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 Here you’ll find rants both childish and mature, fiction both published and unpublished, music, videos, and anything else that might wander across my brain.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

Posted in Humor, Pathfinder, Rants, RPG Rants with tags on September 6, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Flumph and GoblinsOriginally posted on Sidekickcast.com

If you’re a fan of role-playing games, you probably got introduced to the game through a little thing called Dungeons & Dragons. It may have come by a different name back then, such as Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, but the general gist remains the same. In my unscientific study, about 99% of gamers were found to have come into the hobby via some iteration of D&D.

I’ve hopped around a lot in the RPG hobby, and while I got off the D&D train, my current game of choice, Pathfinder, is an extremely close cousin of the world’s first role-playing game. While there are a lot of reasons I tend to stick close to the D&D tradition, one of the major ones is the oddball humor that the game’s history is steeped in.

I like a good beer and pretzels game, where the play is fairly casual and the jokes are frequent. And when it comes to D&D-style fantasy, the jokes have been baked into the game for decades now.

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Frog is a Dream-Stealing Monster that Must be Stopped!

Posted in Fake Rants, Rants with tags , , on August 16, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Frog and ToadMy wife just finished up production of A Year with Frog and Toad, a play based on the Frog and Toad stories written by Arnold Lobel. If you haven’t read Lobel’s books, I’m sorry your parents neglected you.

The play taught me two things. First, Arnold Lobel had a terrific wit. His simple stories about friendship are filled with wry irony and clever twists. Second, the play made a huge deviation from Lobel’s stories by turning Frog into a manipulative dream monster. Continue reading

Captain America is Ruined Forever! (But Not Really)

Posted in Comic Books, Comics, Rants with tags , , , on May 27, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Steve Rogers Captain America #1After several years of not being Captain America, Steve Rogers has once again donned his iconic blue suit, albeit with a few changes to the overall look.

Oh yeah…there’s one other big change to the original Captain America – one which, according to many people on the Internet, ruins him forever.

Since Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 only hit shelves this week, I’ll add an off-topic spoiler space for those who want a chance to be surprised by the big twist.

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Second Position

Posted in Fiction, Short Stories with tags , , on April 11, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

BalletForget about your bleeding toenail. Forget about muscles that want to betray you. Forget about the you entirely. Right now, you’re nothing but the dance.

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Pathfinder Bestiary: Mortality Devil (Kumashi)

Posted in Bestiary, Pathfinder, Role-Playing Games on February 29, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Mortality DevilThis robed figure appears to be a young, vital-looking woman. Her face, however, has a jawline of naked bone and slitted,snake-like eyes.  Continue reading

Pathfinder Bestiary: Yumerai

Posted in Bestiary, Pathfinder, Role-Playing Games on February 15, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

ElfaThis gray-skinned woman stands has webbed feet and hands that make her limbs seem out of proportion to the rest of her body. Her bright yellow eyes constantly dart to and fro, as though watching the movement of something that isn’t there.
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Nitpicking Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Posted in Film, Nitpicking Movies, Rants with tags on January 25, 2016 by Charlie Brooks


Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher's_Stone_DVD_CoverHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
(or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for we dumb Americans) is my favorite film from the Harry Potter series that I’ve seen because it’s the story that feels the most like an introduction to a magical world rather than yet another fantasy tale about a chosen one facing off against a great evil. Like all the films, it does a pretty good job of adapting J.K. Rowling’s original work and features an amazing cast that not only introduced the world to the likes of Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson but also included such great stars as Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris, and more. It’s a fun time and a good movie, so now I’m going to spend some time bitching about nitpicky details.    Continue reading