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3106  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Faerie - What Campaign Qualities Would You Run With? on: July 31, 2007, 09:06:00 PM


Oh the synchronicity of life.

The San Diego Comic Convention was a very good show...
Saw Stardust did you?

The Auld Grump
3107  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Faerie - What Campaign Qualities Would You Run With? on: July 30, 2007, 09:58:13 PM
Many of the qualities depend on where you are in the realms of faerie - and its associated realms.

There are two major courts, and two minor courts, aligned with the seasons. While Summer has the better reputation it is not all that all that friendly towards mortals - Baal was a sun god, as is Balor of the Burning Eye, neither are the 'good guys' of their pantheons.

There is also Day and Night, Twilight and Dawn - these also have associations, not entirely in line with the seasons. Twilight and Dawn are safer, but Night and Day have more inherent power. Consider them societies or factions rather than courts. A Seelie fey may belong to the Winter Court, though it is rare, and he might belong to the Day faction - bright, shining, cold, and dangerous.

The friendlier fey actually belong to the minor courts - Spring and Autumn. These might well gain the Mellow Quality, while Day and Night, more vibrant and dangerous, might bear Tense Qualities. Outside of idyllic areas Tense would be rather more common than Mellow.

Spirited and/or Wire-Fu - these again depend on where you are. More likely activated for a scene than a season. Neither would make sense when you have gotten to Faerie through a gate within a barrow of dead kings. This is the realm of the Sluagh, pale, bloodless and lethal - the host, and the hunt of the unforgiven dead. (Not much like the White Wolf changelings at all, at all.) There is a great overlap between the fey and the dead.

Blockbuster... I really hadn't thought of, neither court really goes in for explosions much - though Goblins do. Smiley Their explosions tend to be small, focussed and lethal - rather the opposite of Blockbuster.

The goblins are... odd, even by Faerie standards. One minor Realm of Faerie (not associated with London Under) is The Goblin Market. Rossetti's Goblins are different, and there are some who find a certain subtext in the poem itself.

A Realm of Faerie that lies close to the mundane world is London Under - if you have ever read or seen Gaiman's Neverwhere then you know how the place works. Many of the inhabitants do not even realize that they are, or have become, fey. This is a quality that the setting shares with Dunsany's tales.

Campaign Quality: Faerie Magic

Magic is rather easier for many traditions to work while in Faerie, with a +2 Faerie bonus to spells not aligned with Faith. Faith based Traditions have a harder time of it, with a -2 Faerie penalty. However when Faith magics work then the fey have little defense against it, suffering from a -4 Faith penalty, while those who share the Faith gain a +1 or +1 bonus per die on any positive effects. When Faith works in Faerie at all it works wonders, for the Divine has made its presence known.

This Quality can still use some polishing, and still has not seen actual play.

The Auld Grump
3108  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Deathly Hallows (spoilers) on: July 30, 2007, 12:05:30 AM
And the phrase of the day is Blondicus Explodicus!

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3109  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Faerie - What Campaign Qualities Would You Run With? on: July 29, 2007, 11:47:14 PM
I'd think the Strange Providence and perhaps Spirited qualities would apply within the realm, and maybe even Omni-Competent, if you want it to be a place where normal rules don't seem to apply.
Heh, Strange Providence is indeed one of the Qualities I chose - there are few true coincidences in Faerie, but many seeming ones.

I borrow from a lot of sources in regards to my version of Faerie, Lord Dunsany and Terry Pratchett are high on the list. Wee Free Men and Lords & Ladies are very good in this regard.

“Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.
No one ever said elves are nice.
Elves are bad.”

Seelie (sometimes Summer) elves will mess with you if you chance upon them. Unseelie (sometimes Winter) elves will seek you out. There is a little bit of Harry Dresden elves in there too, Summer Knight has the feel that I wanted for the Winter (sometimes Unseelie) Court. Ars Magica also serves, as does Dark Ages: Fae by White Wolf. While I loved playing and running Changeling I do not follow that game's vision of the Fae.

The realm of Faerie is in some way controlled by its Lords and Ladies. When a coincidence occurs it is meant to serve some purpose. When Strange Providence comes into play you can lay your bets that it is not Providence being served.

The Auld Grump
3110  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Faerie - What Campaign Qualities Would You Run With? on: July 29, 2007, 09:53:54 PM
Faerie has been part of my Spycraft setting for two years or so, though only one PC has ever gone there, and that was off camera. (He is a Mage of the Classic Fey tradition, and bumbled a spell. When a faerie showed up to carry him off for his failure he surprised me by going off willingly. As a result I suspect that his character had a good time while he was there....)

Rather than listing off all the campaign qualities I have chosen to make Faerie a different place I think that I shall cover them one at a time.... Hopefully others will chime in with ideas that I can steal borrow. Smiley

Revolving Door - My standard game does not have Revolving Door, however if you 'die' within the realms of Faerie it has half the standard cost to come back. However you can only come back in the Faerie realms, and can never return to the mundane world. Your type changes to Fey, and you gain some of the strengths and limitations thereof. You can also be summoned, for one scene per summoning, into the real world by someone who remembers your true name. (For most true name and given name are the same.)

The Auld Grump
*EDIT* It is, under most, but not all circumstances up to the player whether or not their character returns this way - if it is not the player's choice there is no cost for the return. If indeed it is the character who has appeared.
3111  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Preview of Spellbound II Class on: July 29, 2007, 06:10:23 PM
Actually, a pillow enchanted with a Sleep spell that takes effect when your head hits the pillow would make a fantastic murder weapon.
Heh, and if the player was consistent in behavior I would volunteer him to find out how it works....

PCs that behave like that in my games tend to have short life spans. Sometimes I give them nice long death scenes though.

The Auld Grump
3112  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Motivational posters on: July 28, 2007, 10:22:23 PM
Heh, well, I like 'em!

Two that are specific to my Steamcraft campaign:

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3113  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Places Not to Have Epic Battles on: July 28, 2007, 03:09:34 PM
Places not to have epic battles:

While all combatants are tied to chairs.
Pretty sure I saw this on TV once - mind you it was a comedy/action show, but....

In one of those inflatable castles kids jump around in at the fair.
Don't know about that, sounds like it might be fun... (Hero) Have at thee! *Boing!* (VIllain) You'll never take me alive! *Boing!* (Hero) Surrender! I am between you and the door! *Boing!* (Villain) *Boing! *Backflip over Hero's head* *Boing* Away!

Hip-deep in raw sewage.
Done this one - 1880s, the sewers beneath Paris, not good for any concerned, but at least the guy with the flame thrower realized that using it would be a bad idea. Shocked

The Auld Grump
3114  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Motivational posters on: July 28, 2007, 04:38:39 AM
Minor note, but I think it's been noted that the fantasy/historical wheelman will be adjusted to fit things like ships (i.e. crewed vehicles) while 'Lancer' will take the place of horseman
From Spycraft 2.0 - Western Play Style:
Wheelman: From wild to iron horses, this cowboy, nomad,
wagon train leader, or Pony Express rider is always ready to

'Nuff said, until Lancer appears Wheelman is the way to go.

The Auld Grump, a book in the hand beats two in the pipe.
3115  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Motivational posters on: July 28, 2007, 04:00:03 AM

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3116  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Motivational posters on: July 28, 2007, 01:03:11 AM

I rather like NightCelt's work. Smiley

The Auld Grump
3117  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Odd Sources for Inspiration on: July 28, 2007, 12:54:28 AM
There is a CG artist who goes by the name of NightCelt. Much of his stuff is rather Goth, and most of it has a sense of dark whimsy. Some of it is also has a good deal of nudity, especially in regards to the Fey. Some very, very good stuff. I hesitate to show my favorite, and one I fully intend to base a game around, because of the nudity it contains.  Connemara Twilight, which will see use in one of my Steampunk games. I found him while Googling for art for the Fey. has a lot of his work - and more is scattered on other sites. most of these sites require registration.
Some that are likely to show up either in a game, in a motivational poster or both....

The Auld Grump
3118  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Motivational posters on: July 27, 2007, 10:37:22 PM

To follow the Spycat tradition. Smiley

The Auld Grump
3119  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Motivational posters on: July 26, 2007, 10:31:03 PM

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3120  Community / Customer Service / Re: Bad Censor Bot! Bad! No Cookie For You! on: July 26, 2007, 09:53:56 PM
Ah, I see it double filtered your word, because I was joking by including the word "gay" in the filtered word for "gay".

Definitively fixed now.
As website problems go that was at least both minor and amusing. Even with that little problem I like this forum software a good deal more than I did the previous incarnation. Smiley

Silly Censor Bot. Now that you are behaving yourself you can have one cookie. Tongue

The Auld Grump
*EDIT* And to test it out...
Now, the other night I took my wife down to a Music Hall.
And ever since that blooming night it has been her downfall.
She sat beside the bandsman, and he filled her with delight,
The fellow that played the trombone, he stole my wife that night.
     With his rum-fah-lah-dah, rum-fah-lah-dah, rum-fah-lah-dah-day,
     The fellow that played the trombone, he stole my wife away,
     He pulled that long thing in and out, he made her feel so gay,
     He really tickled her fancy with his rum-fah-lah-dah-day.
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