And so here it is, the monastery of the copper maw from my uldridge city setting.
With a drive port on their forehead these sense junkies spend their downtime processing footage, data, media etc so that in exchange they get tokens which can be spent at sim and jack-high dealers for a jump drive with the latest simulated thrill in sound, visual, and physical stimulation. These guys are Stimnet junkies.
Specifically these individuals have been body modded with a small sensory simulation computer inside their skull which has a variety of connectors and tubes which can be inserted into your nose, plugged into your ears, stretched to the sides of your eyes, and finally down the back of your spine.
These guys look over street cam footage, they are customer support, they are the outsourced at home secretaries for tons of corporations and businesses. Essentially they trade their computing power and ability to scan and digest information for time which can be spent enjoying a different reality that is just stimulation.
Loud and pulsating noises, sweet and bitter tastes back to back, a concoction of memory triggering smells, and a constant tapping in the spine to give the sense of a loving touch (or rough one). That is what they do it for and it is how they get paid.
First off, Stimnet is the online marketplace for where noobies and collectors can look through digital catalogs of simulations and experiences. Giving information including how many copies were made, developer profiles, street value, where you could get a copy legitimately (if a legitimate source is available).
Stimnet junkies spend all their time in a seat. As such their are two ways to go about this, the messy way and the streamlined way of living. The messy way involves piles of junk and garbage and empty pizza boxes and moldy cola jugs. The benefits of having a messy way is that it is incredibly easy to hide security cameras and trip traps which could be set off by intruders.
The streamlined way involves a bundled mass of tubes and cylindrical containers full of liquid nutrients which are fed via tube down the esophagus and via needles into the forearm. The positive note here is that people who use this system have very clean houses. The downside is that they are essentially never “here”, waving your hand won’t get their attention, throttling them won’t get their attention. They are wholly gone and the only way to mess with them is to talk to them online or via a terminal.
Because if you cut someone off, they could die from shock. No, really, they could.
Everyone has an experience that they can afford to simulate but not actually do in real life. Here are some:
For more my last post on adventurohl, check it out here.
Happy thanksgiving yall, or should I say thankskilling? (Look up that movie, its so bad but funny in a cringey way)
Hey there, yall remember how I put out a pdf of a map I made because it was my birthday? Well, I was riding that hype train and wanted to make a setting for the weekend to be like “Hey I am thankful for anyone who downloads or shows interest in my stuff!” but I am realizing that that just isn’t really feasible for what I want to do,.
So, I am going to just give you a quick PDF with my draft text for one of the 13 locations for Riddentown near Moody Lake at the Grimmenlurks.
Hopefully, I can have it done for new years instead.
However, in more positive news I am getting a lot of work done in general so far and hopefully, this will continue through the weekend 🙂
Past a road which seems to never end on a coast most clearly defined but without water or a perceivable “bottom” or “seabed” is a small bridge. This bridge is small in width, not length, as it seems to go out into a slight fog, which obscures your sight of closer landscapes. But out, far above like a mountain peak you can see it. You can see the corpse of Burthis the Behemoth.
You can see its flesh and you can see the pale pink rod-shaped growths along it. You can see the rooftops of a small city perched atop its back. Ah yes, Tortleehundine.
You have found the end of the path that leads to the Clifflands.
This is all the names of places as shown on the PDF of the map, this list and the introduction text above is on the second page of the PDF.
Adventurohl is a drug-fueled kick in the teeth type of fantasy setting. Use it with your favorite fantasy system, I imagine it isn’t that hard to do. I’ll be using Into the Odd (most likely).
The city has bright green edges, and flickers of orange neon bounce off the scum water in the streets. Bikers ride hard, ork tats and sharpened teeth with big blue and black checkered jackets, they grab a tankard and smash it over the head of pedestrians trying to cross the road. In a dilapidated building, forgotten by the government that is so fat it can’t see the people it is stepping on to reach for another bar of chocolate, a few people have just O.D.’d on some T. Rrollertall. In the Saltwater Tavern, the door behind the fat dumpster where Ricky Lee was found dead and bare with cuts all over, a small group sits at the bar twitching just a bit as their last bag of IV drip (Adventurohl) comes up dry. Great timing too, because a contract just came up, four bags from Fat Jack for whoever can take out the two Trolls at the construction site on 4th. They’re holding up a crew and are getting a little blood in their eyes.
Grab your baseball bat, throw on a mask, and hop in the deathroller (a repurposed City Police jeep). It’s time to chase your high and beat the shit out of those who cross the line, all for another bag of Adventurohl.
The core idea is this:
Roll’em up as usual, roll for starting packages as usual, if it gives you a weapon keep its equivalent as detailed later on down. But, with everything else roll a d4 for each (such as, if you have “Club (d6), Ether, Crowbar, and a Flute” you would roll a d4 3 times and make something up that combines what you roll and what you had):
No duplicates in a single character’s gear, if you roll a 6, you can’t get a six again. But someone else may.
If you have arcana that you need to roll for, roll a d6 for some special thing…
As for equipment here are the direct replacements/conversions:
Hand Weapons; as is but replace with steel baseball bats, tire irons, personal defender (one shot till ya reload) snub nose, long shiv, etc
Field Weapons; it’s not a musket it’s a SMG (shitty muscle gun, the kind of multiple shot shooting weapon under the coats of bouncers and bodyguards, roll a d6 after each attack if you get a 5-6 you need to spend your next turn swapping mags), swords are replaced with magnums (4 shot, roll a d20+4 to see how many bullets you keep in your coat pocket, if at a decent distance you do damage-2), if it’s definitely a melee weapon (roll a d6) then it has teeth (1-2, cripples hands and feet, blinds when used on the head 50% of the time) or electrified (3-4, 50% of the time stuns someone into a shaking fit) or is superheated (5-6, 1 out of 6 times that person will catch on fire meaning they will not be able to fight you unless someone else puts that fire out).
Noble Weapons; it’s a fancy version, has a bar code or faux military insignia etched on it. It’s bigger, has more angular features or has pretty lights and gizmos on it. Nothing special besides that and its higher price tag and a little more QC.
Heavy Gun; it’s a heavy gun. Actual military or corporation operations approved. Compact, tight, made to slay and illegal to have without up to date credentials. Some require an up to date chip in your hand to be able to use.
Shield Armour; its armour I. Think big heavy pads filled with expensive metal beads. Only effective against melee weapons, bullets don’t care.
Modern Armour; gel meshes under your coat, not going to be seen by most other people. Heavy guns ignore your armour on this one, but will still knock you down onto the pavement.
If anything else needs a genre/setting shift, make it up on the spot and keep the stats.
I frequently stalk artwork on behance, youtube, pinterest, google images, deviantart, tumblr. etc. other sites. And I have previously done a shout outs section (back in my unfinished 30 days of female faces art challenge thing). This time I am just going to blurt out a bunch of cool links to things I have been looking at:
Some books I have been looking at lately:
Also on the other side, I added some things to my portfolio site.