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 Here you’ll find rants both childish and mature, fiction both published and unpublished, music, videos, and anything else that might wander across my brain.

Comic Rants: Four Books from the New 52 That I Actually Like

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Jonah Hex is my kind of hero.I’ve given DC Comics’ New 52 a bit of grief since it came out, and I’ve been fairly outspoken about the fact that there is a huge lack of variety coming from both DC and Marvel these days. However, like almost everything else, the New 52 has some good spots as well. I mean, why else would I care about the quality coming from that company anyway? If it were complete garbage, I could just ignore it entirely.

With that in mind, here are my thoughts on what’s been good about the New 52 now that we’re three years in. Continue reading

Random Blogness: More Mythic Adventures

Posted in Pathfinder, Random Blogness, Role-Playing Games with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

Mythic AdventuresWhen I decided to start running Paizo’s Wrath of the Righteous adventure path, I didn’t plan to make use of the mythic rules. I didn’t really want to learn a whole set of new rules, and I didn’t see what mythic added that high-level play couldn’t already do. My wife Sarah encouraged me to do it because she wanted some new options for her sorcerer, and in retrospect I’m now glad she did. The mythic portion of the campaign is admittedly still young, but so far this stuff is awesome. Continue reading

Pathfinder Treasure Trove: The Truthful Harp

Posted in Pathfinder, Role-Playing Games, The Treasure Trove with tags , , on September 3, 2014 by Charlie Brooks

The Truthful HarpAura moderate divination; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 7,500 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description
This item appears to be nothing more than a simple wooden harp, exquisitely crafted though it may be. The harp can be held comfortable in one hand, but must be played with both hands. The owner of this harp gains a +10 competence bonus to any Perform (string instruments) check made when the harp is the primary instrument used. Bards who use the harp as part of their bardic performance also gain two additional rounds of performance per day. These benefits can only be gained after a user has spent 24 hours getting used to the intricacies of playing the harp. Otherwise, it functions only as a masterwork instrument.

The harp forms a connection to its owner which some find to be beneficial and others see as a hindrance. Whenever an individual who has unlocked the harp’s magic tells a lie, one of the harp’s strings snaps. Particularly big lies may cause multiple strings to break at the GM’s discretion. A harp string takes one minute of work to repair. This quirk of the harp gives the user a -5 circumstance penalty to all Bluff checks. If the person being lied to knows of the harp’s nature, the GM may determine any Bluff check to be an automatic failure.

The harp can only have one owner at a time. Its truthful nature functions even when out of the owner’s possession as long as the harp is within 30 feet of the user.

Construction
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, discern lies, creator must have at least 5 ranks of Perform; Cost 3,750 gp

Inspired by Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain.

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

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