31 March 2020

Lockdown Challenge Day Three: 17th Century Minimalist

Pookie’s review of 17th Century Minimalist by Games Omnivorous watered my mouth so much that I almost immediately impulse-purchased the PDF of the core rulebook (well, at USD6.90 it was an impulse purchase I could afford).

I’ll let you read Pookie’s review (who always does a better job at reviewing games than anybody else), but in a nutshell 17th Century Minimalist is Lamentations of the Flame Princess sans the magic rules, and with a few clever bells and whistles that firmly root the game in the grim plague- and war-afflicted Europe of the 17th century; hit points, for instance, never increase. So I may have found the perfect game – at last! – to play in my tentative early modern setting for weird fantasy role-playing (described here).

Anyway, the Lockdown Challenge is about generating a new character with a different role-playing game every day, so on to character generation!

Background: Zoltán was born in Upper Hungary. Although a fervent Protestant, he enlisted in the armies of the Habsburg and saw action against the Turk. After a bad wound at the battle of Keresztes left him one-eyed and scarred, Zoltán decided that he’d spend the rest of his life caring for no one but himself, and started improving the acts of legerdemain one of his uncles had taught him when he was a kid.
Class: Illusionist
Level: 1
Max Hit Points: 6
Main ability: Charisma
Weapons of choice: small weapons
Experience points: 0
Reputation: 6

Luck 6

Languages: Hungarian, German, Turkish

Special abilities
Déjà Vu: add extra die to the initiative bag
Weapon Clumsy: disadvantage on all non-small weapons
Entertaining Crowds: may gain experience and SP, or be beaten up by the crowd
Performing Tricks: can do tricks of current level or below

Armour: cloth armour
Main Weapon: pistol

Starting Equipment
-    Two daggers
-    One whip
-    One pistol & ammunition (D10)
-    Grenades (D6)
-    10 SP
-    Bag of tricks
-    Tricorn hat

30 March 2020

Lockdown Challenge Day Two: Usagi Yojimbo 2nd edition

Day Two of my Lockdown Challenge (a new character generated every day). Today: Usagi Yojimbo 2nd edition (which is really the 3rd edition, but the second by Sanguine Games). I participated in the crowdfunding campaign and the character I’m creating is based on the final PDF backers have received.

Usagi Yojimbo 2nd edition is “Powered by the Apocalypse” – which I still haven’t grokked – but I am creating a character following the chargen chapter nonetheless.

Name: Akira
Species: RABBIT (of course!)
Initiative +2
Negotiation -1
Righteousness -1
Schooling =0

Social class: Samurai
Unique move: Stalking
Attack move: Bushido

Quirk: Unpredictable

Katana (Melee; Aim, Riposte, Sweep; 侍)
Wakizashi (Melee; Bind, Riposte; 侍)

29 March 2020

Lockdown Challenge Day One: Monsters! Monsters!

Lockdown Challenge Day One. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be doing this but anyway. I’ve decided to post every day a character generated for one of the role-playing games I own, whether in dead book or PDF format (given the amount of games I own I think the coronavirus will tire of all this before I run out of role-playing games).

Today: Monsters! Monsters! the role-playing game in which you play a monster, preying on innocent villagers and killing the adventurers the villagers have hired to get rid of you. You also get bonus adventure points if the villagers you kill are female with high charisma. It does sound sexist but it’s a good Old School game from 1976; actually a spin-off of Tunnels & Trolls with very little in terms of new rules – it’s mostly new races.

By the way Monsters! Monsters! is currently being crowdfunded for a new edition with a new layout, new art, and many more monsters! Quick! Only seven days left!

OK, on to the character. Let me introduce you to Keeper of Secrets from the Unfathomable Past (but everybody just calls him ‘KoSfUP’). He is a Naga from the Trollworld Nagalands. He is usually employed as a mercenary but he enjoys cooking and secretly dreams of writing a human flesh cookbook.

Name: Keeper of Secrets from the Unfathomable Past (KoSfUP)
Type: NAGA
Height: 5'11" (1m80)
Weight: 190 (86kg)

Level 1

Strength 12
Mystic 39
Intelligence 24
Luck 13
Constitution 24
Dexterity 26
Charisma 11
Speed 6

Combat Adds +15
Adventure Points 0

Unarmed combat 3D
Weapon: scimitar (4D)

Leather Armour on human part of the body (3 hits, weight 150) + snake scales on snake part of the body (7 hits, weight 0)
medium shield (5 hits, weight 450)

Magic: Bladesharp - doubles damage for 1 rnd (cost: 4 pts)

Talent: Bores people to Death (INT)

27 March 2020

Basic Role-Playing SRD and OGL – At Last!

The Basic Role-Playing System, the common ‘engine’ at the heart of most Chaosium role-playing games, has at last its own System Reference Document (SRD) and its very own Open Gaming Licence (OGL), different from that “other” open gaming licence.

On top of the bare bones rules of the Basic Role-Playing System, similar in size to ones from the early Chaosium booklets, and in scope and content to the ones within the “Big Gold Book” (pictured on the left), the Basic Role-Playing SRD also contains guidelines for publishing content under the Basic Role-Playing Open Gaming Licence.

The Chaosium web-site provides a lengthy explanation of what is allowed and what is prohibited via the BRP OGL. The SRD itself may be downloaded as a PDF from here.

I hope these new tools will spur game designers to create BRP-compatible role-playing games and adventures!

19 March 2020

Ethilrist and the Black Horse Troop

For those who aren't on Facebook... Jeff has posted this today:

Sir Ethilrist was the descendant of a long line of mercenary captains in Ralios. After a series of defeats, he led his Troop across the great mountains, through the Syndics Ban. To avoid the Ban, he led his troop through Hell. When they left Ralios they were the White Horse Troop. When they emerged on the western borders of the Lunar Empire they were the Black Horse Troop, and Ethilrist was a Hero.

Ethilrist was a Hrestoli, but he encountered Hrestol himself in the middle of Hrestol’s own quest, ravaged Hell, and Ethilrist gained great loot. Ethilrist is sometimes thought to be an incarnation of Hrestol.

And yet. Ethilrist’s followers worship Hrestol as a god and Ethilrist as demigod. And somehow gain Rune magic from Hrestol (!). And the magic includes such strange things as Shield, Darksword and Control Demon (and I’ve seen rumours of Command Chaos!). And yet, Ethilrist is known to offer worship to the Invisible God, and trains a few sorcerers to serve him.

Some think there are deeper secrets known only to the inner circles of the cult. That Ethilrist worships the Eternal Hero, or even the Anti-Hero or the Hero’s Shadow. Others claim he is a secret Arkat and that his cult is an Arkati fraud. Ethilrist knows the Red Emperor well (and personally dislikes him, although often serves him), many of the Feathered Horse Queens, and many others. He has likely long since transcended anything resembling Malkionism, but it is known that his runes are Man, Mastery, and Darkness. However, the Troop as a whole is commonly identified with Darkness and Harmony.

RuneQuest QuickStart in Italian

Good surprise this morning! I found out there was an Italian translation of the RuneQuest Quickstart booklet available!
The PDF says it's been translated and published by Raven Distribution — a company I'd never heard of, even though they publish the Italian version of the 7th edition of the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game (my bad!).

18 March 2020

The Well of Daliath

Daliath is the Gloranthan god of Secret Wisdom. He is worshipped by the Gnydron, the enormous monster merfolk who live in the abyssal depths of the Gloranthan oceans. His Runes are Water and Fate. Daliath is also worshipped by the seafaring Waertagi.

For those more interested in Heortling mythology, Daliath is Heler’s father.

Daliath is called ‘the Keeper of the Well of Wisdom’, so it is no surprise that Chaosium have chosen ‘The Well of Daliath’ as the name of their online portal of free resources.

The crazy thing that I have noticed is that apparently not many fans of RuneQuest are aware of the existence of this portal even though it features a zillion things....



PDFs of RuneQuest rules errata/clarifications...

the Glorantha Core Rune Font...

and much more!