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 Here you’ll find rants both childish and mature, fiction both published and unpublished, music, videos, and anything else that might wander across my brain.

Pathfinder Treasure Trove: Phoenix Fire Ring

Posted in Pathfinder, Role-Playing Games, The Treasure Trove on April 15, 2015 by Charlie Brooks
Song of the Phoenix

Song of the Phoenix, by Eireen

Aura strong conjuration; CL 13th
Slot ring; Price 26,600 gp; Weight —

This elegant gold ring is adorned with a large ruby carved to look like a phoenix. When worn, it functions as a ring of sustenance, showcasing a different power only on the death of the wearer or when placed on a corpse’s finger.

When worn by somebody who died, the ring bursts into flame 1d4 rounds after death or 1d4 rounds after the ring is placed on a corpse’s finger. The flames utterly consume the ring, but also restore the wearer to life as though the individual had been the target of a resurrection spell. The process is not without a degree of pain and peril, however – the phoenix fire that destroys the ring also deals 4d6 damage to the creator. This damage is applied after the resurrection has taken effect (i.e., after the wearer has been restored to full health), but in some cases it may still be enough to reduce the wearer to 0 hit points or below. If this happens, the individual’s body is thoroughly immolated, leaving no remains but a pile of ash.

An individual who benefits from the ring’s resurrection effect receives one permanent negative level, as per normal when subjected to the spell. However, if the individual was wearing the ring at the moment of death, the negative level is removed as though the wearer had received the benefit of a greater restoration spell. Individuals who received the ring after death receive the benefits of the resurrection (and the resulting fire damage) but not the greater restoration effect.

Construction
Requirements
 Forge Ring, create food and watergreater restorationresurrectionCost 20,800 gp
Special If a phoenix feather or 8 ounces of phoenix blood is used as an ingredient during the creation of this ring, the cost is reduced by 250 gp per hit die of the phoenix the reagent came from (5,000 gp for most phoenixes).

The Weirdness of Golden Age Batman

Posted in Comic Books, Comics, Humor, Rants with tags , , , , on April 13, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

Batman-1To somebody used to the grim and brooding modern Batman, Golden Age stories involving the Caped Crusader are fairly weird. From Batman’s occasional habit of gunning criminals down to the appearance of aliens and monsters every few issues, it’s safe to say that the Dark Knight took a few years to find his footing. Case in point: Batman #1 from 1940, which introduced the character of Catwoman, known then merely as the Cat.

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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.

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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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