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 Here you’ll find rants both childish and mature, fiction both published and unpublished, music, videos, and anything else that might wander across my brain.

Random Blogness: Eye Horror

Posted in Random Blogness with tags , , , , on August 21, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

Eye CloseupI’m trying out contacts for the first time in my life. I’ve been wanting to wear contacts for at least 15 years, but my severe astigmatism makes my corneas look like Madonna’s pointy bra from the 1990s. Special weighted lenses have always cost too much.

However, technology marches on and has brought the price of those lenses down while my salary has increased significantly over the years. At 18, I lived on a sack of potatoes and some Mountain Dew for a week. Now in my mid-30s, I have enough disposable income that I can buy my kids a sack of potatoes every day if I wanted to – yes, I’m pretty wealthy if wealth is measured in the number of consecutive days you can buy bulk potatoes. Also, I can now afford those long sought-after contact lenses.

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The Original Death of Superman

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , on August 17, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

The death of Superman is an iconic moment in comics that brought a new level of introspection and insight to comics. It should rightfully be regarded as a true classic.

Doomsday

No, not that one. I’m talking about the original death of Superman, which was an “imaginary story” (basically DC’s version of Marvel’s “What-If” comics) that occurred in Superman #149.

Green Kryptonite

All that plotting…and the best line he could come up with is “You’re in super-trouble?”

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Rogues Gallery: Aewen Rhevara

Posted in Pathfinder, Rogues Gallery, Role-Playing Games with tags , on June 22, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

Aewen RhevaraBorn on the fringes of the Mwangi Expanse, Aewen spent most of her early life struggling for food and doing her best to try and make ends meet with her family. Game was scarce, and those seasons which were fruitful were often spent in competition with other elven tribes or the various deadly creatures of the jungle.

That all changed shortly after Aewen reached her 100th birthday and learned that she had an uncle who had had a successful career with the Pathfinder Society. Like many Pathfinders, this uncle had met an early end, but not before he accumulated a great deal of wealth through his career. The uncle left this inheritance to the Rhevara family, but on one strange condition: that the eldest daughter enter the priesthood of Sarenrae.

Despite her initial unwillingness, Aewen left for the church, leaving the wealth for the rest of her family. When exposed to the teachings of the sun goddess, she found herself gradually won over by the religion and eventually became a fervent follower of Sarenrae. This faith in turn brought divine magic, and she has enjoyed the life of a cleric since.

Although her faith has provided her with a spiritual sanctuary, Aewen has never really experienced a life of comfort and has a secret greedy streak that she tries to keep hidden. She has recently left the priesthood to pursue a life of adventure and hopes to accumulate a great deal of treasure for herself before returning to the Mwangi Expanse in what she hopes will be the comfortable retirement her uncle never got. Greed can sway Aewen, although her devotion to Sarenrae has held true and kept her on the path of good. How long that can last, and how well she can survive a perilous life of adventure long enough to enjoy the wealth she hopes to gain, remains to be seen. Continue reading

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.

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

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