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Re: Character concepts that cry out for GM Vengeance

 

I'm kind of getting this one second-to-third hand, depending on how one defines it, but ...

 

Any character that would permit, much less encourage, a ten year old boy to brandish and utilize a firearm.

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Any character that would permit' date=' much less encourage, a ten year old boy to brandish and utilize a firearm.[/quote']

The seeds of his own demise built in, as it were.

 

GM: The ten-year-old just failed his weapon handling roll and accidentally shot your character in the head...

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Re: Character concepts that cry out for GM Vengeance

 

The Munchkin Manual Annex #4

 

Written by:

Roger Burton-West

Sean Desmond

Se/an Keane

Shaun Murrant

Thrashed into shape for this forum by me - no prizes for guessing which categories are crying out for GM, if not fellow player, vengeance:

 

Favourite character type:

 

Real Men: play Solos or Nomads

 

Real Role-players: play Fixers or Techies

 

Loonies: play Rockers, Politicians, Pizza-Delivery Men or Royal family poseur gangers

Munchkins: play Street Samurai or Psionic Vampires and play any character with +10 in special ability -- usually higher.

 

Favourite weapon:

 

Real Men: use the Militech Advanced Assault Rifle or United Nations Colonial marine corps M42 A2

Real Role-players: use light SMGs or use medium autopistols and light SMGs or use Glock 30s or Baretta M20-Fs with gun-cams

 

Loonies: use a .22 Gatling or donuts or a buzz hand on a grapple fist as a ranged weapon

 

Munchkins: use a Barrett-Arasaka 20mm cannon, modified for fully automatic fire, with a sawed-off barrel and a cut-down stock to fit under an armoured long coat or use the all-new 10mm man-portable railgun or, in a pinch, use an Anti-Matter Rifle or have a remote control pad for a lunar rail gun or two

 

Favourite armour:

 

Real Men: wear MetalGear

Real Role-players: wear a light armour jacket or Lawtech skintight

 

Loonies: wear a t-shirt and ripped jeans, wear armored opera cloaks or hide in armoured wheelie bins

 

Munchkins: get a Dragoon full-body conversion or wear ACPA Powered Armor

 

Favourite cyberware:

 

Real Men: like reflex boosts and smartgun link (is this a trick question?)

 

Real Role-players: like interface plugs and like inobvious cyberware

 

Loonies: like a forehead-mounted Mr Studd [TM] and like the Cyber-Bar in both legs

 

Munchkins: get a HumanityRestoraTron [TM], like the Full Body Conversions preferably the Dragoon model, with full inpatient therapy and really low Humanity Loss rolls, like Gemini Full body conversions (so they can fit into their ACPA) and get it fitted at the Scandinavian clinics so they get no humanity loss on average.

 

Favourite vehicle:

 

Real Men: AV-4 with gatling cannon

Real Role-players: Bicycles, Recumbent motorcycles or classic Harleys

 

Loonies: Advertising blimp, Pedicabs, Cyber skates

 

Munchkins: Punknaught with the works, with extra pepperoni or AV-9s with full military loads, or the M-6 Main Battle Tank

 

When cornered in a firefight:

 

Real Men: take out the REAL big gun and tell them to back off before they get hurt

 

Real Role-players: switch sides or shout "You have the right to remain silent......."

 

Loonies: click the heels of their combat boots together and say "there's no place like home".

Munchkins: break their Trauma Team card or call in a micro-Orbital strike

 

Favourite method of B&E:

 

Real Men: kick the door down and wonder where the other PCs have gone

 

Real Role-players: look under doormat for keys or use their B&E tools to casually but stealthily gain entrance

 

Loonies: ring the doorbell

 

Munchkins: use the Militech Plastic Explosive Delivery Service or use Militech or use detcord

 

Find employment as:

 

Real Men: Bodyguard

Real Role-players: Librarians, Fixers, console cowboys

 

Loonies: Quality Control personnel for Second Chance Armour Inc. or Rodent Control personnel in Night City

Munchkins: CEO (at age 15), CEOs of three major megacorps by the time they're twenty, set up their own corporation, and are rivals to

Arasaka and EBM combined within 2 years.

 

 

Nearest to a loony we currently have is a character who has a very distinctive red five-point star on his face (coloured skin graft), armed with a MonoKatana and leaves a star painted in the blood of those he's slain as an ego signature.

 

Nearest to a munchkin we have is a guy with natural REF of 10 plus Kerenzikov level 2 and Boostmaster (another +1 to REF), giving him REF of 13, Combat Sense 6 (only because I capped all skill levels at 6) subdermal weapons link, and a chip socket so he can run a "stutter chip" (so he can spray the area with machinegun fire and only hit those not designated as a "friend"). Oh, did I mention the custom weapon mods to give his pistol a +6 to hit? And the fact that his character is sadistic and psychopathic?

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Re: Character concepts that cry out for GM Vengeance

 

Gods save me from 15yr olds who want to play EXACT copies of Dante from Devil May Cry.

 

I was asked if my site had or would have such a character sheet. I said "who"?

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Gods save me from 15yr olds who want to play EXACT copies of Dante from Devil May Cry.

A quick google and I'm nearly up to speed.

 

Please explain, for the benefit of those of us who play RPGs rather than computer games, what Dante's vital stats are - aside from some stupid UberHollywood fighting techniques and running up walls?

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Re: Character concepts that cry out for GM Vengeance

 

The seeds of his own demise built in, as it were.

 

GM: The ten-year-old just failed his weapon handling roll and accidentally shot your character in the head...

 

Oh, it gets better. Got some new information about the game last night ... it was a laser, offered as a loaner from a vigilante/merc type.

 

So, at some point, in this game, Ben '10' Tennison is going to be running around brandishing a laser pistol while he waits for the Omnitrix to recharge (see Bloodstone's Ben 10 writeups, which the GM permitted him to use en toto).

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Oh, it gets better. Got some new information about the game last night ... it was a laser, offered as a loaner from a vigilante/merc type.

 

So, at some point, in this game, Ben '10' Tennison is going to be running around brandishing a laser pistol while he waits for the Omnitrix to recharge (see Bloodstone's Ben 10 writeups, which the GM permitted him to use en toto).

Is the Ben 10 character a PC or NPC in the game? Who determines how well or badly he does and who is likely to cop it if he screws up?

 

I take it the vigilante/merc type is the character who's just asking to be handed his own head with a side order of "you should have known better" and a heaped helping of "I told you so" for afters?

 

Edit: I've noticed I've passed the first mile-stone for "Forum Whore" - my post count now exceeds my age...

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Is the Ben 10 character a PC or NPC in the game? Who determines how well or badly he does and who is likely to cop it if he screws up?

 

I take it the vigilante/merc type is the character who's just asking to be handed his own head with a side order of "you should have known better" and a heaped helping of "I told you so" for afters?

 

Edit: I've noticed I've passed the first mile-stone for "Forum Whore" - my post count now exceeds my age...

 

It's a PC, so it's unlikely that there'll be an accidental shooting.

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???

Sometime's people cannot wrap their little brains around the simple concept of SFX vs. game effect.

 

I just rejected a character that had an indirect physical EB that represented a hovering drone (think fast, agile version of the death star interogator droid) that shoots baseballs. The character has missle deflection bought through a baseball bat focus, with reflection at any opponent limited to physical attacks. Now, this I could live with and I congratulated the player for coming up with a nicely themed character. I rejected it because the indirect was, get this, "only at self." No matter how hard I tried, or in how many ways, he couldn't understand that this could be bought simply as an EB that required both foci, with the special effect being that the drone fires the ball at him and then he hits it (for six). :stupid:

 

Sory about the cricket reference, but we don't really play or watch baseball here. Oddly, I really get into american footbal. *shrug*

COuld have used the "Requires Mutliple FOci for full effect" limiter...

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Re: Character concepts that cry out for GM Vengeance

 

A quick google and I'm nearly up to speed.

 

Please explain, for the benefit of those of us who play RPGs rather than computer games, what Dante's vital stats are - aside from some stupid UberHollywood fighting techniques and running up walls?

That would be it.

 

 

:D

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That would be it.

:D

 

In which case, so far as GM Vengeance is concerned, the best (or nastiest) would be to let the player have the character and let the other PCs have their "fun"...

 

It'd have the life-expectancy of a bleeding lamb in a piranha tank in one of my campaigns. My only hope would be that I'd have enough time to pour a drink, light a cigarette and get seated before the entertainment started.

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It's a PC' date=' so it's unlikely that there'll be an accidental shooting.[/quote']

There are ways and means. Always ways and means. A "miss" always hits something - it's up to the GM to decide what "somethings" are in range and assign the number values to them all. "3 to 6, you shoot yourself; 7 to 10, the bolt hits a wall and does minor damage; 11 or 12, you hit Bill..."

 

Chris's second (obnoxious but at least useful) character, Jake, had a habit of killing people to up the Kill Count displayed on his arm and the MedTech was getting seriously fracked off - to the point of saying to Jake "you *#$@ing kill one more person, I'm going to kill you."

 

Later, they're first on scene at an MVA, drunk driver slumped in seat. MedTech is tending to injured passenger in the back of the car, Jake decides to give the drunk the Learn. Opens door, drags out drunk and Chris says, "I hit him in the face but I pull my punch". He rolls a critical failure and I decide that there is no way on Earth he could miss a target being held up by one of his own arms so I say "you fail to pull the punch, roll damage please. Chris gulped, looked really worried and began to roll - and Jake was capable of considerable damage.

 

So, from the MedTech's point of view: He's leaning into the back of the car tending to the injured girl. Out of his peripheral vision he notes the driver's door open and a pair of hairy arms - one marked with a glowing subdermal kill counter - reach in and drag the driver out of the car. There is a sickening SPLAT and then two hairy arms - one marked with a glowing subdermal kill counter - carefully place the nearly headless corpse of the driver back in the seat and the driver's door shuts quietly.

 

Poor Chris, he was sure that Jake was going to be killed by the MedTech.

 

Deliberately killed, rather than the usual way our MedTechs kill other PCs....

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A quick google and I'm nearly up to speed.

 

Please explain, for the benefit of those of us who play RPGs rather than computer games, what Dante's vital stats are - aside from some stupid UberHollywood fighting techniques and running up walls?

Try this link, I find it explains it best. They didn't want to just play a character with his powers, they wanted to play this character. *Whimper* "Mummy. Make the bad gamer go away!":angst:

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Re: Character concepts that cry out for GM Vengeance

 

Oh, don't be a tease!

 

What does the MedTech do?

 

Pretty much what ghost-angel said. It's amazing what even a couple of failed rolls can do.

 

A couple of spectacularly failed rolls trying to stabilise mortally wounded people and one of our MedTechs (my wife) got a reputation that surpassed Dr Kevorkian (sp?).

 

After that, her rolls seemed to go to sh*t and the players were terrified they'd get into some action, get badly wounded by their enemies and then get killed by their own MedTech.

 

"I'll stabilise him."

"For God's sake, NO, we want him alive. I'll do first aid."

 

"We're under attack!"

"Find hard cover, we can't risk being wounded."

 

The PCs were even threatening the NPCs with "tell us what we want to know or we'll let our MedTech "heal" you."

 

This campaign she's playing a Techie and the one of the other players said to another "you sure you trust her to check out the AV?"

 

Don't worry, the AV didn't crash because she muffed her AV tech roll - t'was a seagull through the inlet nacelle that caused the "Unscheduled Descent" (and the players were praying that their pilot didn't fumble her emergency control roll.)

 

The MedTech who threatened to kill Jake if he murdered anyone else was previously confronted by a CyberTiger and in a spectacular Critical Success quick-drew, fired from the hip one handed with an assault weapon and obilterated the tiger. That was a high REP moment. He had also proved himself in combat on other occasions.

 

He didn't have my wife's "Dr Death" reputation but he was better known as a (deliberate) killer than a healer. No small wonder that Chris was fearing for his character's life.

 

"Don't f*ck with us, even our MedTech can out-shoot you!"

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There are ways and means. Always ways and means. A "miss" always hits something - it's up to the GM to decide what "somethings" are in range and assign the number values to them all. "3 to 6' date=' you shoot yourself; 7 to 10, the bolt hits a wall and does minor damage; 11 or 12, you hit Bill..."[/quote']

 

Well, admittedly I'm on second-hand knowledge on this one, so I'm really hoping that this is hyperbole rather than fact, but ...

 

The GM okay'd a character that amounted to Family Guy's Peter Griffin with the power to increase his density, both physical *and* mental in approximate proportion.

 

The dumber he gets, the stronger he gets.

 

So, I'm getting the distinct impression that this GM isn't going to grasp the concept of 'dramatic sense'.

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Try this link' date=' I find it explains it best. They didn't want to just play a character with his powers, they wanted to play this character. *Whimper* "Mummy. Make the bad gamer go away!":angst:[/quote']

 

2 words: Power Munchkin.

 

I'd load up all the other characters with things that can neutralise Dante's abilities (I'd bloody invent them if I have to) and can send him to some dimension whence he could never return. Five minutes of Dante-esque game play and any of my regular players would have no hesitation in using said artifacts (actually, could be quite a good "Team-Building Exercise" for the rest of the players...)

 

Of course, dimensional portals are tricky buggers and are likely to gobble up the artifacts along with "Dante" but such is life...

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Well, admittedly I'm on second-hand knowledge on this one, so I'm really hoping that this is hyperbole rather than fact, but ...

 

The GM okay'd a character that amounted to Family Guy's Peter Griffin with the power to increase his density, both physical *and* mental in approximate proportion.

 

The dumber he gets, the stronger he gets.

 

So, I'm getting the distinct impression that this GM isn't going to grasp the concept of 'dramatic sense'.

*gibber* :no:

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Oh, don't be a tease!

 

What does the MedTech do?

 

Sorry, I may have misconstrued your question when I answered it.

 

In the case of Jake accidentally pulping the drunk's cranium, the MedTech let it slide (so Jake lived to be killed by Mike's ex-Mafioso with the orbital crystal cyberarms and the impact-triggered forearm spike) - I think he would have happily punched the drunk's nose through the back of his skull, too - especially since the drunk, the wounded woman, the car load of people the drunk had hit, and the accident itself were all based on a real event at which the bloke who was playing the MedTech and I were first on scene.

 

Where the game digressed from reality was in the actions performed by the players.

 

IRL, the bloke who was playing the MedTech was not a paramedic but he was a first aider, as am I, so we rendered assistance as best we could and waited for the ambulance to arrive. IRL, we had to render assistance to the stupid drunk who had trashed a car full of young people returning from an office party (the driver of the second car was a designated sober driver) - fortunately none of whom were injured - and had seriously wounded a passenger in his own car - teeth through lip, broken shin-bone protruding through skin of leg. The drunk had suffered only superficial lacerations when he went through the windshield, owing to being so drunk that he flopped like a rag doll, but we had to tend to him and help the Ambos get him into the back of the ambulance - despite wanting to just "accidentally" drop him on the pavement.

 

I suspect a bit of the player crept into the character, enabling the MedTech to let Jake survive "just this once".

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Re: Character concepts that cry out for GM Vengeance

 

The dumber he gets, the stronger he gets.

 

Didn't something like this happen to Beast in X-Factor long long ago? (A bit of Google searching reveals that this is the case, according to rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks' FAQ)

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Didn't something like this happen to Beast in X-Factor long long ago? (A bit of Google searching reveals that this is the case' date=' according to rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks' FAQ)[/quote']

 

Similar, but in Beast's case, it was backwards; when he over-exerted himself, he lost some brain power. However, he didn't get it back when he calmed down.

 

And even at his dumbest, Beast was smarter than this guy ... when I say it's Peter Griffin, I mean it quite literally. A fat stupid white (censored) with dorky laugh and all. :P

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