Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Slushpost Mark. 2

Kamazotz

More miscellania. Use at your own risk.
  1. A class based on mayan conch boxers.
  2. A local city state has hired you to steal the body of a saint for them so they can start rolling in that sweet sweet pilgrimage cash.
  3. Your setting needs more volcanoes and volcanic eruptions, this is fact and truth.
  4. The Perditious Men of Ulempf.
  5. The Bone Market where you can sell your bones. Loose definition of yours.
  6. Cult of serial resurrectionists (whatever that means?)
  7. A band of brigands loyal to a robber knight who is actually just a charismatic suit of animate armor.
  8. Inky, blob minions who must be anchored to an object (typically a mask or hat).
  9. The marginalia in a monk's manuscript have escaped and are terrorizing the countryside! Somebody has to capture the damned things!!
  10. The Mycenaeans were basically just the vikings of the ancient world.
  11. Baboons with submachine-guns, what will they do?
  12. Wealthy octopuses who hire human porters as to conduct business upon the surface.
  13. Big fluffy dogs bred for their wool.
  14. A unit of left handed warriors to combat common fortress defenses.
  15. The Crouching Goddess, she of surprises and ambush.
  16. Women are expected to break into their mother's grave before their wedding and steal the jewelry within to exchange with their spouse.
  17. It is a well known fact that if you collect the shadows of a hundred and twelve people and sew them together you will create a portal to the universes's own shade.
  18. Not enough games feature Bread Fraud and Bread Fraud countermeasures.
  19. A island/planet/sol system hopping campaign about trying to get home; like the Odyssey.
  20. You've been hired to guard these nobles who are on a picnic to watch the battle.
  21. Flatbreads stuffed with fried and spiced cockatrice meat.
  22. A people shrouded in crimson clothe and blue steel masks. They speak in a florid tongue.
  23. The 51 Gods of Cod, Salt, and Sea.
  24. The royal treasury is also a shrine where votive offerings are made to the state gods.
  25. The warrior kings of old all turned to stone, their bodies littered across the countryside.
  26. Leegishmen from the city of Leegs.
  27. The hills are alive... and they are hungry.
  28. The Sparagmos Organ - Play a showtime, or any music, upon this organ and any one on the nearest stage will begin to dance uncontrollably whilst slowly being torn apart, piece by piece.
  29. Historically 'treasure' has often been big bulky objects like ivory panels and gold plates, this is both more memorable than coins and harder to steal.
  30. MORE BATHHOUSES!
  31. Porcelain golem.
  32. MORE COFFFEEHOUSES!
  33. Playable Species - Baboon, Human, Crow
  34. Cone snails... need I say more?
  35. Book idea - HP Lovecraft goes on a post-mortem redemption arc in the Dreamlands
  36. A city of spiral towers and seashell domes.
  37. Giant seedcases used to grow clone soldiers.
  38. A culture of neighborhoods built on wharfs, the wharfinger acting as landlord/king for each wharf.
  39. Necromantic cyborgs, replace body parts with skeletal bits.
  40. Devils actually work for an intergalactic bureaucracy detaining those who broke interstellar law but are beholden to a complicated (and contradictory) set of rules.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

An Insight On Spontaneous Writing

I have oft seen others about the RPG blogosphere bemoaning how they progress at a torturous crawl through the projects they are invested in, and yet can pump out an entire setting, ruleset, or what have you, in single sitting and enjoy the process too!

While I was walking my dog I was struck with a thought on the matter (as I have experienced it my self). The thought being thus...

The reason (maybe) it is so difficult to proceed on a project you have invested heavily in and indeed love is that the longer you struggle and mull over it the more you develop an idea in your mind of what it looks like. Now the problem comes about when you try to transfer that nebulous image to ink. You have so invested in the image in your head that it is a struggle sometimes to do it justice on paper. It is the process of trying to convey an image unique to you. And the more you think on the idea the more solidified your internal idea is and the more difficult it can be to express.

Contrast this with spontaneity. You have no preconceived notions, at least not many, you're working off a few ideas and extrapolating as you go. In effect you are writing out the creation of your ideas as they happen, building the aforementioned image. There is no struggle (or, well, not nearly as much) because the ideas are being actively created at the moment!

Thats all for today. Hope this was helpful to someone!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Godkiller - Further Recommended Reading

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CRAB GOD

WARNING! WEBCOMIC CONTAINS: Gore, Mostly Non-Sexual Nudity, Swearing, Gods, Big Crabs, War, Saunas, And Talking Swords, Among Other Things

Godkiller is a fairly new webcomic made by the Finnish artist Tuomas Myllyla. The story follows the exploits of Hrotgar the titular godkiller, as he and his companions are embroiled in a war between the northern gods and the intruding Silari Empire. 

The art is top notch. The fights energetic and just the right amount of graphic. Be warned, it can get gory (seriously though, the first couple pages feature a disembowled corpse, so please do take heed). Characters get a bit raunchy, but it's never quite crass. If I had to describe the overall vibe I'd say the webcomic has HBO sensibilities if HBO had a sense of taste. The characters introduced so far are fun and compelling in charismatic sort of way.

All in all I would recommend going and giving it a read. I would love to hear other peoples thoughts on it.

Thurinn: The Troll Berserker

In addition to Godkiller I would highly recommend checking out the artists other work. Their deviantart page is just a goldmine for inspiration and good illustrations. Seriously, check it out, you won't be disappointed. 

Some other art by the author.

Drengan Hunter


Guardian Angel


Reiter And Creature From The Deep

This is but a small selection of a lot of really awesome art. Do yourself a favor and check it all out.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Wondla - A Wonderful Trilogy

WondLa is WondLaful | Tor.com

Wondla is a trilogy by Tony DiTerlizzi about a young lab-born girl named Eva Nine and her explorations into the world outside her underground Sanctuary. A much stranger world than she was lead to expect.

The books are delightfully illustrated and wonderfully imaginative, an absolute goldmine for inspiration, heck, the illustrations alone could prompt many many thoughts. Giant water bears, motile forests, sonic weaponry, a variety of charming aliens, war machines, airships, ancient ruins, the series packs a lot into three books.

If I had to compare the books to other media, I would say that it reminds me the most of NausicaƤ, both have prominent themes of respect for nature (while also showing that this does not mean nature is nice), of seeking peace while not being afraid of violence, and a strong female protagonist.

What I like the most about the books (besides their fantastic world) is the tone of optimism and hope, yet without shying away from the ugly and terrible.

I wish I could say more of the books, and the amazing things found within, but alas that would spoil the fun. So I leave with these illustrations.

What to Draw? – Tony DiTerlizzi

Zin | WondLa Wiki | Fandom

Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi on Cuseum

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Slushpost Mark. 1

Aka lets copy Throne of Salt.

All of these are free real estate for post and game alike as long as you can beat me to it.

  1. Spanish Civil War pulp adventure setting.
  2. Harpers Ferry pulp adventure. John Brown is a wizard now.
  3. Bioluminescent deep elves. Either from evolution or diet.
  4. The people of the swamps fear and venerate Big Moses, a colossal pure white crocodile.
  5. Funeral pyres burn colorful paper objects representing different parts of a person's soul or personality.
  6. The Twelfth Pasha of Saffron has commissioned their subjects to construct a massive arrangement of stone obelisks for the purpose of attracting the Solar Gods.
  7. The Underpope and the Grand Eucemenal Guild of Darks and Depths.
  8. Mr. Tuesday, a dapper and politely feral gentleman.
  9. Old Bugger, a diminutive wizard who rides around in a pelican's pouch.
  10. The Immaculate & Thirsty Suit Of Bone (armour 3), sacrifice 1 pt of STR each week worn.
  11. A man with a cabinet in his chest. It opens unto an impossible room.
  12. Greek inspired boxer/wrestler philosophers, all their philosophy is about wrestling.
  13. Actually, someone should just play a pretentious Plato suplexing people while spouting off insults about ideal forms.
  14. Praise the Holy Porcupine.
  15. Every scion of the great houses carries an ancestral sword. However the number of children as of late has greatly outpaced the number of swords leading to an influx of counterfeits.
  16. Kingdom of aggressive, sapient, but otherwise normal, hippos and their human slaves. Amphibious hippo shock troops in reed armour.
  17. Knife money - bronze knives traded as currency.
  18. Dwarvish holy books are made of sheets of steel and are thusly so heavy that they are carried around on special lecture-palanquins.
  19. The Arthropod Potentates carried aloft by their pill bug servitors.
  20. Elves are magic ape-men with fur who cannot sweat. Cousins to humans.
  21. The Bat-Headed Men of the canyon cities of Old Usk are developing a sonic probe to analysis the earth's crust but which could also be utilized as devastating weapon of war. Steal it.
  22. The plains cities of Deb Lota where weaponry is obscene.
  23. A city bedecked with humanoid statues, caryatid statues, they give advice to the inhabitants and guard ancient buildings.
  24. Never underestimate humanities desire to look fancy.
  25. Mushroom rebels vs the undead empire, undead = never changing, rejection of rot, empire itself is undead kept alive past its expiration (this was stolen wholesale from the discord)
  26. The City of Red Glass, where crystalline dragons lord over glassblowing peasants who spin them their new bodies.
  27. Those of the Way of the Fifteenth Eye, sworn enemies of the Third Eye and its false aphotesis, sworn allies of the Eleventh Eye and its elevated thought.
  28. There need to be more friendly undead.
  29. Execution via show tunes played upon a Sparagmos Organ.
  30. Massive biomechanical construct/dungeon partially powered by the heat of massive compost plots deep within its cavernous belly.
  31. Warriors dressed in crocodile hide armour carrying curved bronze shields.
  32. An impossible compass that points the way towards abstract concepts.
  33. Everything is made of dragons. The ground? A shit ton of dragons. That rock? Very lazy dragon. The sun? King of dragons. You? A human shaped dragon.
  34. Instead of tight dungeons focused on claustrophobia lets see more adventure locales focused on the horror of vastness. Clouds. Endless cliffside's. Endless oceans.
  35. A religious order built on the idea that the sky wants to eat us, which is why we must give it blood.
  36. Giant lizards as pack animals, their tails (which grow back) can be cut off as emergency rations or a delicacy.
  37. In Ishanheim people carve their homes into the glaciers.
  38. At the edge of the world lies the Celestial Dam holding back the abyssal floodwaters and all that lurks within. Only the most damned souls plumb those depths.
  39. Frogmen coat themselves in a special paste when wandering far from water to retain moisture and act as decoration. 
  40. Giant yeti crabs as riding steeds.
  41. "An Ionian emissary called at the kings court the other day, reeking of sulfur and radiating the most horribly humid heat."
  42. Coal miners digging through mountains riddled with ancient tunnels. They must contend with the boot of the company and the horrors from below.
  43. Great mechanized war machines, so vast that entire cities have grown up inside them, battle upon a dying planet.
  44. Once picked clean by river creatures the skeletons of family members are used to decorate a families ancestral home.
  45. Esrever, a city of reverse spires sunken into the ground.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Skipping Stone Wizard

Skipping Stone Wizards are muscular and dexterous and can skip even regular stones incredibly long distances. The great Fingers Fim was said to have skipped a perfectly normal stone all the way across the world ocean and back again. 

Of course, a true Skipping Stone Wizard does not even need water for their feats. Easily skipping stones off any surface. 

The heavier the stone the more powerful the spell, some stones are so massive they have to be thrown like a shot put. Stones must be recovered to cast them again...

Abilities:
You can skip stones at improbable angles and distances. As well if using spell stones you can conjure up a magical effect. Given time you can always find 1d6 smooth skippable stones in most environments.

Start With:
Stone Pouch (looks like a sporran), Stone Polisher

Spell Stones:

Magic Missile - a medium stone, slightly pointy, magic bolts hit whoever was nearest where the stone hit

Fireball - a large slightly charred stone, does what is says on the tin

Freeze - a small cold stone, freezes any water it bounces off of, with skill you could make a bridge

Drag - a medium stone, any loose objects in a 10 ft cone gets pulled along with it until it stops

Teleport - a absolutely massive stone, teleports you to where it lands 

This Is What World Champion Stone Skipper Keisuke Hashimoto Is Capable Of -  Digg

Sunday, September 13, 2020

F-122 Challenge Done

My response to Throne of Salt's question challenge!

The short version for those not in the know, get 7 classes, answer 10 questions out of the 122, make a setting out of it. 

:: CATSUKA :: Focus On - Catfish Deluxe

Classes

  1. Adept - a student of the hand and foot's potential
  2. Iconoclast - a temple wrecker, heretic, destroyer of beliefs*
  3. Scrap Courtesan - a beauty with a patchwork body*
  4. Zouave - a weary soldier whose been at this too long
  5. Scrivener - a clerk devoted to the gods of bureaucracy*
  6. Theotokos - a professional god birther
  7. Foreign Barbarian - a stranger to these lands
* made 'em up on the spot, to be written out soon...

Questions

1. Is a bar tab used to hire on cannon fodder or sailors?
Pretty much every bar and pub in the lower spires has a running deal with the army to put debtors into uniforms in exchange for a kickback. The nicer bartenders will give you a headstart when the military police come to pick you up.

2. Are <scholars> a religious order?
The Scriveners do all the paperwork in the city. They are incredibly devout. An error is a sin. They have no internal hierarchy and spend most of their free time debating one another over the finer points of filing and scripture. They follow the (conflicting) teachings of some thousand gods of bureaucracy. 

3. Is military service compulsory?
No, but the army does its damndest to snatch people off the streets, put a rifle in their hands, and send them off fighting in foreign parts.

4. What cosmetics or prosthetics are used to hide marks of aging, scarring, or amputation?
Arcanely animated porcelain is used to make prosthetics and masks. In recently years its use has grown increasingly pervasive to the point some will remove entire limbs with but a minor blemish, in order to replace them with 'perfect' porcelain ones.

5. What is the recreational drug abuse your cultures has organized meetings around?
At all levels of society Bluk is smoked, often communally, but also in individual cigarettes. A small leafy herb, similar in appearance to mint, and usually grown in window boxes or large rooftop plantations. If dried and smoked it creates a cathartic state which dulls the body but sharpens sight, hearing, and smell. Bluk is often cut with other harsher drugs.

6. How are soldiers usually paid?
Weekly wages and Bluk rations. When a soldiers time is up their severance package usually consists of the clothes on their back and the gun in their hand. This has of course, created a large community of disenfranchised veterans. The elites have so far handled this by employing them salvaging, treasure hunting, and pest controlling in the lower spires. Veterans often partner with iconoclast in burning down temples. Dissent is growing.

7. What foods are associated with major festivals? What slaughter animals do poor families raise?
Pork and dumplings. Oodles of fried tubers. Most poorer families raise pigeon flocks. In fact several extremely plump and delicious breeds have been created. Pigeon racing and shows are popular.

8. What illegal bloodsports do elites favor?
Making bets on which slum spire collapses is not technically illegal, however planting explosives to ensure you win is. Rumors abound about even less scrupulous nobles who force courtesans with specially modified porcelain prosthetics to fight to the death.

9. What technology is eroding traditional society or being acclimated to it?
The introduction of porcelain prosthetics has created a culture of bodily replacement in the middle class. Not everyone handles it well. Rumor abounds of strange experimentations with the technology creating horrid beasts that now stalk the lowest spires.

10. What area is considered seditious?
The lower spires and stacks, especially anywhere where veterans and iconoclasts call home. The dockside spires in particular are seen as hives political dissension. It's no coincidence that this is where many from overseas make their home. 

Setting Thoughts

Im imagining a great big imperialistic city, a vertical city, all spires and stacks and bridges. The elites of course, live up on top with their shining towers and magnificent views. The city is constantly waging colonial wars in far off places, its docks bustle with the fruits of empire, and it's ironclads steam in out of harbor. The players would all be the people in the bottom of this world. The people who have served and been cast aside by those above. 

I really like this setting, Im definitely going to expand on it in the future.