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 Here you’ll find rants both childish and mature, fiction both published and unpublished, music, videos, and anything else that might wander across my brain.

The Siege of Dragonguard Keep

Posted in Gaming Stories, Pathfinder, Random Blogness, Role-Playing Games, RPG Rants with tags on March 19, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

Umber HulkAfter a six month layoff, my Night Below game which has since become a bastardized version of the Wrath of the Righteous adventure path got rolling again. The assault on Dragonguard Keep gained some momentum, and our heroes came one step closer to breaking up one of the bases of power of Derrezen the dragon-god.

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The Most Perfect Superhero Film Casting Jobs (so far)

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

Iron Man and the AvengersSuperhero movies vary from extremely faithful adaptations to the realm of, “Why bother calling that giant cloud Galactus in the first place?” Similarly, casting our favorite superheroes has been a grab-bag of terrible choices, ideas that seemed bad originally but turned into pleasant surprises, and actors that so perfectly fit into their roles that it’s hard to imagine anybody else taking their place.

The list below deals with the latter, focusing on ten perfect casting choices in superhero movies. These are all obviously in my opinion, and they focus around actors that so thoroughly nailed their role that they wound up defining how the general public sees those characters. Those criteria do leave some great performances off the list, such as Adam West’s Batman or Heath Ledger’s Joker, since those characters have so many different interpretations that it’s hard to embrace just one.

Without further ado, here’s what I believe to be the ten best casting jobs in superhero movies so far: Continue reading

Where Memory Lane and Rejection Road Meet

Posted in Random Blogness with tags , , , , , , , on February 23, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

My house has too much stuff in it. I’ve been going through my possessions and deciding what needs to go. Finally, I came across my Big Box o’ Rejections:

Rejection Box

Hello, old friend.

When I first started writing, I decided to save all my rejection letters as a way to keep myself motivated. But now that rejections come electronically and are almost exclusively form letters – and now that I have a lengthy publications list – I don’t feel that I need it anymore. So this box has got to go.

The box itself contains rejections, old drafts of stories from writing workshops, and a few magazines and newspapers where I got my first publishing credits. As I sorted through old letters, I got the most enjoyment out of reading some old rejection letters from my high school days, when I wrote articles for Dragon Magazine.

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Bestiary: Deep Huntsman

Posted in Bestiary, Pathfinder, Role-Playing Games with tags , on February 18, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

Deep HunstmanThis gaunt, human-like creature has beady red eyes and a wolf-like snout. Its unnaturally wide mouth seems stuck in a perpetual grin, showcasing its long canine teeth.

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Totoro

Posted in Big Eyes Small Mouth, Role-Playing Games with tags , , , , on February 10, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

TotoroBased on the character from Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro.

The King of the Forest, Totoro is a massive spirit of nature. Totoro is tied to nature and the world that cannot be seen by adults, and rules over the other spirits and sprites of rural Japan. His followers include other totoros, though they are much smaller than himself, and dust bunnies, small black sooty creatures that act as his spies of sorts. Totoro is a generally friendly sort who has a rather simple mind. He spends most of his time sleeping, and has a soft spot for children.

Totoro can only be found if he wants to be. He is invisible to adults, although his influence is all about them as his breath makes strong winds grow and the dances that he performs with his followers can make trees and other plants grow. He usually wanders about during the night and sleeps during the day. He takes his Catbus to various places around Japan during the nights, and children have been known to see him standing by bus stops. Despite his imposing size and loud snoring, Totoro is a friendly sort and tends to do his best to help those who need him, even if they cannot see him and do not believe in him.

In a game, Totoro has little use in the way of action or combat. Those who would attack him probably cannot see him, and he is not meant for combat purposes. He is best suited to light-hearted games, and can serve as a helper or just as comic relief.

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Random Blogness: RPG Superstar, round two

Posted in Pathfinder, Random Blogness, Role-Playing Games with tags , , on January 28, 2015 by Charlie Brooks
Shining Star

Shining Star, by Lilla Frerichs

As I mentioned previously, I’m in the top 32 for Paizo Publishing’s 2015 RPG Superstar contest. This round was designing a map, which I now know is extremely difficult. Voting has now opened to the public and will remain open until Monday.

If you have an account at Paizo.com, all you need to do is click here to view all 32 maps and select the 8 options that you would like to see advance to the next round. I certainly won’t complain if I’m one of those options – I’d love to be one of the top 16 who gets to design a new Pathfinder monster.

If you don’t have a Paizo.com account but do play Pathfinder and want a voice in the contest, you can click here to create an account. This gives you a chance to communicate with other gamers on the message boards, purchase products directly from Paizo…and, of course, vote in the RPG Superstar contest.

If you don’t have an account and aren’t interested in creating one, please just wish me luck!

Random Blogness: RPG Superstar!

Posted in Pathfinder, Random Blogness, Role-Playing Games with tags , , on January 22, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

Shield with FaceI had planned on using this update to showcase The Hero’s Breath, a magic item I created for the Pathfinder RPG. I had entered it into Paizo’s RPG Superstar contest, but I was expecting the same rejection I get every year around this time.

Well, surprise of surprises, I landed in the Top 32 of RPG Superstar 2015. Now I’m spending my free time this week frantically trying to put together a map that can advance me even further. Quite honestly, I think this is going to be the hardest round in the contest.

To view The Hero’s Breath and the commentary/criticism offered by those who judged it, click right here.

Voting for the next round gets underway on Tuesday, so I’ll post a link to a map which will hopefully impress, inspire, and get me into the Top 16.

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