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 Here you’ll find rants both childish and mature, fiction both published and unpublished, music, videos, and anything else that might wander across my brain.

Gaming Stories: Return of the Deck of Many Things

Posted in Rants, Role-Playing Games, RPG Rants, Pathfinder, Gaming Stories with tags on January 11, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

Deck of Many ThingsFor more than 15 years now, one of my main GMing strategies when I run a D&D or Pathfinder campaign has gone something like this:

  1. Give the PCs the deck of many things.
  2. Wait for them to draw from it.
  3. Have fun with the results.

If I ever doubted that the deck of many things is the greatest magic item in the game, those doubts were dispelled at my last Pathfinder session. Continue reading

Q&A with Elizabeth Gracen, part two

Posted in Random Blogness, Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 22, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

ShalillyElizabeth Gracen has led a fascinating life filled with art in many different forms. What has she been up to in recent years? The second part of my interview with her covers the end of the Highlander franchise, her work as a director, and her debut as a fantasy novelist.

You can find the full interview on www.ChBrooks.com!

Click here for part two of the interview!

Q&A with Elizabeth Gracen, part one

Posted in Random Blogness with tags , , on November 21, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Amanda and MethosSo how accurate was my take on Highlander: The Raven? Elizabeth Gracen, who starred in that show and played Amanda in Highlander: The Series, already corrected me on one point and was gracious enough to answer some additional questions for me. Ms. Gracen provided her take on Highlander, the behind-the-scenes issues of The Raven, and the projects she’s taken on after stepping away from acting.

The interview comes in two parts on www.ChBrooks.com. Part one is now up and focuses mainly on how she got involved in the world of Highlander and what sort of issues plagued The Raven.

Check out part one of the interview here!

Delving into the Book of Erotic Fantasy: Wear Protection

Posted in Rants, Role-Playing Games, RPG Rants with tags , on November 15, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Book of Erotic FantasyOriginally posted on Sidekickcast.com

Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition introduced the Open Gaming License, which made huge chunks of the D&D rules open to third parties. It created thriving adventure lines, such as Dungeon Crawl Classics and even allowed the creation of competing games, such as Pathfinder. But by far one of the most simultaneously awesome and horrible products that emerged as a result of this license is the Book of Erotic Fantasy.

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Highlander: The Raven

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , on November 5, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Not exactly an image that fills me with a lot of hope...Originally published 1/19/11, updated 11/5/16

Question: What if you set out to make a TV show and every single person involved hated each other with the burning fury of a thousand exploding suns?

Answer: You’d have Highlander: The Raven.

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D&D and Pathfinder: What’s the Difference?

Posted in Pathfinder, Rants, Role-Playing Games, RPG Rants with tags , on October 11, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Pathfinder Dragon

Originally published on Sidekickcast.com

I tend to use Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder interchangeably. In a lot of ways, they’re the same game – after all, Pathfinder is directly derived from the 3rd edition D&D rules. At the same time, both games have evolved in different directions and provide a distinctly different feel at this point. If you’re looking to start a game using one of these systems, which do you choose?

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Weird Magic Items I Wish I’d Used

Posted in Pathfinder, Rants, Role-Playing Games, RPG Rants, Uncategorized with tags , on September 27, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

LiddaOriginally posted on Sidekickcast.com

Thanks to whatever weirdness inhabited the heads of Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax, fantasy gaming has some really bizarre stuff baked into its history. I’ve gamed long enough to use a lot of that weirdness (including my personal favorite, the deck of many things), but there’s still so much more out there. Here’s a quick list of some of the fun items in Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder that I’ve always wanted to slip into an adventure but have never quite been able to make fit. Continue reading