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Monster of the Week / Re: Anybody want to playtest some mysteries?
« on: August 22, 2013, 12:44:45 AM »
I'm interested. When would you need feedback by? Also, is it a single mystery (so a single night)? My group is in the middle of another campaign, but we could squeeze in a session or two.

brainstorming & development / Idea for a mechanic: Multi-directional stats
« on: December 13, 2012, 06:53:39 PM »
Multi-directional stats isn't a very good name, I know, but here's an idea I had earlier today (I apologize if someone has already mentioned this before).

Awhile ago I realized that +1 is the "middle" of the stat range. At +1, you have more chance of getting a weak hit than anything else (16/36) and you have exactly the same chance of getting a miss or a strong hit (10/36 each). If you compare =0 to +2, and compare -1 to +3, they're also symmetrical, but inverted (e.g. +3 has the same odds of getting a strong hit that -1 has of getting a miss, etc.).

So that got me thinking that if you had two stats that were on a continuum where increasing one stat lowered the other, then you could use a single stat to represent both. The moves that reflect one "side" of the stat would be standard (i.e. 6- is a miss, 7-9 is a weak hit, and 10+ is a strong hit) and the moves that reflect the opposed side of the stat would be inverted (i.e. 6- is effectively a strong hit, 7-9 is still a weak hit and 10+ is a miss).

Then you could have that stat slide up and down to reflect where you are on the continuum. I have a couple ideas for how to use this, but I was wondering if anyone's already done this, and if so how it worked. I'm also wondering if I'm missing any obvious problems with doing something like that.

-John B.

That sounds great! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

-John B.

Monster of the Week / Re: Let's trade playbooks!
« on: November 11, 2012, 06:25:46 PM »
Hi lost_zeppo,

I'd be happy to trade the Summoned for the Exile. I'm sending you an IM now.

-John B.

Monster of the Week / Re: Let's trade playbooks!
« on: September 06, 2012, 09:42:29 PM »
Hi, dyjoots. I just sent you a PM.

-John B.

Apocalypse World / Re: Question about Apocalypse World LE Playbooks
« on: September 06, 2012, 09:22:50 PM »
Hi, Soundchaser. I sent you a PM...

-John B.

Monster of the Week / Re: Let's trade playbooks!
« on: August 28, 2012, 09:24:05 AM »
Speaking of the Exile, I've got all the ones currently available - including The Constructed and The Mad Scientist* by Reid San Filippo - in exchange.

* Not to be confused with the Action Scientist.

Where can I find the Mad Scientist and Constructed? I hadn't heard of those.

-John B.

Apocalypse World / Re: A big ass name list.
« on: August 04, 2012, 11:03:40 AM »
[...]I went prepared with 237 photos of homeless people, punks, weirdos, and other apocalyptic-looking people[...]

Do you happen to still have those photos you could share? I'd love to have something like that, but honestly I'm not even sure where to start looking for good picture.

And great name list, trevis!

-John B.

Apocalypse World / Re: Question about Apocalypse World LE Playbooks
« on: August 03, 2012, 07:53:23 PM »
Hi all,

Any playbook I don't have for AW, really (plus any MotW or MH playbooks as well).


Apocalypse World
The Faceless
The Hoarder
The Maestro D'
The Touchstone

Monster of the Week
The Action Scientist
The Divine
The Hard Case
The Luchador
The Snoop
The Summoned

The Hollow
The Selkie
The Serpentine

John B.

So I have all of the extra playbooks for MotW that I'm aware of (except the Exile, and I'll submit a AP report of MotW when I get a chance to get that from Mike).

That's gotten me thinking about new playbooks that I'd like to see. The problem is that while I would normally love the challenge of making them myself, the sad fact is that with a recent job change, five kids, and a talent for procrastination, I know that I won't finish any of them anytime soon.

So, here's the deal: I will give any playbook I have in trade to anyone who creates a new playbook (either based on one of the below ideas or else another idea of your choosing), then posts it for discussion on this forum, and then makes revisions based on the feedback they get. Send me a write-up of the playbook (after at least one round of forum feedback and revision) and let me know which playbook you want in exchange.

Here are some playbooks I'd particularly like to see:
  • The Freak: (based loosely on Abe Sapien from Hellboy) - You don't remember what happened to you, or anything from before you awoke or were discovered the way you are now. The mystery of your transformation or origin drives you onward. Your form grants you some useful abilities (perhaps you have gills and can breathe under water, or perhaps an elongated skull and modified brain gives you telepathy), but it also alienates you from others until they get to know you well enough to look past your appearances. The truth of what happened to you is out there... (I'd like to see something like a mix between the Monstrous, though a little less physically powerful in general, combined with the social alienation move of the Summoned, and then add solving the mystery of your own origin into the improvement options, similar to the Wronged's quest for revenge.)
  • The Risen: (based loosely on the first Crow movie) - You were killed by monsters and, worse, others that you loves were murdered, too. Then you were given a chance to come back and exact your revenge. But it isn't free and your Guide watches you--sometimes helping and sometimes punishing you for straying from the path of righteous justice.  (I picture this as sort of a mash-up of a certain build of Monstrous combined with the Wronged--but with one or more Moves built around the Guide, whether a crow or some other form--possibly bearing some resemblance to the Spooky's dark side.)
  • The Escaped: You were a thrall of a monster for years. He used you, consumed your spirit, and left you a broken shell. The worst of it is that you loved him for it (part of you still does). Eventually you escaped or were freed or were discarded. When you look at yourself in the mirror, you don't recognize yourself anymore--you just see a hollowed-out shell. But you know the monsters from your time among them, and you use that knowledge now to hunt them down and kill them. Maybe you're looking to make them all pay for what was done to you. Or maybe it's all a desperate ploy to get his attention. Either way, you're good at what you do.
  • The Fugitive: Not all monsters look like monsters. Some explode or shrivel or vanish, but some leave human-looking corpses behind. So now they call you a mass murderer or a serial killer. Law Enforcement at every level have you on their Most Wanted lists. They're after you and they're looking to bring you in, dead or alive. You're going to take down as many monsters as you can before the cops catch up with you. (I'm picturing something similar to the Hard Case and Wronged, but with Moves relating to being hunted by the law--maybe beginning of mystery moves and/or regular moves and/or improvement(s) leading to a final showdown, like the Wronged's eventual chance to confront the one who wronged them. I also kind of like the idea of making a recurring NPC law enforcement character who makes their life difficult, though it's just a thought).

Anyway, if no one's interested, I'll eventually try to get around to making one or more of the above. But if someone would consider taking a crack at one of these (or any other playbook that interests you), I'd love to bribe you with playbook(s).

-John B.

Monster of the Week / Re: Let's trade playbooks!
« on: July 29, 2012, 10:28:28 PM »
Looking to get:
Divine, Snoop, Summoned

Have to trade:
Action Scientist, Luchador, Hard Case

I can trade you the Divine or Summoned for the Hard Case. I'm sending you a message.

-John B.

Monster of the Week / Re: Let's trade playbooks!
« on: July 24, 2012, 04:39:24 PM »
I have the following MotW playbooks and want any MotW playbooks I don't have:
Action Scientist
Hard Case

How about the Luchador for the Divine?

-John B.

Monster of the Week / Re: Let's trade playbooks!
« on: July 22, 2012, 10:40:58 AM »
It sounds like you've got a couple of these playbooks, but I'm interested in the Luchador.  I can offer the Summoned, the Hard Case, or the Action Scientist.  Interested?

How about the Luchador for the Action Scientist? I'll send you a message.

-John B.

Monster of the Week / Re: Let's trade playbooks!
« on: July 21, 2012, 10:55:06 PM »

If no one else has take you up on this yet, I'll gladly trade you the summoned for the Luchador.

Absolutely, urbwar! I just got the playbook today. I'll shoot you a message.

-John B.

Monster of the Week / Re: Let's trade playbooks!
« on: July 21, 2012, 12:59:41 PM »
Looking for: Especially the Summoned, though I'd also like the Snoop, Divine, Hard Case, and Action Scientist.

Can offer: I don't have much yet--I have the Hoarder and Touchstone for AW, and I'll have the Luchador (MotW playbook for preorders after IndieGoGo ended) when it's finished.

-John B.

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