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3106  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Places Not to Have Epic Battles on: August 06, 2007, 10:01:59 PM
A greasy hotel kitchen with dozens of fly strips hanging from the ceiling.  Shocked (Jump up on a table to kick the bad guy, and.... 'Oh my god! What have I got in my hair? Ewww!')

The Auld Grump

HAHA! Shouldn't be a problem, you just need to start swinging the strips around as improvised weapons.

Fly Strip, - Damage, 1-3/20 E/T, FRG, HOK, IMP, SLA  Tongue
Heh, and following an activated Critical Failure: 'Oh my God! It's stuck to my hands, it's stuck to my hands! Ewww!' (Okay, so the character is easily disturbed.... Tongue )

The Auld Grump, a well used fly strip is pretty disgusting though!
3107  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Odd Sources for Inspiration on: August 06, 2007, 01:14:08 AM
The ecology sector of my biology text book. The section on food webs and relationships between organisms led to the layout of organisational interaction in my MMORPG campaign.

Ask a Ninja also provided inspiration for my first adventure in Star Wars Saga Edition.
Sometimes seeing a nature show can also be... different than expected.

Anyone who has seen film of divers playing frisbee with a fairly large octopus will quickly realize that terrifying monster of the deep is dust plain a bad description of them.

The divers were using the octopus as the frisbee, and it kept coming back to be 'thrown' again! It was having fun.

Combine this with the one octopus I met as a kid (it belonged to a teacher, who named it Mrs. Grundy for reasons unknown) - the thing was friendly, and had been taught tricks like 'plopping through a hoop' and 'shaking hands'. In case you are wondering, shaking hands with an octopus feels exactly like you think it would. Tongue Mrs. Grundy could fit in a teacup. Spread out it was about the size of a saucer.

So if the characters ever meet a giant octopus in my game the general response it will have to the adventurers will be 'Oooh! What's that?' Still grabby, but not all that menacing.

The Auld Grump
3108  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Terrain? on: August 05, 2007, 11:41:01 PM
To add to this list.
Continuing with a paper models theme Ebob has some free buildings for a german POW camp (& elsewhere on his site has some medieval resin buildings, but I'll not dwell on fantasy type scenery).
Pardulon do some nice Resin stuff, mostly fantasy/medieval but an industrial series is developing with a lot of brick and tin buildings.
Some very nice stuff there.

The Scottish Village models will work well for games set into the 1940s and earlier - you can still find a few houses of the sort in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, in rural areas. Some are kept up by various historical societies.

Since I do Medieval settings the trebuchet looks quite handy as well. Smiley As for the barrow.... I can fit that into almost any period. Trust me.

The Auld Grump
3109  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Trolls? on: August 05, 2007, 01:03:19 AM
to me i have loved the Pratchett trolls since i have started reading the guardhouse books. detritus is great.
Yeah, I was amused to find out that Detritus is older than the Discworld itself - Pratchett wrote some stories titled 'Detritus & Friends' when he was still a kid. Smiley

I borrowed some of his troll behavior for ogres in my homebrew settings - ogres being slow thinkers rather than stupid. (Handled by giving them a -4 Int modifier, and the ability to 'Take 25' on Intelligence based skill checks. Some of the great mathematicians and astronomers are ogres in my homebrew.)

The Auld Grump
3110  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Trolls? on: August 04, 2007, 10:15:33 PM
That thing is a goblin or an imp. It's no troll.
Heh, those horrible things have been called trolls for longer than there has been D&D. Also called 'luck trolls' - the things came out in the 1960s, became popular in the 1970s, and returned in the 2000s.... I guess that they do have regeneration.  Tongue

The Auld Grump
3111  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Trolls? on: August 04, 2007, 09:55:46 PM
How do picture trolls?

It seems in the gaming community at large the image is that of the 'Andersonian' trolls from Three Hearts & Three Lions - pretty much the same troll that shows up in D&D.

Other trolls are those of Tolkien, which turn to stone in the sun, and those of Mr. Pratchett, which turn to stone in the sun, then start moving around again after dark.

Still others are horrible, small naked creatures with shocks of brightly colored hair - these are the ones to fear!

The Auld Grump
3112  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Faerie - What Campaign Qualities Would You Run With? on: August 04, 2007, 09:36:37 PM
Getting back on topic....

Campaign Quality: Temporal Distortion - Faerie Only (+25 XP 1GC Action Dice)
Time passes at different rates in Faerie, sometimes faster, sometimes slower. As Terry Pratchett put it - Time passes at the speed of Plot. Time passes either 7 times faster than normal in relation to the outside world or at 1/7 that of the normal world.

Again, I feel that it needs work, but....
3113  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Places Not to Have Epic Battles on: August 04, 2007, 03:12:26 PM
A greasy hotel kitchen with dozens of fly strips hanging from the ceiling.  Shocked (Jump up on a table to kick the bad guy, and.... 'Oh my god! What have I got in my hair? Ewww!')

The Auld Grump
3114  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Faerie - What Campaign Qualities Would You Run With? on: August 04, 2007, 03:07:13 PM
What'd be left? You certainly couldn't call it 'Anansi Boys'.
Gaiman is probably the only author I've consistently liked over my reading life.
It kind of boggled me, too. Fortunately Gaiman decided that he really didn't need the money under those circumstances, and said 'no'. I am so very glad he said that!

The Auld Grump
3115  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Terrain? on: August 04, 2007, 03:04:29 PM
For those who want a more 'Gothic' or 'Industrial' themes for their buildings Pegasus Hobbies has a small range of modular plastic kits. Also kind of cool is the Platformer set. Unfortunately Pegasus Hobbies does not show them on their own site.  Roll Eyes

The place where I typically get them is Dungeon Trader - they also have the Chemical plant tucked away in a separate area. You can also get these at The Warstore. I have used the Chemical plant more than the others, for things such as a dwarfen brewery or a fuel refinery, works well with the Platformer sets. These are supposed to be put together as needed, but I tend to glue them together anyway.

The Auld Grump
3116  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Goblins - Humanoid, Outsider, or Fey? on: August 04, 2007, 01:23:02 AM
Hmmm, more people think that they should be Fey than I expected.

Only one for Outsiders though.

The Auld Grump
3117  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Matrix vs. Riverdance on: August 03, 2007, 08:55:51 PM
Heh! Smiley

The Auld Grump
3118  Community / Classic Topics / Terrain and Vehicle Models? on: August 03, 2007, 08:49:23 PM
I use minis in my games, and sometimes I like to have scenes that will stick in the players' minds. For those I build some cardstock terrain. PDFs have the advantage of being inexpensive, easily customized, and if someone destroys your terrain then you can generally replace it. And the more terrain you have the more you can mix and match.

There are some good companies out there - with World Works Games being my favorite, they make a good sized line of modern urban terrain, though the Invader flying saucer from Ebbles also sees a good deal of use.

Ebbles makes some good SF terrain and vehicles while World Works has First Light, a set for building space ships. Smiley Ebbles' vehicles are very nice, though I have only built a very few.

Fat Dragon Games makes some, ummm, strangely familiar fighter craft for sci fi gaming as well. I feel that they work well with the World Works First Light set, and if I am ever running an old style Battlestar Galactica game I will know what to use.  Tongue

I would have included some images, but testing that showed how very large some of those pictures are.

Now if I could find some PDFs for Steampunk I would be all set.

The Auld Grump

*EDIT* I have been adding vehicles as well as terrain, so I changed the title of the thread.
3119  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Motivational posters on: August 03, 2007, 08:05:05 PM

The Auld Grump
3120  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Faerie - What Campaign Qualities Would You Run With? on: August 03, 2007, 03:19:11 PM
Heh, I might enjoy a game based on Neverwhere.  I actually used part of it in a Changeling: the Dreaming game set in London. London Under is a scary place. I remember reading a magazine article (National Geographic?) about just how much London is built over itself. I have been in American cities that had similarities, with Seattle Underground being one of the more accessible.

For Gaiman there is also American Gods, less useful for gaming, though Anansi Boys scaled the setting down a notch. I can't believe that they wanted to do a movie for Anansi Boys while taking out the supernatural elements and making the main characters Caucasian.  Undecided

The Auld Grump
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