FAE: The Muppet Show – Secret Service

Muppets in Sharpie pen, by groovy geckoFate Con was this Saturday and as promised, I ran a Muppet Show game using Fate Accelerated Edition (FAE).  The character sheets can be found in a recent post.

I ended up with five players, the wonderful Karen (playing Scooter), Jefferson (An-i-mal!), Amy (Gonzo the Great), David (Miss Piggy), and Edmund (Sam the Eagle), plus walk-on parts by other muppets as the fancy took us.  We started by singing the Muppet Show theme (I had printed the lyrics for everyone.)

Despite Kermit’s absence, the Muppets had to put on a show as best they could, starting with finding a guest star, and staging numbers.  Seizing his opportunity for moral reform, chronically disapproving Sam decided that this would be a good time to set an example with an inspiring, high-minded, patriotic show — by inviting the President. He had heard that a petition to the White House gathering at least 100,000 signatures in 30 days had to receive an answer, so he laboriously started  e-mailing repeatedly.  Rizzo and the rats soon turned this into a valuable opportunity by assisting him in exchange for cheese.

Gonzo and Animal, meanwhile, were interested in something loud involving cannons, a bit like 1812, so Sam talked them into a John Philip Sousa-style march (probably “The Thunderer”, I was ignorant and couldn’t tell which.) Buoyed by this success, Sam then decide to invite Bill Clinton to come play saxophone with the Electric Mayhem.

Soon, everyone was into this patriotic theme, with Gonzo planning to read the Declaration of Independence while jumping over the chorus line on his motorcycle, and Miss Piggy getting a sequined red-white-and-blue dress to wear for her singing number.  Scooter was doing his level best to channel everyone’s enthusiasm in a more-or-less show-building direction.

Again, Rizzo was delighted to assist with the project since, a month after the Fourth of July, flags and bunting were cheap and he was able to resell them at a cheesy profit.  But meanwhile, Sam’s project kept growing the closer he seemed to be to his goal, and he started wanting to bring in every living President of the United States — plus Muppet Ronald Reagan.  Continue reading “FAE: The Muppet Show – Secret Service”

Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die

The Big Adventure, by zazBWhen I was an engineering undergrad at École Polytechnique de Montréal back in the early to mid-1980s, I finally got to try role-playing games; I’d been reading about them but could not manage to get a game going in my quiet home town.  But Poly (as we call it) had a gaming club, cleverly called Polyhèdre (Polyhedron), which met every Thursday night.  With a school of 1600 engineering students at the time, it was super-busy — it was like a short convention every week.

Everyone once in a while we got students from outside the school; if they attended Université de Montréal, with which we were affiliated, it was sort-of OK, but if they were from outside the pale, it was against school rules for student clubs.  However, we generally pretended not to notice unless they behaved poorly.

At one point, we had some attendees that were clearly high-schoolers; there was this 14-year-old kid who was desperate to run Ravenloft so a couple of friends and I humoured him.  He was a terrible DM, but most of the club members were 18 to 25, so we could remember quite well what is was to be 14 and we put up with his learning curve.  (I still get a warm feeling nowadays, thinking about we could have been dicks but weren’t.)

However, last night it hit me like a ton of bricks that today, he would be about 44 and might have kids older than I was back when I felt so patient and mature for putting up with him.    FFFUUUUCCCK!  I’m OLD!

FAE: at the game table

Credits: The top picture is “The Big Adventure” by zazB, and the bottom one is an illustration by Claudia Cangini for Evil Hat Productions’ FATE Accelerated.

octaNe: Born to Be Wild

octane_squareI love Jared Sorensen’s little role-playing/story/indie/hippie game octaNe (Memento Mori Theatricks).  The premise: post-apocalypse road warrior adventures in the style of Six-String Samurai, Repo Man, or the Mad Max movies:

octaNe is a roller coaster ride through the trailer parks and strip malls of a post-apocalyptic, trash-culture America. A garish B movie brought to life in living Glam-O-Vision. A funkadelic, no-holds barred steel cage match of… well, you get the picture. octaNe shares a kinship with the B-movie action of Feng Shui, the PoMo gestalt of Over the Edge, and the weird western vibe of Deadlands (and its post-apocalyptic follow-up, Hell on Earth). But unlike some of those games, it’s not a grim, cautionary tale of the apocalypse or a gritty slice of urban street life. It’s a ridiculous world gone out of control, where the Mythic West meets Hollywood, where the clichés of film noir collide with the excesses of pulp comic books.
— Jared Sorensen, Introduction to octaNe

Google's Driverless CarThere are three dozen stock character templates, or “roles”, provided in the book: Masked Luchador, Elvis Impersonator, Outlaw Biker, Greasemonkey, etc.  One of them is the “Classic Smartcar”, more or less modelled after Kit 2000 and other similar vehicular wonders.

I’ve just been struck by a fierce hankering to play a renegade Google driverless car.  Won’t someone run a game for me?

Role: Classic Smartcar

Quote: “Don’t be evil. Amateur.”

Mode: Psychotronic

Gear: A mostly accurate pre-Collapse map database, advanced camera system, dual machine guns, a mine dropper, and an evergreen-scented air freshener.

Styles: Daring

Skills: Stunt maneuvering, Weaponry, Knowing the lay of the land, Sensors

iQueen — gotta brag

When I first heard that President Obama was giving an iPod to Queen Elizabeth, like millions of people around the world I immediately visualized an iPod ad. I have to be good right now, lots of studying to do, but last night I took a break and produced this. I actually did use photos of the queen as reference, which pleases me more than if I had had to come up with the pose.

Naturally, a lot of other versions have popped on the Web, including these, this one, and this one (the latter shows, I think, the best technical quality.)

But I’m still happy with mine. What do you think?