Thursday, February 26, 2009
I probably won't post to this blog but I'm leaving it up in case I get the urge to start anew. If you want to keep in touch, look out for me at my main blog, Malevolent & Benign or drop me a line by email.
Monday, February 23, 2009
(I'm sort of hoping that's the deal -- I'm waiting on you four to figure out your next move...)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Awesome Dude: 75
I'll continue responding to the post-brawl thread, but I'm leaving the next move up to you guys. Each of your PCs started with a rumor or two (email me if you need a reminder), and if none of those seems worth pursuing I'm open to whatever you dudes throw at me. Once you got a notion of what you wanna do you can gather up your things and skedaddle. We can gloss over travel back to God City central, unless of course you want to make the trek there your next quest.
Monday, February 16, 2009
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- Tomorrow night I'll be awarding XP!
- In the meantime, you might want to put your heads together and figure out your next move. An ape, a caveman, a hobbit and a lizard man meet in a Brawl. Then what?
With the Brawl over (for the PCs anyhow), I can reveal the source from which I swiped the whole scenario: It's The Great Outdoor Fight, a beloved storyline from Chris Onstad's brilliant webcomic Achewood.
Outdoor battle royale in a huge fenced-in arena? Check.
Rag-tag band of followers? Check.
Recumbent tai chi? Clearing off the wounded by crane? Check.
The whole tale can be found online, starting here (well, there's a prelude of sorts featuring a junkie squirrel and anatomically correct mobile phone accessories). Also available in a print edition published by Dark Horse Comics. Highly recommended!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Anyhow. I'll be offline all weekend. We'll continue where we left off, just to wrap things up with the Brawl, but you all may want to start thinking about what's next for your PCs.
I'll be back to posting on Monday. Rock on, brothers.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Remember this: Everything that you have ever experienced in your entire life has brought you to this instant. All things now are possible in the limitless void of counter-actuality. All things too that are knowable, will be realized in this new dimension of bikini girls with machine guns.
Sounds like heaven. RIP Lux Interior.
Monday, February 2, 2009
At first, he floats near his friends, Creature, Buck, and Quazarn. But after a while he sleeps, and one by one the others are rescued. Quazarn departs in a blaze of light...surrounded by robed men...stars painted on their pointy heads...a pirate crew recruits Buck...manacles on his wrists...some sort of hazing...Creature is helped into a crisp white khakis and a polo shirt...purple crown on the breast....
Zarko wakes up, his throat dryer than the taps of Temperance Gulch on Far Tatooine. Two faces hover overhead, dark against the rectangular white sun. Firm but not ungentle hands tilt back Zarko's head and raise a bottle to his lips, and he drinks. It's sweet, herbal, cool yet warming, spreading a flush of heat across his body. He feels like a game of 52 pick-up in reverse, shuffled back together with all his trumps in order.
"Hey! Ztharko! How are you feeling, Ztharko?" says a familiar voice.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
In the meantime, it would be really awesome if each of you could check in and let me know if you're still into this? Wulfgar has hardly been seen in his usual online haunts since before Christmas, so I'm bumping him to inactive reserve and hoping he is well. Haven't heard from Hobson or Oolak in ten days or so. Who's in it to win it? Everyone please sound off: leave a comment or send me an email at corvusqwork, care of gmail.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
He'll be replacing Rondo, who's bowed out for the moment on account of he's a
Saturday, January 17, 2009
|Awesome Dude||Dave Hendrick||Criminal||1st||HP 12|
Consume Alien Food
|MAGIC POWER: |
See The Future
|ROBOT NATURE: |
|Criminal||Murder 15%||Hit Damage +5||Illicit 1%||Fake 17%||Aquatic|
Primitive Grenades x6 1d10 Hurl = -10%
Spiked Morning Star 1d6+1 Scare = 31%
|Misc EQ |
Days Rations x 7
Mickeys x 3
Credits - 43
Friday, January 16, 2009
While Oolak pats his head and talks to himself his companions charge! Zarko leads the way, bounding ahead of the ponderous frankenstein. The bull-headed 'droid lowers its horns and kicks at the dirt, but the lizardess stands calmly. Smiling, she draws back her hood, revealing a crest of scales and serpentine hair. Her face is proud and fierce and ugly and majestic: it turns your blood to stone and your will to jelly. Zarko, Creature and Oolak all freeze in place, struggling to resist the gorgon's stare...
[All three need to roll Psi-Resist. Zarko and Creature can press their attack if successful...]
Meanwhile Hobson gags on his hat, his mouth stuffed with felt and his cheeks puffed out like a greedy chipmunk. He finds the taste not at all to his liking, and he nearly chokes before spitting it out.
Olley laughs, a deep barrel-chested guffaw. "You knuckleheads couldn't knock down a dandelion. Buncha cheap shot hacks," he rumbles. "I'll show you a cheap shot."
He whips Hobson around like a shield, trying to block a low swing from Buck's club. He isn't quick enough, and Buck thumps him in the kidneys. It's a solid blow, and Olley winces, just a little. But the Cousin of Aarn counters with a furious blow, wielding Hobson as a club, and Buck is knocked helmet over hinder. For an instant the spaceman appears to float, weightless, drifting, falling, then he crashes home to earth. "How you like them apples?" shouts Olley. There's no reply.
Hanging on with all his might, Joey the wooky still rides on Olley's back. Jolted and jounced, he counts it a victory just to hang on. But when Olley stops to gloat he seems to forget all about his piggyback rider. Joey digs his thumbs into the bearded brawler's eyes, and Olley thrashes in pain!
[Hobson: take 6 damage from hat-choking and being used as a blunt weapon, Saving Throw for half.
[Joey: I treated this as a grapple, with eye gouge as your special Great Feat move. Your Feat roll didn't make it, but Olley rolled a 00 on his opposed Feat check, so you lucked out. Roll your damage!]
Monday, January 5, 2009
Now that the holidays are passed (well, almost: Happy Epiphany!) I'm hoping to get things back to a more or less daily posting pace during the week. If you can, chime in on the current in Character thread soon. If not, please leave a quick comment on this post or send me an email letting me know your deal.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Melee or Missile Attack roll
Damage (if you hit)
Saving Throw (at least one each round even if you aren't directly engaged in melee)
Initiative is only necessary at the beginning of battle, unless requested by the JM. Initiative is rolled on d10, +/- the missile damage modifier from your DEX score. Pioneers include their class bonus to missile damage as well, based on their quick draw training. Warriors do not add their damage bonus to initiative.
Additional actions may be possible depending on circumstances. In general, if you want to use one of your percentile abilities, go for it. Rather than asking first if you can try something I'd rather you just went ahead and made the roll -- keeps things moving along. I'll rule on what happens based on the situation, the success of the roll, and the mysterious precepts of True Scientific Realism as I understand them.
If you prefer to simply post your attack and defense rolls that's fine -- I'll just add in description as needed and (hopefully) appropriate for your character. But please feel free to describe any combat maneuvers in more detail.
(For additional notes on grappling and other combat maneuvers see that post)
Hemmed in by hooligans, Creature, Buck and Zarko hunker down trying to catch a breather. It's barely a minute since the onslaught began and you've lost half your crew. The Ape Sultan Abdul Nomascus struggles against a vulkin's nerve pinch...Abdul's lieutenant Philimon bounds to his sovereign's aid...the last of your klengon recruits is force fed his mustache by a grinning human with bad tattoos and an oily tan...the Head Masher, guess you forgot about him, takes another guy out with one of his brutal noogies, a Triple Twisting Skull Blister... A chaotic rumble closes in on all sides.
In the middle of it all are Thorax and Hobson and the Aarn boys: Now armed with brass knuckles, Aarn, Son of Aarn swings once, and misses. Swings again, and thumps Thorax right between the eyes! Swings again, and Thorax dives low and tackles him. Aarn is slammed to the ground. He struggles to get up, rising up on one hand. "Toot, toot," he whispers, and gives a final blare of his trumpet.
[take 10 damage, hope the letters AA imprinted on your forehead don't leave a scar...]
Any thrill of victory Thorax feels is trampled by the agony of the feet. Olley's feet, that is. Enraged by Hobson's taunting, the Cousin of Arn, etc. runs right over Thorax to get at the hobling. Thorax rolls over to see a size 13 wrestling shoe stomping down toward his face...
[Make another Saving Throw. Full damage is -- whoof -- 16. Feel free to fill in the results for good or ill. If you take full or half damage you'll need to make a Survival roll to continue fighting.]
...and then Olley jumps high in the air, aiming to land feet first on Hobson. "How ya like that ya little heckler!" he sneers.
[Once again, Lesser Feat to outrun or Sneak to evade. If that roll fails, make a saving throw against 11 damage.]
Meanwhile, Oolak sits.
Chanting under his breath, he could easily pass for a crazy person talking to himself on a bus. But in fact he is piercing the veil of Maya with his inner vision, expanding his consciousness beyond the limits of his illusory mortal form, opening up his third eye. And so forth. He does, however, open his actual eyes once or twice to sneak a peak around. It's a good thing too, because otherwise he might never have seen the thing paddling toward him on ethereal currents, a skeletal, scabrous, wretched platypoid with eyes hollow of everything save for bottomless, gulping hunger. Otherwise, this thing...
...might have caught Oolak off Guard.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
- turkey jerky
- toilet paper roll
- nail polish
- souvenir key chain from Six Flags: GolbinWorld
- banana peel
- monkeys (1-4; 1% chance of enraged infernal ape)
- spent plutonium batteries
- Mr Potato Head, a vegetable golem
- christmas tree (Terran religio-economic artifact)
- vacuum cleaner (barnacular eater of gremlins and space mites, valued by spaceship pilots)
- potted plants (1-4)
- one oak tree (acorn form; allow 30-40 years for growth to full height. 5% chance of baobabbler, braintree or wood-man seed)
- hangman's noose
- ten gallon hat
- sharpie or ballpoint pen
- computer monitor
- rooster eggs (1-3. 25% already fertilized, with cockatrice hatchlings due in 2-12 days. 5% chance cockatrices already hatched)
- beach ball
- fruity lip gloss
- travel bags
- radio (40% Lemon)
- skull (of random type)
- pink t-shirt
- black convertible
- box of cornflakes
- used tissue
- lamp (1% gjenie lamp!)
- string cheese
- spam (either canned or the electronic variety, JM's choice)
- 8 silver credits
- 1991 Fnord Festiva with a busted tail light (runs, but needs hot-wiring and has 41% Lemon chance each hour of use)
- several thousand cinnamon Tic-Tacs
- scale model spacecraft
- jar of peanut butter
- whoopee cushion
- false teeth
- potato (20% chance of mashed)
- gingerbread cookie
- pair of pliers
- snowball (must be used within 1 minute unless weather conditions are favorable)
- Jet Ski of the Ebon Slider (Allows true magical flight! Only one of a pair. If used alone the wearer will be levitated upside down by one foot; DEX check on d100 each round to maneuver)
- egg (95% edible egg of hen, serpent, spider, or roof lizard, 5% roll on Monster Table and use appropriate Edible chances)
- religious tract
- bunny slippers
- magic 8 ball (+10% See the Future; 1% cumulative chance of causing insanity per usage)
- bottle of nail polish remover
- sheet of graph paper
- Video Holograph Spectrum tape (an obsolete information storage device, contents determined by JM)
- tattered paperback or scroll (JM determines contents, e.g 25% romance novel, 25% Chariot of The Gods, 25% chapbook of wooky poetry, 20% joke book, 5% reroll, + contains 1-3 spells which will be discovered only if carefully examined)
- broken off car antenna
- a car alarm (Machine Friend to avoid triggering it)
- 5 gallon jar of change (Pieces of eight, silver shavings, god tokens, etc. Worth 10-100 + result of Enrich roll if successful)
- Mickey Mouse hat
- orange peels
- bottle of beer
- instant sea monster mix
- flying saucer (equals Tenser's Floating Disc)
- pin-up mag
- child's blocks
- paper clips
- 100 raffle tickets