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 Here you’ll find rants both childish and mature, fiction both published and unpublished, music, videos, and anything else that might wander across my brain.

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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Hal Jordan and Barry Allen: Destroyers of the Universe

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Hal Jordan and Barry Allen: Destroyers of the UniverseHal Jordan (the Green Lantern) and Barry Allen (the Flash) are best buddies. It makes sense that they would be, because they’ve got a whole lot in common. For example, they each destroyed the universe.

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Pathfinder House Rules

Posted in Pathfinder, Role-Playing Games with tags , on June 12, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

No space age stuff in my Pathfinder game...yet.My experience is that, with the exception of organized play events, very few tabletop RPGs run using the rules exactly as written. Creating house rules is expected and encouraged in most systems, and the Pathfinder RPG is no exception. What follows is a look at the house rules I use, as well as an explanation of why I use them. Feel free to grab these modifications for your games if you want. Continue reading

Meddling Heroes, chapter 26: Identity Crisis

Posted in Fiction, Meddling Heroes, Novels with tags on May 13, 2014 by Charlie Brooks
Picture by GotoNhat

Picture by GotoNhat

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I have become convinced that supervillainy and insomnia go hand in hand.

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My Pathfinder Games Goes Mythic

Posted in Pathfinder, Random Blogness, Role-Playing Games on May 7, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Making a red dragon angry...not the best of ideas.What happens when you face mythic dragons and demons without a paladin on hand? My Pathfinder group is about to find out.

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