and how the system handles balancing different characters and building trickier character concepts.



#Metahumans #MetahumansRising #Superheroes #RPG #TTRPG #Interview
 
Patron Adventure Seed Poll
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Diversionary Tactics: Backlash is targeting infrastructure throughout the city, causing blackouts and chaos. This is way outside his M.O; until you consider there's not a paycheck he didn't like. Who's really behind Backlash's attacks? What are their goals? And, can you stop them in time?

Legacy of C.A.I.N.: In 1996 an android was created to explore the harshest environments on earth. Something went wrong and CAIN became self aware. After years of terrorizing the corporations that made him CAIN disappeared. A recent break-in at a XST Research Facility indicates someone is trying to recreate the android.

Party Crashers: The first international space elevator is nearing completion on the island of Kiribati. However, a local extremist group doesn't want their home turning into a colonial outpost. The heroes have been asked to show support and prevent anything from going wrong. While the militants have their muscle, Chimera is also watching the orbital launch platform for their own goals.

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Adventure Seed: The Immortal’s Trail
What starts as your run of the mill museum heist evolves into a globe trotting adventure through history. Walk the Immortal's Trail, and uncover the secrets of Pythagoras.
https://housedok.com/the-immortals-trail

Want a preview of what's in store? Check out our Actual Play on the Wandering DM's Twitch stream.
Part 1: Museum Troubles https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1037520476
Part 2: On The Immortal's Trail https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1045063546

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The Immortal’s Trail
 
Steel Aces 23: A Price To Be Paid
We close the first issue of Steel Aces catching up with the ever charming Deputy Director Baylock, following his meeting at Fort McNair.
https://housedok.com/comic/playing-jacks-page-23/

With the conclusion of our first issue we will be taking a break, and reviewing the comic. In the meantime, check out our guest appearance on the Wandering DM's Twitch channel. You can see Bulwark and Nox in action along with Tecnica a member of the Metahumans Rising Hall of Legends.
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Playing Jacks, Page 23
 
We are down a player this week for our Traveller game, but we finish off the current investigation on the world of Eskandor anyway since we're going to be skipping next week since we'll probably be down two people.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/05/soldiers-heart-chained.html
#rpg #traveller
Soldier’s Heart Chained
 
Adventure Seed: Gator Bites
People are going missing in the Louisiana swamps, the heroes have been asked to investigate. Do they have what it takes to uncover truth of Krotz Springs, the adjacent basin, and face the Swamp Mother?
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Gator Bites
 
We had ended the previous session of our Pathfinder Strange Aeons game with one character leaping through a magical portal and forcing us to follow her, despite being down on hit points and spells.

The insane angel that we faced looked daunting, but several criticals and a lucky success with a Possession spell turned it into a quick and easy fight. Unfortunately I was in its head when it died, which has given the GM an opportunity to provide my psychic character a double-edged 'gift'. As if I don't have too many people in my head already.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/05/broken-angel.html
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Broken Angel
 
Steel Aces 21 & 22: Size Doesn’t Matter
Chimera's resources may be cast. In the end, there is only one question for Guardian.
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Playing Jacks, Page 21 & 22
 
As we run up towards the start of the Deepnight Revelation campaign, the Travellers are getting involved in investigating a local plot involving missing hunters and talking stones on the world of Eskandor. Many of the local's aren't too interested in finding out who killed some off-world hunters who were hunting their endangered animals, and the Imperium representatives at the starport are interested but don't have the authority to interfere in local matters.

#rpg #travellerrpg

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/05/elmos-wilderness-travel.html

Elmo’s Wilderness Travel
 
Animal Powered 10: Rabbit
Quick reflexes, fast and agile, the Rabbit is great for avoiding danger.
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Animal Powered 10: Rabbit
 
Had something of a half of a session of my #Solo #MightySix #RPG #Game. It was an information-gathering scene. While I did gather enough information to move the story forward, it didn't feel like it was enough for a satisfying scene. My experience with solo games is that information tends to build in momentum, perhaps even more than when GM'ing a game for a group. I've been taking a few stray moments here and there to generate ideas, writing everything down and taking what sticks, so that I can continue to build upon what I have so far, until I feel like action is appropriate.

In the meantime, I also have to write out a couple character sheets. When I started this campaign, I generated a small cast of #Superheroes and villains, with some notes on a few of them. Now it looks like some of those characters are coming into play, so I'll need more than just notes and ideas.

#Superhero #ttrpg #Gaming
 
I've started expanding my WorldGen software again, in order to use it more extensively with my Traveller campaign. Adding some more world types, and taking a look at some of the possible types of dwarf planets.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/05/proto-thermic-dwarfs.html



#rpg #scifi
Proto Thermic Dwarfs
 
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#DragonAgeDarkFortress #1 (2021) #SachinTeng Cover & #FernandoHeinzFurukawa Pencils, #NunzioDeFilippis & #ChristinaWeir Story The next chapter in the world of #BioWare's award-winning dark fantasy #RPG #DragonAge begins here! Deep within enemy territory, the warrior-legend Fenris and a fearless team of Inquisition agents prepare to assault a fortress said to be unbreakable in a bid to prevent the unthinkable from being unleashed. o The continuation of Dragon Age: Blue Wraith! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0937HY7TZ?ref=myi_title_dp

 
Animal Powered 9: Octopus
It's tentacle time! This was one of the most fun and toughest builds to put together. Trying to cover everything an octopus can do as a superhero was more than tough. Consider adding Surprising to this build for more tentacle love.
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Animal Powered 9: Octopus
 
In our Traveller campaign, the crew are heading back to the Imperium in order to meet up with an expedition to investigate the source of the Deepnight Endeavour infection. I try to use the starship combat rules again, but quickly give up because they really don't do what I want them to do.
https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/04/going-home.html




#rpg #travellerrpg
Going Home
 
Steel Aces 19: Hero is a Strong Word
Before the meet and greet can get to out of control, Guardian has a few words for the crowd. Also, Crossfire comes to his own realization.
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Playing Jacks, Page 19
 
Not much 'adventuring' this week in our Traveller game, since I needed to discuss some things about how we are going to run the upcoming Deepnight Revelation campaign. We also have a discussion about accessibility. The TravellerMap is pretty awesome - but it's considerably less awesome if you can't see, so we talked over some options for making the information in it accessible so that all my players could use it.

If anyone else has run Traveller for blind players, I'd be interested in hearing ideas on ways to allow them to 'see' a Traveller star map.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/04/planning-for-deepnight.html
#travellerrpg #rpg #roll20
Planning for Deepnight
 
In our Strange Aeons Pathfinder game we continue to explore the Mysterium in the city of Katheer. There are strange creatures here, and it turns out narrow corridors and a dread wraith aren't a good combination for those wishing to avoid having their life drained. At least my phantom could go incorporeal to fight it.

https://blog.notasnark.net/2021/04/oozes-dont-read.html
#roll20 #rpg #pathfinderrpg

Oozes Don’t Read
 
Adventure Seed: The Night Warden’s Sights
It starts with thwarting an assassination attempt. In the aftermath, the heroes find themselves hunted by the deraigned Night Warden and his personal army of trustees.
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The Night Warden’s Sights
 
Steel Aces 18: Moral Police
With everyone rallying an undisclosed base below the Potomac, it's time to fill in a few of blanks around some of our heroes. Weather they like it or not.
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Playing Jacks, Page 18
 
Animal Powered 8: Koala
Eat poison, survive falls, "mark" your foes, yeah your kind of gross, but you're also cute!
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Animal Powered 8: Koala
 
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Dragon Hunting Notes: Sailback Dragons


As an aside, Sea Dragons exist in my dragon hunter setting. However, humans do not really hunt them, so whatever. They:

1) Have a body plan similar to an oarfish

2) Fly like nothing on our Earth, using their entire body as a flying wing

3) Use sidewinding to move on the ground

4) Swim like a snake or eel

Sailback dragons are legless reptiles. They were initially somewhat small, and developed stickle-back spines as a defense from constrictor snakes. These spines became a spiny neural sail from head to tail.

Forest sailbacks began to glide from tree to tree using their bodies for lift like flying snakes. However, flying snakes are flattened horizontally, while sailbacks are flattened vertically. This means sailbacks can fly, even though flying snakes can only glide. The natural snake-like undulating motion produces thrust like flapping wings.

Ironically, sailbacks did not last in forest environments. Their flying wing body plan may have been fine for wrapping around the nearest tree, but pterosaurs could nimbly maneuver between branches for longer flights. Pterosaurs and snakes muscled out sailbacks from forests.

Sailbacks moved to coasts and rivers, occupying mostly seabird niches. They were excellent divers and swimmers, much better than pterosaurs.

Sadly, the K-T event almost wiped out sailbacks. Birds flooded into their niches, leaving the remaining sailback survivors as evolutionary relics. By the time humans arose, a sailback dragon was a rare and spectacular sight.

It will be a long time before humans understand how sailbacks fly. They look like snakes magically suspended in the air; their undulating motion looks nothing like flapping wings. Foreign scientists will be skeptical of their existence. Even after dead bodies will force them to admit that these wingless dragons exist, they will long refuse to accept they can fly.

Actually, when viewed from directly below, the body wing is apparent, but most of the rare sightings would be from an angle where the undulating motion would be the most visible thing.

Regardless of foreign skepticism, natives celebrate sailback dragons as noble magical creatures. This contrasts with the (well earned) reputation of pteropod dragons as cruel and evil. Dragon hunters are skeptical of their existence, so obviously they have no interest in hunting sailbacks.

OTOH, sailors worldwide fear giant flightless sea serpents, which occupy the niche of our large toothed whales, such as sperm whales. In myths, these sea serpents are often regarded as related to pteropod dragons, but in fact they are only distantly related. Even though dragon hunters dismiss sea serpents as mere sea stories, most will go along with the myths if they can get a "free" ride for protecting a ship.

To get some idea of how this would look, see this video:



The drone in the video only waves incidentally, but that wave motion is how a sailback dragon would fly.

#gizmo #dragons #pterosaurs #RPG #WorldBuilding
 
Steel Aces 17: A Fine Wine or Grape Vinegar
Brought together for the first time, there are questions that need to be answered before real discourse can begin.
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Playing Jacks, Page 17
 
Adventure Seed: Mock Madness
Mock Madness follows the events of Burning the Midnight Oil pitting the leaders of the Brood and the Black Dragon Fitness Club in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Can the heroes piece together what's going on before it's too late?
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Mock Madness
 
Steel Aces 16: Burn Order
The Doc may look calm and collected, but what's on her mind?
https://housedok.com/comic/playing-jacks-page-16/

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Playing Jacks, Page 16
 
Animal Powered 7: Hawk
Take to the skies, spot your target, and drop in unexpectedly. Hawk heroes are mobile and dangerous.
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Animal Powered 7: Hawk
 

Character a Day 2021: Dungeon Crawl Classics – Day 3

from https://write.as/chuckdee/character-a-day-2021-dungeon-crawl-classics-day-3

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TL;DR



This is definitely a hail back to older ages, and some things I discarded even then. I suppose the fast character creation is a nod to the funnel that the characters have to go through- why waste time on a character that probably won't survive. But it's a lot different than the qualities I look for in a character creation system.

On to the system itself, since I'd never seen it- the dice chain is a novel idea, at least on paper. Basically, you have the dice ordered from smallest to largest, and though there are modifiers, when they become high enough, you promote to the next die in the chain. So if I was rolling a d20 to attack, and had enough modifiers, I'd roll a d24 instead. That brings me to the problem- I had a hard time telling the difference between some of the dice, so I think it would get to be a bit much in play.

But even more to deal with- the tables. There are tables for everything. That's an exaggeration, but not by much. I really don't know how you'd deal with that in play. I guess a good screen would help, but with so many spells having tables, there's no way to fit them all on a screen.

Reading a bit more about the funnel, I'm not sure there's a way to solo it. I'm also not sure that I'd ever actually run it, though I might play in it. The material is awesome, but not so sure about the system.

Final Build



Name: Alin Bexley

Strength: 11 (+0)
Agility: 14 (+1) Ref: +1
Stamina: 13 (+1) Fort: +1
Personality: 15 (+1) Will: +1
Intelligence: 17 (+2) Languages: Common, Dwarven, Elven
Luck: 14 (+1) Bountiful Harvest: Hit Points

Hit Points: 4
Wealth: 38 Copper
Experience: 0 XP
Occupation: Outlaw (Shortsword, Leather Armor)
Alignment: Neutral
Equipment: Flint & Steel
 

Character a Day 2021: Dungeon Crawl Classics – Day 2

From https://write.as/chuckdee/character-a-day-2021-dungeon-crawl-classics-day-2

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Name, race, and gender are three of the things I can pick... but I'll generate them randomly, coming up with Alin Bexley, Human Female. I'm not generating a background for a character that is possibly throw away.

Step 1: Generate Stats



Going oldschool- 3d6 in order of stat. And I see that this character will definitely be a sacrifice to the funnel, as all of the character's luck went into the stats.

Strength: 11 (+0)
Agility: 14 (+1)
Stamina: 13 (+1)
Personality: 15 (+1)
Intelligence: 17 (+2)
Luck: 14 (+1)

Step 2: Roll on Luck Table



Luck roll – d30 –> 25 = Bountiful Harvest: Hit Points

I think this means that she gets to add her Stamina bonus to her hit points each level, but I don't see it explained anywhere.

Step 3: Other Stats



Hitpoints – 1d3 –> 3 + 1 = 4.
Wealth – 5d12 –> 38 cp
Occupation – d100 –> 82 = Outlaw.
That gives me a shortsword and leather armor.
Random Item – d24 –> 8 = Flint & Steel
Alignment – Neutral (Again a pick, but might as well go for the middle)
Languages – Common +2 more (Int mod). Dwarven and Elven

Step 4: Record Saves



Ref +1, Fort +1, Will +1
 

Character a Day 2021: Dungeon Crawl Classics – Day 1

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Introduction



I just picked up Dungeon Crawl Classics as an add-on for the Empire of the East Kickstarter. I've never played it, but heard a lot about it, so considering that I wanted to get Empire of the East for background information, along with Lankhmar, I figured I might as well get the base game too.

From first glance, it's a lot different than other games that I've played- a lot of it is random. And not just in a 'roll your stats and class' kind of random way- but a 'default character creation is to create many characters and send them through a funnel' kind of way.

This one, I think is going to be a bit different because of that- I'm going into this not knowing what the end character will look like. I'm just going to create a character for the funnel, and see how it turns out.

I have an idea if I like the game, I might run some for myself solo just to see how it turns out.
 
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Those of you in the #RPG world recently may not be too familiar with #burningwheel . I stumbled on a pretty good overview of the philosophy therein that really makes me want to look at it even more along with the ActualPlay Youtube streams.

https://www.indiegamereadingclub.com/indie-game-reading-club/burning-wheel-back-in-the-saddle/

A good quote from the post:

"The game has a strong underlying philosophy, and it continues to be best-in-class for teaching trad folks what is de rigueur in much indie-style play: #radicaltransparency, strong authorial collaboration among everyone at the table and not just the GM, that uncertainty can be good, that #consent is powerful." #indie
 
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Dragon Hunting Notes: Pteropod Dragons


Here's my take on dragons for a dragon hunter setting. They:

1) Fly like pterosaurs

2) Run like tyrannosaurs

3) Have armor like crocodilians

4) Spread fire like firehawks

In this fantasy world, pterosaurs had scute armor because they evolved from crocodyliforms. Stronger winds, increased air density, and reduced gravity helped increase their max weight and size beyond Quetzalcoatlus.

Some pterosaurs survived their K-T event. These evolved from quadrupedal pterosaurs into bipedal "pteropods" ("wing feet"). The pteropods took over niches left behind by large theropods. Bipedalism let them get even bigger than before, thanks to running launch.

Pteropod arms are powerful, used for both flying and running. Their hind legs are almost vestigial, being used only to help shape the wings for maneuvers in flight, and help fold away the wings on the ground.

The "knees" are actually wrists. The "ankles" are actually finger roots. The "feet" are actually fingers, ending in hooves.

The stiff armor scutes are like an exoskeleton. This makes the body pretty stiff, but the neck can still bend well side-to-side so the pteropod can preen itself.

Different pteropods had different lifestyles. Some spent most of their time on the ground; some went flightless. These went extinct when their megafauna food sources were killed off by hominids. Others were vulture-like, but they shrank along with the food supply. The remaining giant pteropods are the "true" dragons - dragons that can "breathe" fire.

Dragons don't project fire like a flame thrower, but rather they hold burning brush/twigs in their beaks which they use to set other things on fire. They control the fire by exhaling through the mouth to fan the flames, or closing their beak to keep it from burning too hot.

Dragons strategically set fires, like firehawks, to flush out and trap herds. Then, they can slay the concentrated animals left and right on the ground, expending little effort for a lot of food. Thus,they don't depend on megafauna like their extinct relatives. (This strategy would have been too risky for flightless pteropods, but the "true" dragons can fly if needed to escape the fire.)

These dragons are very intelligent, as fire hunting requires a lot of intelligence to pull off. Some use flint to initiate fire on demand. Others use lava if available; others may maintain ongoing fires. In all cases, fire hunting only works in dry conditions with a herd in a position within suitable fuel. Dragons can rest in a reduced energy state to wait out wet conditions, and then soar to scan for a herd in a good position.

Ironically, hominids caused dragons to increase in size. Before hominids, dragons were mostly social pack hunters. But these smaller dragons were vulnerable to hominids with spears. The bigger solitary dragons were too tough for hominids to take on, and they got even bigger and tougher without food competition from the pack hunters.

These dragons are an utter terror for humans. Obviously livestock and humans are easy snacks, and this is a big problem when a dragon hasn't been able to fire hunt in a while. But also, dragons like to randomly set human stuff on fire just to see them scurrying around. This isn't just malice, it's an evolved play behavior to practice fire setting and study how fire propagates and corrals prey. However, the human victims just see a dragon taking sadistic pleasure in watching them suffer.

So, these dragons are tough, they're big, and they're cunning. And the humans have incentive to hunt and kill them ... if they can ...

#gizmo #dragons #pterosaurs #RPG #WorldBuilding
 
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Character a Day 2021: Waste World – Day 3

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TL;DR



The character turned out exactly the way that I'd envisioned him. However, this is one of those cases where you revisit an older game that you played when you were younger, and realize why it's on the shelf. It definitely has some serious 90s aesthetics in the crunch. However, I will say that you can't put all of these in the same box; the section on description, personality traits, and story hooks were additions that really help flesh out the character and put him into the world he inhabits.

Final Build



Name: Takeshita Yoshimi
Occupation: Ronin
Metrozone: Shogunate

Background



Takeshita was a loyal servant, and he was loyal for loyalties sake. Not because he was a great warrior, though he was. Not because his family was pre-eminent in the Toro clan, though it was. Not because his own star was on the rise after a glorious death bringing down a plot by the Kobara clan, though it was apparent. Only on his second incarnation, his name was spoken in tones with the great samurai of old, and he was stationed far above his age. But then it all came tumbling down. Not because of anything he'd done. It turns out that even though he was too high profile a target, his father was not. He knows that his father's shame was manufactured, but it was within his Overlord's right to force his father to commit seppuku, plunging his own blade into his karma chip- bringing real and lasting death. Takeshita was supposed to do the same, and in going to the great void, it would have restored his family's honor. But the Overlord instead came for his family, not allowing him to do so. Takeshita fought back, but in the end was captured, along with his mother, sister, and brother. The Emperor himself stepped in, sparing Takeshita of a dishonorable death in favor of banishment and Ronin status. But he would not overturn the ruling, and so his family and all of his father's wealth was taken by the Overlord. On that day, Takeshita found out that his loyalty had its limits, and vowed to tear down all that he'd helped to build up.

Physical Description



Wiry, with a runner's build, Tak is graceful in motion. He's tall by Shogunate standards, standing at 180cm, and weighs 70 kg, with every inch of his upper torso and arms tattooed in a gorgeous painting of a tiger stalking through a fantastical background. He keeps his black hair messy- he used to keep it perfectly coiffed, but since his queue was cut at his banishment, he hasn't worried overmuch about it. With his glittering black eyes, he'd be handsome if his features weren't so haunted. He was allowed to keep his armor, so he is well kitted for a Ronin, though he's painted it muted colors as he's not allowed to fly Toro colors, though his mask still bears the image a proud tiger, betraying his origins.

Personality Traits



He borders on obsession with three tasks: finding out how and by who his father was betrayed, finding and freeing his family, and taking down the corrupt overlord that he knows had something to do with his fall. He's still unsure of the Emperor, and teeters between cursing and thanking him for the burden that lies on his shoulders. He seems serene, and holds a tight rein on his emotions, but when stirred out of that, the emotions that simmer beneath the surface become like a raging fire, burning any that come close. Because of this, he walks the line between suicidal and determined, depending on how heavy the burden lays on his shoulders. In those few times he finds peace, he is introspective and gracious, but soon enough, the memory returns to ruin any semblance of a normal life he might reach for.

Story Hooks



There is the obvious of the corrupt overlord, finding his family, and finding out how his father was betrayed. Less obvious is why the Emperor spared him and those few friends sympathetic to his fall. There is also the House of Tremontaine in Hydra- during his height, he was the cause of their fall when he foiled an incursion of their experimentation in the badlands. They've not been able to directly strike at him because of the simmering cold war between the City-States. However, he's not under the protection of the Shogunate anymore, so is at risk.

Characteristics



DX ST IN PW MR CC LF
+3 +1 0 0 5 100 15

Advantages



Ambidextrous, Karmachip (Disabled), Lightsleep, Charismatic

Disadvantages



Ronin, Samurai Code of Honor: Total, Obsession: Hatred of Katsunosuki Hiraka, Hunted: House Tremontaine

Skills



Acrobatics +2, Blade +3, Climbing +2, Dodge +3, Driving (Skimmer, Wheeled) +1, Forceblade +4, Martial Arts +3, Quick Draw (Force Blade, Blade) +4, Handgun +3, Ride (Horse) +3, Stealth +1, Swimming +1, Awareness +2, City Lore (Shogunate) +1, Courtier +2, Intimindate +1, Leadership +1, Lore (Tactics) +2, Navigator +1, Survival +1

Special Abilities



Way of the Tiger
–> Techniques: Tiger Strike +1, Tiger Spring +2, Tiger Claw +1, Claw Swipe +1
–> Bugei: Tiger Roar, Blazing Tiger Spring

Equipment



Medium Ceramic Armor (AR:6)
2 Force Blades
Blaster Pistol
Heavy Horse with Dermal Armor (AR:1)
 

Character a Day 2021: Waste World – Day 2

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Build



Step 1: Concept



Shogunate, Former Toro Ronin

Step 2: Physical Description



Wiry, with a runner's build, Tak is graceful in motion. He's tall by Shogunate standards, standing at 180cm, and weighs 70 kg, with every inch of his upper torso and arms tattooed in a gorgeous painting of a tiger stalking through a fantastical background. He keeps his black hair messy- he used to keep it perfectly coiffed, but since his queue was cut at his banishment, he hasn't worried overmuch about it. With his glittering black eyes, he'd be handsome if his features weren't so haunted. He was allowed to keep his armor, so he is well kitted for a Ronin, though he's painted it muted colors as he's not allowed to fly Toro colors, though his mask still bears the image a proud tiger, betraying his origins.

Step 3: Choose Personality Traits



He borders on obsession with three tasks: finding out how and by who his father was betrayed, finding and freeing his family, and taking down the corrupt overlord that he knows had something to do with his fall. He's still unsure of the Emperor, and teeters between cursing and thanking him for the burden that lies on his shoulders. He seems serene, and holds a tight rein on his emotions, but when stirred out of that, the emotions that simmer beneath the surface become like a raging fire, burning any that come close. Because of this, he walks the line between suicidal and determined, depending on how heavy the burden lays on his shoulders. In those few times he finds peace, he is introspective and gracious, but soon enough, the memory returns to ruin any semblance of a normal life he might reach for.

Step 4: Story Hooks



There is the obvious of the corrupt overlord, finding his family, and finding out how his father was betrayed. Less obvious is why the Emperor spared him and those few friends sympathetic to his fall. There is also the House of Tremontaine in Hydra- during his height, he was the cause of their fall when he foiled an incursion of their experimentation in the badlands. They've not been able to directly strike at him because of the simmering cold war between the City-States. However, he's not under the protection of the Shogunate anymore, so is at risk.

The next steps are where we spend character points. I'll go with 150 points.

Step 5: Characteristics



I'm remembering now that this game is a bit more chart heavy that I normally like. Stats are rated from -3 – +5 with 0 being average. I'll make him faster, and a bit stronger.

Dexterity (DX): +3 (60)
Strength (ST): +1 (10)
Intelligence (IN): 0 (0)
Power (PW): 0 (0)

Total Characteristics: 70

Step 6: Special Characteristics



Your base Characteristics help determine your special characteristics, though you can increase them within limits. I'm just going to give him increased life to fuel his Bugei abilities.

Movement Rate (MR): 5
Carry Capacity (CC): 100 kg
Life Force (LF): 15 (6)

Total Special Characteristics: 6

Step 6: Advantages



Pretty standard fare here- spend points on advantages. I'm figuring that even at his worst, he still has the regal bearing that made people follow him. He'll also practice Niten Ichi-ryū, so ambidexterity helps there. He has a Karmachip and is on his second life- though the Lords of Karma will judge him harshly if he goes before them now, so that's 0 points. He also sleeps lightly.

Ambidextrous (10)
Karmachip, Disabled (0)
Lightsleep (5)
Charismatic (10)

Total Advantages: 25

Step 7: Disadvantages



He is, of course, a Ronin, but still follows Samurai principles. He's obsessed with the Overlord that ruined his life, and is hunted by House Tremontaine, even if not fiercely.

Ronin (-5)
Samurai Code of Honor: Total (-30)
Obsession: Hatred of Katsunosuki Hiraka (-30)
Hunted: House Tremontaine (-15)

Total Disadvantages: -80

Step 8: Skills



This is where the tables get really annoying, as they are a lot like GURPS buy tables, with cumulative costs per level based on complexity of skills.

Acrobatics +2 (7)
Blade +3 (10)
Climbing +2 (3)
Dodge +3 (16)
Driving (Skimmer, Wheeled) +1 (3+2=5)
Forceblade +4 (11)
Martial Arts +3 (10)
Quick Draw (Force Blade, Blade) +4 (11+2=13)
Handgun +3 (6)
Ride (Horse) +3 (6)
Stealth +1 (1)
Swimming +1 (1)
Awareness +2 (4)
City Lore (Shogunate) +1 (1)
Courtier +1 (4)
Intimidate +1 (1)
Leadership +1 (1)
Lore (Tactics) +2 (3)
Navigator +1 (1)
Survival +1 (1)

Total Skills: 107

Step 9: Special Abilities



He will of course have the Tau, Way of the Tiger, and all of the skills, and the Bugei for Tiger Roar (Kiai shout) and Blazing Tiger Spring (Iaido).

Way of the Tiger (5)
Tiger Strike +1 (1)
Tiger Spring +2 (4)
Tiger Claw +1 (1)
Claw Swipe +1 (1)
Tiger Roar(5)
Blazing Tiger Spring (5)

Total Special Skills: 22

Step 10: Equipment



Medium Ceramic Armor (AR:6)
2 Force Blades
Blaster Pistol
Heavy Horse with Dermal Armor (AR:1)
 

Character a Day 2021: Waste World – Day 1

from https://write.as/chuckdee/character-a-day-2021-waste-world-day-1

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Introduction



Taking a break from the experiments for my campaign, I decided to make a character for an old Forgotten RPG – Waste World. This is a 90s RPG designed by Bill King, and is gonzo along the lines of Rifts or that sort of game. In a dark future, five great countries prepare for the final war. Each has its own flavor- from the aerialist nation of Ikarus, to the bio-engineered Hydra, they're over the top representations of a particular point of view. The character that I will make will be from the Shogunate (because of course there are cybernetic Samurai and Ninja), which actually doesn't take me too far outside of the Transhuman theme, as the Samurai are reincarnated via Karma Chips.




Waste World and the Supplements

Name: Takeshita Yoshimi
Clan: Toro

Background



Takeshita was a loyal servant, and he was loyal for loyalties sake. Not because he was a great warrior, though he was. Not because his family was pre-eminent in the Toro clan, though it was. Not because his own star was on the rise after a glorious death bringing down a plot by the Kobara clan, though it was apparent. Only on his second incarnation, his name was spoken in tones with the great samurai of old, and he was stationed far above his age. But then it all came tumbling down. Not because of anything he'd done. It turns out that even though he was too high profile a target, his father was not. He knows that his father's shame was manufactured, but it was within his Overlord's right to force his father to commit seppuku, plunging his own blade into his karma chip- bringing real and lasting death. Takeshita was supposed to do the same, and in going to the great void, it would have restored his family's honor. But the Overlord instead came for his family, not allowing him to do so. Takeshita fought back, but in the end was captured, along with his mother, sister, and brother. The Emperor himself stepped in, sparing Takeshita of a dishonorable death in favor of banishment and Ronin status. But he would not overturn the ruling, and so his family and all of his father's wealth was taken by the Overlord. On that day, Takeshita found out that his loyalty had its limits, and vowed to tear down all that he'd helped to build up.
 

Night's Black Agents – Solo Ops – Day 3

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TL;DR



I know that One-to-One as a system addresses a lot of the problems that I have with Gumshoe through Challenges, Pushes, and Contacts. However, the character creation seems to fall a bit short. The only real decisions to be made are what mastery edges to obtain (and those for the most part go away when used), and what additional investigative abilities to get. I like a bit more customization in my systems. What I learned from this process is that I want to take some of the concepts of Gumshoe and hack them into another system.

Final Character



Name: Rhys Morales
Pushes: 3

Background



Growing up in Brixton wasn't easy for anyone, and that was doubly so for Rhys. He lived with only his mother, his father dead when he was a young boy. He barely remembered those days, other than the fact that the coast of Spain was a lot better than his life in London. Though his mother tried to shelter him, he knew that they were always skating the line between being on the streets and having a place of their head, and some nights, the eating was spare. Though his mother always made sure they had something in their bellies, she sometimes went hungry. Seeing how hard she worked, he knew it wasn't right for them to be that bad off, so he decided to do something about it.

Only a lad himself, he took to the streets to find his own hustle, settling on communication. Running for the gangs, but never in them, he sold pagers and mobiles to the dealers, and sometimes ran a package or two. It was a dangerous game he played- not wanting to join a gang, he wasn't covered by any of them. That time gave him a healthy dislike for gangs and people that preyed on the weak. When the cellular company caught wind of his source's scam and cut the lines earlier than they were supposed to, he realized he needed to get out, and decided to go for the armed forces. He couldn't get in because of his record, and didn't know what he was going to do. It turns out he didn't have to find out- the special services kept their eye out for promising candidates that had darker pasts, and he was tapped for them. Not having any other options, he accepted the offer.

Though he's been able to provide for his mom and brother, he still wonders if he was given the choice again if he'd accept...

Investigative Abilities



Bullshit Detector, Charm, Cryptography, Electronic Surveillance, Forensic Pathology, Human Terrain, Intimidation, Military Science, Notice, Reassurance, Research, Streetwise, Urban Survival, Tradecraft, Traffic Analysis

General Abilities



Athletics: 2, Conceal: 2, Cool: 2, Cover: 2, Driving: 2, Evasion: 2, Fighting: 2, Filch: 2, Infiltration: 2, Mechanics: 2, Medic: 2, Network: 2, Preparedness: 2, Sense Trouble: 2, Shooting: 2, Surveillance: 2

Mastery Edges



Unstoppable, Ice Cold, You Never Knew Me
 

Night's Black Agents – Solo Ops – Day 2

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Build



Step 1: Pushes



Begin with 3 Pushes

Step 2: Investigative Abilities



Record standard Investigator investigative abilities

Bullshit Detector, Charm, Intimidation, Notice, Reassurance, Research, Streetwise, Urban Survival, Tradecraft

Step 3: Additional Investigative Abilities



Choose 6 additional investigative abilities

Considering him to have received intelligence training, I choose skills that would have arisen through that.

Cryptography, Electronic Surveillance, Forensic Pathology, Human Terrain, Military Science, Traffic Analysis

Step 4: General Abilities



Record all General Abilities at 2 dice.

Athletics, Conceal, Cool, Cover, Driving, Evasion, Fighting, Filch, Infiltration, Mechanics, Medic, Network, Preparedness, Sense Trouble, Shooting, Surveillance

Step 5: Mastery Edges



Choose 3 Mastery Edges

Unstoppable – I figure that Rhys pushes past any difficulties because of his background

Ice Cold – Same as the above

You Never Knew Me – because of his background he doesn't trust most people, and prepares for their betrayal.
 
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Night's Black Agents – Solo Ops – Day 1

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Name: Rhys Morales

Background



Growing up in Brixton wasn't easy for anyone, and that was doubly so for Rhys. He lived with only his mother, his father dead when he was a young boy. He barely remembered those days, other than the fact that the coast of Spain was a lot better than his life in London. Though his mother tried to shelter him, he knew that they were always skating the line between being on the streets and having a place of their head, and some nights, the eating was spare. Though his mother always made sure they had something in their bellies, she sometimes went hungry. Seeing how hard she worked, he knew it wasn't right for them to be that bad off, so he decided to do something about it.

Only a lad himself, he took to the streets to find his own hustle, settling on communication. Running for the gangs, but never in them, he sold pagers and mobiles to the dealers, and sometimes ran a package or two. It was a dangerous game he played- not wanting to join a gang, he wasn't covered by any of them. That time gave him a healthy dislike for gangs and people that preyed on the weak. When the cellular company caught wind of his source's scam and cut the lines earlier than they were supposed to, he realized he needed to get out, and decided to go for the armed forces. He couldn't get in because of his record, and didn't know what he was going to do. It turns out he didn't have to find out- the special services kept their eye out for promising candidates that had darker pasts, and he was tapped for them. Not having any other options, he accepted the offer.

Though he's been able to provide for his mom and brother, he still wonders if he was given the choice again if he'd accept...
 
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