Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Freeform Serenity: Showboat

My good friend Simon has written another Serenity freegame for 32 players that we will run at Tentacles Omega convention that takes place in a castle above the Rhine Valley in Germany this weekend.

I have assisted with the writing, along with Colin, as well as producing of some of the props and items for the game.
Trouble is Simon has just out-classed us all with those masks below that he has made today!

Here is the blurb for the game:
Serenity/Firefly: Showboat!
by Simon Bray, Darran Sims and Colin Driver

In the inky dark of the Black a small transport ship drifts into view alongside a huge cruise ship bound for the Rim.
"Out in the black it's not all broken down boats, Reavers and space dust, hell that's only half of any story. Not all the high and mighty Core dwellers stay at home you know, some come out here into the Rim, looking for adventure and beauty away from the sterility that the Alliance has to offer. All aboard their fine showboats and cruise ships they ride out in the lap of luxury. They bring with them shiny purses full of credits, cases full of fancy medicines and a might of other secrets to. Of course such a pretty little box of goodies comes with a lock or two, all as you need is the right key," said the Captain. He grinned at the beautiful courtesan at his side who returned his smile with a petulant sneer.
"I would expect no less from you, this is my business, not yours," she gracefully snarled as she stormed from the room.
"Then again some boxes are just pure trouble when they are opened, just look at that one of Pandora's. I would say that a ship full of tourists, parliamentary lobbyists, alliance guards and such forth, looks like a mighty box of trouble," said the older man from the doorway clutching his chest; the Doctor stood looking worried as usual at his side.
The Captain just smiled his boyish grin, "You know how much I was hoping you would say that old friend?"
"Are we there yet? I thought you said you could get me there on time," said the passenger from the top of the gantry. "I have very important business, and must not be late. Also I want to discuss a refund, this ship is infested if you ask me."
"Cleanest ship in the Verse!" snapped the Captain defensively "Tell him Doc!"
"We're just *cough!* about to dock *cough!* sir," choked the pilot.
All aboard the luxury cruise ship "Venturer", where the rich, famous and fortunate live like kings in the height of luxury. On this very ship the Alliance is conducting a passionate debate to decide the future of the Verse. But riches and politics attract less wholesome folks like flies around honey.

Play a space rogue, courtesan, politician, special agent or valiant captain in this game of daring exploits, devious politics and deadly secrets. This is a game of good role-playing; newcomers are always welcome but only if they are coming to chew scenery and make this game go with a bang. Costuming a necessity and turning up on the day even more so

Reaver Masks by Simon Bray

Hopefully it will not give too much plot away by showing these!

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Sunday Scimitar - 11

So I haven't posted a Sunday Scimitar picture for a while due to being away on holiday so here is another one.
This one is another Chinese sword with a curved handle, a board blade with a wide tip and a single deep fuller.


Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Midweek Character - Ruby

o I haven't posted for a while due to being away on holiday so here is a tasty character to play.

Ruby is a fantastic character in the Supernatural TV series, a wicked character with a possible heart of gold. She is also one of the player characters in my Supernatural HeroQuest game that takes place at Tentacles Omega 2009.
She is a suitable foil for the Winchester brothers and should be able to hold her own in the game even though she is almost an antagonist.


Ruby's Story

"Anyone got a breath mint? Some guts splashed in my mouth while I was killing my way in here..."

"Well... they killed your precious little virgin too! Next time... we do MY plan"

Ruby, a feisty blonde, is a demon with demonic abilities such as enhanced strength and inhuman durability; however she is vulnerable to most weaknesses of demons.

Ruby is a skilled fighter, forgoing telekinesis that other demons use, she tends to rely on martial arts.

During her time as a witch, she gained extraordinary knowledge of magic. She knows how to nullify the effects of hex bags, as well as how to create them to hide her presence from supernatural beings. She knows a spell capable of wiping out all demons - including herself - within a mile radius.

Ruby possesses a mysterious and magical "demon-killing" knife.

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Demon Possessed Female



Vulnerable To Weaknesses of Demons


Enemy To All Demons

Once Human



Forgo Easy Way


Rely On Mundane Way


Distrusts Dean

Hated By Other Demons

Mentor to Sammy

Rival of Bela Talbot

Suspicious of Bobby Singer


Create Hex Bags

Demonic Abilities


Enhanced Strength

Extraordinary Knowledge of Magic

Extensive Knowledge of Supernatural

Feisty Blonde

Gain Magic

Hide Presence From Supernatural Beings

Inhuman Durability

Knows Martial Arts

Knows Spells

Nullify Hex Bags

Nullify Magical Effects

Possesses Magical Artefacts

Skilled Fighter


Wipe Out All Demons Within A Mile


Arcane Paraphernalia

Demon Killing Knife

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Sunday Scimitar - 10

So this is a fantasy scimitar, a Lunar one judging by the Moon rune on the hand guard.
This is a solid sword with one cutting edge. The majority of the blade is straight with only the blade tip curved.


Saturday, 2 May 2009

[WIP] 3D map of Dragon Lands of Glorantha. Part 2

I have done some work on this map having done the western hills and finished off the mountains.
I am working on a few samples of the swamp that I'll post up soon.


Dragon Lands of Glorantha - isometric sketch-02

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