Friday, June 23, 2017

Now in Light City: The Sidekick!

+Justin Isaac (of the blog Halls of the Nephilim and associated publishing endeavors) has done it again for Light City!  Picking up my slack (and using a motif perfect for Pride Month!), he's released a new superheroic class for Swords & Wizardry Light, The Sidekick featuring Rainbow Boy...

The Sidekick is a great support class that I think would also work well in a standard fantasy campaign.  You can get it free from RPGNow!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monstrous Monday: Monsters summoned by JR Mounts

I haven't done much in the way of Monstrous Monday posts in a while, but I realized lately that I'm sitting on a stack of beasts that people might enjoy seeing on here.  I took part in the Tenkar's Landing crowdsourced hexcrawl project (which looks to be nearing a milestone of completion, actually!), and one of the hexes I got to play with included a cloister dedicated to the martial art of card battling (or vrakkig, as it's known in the native hobgoblin tongue).  I thought it'd be fun to actually work out a Card-caster class and come up with some cards they might use in their battles (and which PCs might stumble upon in their travels).  As I often do, I hit up my pal JR Mounts to see if he'd want to do some artwork for me to use on the cards.

As usual, JR completely outdid himself in coming to my aid, and so I want to show some of the cards off here.  Rules-wise, they're all pretty simple...they have to fit onto a playing card, after all...and the layout is similarly uncomplicated.  HD is shown in the upper left, AC (ascending from 10) in the lower right.

I'd like to feature a few beasts each week; I'll give the details of the Card-caster class soon...!

Be sure to check out JR's site to see more of his work, by the way.  These are pretty much doodles, and he does some really awesome stuff that more people ought to see!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Playing in Light City: Adam West's Batman

I kind of feel like this is a bit self-serving as a "tribute" to Adam West...but since Light City currently occupies as much of my idle brainspace as anything else, I guess it seems appropriate to stat his Batman up here.  It's even more fitting, I think, due to the fact that (obviously) I keep thinking about how a Batman-style character would fit into the Light City archetypes.  Considering that he's good at...well, pretty much everything, do you focus on the martial prowess?  The Bat-gadgets?  The detective skills?  The psychological presence?

Basically, I kept wondering if it would be anywhere near appropriate to put Batman in the Brawler class, and the idea I kept coming back to that made me think that could work was the 60s TV show...

That show really demonstrated that Batman's crimefighting best often meant letting his fists do the talking, and when it wasn't his fists, he was usually improvising with his surroundings.

Now, the Bat-gadgets and other Bat-goods are also clearly a trademark of the old show...but I don't think I'm doing too much of a disservice to Mr. West's Batman to make him a good old Brawler.  Pow! Bam! Biff! indeed...!


Image snagged from an article very much worth reading over at ComicsAlliance.
Level 7 Brawler
First appearance:  Batman (TV series) Episode 1 (1966)
STR 16     DEX 13     CON 12     INT 18     WIS 18     CHA 16
7 HD (25 HP)     Saving Throw 8
AC 8[11] (Bat-suit)
Attacks:  3x Unarmed Strikes, +8 to hit, 1d6+1 damage; Batarang, range 60 ft., +7 to hit, 1d6+1 damage; Special Improvisation 1x/day.


While I ultimately couldn't forsake the Batarang as Batman's signature item, I will admit that I almost went in a slightly different direction.  Perhaps it would have been fitting in remembering the Batman that Mr. West gave us...

By the artist known as CornFedCannibal.  Click here for the story of this amazing image...!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Playing in Light City: Princess Celery

Considering that Light City currently occupies a prominent position in my gamer brain, I think it's time I start statting up some of the characters I've been going over in my head.  First up is a darling little heroine built using +Justin Isaac's excellent Super-Pet class...

Princess Celery

Level 7 Super-Pet
First appearance:  The Yellow Planet Chronicles (limited series) #1
STR 8     DEX 16     CON 12     INT 7     WIS 8     CHA 18
5 HD (18 HP)     Saving Throw 8
AC 8[11]
Attack:  Bite, +4 to hit, 1d6 damage

Super-Pet Tricks:
Speech (yep, she has a whispery voice not unlike the bell in this classic video)
Super Speed: Run x2 (96 ft)
Swim + Super Speed: Swim (48 ft)
Too Cute (Charm 1x/day)
Hero Support x2 (Cure Wounds I 2x/day)

As a puppy, Celery was rocketed from her birthplace on the Yellow Planet to Earth to serve as a defender of Terran human- and caninekind.  Little is known of her early days on the planet, but she eventually found herself at an animal shelter in Georgia and was given the name Lydia.  Soon after being adopted by her unsuspecting foster parents, Celery's heritage as Yellow Planet royalty was revealed to her, and she began to tap into the powers granted by her alien physiology.

Celery works a job as a pet-assisted therapy dog, so she gets to spend a lot of time walking around and having people tell her how awesome she is.  This also helps her keep her paw on the pulse of her adopted hometown of Dogwood City and know where she is needed the most.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ghost Hackers is now on DriveThru

So, some of you may remember that last year, around the time of the release of the new Ghostbusters film, I put together a little game of ghost hunting using The Black Hack, called it Ghosthackers, and made the file available here.

Well, the cover, as you probably know if you've seen it, stood to be a bit problematic if I ever wanted to more "officially" release the game.  So, I did what anybody in my situation would do:  I asked a talented friend to do something for me for free!  With new art for a front and back cover and a little bit of internal tweaking (oh, and a space in the title), the game is now available for download (free!) on OneBookShelf.

You can click here to find it on DriveThruRPG!

Traditionally, I've hit up my buddy JR Mounts for this kind of thing (see, for example, In Bleakest Midwinter...), but I figured I should spread around my abuse of friendships, so I contacted my friend Timothy Paul, an Indianapolis artist that I was lucky enough to meet when I went to GenCon a couple of years ago.  I think his stuff his just awesome (you should check out his Facebook page sometime to get an idea of his style)...some of his surreal work looks like it should be on the cover of Dungeon Crawl Classics modules, in my opinion.

At any rate, I'm very grateful for his help and am making a mental note to make sure I abuse his friendship make use of his talents in Light City before he's snapped up to do too many other art projects...!

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Super-Pet comes to Light City!

While I'm "working" on getting more traditional archetypes figured out for Light City+Justin Isaac of Halls of the Nephilim has been thinking outside the box on what should be included in Swords & Wizardry Light-based supers.  His first Light City One Shot has just hit OneBookShelf, and it's awesome!  You should go check out The Super-Pet!

Apparently Justin's thinking of changing up the cover.  I dunno...I like it!

Given my love for both comic book heroics and my own super pets, this is actually a class that I knew was going to have to happen at some point, and Justin's done a great job with presenting a broadly useful (and fun!) character option (that can even handle robot assistants!).

Look for a character or two to be statted up here later in the week...!