Friday, August 26, 2016

Cyberlimb malfunctions due to damage - Roll a D20

Random cyberlimb malfunctions due to damage. Grab a D20!

  1. Sparks pop from the damaged area every couple of minutes.
  2. The limb straightens out at random intervals a couple times a day.
  3. Whenever the limb is moved there is audible metal on metal grinding sound.
  4. All attempted movements are done at half the speed as usual.
  5. All attempted movements are done at twice the speed as usual.
  6. Damage receptors backfire causing them act as pain receptors via electrical shock.
  7. Every two hours exactly the limb shuts down and reboots, which takes five minutes.
  8. All attempted movements are exaggerated by about a foot.
  9. Continued smell of an electrical fire, after six hours the limb is inactive completely.
  10. Limb kicks into 'display mode' and takes various poses without warning.
  11. Catches fire internally and cannot be put out my standard fire extinguishers.
  12. All maintenance ports and hatches pop open and will not stay closed.
  13. Becomes exceedingly hot unless the limb is deactivated it will burn up eventually.
  14. Will no longer bend at the elbow or knee.
  15. The fingers or toes will not stop wiggling constantly.
  16. Bends at the knee or elbow and will not straighten out.
  17. The power drains quickly and must now be manually recharged with a plug in port.
  18. Electricity arcs throughout the limb scarring the metal and discoloring it.
  19. The limb trembles and shakes constantly.
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Witch interrogation questions

Found this floating around on Twitter, seems they got shared around quite a bit so I'm not sure on the exact source.  But I am saving these for my 'Question of Faith' game.  Be a good start for a list of questions for the PC's to use when interrogating those suspected of having pacts with demons. 

"Judges in 17th C Alsace had a set of standardised questions with which to interrogate a witch; they are listed here."

Thursday, July 28, 2016

OSR vs SG and the bullshit in between

OSR and Storygamers.  Fight!  Or not actually.

One thing I've noticed is the name calling between these two 'sides' by some of the louder more venomous members of the two 'factions'.  So I figured I would drop my opinions on a couple of their shrieks.

I've seen claims that the OSR is full of conservative right wing nut jobs.  Okay first I will go with a broad look at the gaming fandom that I'm familiar with.  Most gamers I have discussed politics seem to be leaning to the left.  Maybe not a great deal but over towards that liberal side at least a little.  Coming across a conservative is a rare thing to me, although I do know a couple.  Now my lurking on OSR boards and following a few blogs I have to say that I do see more right leaning political opinions than I do normally among gamers.

Again not a great deal but more than just the normal.  BUT this may have more to do with traditional political values among a group that has a larger older membership.  Folks who have gone grey over the years as they have continued to enjoy their hobbies and games.  So yeah I see more right leaning folks over in the OSR than I do in most gaming 'divisions' but not very many full blown hard core Conservatives who hate everything that is different.  I mean after all, gaming itself is different from the mainstream norm.

What I have noticed in the OSR is a larger portion of assholes though.  Tooth gnashing people who think anything other than what they like in gaming is wrong.  They will rant against 'onetruewayism' in one breath and then tell you the one true way it should be done in the next.

Now I know this is all just observation and viewing from a distance.  But it's not like I can put a survey out and get honest answers.  It would be like asking a bunch of soccer moms if they've ever looked up interracial porn before.  You know that the honest truth and what you will be told are going to be quite different.

 Then we have the accusation that Storygamers are nothing but a lot of SJW's (Social Justice Warriors to those who don't know... all two of you).  Now again I've lurked in a lot of places and follow a lot of blogs, I'm a gaming opinion addict, I can't help it.  Well I do have to say there seem to be more SJW's or people leaning towards that in the Storygamer folks.  But, just like the OSR crowd, not nearly the number people are claiming.  However the ones there tend to be really, REALLY, vocal about it.  But in equal number are some people are really vocal about just getting along and letting everybody else be.  For some reason these people are also labelled SJW's by people to ignorant to actually pay enough attention to tell the difference.

Myself I don't deal well with loud SJW type people.  I pretty much put them at the same level as Gamergate and MRA folks.  I've blocked and been blocked by plenty on all sides.  Which actually helps my signal to noise ratio on social networks I'll tell ya. 

What I do see a good chunk of on BOTH sides is a nice little lot of liars.  These are the people screaming out all sorts of slights, harassment and threats have been made.  But yet when anybody else claims this they call them out and demand proof... even though they never could produce any to back their own claims.  They also say the other is trying to destroy the hobby or that there is some big massive conspiracy to undermine the entire gaming scene.  But zero proof of course. 

Sometimes I love not being part of any specific group other than 'tabletop gamer'.  My interests are wide and I like to try new stuff from time to time.  On my shelf is Dogs in the Vineyard, BECMI Dungeons and Dragons, Circle of Hands, Over the Edge, Cyberpunk 2020, Fantasy Roleplaying and so much more. 

I also love the fact that there is a lot (and I mean a LOT) of good material out there.  That way when one of the assholes or liars is producing something that people are saying is good.... I can walk the other way and put money into the hands of somebody who is not an asshole for the really good product they made.  The variety is so great you are not missing out if you spend your dollars based on who you want to have your money.  Instead of feeling you have to buy something despite your personal thoughts about the people who put it out. 

Anyways, I'm done.  More Jaded Gamer Diary entries will be coming I'm sure.  Because I'm just a little bit of an asshole myself.  Just not all the time and just not that loud.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Jaded Gamer Diary - You two don't mean shit.

Okay I just want to say a few things to the OSR and Storygamer crowd out there.  Actually I want to say it to those who think they are the big guns of these movements... the movers, the shakers... oh and the assholes. 

Nobody fucking cares.  Really I want to say that nicely but it's pretty true.  At the local shops around here nobody knows, much less cares, about either movement.  One person runs Fantasy Roleplaying, one.  Can get in on a DnD 5ed game easily though or if you want to GM you can have a line of folks wanting in. 

A couple of the local cons I've been to.  Nobody spoke of either movement.  I've seen one game of Dungeon World being ran.  Again you want some DnD though, they got you covered.  Maybe some Palladium stuff, Sla Industries or even some AFMBE.  People know those games.

So before you get on some soapbox about how the other movement is trying to 'change gaming as we know it' or 'trying to keep any progression from ever happening' think about this.  Nobody gives a shit except for your own little round about group of fans online.  Most gamers out there it seems never heard of you, they may have heard of a couple of the 'big' games each side has produced.  But the movements?  Nope. 

So go huddle with your John Tarnowskis, Zak Smiths, Vincent Bakers and whoever the hell else loves to think they stride above the rest of the world.  Most gamers couldn't give a fig about you.

Now before anybody jumps up backing John and Zak about how they were consultants on the new version of DnD I want to remind you all of one thing.  Nobody outside of those two has said anything about the supposed influence they had.  It's almost like the security guard saying the big bosses listen to him at the factory he 'protects'.  Nobody ever says anything about not listening to him but they also never mention him at any other time either.  It's easy to say you were all sorts of involved when you are the only one talking. But hey, one didn't even know Monte Cook was leaving the development team until he was already gone, even though he claimed to be in daily contact with him.  Sort of puts things in perspective of who seems to have an exaggerated claim doesn't it?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Court of Bathory - quick preview

Working on writing up an occult/horror sourcebook. One group in it is 'The Court of Bathory'.  Here is a quick look at the power structure within the cult itself.  Having to rewrite a good chunk of what I have though, went to having the group being a bit to large and need to scale them back a bit.  Hopefully as I get it redone I'll be putting more stuff up.

Hierarchy Among the Court

They have an established pecking order in place. Along with a designated name for each level that one may attain.

Countess – The overall head of the entire Court. This would be Anna Darvulia who is still in control after centuries.

Ladies Maid – Members who are of the top most inner circle answering only to the Countess.

Governess – The ones who test the potential recruits to see if they are worthy. Then responsible for their training afterward.

Lady – Those who have been initiated into the Court. Answering to the Ladies Maid or Governess above them.

Lady-in-Waiting – Recruits who are trying to earn their place in the Court. Doing whatever their assigned Governess requests without hesitation.

Footman – The only rank that males may reach within the Court. Considered to be 'owned' by whichever member they worked for. Most possess very specific skill sets or talents that are hard to come by.

Maidservants – Those who are to be used for sacrifices. Many of them believe themselves to be Ladies-in-Waiting and do not suspect anything of their fate until it is to late.

Common terms for those outside of the Inner Circle.

Gamekeeper – A person, usually male, who is used for acquiring young women for the Court.

Coachman – Someone whose job it is to transport members of the court from location to location. Also used as a reference to people who transport victims and potential members as well.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Advanced Fighting Fantasy

Been looking at picking up Advanced Fighting Fantasy here over the last few days.  After reading over the quickstart it looks to be pretty much exactly what I want in a simple fantasy system.  It's based off of the old Fighting Fantasy choose your own adventure books (a system I was trying to emulate last year in a homebrew).  Now with my love of the old Sorcery! and Warlock of Firetop Mountain books this seems right up my alley.

The overall system is dirt simple, 2D6 and roll under for stat checks, for combat 2D6 + Skill Stat + any modifiers vs opponents roll of the same thing.  A D6 roll to determine damage based off of the weapon.  Looks to be a really good system for me.  While there doesn't seem to be a strong fan base here in the states there is a good one overseas.  I'll just have to do a little work to help build up some steam for it here locally whenever I get it.

But sadly, like most everything else I've wanted lately, it doesn't appear to be available through general distribution channels here in the United States anymore.  So I can't get it through my friendly local game shop where I have store credit available to pay for the book.  Also I don't have enough credit with Drivethru through the affiliate program to get it either.  With my extra funds floating around zero right now with my wedding coming up I can't spend anything straight out of pocket currently.  So I'm having to wait, eventually it will be mine.

Oh and I don't pirate games either so that isn't an option that I even consider.

For anyone else who is interested here are some quick drivethru links. 

Advanced Fighting Fantasy Quickstart rules.

Advanced Fighting Fantasy 2nd Ed

AFF Heroes Companion

The Arion Games website for AFF

It looks to be very worth looking into for anyone who wants a rules simple fantasy game system.  And yes I will get a few pennies in kickback if you use the links above and purchase anything (same with the links over on the right) but I have to try.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Dark Night Black Squads

Dark Night black squads.

“I don't know man they were just there all of a sudden. They didn't wear what Dark Night folks usually wear, these guys had on blocker. Only it was all black with their logo on it, like in white spray paint or something. Their helmets were different though, all smooth and featureless like. No eyes man, no eyes. They just started shooting everyone in sight. Me and four others made it away by dropping into the sewers. Then after the pig showed up I was the only one who made it out of there.”

Civilian Jack Stallbrick. Sole survivor of a black squad massacre.

An old threat has taken up a new tactic downtown. Ditching their own armor in favor of using apparently stolen Sla Industries supplies. These small teams of black clad killers are a growing concern for many of the people living in the lower parts of the city. But finding proof of their existence beyond a few very lucky survivors is like finding an honest man in the black market business.

Reports have been called in, Shiver units and Operative Squads were sent to the scene. But by the time either of them arrive all that they find is dead bodies, shell casings and empty streets. Some Shiver units who arrive on the scene first have been hit with a chemical weapon in the form of a gas that goes right through all current filtration devices. Effects are a short term induced coma and memory loss. Some units found their team mates killed after the gas was used on them. There are even some rumors of Operative squads finding entire Sleeper Shiver units dead upon arrival.

“Yeah it was a fucking mess man. Seven Shivers dead, two wounded and one in good shape in their APC but knocked out from the gas. Not to mention what looked liked around fifteen dead gang members and several other civilians caught in the middle. No survivors, no witnesses to talk to us. All we could do was pick up the pieces.”

Connie “Killer C” Jones SLC 8.5 of squad 'Clown Shock'.

Sla Industries spokesmen have nothing to say about the matter other than the situation is being looked into. While Shiver Commanders are adamant that something is going on and they have lost to many good troopers to this new threat. While a few of our deeper sources in downtown are saying that some Dark Night operatives are claiming that their company has nothing to do with these attacks and, while without any proof, are blaming Thresher for equipping whoever these teams are.

Any news or tips feel free to contact us at the Station 259 Downtown news desk. This is reporter Mark Clemmons signing off.
You can find Sla Industries material (including the core rulebook at 'pay what you want' pricing) on the Nightfall Games page on Drivethrurpg.