Sunday, March 18, 2018

Moat Monsters



Moat Monsters A Sourcebook for OGL RPGs (Labyrinth Lord)
I don't do many reviews, but felt compelled to say a few words about this little gem. In all transparency I have shared many emails with the author Derek Holland over the years, but that in no way influenced my review. First off let me say I had no idea I needed this product until I became aware of it. Moats are something present in my games but I hadn't thought much about them, they were more background scenery and never a true challenge for the players to overcome. I might have some alligators, crocodiles, or quippers here and there but nothing really innovative or overly creative. This product has changed that for me. The introductory section in particular gave me a new perspective on how to spice up moats and make for some interesting challenges. I wish the product had expanded on that section a bit more, but the book is supposed to be about monsters, not moat constructions, traps and non-monster challenges. The monsters written up for Labyrinth Lord are not your normal fair and several are quite interesting. One can freeze you solid causing you to sink to the bottom of the moat! Yikes! This product added a nice new perspective on an often overlooked aspect of my games. I will definitely be using ideas from it in the next castle (moat) encounter that I work on for my campaign. Good stuff!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Rafael Argus an NPC for FrontierSpace

I recently picked up the Referee's Handbook for FrontierSpace
The Referee's Manual has some helpful tables and info for generating adventures, NPC's and encounters. So I thought I would stat up a Major NPC following the rules from the Ref's Handbook.
I present to you Rafael Argus- Notorious Bounty Hunter


Rafael Argus
Species: Human  
Origin: Bounty Hunter  +5 to BP score, +1 to Init score, Disadvantage on diplomacy checks when dealing with "High-Society" types, Price on his head $4,000 credits
Rank 3
Language: Terran, Galactic Common
Movement:  8
Initiative: 4
BP: 46
STR 55
AGL 50
CRD 70 +3 damage bonus on ranged attacks
PER 65
INT 50
WIL 45
Skills:
Thief:  Disguise +5
Explorer: Tracking +5
Marksman: Blast Pistol +10
Warrior: Unarmed Combat +0
Weapons & Equipment
Blast Pistol (2D B)  w/ EU pack (20 EU)
Security Ballistic Suit (protects 25 BP)
Sonic Knife (2D S) w/ EU Pack (20 EU)
Smoke Grenades (x3)
Disguise Kit
Digicompass
Wristcom
Sunglasses
Rugged Attire
Torchlight
Backpack
Canteen
190 Credits (on hand)

Rafael Argus is a rogue, a thief and a bounty hunter. He has a disregard for authority and those in power. He also has a paranoid streak, he regularly changes his appearance in order to throw off the authorities and to keep his bounties unsuspecting of his true identity until it is too late. When things turn against him in a fight he will attempt to use his smoke grenades to escape.

Based on a character from the Buck Rogers T.V. Series. Episode 106 The Plot to Kill a City 1976