NPC of the Week – The Courier – Jan 16th, 2016

Here we go with a new feature where I build an NPC from a series of random elements. Sometimes it will be Story Cubes, sometimes tarot cards, or, maybe, even wikipedia articles.  (Did you know there was a “Random Page” link?)  Heck, I might get crazy and combine all three!  I’ve done this before in the early stages of my blog and I enjoy the process.

I use a list of nine questions that were first created on a now quiet blog called Solo Nexus.  You take 3 sets of 3 questions.  Each set of 3 questions gets 3 random elements which you use to answer the questions.  Each set of questions has a level of intimacy with it which go in this order, Obvious, Personal and Intimate.  This helps give the NPC depth as the PC’s get to know them.  The random elements can be moved to fit whichever question you feel it works best with.  Once you’ve done the first set, you move on to the next one.  Mix in some creativity and, at first, you get a puzzle that is fun to solve and then you get a character.  Read on below and you’ll get the idea!

For this NPC, I’ll go with a modern superhero setting.  Who knows, I might use the character in the upcoming Supers sandbox?  Of course, the NPC will be generic enough that they could be fit into any setting with a little tweaking.   The other settings I chose from week to week will be based on whimsy and maybe an eventual random chart.

The random element for today will be the good old Ryder-Waite Tarot deck.  It’s a standard deck and it’s symbols are pretty clear to understand.  As I’ve said before, tarot decks are just pretty, colored  tools.  They work great for creative, visual thinkers like myself.  If you have a problem with them, I’m sorry, I’m still going to use them.  I’ll draw three cards for each 3 question set and then pick a card that I think fits or works.

At the end I will wrap it all up and present a quick write-up for the character as well as possible story hooks to involve the PC’s.

Let’s get started!

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Gearing Up

Gencon is literally a week away and I’m pretty stoked.  Last year’s GenCon was interrupted by some unfortunate circumstances which really took the wind out of my sails.  Fortunately, the family still enjoyed the time we had.  So much so we decided GenCon would become our family’s yearly reunion spot.

This year will be very different for me because I’m going into the convention with no plan whatsoever.  This will be the last Con before my middle son heads off to college and I’m looking to four, fun filled days with him.  My wife and daughter will arrive for the weekend.  What’s also unusual for me is that I have no registered events on my docket.  I have no tournaments to get nervous about.  For four days, my plan is to go with the flow, see old friends, stroll the vendor hall, relax and, oh yeah, play and talk games with my son and friends.   If I score some good games with my meager budget then it’s a bonus.  If I get to playtest my RPG than it’s a Mega Bonus Super Score.

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A lot of my time has been taken up with a job promotion and training, my new fitness regime and restarting my main blog, The Yoteden.    If all goes well, I hope to have another play test of the new RPG rules this coming weekend.  A short fantasy set piece that can help players learn the dice system and the basic idea of the game.  Depending on how that goes I am hoping to have an initial run of the rules posted here by August.   Things at work are about to hit a fever pitch so I’ve got to get things wrapped up before then.  Otherwise, it might be September or even October before it gets to fly free.  Currently, the rules are going through re-edit and cleaning them up.

Almost a year ago I announced my idea for a Supers Sandbox.  As mentioned last post, the idea still lives!  Due to several factors, it was delayed.  I realized that A) I wanted to use my own rules which, of course, made me take the time to create them and B.) I’m very fond of my superhero world idea.  So much so that I wanted what was created here to be protected by license.  At the same time, I wanted people to feel a part of it and to share in the fun.  So, I began to research Creative Commons licenses.    As you can see, the idea is not dead.  I just needed to put some foundation blocks down first.

 

 

PreGame Post – A Supers Sandbox

SKSuperheroesSo, it would appear I’m going to run with the Superhero story line / sandbox first.  Part of it was based on a die roll, part of it was based on comments.  I’m perfectly fine with it and am actually looking forward to it.  Important rule of gaming – If you’re not having fun, go do some chores.

 

This is a bit of a pre-game post.  I spent some time poking around the internet looking at some random charts.  There’s also the Superpowers Wiki where you can just hit the “Random Page” link and see what you get. (For instance, I clicked up a Pyromancer who could also make Constructs from Love.  Perhaps a villain called Burning Love?)

 

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