Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Blood of Dracula

Just in time for Halloween, I have put together a horror one-shot based on the classic novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker, called The Blood of Dracula.

The players take on the roles of the six heroes of that classic literary work as they struggle to fight back against the growing threat of Count Dracula.

• Jonathan Harker: a legal solicitor and survivor of the Count and his fiendish Brides
• Mina Harker: Jonathan Harker's wife, under the thrall of the Count
• Abraham van Helsing: A straight-talking Dutch scholar on the trail of the nosferatu
• Dr. Jack Seward: Director of an asylum located near Carfax Abbey, Count Dracula's ruinous London abode
• Sir Arthur Holmwood: Former fiance of Lucy Westenra, forced to confront the fact that she has been turned by Count Dracula into one of his vampire Brides
• Quincey Morris: A brash Texan who joins the hunt to avenge Lucy's death

Split into three chapters, the adventure first pits the heroes against the foul creature that was once Lucy Westenra, risen from her grave to prey upon the children of Hampstead. From there, they descend upon Carfax Abbey and Dracula's hideouts around London to consecrate the crates containing his foul Transylvanian soil. Finally, they travel to the Count's homeland and to his crumbling castle to put an end to his evil for all time. However, it will take cunning and perseverance to defeat this ancient vampire. This adventure is designed to be challenging!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Simple Character Sheet

A while ago, I needed a simple character sheet I could use for quick games and one-shots. I had a few simple criteria:

• Easy to read -- intuitive layout that makes it simple to find information
• Attractive -- I like color, but not too much color, and it needs to look okay in grayscale
• Simple -- not a lot of extra data, and clean layout with lots of white space
• One page -- Landscape format seems to work great for new players
• A place for a picture -- for some reason I like to have an image of the character, even if it's just a close approximation. This is remarkably rare in character sheets these days!
• Generic -- easily applicable to most settings

Unable to find anything that met all these needs, I made my own. The original file was made in OpenOffice, but here is a PDF of it. Sadly, I don't have the tools or knowhow to make it form-fillable. If someone out there knows how, please feel free and send it back to me!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Savage Torg Version 4 -- Now More Torgy!

Torg was a wonderful cross-genre game that came out in 1990 by West End Games. Since it ceased publication in 1995, it has remained a fan favorite. Most everyone who has ever had the chance to play it remembers it fondly. Players have the opportunity to play nearly anything they desire: gunslingers, wizards, cybered-out street samurai, rocketpack heroes, ninjas, swashbucklers, even primitive lizard men. Torg's unique axiom rules allowed characters with different levels of magic, tech, miracles, and even social advancement interact in a balanced and exciting way.

In 2007 I initially undertook to convert Torg to Savage Worlds. In many ways, Torg is actually ideal for adaptation into the Savage Worlds system – in fact, Savage Worlds is a direct protegĂ© of Torg. Both games are highly “cinematic” in structure and tone. Torg possibilities are very similar to Savage Worlds Bennies. Player characters in both games are able to shake off damage easier than NPCs. Both use cards in ways integral to the system. People used to Torg's game play should find Savage Worlds a natural fit.

This fan conversion is based on the author's campaign, so several changes have been made which are not “core.” Feel free to modify or ignore any changes that do not fit your own campaign. The Living Land has been merged with the Land Below. Tharkold and The Space Gods have been eliminated, the Cyberpapacy expanded, and Orrorsh and Aysle have moved, and there are three optional new realms. World Laws have been dropped so that every realm offers exactly one World Law as a setting rule. And last, all sorts of the flavor of the classic game has been expressed in Savage Worlds terms, such as Edges and Hindrances, and in some cases given new mechanics.

At the time of this writing, the rights to Torg have passed to a German company and its plans to update or rerelease Torg are unknown. Until such a time as Torg is rereleased, the old sourcebooks from Torg's original print run will be necessary for play.

Savage Torg has long been my pet project, and will always be a work in progress. Early version dating back to 2007 are still floating around the internet. My hope is that these rules can help keep the enjoyable, exciting Torg universe alive. Please don't hesitate to contact me with suggestions, ideas, or other feedback. This new, longer version of Savage Torg updates some of the rules, and adds equipment, some new Powers, and an adventure.

Welcome to Get Savaged!

A "blog" to host material I've made for the Savage Worlds roleplaying game. I recommend anyone interested in the game check out the discussion boards to see the kind of community built around this solid game. Also, download the free Test Drive rules to see what this game is all about.