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 Here you’ll find rants both childish and mature, fiction both published and unpublished, music, videos, and anything else that might wander across my brain.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

Posted in Pathfinder, Role-Playing Games, The Treasure Trove on July 27, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

Deck of Many ThingsThis artifact looks and functions very much like an ordinary deck of many things. The back of each card featured an intricate and ever-shifting ink pattern that seems at once to represent a viewer’s secret desires and a mocking grin. Those who look at the pattern for very long can almost hear a whispering voice urging them to draw a card. Continue reading

4 Great Character Introductions in Film

Posted in Film, Rants, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 12, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

Humphrey Bogart as Rick BlaineYou’ve got a great film hero and you’re just dying to make audiences fall in love with the character. How do you make that happen effectively? Introducing a character is no easy task, but it helps that there are dozens of examples of great introductions in film.

The best character introductions have a few things in common. They are efficiently shot, with nothing in the frame going to waste. They tell the audience the essentials about the character, usually without a lot of dialogue. And they get viewers invested not only in the character, but the film as a whole.

The list below is by no means comprehensive, but it represents what comes to my mind when I think of great character introductions. This being a purely subjective list, it is tinted heavily by my love of pop culture. That said, I do think that each of them stand out as great moments in cinema. Continue reading

Gaming Stories: The Ignominious Death of Machiavelli

Posted in Gaming Stories, Rants, RPG Rants, Uncategorized with tags on May 24, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

Carriage ChaseThis is a story about chaos and mismanaged expectations. It involves the death of a PC whose player had only started gaming two sessions ago. Somehow, my botched GMing didn’t drive him away from the tabletop for good and in fact became a tale that many who were there recall fondly.

The poor unfortunate PC was an elf named Machiavelli. I remember very little of the character himself, save for the fact that he had a Dexterity of 20, which will become relevant later. This game took place right at the start of 3rd edition D&D, so the fact that a 1st-level character could have a 20 in anything seemed amazing at the time.

The story doesn’t begin with Machiavelli, though. It begins with his adventuring companion Penelope. The same Penelope who killed a dryad and called it an evil tree spirit, who loves drawing from the deck of many things, and who turned into a magic sword. She’s been a constant agent of chaos in my setting for 17 years now. For her 18th birthday, I might buy the character sheet some lottery tickets and porn.

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Rogue One and the Disturbing Implications of Star Wars Droids

Posted in Film, Rants with tags on May 17, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

K-2SO(Spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story below.)

My wife and I recently watched Rogue One. Better late than never, after all. Happily, I found it to be a really good movie. That really puts it into above and beyond territory, because it could have been awful and still been worth watching just for the Vader scene at the end. Continue reading

Super Mario Pathfinder

Posted in Pathfinder, Role-Playing Games with tags , , , , , on May 2, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

Super Mario PathfinderI have a son who is getting interested in role-playing games. He is also extremely interested in the Mario franchise, to the point where he refers to himself as Mario. His sister gets to be Princess Peach, his mother gets to be Princess Daisy, and I’m stuck as Luigi.

Recently, I decided to fuse these two interests together, resulting in a Super Mario Brothers edition of Pathfinder.

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Pathfinder Bestiary: Poppy Leshy

Posted in Bestiary, Pathfinder, Role-Playing Games, Uncategorized on March 27, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

Poppy LeshyThis creature has a humanoid-looking upper body and bright red flowers atop its head. The bottom half of its body is concealed beneath leafy growths. Continue reading

The Goblin Problem: A Short Pathfinder Adventure

Posted in Pathfinder, Role-Playing Games with tags on February 27, 2017 by Charlie Brooks

GoblinThe goblins of the Greymire are nuisances, but they rarely cause trouble for the village of Ardyne. The freshwater swamp they live in offers plenty of food and distractions, meaning they usually stay away from big folk. Despite a few instances of stolen chickens or raided junk heaps, relations between the goblins and locals are about as peaceful as it gets. However, the two societies have never seen each other as allies…until now.

The old meat and piles of garbage surrounding the goblin home have attracted some deadly pests – a flock of stirges. Afraid of the blood-sucking beast, the goblins have taken shelter and sent one unlucky soul to seek help.

“The Goblin Problem” is a short adventure for four 1st-level Pathfinder characters. It is specifically designed for younger players, featuring plenty of room for nonviolent solutions for those who wish to pursue them. However, it is also suitable for older, more experienced players. Continue reading