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Apocalypse World / Custom Move: Drop Focus (a drug)
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:36:57 AM »
Hey, is this move too similar to Open your Brain?  Should we just let Open your Brain take care of the use of this drug?

Focus? Man, focus makes memories into lucid dreams and it’s like, bam, you’re right there in it again, but this time it can go different, but sometimes it makes dreams into memories, and that’s not always so good. Grace can hook you up with it as a side thing, and it makes sense for her.  An hour with Grace? That’s something you want to do again and again.

When you drop focus, roll +weird. On a hit, you experience a memory again and choose two. On a 10+, all three. On a miss, the MC will change your memories somehow and make a move as hard as he likes.
  • you choose which memory to experience
    you can do things differently this time
    you're in no danger

So, for example, Camel could drop focus to go back to the underground shopping mall where he heard footsteps and coughing. If he chose to do things differently this time, he could go check out the footsteps, but he might be in danger. You can die for real in a focus trip, man. I even thought about saying there's some kind of monster in memories that might get you. Maybe that's why we forget things - the monsters ate them.

Apocalypse World / a fish that swims into your brain
« on: April 17, 2013, 06:52:19 AM »
You know those fish in the Amazon that swim into your dick while you're pissing?  Well, a quick little silver fish just swam into your brain when you opened it to the Maelstrom.

Now what?

I'm running a jungle-pocalypse and I really want to do this to my players when they fail an open-your-mind move, but the question is, what does a fish do once it's in your brain?

Apocalypse World / How do you use these character traits?
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:24:23 PM »
There's a hoarder and a quarantine in my game.  I'm wondering how to use the conscious and archives traits that they have available.

So the hoard is conscious and can speak into the hoarder's mind.  So what?  What does a hoard want, except more stuff?  I'm curious how other people do it.  Do you make the hoard like a character, offering advice and opinions unrelated to "Feed me, Seymour!"?  I'd love some examples.

And archives for the quarantine... does this answer all questions about the time before the apocalypse?  What's the point of the quarantine's before-game roll to remember stuff if he has all the answers on disk?  And I suppose it's also got all the plans necessary to rebuild the world before the apocalypse?  I realize this isn't automatically success, but it seems sort of un-fun.  Answers in a box instead of answers discovered during play.  How do you guys play this one?

Apocalypse World / when high stats work against you
« on: July 10, 2012, 06:56:52 AM »
Have any of you used custom moves where high stats were disadvantageous?  For example:

When you meet Circe for the first time, roll +Hot.  On a 10+, she decides to keep you prisoner on her island, permanently.  On a 7-9, she won't let you go until she gets a taste of you.  On a miss, you're free to go.


When you enter Ground Zero, roll +Weird to see if the psychic phantoms are drawn to you.  On a 10+, the MC holds 2.  On a 7-9, the MC holds 1.  On a miss, you have escaped their notice for now.  The MC may spend 1 hold while you are in Ground Zero to cause an accident, inflict ?-harm directly to your character, or have your equipment malfunction.

Apocalypse World / Apocalyptic Science!
« on: July 06, 2012, 10:10:24 PM »
I'm no chemist, but thinking about AW has gotten me curious about how certain things could be done at the end of the world with supplies of everything running out.  Here's a neat one I was putting together this morning.

Did you ever read The Mosquito Coast?  There's a guy who makes ice with fire in a big machine he builds in the jungle.  I don't know how he did it in the book, but I think you could do it this way...

The basic idea is to make an evaporative cooling unit with ammonia as the evaporative agent and salt as the absorber.  You get a tank of ammonia and salt with a condensing tube (like a still) connected to a collecting tank.  Light a fire under the tank of ammonia and salt - the ammonia vaporizes and the vapor flows through the tube and condenses in the collecting unit.  Put water around the collecting unit and leave it overnight.  The salt will draw the ammonia back up through the tube, which will draw loads of heat out of the water and freeze it to ice.  In the morning, remove the ice and put in more water.

It's supposed to be a closed system where the ammonia can be reused over and over.  Of course, some ammonia will escape and will have to be topped up.

Where do you get the ammonia?  Fermented piss!

Anybody else have some neat apocalypse science to share?

Apocalypse World / Rubber in Apocalypse World
« on: July 02, 2012, 11:55:40 AM »
Hello, survivors.  I'll be running my first game of AW soon and I've been talking to my players about setting and whatnot and we're closing in on a setting that may have rising water levels and lots of buildings underwater.  I think it would be really neat if characters could do some underwater scavenging, and I started considering scuba gear in AW.  I think the tanks could be preserved for a very long time with careful maintenance, scraping, etc., and the same with the valves, but the rubber hoses and the rubber parts of the regulators would certainly rot in much less than fifty years.

But, Ten, in AW people can read minds and the future and nobody would really blink at mutant monsters and undead.  Why worry about something like the shelf life of everything in the damn world?

Good point.  I don't know.  I just do.  Maybe I'll unclench later on.  Anyway, loads of stuff is made of rubber, most notably car tires and motorcycle tires and latex fetish wear.  Does everybody hand-wave the problem and say that when your tire blows or Balls shoots it out then you can go find a car on the highway that's been there since the apocalypse (probably with an artfully placed skeleton in the driver's seat) and jack its tires?  Just curious.

Also thought about having the rubber hoses on everything that uses rubber hoses replaced with cow guts or something...

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