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Pththya-lyi
Nov 8, 2009

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Hooray! This is one of my favorite games I've never gotten to play. Someone made the attempt to review this in the last thread, but never got far. Good luck with this one!

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Pththya-lyi
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Tasoth posted:

I know I am supposed to be typing up my review and doing drawings for it, but if you want any monsters drawn for M&OCT, let me know. That was everyone's favorite part when I ran it and they all were excited when I offered to draw their monsters for them as keepsakes.

Angels.

You know how whenever an angel appears to people in the Bible, the angel tells the mortal(s) not to be afraid? Angels are scary as gently caress. When I finally get to play this game, I'm going to play an evangelical Christian kid whose monster is literally her guardian angel: flaming sword, shining shield, terrifying gaze, the works.

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Green Intern posted:

I think you can do better.

Check out the actual descriptions of different angels within the heierarchies: Burning wheels, multi-headed monstrosities, exploding suns. They're absolutely terrifying in their majesty.

Don't get me wrong: an crazy-looking angel would be totally bitchin', but it's not what I'm going for. I'm not going so much for an "authentic" angel so much as the popular conception of an angel. When a little kid imagines heavenly guardians watching over her, she's probably thinking of pretty people with halos and wings, not "wheels within wheels" or fiery orbs. Besides, angels generally appear to Biblical witnesses as white-robed humans and they still have to calm the poor pathetic mortals down, so it's not like angels need to take on their "true" forms to scare people. The Monster's horror would come from its eerie perfection (and its inhuman understanding of humanity and morality) more than anything else.

Now, if Wapole Languray wants me to, I can stat out my dream PC and her Angel, but otherwise I'm going to let this be my last word on the matter. :colbert:

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Adirel



Hides: Adirel is invisible except to those mortals he wishes to show himself to.
Favorite Thing: Smiting evildoers
Personality: Doctrinaire and unsubtle. Tends to speak in mangled KJV phrases (think Sam Jackson's Biblical "quote" in Pulp Fiction).
Abilities:
Flies with wings
Fights with sword
Protects with shield
Frightens with gaze/voice

Pththya-lyi fucked around with this message at 17:41 on Apr 21, 2013

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Wapole Languray posted:


My Interpretation

EEEEEE I love it! It actually never would have occurred to me to make Adirel's Kid that way - I envisioned her as a sweet, innocent homeschool girl, but I didn't write her down because I wanted to let you flex your creative chops - but I dig him and I dig the drawing even more.

Pththya-lyi
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I always assumed that the Zilargo folks were mean to be literal Gnomes of Zürich, and Keith Baker failed to realize the Unfortunate Implications that come with evil banker plots. I mean, Zilargo and Zürich both start with a Z, and Zürich is a historic Protestant stronghold.

Pththya-lyi
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Night's Black Agents ideas:

A poker-faced twig of a Lebanese woman who does unspeakable things with a knife.

A fat goony computer nerd ('cause it's not really an F&F PC concept list until someone suggests a goon).

Literally Brock Samson.

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JohnOfOrdo3 posted:

I found the idea of a personification of the hate of an entire nation and the deaths from world war 2 kind of interesting, and it could be a fantastic final boss.

Then I remembered what game this was for and was really disappointed :sigh:

I admit I'm no WWII scholar, but I'm pretty sure that, for all the stereotypes Americans attributed to the Japanese, sexual deviance wasn't one of them. In fact, I understand a lot of the fetishes associated with the Japanese today (most notably tentacle rape) stem from post-WWII censorship laws and other policies imposed by the Allies. :cthulhu:

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Ettin posted:

Mortal Remains took almost a year to review and holy poo poo was it not worth it.

It was to me! :razz:

Thank you so much for sacrificing those SAN points for us. Your reviews actually make this game fun!

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Wapole Languray posted:

Now, next is the books sample adventure What Did You Get For Christmas? and I was wondering how you’d like me to cover it. It comes with several preset-characters, so the options are

    A. Basically Transcribe from the book, giving us all the details from a GM’s perspective. This will be pretty quick to do, and the easiest.

    B. Run through it like the players would, so that we can get a better idea of what it’d be like to play through it. This is going to take longer to write up, and may in fact be multiple updates.

A A A A A. You've already given us a good write-up, don't burn yourself out when you're so close to the end.

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Ettin posted:

Next time: A pleasant chapter, guaranteed to lift your spirits.

OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY I CAN'T WAIT! :downsbravo:

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Wapole Languray posted:


  • David D. Davidson: The Hood Juvenile delinquent and wannabe gangster. He's raised by his Grandma, which is the only reason he stays in school. His monster is Baby Tick-Tock, a giant porcelain baby-doll full of clockwork and extendable razor-blades.

  • Jane J. Johannsen: The Nut Girl who's a... little bit more than unhinged. Her monster is The Trashman, a humanoid figure with black plastic skin and a heart of garbage.

  • Marvin M. Marshall: The Brain A smartmouthed nerd and proud outsider. His monster is Connie, a flying Orthocone (Those squids with the long pointy shells) with a sadistic streak.

  • Peter P. Peters: The Jock The friendlier breed of jock. His monster is The Team in I, an entire team of Zombie football players that join together to form a single giant zombie football player.

  • Susan S. Sherman: The Princess The popular trendy girl who all the boys drool over. Her monster is Lucinda, who masquerades as her new-stepmom. She looks like a Texas beauty queen and is full of acidic black slime.

  • Walter W. Wilson: The Narc Teacher's pet and school rat. His monster is The Watcher from The Corners of Time, a sentient smoke-cloud from another dimension.


Notice that the PCs are references to the kids from The Breakfast Club. Don't you
Forget about me
Don't don't don't don't

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Fossilized Rappy posted:

Rubble Kitten (CR 0 Tiny Magical Beast)
More of a force than an entity, the rubble kitten will sometimes do acts of GM fiat to heroes that can find one. You have to have Charisma of 16 or higher and be good and kind-hearted to have one appear, and then you have to keep it save or you will get a spate of bad luck (-1 to your bennies for 1d6 game sessions). Stealing one also gives you the same bad luck. The entry is kind of stupid either way.
Hey gently caress you good luck kittens are awesome, and are much less ridiculous than Axis Apes and zombies and whatnot. :colbert:
Kitten mascots are also historically appropriate:





Even the bad guys kept kittens around:

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ThisIsNoZaku posted:

If I don't like cats, does that make me worse than the Nazis?

No, it just means you're a dog person, just like You-Know-Who.

:godwin:

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Fossilized Rappy posted:

Then they should have given them actual stats instead of a half-done job. :smug:

But a Deus ex Machina doesn't need stats! :argh:

You'll be happy to know that the Rubble Kitten does get stats in the Savage World book from 2009. (The book also states that rubble kittens never grow up and "quickly disappear" if taken from their chosen owner - even if they were given away.) Also the authors made it a point to remove most of the silly stuff, especially the Axis-generated baddies.

I just want to say that I really like the 2009 version, but I've never gotten to play it. :smith:

Pththya-lyi
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I'm excited about two Savage Worlds settings right now. Which one should I do?

Deadlands Noir

The classic Wild West setting jumps forward to 1935, allowing you to have hard-boiled adventures in New Orleans. The companion book brings the fun to 1927 Chicago, 1939 Shan Fan, 1946 Lost Angels, and 1950 Salt Lake City.

The Day After Ragnarok

The Nazis summoned up the World Serpent Jormungandr in a last-ditch effort to win the war, Truman had a nuke flown into it. The great snake's falling body crushed Europe and North Africa and caused a tidal wave that drowned the eastern Americas with poisonous waters. It's three years later and civilization is barely recovering. Fun times!

Pththya-lyi
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I kind of expected Day After Ragnarok to get more votes: while Deadlands Noir has its charms, it lacks the crazy balls-to-the-wall awesomeness that DAR gives you. You can expect the first installment of the write-up by late morning (Eastern time).

chrisoya posted:

I'm not going to post it, because seeing it for the first time in the write-up is worth avoiding spoilers, but this setting has the best world map, and so it's my vote.

I'll give the map to you all anyway, just to get you excited. I'm thumbnailing it, though, both so it won't break tables and so that you don't have to be "spoiled" if you don't want to. OUT OF CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS, PLEASE KEEP DISCUSSION OF THE MAP BEHIND SPOILER TAGS UNTIL I GET TO DISCUSSING THE WORLD. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.
http://i.imgur.com/RVDnggf.jpg

Edit: Changed it to a link to be extra careful.

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Part One: The Intro to the Outro

Because this setting deals so heavily with endings, I think it’s appropriate to discuss the last section of the book (not counting the Index) first. Inspirations is exactly what it says on the tin: Hite discusses the fictional and non-fictional sources he used to create the setting.

Kenneth Hite posted:

My immediate inspiration for The Day After Ragnarok was reading the quote that starts off the “Serpentfall” chapter:

The Nazi myth which is important…[to] men like Hitler requires a Götterdämmerung…
—U.S. War Department Counterintelligence Assessment, Feb. 12, 1945

If you take that literally, what does it mean? It means that the end of the world was a Nazi war aim. And one end specifically: Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, the Twilight of the Gods, or in the Norse, Ragnarok.

Other named inspirations include actual history and mythology (which I’ll point out as appropriate) and seventies pulp (especially British spy and adventure fiction), but as several posters have already noted, The Day After Ragnarok owes the most to the Conan stories of Robert E. Howard. The themes and tropes of Howard’s works – barbarism overthrowing civilization, monsters and magic, badass men being badass because they can – permeate the text, and the explicit allusions to Conan begin on the front end-paper:

Kenneth Hite posted:

Know, O Prince, that between the years when the Serpent fell and the oceans drank America and the gleaming cities, and the rise of the Sons of Space, there was an Age undreamed of, when nations guttered low and flared brilliant across the poisoned world like dying stars—California and Texas each claiming the flag of the West, France torn asunder and facing the desert, harsh Mexico, slumbering Brazil, Argentina where the seeds of Thule lay waiting, ancient lands of Persia and Arabia and Iraq between two empires, the coldly clutching Soviet Union whispering behind its Wall of Serpent, Japan whose warriors wore steel and silk and khaki. But the proudest kingdom of the world was Australia, the last green and pleasant land, ringed around by its dominions and bulwarked by the sea…

This is, of course, a riff on the Nemedian Chronicles epigraph from “The Phoenix on the Sword,” the first published Conan story. The epigraph goes on to describe Conan “tread[ing] the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet,” and Hite’s revision invites the reader to imagine himself having a similar impact on this setting.

The first section of the book, Serpentfall, sets the stage for our barbarian (and/or civilized) badassery. It begins with the War Department quote reproduced in the Inspirations section, and explains the results of the Nazis's apocalyptic effort. In our timeline, American General George S. Patton died in a car accident shortly after the war, but the DAR universe has him assassinated in 1944 as part of Operation Walküre under German Lieutenant Colonel Otto Skorzeny. According to the Nazi occultists, Patton was “the rope of the Norns,” and his “severing” gave them enough time to carry out their master plan despite Allied military victories.


It was awfully nice of the Nazis to write their secret documents in English.

Ken Hite posted:

…the sun of July rose over a prostrate Reich. Wagner’s Götterdämmerung played on Berlin Radio night and day, and the smoke blotted out the stars. And then it happened; the whole world heard the howl of Garm, and the moon was eclipsed in blood.

Jörmungandr rose up out of the Arabian Sea and quickly started wreaking havoc, swallowing entire Allied convoys with its 350 mile-wide head and zipping around the stratosphere. The Truman administration was forced to take decisive action.



Ken Hite posted:

…a lone B-29 took off from Iceland. Its original target had been Berlin, but Captain Joseph Westover had new orders. He, and the crew of the Strange Cargo, were to seek out and engage the Midgard Serpent with the Trinity Device. On July 21, 1945, spotter planes for “Operation John Henry” zeroed the Strange Cargo in on the Serpent, its head 20,000 feet above Oslo and moving southeast at 80 knots. Captain Westover was an ace pilot, capable of flying a plane through something much smaller than a snake’s pupil 500 yards across. The Device detonated, tearing a piece of the Sun down from heaven and destroying the Serpent’s brain in a torrent of atomic fire. Westover and his crew died instantly. Jörmungandr took a little bit longer than that.



Next time: The Serpent Dies, The Giants Revive, The Eagle Broken, and The Lion Waiting

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wdarkk posted:

It looks pretty awesome, but if there are two USSR-in-supernatural-WW2 books in a row with no Lysenko I'm going to get pissed.

I’m sorry, but I should tell you now there’s no Lysenko in DAR. If anyone was going to include Lysenko in their books, it was probably Ken Hite – dude loves to put obscure history in his games – but no such luck. Atomic Overmind Press is soliciting short DAR scenarios, so maybe you can officially add Lysenko to the setting. I can tell you that there is some weird stuff with Soviets and grain in a part of the world you might not expect. ;)

Humbug Scoolbus posted:

You just think that's :black101:...It gets more :rock: as it goes on!

Nope, sorry: there are a lot of :rock: things in this setting, but flying a nuke into a 1,500 quintillion ton-snake’s eye has yet to be equaled. Consider the scale of the aftermath and tell me it’s not :black101: as anything.

Part Two

In this update, we get into the rest of the Serpentfall chapter. This part is divided into three sections: The Serpent Dies, The Giants Revive, The Eagle Broken, and The Lion in Waiting. The first of these three sections establishes that Jörmungandr managed to do a lot of damage even after its death.

quote:

The Serpent’s head, its skull cored out by nuclear flame, kept moving toward Nuremberg where it had been Called, but its dead muscles overshot their mark. The head finally crashed to earth in Egypt—or rather, on Egypt.

The coils settled across Central Europe and northern Africa, crushing much of the Sahara and most of the British Isles, “the Low Countries, western Germany and Austria, the boot of Italy, coastal Yugoslavia, [and] Southern Greece.” The ensuing earthquakes could be felt 100 miles away, and the parts that fell into the ocean set off a 100-meter high wave that smashed hard into the Americas.

quote:

New York, Washington, Boston, Charleston, Philadelphia, Miami (and poor low-sunk New Orleans) all drowned. Montreal and Cleveland and Chicago, and Veracruz and Houston and Caracas, were merely battered.

Oh, and did I mention that the water was poisoned? The North wind caught a bunch of radioactive venom and blew it all west, and the ensuing storms ensured that the Eastern US got a double-dose of the stuff. Wherever the poisoned waters fell, mutants and monsters sprung up.

Of course, some places fared better than others. Wales and Cornwall didn’t get smished, and neither did west France, Savoy, Eastern Europe, or Spain. (Portugal got hosed over by the tsunami, though). And things turned out great for the USSR: not only did the Serpentfall cripple the Western Allies while leaving Russia and Eastern Europe practically untouched, the earthquakes woke up the Narts, legendary giants of the Caucasus mountains. The greatest of these giants, Nasren, had been chained in the Caucasus by the gods he betrayed (there was a lot of cross-cultural pollination between the Greeks and the Circassians, so the latter got their own version of the Prometheus myth): it seemed natural for him to ally with the atheistic Communists. He and his other giant buddies – “Soslan of the steel body, Batyrez the invincible swordsman, Satanya the beautiful” and many more who went east – were hailed by the Party as bogatyrs and welcomed for their ancient knowledge of the dawn of time. For their part, the giants warmed up Russia, reviving the Ice Age megafauna and protecting the Soviets from the wintry weather that the rest of the world was forced to face over the past three years. The alliance isn’t rock-solid, however:

quote:

It is a shame, Stalin told each of them, looking at them with his wise brown eyes, it is a shame that your sons the Ossetians and the Ingush were killed to the last child by the fascists and the imperialists. It is a shame, they agreed, and their own icy eyes narrowed.

The Soviet scientists also got a new substance to play with in Serpent venom, and have already made great strides in experimenting with “volunteers.”:unsmigghh:

America – or what’s left of it – can’t really challenge the USSR’s position: there are enough problems at home! The Pacific War is over: America’s fleets returned to protect the West Coast, and they struggle even to hold on to Hawaii. The Army’s Evacuation of ’46 ended poorly, so the states west of the Rockies are just trying to shore up and protect themselves. Washington and pretty much everyone in it is gone, so then-Governor of California Earl Warren became President of six of the fifty states (Alaska and Hawaii got statehood early) in a controversial election. Texas split off, because you can’t have an alternate history game without that happening, and “Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Buffalo, Birmingham, and Memphis” were among several cities in the so-called Poisoned Lands that survived by becoming draconian city-states who could kick outsiders to the curb.

The British empire is somewhat better off: yes, most of the Isles will never see the sun again, but Wales, Cornwall, Australia, South Africa, the non-poisoned part of Canada, and a third of India live on to swear their allegiance to King Henry IX, who rules from Sydney. They reluctantly gave up the war with Japan in an armistice and the rest of India to an independent “Congress,” but what remains of the Empire is still going on. BP even figured out how to extract oil from the Serpent, and Royal Dutch-Shell refines it in their Welsh and Kenyan plants. The Royal Navy dives into the ocean rift the Serpent came out of, while the Royal Society speleo-herpetologists explore the inside of the great carcass itself and bring out things for Rhodes University in South Africa - now the premier academic institution - to study. The Rhodes researchers have used these things to develop new technologies, including the survival gear that Sir Edmund Hillary wore on his famous expedition to the top of the Spine. Vickers has also got French researcher Jean-Jacques Barre (whom I can’t find on Wikipedia) out of his country and scavenged some notes from Roswell and used them to develop rockets, which the Royal Rocketry Air Force (RRAF) use to shuttle the things to the researchers. Robert Menzies got to be Prime Minister a little early, and he and his government worry about Stalin’s cryptic hints of “a final titanic struggle” to come. Has the sun finally set on the British Empire? Only time will tell…


This letter establishes what we know scientifically about the Serpent. I’ll leave it to the boffins to interpret. There are also a couple of pop culture allusions in the letter as well, which I will also leave to the boffins. ;)

Next time: Character Creation (with audience participation)!

EDIT:VVVVVVVVVVV

Young Freud posted:

What happened to Japan? It's kinda weird to just hear America backs off and Britain lets them have the Pacific without finding out what did Japan do in the aftermath? Gobble up the rest of Asia?

Yes, but Hite doesn't mention that in this chapter.

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Comrade Gorbash posted:

This also means rocket technology in DAR is going to lag somewhat behind the actual timeline.

Not so, in fact! Remember, both the British and the Soviets are using Serpent venom and flesh to engineer new technologies. These inventions are known collectively as "ophi-tech," and I'll discuss them in detail when I get to the proper section of the book, but they've managed to create reliable jet packs, among other things.

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Humbug Scoolbus posted:

What I meant was that just flying the nuke in is :black101:, what happens immediately afterward is :rock:.

Oooh. :blush: Well then we agree!

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Night Cook from Holy poo poo Waffle House


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Part 3

Völuspá, Stanza 41 posted:

Now death is the portion of doomed men,
Red with blood the buildings of gods,
The sun turns black in the summer after,
Winds whine. Well, would you know more?

This first of a set of quotations from the Völuspá starts off the Heroes’ Section, the part of the book designed for all players to read. (The GM’s Section comes later; no fancy names for game masters here!) The section starts off with a set of Character Concepts. These lists are a conventional part of Savage World setting books and are meant to be a non-exhaustive set of ideas for PC characters.

Arcane Scholar

quote:

Yes, yes, it’s a tragedy that the Nazis summoned a monster from Norse myth and crushed 400 million people under it. But think what it means for your studies!
You study magic, which is a lot easier these days.

Barbarian
Basically Conan. Now that civilization’s ruined, you finally have permission to be the lone wolf badass you were always meant to be.


I just love the name “Piggly Wiggly” so much.

Engineer
It’s only been three years since the Serpentfall and the need to rebuild is great. You design machines and structures to protect people from monsters and the harsh elements.

Hunter
You fight monsters.

quote:

You kill ‘em for the Lord, or because a demon got your dad in ’46, or because smart towns pay a fat bounty for every giant snake head brought in.

Mercenary
You fight people for money.

Oilman
You fight against stiff competition to get oil out of the Serpent’s body and to your customers.

Outlaw
You’re on the wrong side of what passes for the law these days.

quote:

Maybe someone died, or maybe they just really want their stuff back. Or maybe you didn’t do it at all, and a military court didn’t want to hear about your alibi.

Prospector
Really more of a scavenger. There’s copper wire in them thar hills! And steel, and gold, and jewels, and cars, and food that you can probably still eat. You have to contend with monsters and bandits in order to win and keep your salvage.

Rebel

quote:

The world fell apart, but somehow the oppressors are still here.
You fight against imperialist hegemony and for the freedom of your people, be it against the Americans, the French, the Russians, the Japanese, or whomever.

Scientist

quote:

The single most important event in the history of mankind just happened. And it happened where you can measure it. The Serpent redefines physics; what’s inside it, and what came after it, turns biology on its head.
You try to understand the Serpentfall from a scientific, rather than magical, perspective.

Secret Agent
You’re James Bond. It’s your job to figure out what both your enemies and your allies are trying to hide.

quote:

After all, the last time someone surprised your side, a giant snake killed Europe.

Soldier
You fight monsters and baddies for home and country.

Next up is Character Roles, which suggests roles you might accept within a party of people in the same profession. The book suggests a few group concepts:
speleo-herpetologists, wildcat oilmen, a law-enforcement or military squad. Instead of making five virtually identical professionals to populate that group, each member of the party specializes their character so that everyone has something they’re good at. For each Role, the book suggests a set of Key Skills, Key Attributes, and Key Edges to focus on.

Bruiser

Key Skills: Guts, Fighting, Shooting.
Key Attributes: Strength and Vigor.
Key Edges: Brawny, Quick, Trademark Weapon.

Medic

Key Skills: Healing, Knowledge (Biology), Survival.
Key Attributes: Smarts and Spirit.
Key Edges: Common Bond, Fast Healer, Healer.

Specialist

Key Skills: Boating, Driving, Lockpicking, Piloting, Repair, Shooting.
Key Attributes: Agility and Smarts.
Key Edges: Ace, McGyver, Mr. Fix-it.

Talker

Key Skills: Gambling, Persuasion, Streetwise.
Key Attributes: Spirit and Smarts.
Key Edges: Attractive, Charismatic, Connections.

Thinker

Engineer is a better fit for this, but he’s already representing the Specialist so I went with the comedy option.
Key Skills: Investigation, Knowledge (any), Notice.
Key Attributes: Smarts.
Key Edges: Danger Sense, Investigator, Scholar.

A sidebar provides examples of how the Professional Edges from the core book might work in the setting:


I spot allusions to John Birch, Phillip Marlowe, Indiana Jones, and Catwoman. Who can you find?

Now it’s time to learn about Making Heroes! These are step-by-step instructions for making a DAR character, which overlap somewhat with the rules in the core book, but have a few notable differences.

Race
Unlike a few other Savage Settings where you can play humanoids, DAR only allows for human characters. In a departure from the core book rules, only Wild Card humans get a free Edge.

Nationality
Characters also get small bonuses based on the country they’re from. The book only provides specific benefits for Americans and Texans (who get 1 additional skill point in Fighting or Shooting) and people from the British Commonwealth (who get double the starting cash). Those who want to play people of other nationalities have to work out a national bonus with the GM, though Hite suggests 1 point in Survival to reflect the fact that almost every nation has suffered over the past three years.

Attributes
Same as in the core book.

Skills
Same as in the core book, with the reminder of the extra skill point that Americans and Texans get.

Languages
Your character is fluent a number of languages equal to half his Smarts die; the first one is his native tongue, which is probably English if you’re playing a Commonwealth or American hero. You can leave some or all of the other language slots blank to establish later (“Actually, I happen to speak isiZulu!”). If you manage to increase his Smarts permanently, then he gets an additional language.

Secondary Statistics
Same as in the core book.

Special Abilities
Same as in the core book.

Gear
Everyone starts out with the clothes on his back and $250 dollars American, except for Commonwealth heroes, who get £100 ($500). If you take the Rich Edge, you get $750, or £300 ($1,500) if you’re from the Commonwealth. The book recommends spending most of that money on stuff to help you kill real good, especially ammunition, which people in the Poisoned Lands use as currency.

Background and Name
Standard fluffy stuff. Hite specifically asks you to think about why your character is joining up with the rest of the party, which I think is always a good thing to emphasize.

Next up are the New Hindrances:

Blank Stare (Minor)
You’re shell-shocked by a bad experience you had in the past and have trouble connecting to people. Suffer -2 Charisma.

Callous (Minor)
You don’t give a poo poo what people think of you anymore: while you’re not Bloodthirsty, you are willing to kill in order to get ahead. You take a -4 to all Persuasion tests.

Holy Roller (Minor)
You’ve found Jesus/Allah/Whoever and YOU WILL NOT SHUT UP ABOUT IT. Suffer -1 Charisma and -1 to Tests of Will against everyone who isn’t a Holy Roller of your own faith. You do get +1 Charisma when you deal with Holy Rollers of your own faith, but the Test of Will penalty still applies.

Luddite (Minor or Major)
Since the Serpentfall, many people turned away from technology: in some devastated places, they didn’t have much of a choice. The Minor version of this Hindrance means that you deal with post-19th century technology as if you had the All Thumbs Hindrance, while the Major version means you’ve rejected all modern technology: no automatic pistols, no breech-loading rifles, no travel by plane or car or advanced boat. Modern medicine may be okay, but not Serpent-derived medicine.

Snakebit (Minor or Major)
You’ve spent too much time around Serpent venom, and that makes you more susceptible to its vile influence. With the Minor version of the Hindrance, you get a -2 penalty to all Vigor checks caused by Serpent-aspected baddies (monsters, cultists, etc.), including Soak rolls when fighting monsters or cultists. The Major version gives you these penalties, plus the chance of a Face Heel Turn to the Serpent side. Rolling snake eyes when fighting Serpent-aspected enemies will turn you into the Serpent’s slave, and you’ll work and fight for it whenever you are conscious. If your buddies want to save you, they have to cast a healing on you while you are asleep or knocked out. While you are working for the Serpent, however, you don’t have to worry about the other Snakebit effects.

I was hoping to get through the entire Character Creation section in one update, but it’s getting kind of long and I’m getting kind of tired. I'll try to finish up the section tomorrow.

Next Time: New Edges and maybe Gear.

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Pththya-lyi
Nov 8, 2009

THUNDERDOME LOSER 2020

Everything Counts posted:

Well the CalTech physicist who dabbles in black magic would be [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Whiteside_Parsons]Jack Parsons, self-taught rocket scientist, co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, friend of L. Ron Hubbard, and student of Crowley.

Loving the DAR setting, I might have to introduce this to my group when the FATE rules come out.

Cool! Thanks for sharing. I'm glad I'm making some converts.;)

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Mr. Maltose posted:

Not to mention one of the Mentalists is straight up The Shadow.

Thanks! I thought the playboy trained at a lamasery sounded familiar. My dad loves classic radio, so I've listened to a couple of the shows, but I'm hardly an expert.

Pththya-lyi fucked around with this message at 16:43 on Jun 7, 2013

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