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 Here you’ll find rants both childish and mature, fiction both published and unpublished, music, videos, and anything else that might wander across my brain.
I used to really like games that had long, in-depth character creation systems. My theory was that if you were going to spend an hour or more making your PC, you were really going to treasure that character.
Then I went and killed one of those PCs in less than half an hour.
The longer a campaign set in my homebrew Pathfinder setting of Blackwood goes on, the greater a chance there is that my pet NPC Garyl Shadowslayer shows up. That finally happened over the weekend in an adventure that ranks as one of the most enjoyable sessions I’ve ever run. Despite the fact that it ultimately went well, I was fairly nervous going into it because I was faced with the big question of how to introduce a GM favorite NPC without making him annoying.
I guess the obvious answer is to just not include pet NPCs. However, I game for my entertainment, too, and this particular NPC is as intrinsically tied to my setting as Elminster is to the Forgotten Realms. This session went well, as did the previous time I introduced Garyl as a major NPC in the campaign. By comparison, each and every time I used Elminster in a Forgotten Realms game was met with annoyance and complaints from the players. So what made this time so much more effective than all the times I’ve tried to use Elminster?
The police officer is worried less about my green dress and more about the blood smeared across my face.
Apologies to all the Gerard Butler fangirls who love this film because of its dreamy title character, but if I could describe this film in one word, it would be suuuuuuuuuuuck.
If you’ve been following my old comic reviews over at the Complete Marvel Reading Order, you’ll notice that I’m almost all the way through the red Hulk’s title and nearing the point where, with very little fanfare, it became Red She-Hulk for about a year before being canceled due to low sales. And while I doubt a book about the red She-Hulk would have become a best-seller in the current comics industry, the fact that it was basically doomed to failure from the start kind of bothers me.