Monday, September 7, 2020

Presentation of my work in progress document for Orbital Megastructure

This is my main work in progress doc for Orbital Megastructure. 
I also have one for updating my equipment tables, one for my monsters manual and one for my downtime rules.


 

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Generating Megastructure Sectors

How I generate megastructure sectors for my Macchiato Monsters playset 



Example of Sector Creation 


Step 1: rolling the condition and Step 2: rolling the number of nodes and drawing them.

Step 3: drawing a number of links equal to the number of nodes

 


Step 4: rolling the number of settlements and drawing them

Step 5: rolling the number of exits and drawing them

Step 6: roll a condition and a function for each nodes

(note: I added a “S” on the link to node H because I rolled that it was a forgotten node, this is to represent that the link is a secret path)  


  • Sector condition: imply a sector infected by a nanoplague full of infectees drones. 

  • A: imply that a clan or maybe a group of bandit live in the spacedock.

  • B: imply a holographic center that is prone to malfunctions and project weird images.

  • C: maybe the mourning commemorates the first victims of the plague.

  • D: the administration center have endured several structural damages.

  • E: the education center have been stripped down of it learning modules. 

  • F: maybe the lab is the origin of the nanoplague that run through the sector

  • G: imply a settlement build near a inhabited energy core. Who are these people and what are their relation with the settlement? 

  • H: imply a secret settlement built in a forgotten databank. A other interpretation could be that the settlers are unaware that their settlement is built on a databank. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Post Humans Orbital Structures

Hey I published a set of sci-fi equipment for the RPG Machhiato Monsters: https://evlyn.itch.io/posthumansorbitalstructures
I am super happy of it because I was able to use my patreon money to hire a other trans woman to do the layout. Also a big thanks to Brian who helped for the proofreading.  


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Doodles City

I am revisiting a tiny zine I published a year ago, you can find the original files here.

The zine was about a surreal whimsical city where humans coexist with living doodles.
How would I game using this odd setting?

Cthulhu Dark: you could use Cthulhu Dark and as the insight of the characters raise they begin to understand that everyone and everything are drawings, they get glimpses of object in our 3d reality, they understand that they exist as multiple copies, both printed and digital. If you need menaces they are intrusions from other realities. 

Troika: well you can write custom background for native of the Doodles City or you can simply send your group of Troika characters in the city and play as usual.

Tunnels Goons: use the basic rules to play citizen of Doodles City, items must be draw on the character sheet to be use for rolls.

Show the maps to the players, when they visit a building or a location, ask them what they think the doodle represent and run with their ideas. Roll or select one or two descriptors for each keyed locations.













Saturday, June 27, 2020

The cauldron is empty

I am passing through a difficult moment inspiration wise, I feel like there is no positive future for me and this make me feel empty and creating gaming material seem meaningless. There is also the fact that I rarely have the occasion to play games and roleplaying feel too abstract for me. So I will put my blog on hold for a while, I am not deleting anything, hopefully things will change and I will eventually start roleplaying and be inspired again.


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Dissident Whispers

I participated to Dissident Whispers, a collection of one page dungeons and adventures crafted in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. I contributed illustrations to four adventures included in the book. 

Working on that project was super fun, it felt like a big adventure design jam, the energy was diverse and amazing. 

I talk a bit about it in french here



Monday, May 25, 2020

The Sad Blue House

EDIT: E.K. Hill kindly assembled my blog post into a PDF

Sometime ago a blue skinned teenager was found naked in a field, the villagers where not certain if it was a boy or a girl but they still befriended this strange kid. The blue teenager was happy for a while but a some horrible event happened and the teenager used their divine powers to save the village. Everything changed afterward, people started to worship the teenager, to fight between themselves to get his or her favor. The teenager was afraid as this worship brought back memories of their former divinity and the teenager wanted nothing of it. One day the tension between two factions of the newly formed cult fought together and someone was gravely wounded. The blue teenager had a meltdown, they curled into a ball in the grass and screamed "NO!", their divine power fully awakened and they transformed all the villagers into walls, rooms and doors that formed a house around the teenager, cutting them from the world. The divine teenager now hide the house, scared of what they have done and of what they are, afraid to venture back into the real world.

Maybe the blue teenager was a deity that fled their pantheon, maybe because they ran away from their divine duties, a divine conflict or maybe they decided to transition, it is hard to know...

Rumors now circulate about a abandoned village and a strange house that is sad. Some adventurers dared to venture into the house and brought back some treasures or strange tales. Maybe the characters had family or friends in that village. (If you are running a one shot, maybe they were former servitor of the blue deity).

The houses of the village are now abandoned. Some of them look like their occupants suddenly vanished. One small shed have been upgraded into a small house, gifts and offerings have been deposed around it but things of value have already been looted. Not far away from that small house, near the edge of the village, there is a large and strangely shaped blue house that have human like features. This house is the transformed villagers, inside the divine teenager hide away from the world. Anyone who enter the divine house is protected from divination and scrying powers, they vanish even from the sights of divine beings.

Maybe some vagrants camp in one of the village's abandoned houses.
Random vagrants (d8)
  1. Outcast from a other village who need a quiet place.  
  2. a runaway criminal (could be dangerous or a Jean Valjean)
  3. a kid or teen who fled abusive parents from a nearby village. 
  4. d6 murder hobos who hesitate to venture inside the godchild house. 
  5. d6 bandits 
  6. d6 lepers
  7. a witch who want to be left alone (a magic user) 
  8. a former servitor of the divinity who is attracted to the area (a depowered mythical being, now they only have a few more HD that the player characters). 
Random encounter while exploring the village. (d6)
  1. vagrant (roll on the vagrants table) 
  2. abandoned cattle or pet (probably hungry or in need of affection) 
  3. scavenging small animal (raccoon, badger, coyote) 
  4. scavenging large animal (pack of wolves, bear) 
  5. foraging animal (deer, elk, moose) 
  6. flashback from the divinity (roll on the flashbackd table) 
Divine flashbacks about the village (d20) 
  1. Being found naked in the field.
  2. Learning to wear clothes.
  3. Learning to speak.
  4. Learning to do some farm work and house chores. 
  5. Petting a farm animal or a pet.
  6. Sharing a meal with some villagers.
  7. Helping the villager to upgrade the shack into a small house.
  8. Looking at a religious item and feeling uncomfortable. 
  9. Laughing with a villager and having fun.
  10. Wondering about gender or trying a different gender expression. 
  11. Listening to a villager singing or playing a musical instrument. 
  12. Doing a minor miracle while being alone and being scared of it.
  13. The village is in danger, maybe because of a fire, a plague or raiders. 
  14. Being scared and using their divine power to save the whole village. 
  15. The villagers being scared and admirative after being saved. 
  16. Receiving gifts, favors and offerings from the villagers.
  17. Being worshiped by the villagers, being deadly scared of this. 
  18. Villagers bickering and arguing about their worship
  19. Villagers asking for miracles and having different emotional reactions
  20. A mob of villagers, things are getting out of control, the pressure is immense. 

The Sad Blue House



Everything that form the house was once a villager, the floor, doors, the furniture, etc..
These items are still conscious, most of them are asleep, interacting with them usually wake them.
Their memories are clouded, most of them think that they are dreaming.

If you need to know who was that door or chair before roll a d20 on the former villagers table.

Former villagers (d20)
  1. Farmer / Laborer
  2. Midwife / Healer
  3. Miller / Masson / Carpenter
  4. Fisherman / Sailor
  5. Shepherd  
  6. Woodcutter / Hunter / Trapper
  7. Elder / Storyteller 
  8. Wife / Husband
  9. Kid
  10. Peddler 
  11. Shopkeeper
  12. Innkeeper / Serving wench
  13. Village guard 
  14. Tailor / Cobbler 
  15. Butcher / Cook
  16. Clerk / Accountant  
  17. Apiarist / Smith
  18. Brewer / Barber 
  19. Acolyte / Priest 
  20. Outcast
The Rooms
The rooms are odd, they are a bit organic and feature element from different types of rooms. Think uncanny valley but for rooms.

(01) Lying door
  • The front door is bitter and jealous, it will lie and try to lure the adventurers to room 09. 
  • This room is a mix of a pantry and a forge. 
(02) Worried door
  • The front door miss a relative or a lover transformed into a chair in room 08 or 09.
  • This room is a mix of a cloak room and a kitchen.
(03) Friendly door
  • The front door want people to go inside and to worship the blue teenager in room 11.
  • This room is a mix of a wardrobe and a child bedroom.
(04) Looted room 
  • This room is a mix of a closet and a foyer.
  • A group of scavengers left some adventuring gear here as they ran away from the house (rope, torches, bedroll, dagger, waterskin).
  • The sentient items in the room ask the character to remove that gear "they are nobody, their place is not here". If they do the fireplace poker will insist "you forgot something, this coin have no place here". Use the time they spend looking for that coin to make random encounters checks. 
  • The lost coin is a ancient copper coin worth d6 gold pieces for a collector, it bring bad luck and give a point of penalty to saving throws.  
(05) Wounded door
  • This front door have been forced open and is in pain, it beg to be repaired and locked back. 
  • Acid leak from the door's wounds, interacting with the door or passing thought it without repairing it require a saving throw to avoid a point of acid damage. 
  • The room is a mix of a tannery and a master bedroom. 
  • A stretching frame have been broken by a scavenger and is also in pain. "Why are you coming here? You will only hurt people!" 
(06) Angry mouth door
  • This front door is shaped like a mouth. It is filled with the fears of the blue deity, if someone come close it will scream "go away!" or "leave!" It will try to bite anyone who enter inflicting d8 points of damages (save for half). 
  • The room is a mix of a barn and dinner room. 
  • The items inside are also angry and can bite for d4 damages if touched. 
  • Feeding them food will occupy them as they can only masticate without swallowing. 
  • Looking for valuable items here grant +1 to value rolls.
(07) Random encounter
  • The room is a mix of a house hall and a stable
  • Four 1HD darts fetishes wait in ambush here, they will attack when the character reach the center of the room.  
  • A rocking horse (formerly a stable groom) try to warn the characters. 
(08) Grabbing hands corridor
  • A long corridor made of stones that whisper in their sleep "no I don't want to, leave me alone".
  • A sneak test enable to pass through the corridor. 
  • If noisy adventurers take a few steps in, hands will extrudes from the stones to try to grab them.
  • A sneak test enable to pass through the corridor without activating the hands. 
  • Characters must make a save against paralysis to move through the corridor, a fail push back the characters at the cost of losing d4 items. 
  • Hacking at the hands trigger strangulation attacks. A attack roll against the AC of a chain mail let the character pass through, a fail inflict d4 strangulation damage by round until a strength roll is made to break free. 
  • Trying to soothe the corridor by speaking in a soft voice is possible with a good reaction roll. 
(09) Mimic lair 
  • The room is a mix of a study and the long corridor of a inn with wooden pillars and windows that open to a stone wall. 
  • The desk chair miss the front door of room 02. 
  • On the floor lay the corpse of a murder hobo, his head and shoulders have been eaten. 
  • A small 3HD mimic have made it nest here amid the study's chests. It recently laid it eggs and it is full of coins, it contain 3d10 x100 gold coins and 3d10 mimic eggs that look like coins. 
  • The mimic wont attack as it want the adventurers to take it eggs. 
  • There is 3 other small chests in the study. If the adventurer talk with them or with other sentient items, they will say that a stranger hide among them. If this happen the mimic will play the role of a transmuted villager and will try to blame one of the other chests. 
  • The other chests contain each a random treasure (add +1 to the value roll) 
  • The mimic eggs will hatch in 2d6 days and will eat bugs and small animal until they grow larger. 
(10) Sleeping door 
  • From outside, this room look like a gigantic sleeping face. 
  • Every d6 turns the face mumble in it sleep and it is possible to sneak in through it mouth with a dexterity test. A fail mean no damage just a missed opportunity. 
  • The room is a mix of a bedroom and a humble library. 
  • The books talk about their content as if they have been rewritten by a child or a naive teenager. Opening them reveal inintelligible text. 
  • Random encounters in this room are replaced by random divinity flashbacks that turn into nightmares and inflict d8 points of damages on a failed save against spells. If someone is reduced to 0 hp they fall unconscious and gain a phobia related to the nightmare.  
(11) Happy dinner room
  • The room is a dinning room decorated with organic elements like the outside of the house. 
  • The items in this room see their transmutation as a spiritual ascension and are happy to be part of the house that shelter their newfound deity. 
  • They encourage the adventurers to eat the food put on the tables. 
  • Eating the food trigger a saving throw against transformation, on a fail the character turn into a house item, on a success they experience a positive flashback about the village and all their wounds are healed. 
  • A secret door lead to room 12: a beautiful face embedded in the wall. Gently touching the face will make the wall open like a blooming flower. 
(12) Isolation chamber
  • This room look like the interior of the shack that have been upgraded into a small house.
  • In the center lay a human sized cocoon that look like someone curled into a ball. 
  • Touching the cocoon trigger a collective flashback that take the characters to when the blue teenager was part of a pantheon. (roll on the pantheon flashback table). 
  • While in a the flashback the characters can try to talk with the divinity. Make a reaction tests modified by their roleplay. On a positive reaction the flashback move to a more positive one, on a bad reaction the flash back move toward a darker flashback. 
  • Two positive reactions out of three lead to a positive conclusion while two negative reactions lead to a negative conclusion. Neutral reactions don't matter.  
  • A positive conclusion can be the deity deciding to shed their powers to become mortal to experience the world or to go back into their pantheon to stand against it negative elements. 
  • A negative conclusion can be the divinity cursing the characters. Or turning the blue house into a giant rock that no one can ever enter. Or maybe the divinity go back to their pantheon has a bitter god overcome by negative emotions.    

Divine flashbacks about their former pantheon (d12).
These flashback may happen in mortal or divine realms.
Use them to reveal or hint at the deity former pantheon. (Or their divine transition if you decided to explore that)
  1. A act of creation related to their divine sphere of influence.
  2. Unleashing their power in act of anger or jealousy. 
  3. Being hurt physically or emotionally by a other deity. 
  4. Bestowing a gift to a mortal. 
  5. Locking or freeing a mythical creature.
  6. Flirting or laughing with a other divinity.
  7. Transforming a animal into a divine servitor.
  8. Admiring a divine item or weapon.
  9. Arguing with a other divinity. 
  10. A positive or negative memory about their divine parents.
  11. Being sad at the death of a mythical monster or a mortal. 
  12. Being disgusted by the action of a follower or a priest. 

Random encounters in the blue house (d6)
(test every 2 or 3 rounds or when the group is noisy)
  1. Patrolling 3HD fetish  
  2. Three patrolling 1HD fetishes  
  3. A 2HD fetish disguised as a ordinary item 
  4. A house item awaken to demand something or ask a question 
  5. Wildlife lost in the dungeon
  6. Random vagrant lost in the dungeon

Fetishes (HD: 1 to 3, AC as chain, ML 9)
In it sadness the blue deity created fetishes that remind them of their former servitors.
These fetishes are the only animated items in the house, they slide on the ground like magical chess pieces. They protect the house and want people to remain away from room 12.

Fetish type (d6)
  1. Petrification gaze (save vs petrification or paralyze for d3 rounds and take a damage by round) 
  2. Acid (spit acid for d6 damages save vs poison for half damage, ruin a piece of equipment)  
  3. Noxious breath (save vs poison to avoid taking a point of damage for d6 rounds) 
  4. Biting (attack for d6 damage) 
  5. Dart (spit 2 darts each round, d4 damage each) 
  6. Entangling (sprout entangling vines, save vs paralysis or get entangled taking 1 point of damage by round if moving, DEX or STR test to get free) 
Fetish attitude (d6)
  1. Sad (-1 reaction roll) 
  2. Helpful (+2 reaction roll) 
  3. Angry (-2 reaction roll) 
  4. Happy (+1 reaction roll) 
  5. Trickster (like to deceive) 
  6. Unpredictable (roll a d4 each turn) 

Random treasures
Treasures found in the blue house are physical manifestations of the emotions or memories of the villagers. For exemple, if a villager is transformed into a chest it will contain items representing his emotions, same for the items left on a table or in a drawer. These items retain their existence when taken out of the house. Touching the item for the first time or selling it can fill someone with the emotion or memory it represent.

When a characters search through a room let them find a few valuable items like these.

The item is filled with (d6):
  1. Sadness or loneliness 
  2. Love or happiness 
  3. Anger or hatred
  4. Desire or jealousy 
  5. Fears or worries
  6. a specific memory

Worth (the more precious the stronger the emotion it represent)
  1. Used or broken item worth nothing
  2. Common item worth 1d10 copper pieces
  3. Good quality item worth 1d10 silver pieces
  4. Excellent quality item worth 1d10 gold pieces
  5. Excellent quality item worth 2d10 gold pieces.
  6. Fabulous item worth 1d20 x 10 gold pieces. 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Silver Hairs

Place these rumors around a village near a forest.
Most of them are true but some may be false.
  1. If you watch carefully you can find silvery hairs entangled in tree branches.
  2. The silver hairs fall on the ground and make things grow better.
  3. Sometimes the silver hairs make you dream if you touch them. 
  4. There is silver dust in the wind, on a windy day you can taste it in your mouth.
  5. I have seen a grey feary in the woods, it was very shy. 
  6. The silver hairs came after the night of the shooting stars. 
  7. The hairs made little Briel sick, now she have silvery eyes and is blind. 
  8. Old man Harry collect hairs to study them in his shack, he is a bit crazy. 
  9. Sansa's wife say that the hairs are from a angel who live in woods.
  10. Sansa say that the angel in the woods healed her dog.  
  11. Farmer Pete say that he received a message from the sky, he barely make sense. 
  12. People say that Noam the miller maried a grey faery, I saw his silver wedding ring. 
  13. Hunter Mika have seen a huge silver rock floating in the woods, it must be worth a lot of coins.
  14. There is a odd man at the inn, he is paying to hear stories about the hairs. 
  15. Some farms have been raided by a band of marauders. 
  16. The marauders want to capture the angel, they trapped a grey faery to use as bait. 
  17. I saw something glow in the old barn of widow Vilma. 
  18. Bradley say that the stars move at night, he is building a thing to look at the sky. 
  19. Mirel's gave birth a few day ago, Luva say that her baby have silver eyes.
  20. My niece told me that she dreamed about a silver kid, I saw one in my dreams too.