Monthly Archives: October 2010

My Halloween One Shot

My spooky creepy carved pumpkin with eye scars!

So I ran my Halloween One shot this weekend and it was fun as hell. My girlfriend and I went all out and carved pumpkins, decorated the house, cooked Chili, made pumpkin seeds, and each of my players brought some Halloween type yummy over!

I won’t do a recap today. However I wanted to put up my stuff in case anyone wanted to use it or just take a glance at it. I used a light version of the FATE system.

Here are the character Sheets (I gave each one of them a secret about another char that was either true, rumor, or outright false. However I didn’t tell any of them if was true, rumor or false. I also did not tell the character it was about that information either.)

Jock:

Aspects-
• “I Ain’t Afraid of Nuttin While There’s a Girl Around.”
• Always Make the Goal.
• Act First, Think Later.
• Not So Gentle.
• There’s Nothing There!

Skills-
• Good-
o Athletics, Fists
• Fair-
o Endurance, Might, Intimidate
• Average-
o Driving, Survival, Alertness

Stunts-
• Hard Tackle- +2 to Grapple when you tackle a target. You can lose bonus to the grapple in lieu of pushing target 1 zone successfully.

Refresh Rate- 6
Current Fate Points- 6

Health- 4
Mental- 3

Knowledge-
• Goth- “That Goth really creeps me out. He/She gets too excited over violence and has photos of dead people on their binder (This goes to Jock).”

Cheerleader:

Aspects-
• “Come On Team! We Can Do It!”
• Health Nut.
• “(scoffs) Like, Whatever.”
• Nimble Lil Minx.
• It Clicked After the Fact.

Skills-
• Good-
o Athletics, Performance
• Fair-
o Empathy, Rapport, Presence
• Average-
o Investigation, Conviction, Discipline

Stunts-
• “I’m the Top of the Pyramid!”- Gives 2 Shifts on Athletic Rolls to jumping over borders.

Refresh Rate- 6
Current Fate Points- 6

Health- 4
Mental- 3

Knowledge-
• Philosophy Professor- “That Professor is such a letch! His wife just “mysteriously” disappeared? He’s even hit on me before. Offered me a good grade if I would come for after class lessons (Goes to Cheerleader)!”

Nerd:

Aspects-
• Conversation Killer.
• “I Think We Killed One of Those in DnD.”
• Artistic Style.
• Map Reading Skills.
• “My Mom Made Me This.”

Skills-
• Good-
o Lore, Conviction
• Fair-
o Deceit, Performance, Weapons
• Average-
o Scholarship, Resources, Discipline

Stunts-
• “I’m a Greasy Bastard..” You can use your conviction to push yourself out of danger instead of Athletics.

Refresh Rate- 6
Current Fate Points- 6

Health- 3
Mental- 4

Knowledge-
• Jock- “I heard the Jock has a really bad temper! I heard he put his girlfriend in the hospital one time (This goes to Nerd).”

Goth:

Aspects-
• Already Dead Inside.
• “I’m Not Afraid of the Dark.”
• “I Need No One.”
• “I Don’t Care Who Did It, I Just Care How They Died.”
• Vampire Make-Up Kit.

Skills-
• Good-
o Deceit, Discipline
• Fair-
o Burglary, Alertness, Lore
• Average-
o Presence, Investigation, Conviction

Stunts-
• “Takes One to Know One.”- You can use Deceit (+1) instead of Empathy to catch someone lying.

Refresh Rate- 6
Current Fate Points- 6

Health- 3
Mental- 4

Knowledge-
• Science Freak- “The Science Freak got those scars on his hand by playing with chemicals. That fire that burned down his house and killed his parents? I heard that he started that (This goes to Goth).”

Science Freak:

Aspects-
• Mr Knows-It-All.
• “Am I Getting Extra Credit For This?”
• Sometimes Things Go Boom.
• Strange Luck.
• Oh So Observant.

Skills-
• Good-
o Scholarship, Craftsmanship
• Fair-
o Discipline, Rapport, Investigation
• Average-
o Resources, Contacts, Presence

Stunts-
• “Mad Scientist”- You reduce the time by 2 shifts when mixing chemicals to create a reaction (craftsmanship).

Refresh Rate- 6
Current Fate Points- 6

Health- 3
Mental- 4

Knowledge-
• Shopping Clerk- “Second chance at life? Rehabilitated?! Bullshit! A violent criminal that can kill and rape?! They are a beast and should be put down (This goes to Science Freak)!”

Professor of Philosophy:

Aspects-
• “I’ve Read A lot of Books, Ok?!”
• “There is a Rational Explanation For Everything.”
• “I May Have SOME Connections.”
• Not a People Person.
• Bulging Satchel.

Skills-
• Great-
o Scholarship
• Good-
o Contacts
• Fair-
o Conviction, Discipline, Presence
• Average-
o Lore, Rapport, Investigation

Stunts-
• “I Just Know the Guy!”- (Gather Info) You know how to find a person fast. +1 to locating a specific contact and the time increment is reduced by 1 shift.

Refresh Rate- 6
Current Fate Points- 6

Health- 3
Mental- 4

Knowledge-
• Janitor- “The Janitor killed his family years ago! Now he keeps to himself because he doesn’t want to get caught (This goes to Professor)!”

Campus Security:

Aspects-
• “I Am a Real Cop Too!”
• “Wow! A Real Gun!”
• So Close, So Far Away.
• Stiff Upper Lip.
• “What Would Rambo Do?”

Skills-
• Good-
o Discipline, Alertness
• Fair-
o Weapons, Endurance, Deceit
• Average-
o Guns, Investigation, Empathy

Stunts-
• “I See It! I See It!”- You notice things faster than most, but this doesn’t give you a depth on the info. 2 shifts on a successful role.

Refresh Rate- 6
Current Fate Points- 6

Health- 4
Mental- 3

Knowledge-
• Detective- “I’ve got to watch out for that Detective. He’ll/She’ll put a bullet in me to keep themselves clear of trouble. (This goes to Campus Security).”

Detective:

Aspects-
• Off the Normal Beat.
• Bought But Not Paid For.
• Dead Eye.
• Dirty Harry Moment.
• “Just One to Calm My Nerves.”

Skills-
• Great-
o Guns
• Good-
o Investigation
• Fair-
o Resources, Stealth, Deceit
• Average-
o Contacts, Alertness, Athletics

Stunts-
• Protect and Serve- You can do amazing things when someone is in trouble. +1 to Guns and +1 to Damage when shooting a gun to help others.

Refresh Rate- 6
Current Fate Points- 6

Health- 3
Mental- 4

Knowledge-
• EMT- “That EMT is shady. Violent family history. Brother committed suicide, although there was evidence of foul play. Mother in an institution. Keep my eye onthat one (This goes to Detective).”

Janitor:

Aspects-
• Smartest Man on Campus.
• Looks Like a Serial Killer.
• “I’m Not Cleaning That Up.”
• Trusty Tool Box.
• Surprisingly Fit.

Skills-
• Great-
o Scholarship
• Good-
o Athletics
• Fair-
o Craftsmanship, Might, Resources
• Average-
o Lore, Endurance, Discipline

Stunts-
• “When It Really Counts”- Able to push your limits when it is important. You can use your Athletics instead of Endurance.

Refresh Rate- 6
Current Fate Points- 6

Health- 4
Mental- 3

Knowledge-
• Nerd- “Did you see the look in that Nerd’s eye? I think He/She is close to cracking. I hear that He/She goes to therapy for violent tendencies (This goes to Janitor).”

Fag:

Aspects-
• Red Shirt.
• Quick to Notice.
• Supportive Yet Alone.
• Pent Up Rage.
• “We’re Men, Not Cavemen.”

Skills-
• Good-
o Empathy, Rapport
• Fair-
o Presence, Conviction, Alertness
• Average-
o Scholarship, Investigation, Stealth

Stunts-
• “Keep Your Head Up Billy Body”- You can motivate people when they are crushed with despair. Successful Empathy Check gives 2 Shifts to target.

Refresh Rate- 6
Current Fate Points- 6

Health- 3
Mental- 4

Knowledge-
• Cheerleader- “I know that the Cheerleader will do ANYTHING to get ahead. You don’t want to be in between her and her goals (This goes to Fag).”

Shopping Clerk:

Aspects-
• Thorough Till the End.
• “Looks Like Another Late Night.”
• “I Hate to be Kept Waiting.”
• Strange Nightmares.
• Hopelessly Romantic.

Skills-
• Good-
o Endurance, Alertness
• Fair-
o Presence, Conviction, Rapport
• Average-
o Weapons, Driving, Athletics

Stunts-
• Resilient Self-Image- You are able to keep your sense of self. When hit with a truly horrible psychic trauma you can take 2 additional mild mental consequences.

Refresh Rate- 6
Current Fate Points- 6

Health- 3
Mental- 4

Knowledge-
• Campus Security- “That stupid Campus Security Guard used to be a cop. I heard he lost his job when he was caught assaulting a prisoner (This goes to Shopping Clerk).”

EMT:

Aspects-
• “I Thought I Had Seen Everything.”
• Pin Point Focus
• Survival Kit
• “Why Me?”
• “Only the Good Die Young.”

Skills-
• Good-
o Scholarship, Discipline
• Fair-
o Survival, Might, Endurance
• Average-
o Guns, Conviction, Empathy

Stunts-
• “You’re Gonna Make It!” You can help others pull through, allowing that person to take either an additional mental or physical consequence. Once per person per session.

Refresh Rate- 6
Current Fate Points- 6

Health- 3
Mental- 4

Knowledge-
• Fag- “I hear that Fag tried to kill himself awhile back, his dad caught him with a gun in his mouth, tried to stop him and in the struggle the gun went off and killed his dad (This goes to EMT).”

Alright now here are my Adventure Notes:

Halloween One Shot
• Premise:
o A spell goes off and causes a storm to appear trapping everyone inside a building. This spell will be given no explanation because it is unimportant. The players will not be able to figure it out. They can try, but there will be no information given. The players will be lead to believe that there is a “monster” killing people, or a mad person. In actuality all of the characters are killing each other. Driven mad. When the see the killer it often has red glowing eyes and a bestial face.
• Confirmed Players-
o Angie- Science Freak
o John- Detective
o Kinal- Cheerleader
o Elmer- EMT
o Drew- Fag
 Sam- Goth
 Liam- Jock
• Characters are in the science building of Vernon County Community College studying for mid-terms or attending class.
o Anger Management Course-
 Jock
 Detective
o Actually Working-
 Security Guard
 Janitor
 Philosophy Professor
o Studying for Science Exam-
 Nerd
 Goth
 EMT
o Student Success Course-
 Cheerleader
 Science Freak
 Fag
 Shopping Clerk
• Go thru some mundane stuff for a few, setting up each class, and some role-playing.
• There is a sudden increase in wind and they can see out the windows outside it shows a horrible snow storm going on. They cannot see anything except large fast falling flacks and hear the wind. The windows are filling with snow and ice.
• As they go back to work there is a thrumming of the light bulbs that grows a little louder slowly and builds till there is a crackling noise and the lights go out.
o After a few seconds there is a scream coming from the 3rd floor that pierces the quiet and a crashing noise.
o Those who investigate find a lab in disarray and the body of Assistant Professor Yi-an Ling on the floor. Her body face down, her lab coat and clothes torn open. Her skin has been ripped open. Meat and spine glistening in the darkness.
 All characters must make a discipline check TN +2 or get a mild consequence of Shaken or Disturbed.
• What do the characters do?
o Cell Phones crackle and hiss.
o The doors and windows are frozen solid and with the power out it is starting to get colder in the Science Hall.
• Tricks to use-
o Each of these can have a Discipline Roll or suffer a Mental Consequence.
o Rats escaping out of a class room, scuttling against the wall.
 Rat goes into the darkness, there is a splatting noise and if someone goes and looks, there is a blood splatter on the wall and no indication as to what happened (Discipline Roll TN +2).
o Hear crying in the darkness and go to it and there is nothing in the room (Discipline Roll TN +2).
o They’ll hear voices talking to them, scared, not knowing what to do (Discipline Roll TN +2).
o Suddenly someone starts running towards them panicked, talking nonsensical about something following them. If the NPC/PC had someone with them, they say that they disappeared into the darkness and something came after them (Discipline Roll TN +2).
o In the basement the PC’s discover a circle with some sort of runic symbol in the middle. There is blood splattered in it that seems to be dripping upwards (Discipline Roll TN +4).
o Players or NPCs that separate are attacked (Various).
 Only a few NPC’s will survive to tell a tale of horror. The rest are found murdered in some fashion.
o Faucets at sinks in bathroom burst suddenly spraying water everywhere.
• NPCs-
o Kelly Grimes-
o Joseph Tagana-
o Lewis Hudson-
o Morgan Schroeder-
o Trent Rogers-
o Rene Nechayev-
o Ryan Talar-
o Albert Hill-
o Jake Chancellor-
o Samatha Bergen-
o Tanya Myers-
o Carla Hines-
o Emily Morrison-
o Carl Sellers-

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A Great Set of Rules for DnD 4e, Pathfinder, and 3.x! Take a Gander!!

So yesterday I was shown a link that I thought is well worth passing on!

Here it is!

E6 is a set of easy rules to keep DnD (3.x), Pathfinder, and 4e fun and epic at lower levels.

I really enjoy the lower levels of DnD, where creatures and the unknown are still frightening and the players must keep there wits about them.

I feel that once you get past level 10 things get really bogged down with mechanics, weird spells, effects, and the Save VS death spells start creeping in more often.

Really check out these PDFs! They are free and awesome!


A Whole Lot o’ Shaking Going On.

Man school work can keep my ass busy. Oh well.

This weekend I will be running my annual Halloween One shot. Here is the video I made for it to get everyone in the mood.

I will be doing a recap of it next week and I will post my notes and char sheets for people to use, steal, or whatever.

For the game I decided to use FATE because I wanted to focus on mood and narrative rather than mechanics. I also am using some rules for making FATE a little bit more brutal, but I don’t want the characters to be SO squishy that they die right away.

In Other News

I posted a few weeks ago about spicing up DnD/Pathfinder combat using Mouseguarding mechanics of Complications/Twists/Conditions (CTC). In session 6 of my Pathfinder game we gave it a try and I think it worked quite well. I don’t want to do a post about it quite yet. After we do session 7 of Pathfinder in November, I will do a post about how I feel it works.

What about you? Have you used CTC or something like it spruce up combat?


Pathfinder Session 5 Behind the Scenes

I have been really busy so I apologize for not posting anything in awhile. I also apologize for not updating my Obsidian Portal Page in a bit either. Bad Mikey. Bad bad.

Hopefully I will be able to write up session 6 tomorrow and will be all caught up.

So here is Session 5 recap.

Behind the Scenes

This one is pretty quick and easy:

Another alien cry seemed to issue from all around them and the light surged, consuming them.

All of their bodies were wracked with pain, there was a sensation of motion, people seemed to be talking around them in a language they couldn’t comprehend. As soon as it started however it stopped. Another brilliant flash of light blinded their eyes and they felt themselves lurch forward. Solid ground greeted their feet.

They looked around as their eyes adjusted. Behind them a sunken hole in the ground showed the smoking remains of Old Castro. The group received a shock when the looked at one another.

Each of them looked different. Their armor didn’t make sense, angles that jutted out oddly or pieces of cloth were too long, too short, or too tight. Herger had a scar across his face and G-4863 had chunks missing from his wooden body.

The group heard running coming towards them and saw Neteela come up, looking at them cautiously. Her eyes narrowed and she drew her sword. Behind her Happen made a growling noise and clutched his spear aggressively.

Neteela took a defensive stance as she looked at each of them, “Leo is that you? What happened to you?”

What inspired me for this was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A Character is thrust into Hell and returns some time later. Later in the season 3 it is revealed that Hell’s time flows differently than the mortal world.

I decided that the characters would be sucked into the realm of Chaos and have spent “X” amount of time there. They have no recollection of what they did there or what happened.

When the characters appear again they are now level 10 (up from level 2), and it is obvious that they have been through a lot.
I thought this would be a great way to use the mechanics by Roles, Dice and Fun (Post 1 and Post 2).

Elmer made some use of it in Session 6 to reveal something that happened to them while in the realm of Chaos and give them some focus during the adventure.

I really am looking forward to see what creative stories my players come up with here!


Get involved! Fight for Your Gaming Rights!!

Sorry for the short post today, but I really wanted to give the link to people who might not have gotten it on the net yet.

There is some scary fascist shit going down in the video gaming world.

Please take a look at this website and get involved. It’s only a few min of your time and may help fight against weird psycho conservatives who feel the need to regulate our freedoms!

Oh and make sure you watch the Zero Punctuation video! If you don’t know what Zero Punctuation is.. well.. Now’s a damned good time to become a fan/addict 🙂