Pearce Shea of Games With Others has been known to blurt out pretty, clever little things that make me squeal with glee.
The latest is Monsterparts, a game of children facing down the nightmare apocalypse while their parents fuss over toast and the morning paper.
Yes, I know you want to play it, we all do. Here are some extra Special Things and Secrets.
|1d20||(d4 uses each)|
|1||Box with the Body of your Goldfish (One Use Only)
Its ghost can swim through the streams of time, up to 5 days into the past or future. If you whisper a 3 word message into its mouth, when the ghost arrives it will flop to the floor and blow a big wet bubble that releases the message when it pops.
Spraying it in a bad thing's face will paralyse them for d2 Turns with a coughing fit.
|3||Cousin Judith's Crayons
Judith is such a good drawer, she told you if you use these crayons maybe you'll be as good as her some day. Anything drawn with the crayons lifts itself up and becomes real for a Turn.
When you're lost will lead you in the right direction if you Walk the Dog.
|5||Ugly Knitted Sweater from Grandma
Will absorb an attack and wound the bad thing that tried to hurt you.
Will punch a hole right through the blackest nightmare.
|7||Battered old Blankie
+3 AC when wrapped around you.
|8||Nudie Magazine from Dad's Shed (Truant Only)
Can be used to bribe tough/cool/bad kids for information or help.
|9||Baby Winklefoot's Book of Bedtime Stories (Studious Only)
When read, will force any bad thing that hears it to sink back into the earth to sleep for a Turn.
Will defend you with the strength of a Tough kid to the death or the end of 3 Rounds, whichever comes first.
|11||Dead Girl's Diary
If you say nice things about the girl who owned it, will reveal helpful information.
|12||Magic Decoder Ring
Helps you read things you can't understand.
When worn, you roll two damage dice.
Reveals the true form of anything you look at.
Hisses and spits with static when bad things are near. Can be used to shout a single word at one of your friends wherever they are d4 times before it stops working altogether.
|16||Big Fat Wad of Trading Cards
You've been collecting these things forever. When laid out on the ground they form a barrier that bad things can't cross. 30' worth.
It's hard to bring someone down when they're wearing their lucky underpants. When you're in a bad place or being chased, there's a 50% chance each Round that your EP aren't reduced.
They can get into places you can't to unlock doors or steal things or scope it out.
How? Uh, because they're imaginary?
|19||Ballerina Music Box
While it's playing, bad things can't come within 30' of you for a Turn. During that time you can't lose EP and can rest or eat if you need to.
|20||Cereal Box Harmonica
Calls any neighbourhood dogs in the area to come to your aid.
|1||When you look at your shadow it seems to run in the direction of old Mr. Broomhower's house. He used to be an explorer or a doctor or a librarian or something and he never opens the gate that surrounds his huge dilapidated home.|
|2||You've seen that kid Dale from Mrs. Corrigan's class eating dirt and bugs. He keeps getting fatter and fatter, no one else seems to notice.|
|3||The run-down Joke Shop in town has been doing a lot more business lately, but children never go there, only adults. It stays open at all hours of the night.|
|4||Old Mrs. Rumfeld never closes her doors or windows anymore, and at night the house is full of green light.|
|5||The Principal is organising a school excursion to the abandoned coal mine, but it's been boarded up for years. Your mum just told you she sent in your permission slip.|
|6||Mrs. Russell hasn't stopped smiling since her husband died. Even while she's crying, she never stops smiling.|
|7||Plain Jane Richards brought a box of kittens to school for show-and-tell, she says her cat Miffy gave birth to them last night. Your dad ran over Miffy last week.|
|8||Words form in your cereal every morning. You've been writing them down and they seem to be a warning about something that is going to happen today, but it won't say what until tomorrow.|
|9||Birds have stopped perching in the big tree in the middle of the park. The old men that feed the ducks just stand there staring up at the tree.|
|10||Pink fungus is growing around the janitor's closet at school. The janitor hasn't been to work in a week and the fungus is starting to spread.|
|11||The Haversham's have no eyes, just bored out holes where they ought to be. They've been hosting dinner parties all week and their guests always leave without eyes. Your mum just got off the phone to Mrs. Haversham, you've all been invited over for dinner.|
|12||All the people eating at the diner have grey oily bubbles that curve out from the back of their heads. Soon you can see the bubbles all the time. Soon they never leave the diner.|
|13||Joey McNeil keeps telling everyone about the presents his grandfather has been bringing him, but Joey's grandfather died three years ago..|
|14||Amy's parents send her to school with nothing but jelly cups for lunch. She always has more than she can eat and is happy to share. She's starting to look a bit like jelly herself.|
|15||The Peterson's dog looks more scruffy than it used to, like its fur doesn't fit right, and during the day it's always sitting in the middle of their porch. It looks like it's smiling.|
|16||Chris Matthews has always been a big mouth liar but he says he was hiding in the park and saw Alice's dad swallow Doctor Phillips then lie there like a huge pregnant lady. But you saw both of them today and they didn't look swallowed or pregnant to you. They do seem weird though, and your dad says you have to see Doctor Phillips this weekend to get a tetanus shot.|
|17||The church is having extra services on Tuesdays now, but they don't allow kids. The old ladies glare at you as they leave.|
|18||Your dad has been staying up all night at his computer. When you watch him strange colours dance all over his face while he stares at the screen, not even typing. If you move to look at the monitor it's just a blue screen.|
|19||While you're watching TV the weatherman starts to cry and outside it starts to rain.|
|20||Black frogs keep swimming up from the pipes and into the toilet whenever you try to go to the bathroom. When you went over to Tim's house they nearly filled the bowl.|
Very nice. I too was inspired by that post. On a different note: what do yo use to create your site? Some template, or did you do it yourself? I like the minimalistic approach. Works really well. And what App/Widget are you using for the comments that allow you to log in with G+?
I designed the site myself, but the G+ login is a plugin called WordPress Social Login.
I love these. The imaginary friend, in particular, is ingeniously simple and well attuned for the subject matter.
I’m curious how you would handle the time traveling goldfish. Time travel is such a tricky concept. What happens when a player sends a fish to yesterday to tell her past self to turn right on Mulburry lane, rather than left? Do you actually roll back the campaign and replay that section, or does the GM just fiat the result of any altered actions?
I did some pondering over that myself actually, but I think it would depend on the situation as to how I would handle it.
Some things would likely be simple enough to just change an aspect of the current time, e.g. “You reach into your pocket and pull out your mother’s brooch, good thing Bubbles arrived thismorning to tell you to bring it”, whereas others might require rolling everything back and replaying from that moment, or it could be resolved with a quick discussion between me and the players about what they would have been likely to do with the new piece of information back then, and alter the present accordingly.
Fuckin’ time travel amiright? There’s a reason I made it One Use Only.