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Episode 25: GM Library Part 2
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Main Topic

Today Joules and I sit back and talk about a part 2 of GM Libraries.

 

Zendead- Art of War

Art Books

Classical Western Myth

 

Joules- Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live (Badass Series)

Thing Explainer – Randal Munroe

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology

 

Lexicon

Bruin   noun bru·in \ˈbrü-ən\

 

Definition of bruin
:  bear

 

Origin and Etymology of bruin
Middle Dutch, name of the bear in Reynard the Fox

 

First Known Use: 15th century

 

Closing remarks

Zendead- Critsuccess

 

Joules- Pony Island

 

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Dog Days of Podcasting 2017 Day 2
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Zeke Duncan

Zeke is a gutterpunk on the streets of New Orleans. He makes his way about the city at night. No one has seen him before nightfall. Now most people never give him another glance since he looks like any of the other gutterpunks that hang out on the streets. The fact that he is a vampire is a well guarded secret.

He has not been a vampire for very long. Only about a year, which has been educational. He has been slowly doing things to improve his station among the vampires in the city. At some point he might even make it off the streets.

Mannerisms: Zeke is a guy that will do things others would never do to get ahead. He is also looking for other young vampires to hang out with so he might learn more about the other vampires that have been there for a long time.

Short History: He ran away from home at a young age. He learned to find food and shelter. One night while panhandling he made the mistake of trying to get an old vampire to give him money. Zeke later followed the guy to his house and broke in figuring he could steal some things for cash. The vampire at this point had enough of this young punk and gave him a choice become a vampire or die at his hands. Zeke is no fool he made his choice.

 

Teller of the Tales Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Episode 24: Origins Wrap Up, putting a bow on it.
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We sit about and talk about our feelings and the fun we had at Origins.

 

Closing remarks

Zendead- Torg on Kickstarter Sadly this Project has already funded

 

Joules- Steam Summer Sale: Steam World Heist

 

Guard-a-Manger- Shadowrun Trilogy on Steam

 

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Design Notes

I’ve been enamored with Faces, especially non-standard Faces for a while.  The concept for Preesh came specifically from the SK Cyberlogician Cyberbundle in Chrome Flesh and the classic Shadowrun prime runner, The Chromed Accountant.  The concept spun out of a variation on the burned corporate employee who lost his SIN and took the fall for some kind of mistake made. I decided to work with the idea of an accountant that cost Saeder-Krupp a lot of money and was burned and left in the wind.  This means that the Con and Performance aspect of a lot of faces was left behind to focus on other things.

I went back and forth between making an A priority nuyen character who made up for either attributes or skills with the nuyen expenditures, but at the end of the day it didn’t fit the concept.  He was good enough that SK invested in him without the cyber so I kept his Nuyen, Skills, and Attributes all at “B” in a Sum to Ten character generation. Preesh is not a heavy combat character, but he excels at planning, legwork, and the initial negotiations.  When his existing contacts and skillset are combined with the Tradejack bundle, he is able to fill in a lot of roles for a team before combat starts.

His cyberware is built around mental bonuses and skill enhancements so that he has a better than normal chance of uncovering what the corporate plan behind the run is.  His expertise in negotiations and valuation of corporate assets helps him negotiate better pay for the runs while his contacts give him an “in” on the corporate world a lot of runners lack.  

To make sure that he wasn’t complete dead weight in combat, he has a pack of jazz and enough dice to use the Ares Alpha and Ingram Smartgun to put bullets down range to support the rest of the team.  The combination of the psyche boosts to logic, high mental limit, and analytic mind mean he should be able to figure out what is going on even in the middle of the run.

 

Character Notes

Depreciation, or “Preesh”, is a former Saeder-Krupp accountant who made one mistake.  The one mistake cost Saeder-Krupp a lot of nuyen and him his SIN. Where once he was an up and coming corporate middle manager in the accounting department, now Preesh found himself hung out to dry by the corporation that had invested so much in him. After making a hasty exit from his home sprawl with some certified credsticks stored away, Preesh settled into Seattle where he found a team of other runners now called Balance Sheet through his Fixer, Elias.  

Preesh’s skillset isn’t common in the shadows so the Johnson’s often have difficulty adjusting to a cold, dispassionate argument that their return on investment of the run requires additional compensation to ensure the maximum profitability.  Preesh’s contacts in the corporate world left him behind for the most part, but he held on to a few. Jackson, the janitor where he used to work, has a real friendship with Preesh from when they would waste a little time talking about all of the different tropical islands that would make a good retirement. Prissy, a secretary who always saw how uncomfortable the board room made Preesh is glad to chat and take some nuyen for her troubles. Reginald, “Reggie”, was the outside counsel who would handle more “delicate” expenditures that were “off the books: but not completely off the accounting ledger.  Preesh has become a bit cold since he entered the shadows – he lost the corporation he thought was his family, and this has left him pretty jaded. He is never far from complaining about how much he misses his old apartment and his old life, but seems resigned to his shadow existence.

Recently, Elias has been finding them more and more jobs against Shiawase which is making Preesh nervous.  Maybe SK didn’t leave him as far behind as he thought. Maybe this was all a game of chess to set up a catspaw in the shadows for SK Prime.  It’s been eating at him lately.

Preesh Form

Key –R&G = Run & Gun; RF = Run Faster; DT = Data Trails; CF = Chrome Flesh; CA = Cutting Aces

Balance Sheet Overview Here.

 

This is The Card Catalog. Welcome to a corner of the Seize the GM for characters and NPCs you can take and use in your home games.  These character sheets will run the gamut of games from new to old, fantasy to space opera, and beyond. One word of warning, while these characters won’t be pushovers, they also are not made to be fully optimized.

We are starting with some Shadowrun 5th Edition, which is what I play the most today but it will branch out from there.  This covers the overview of a running team in Shadowrun 5th Ed with each team member getting their own post and character sheet to follow.  They are built on starting character generation values with the Sum to Ten method, so use them as Prime Runner opposition for your party, contacts, or even grab the sheet for a backup PC or a new player.

 

Balance Sheet

Balance Sheet is an established group of runners in sprawl.  With their diverse backgrounds, they are able to accomplish a wide variety of runs and have made a good reputation for themselves as professionals.  They got their name from Preesh’s negotiating tactics breaking down the costs and ROI for the Johnsons, often coming away with more nuyen for the team. Their diverse backgrounds do create some friction internally that manifests as jabs and inside jokes.  Recently, they have been taking on more challenging and higher profile jobs especially against Shiawase.

 

  • Depreciation (“Preesh”) – A former corporate CPA who took the fall for some creative accounting that didn’t hold up.  Preesh is a human loaded with headware who is still a bit bitter being stuck in the shadows, but makes the best of it as the “leader” of balance sheet handling negotiations, strategy, and their finances.  

 

  • Po’pay– Po’pay is an AWOL member of the P.C.C. military.  When his C.O. left his squad out to dry, Po’pay took it out on the C.O. and never reported back.  As the only surviving member, the P.C.C. hasn’t found him … yet. He took the street name Po’pay from a historic leader who fought against colonial rule, seeing his place in the world as a way to strike against the corporations and countries that had taken the place of the old Colonial powers. He gets grumpy with the rest of Balance Sheet because he knows his past will catch up with them eventually, and is trying to keep them alive.  

 

  • Phoenix – Phoenix is a dwarf technomancer former otaku.  At the ripe old age of 15, she was facing the start of the fading when Crash 2.0 went down. Deus’ machinations meant that she woke up in a brand new world with a brand new way to see the Matrix.  She spends her time exploring the Matrix and whistling up sprites for company. She and SHAMAN spend way too much time debating the nature of reality, with each so far not budging on what they see as “Truth”.

 

  • Anna – Anna is a troll street shaman who has never known anything but the streets.  He was born in the Redmonds Barrens to parents who couldn’t provide for everything a growing troll needs and found himself out on the streets in short order.  It was there that his awakening happened, and snake spoke to him. Since then, Anna has had a heart of gold and almost unflappable positive view on life, but a thirst for nuyen.  He and Phoenix each see the world differently and think that there may be more than what we see but they can’t seem to ever agree on just what that is.

 

  • Rinelletish–  Rinnelletish is an Elven Adept who slipped into the Shadows from the Tir after his parents were hunted down and killed as part of the rebellion called Rinelle te’Kesrae.  While he has a bad reputation in Seattle having seen many of his former running companions die or be captured by the Corps, Balance Sheet has found his skills to be useful even if he doesn’t seem to trust them fully.

 

Episode 23: GM Chat with Jeffery W. Ingram
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Main Topic

Today we sat down and talk with Jeffery from the World Builder’s Anvil. About gaming and world building as well.

 

You can find him at his Website or his facebook group

 

Closing remarks

Zendead- The GM’s Craft

 

Joules- Grade A under A

 

Jeffery- D.N. Frost

 

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Episode 22: Getting in the Mood
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We get to work on setting atmosphere at the table and things to help with that.

 

Lighting-

Sounds-

Scent-

Stat Blocks

Zendead-  

Hexennacht or Witchnight is a derelict ship that is floating on the edge of current space travel. She is an ark ship that has been missing for the 200 years. She left Sol controlled space and lost contact with control. Hexennacht has just appeared on the Observation Stations sensors. No power and no crew that is responding. A ghost ship that has gone further than any ship before or since. No real damage that can be detected by sensor. She could be harboring something from the fringe of explored space or she got lost and has just now gotten back to humans. Maybe the ship hold information about what is out that far or a dire warning.

 

Joules-

Are you frustrated by the near incomprehensible nature of magic?  Are your mage friends making fun of you behind your back? The catalogue has a new product for you.  From the catalog’s shadow subsidiary “Frobozz Magic and Electric” comes a new fragrance “Fluxx and Warp.”  This fragrance will definitely put you mentally on par with your other colleagues. No longer will you be ridiculed for your lack of comprehension.  During the annual wizards convocation, you will be on par with your peers while wearing this fragrance.

 

Just a spritz behind each ear and the magically enhanced pheromones begin to work.  They synchronize with your mental acumen. Those that inhale the fragrance now match your IQ and level of comprehension.  Simply put they are now as stupid as you.

And as an added bonus, the effects linger.  Lasting anywhere between 4 to 6 weeks.

 

So just spray and go.  Then sit back and take in the schadenfraude.

 

Warning do not use during family reunions or events of national importance.

 

Frobozz Magic and Electric are not responsible for law troubles, one night stands and national election results

 

Frobozz Magic and Electric, naysayers will be totemized

 

Lexicon

Jubilee  noun ju·bi·lee \ˈjü-bə-(ˌ)lē, ˌjü-bə-ˈlē\

 

Definition of jubilee

 

1a :  a special anniversary; especially :  a 50th anniversary
 b :  a celebration of such an anniversary

 

2a :  jubilation
 b :  a season of celebration

 

3 often capitalized :  a year of emancipation and restoration provided by ancient Hebrew law to be kept every 50 years by the emancipation of Hebrew slaves, restoration of alienated lands to their former owners, and omission of all cultivation of the land

 

4a :  a period of time proclaimed by the Roman Catholic pope ordinarily every 25 years as a time of special solemnity
 b :  a special plenary indulgence granted during a year of jubilee to Roman Catholics who perform certain specified works of repentance and piety


5 :  a religious song of black Americans usually referring to a time of future happiness

 

Origin and Etymology of jubilee
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French jubilé, from Late Latin jubilaeus, modification of Late Greek iōbēlaios, from Hebrew yōbhēl ram’s horn, jubilee

First Known Use: 14th century

 

Closing remarks

Zendead- Big Eyes Small Mouth by Guardians of Order

 

Joules-What Remains of Edith Finch on Steam, The Abominable Charles Christopher

 

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Episode 21: Landscape and Terrain Building the Future
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We sit back and discuss the merits and drawbacks of landscape and terrain at your table.

 

Heroscape

World Works Games

Drivethru RPG

 

Stat Blocks

Zendead- The Tome

It is a book of magic but like very few others. The tome is magic, real magic. The kind that can rip reality and remake portions of it. Unlike any other book like this you are the pages of the tome. The tome tethers its magic to the life force of the person that inscribes the spells to their flesh. At first the spells might do small things that don’t seem like much but as time goes the spells grow in power and scope. As you cast these spells parts of you grow weak and die. If you were to want to cast every spell you scribed on you then you would not likely live to see the last spell completed. Since you never know the amount of energy needed to cast the spell the number left on you is not an indication of how much more you can do. So be careful of taking on the power of the Tome.

 

Joules-

The Darktown Poker Club.  Where hucksters, con men, grifters and the damned go to play cards.  This mysterious club has been rumored to exist since the mid 1800s and for those that have been invited say the decor hasn’t changed much.  The inside is smokey, there’s an old honkey tonk style piano in the corner. Booze is poured from unlabeled bottles. And the patrons are as likely to kill you then to invite you to join their table.

 

The legends say that the Darktown Poker Club never really left the 1800s, it just has the power to invite players that would make the games ‘interesting.’  And honestly interesting people exist all across space and time. So where’s the fun in limiting the game to just one decade?

 

The club is exclusive.  Invite only. How one receives an invitation is unknown.  And to be honest, sometimes some members wish that they never received one.  The invitation is more like a “polite request.” The kind usually heard from mafia dons or the CIA.  You really don’t refuse an invitation.

 

So at the predetermined time and location, a set of saloon doors manifest.  And the invitee is subtly ushered through. A tall gentleman in a black hat and duster greets you and gives you the rules of the club.

  1. Don’t cheat the house
  2. Don’t welch on your marker
  3. No bloodshed inside
  4. Keep your trap shut as to the goings on inside the club
  5. Your word is your bond, so choose your words wisely

 

Break any of these rules will get you kicked out of the club.  Intentionally breaking these rules will net a bounty on your head.  And the Darktown Poker Club has never failed to collect.

 

Welcome to the game.

 

Lexicon

Stagnate  verb stag·nate \ˈstag-ˌnāt\

Definition of stagnate

1:  to become or remain stagnant

Origin and Etymology of stagnate
Latin stagnatus, past participle of stagnare, from stagnum body of standing water

First Known Use: 1661

Closing remarks

Zendead- DC Adventures by Green Ronin

 

Joules-First we Feast’s series “Hot Ones”

 

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Episode 20: GM Chat with Zippy Toetag
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Sitting around and shooting the breeze with Zippy today

 

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