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 Here you’ll find rants both childish and mature, fiction both published and unpublished, music, videos, and anything else that might wander across my brain.

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

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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