Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Charlie Potts

This is another pregen character for an upcoming Call of Cthulhu 7E game.

Not a lot is known about Charlie. He was in the service, but doesn't like to talk about it.
After which he purchased a bar and has been running it ever since. Charlie has a way
Of being gruff and aloof, yet at the same time charming. Spending anytime around Charlie
Will prove that he is a deep thinker and we'll read. It takes a lot for anyone to get close to Charlie, once you do Charlie is as loyal as they come.

Charlie Potts (Modern era) Age unknown
Bar owner

Str 40-20-8
Con 60-30-12
Siz 50-25-10
Dex 50-25-10
App 60-30-12
Int 80-40-16
Pow 50-25-10
Edu 70-35-14

DB: 0 Luck: 60%, MP: 10, Hp: 11, San: 50, Credit: 60%

Charm 70% , Fast talk 50%, fighting 50%, firearm rifle 50%, history 40%, drive auto 40%  survival 40%.

Pilot 21%, stealth 40%, Listen 40%, firearm pistols 40%,

Charlie has a few old military buddies still in the know he can call on when needed.
Charlie has a brother who he doesn't talk to much, talked about even less. Charlie's brother is Sam Potts district attorney.

For Charlie his bar is his life. Nothing is more enjoyable to Charlie than just being a simple barkeep. Whether its serving a drink, polishing the stainless, moping the floor. It's all therapy to Charlie.
When stressed Charlie likes to field strip and clean his Rifles. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Thomas Landers

Thought I might try my hand at making a CoC 7E character using just the quick start rules. Will use it as an available pregen for a later game.

Landers never was good at taking orders or working for others. Preferring to be his own boss. From a young age Landers was good at finding people and digging up information he needed. Finding work quickly as a P.I. and occasionally a bounty hunter Landers is highly motivated to do what it takes to stay independent and not starve to death.

Thomas Landers (Modern era) 26yrs
Private investor

Str 60-30-12
Con 80-40-16
Siz 60-30-12
Dex 70-35-14
App 50-25-10
Int 50-25-10
Pow 50-25-10
Edu 40-20-8

DB: 0 Luck:75 MP:10 Hp:14 San:50 Credit: 40%

Art (Photography) 40, Disguise 40, Law 60, Library use 60, persuade 70, psychology 50, spot hidden 50, firearm pistol 50, 

Occult 25, stealth 40, Listen 40, Locksmith 21

Beat up crown Victoria, 1911 pistol (good quality), office space, a low rent one room apartment, lockpick set, and a trench coat.

Landers has two major contacts. His childhood best friend is a detective in the local precinct, and he has a brother working in city records.

Connections: Charlie's bar, Charlie is an old friend and Landers has a booth in the back. Sometimes you just need a quiet place to relax and unwing. Landers has a Friday night card game with a group of guys from the old neighborhood.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Shadow of the demon Lord (impressions)

(Disclaimer-ish) This is not a review, it's me getting to know the game and writting my thoughts down. As I'm still taking it all in I may sound like the blabbering fan boy that I am.

I'm really late to the party on this game. Not just did I miss the kickstarter I missed the retail release as well. I had seen it, even folks raving about it. I didn't think I needed another fantasy game. Come to find out, Shadow of the demon Lord is not just another fantasy system.

Of all the things I find appealing about Shadows. The things I feel is the most fitting to my taste is the quick playing core rules with the huge amount of character opinions.

Shadow of the demon Lord is definitely geared tword fast play, one might even call it 'casual play'. Seems like a game you can just sit down, roll up a character, and play. The system has enough depth to not seem boring or limited, but not so much to it as to overwhelm new players.

On the subject of character options I'm still stunned at the number of options available to players. Players start as 0 level and earn (through survival) the ability to choose one of 4 novice classes. If they live long enough they will be able to pick one of 16 expert classes. Then again later one of 64 master classes. I'm not sure how many possible combinations that is......I know it's a lot though. The ancestries (races) are very interesting. Human, Changeling, Clockwork, Dwarf, Goblin and Orc. Each ancestry has 5-7 charts to roll on to make totally unique example. Not even getting into random profession tables. Again, players have a lot to work with here. All without even mentioning (even though I'm going to) 30 tradions of magic....

Some games go their whole lives (edition cycle) without having this many options spread out over many splat books. So for Shadows to feel 'easy to run' or even rules lite is a real feat.

The setting of the game is grim, with rules for both sanity and corruption. With a lot of wiggle room as to how dark, grim, and grindhouse you want to run your game. Even the exact nature of the 'demon Lord' seems to be left purposeful vague to GMs to fill in the blank.

I've got so many ideas floating between my ears right now I'm filling up a notebook with ideas already. My players are in for a bumpy (and probably gruesome) ride.