Thursday, July 30, 2009
Handily electron-o-fied for me by Mike Sterling's Progessive Ruin (and megomuseum.com).
First the thoroughly retro version, with clothes:
And because that's obviously WRONG, the spankin' new version:
I'm reminded that there's too damn much Star Trek in my Mutant Earth. I'm taking steps to fix that
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I've read the Training Manual and taken the rules out for a test flight. That's progress of a sort.
Should anyone still wish to support this "effort" in a pdf fashion, I can still be reached at velocipedestrian there on the gmail. Both books (but none of the extras, like the character and equipment cards, and the reference sheets) are available, one jpg page at a time, on gbfans but that is no good for printing--if you're a lazy cuss like me.
Hey! I would swear that that these weren't up last time I looked, but now everything from the box is available on Ghost Busters International. Get it while it's hot!
I noticed (in the preview download) that Steve Jackson's Toon had a chapter about an example series called Witchdusters and it looks like it came out during the original Ghostbusters mania. Don't ever ask me to tell you about the time two friends and I made proton packs out of aluminum foil and paper cupcake cups and lip-synched to Who You Gonna' Call? in the school talent show. Anyway, Witchdusters is a great name, but I'm leaning toward something like Ectospasm!
Friday, July 17, 2009
And I'm pretty sure Donald Rumsfeld once meant to say "We don't know what we don't know."
So, I should look at this feeling of being an ignoramus as growing pains--and of a common enough and even healthful sort. Still smarts though.
What am I on about anyway? I just learned--just in time for the first Mutant Earth session--about Original Edition Delta and the clearly-better-better-in-the-Tweetian-sense resolution mechanic found therein: To hit, roll better than 20 with d20+AC+Fighter level+bonuses. That's with traditional AC, natch. Thanks a infinity, Delta!
Next, I was combing around for other games that deal with Mutant Earthly subject matter and discovered that not only was there a supplement for BESM on the subject of Space Fantasy, it was written by my favorite blogger and yours, Mr. Grognardia himself. And so I feel like an ignoramus.
Sorry about not linking to anything, but you don't need a bunch of links--hell, you're not even reading this.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Thanks to xkcd, the scales have fallen from my eyes in the fiery light of tvtropes.org. I am forever changed, and my games likewise.
Therefore, let it be known that the four classes of the Mutant Earth shall be, now and forever,
The Omnidisciplinary Scientist and
The Metafaceted Humanitist and
The Panarcane Reconditist and
The Multibelligerent Uberpugilist
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Then you stick the two items together, whether as an unadorned noun phrase, or with a preposition--try to find something sensible besides 'of.' Here are some other fine choices (though I have a hard time making some of them work most of the time): in, upon, at, before, after, above, below, with, without, among, beside, around.
I like to add numbers and color, say d4: --, indefinite plural, numbered (2-13), colored (1d8: white, black, red, green, blue, yellow, purple, gray). Those are the only awesome numbers and colors. However, getting 'the 8 pearls of rage' and the 'the 4 power maids' 25% of the time gets tedious, so it probably shouldn't be so common.
Take your results and try to make something sensible. Could be an artifact, a character or a place. BUT IT WILL BE AWESOME.
So now it's yours. I'll be around the three vanished cities of the moon, seeking the madness among beasts.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Not to worry, though, these are slow lasers. Laser blasters even. Plenty of time to admire the neon green beam as it
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Man-child: a la Lion-O, a child developmentally, but a man physically due to an adolescence spend in cryogenic storage.
Wish-refugee: Often the wisher himself, the lone rememberer of a the reality that existed before the present one came to be. Somehow, the inhabitants of the new reality always seem to know that it is 'alternate' and temporary. Won't it be fun to prove them wrong?
Marooned time-traveller: This can also result in reality-warping ripples of causality, paradoxes, and maybe even mutual annihilation of different time-selves. I haven't watched Lost season 4 yet, so no spoilers, please.
Last Son of Planet X: I include this only because I suggested it in the title.
I Am The Egg-Fu of Earth-11: As above, but seriously, I hope someone plays this.
Sorcerer's Soul Trapped In A Slot Machine: This is from an episode of Thundarr. The slot machine will require a mode of locomotion--probably a levitating saucer of some kind. Self-mobility is a hard requirement for PCs, at least in my game. Unless. . .
Haunted Animal Skin: As in the Paul Kidd novelizations of White Plume Mountain and Descent Into The Depths of the Earth.
Victim of The Curse of Muppetflesh: As in the Angel episode 'Smile Time', and my post from yesterday.
De-powered Demon Imprisoned in Manflesh: Like Anya in Buffy. Could be orcflesh, ThunderCatflesh, of Skunkmanflesh, of course.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
A diminutive, blue 'skinned' birdlike folk of unknown origin. Some say they are a kind of speaking bipedal flightless bird, some that they are victims of a hateful curse that reduced a once proud and charismatic people to ridiculous, plushy-fleshed chimerae with a truly corn-fed sense of humor.
Characters of this race on the Mutant Earth will most often be Technicians, as their soft bodies are ill suited to war and their ticking-stuffed heads little equipped for the recondite studies of spell-play and sorcery, to say nothing of this rootless folk's detachment from their divine patrons, in any there be.
Gonzoids cannot fly, being wingless, though most show no fear of being launched from large bore explosive-propellent type war engines.