Here are some new Game Master Characters (GMCs) for your Feng Shui 2 game. Despite the title, Mook Monday is not just mooks. We will cover a variety of featured foes and bosses as well. In keeping with this week’s urban jungle theme, we have some urban trouble makers to challenge your players.
Mook Monday: Urban Jungle
DRUNKEN RIOTERS (8/13/5)
Oh no, the local sportsball team lost. Or these days, maybe the team won. Perhaps the crowd was just manipulated by propaganda or foul sorcery. In any case, the streets are filled with drunken rioters who will probably feel ashamed of their behavior in the morning. The characters will want to use discretion and non-lethal force against these guys, as they go after the bad guys who started the riot in the first place. Because they are drunk and not warriors, these nooks have a lower defense than normal. Damage: 8 (stick), 7 (punch)
DOCK WORKERS (8/13/5)
These guys don’t want you poking your noses into other people’s cargo. Damage: 9 (assorted, heavy, blunt objects)
DOCK WORKERS (8/13/5)
These guys don’t want you poking your noses into other peoples cargo. Damage: 9 (assorted, heavy, blunt objects)
SECOND STORY THIEF
As a professional in the illicit acquisitions industry, the thief might be a friend, or opponent of the characters. Or both. She doesn’t do wet work, and prefers to avoid confrontation if at all possible. In the world of Feng Shui that is rarely possible.
This hood seemed destined to be a nobody until a strange man taught him a little magic. Every once in a while the strange man’s friends request a favor, but that’s stuff the hood would do anyway. Right?
Weapons: Blast (10), Colt King Cobra (11/3/5) Bonus Schticks: Magnetic blast, Exemplary prostrations
MOOK MONDAY: PIRATES AND SHARKS
29 September, 2014
It’s Mook Monday again and this week’s theme is beach front battles. So, what sort of ocean bad guys spring to mind? Pirates, of course. Because of the power of Chi, we have both undead historical pirates and not dead yet modern ones. And sharks. Don’t forget the sharks.
SKELETAL PIRATES (8/13/5)
Maybe they only look skeletal under the light of the moon, or maybe they are always skeletal. In any case, these nooks crew ghostly pirate ships and protect long buried treasure.
Damage: 9 (cutlass, knives, boat hooks, etc.)
MODERN PIRATES (8/13/5)
These guys are never skeletal and carry AK-47’s instead of cutlasses. If the characters have vehicles, then you might want to give a couple of these guys RPGs as well.
Damage: 13 (AK-47)
A SHIVER OF SHARKS (8/13/5)
In real life, these sharks are probably too small to bother with people. In Feng Shui 2, a group of them might go into a blood frenzy when somebody gets too far into the water.
Damage: 10 (bite)
MODERN PIRATE BOSS
Leading a band of modern pirate nooks, the boss captains a small, high-speed boat. While he gets a bigger share of any loot that his nooks, he still passes most of his gains up to this boss. Organized crime is the same world over. Even though he is in charge of his boat, he doesn’t have any actual leadership skills. That is what Intimidate is for.
Weapons: UZI (10) or Amsel Striker (13), knife (8) Vehicle: Powerboat (7/6/6) Skills: Drive 13, Intimidate 11 Driving Schticks: Pedal to the Metal, Ram Speed I
GREAT WHITE SHARK
If the bad guy has a lair on or near the ocean, there are probably a couple of big sharks hanging around. A steady diet of failed minions will do that. They might also be trolling around pirate-infested waters, tropical lagoons or any beach front location that might otherwise be too boring.
Undead pirate hordes need a captain. This captain will most likely be found on his ghost ship, which is more location than vehicle.
Weapons: Cutlass (9), Several black powder pistols (7/3/6) Skills: Guns 15, Leadership 14, Intimidation 13 Resistances: Will 10 Creature Schticks: Regeneration 1 Foe Schticks: Ablative Lackey, Auto Re-Arm, Back to the Wall, Furious Wrath
MOOK MONDAY: HOLLYWOOD STARS
06 October, 2014
Ah, the glitz of Hollywood. Home to the stars that entertain us and the mass of wannabes who fill roles like “Zombie #1” and “Falling off ledge guy.” Here is a collection of Hollywood’s finest.
ORC EXTRAS (8/13/5)
A mass of scary looking monsters, with scars, lesions, boils and deformities distributed across their latex prosthetic bodies. If they are prepared for trouble, their weapons won’t be the rubber prop kind.
Damage: 5 (rubber prop swords and axes), 10 (real swords and axes)
There are many people in the secret war who can blow things up in a big way. The pyrotechnician specialized in blowing them up just enough. There is good money making small explosions look big for Hollywood. There’s even better money in side jobs for anybody who needs something to have less of a presence in the world.
Weapons: Colt King Cobra (11/3/5), C4 bombs (as grenade) Skills: Sabotage 17, Intrusion 13 Foe Schticks: Explosive Vest The Best Laid Plans: If the pyrotechnician has time to prepare a building, he can lace it with explosives. During a subsequent fight, he can make a single attack using his Sabotage skill against all opponents. Base damage for this attack is 18 as explosions rock the building collapses around the attackers. At the GM’s discretion, non-building locations can be similarly prepared.
Gladly trading her beauty and talent for the money and influence offered by the Lodge, the starlet is no pushover. She will to fight to keep her position in society. However, redemption may not be out of the question.
It is Mook Monday during Vile Sorcery week. That can only mean one thing: demons! Here are 4 terrible demons, inspired by a few classic Shadowfist cards. There are only 2 posts left before the end of the Feng Shui Kickstarter. Check back Wednesday for a collection of sorcerous weapons, and Friday for our capstone Feng Shui site of this series.
MOSQUITO DEMONS (8/13/5)
Travelling in swarms, these demons look like chocked sized mosquitos, swollen with mauve colored fluid, and large claws for grabbing their victims for a bite. When somebody kills one of these demons, they explode in a gross mass of goo. If a hero kills one of these demons at close range, as determined by the GM, that hero must make a Fortune check with a difficulty of 4 or be affected by the Fowl Spew creature schtick.
BLOODY HORDE (8/13/5)
Members of the horde appear human, except for their total lack of skin. This allows you to see their well-defined musculature.
Damage: Spiked Club(10)
The Abysmal Absorber looks like a giant dog with no head but 6 eyes on its body. Oh yeah, and 6 tentacles that end in sucking lamprey like mouths.
Weapons: Lamprey mouth tentacle (9) Creature Schticks: Blood Drain Soul Absorption: Any time the Abysmal Absorber inflicts a Mark of Death on a hero, the absorber regains 5 wound points for every Mark of Death the hero now has (5 on the first mark, 10 on the second, etc.).
TWO HUNDRED KNIVES OF PAIN
Some supernatural creatures are schooled in the Hell of Piercing. This demon is its headmaster. Two-hundred razor sharp spines protrude from the green skin of his arms, tail and head. The cuts they leave are numerous and painful. When attacking, THKP uses his speed and skillful attacks to leap in and destroy an opponent before they can attack him in return.
Weapons: Spines(11) Creature Schticks: Natural Weapon, Schooled in the Hell of Piercing Foe Schticks: Don’t Turn Your Back
Welcome to the jungle We take it day by day If you want its you’re gonna bleed But it’s the price you pay
Guns N’ Roses
The urban jungle. That’s the theme of my Feng Shui 2 blog posts over the next week. The crowded streets of Hong Kong are the default setting for Feng Shui; but the Chi War might play out in Tokyo, New York, London, or San Francisco. Any large metropolitan area has lots of people, and they’re Chi, making them vital in the Secret War. I’ve got a few articles from the mean streets of the world to share with you over the next week. Opening the series are two Feng Shui sites — the City Park and the Night Market.
Most communities have a park of some kind. In a small town, like mine, it might be a simple lawn with a bandstand. In a large city, the park might be huge. Central Park, in New York, is 843 acres. Of course, most parks have benches, walkways and a monument or two. Large ones might also have water features, playgrounds, food carts, or anything else expressing the values of the local community.
A park is often the hub of a community. In a happy, prosperous community, everybody might be attuned to the park and not even know it. Cities with a strong or corrupt government might have a tighter control of the chi flow through the park and keep its benefits for themselves.
Cool Things that Can Happen
If you think about a park as a big lawn, it might seem like a boring place for a fight. But, look closer and you will find lots of possibilities.
Acrobatics on the playground equipment
A large, heavy character steps on the see-saw and sends a nook flying
Somebody gets slammed into a lamp pole
A park bench becomes an improvised weapon
The hot dog cart has steaming hot water and condiments
Somebody gets impaled on the sword or bayonet held by the status of that famous guy
Or that spiky bit on that modern sculpture nobody actually likes
Somebody gets thrown into a pond
The swans in that pond, they are mean. All swans are mean.
If the park is crowded, innocent bystanders might get used as hostages
Not just any bystanders, a couple is getting their wedding photos taken
Also, that old guy, practicing T’ai Chi, don’t mess with him
The chi flow of city park is both subtle and generous. While control of its chi does not grant any special powers, being a member of the community that controls the park grants the benefits of attunement. No special ritual is necessary.
In Your Campaign
When using the city park in your campaign, focus on its role as the central hub in a community.
A small city has seen a revitalization in recent years, after renovating its central square. New grass, flowers, a playground seemed to lift the community’s spirits. New business have come into town, schools are doing better, in short things are better than they have been since the mills closed decades ago.
As if sensing the new prosperity, a group of thugs has come looking for a new place to sell their drugs. Perhaps one of the factions sent them to capture the park’s chi; or perhaps they are not aware they are capitalizing on an auspicious site.
In either case, somebody connected with one of the PC’s melodramatic hooks, comes to them looking for help, restoring order to the community.
Somebody the PC’s care about disappeared in the city park. Investigation shows that there have been several other disappearances in recent weeks. Turns out a group of vile sorcerers has been feeding people to the demon that is hiding in the bottom of the Koi pond. With each meal it grows stronger, taking more of the park’s chi for itself. Somebody has to come and kick this thing’s ass back to the hell from which it came. I wonder who that could be?
The city park is all decked out to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the city’s founding. Everything seems to be going well until strange people in antique clothes show up. It is clear they are mad about something.
Turns out that a portal to a pop-up juncture, 100 years ago, has opened up somewhere in the park. The citi’s founding fathers wronged these people somehow, and they aren’t coming through to negotiate. Meanwhile, other enemies of the park’s controllers may be trying to go back through the portal to stop the city, or at least the park, from ever being founded.
The frenetic energy of the night market is palpable, even for those unaware of chi. When the sun sets, normal daytime thoroughfares become bustling bazaars. Stalls emerge from nowhere, with vendors selling xiaochi, snack foods, drinks, produce and manufactured goods of all kinds. Bright lights and banners try to attract attention, but end up just creating more chaos and noise.
Cool Things That Can Happen
Advertising banners hang from everywhere. They can be torn down and used to entangle opponents, or obscure vision
Strings of electric lights are, well, electric
Two words: hot noodles
A merchant is selling boot leg martial arts DVDs. The covers might inspire mooks to feats of foolish bravado
Crowds get in the way during a chase
Are those fried scorpions on a stick?
Of course, they were fried in hot oil
The loud TV outside the discount electronics shop will be much quieter after being broken over somebody’s head
Down that street. Hardware, children’s wear, ladies’ lingerie
A number of stalls sell fruits which become messy improvised weapons
Not only is the scrappy kid familiar with the market well, she fits under most of the carts and booths
One stall sells plastic martial arts weapons. You know, for the tourists
The Chi of the night market is powerful, but hard to tame. It is difficult to control such a large area with so many independent businesses. Even local gangs have competition in the area. However, attuning to the market is worth it. Everybody attuned has their wealth level increased by one level. If they are already rich, then they are even richer — whatever that means in your campaign.
Once attuned, losing that attunement hurts. If you lose control, then you lose a level of wealth, in addition to the one you gained with initially. If you were already poor, now you are really destitute. Once you attune to a new site, your wealth level will revert to normal.
In Your Campaign
There is no better spot to meet someone in a public, but an anonymous place. The night market is also excellent for evading pursuit. Finally, you can buy just about anything you need here.
The lodge offers to let the PC’s attune to the night market in exchange for a “small” favor. Maybe they are sincere, but probably not. More likely, the lodge will do something to break their attunement then kick the characters hard when they are down.
The players are likely to see this coming, but can they capitalize on the opportunity without being destroyed?
Li Ting, the King of the Fire Pagoda, is trying to establish a night market in the Netherworld. He is hoping to gain control over illicit trade between junctures for both power and profit. Of course his siblings won’t approve, but how do the other factions feel? There are pros and cons to centralizing trade in one area. It might make some things easier, and there is big profit if you can get a cut.
The Feng Shui 2 Kickstarter is going gangbusters. We, the fans, have unlocked all the archetypes and the second pop-up juncture is coming soon. Related to this post, Atlas Games announced the Fistfull of Fight Scenes expansion. Seven cool set pieces for your adventures, with tips for fighting in them and plot hooks for your campaign. While creating a set piece in Feng Shui is pretty easy, having examples for inspiration is always helpful. I hope this week’s location inspires something awesome in your game.
Beach Front Battles
Beach Front Battles is the theme for the week. On Mook Monday, we’ll have some undead pirates and sharks to defend the beach. Wednesday will wrap up the week with three awesome water-related weapons your characters can use to storm the beaches. But now we’ll kick the week off with a feng shui site inspired by a classic Shadowfist card.
Deep orange light reflects off the fine sand as the sun sets against the ocean’s distant horizon. The gentle lapping of the surf and the distant cry of a seagull are all that you can hear. The day fades to darkness as you settle into the tall grasses covering the dune. Turning on your night vision, you peer out into the darkness. Slow, lumbering shapes crawl out of the ocean and work their way up the sand. Flippers made for swimming work to push aside the sand, making a hole large enough for a hundred eggs. Turning your gaze out to sea, you see two boats making their way towards the shore. As usual, the New Simian Army’s timing couldn’t be worse.
Sea turtles are found in tropical waters all over the world, including the hotly contested South China Sea. Sea turtles are cute and lovable. You don’t want them to become victims of the Chi War.
COOL THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN
The Ex-Special Forces member should rise out of the ocean firing the biggest gun he can find
The immunity bonus for soft sand or water is +2
Sand will get thrown in somebody’s face
Salt water must hurt when it gets into wounds
Dune buggies vs. jet skis
Coconuts can be thrown or broken over somebody’s head for 8 damage
SCUBA tanks can also be used as improvised weapons for 9 damage
There are sharks waiting for somebody to get into the water (come back Monday for shark stats)
A bad guy might try to use a turtle as a shield. He should be punished for this
If stunned at the wrong time, a mook might get washed out to sea by a large wave
An outboard motor, with a spinning propeller, can get torn off the back of a boat and used as a weapon
WWII era bunkers, crumbling with age and neglect, might provide cover or access to rusty, old junk
Attuning with Turtle Beach is, in a sense, making a pact with the turtles. In their limited way, they hope that you will protect them and the beach. In return, their chi will help protect you. When this relationship is in balance, both sides prosper.
When the characters attune to Turtle beach, they get eight Marks of Death (shared between all of them). Each of these Marks of Death can be used to cancel a Mark of Death inflicted on any attuned character. If all eight Marks of Death are ever used, the last turtle dies and the Chi of the beach dissipates. If the characters lose attunement to the beach, they have shown that they cannot protect the turtles’ chi and they will not be able to attune to it again.
IN YOUR CAMPAIGN
The turtles are meant to tug at your players’ heart strings. Turtle Beach will be more fun if you can get your players to care and fret over using the turtles to save themselves. Somebody should die dramatically because they took that last Mark of Death themselves rather than destroy the beach.
Somebody connected with one of the characters is a scientist, park ranger or concerned citizen. She needs help to protect the beach from those who want to exploit or destroy it. The Lodge might want to build a luxury resort on the beach to channel Chi into something they can control. Any of the other factions might want its power for themselves, or to kill it off to prevent others from having it.
In a period of escalating tensions, a group of Taiwanese college students who were helping with sea turtle research has gone missing. Taiwan blames China, while China claims this shows that Taiwan is incapable of protecting its own people. Meanwhile, the Dragons sense that something is amiss. Can they follow the clues from the beach to the real culprit and avert war in Southeast Asia?
In 1850, a transformed turtle betrayed the Ascended and took up a life of piracy in the South China Sea. Rumor has it that he became quite wealthy, trading the secrets and spoils of the Chi War with anyone who could pay. Until, one day, a Lotus sorcerer double crossed him, forcing him to revert into turtle form.
The pirate kept the map to his treasure tattooed on his chest. After he fell into the sea, there was no way to find his treasure, or the secrets he kept. Until a video turned up on the internet of a large, old turtle with strange markings on its shell. Strange markings that look like a map? Now the race is on to see which faction can find the turtle first.
FENG SHUI SITE FRIDAY: SOUND STAGE
03 October, 2014
The Feng Shui 2 Kickstarter is more than half-done, and things are going very well. I swear I thought of this week’s theme before Robin’s Blowing Up The Movies stretch goal was announced. I’m super excited that it just funded. Here’s hoping the stretch goals just keep getting better and better.
We are going a little meta this week and exploring incorporating the filming of an action movie into your Feng Shui adventure. Not in the silly “the characters know they are in a movie” sense. The rules, rightly, warn us away from that. Instead, what if part of your adventure takes place on a movie set? The action and the stunts become real and deadly.
For the Feng Shui Site Friday opener to Action! Week, we present the sound stage. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
You’re thinking that your role as “Karate Student #3” in this picture isn’t worth the money. There is so much boring standing around in the making of a movie. Leaning against a totem pole, you notice a new guy manning the prop table, and some extras you don’t remember from yesterday. You see, the prop guy hand one of the extras a sword from a box off to one side. It looks heavier than your rubber sword. Something’s up…
Wary now, you stand on your mark to start the scene. As the beautiful and talented Johanna Scarlettson moves into position, you realize she’s the target. As the director calls “Action!” you spring into it.
The sound stage is a large, open warehouse like building that is acoustically isolated from the outside world. Inside whole worlds come to life as sets and props are built for specific movies.
COOL THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN
The best thing about a sound stage is that inside can be any setting you want. From space opera battle cruisers, to an old west saloon, to a Roman colosseum. The cool things below focus on stuff with movie making equipment that can happen in any sound stage. You will want to add your own layer of cool things based on what is being filmed when your adventure takes place.
Bad guys, maybe even a sniper, will try to shoot from the catwalks above the stage
Somebody can fall off the catwalk onto a pointy piece of scenery, or get strangled in a lighting cable.
A hot stage light will get smashed over somebody’s head.
If the studio is old school, a camera can fly open, tangling somebody in the film
Somebody might swing around on a camera boom, or ride on a camera track
There is a food service table
Real weapons might get mixed up with the prop weapons
Mooks might be disguised as extras in strange or humorous costumes
There are wind fans, rain makers and smoke machines that can get used to go effect
A named foe, who is a movie star, might get hit with a chair that has his name on it
A light diffuser screen will get smashed over somebody’s head
There are lots of wires around that might get used as lasso’s, trip lines or garrets
Two words: Gaffers Tape
There are lots of green screens these days. Somebody might get thrown through one, or it could get pulled over by a bunch of mooks
The fight might get caught on camera, which might become a clue later
I can’t explain why, but the sound stage doesn’t feel like a feng shui site to me. It is a great set piece, but it just doesn’t seem chi-full to me. However, if you want it to be a feng shui site with special powers, then it is sensible the site would enhance communication somehow. Perhaps it gives +2 to social skills like deceit, intimidation, seduction, and leadership to everybody who is attuned to the site.
IN YOUR CAMPAIGN
The Lodge has full control of most major centers of film production in the world: Hollywood, Bollywood, Hong Kong. It uses this control to produce films that influence public perceptions and attitudes. A popular starlet is a dedicated member of the Lodge. Until one of her enemies planted evidence, she intends to betray the Lodge. Now the Lodge plans to kill her and make it look like an accident.
With their martial arts skills, the characters hired on as extras. Not knowing the starlet is a lodge member, they, of course, intervene and stop the assassination attempt. Perhaps, as the characters work through the adventure to protect and save her. Will she come around to the side of righteousness? Or will she betray them to increase her own status with the Lodge?
The C-Bomb didn’t kill everybody associated with the Buro. A Buro media exec was one of the more unlikely survivors. He has made his way to the modern juncture and back into the only industry he ever knew. He has brought some special equipment with him, and now he is using that equipment to film special commercials and music videos.
The special equipment allows for the insertion of subliminal messages and even commands into this content. These messages are much more subtle and harder to detect than clumsy, modern Lodge attempts to do the same. At the moment, the media exec is just using this for his own personal gain. However, his former comrades are sure to find out and they will want to use this to rebuild here in the modern juncture.
The small Pacific nation of New Zealand has some of the most beautiful terrain. Terrain rich in feng shui sites, that channel chi to a bountiful and happy nation. The Lotus sees this island as a potential beach head into the modern juncture. It is lightly guarded, remote and easy to protect, yet still close enough to threaten and influence the Ascended strongholds in Asia.
The Lotus created a brilliant plan to take control of the islands. They will start a small but well-funded movie studio to produce a trilogy of blockbuster fantasy movies. These movies give cover to move in hordes of sword wielding mooks, smiths and other historic craftsmen to support them. Monsters and magic can be explained away as special effects.
Filming will occur all over the islands, allowing access to the feng shui sites. Gradually, over the course of the decade long project, the chi of the islands will flow through the film studio to the islands’ new eunuch masters. Unless somebody figures out what is going on.
FENG SHUI SITE FRIDAY: ANCESTRAL TOMB
10 October, 2014
This is an exciting week for the Feng Shui 2 Kickstarter. It is the last week, and that means two things. The final mad rush is about to begin, and the best stretch goals are about to come out. I believe the Kickstarter will break $200k, maybe even $250k. The chi seems to be flowing in the right direction. Let’s do what we can to make it happen.
Speaking of flowing chi, the theme for my posts during this final week is Vile Sorcery. We are looking at all things magical, including the Lotus, as they struggle to find a foothold in their new juncture. For Feng Shui Site Friday, I present the Ancestral Tomb.
The old man said that the tomb covered an area the size of a small city. You can’t understand how all of that could be underground now. However, you have no doubt that the spooky hole opening before you is the right place. You snap a chemical light stick and descend into the darkness.
When the 69AD juncture closed, the Lotus found themselves forced to relocate into the 7th century. One of the first orders of business was to find the tombs of those left behind, now long dead. In these tombs, they hoped to find magic and relics to aid them in this more hostile juncture. A rare few of these tombs were feng shui sites themselves, providing an early source of chi power. Several key tombs remain lost, including Gao Zhang’s, so the hunt continues.
To be fair, the tomb depicted here is more of an emperor’s tomb than a family mausoleum. The Tomb of the First Qin Emperor is the archetype of tombs from pulp stories. Its designers laid the necropolis out like a miniature version of his capital city. “Miniature” is a relative term, as the tomb is 1 1/4 miles in diameter. Period accounts of its construction claim it had crossbow traps and pools of mercury simulated the rivers that ran through the capital city. The legendary terra cotta warriors occupied part of the city. After the Emperor’s funeral, workers buried the whole thing under a 250 foot high mound of earth to look like a hill.
To date, archeologists have not excavated much of the necropolis. Even if the political and cultural issues could be resolved, high levels of mercury in the soil would make excavation of the tomb proper very dangerous.
COOL THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN
If the parties are trying to acquire a fragile object, it might get damaged in the fight. Any time a named character misses an attack roll, they must make a fortune check against a difficulty of 5 to avoid jeopardizing the item. If they fail that roll, they should describe what happens that puts the item at risk. The next named character to go, must do something to save the item or it will break.
The terra cotta soldiers (mooks) guarding the tomb come to life and attack
Ceramic pots will break over somebody’s head, or get thrown as improvised weapons
The stone sarcophagus makes good cover
Until it is blown or knocked open, then somebody gets knocked into it and gets tangled in the remains
Somebody who is very strong can use the lid as an improvised weapon
There are death traps that might be triggered during the fight
Mercury from a pool or river can be thrown at an enemy doing damage as a strong poison
If somebody gets pushed into the mercury fountain, it acts as if they had ingested an extremely toxic poison
Ancient weapons on racks can get picked up and used
The Ancestral Tomb channels the chi of deceased allies to the living. Every character who is attuned to the tomb gets 2 extra wound points for every player character who has died since the start of the current campaign. Characters who die after attunement do not add to this amount. GMs might want to change the awarded wound points depending on how many characters have died and how many extra wound points they want their PCs to have.
IN YOUR CAMPAIGN
A powerful magic artifact was sealed away in an ancient tomb. The Dragons are racing against other factions to recover the item first. Once the item is recovered, the characters can attune to the site to get some extra wound points as the bad guys try to claim the MacGuffin for themselves.
One of the characters discovers that they are descended from an ancient leader. When he finds the tomb and explores it, he encounters the ghost of this lost ancestor. The ancestor has unfinished business, and the character can pick up a melodramatic hook to finish their ancestors’ task. As an alternative, the ghost might become an NPC mentor to the party, or even another player character if somebody wants to play it.
Ming I has discovered or created a zombie virus, and has infected a town in rural China. Her goal is to create an army of the dead she can use to restore herself to power. The Chinese military tried to intervene, but casualties of the living add to the army of the dead. She seems unstoppable.
With no other recourse, the player characters venture into the tomb of an ancient Chinese emperor. If they find a way to activate its army of terra cotta warriors, they will have a force capable of fighting the zombies.
If you want to go wild, this adventure idea can be combined with the two above it. The emperor could be the distant ancestor, and the artifact the item needed to activate the army.
FENG SHUI SITE FRIDAY: THE RUST GARDEN
17 October, 2014
So, yesterday brought some exciting news. The Feng Shui 2 Kickstarter passed $163,000 and funded the Mook Attack Sheet Generator. That will allow me to take the tool you can find on this site, awesome it up, and give it a permanent home on the Atlas Games website. The new version will incorporate the brilliant graphic styling of the new edition, changing some of the code to work on its own. It might also have a new feature or two. We will see what the Atlas team thinks. I am proud to be able to support, even in this small way, the return of a great game.
Once the Kickstarter ends, later tonight, I will keep updating LostPapyr.us, though on a less frequent basis. It has been a challenge to maintain a 3 day a week publishing schedule for the whole month. I also have content for other games I want to publish.
Enough lamenting the end of the Kickstarter and the 9 months of waiting that are before us. Today, I present one of my favorite locations in the Chi War. The Rust Garden.
Nobody knows how long ago the Netherworld began. The Chi War has rewritten History countless times. Many junctures are no longer remembered by anybody still alive. However, humans are always shedding the detritus of their lives. Much of that waste seems to end up in one place in the Netherworld: the Rust Garden.
The Rust Garden appears as a vast junk yard, rusting away. From the top of any gigantic mound of metal, the edges of the garden appear distant and indistinct. While you can find anything in the Rust Garden, without an attuned guide, it might take you days, weeks, or more to find it.
Back in the first edition days, the Rust Garden was the home and playground of one of the Dragon’s key mentors, the Prof. In the intervening years, she seems to have disappeared without a trace, but the Garden continues on. Whether you are looking for something, or just passing through, travel cautiously and don’t forget your tetanus boosters.
COOL THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN
Almost anything might be found and used as an improvised weapon
Instead of picking up your improvised weapon, pick your opponent and drop him on something sharp and rusty
Multiple mooks might get taken out by a collapsing pile of junk
Bad guys might hide inside rusty cars for an ambush
Two words: Strong magnets
Two more words: Netherworld vermin
Somebody might accidentally turn on an old robot. He’s not happy about being all rusty and nasty.
Ewww, what was that?
The Sylvan Master (see the introductory adventure in the core rulebook), starts talking from some random piece of computer equipment.
The Rust Garden is peculiar in that only a single person can be attuned to it at any time. In order to attune the site you must spend at least a week clearing a space and building your a special workshop just for you. An attuned character gets +2 to all Fit-It rolls. This increases to +3 while in the junkyard and +4 while in your special workshop.
IN YOUR CAMPAIGN
You can find almost anything in the Rust Garden and the heroes need a MacGuffin. While searching through the Rust Garden, they encounter Simian Army scroungers, non-simian scroungers, some Netherworld thug hiding a body, and their arch-rivals bent on finding the same MacGuffin.
After learning of the Prof the new Dragons travel to the Rust Garden looking for her workshop, hoping to find information or weapons they can use in the Chi War. It is hidden under a large pile of junk, but the heroes can find it. Inside, they find a clue that the Prof is still alive, and in need of their help.
While wandering the Rust Garden, a character finds a treasured toy they lost as a child. Next to the toy is a single bag of garbage from their home as a child. Rummaging through that bag of trash, they find papers and photos that reveal.
During the Feng Shui 2 Kickstarter, I ran a series of blog posts oriented around weekly themes. Each week I had “Mook Monday”, “Weapon Wednesday” and “Feng Shui Site Friday.” The themes included things like “Hollywood” and “Water”. As I relaunch my blog, I’ve decided not to keep the original tiny posts. Instead, I’m grouping them together into three larger ones; “Weapons”, “Mooks”, and “Feng Shui Sites.” Today, we’re going to start with this collection of weapons for Feng Shui 2.
Light Machine Guns
Welcome to Weapon Wednesday, because alliteration is always awesome. No? Well how about because the Feng Shui 2 Kickstarter goes live today! I want to start my series of blog entries with something you can easily use in the introductory adventure, and these certainly fit the bill. Enjoy.
M-249 SAW 13*/6/0
This light machine gun is so good at cutting mooks down, they called it a SAW. I put this bad boy into the hands of the main boss when I ran the introductory Feng Shui 2 adventure. Be sure to describe the awesomeness of the ammo belt looping around over his shoulders. There’s plenty of hot lead to go around…
While it doesn’t have a cool name, the M-60 has been a staple of American action movies since the early ’80s. They are rarer in Hong Kong movies, but you can see one in the weapon cache in Hard Boiled. Characters, good or bad, with European ties might use the HK 21, which has the same stats.
The AK-47 of light machine guns. The RPK is cheap, functional, and relatively easy to get hold of. While the large magazine looks impressive, nothing compares to 200 rounds on a belt of bullets slung over your shoulder.
Wrapping up our urban jungle week, we have 3 compact shotguns for mean streets and close quarters of an urban environment.
I don’t know why this little piece of awesome from South Africa doesn’t appear in all the movies. It looks like a fat UZI with a fore-grip that is actually the pump action. Special, shortened 12-gauge ammunition is loaded in a magazine through the handle. This means that the MAG-7 can be reloaded in only 3 shots.
Serbu Super Shorty 13/3/6
A concealable pump-action shotgun. So what if it only has 3 shots, when they are 3 12-gauge shots. The less well named Franci PA3 has the same stats. Because of their lower capacity, reloading these shotguns takes 3 shots.
Sawed-off Side-by-side Shotgun 13/3/7
The classic double-barreled shotgun with the stock removed and the barrel cut down to less than the legal 18”. Because it only holds 2 shells, this shotgun can be reloaded in 3 shots.
Wrapping up Ocean week, we have three “water guns”. Not the Super Soaker kind, but the kind that can shoot underwater, including a big one to take down aquatic demons.
Friday starts a new week, with an interesting new theme. Come back and check it out!
H&K P11 9/3/5
Designed by Heckler & Koch for special forces units. The P11 has 5 chambers which are sealed, allowing the gun to fire while submerged. Relatively rare in the movies, Angelina Jolie used one in the second Tomb Raider movie.
The classic underwater weapon, a large rubber band, drives a barbed stick into the target. It is hard to find an underwater action sequence that doesn’t have some of these.
Harpoon 13/ — /6
This is not Queequeg’s whaling spear. That is a spear (10 damage). This is a large, deck-mounted launcher from a modern whaling ship. The launched harpoon has an explosive warhead and a rope connecting to the launcher. A successful hit on any target restrains it. The target must make its attack against a defense of 13 to get free. If the target is very large (can you say demon?) the explosive charge will go off inside of it. This deals an additional 20 points of damage which ignores all toughness.
The Weapons of Hollywood
This week’s theme is “Action!” We are exploring the fun that could be had by incorporating the movie industry into your campaign. Action! Week has brought fight scenes on a sound stage and movie industry NPC’s. So we will wrap up the week with the Guns of Hollywood. What does that mean? These are the crazy, impractical, but still awesome weapons that Hollywood dreams up for action movies.
M134 Minigun, Handheld (13**/7/3)
The M134 is a real thing. Its six barrels fire 7.62mm ammunition at up to 6,000 rounds per minute. The weight of the gun (85 pounds), batteries and ammunition mean that this weapon must be mounted on a vehicle. And the military mounts them on helicopters, boats and Hummers. The handheld model from Predator and Terminator 2 are pure Hollywood imagination.
Like lots of big guns in action movies, the M134 isn’t more effective than other machine guns, it just looks awesome. If you want to make it special, it requires the schticks Strong or Very Strong to wield, and gives the wielder a level in Carnival of Carnage. Level IV is still the highest, though.
Codpiece Revolver 9/1/5
Originally made as a gag prop for Desperado, Robert Rodriguez thought it was funny enough to use in at least two other films.
EM-1 Rail Gun 13/5/3
Firing “aluminum rounds at close to the speed of light,” the EM-1, from Eraser (if you haven’t seen it, don’t bother) is complete BS. Its X-Ray scope is BS. The movie is total BS, so maybe that is to be expected. However, the EM-1 makes a good skin for a “futuristic sniper rifle” that might be in the hands of the Jammers, NSA or Buro remnants.
Magic weapons should be rare. They should also be awesome. The sorcerous weapons below make good McGuffins for an adventure. However, if a hero is going to use it long term, it should probably cost them a schtick — either one gained through advancement, or replacing one they already have.
Sword of Biting 10
This Dao, a curved Chinese broadsword, is enchanted by the spirit or its original owner. It lusts to avenge those who critically injure or kill its wielder. While the sword is being used in combat, each time the wielder takes damage, he can pay a Fortune (or derivative attribute) point to make an immediate counter attack. If the character is forced to keel over while using the Sword of Biting, the sword makes one final attack. This attack uses all the character’s remaining Fortune points and gets a +1 to the attack role for every point used in this manner.
Flying Guillotine 10
A basket with a series of vaguely explained blades around the rim. When thrown over an opponent’s head, it decapitates them and allows the attacks to retrieve the head in the basket. In Feng Shui it works as described against mooks. Against named foes, it is a damage 10 melee weapon, and the decapitation effect is a cinematic description of a killing blow. This weapon should not require a schtick to use.
This ancient sword combines an intricately carved jade dragon hilt with a blade forged in a dragon’s fire. A character attacking with the sword can choose to use their Sorcery skill, instead of Marital Arts, for the attack roll.
Taking Down Big Game
Sometimes in Feng Shui 2 you go up against something really big and tough: a big bruiser, dinosaur, a giant worm, Tanbi Garau. When dealing with such big game, you need a whole new class of weapon.
Weapons this powerful really don’t do extra damage against normal creatures. I believe the technical term is blow through. Bigger targets are another story. These weapons are capped at 13 damage, like other rifles in Feng Shui 2. While some of those rifles have a bonus to hit mooks, these rifles do extra damage against targets with toughness schticks: like the Big Bruiser’s Very Big schtick, or extra wound points. As always, the GM is the final arbiter of what applies.
Double-barrel Big Game Hunting Rifle 13/5/6
The weapon of choice for Victorian aristocrats on safari, and Michael Gross in Tremors. It looks like a double-barrel shotgun, but the barrel is rifled and it fires a variety of very large rounds — .600 and .700 Nitro Express being the two largest. These weapons were the expensive toys of the elites, and they remain costly to this day. A rifle like this does +2 damage to tough opponents.
.700 WTF 13/4/6
For all of you who thought the Full Metal Nutball’s homemade weapons were a crazy idea, I present the .700 WTF. A home made gun, firing homemade bullets out of home modified brass. Actually, it’s still a crazy idea — just in a different way. The .700 WTF is a single-shot weapon. Its bullpup design has two advantages. First, the weapon is short so you can pretend it is concealable. Second, the bolt is right next to your head, so if anything goes wrong with this homemade monster, you are unlikely to suffer for long. It also does +2 damage against tough opponents.
Marlin Model 1895SBL 13/5/4
This is the gun carried by Chris Pratt inJurassic World, and it is pretty much ideal for demon hunting. It compensates for its small round (compared to the other two) by having a magazine capacity of 6. Its stainless steel barrel is weather resistant, and it has a military spec picaninny rail on top for mounting a wide variety of optics and other accessories. The 1895SBL will do an extra point of damage against tough opponents.
I would also allow the Maverick Cop’s Winchester Model 70 to get a similar +1 damage against tough creatures. .458 magnum is plenty big enough.