Tuesday, 20 February 2018

How to introduce a big setting

This RPG.net Starting Gate thread offers some advice on how to introduce players to a setting with a lot of depth and breadth, like Dune or Glorantha, including mine for isolated characters seeing a central area for the first time.

Monday, 19 February 2018

More game forgery

Counterfeit copies of Codenames by Vlaada Chvátil are appearing online, like the previous Pandemic Legacy fakes.

Thanks to Steve Dee for the news.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

New Orleans Superheroes

Following on from my New Orleans setting thoughts, I spent part of last night roughing out a NOLA superhero team. No team name and a shortage of codenames at this time, because I suck at those.

Laurence Dupre: Team leader, a former Navy officer and Coast Guard captain given an energy absorption power, so he can shrug off lasers as well as bullets (they still hurt, so he’s not stepping on Luke Cage’s shtick). Looks like Dennis Haysbert, greying at the temples.

Octavia Harris: A history student gifted with a city-sense that allows her to find anyone in the city, predict and influence things, know just when and where to send emergency services, perfectly time a truck backing up to hit a killer robot.

The Beat: Old-school rapper with sonic attacks. Not as charming as he thinks he is.

Agent Orion: Government agent armed with an alien melee/missile weapon. Has nothing to do with New Orleans really, because I figured not everybody in the team should.

Naiad: Amphibious humanoid. Kind of green, black eyes, webbed fingers and toes. Is she a mutant? An Atlantean? An Atlantean mutant?

Pugmire: Canis Minor

Community content for good dogs is go! Keep to the Code.

Craig's Third Law

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

It doesn’t work.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Muse, Thought Contagion

Muse make neon-drenched Thriller homage. As you do.

I think it goes a bit sideways when the HazMat team start joining in the dance rather than chasing the bite victim. I am totally okay with the vampire girl having EMP powers, though.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Star Trek: The Nth Generation

One of the early pitches for Star Trek: The Next Generation included bits and pieces we would later see in Voyager, Discovery and the unmade far-future pitch Federation, as well as other SF settings. A new ship (called the Odyssey), an uncertain young crew, a commanding officer dying early on and a young officer taking over, the late captain becoming a holographic adviser...

As well as the grumpy Klingon officer who did make it in, albeit for different starting reasons... and a character defined by dealing with being too attractive to be taken seriously, which I’m glad didn’t make the cut.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Does Cthulhu have three hearts?

Either way, Gar Hanrahan has three Mythos Valentine adventure hooks at the Pelgrane homepage.

New Orleans as a setting

Happy Mardi Gras!

We’ve started the Marvel SAGA game about some of the former Heroes of Detroit now covering the entirety of Michigan as part of the 50 States Initiative, and it naturally got me thinking about other regional teams, and that naturally got me thinking of New Orleans.

New Orleans is home to some characters in the Marvel universe already - Photon, aka one of the Captains Marvel and leader of NEXTWAVE, and Gambit is Cajun but has lived there at times - and of course it’s been occasionally infested with vampires, but Louisiana never had an established Initiative team.

DC puts Belle Reve Penitentiary, home of the Suicide Squad, in Louisiana, while a fantastical version called Bete Noire is home to Peter David and David López’s DC-then-IDW series Fallen Angel. Valiant’s Shadowman is such a New Orleans character that he had his own holiday there in real life.

It’s a city with a lot of character, and a great setting for a variety of stories I’ve seen from urban fantasy and horror to cops and PIs to romances to slice-of-life dramas.

Both Vampire games have city books for it, for example. I’d probably avoid vampires for this reason, though it might include a visit to the Boutique Du Vampyre at some point. I’d tread carefully around voodoo as well, because it’s a real religion, and in fiction is very very done.

My Bloody Valentine

The heart wants what it wants. It wants blood.
Welcome To Night Vale

I considered a Valentine’s Day book for the Storytellers Vault, but thought it might be pushing it. Strange, Dead Love is already out there, after all. If I had gotten my act together enough to get the Halloween and Christmas/winter books out, maybe. We’ll see next year...

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Sometimes I amuse myself

Total nerd wastes five years planning perfect murder, "had way too much time on his hands" say police.
Steve Dee

The perfect murder is the enemy of the good murder.

Monday, 12 February 2018

The cavalry actually arrives on time

An RPG.net thread about TV series that are basically unavailable reminded me of House Of Frankenstein, not the Universal movie but the 1997 TV miniseries which despite the title was mostly about vampires with a minor Frankenstein subplot, and featured Adrian Pasdar on the other side from Near Dark.

But the real standout moment has an entire police detective squad believe the threat and go in to take on a club full of vampires rather than leaving the heroes to go it alone.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

No Man's Land 1.01

More actual play to follow, but for now...

I have borrowed NPC looks from the current James Bond run, Legends Of Tomorrow, Mad Max: Fury Road, Belle, Mindhunters, Thor and the Cantina scene in Star Wars (which was in turn a recycled Frankenstein concept). And two of those NPCs are human!

And also a location from the World Of Darkness MMO concept art, since supplemented by an urban exploration photography shoot.