Thursday, November 22, 2012

Metamorphica Update

I have just added The Metamorphica (that highly useful book of mutations I talked about on my last post) to If you are a member, then you can add to the page, or even start a topic on it's forum.

Oh, and happy Gobbler Day.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Metamorphica

 Last week, I ordered The Metamorphica from (here is the free copy, and here is the printed copy), and it came in yesterday. When I found out about it two weeks ago, and download it, it was something that I had to get, as an electronic copy dose not compare to a physical copy (dead-tree editions are good, but I would settle on the file, if I had an e-reader to read it from). As far as mutation/super-power lists go, this is the most extensive and versatile! This book is not bound to a single rule system, so it can be used in nearly any system, if you don't mind adding the rules for each mutation. Thankfully, many are superficial traits with little or no barrings to the rules. They are written like the descriptions from first edition Gamma World, but expunged of all mechanics, save for range and duration, and even still, they are listed on random tables. And there are lots and lots of random tables! The entire mutation list can be rolled by a single roll of a d1000 (like a normal d00/d% roll, but with an extra die for the hundreds), or rolled by categories, using more exotic rolls with bonuses in increments of hundreds (see below). The categories are:

1-200 Body: Form (d200)
201-400 Body: Function (d200+200, or d400 for both)
401-500 Mind: Behaviours (d100+400)
501-600 Mind:Cognition (d100+500, d200+400 for both, or d600 with all above)
601-700 Psychic Powers (d100+600, d300+400 with mind, or d700 will all above)
701-1000 Supernatural Attributes (d300+700, d400+600 with psychic, or d600+400 with psychic and mind)

Body: Form are the physical mutations that effect how you look, and makes you appear freakish. Body: Function are the physical mutations that effect how you use your body, but dose not always effect how you appear. Mind: Behaviours are the mental mutations that effect the way you think. As they are neurological impulsion and insanity, they can be used on normal people who have been exposed to stress... or eldrich forces! Mind: Cognition are the mental mutations that effect who your brain works. They work like natural talents or mental disabilities. Psychic Powers are paranormal mental mutations that provides control over other minds and physical states. Supernatural Attributes are paranormal abilities you would find with superheros and mythological creatures. The master table is easy to read, and notes the page numbers in a clear but subdued way. This method of indexing is a big plus.

Naturally, you will not find a 200-sided die for sale (as if the 100-sided gulf ball was not bad enough), but you can workout your own system of rolling. For example, you can roll a d200 by replacing the d10 for the '10s' with a d20. Something like a d300 (and no d30 at hand) you can roll d% normally, but with a d3 multiplier die (1 = +100; 2 = +200; 3 = +0 - the highest roll always gives nothing in this method).

Following this big list, there are a useful notes and charts in the four appendices. The first appendix has additional tables for this or that. This is great if you want to come up with strange, new creatures, or to full in some details from the master list, if you don't want to choose your own bodily form. Appendix 2 is good for making mutants, with an appearance change table, beneficial and detrimental mental and physical mutations, quick physical mutant features, and quick superhero powers. Appendix 3 has notes and a few tables for making a character by genre. They include lab-experiments you would see in an old B-move or video game, comic book superheroes, Gamma World-styled post-apocalyptic mutants, and the demonic aberrations you'll find in the old Realm of Chaos books from Warhammer Fantasy Battle. The last appendix has notes on making mutants by genotype. This includes Beastlings, Demons, Mutant Hordes, Mutant Plants, Uplifted Animals, and Xenobiology. The book ends with three pages of bibliography, that helped made the book. Naturally, most of these are role-playing books, but a number of them are works of fiction, with a good number of them being by H.P. Lovecraft.

The cover has an evocative image of a medusa-like woman, with tentacle-hair in place of snakes, and white all around. The interior art is simple, minimal and seem to serve as bookends for a chapter to fill what would otherwise be empty space. They are a mixed bag of styles, but are otherwise OK. The interior layout is simple, and without a lot of fancy fonts or decorations (boarders or fancy headers). The book is a softcover, digest-size book. Without rule content or a lot of artwork, the book packs A LOT for a 154 pages.

The Good: This is a highly indispensable supplement for any post-apocalypse science fantasy, superhero, space opera, pulp-horror, sword & sorcery, and mad-science themed games or settings. It is also well laid out. You would find more mutants than you'll know what to do with them!

The Bad: The lack of rules means you'll have to do a lot of paperwork, if they are not covered by the rules of your choice.

I can not highly recommend this book enough!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Spoiler Alert!

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." 

"Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father? You should have a seat, I have something huge to tell you."

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I Took One of Those Silly Star Trek Polls

I found it here, and I said to my self "Oh, what the hell! It has been awhile since I took one of those silly personality polls." Here are my results:

Your results:
You are Jean-Luc Picard

Jean-Luc Picard
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Deanna Troi
Will Riker
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
Beverly Crusher
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Mr. Sulu
Mr. Scott
Geordi LaForge
A lover of Shakespeare and other
  fine literature. You have a decisive mind
  and a firm hand in dealing with others.

Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Quiz

So somehow I'm the most proper Englishman of all Frenchmen. Although, characters following Picard was no surprise. I just figured that I would top-out at Spock or McCoy. Well, that was a neat little poll - I guess.

Post end, Warp Factor 3. Engage! *WOOSH!!!*

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Decimator

OK, this started as a one-note joke. So here I post it.

The Decimator
No. Enc.: n/a
Movement: 120' (40')
Armor Class: 6
Hit Dice: 50 hp
Attacks: 1
Damage: 1d6 or target shrinks
Save: L5
Morale: n/a
Hoard Class: none

The Decimator is an android fitted with a shrink-ray arm-cannon. Anyone hit by the ray must save vs energy, or get reduced to a tenth of it's original size, so a 6-foot man will shrink down to 7 inches (this is much better worked out in metric). The target has a tenth of it's original hit points, and counts have 10-points less of STR (minimum: 1) vs larger (normal-size) creatures. This can last for so many days, or is permanent (its up to the ML). They look like cheap knock-off (skinless) T-800 "Infiltrator" Terminators. They tend to cry in a loud, shrill voice: "Decimate! Decimate!" If you know where to find it, you can press a "suicide switch" (you must attack it, but it gets a free attack) that would set off incinerators, which would (literally) decimate the unit to nothing more then a single hand.

Someone with skill, can rig a defeated Decimator's arm-cannon and power-supply into portable shrink-ray cannon.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

WTF Blogger?!?

OK, so I'm checking out my (recently updated) Blogger watch list to check on the blogs of folks I'm watching, and lo and behold, my list is flooded with posts form some "ngoceh" at the Personal Finance Tips blog. What the hell is going on here? I do not have this douche on watch! I do not give a damn about the glorified circle-jerk that goes on between Wallstreet fatcats! And I cant get rid of the posts, and they have flooded my watch list like a cockroach infestation, as the fucker dont shut up!

Damn, I hate these arbitrary updates! >=(

Friday, January 20, 2012

Running for Capital Hell and The Whorehouse

My growing frustration with Washington has reached the boiling point! I found out that Megauplod(dot-com) was busted, and all their equipment seized. Natually, this just happened after the big SOPA protest. With the treasonous National Defense Authorization Act green-lighted by both sides (to me, anyone who sighed-off on that deserves to be detained indefinitely and waterboarded), and how they tried to poss two bills (SOPA and PIPA) that only benefits a few fat-bastards who are as greedy and bloated as themselves (Hollywood, the record inds., big pharmaceuticals, cabal companies, etc.), I am loosing faith in the system. Yes, the old-farts had no clue about the internet, and the people spoke-up to get the bill defeated, but that is not going to stop them form passing another shitty ass bill that would reduce the Constitution to a piece of toilet-paper!

They are all dead to me! >:(

They don't answer to us - the tax-paying people - they only answer to their big corporate suger-daddies! I could say "Get the bums out!", but who would replaces them? We would just get stuck with another bunch of greedy, incompetent assholes! The Teaparty Movement tried to change the Capital by bringing new blood, but they prove to be a bunch of retards and sellouts!

Right now the media is too focused no that political game show I call The Biggest Looser, where a bunch of mega-yuppies compete to show America who is the biggest anti-Christ, and send him to the Whor... er, Whitehorse. (yes, I know "anti-Christ" is a strong term, but I dont see it in terms of that one guy who will become "The Beast", but more on the terms of moral hypocrites like Pat Robertson and Fred Phelps, who call themselves "Christian" but have no clue what Jesus was really about - he was a spiritual rebel, who rejected much of what the Bible had to say). They all follow the Cult of Regen - who's economic policies failed twice already. They put WAY too much trust in big business to do right. They say they what less government, but only one will deliver, but that guy is not content until the US is a Mad Max version of itself, but he thinks we'll get a utopia out of it. They are all fucking jokes!

I know its hard to believe that a crazy-ass like myself would have such a view, but I see things with a balanced approach. Too much government is a grinding and rigged bureaucracy at the vary least, or a police-state at the vary worst. Too little government means no one gets help, and robber-barons fill the power-vacuum. I like a degree of government control, like business regulations, environmental protection, product safety standards, anti-trust laws, political campaign restrictions, building permits, and so on. We dont need a lot of nonsensical nanny-state laws or a draconian legal system, but it needs to be appropriate and maintain a balance of powers. Unfortunately people get a little political and/or economic power, and they loose their heads.

Well I see Governor Walker (WI - R) getting recalled by overwhelming numbers in the TV, and it is giving me such a schadenboner. >=D