Welcome to the Screamsheet!

Posted in Site Stuff on January 8, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Ryoko - Screamsheet icon, space pirate, secret lover...Welcome to the Screamsheet! This place can best be described as a reflection of my weird and fragmented personality. Here you’ll find rants both childish and mature, fiction both published and unpublished, music, videos, and anything else that might wander across my brain.

Meddling Heroes, chapter 28: New Justice

Posted in Fiction, Meddling Heroes, Novels with tags , , on August 27, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Mia FeyPrevious Chapter

After several days of time travel, apocalyptic battles, and high-tech battle suits, a moment of peace and quiet scares me. When the statements have been taken and the damage control teams have arrived, it’s just me sitting in a hotel room, staring at a wall, and contemplating my many aches and bruises.

My mind should be doing its own damage control. I should be trying to figure out a way I can explain the last few days to the public. Salvaging my reputation wouldn’t be that difficult – with all his talk about mind-control and plans within plans, Rosey gave pretty much everybody involved a defense if they want to use it. No, your honor, it wasn’t me who lied to a jury, conspired with a convicted criminal, and may possibly have driven an increasingly unstable superhero over the edge – it was all the doings of the evil Dr. Pythagoras. I was just an unwitting pawn. But then, that would be the biggest lie of all, wouldn’t it?

Everything I did was calculated on the idea that Rosey could be redeemed. He just needed to get out of that cell and use his genius to help society. But I didn’t see the rest. I didn’t see the world where a barely stable nuclear man who had held it together for far too long was just one minor nudge from going over the edge. I didn’t see how easily Rosey would slide back into his old ways once he had the excuse of an insane Paradigm.

The sun sets, and I’m left sitting in the dark, staring straight ahead at nothing.

I didn’t see.

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Pathfinder Bestiary: Dragonborn

Posted in Bestiary, Pathfinder, Role-Playing Games with tags , , , on August 26, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

DragonbornThis scaled creature walks like a humanoid but has the head, claws, and fangs of a dragon. The crackle of fire can be heard when it opens its mouth. Continue reading

Random Blogness: Expedition to the Dragonlands

Posted in Gaming Stories, Pathfinder, Random Blogness, Role-Playing Games with tags , , , , , on August 25, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Not the Bees!I’m way behind on a lot of things, so I figured I would ramble about my long-running Pathfinder game for a while and update the player who missed the last session at the same time.

For the past six years, I’ve been running my Night Below campaign. This started as an adaptation of the AD&D boxed set Night Below: An Underdark Campaign in D&D 3.5 and has since moved on to the Pathfinder system and a high-level adaptation of the Wrath of the Righteous adventure path. Spoilers for the latter are present in this post.

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Jurassic Park is a Terrible Argument Against Cloning

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , , on August 18, 2014 by Charlie Brooks
Jurassic Park T-Rex

Can you honestly claim that this wouldn’t be awesome?

If humans found a way to clone dinosaurs, would you be down for it?

There’s no right or wrong answer to this question, unless you bring up Jurassic Park as an argument against cloning. Then you’re wrong.

Jurassic Park is a good book and an entertaining movie. But it always makes me grind my teeth when people use it as an illustration of the dangers of human beings playing God. It is not a cautionary tale about the dangers of cloning. It is a cautionary tale about running a shitty zoo. Continue reading

Terrible Things I Like

Posted in Life in General, Rants with tags , , , , , , on July 28, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

A Tijuana Mama does unmentionable things to my digestive system, yet I still eat it.Liking something is an emotional experience that doesn’t always sync up with a logical mindset. There are several things which my rational mind recognizes as terrible but which I personally can’t get enough of. This is an examination of some of those things.

It’s worth noting that these are not guilty pleasures. A guilty pleasure is something that you feel bad about liking (i.e., the way Americans should feel about our obsession with reality TV). I feel no guilt or shame over liking these things – I just recognize that, from any logical and sensible perspective, they are terrible. Continue reading

Accidental Themes in RPGs

Posted in Pathfinder, Rants, RPG Rants with tags , , , , , , on June 30, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

The Great Red Dragon, by William BlakeI have a habit of starting Pathfinder games as nothing more than beer and pretzel affairs, only to see them develop into something bigger. One of the prime examples of that would be my ongoing Night Below campaign, which has moved beyond the boxed adventure that serves as its namesake and is now borrowing heavily from the Wrath of the Righteous adventure path.

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve been able to run this game, and when I can’t run a game I tend to mull things over a lot and let certain ideas stew. This has led me to realize that what began as an excuse to string a bunch of dungeon crawls together has actually developed some Nietzschean themes over the past few years.

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Meddling Heroes, chapter 27: Foiled Again

Posted in Fiction, Meddling Heroes, Novels with tags on June 24, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Image from Lex Luthor: Man of SteelPrevious Chapter

Seeing Eva manhandle Paradigm in a suit she’s barely familiar with confirms something I have long suspected about myself: I am an idiot. I’ve invented gadgets that allow me to stand toe to toe with gods, move planets out of their orbit, and most recently travel through time, and none of it matters. Unlike Eva, I can’t think on my feet.

Fortunately, given some prep time, I can still come up with remarkably well-crafted strategies. And beating Paradigm in a fistfight was never my Plan A.

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