Friday, October 22, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
SO WHAT THE F@#% IS FUTURE STREETS 212X AND WHAT THE
F&^$% IS CYBERPUNK?
FUTURE STREETS 212X is a cyberpunk free form table top
role playing game. A player doesn't need to know the
rules, just come up with a character with a few dice
rolls and a story with the Game Master. It only has the
barest of rules and all you need is a D20 to play.
Cyberpunk is an old term of a prediction of a future of
high technology and big cities that went to shit.
Outside the cites there is nothing but darkness and
evil lawless people (or so they say).
more advanced than we could ever have dreamed of,
mankind has decided to take the worst possible path
towards their own destruction.
Corporations rule the
world that they want to and all the rest can go to
hell. People are just an employee number or they are
Remnants of the government try and feign
power but they don't have the money to have any effect
on the world like the corporations do.
So as a person living in this world you must do what
you can do to survive. Almost everyone is out for
to either be satisfied living in a slum as a victim or
go out like a predator and make your way up the ladder
with the skills you have.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Here is my first big trip inot the FKR land of blog posting. I hope to do it more frequently as the Blogosphere has come back alive once again...
Many of these Ideas came to me and from the FKR DIscord site which is what I call Primordial ROle Playing from back in the day before the rules were written, people made it up!
VHS Punk '89
The Setting is Any Big City back in an alternate '89 where shit was violent. Street gangs and organized crime. Sex violence and drugs! The Boss rolls up some bad guys and the Gang rolls up some characters.
The Gang will be criminal sorts of no real value to the world! It's all about getting ahead, betrayal at every turn. People are just getting that way. Need money? Go rob someone. Drug dealers and organized crime always have money but they can shoot back. Banks and casinos are next. Rich people can be held for ransom.
Lots of fucked up evil shit and lots of cussing while playing this game is expected!
Back in '89 technology was almost getting futuristic but computers and cell phones were expensive. The internet, if available was dial up. It was very evident that shit was changing! CDs were starting to show up but cassettes and VCR tapes were the now!
One thing was the music. Go back and make yourself a soundtrack for your game! Styles were wild and in '89 there were so many throwback styles. The hair was especially great!
Hits 3D6 for an average adult. Less dice for weaker people, more for big lunks.
2D6 v 2D6 winner does damage rolled.
Advantage roll Three dice and pick the best Two.
Disadvantage roll Three dice and pick the worst Two.
Heavy weapons, autofire and Shotguns can add the Extra Dice of damage.
Blast have an area where everyone takes damage.
Autofire Damage can be split between targets and every 6 allows an additional dice to be rolled IF the first roll was a winning roll.
Example: Teds 10HP rolls a 11 with a 5 and a 6 and the pig 11HP rolls a 3. That's 11 damage and then Teds roll another dice for a 5 because he is using a Shotgun for 16 total damage blowing the fucking pig away. Die mother fucker!
Explosives double the damage.
Deadly damage is healed at 1D6 point a week. Skilled Medical treatment can double that.
At Half Hits you are Bloodied and have disadvantage.
At Zero Hits you are unconscious die in as many minutes as your Negative Hits. Example: Johnny got 10 hits. He takes 13 damage so he is dead in 7 minutes.
First aid requires a roll vs damage. If you don't have the right stuff, it's a Disadvantage! If successful one can heal 1d6 right away and if you get above 1 hot point you are stabilized.
Armor stops damage.
Cover Stops Damage but it works as a layer of Hit Points
VHS Punk 89 Character Creation
1. Roll Age
2. Roll Hits
3. Roll Clothing and Style
4. Roll what do you do as many times as it says.
5. Ask the referee what Equipment, Money and Stuff you own.
6. Make up a name or handle.
1 Teen - Just a stupid kid! A young punk in his teens to his 20s! Only 2D6 for hits.
2-3 An up and coming 30 year old.
4-5 A middle age 40 year old. Roll an additional What you do?
6 Old dog in his 50s plus. Only 2D6 for hits but roll two additional What you do?
Clothing and Style
24 Zoot Suit Throws a coin
25 Shaman Look
26 Biker Leathers
31 Business Suits
32 Ridiculous Suits
34 Feminine/Masculine Clothing
42 Wrestler Outfit
52 White Trash
61 Neon Bright
64 Leather and Spikes
What do you do?
21 Street Fighter
26 Knife Thrower
31 Drug Resistant
32 Disco Fighting
33 Holy Man
43 Karate Master
46 Kung Fu Master
51 Axe Man
54 Roller Blades
55 Street biker
63 Security Expert
Equipment, Money and Stuff
As the Referee to tell you what you have. You probably will be in a desperate situation and won't have much. Always track Ammo and Cash.
Cars have 6D6 (20) Hits. Go up or down for other vehicles and make up the rest.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
The Gathering of HeroesImagine if you could get the old adventuring party back together? The one from back in the day for a grand weekend of gaming. Many will have lost their characters from years ago so we just digress and all remake level 10 (or whatever level you stopped at back in the day) versions of our favorite characters or ideal characters from who they are now! Hell if many of you became successful, you could rent out a cabin in the wilderness to do this. Perhaps you could make this a yearly event? The adventure wouldn't just be a normal Adventure but time of great peril! These characters would have to come out of retirement in order to save the day. If you could do this in a cabin in the wilderness you could actually have a marathon session like you did back in school! Can you imagine the level fun you could have what you know now in the game in the style of back then? Imagine doing this with the 5th Edition rules as easy and smooth as they play? If you can make that happen with the old Gaming group and get together at least once a year so you don't forget who you are then do so.
I have tried it on and off for the last 20 years at least 5 to 10 times. I'd either get no response or very vague answers.
So should I try to do it again?
P.S. At this point in time I wrote this blog post a month or two ago, and pretty much I don't really feel like trying it again but if you make it happen, let me know. See it almost happened again. We had a place to play and the universe itself in the form of a hurricane ruined that potential place to play.
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020
CAUTION! LANGUAGE AND SAD STORY!
Reevaluating my non-gamer life Part 2: Good news a new fire is burning.
It has been quite a while since I have posted on my blog. Time has went by and it has been cruel. while I was writing the last blog post I was at a job that absolutely took all my free time. it had pretty much killed all chances of having any kind of gaming life that involved a campaign. My wife would also not want to go game because she also (supposedly) wanted to be a part of a campaign. I suddenly out of the blue get laid off while the job still had a few months left. What was sad is we had a guy that they had hired that was a former client troublemaker, anyway they hired him to solve all the problems that he had caused with our company. Kind of an indirect way to get revenge. But a snake is always a snake and a worm is always a worm. A BITCH IS ALWAYS A BITCH! This guy was watching our workers worked out in 105° temperature stacking scaffold material to be sent back to the office and claimed they were not doing enough even though he didn't know jack s*** about scaffolding. He got some people from our main office involved and got us all ran off the job in disgrace. I just know this is for as long as I live I will make sure that that guy doesn't get hired if there's anything I can do about it.
Now during this time I'd actually started to get weekends off and I actually started trying to get some people together to do some gaming and also I was going to clean out my Mead Hall which is my building that I use for gaming in as my wife and daughters had filled it up with her crap and we were possibly supposed to move as well but since that was not going to happen anytime soon I was getting my goddamn building back so I can do some goddamn gaming.
Wouldn't you know it that in my goddamn Mead Hall the m************ air conditioner would have to go out!
Life never f****** gives me a goddamn break!
The day before I am scheduled to start cleaning out my building BITCHASS Hurricane Laura decides to show up in Southwest Louisiana and f****** destroy everything!
So we are now suddenly without electricity without water luckily my Mead Hall that I had tied down (and that is the secret of hurricanes not destroying your stuff is too tie them down) so they can't be blown over and blow off survived.
So now finally everything seems to be going okay except the universe f****** hates me.
Now my dad has had health problems for quite a while at the age of 85 he recently had a heart valve transplant and is never quite gotten better recovered fully from it. The doctors keep screwing around with his medications and such trying to get him straightened out.
So as you can see my life is once again in shambles and I am a gamer who can't seem to get any game. The other day I halfway cleaned the Mead Hall but did not get finished. I plan to try and finish it real soon maybe actually roll some dice and run some great games to get rid of all this stress. I don't know about you but way back in the days of middle school and high school Dungeons and Dragons was what I used to help me escape from many of the problems in my life. It literally helps me cope with many things and was a great relief of stress that (not always LOL!) didn't include alcohol or drugs.
In my younger days while we were gaming it completely kept us out of trouble. In adulthood I found it to be one of the most inexpensive forms of entertainment that one could possibly do.
So where is this post going?
My God this post has been extremely long but what's the point?
I hope some of you out there that are gamers that are working too much and you're not quite in your 50s like I am realize that you are working too much. We need to wake up and look around and see if you're actually living life.
If you're not, do so.
The last 10 years I've had no work-life balance it was just work work work work work balance no life at all. Don't be a victim of your own success and not live any life. If you're a gamer get out there and do some gaming stop doing other stuff that's wasteful and doesn't get you anywhere. This is like a new era like the '80s except no satanic panic.
Sees this time and especially we OSR gamers teach these youngsters how to use the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons rules to play like we did in the old days...
Thursday, February 13, 2020
After the 4E Apocalypse and the OSR
Well my old group from back in 2006-2009, well some of the people started to suck and make it not so fun anymore. We we're glad to have a new game due to our collapsed 3.5 game raped by a rules lawyer bastard and a weak ass too nice of a DM (Me)! Also 4E was starting to suck and not really be fun anymore as well and it was time to disband the group.
A profound disregard for my suggestions of trying other RPGs because they had spent money on books while sitting in my $5000+ Meade Hall with $20,000+ in game books.
A void in gaming! Working out of town. Chaos! It all fell apart. People got lots of criticisms, and wants but can they run the game?
Well my wife bought a copy of Mathfinder and with a few of the select non sucky people we tried that. My out of town job started to interfere as Mathfinder is a lot of work. A perfect system but too much system. I just didn't have time to set the game up. Tried to switch over to Labyrinth Lord as the Dungeon was originally written for that but the group said hell no and so I pulled the plug on that one.
DAMN so much time has went by!
While all this was going on I read over and over the complaints about the old systems but the love of the simplicity across the OSR blogs and forums. I kept seeing the same complaints so I went to make the perfect neoclone hybrid. The simple D20 mechanics and options mixed with the old school simplicity. I gave body and soul as working turnarounds took all my time but also late at night and on weekends gave me time to create and write with unlimited access to computers and printers and so I wrote. Back to the Dungeon RPG came out well but I was always dissatisfied. I released it back in 2012 then to my dismay the announcement of the new 5E came out. I thought damn I got bad timing but I have worked so hard on Back to the Dungeon RPG. The OSR is going to eat this up, a perfect merging of the Old and New school styles playing at the same table. Totally easy to run and tell stories! Then I noticed something worse than being rejected, no reaction.
A Small Start with BttDRPPG
I didn't give up, 5E wasn't coming out until 2014 (on my Birthday) so I could carve me a little piece of the market. I started chugging out supplements and modules. I stopped giving it away and put it on DriveThruRPG and actually got a few responses and sales as well as a stellar review. My style is primitive old zine style because some of us old people don't know how to edit documents like a boss.
Still it never took off but I knew some local Game Masters so I was going to fill the pre 5E void with a local scene. Mostly it was going to really kick ass and be totally fun to do! A giant collaboration of people all creating one gaming world! There was this huge void in the area of gaming as in campaigns starting and dying all over the area. My timing would be perfect, giant organized gaming on a local scale! 5E came out but I had momentum..
BttDRPPG the Local Scene Dream that Became a Nightmare.
To my amazement none of the stuck in the mud turd GMs didn't even attempt to even read my rules or collaborate. I explained this Grand vision of a local gaming scene as well as multiple Game Masters collaboration of Homebrew settings. A few of them only played the old stuff or didn't want to learn another system even though mine was 15 minutes or so to learn. I did get some of them to play and the adventures flowed, only through me. Got tired of running shit, wanted to play. But as usual my new job killed everything.
As a side note, two of those GMs actually asked me to "take a look at or help me write and publish a game" but that's a different story. Shortened version, none of them even barely got their games written cuz "man writing an RPG iz hard!" Yeah no shit Sherlock.
Jobfuck and Gamedeath
The old job was taking up all my time and through betrayal and the company being done with me after using me all up I got laid off. The new job killed all free time as well as shit breaking down at my house, as well as my Meade Hall being filled with various people's crap because we were supposed to move, so no gaming space! Back to the Dungeon adventures flowed but got farther a fewer in-between. I decided to retire my BttDRPG as it just got too hard to try and put it out there. I was a little black and white zine compared to a full colored behemoth.
5E came out and I saw a very robust community out there and all my BttDRPPG gaming had came to a stop. Well I started messing with 5E because hell, nobody was digging my brand and it was surprisingly much better that I initially read. We started gaming in my cramped ass living room but as if on cue my stupid job starts working soul raping amounts of hours and kills all my gaming once again.
What sucked is my 5E games went really incredibly well and they were really fun but that fucking soul raping malignant job made sure gaming was ruined! Other than at the local con I have not gamed in almost 10 months and life sucks. I am not doing it anymore in my cramped ass living room muddy shithole outside along with 3 dogs and I don't have anywhere else to put the crap stuffed in my Meade Hall as well as a few other reasons..
Termites and the Great Awakening
One thing I did have was a collection, a legendary gaming collection. But looking at systems other than 5E that had been sitting around for 20+ years it was time to maybe sell them. I decided to first sell all my 3.5 RPG books for like half the cover price. Got the deal set up. Guy on his way to meet me. I pull some of the books and one falls the fuck apart as termite shit and filth falls out instead of pages of the goddamn book. Like half the fucking books eaten by foul little asshole termites. Went through the wall and just to my huge collection of 3.5 books! I already am overworked and at a breaking point so I flip the fuck out and spray the fuck out of the wall with termite spray. Took a huge loss on my sale price.
I check around that shelf and it appears they only went after those books. I was wrong.
I made a deal with a pretty cool Pathfinder player and had all my books sold that were on an entirely different shelf. Most of the books were in very good to perfect condition, that was until those books were also eaten and I had to take a huge loss on the price.
Fuck it. I just don't give a fuck about collecting anything anymore.
A (not so) Great Awakening!
Sold my Cyberpunk 2020 and all my AD&D collection for less than half price before those God forsaken termites ate those. They also got into the 4E books but who cares. Still got some more to sell but my job schedule is starting to resuck. Hopefully a new position with SOME free time is on its way. I have tried to move stuff around in my Meade Hall and it's maybe going to become usable soon. I am going to add an outside bathroom as well.
Can't get no Satisfaction!
I still had my writing and publishing once in awhile. That's one release I can do to get some kind of gaming related activities in but it seems I can't even do that. I am not getting the reaction I want from my RPG projects other than it's kinda good, but what about a play report? Has anyone played any of my modules after all these years? Did they delve deep in the Black Stairs? No play report s anywhere. I am slowly realizing that I am playing music nobody wants to hear. Total waste of time if it's for nothing. I will try and finish some of my projects, MAYBE bit it's time to change gears. Worst of all is I don't have my creative space anymore and if I have to burn or throw my family's crap that they decided to store in my building, I will.
Back to the Basics, Fuck the World!
I am not going to be typing up any of my new projects anymore with the anticipation of selling them. I am going back to my old gaming roots. All on paper, scratchy drawings and maps on graph paper. All hand written dice rolled stuff. I am just going to create stuff for my own personal games. I may still in the future try and start the Adventurer's Guild Unlimited (My idea for an "unofficial" organized play like AL) but I will be concentrating on the fun of creating once again.
Got a few "open" projects to finish but maybe I will and maybe I won't...
I am anticipating a new position where I will have this free time soon. I have looked back at my life and for the last 10-12 years I have worked too much.
I AM DONE.
I will also be moving, getting a trailer, or building another house and setting myself up for a life of ease amongst the trees, drinking spirits, cooking exotic meals, gardening, rolling dice and gaming...