Sunday, 27 September 2020

The Jungle Blade Mystery Act 1

                              Nickel & Dime Productions, proudly presents Radio Days
               Starring Donny Wayne as Karl Timperman & Mary Coyne as Easther Leballe
          If you like tails of daring deeds & high trills go somewhere else, if not then stay tuned.  

Karl Timperman stirred, as the ringing sound came again he reached out switched on the bedside lamp & looked at his watch, which showed the time was 6:24 am. Who would be phoning at this hour of the morning he though as he got out of bed & headed for the living-room to answer the phone.
Karl "Karl Timperman"
Woman's voice "Karl its Esther Labelle, something awful has happened, I was wonder if you be so good as to come over to the house"
Karl could hear the anxiety in her voice.  Karl" Do you want to tell what's wrong Esther"
Esther "I'd prefer not to say over the phone, but its very urgent could you come at once"
Karl "I just have a quick shower & shave & I'll be on my way"
Esther" Thanks Karl" then a click as she hung up.

Just over half an hour later.
Esther "Karl thanks for coming over so quickly"
Karl "No problem Esther, now do you want to tell me what the problem is ?"
Esther "Oh  Karl I've been so foolish, as you know I'm a Patron of the museum & do a lot of charity work for them"
Karl" Yes I'm aware of that, go on"
Esther "Well last night I held a charity event here to raise some funds for the museum & to add some interest to the event I foolishly brought some items from the museum over here & now one of them is missing"
Karl "Isn't this a mater for the police"
Esther with tear's forming in her eye's " Karl I can't go to the police, you see(pause) you see I took the items without permission, as their not on display at the moment I thought no one would notice them gone & I would have brought them back today, oh Karl what am I going to do"
Karl feeling sorry for her & known that her heart was in the right place even if what she done had indeed been foolish "Okay Esther I'll do what I can to help, what is the piece that missing"

Esther "It's a small jewel encrusted blade that was found at a archaeology site in a jungle in Peru"
Karl " I'll need a list of all the people that were here last night & did you haven to notice did anyone seem to show a larger amount of interest in the piece then what you would have though normal"
Esther "Well now that you mention it, Sharina Benavides did seem to show a peculiar interest in it"
Karl " Sharina Benavides as in the politician"
Esther "Yes, but surely she wouldn't have taken it"
Karl " I'd guess you would you'd say that of all of your guests Esther, but the fact is that its gone & we've got to start some place, now go & get me that list"

While Esther was getting the list Karl gave the room a quick once over but found nothing of help, when she returned Esther hand the list to Karl & then set down while he want over it.
Karl"Is this everyone that was here last night & by that I mean the staff as well"
Esther" No that's just the guest list, I would need to get in touch with the agency to get the names of the extra staff"
Karl" Is any of your own staff that was here last night here now"
As it turned out two of them were, but neither of them could shine any light on the matter.
With the time now coming up to 8 am, Karl phone the home of Sharina Benavides, only to be told that she had just left for a meeting at the theatre.

As the theatre was only a few blocks away Karl decided they'd walk, as it would give him some time to think of the best way to approach Sharina Benavides on the subject of the missing blade, along the way they ran into Noah King a history teacher that Esther knew & after a brief chit chat headed on to the theatre, only to find when they got there that it was locked up, wherever Sharina Benavides had gone for her meeting it wasn't here.

Tune in next week when you will here Esther ask  "What now ?"  

Designer's note. In last months news I cover the basic set up of the characters, this time I want to add a bit about Larger then Life the Director's cut, now like I've said before this game is like no other Two Hour Gaming game that I know of & while its old it really is imho better suited to their new battle board way of playing.

So what I'll cover here is how it sets up, after making up your character & if you want any supporting cast, you go about setting up a crime/treasure hunt or what they call the opening scene, this is all done by rolling on different tables, in this case something had gone missing & the last person who had it was a Patron, from here on you decide what that object was & flesh out the person if you want.

For me that's the joy of the game as I like to make up a story which is what this game is all about, so if making up a story is not your thing then its not for you, so I had something missing & a Patron.
I decided the Patron would be a Petron of a museum & that the missing object would be a knife found in South America.
In the open scene you also find out how many clues you need to solve before you get to the finial scene & who the big bad is, now I don't want to give anything away here, but I will tell you that after rolling for the type of big bad I didn't flesh him out, as even I want a surprise :)

Now here is were the game is great & bad at the same time, after doing a few more things like the travel scene & a few other thing it was time to set up the table for a game, well talk about a none event but, well there's always a but right. 
The object of the game was to cross the table which had one PEF (Possible enemy force) get to the target building, enter have a defining moment (another possible PEF ) & question a person of interest, in this case Sharina Benavides.

So after spending time setting up the table, I came across a PEF who was no threat a defining moment that due to dice rolls didn't happen & a person of interest who turned out not to be there :( on the plus side this didn't count as me not finding a clue, a failure in finding clues equal to your Rep means games over, which means the hero didn't save the day & get the girl, something I really like.

Why play a game that's such an anti climax ? I here you ask, well here's the good bit, as I've said before its all about the story (I hope your still with me John) so the challenge is to make the game fit the story, simple as :)

I hope that has given you guys an insight into Larger then Life the directors cut & why I've gone about doing it in this manner, I'll cover more in other posts as for now I don't want to give anything away.      

As always my thanks for dropping in & if you'd care to comment it would be welcomed :) 

Friday, 4 September 2020

Movie Tone News September 2020

Good evening & welcome to this months news, there's an old saying" that no news is good news" but in this case that's not really so as from a hobby point of view I've still not done much, but I am messing around with different things & feel that surely (I know don't call me surely lol) if only slowly I am pulling away from the hobby blackhole.

So then what is this news post going to be about you ask ? well its going to be different to the normal, but in a world that is at this moment very different then normal maybe that's ok, tbh I'm winging is this post & that might mean I'll ramble a bit so please bare with me, as for me its another step in the right direction :)

Even through the dark days of not doing anything hobby wise I still pick up some things & one of those things was a hotwire table I picked up from a guy I know that had ordered two by a mistake, & that's one of the things I've been messing around with, this brings me on to something else that I'm also trying to get the hang of & that's Greenstuff rollers.

Greenstuff rollers are designed to be used with, yep you guessed it greenstuff but also work very well on other things but be warned are not as simple to use as they might look on u-tube videos, but at least even if its only trying to get the hang of using the hotwire table & the rollers it is something hobby related, another plus from doing this is that from time to time I've picked up some models & did a bit of painting, so as you see its baby steps but its something.

Another thing I want to cover in this post is Larger then Life the Directors Cut from Two Hour Wargames, now this is really more of an RPG then a table top game, in fact most of this game is played out away from the table, this had me puzzled for a long time as to how I might do something on this blog from the game & then I remembered that Vagabond had done a series of NUTS games while he was an hols & had done write ups on them but with no pictures other then little, I'll call them plans on bits of paper.

This gave me an idea that I briefly mentioned some months back called Radio Days, so basically what Radio Days is going to be is stories with no pictures & I have to say that I think it a very fitting way to cover this game as it really is very story driven, here's a little out take from the first episode.

Karl Timperman stirred, as the ringing sound came again he reached out switched on the bedside lamp & looked at his watch, which showed the time was 6:24 am. Who would be phoning at this hour of the morning he though as he got out of bed & headed for the living-room to answer the phone.
Karl "Karl Timperman"
Woman's voice "Karl its Esther Labelle, something awful has happened, I was wonder if you be so good as to come over to the house"
Karl " Do you want to tell what's wrong Esther"
Esther "I'd prefer not to say over the phone, but its very urgent could you come at once"
Karl could hear the anxiety in her voice, as she replied.                                                                            Karl"I just have a quick shower & shave & I'll be on my way"                                                        Esther" Thanks Karl" then a click as she hung up.

Now I don't want to give anything away here but I'll cover what you've most likely guessed, In  Larger then Life the Directors Cut the first thing you got to do is make up a star, unless your using one that you had made up before.

Star,Karl Timperman, American works for Harvard Academia   Rep 5 Adventurer, Attributes, Hard as nails Once during each scene the character will treat its first Out of the Fight result as Carry On instead, Smooth counts a +1d6 to taking a talk the talk test, Cruel counts a +1d6 to taking a talk test against characters with a lower rep.
Circle Exotic
Profession Explorer
Home Middle Residential New York City.

After that you go about building up what the story is by rolling on different tables, which is where Esther comes from, now needless to say you've got to come up with your own names & flash out the story as the tables are only pointing you in a certain direction.

Esther Labelle, Rep 3  Patron Civilian
Circle Mover,
Profession  Patron Civilian
Athlete: Counts a +1 to Rep when taking a Physical Challenge.

So what could have happened that Esther needs Karl's help for ? well you'll have to wait until I release it to find out. :)
Larger then Life the Directors Cut is a game that in one story could take you to many different locations & the studio just doesn't have near enough sets to cover all of this which is why doing it as a Radio show from that point of view also helps.

In other news, I've been thinking a lot about how I want to do things going forward as a lot of what I do on this blog can carry on over months & I like most I'd guess can often come bogged down on a project & that bad in a couple of ways, 1 is when I should put it a side for awhile until I feel I want to go back to it I carry on, & 2 when a project drags on to long its very hard for people following along to keep a track of what happened many months ago.

So what I've decided is that no story will be released until it is finished, now this might lead to not much happening on this blog for months on end & then a glut of posts together, but I think over all it should work better.

Just before I go, after the last post a former gaming pal of mine got in touch offering support & I'd like to thank him foe that, I won't name him but he knows who he is, so a BIG thanks mate :) 

Well that's it for this months news, so its a Goodnight from me & a Goodnight from him :)
As always my thanks for dropping in & if you'd care to comment it would be welcomed.

 

  

  

   

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

A hobby black hole

I seem to have falling into what I can only call a hobby black hole, so what is a hobby black hole ? Well its like a normal black hole only instead of pulling in light it pulls joy, at least that how I see it & is what I think is the best way of explaining the way I am at the moment.

Hobby wise I've not done anything since before June, you might remember that at that time I was building up to what is know as gangster setting & even had the table set up for the first game & there the table has set un-looked at ever since, as I've lost interest.

Like all bloggers I'd guess, not only do I get joy from doing my own blog post but also from reading other people's blogs as well, but when I found that I was only looking in on those blogs in a going though the motions point of way & not getting the enjoyment out of them that I should I knew something was wrong, this was really hammered home when I quite reading one when half way through it.

What lead me to this point I don't want to go into here, but some of you have contacted me to enquire about my well being & that was very kind & once again my thanks for doing so, so where am I now hobby wise ?

Sadly still in the pull of the black hole, but hopefully the fact that I'm doing this post is the start of me trying to brake free, I guess I just need to find something to fire that spark & then take it slowly.

That's it for this post & as always my thanks for dropping in & if you'd care to leave a comment it would be welcome.   

Saturday, 13 June 2020

New Dublin, Johnny Vega Head of the British Firm



Johnny Vega aka Gentleman John, Johnny's rise to the top was far from what you would call a normal route, in that he's not know for violence, Johnny's life of crime began with pulling off con-jobs a roll he was well suited to given his exquisite manners which earned him the nickname Gentleman John, but don't let that fool you as when needs must Johnny will go toe to toe with the best of them & despite his charm has a ruthlessness not matched by many. 

Fists 3, Gats 4, Guts 5, Smarts 5, Stunts 2 Hits 4
Exquisite Manners If a non-Leading Role enemy is about to start a fight, the character can say just the right thing to put him off (prior to shots being fired or punches thrown). The character tests his SMARTS +1 each turn until he fails--then the fun begins!

Disclaimer, Any similarity to any persons living, dead or half dead is only in the mind or the viewer & Nickel & Dime Productions take no responsibility for such thoughts.

As always my thanks for dropping in & if you'd care to leave a comment it would be welcomed :)

Thursday, 21 May 2020

New Dublin, Sean Mulloony

A look at the head of the Irish gang, Sean Mulloony aka The Wacker
Born in the Irish slum of New Dublin know as Winterhill Sean Mullony the 6th son of a family of 11, Sean has been fighting since he could walk, by age ten as the youngest member of a teenage street gang he'd got the nickname the wacker such was his love for violence by 14 he was already well known to the local police & had already done time in a reform school for beaten a teacher at his local school so badly with a baseball bat that the teacher had to spend 3 weeks in hospital.
This violent streak has taken Sean all the way to the top of the Irish gang & for all the fine things his money has bought him he still likes nothing more then taking a baseball bat to those that cross him.
Its said that Sean only fears one thing & that the sharp end of his wife's tongue.

Name Sean Mulloony, Irish gang leader
Fists 5, Gats 2, Guts 5, Smarts 3, Stunts 3, Hits 5.

Skills
Just Nuts +1 STUNTS when escaping from opponents by leaping / diving / etc

Disclaimer, Any similarity to any persons living, dead or half dead is only in the mind or the viewer & Nickel & Dime Productions take no responsibility for such thoughts :)

Designers note, Yes John not quite a snappy a dresser as the Italian boss, but no flat cap :)

As always my thanks for dropping in & if you'd care to leave a comment it would be welcomed :)







Sunday, 10 May 2020

New Dublin, Don Enzo Macaroni

Enzo Macaroni aka Unlucky Mac is head of the Italian mob in New Dublin, he got the unlucky tag after the accident at his 21st birthday party which seen him lose an eye, when the cork in the bottle of champagne he was opening shot out & hit him in the eye which costs him to lose it & as if that wasn't bad enough he then slip on the spilled champagne smashing his leg so badly he was left with a limp.
Lady luck is one dame who has never been seen hanging on his arm since that faithful night.

Name Enzo Macaroni,  Italian mob boss.
Fists5, Gats 3, Guts 5, Stunts 4, Smarts 5, Hits 5.

Skills
Unlucky--Director or opponent may demand this character re-roll one successful (but nonfatal) die roll per scene in the hope of failure.
Gimpy, -1 from all movement,but -2 from running.
Not in the face, all brawling wounds require an extra round to recover from.

Designers note, In keeping with the spirit of how I want to run this I went with rolling for the stats, now I have to say for someone who's unlucky he did really well, rolling 6,6,5,5,4,3,1,1, for the 8 dice rolled, how this works is that for each pair of 6's & 1's you roll they become 5's & 2's, you then assign the best 6 scores to the stats in whatever manner you want, also any 6 rolled gives you a roll on the skill table.
The unlucky skill I gave him for free, & rolled for the other two, the first one rolled was two 6's & at that point I was starting to thing I might need to drop the unlucky tag, that was until I looked to see what 66 was, as it turned out it was Gimpy, the next roll was a 4 &1, 41 which was Not in the face, guess the unlucky tag was about right :)

Well that's a wrap for this post, as always my thanks for dropping in & if you'd care to leave a comment it would be welcomed :)


Sunday, 3 May 2020

New Dublin

New Dublin unlike the older city from across the water that it takes its name from, is a city at war a war that has been fought for generations between the different gangs, but it wasn't always known as New Dublin, in its earlier days it was called Little Rome, as it was mainly founded by the Italians.
New Dublin where crime never sleeps, except for Sundays & holy days of obligation that is. 
                                     
So how did the name change come about ? well as other nationalities flocked to the new world in search of a better life only to fine that the grass wasn't any greener & the slums became where most of them ended up, then like seeds in fertile ground the gangs sprouted, this lead to gangs fighting for bigger pieces of the action, & as everyone knows that's bad for business.

Away of ending the war that's what was needed & so it was that Jimmy (the nose ) O Donnell leader of the Irish gang came up with a plan, as the two biggest gangs were the Italian & the Irish & that's who most of the fighting was between, Jimmy's plan was that the two would play a football match' with the winners taking control of all the major operations.

Jimmy sent word to Don Antonio  Macaroni head of the Italian mob out lining his plan & asking for a meeting so that they could iron out the finer points, believing that the Italians would be more then capable of putting a team together to beat the Irish on any day of the week, Don Macaroni agreed to have the meeting.

As neither trusted that the other wouldn't try to turn the meeting into a hit, the meeting would have to take place in a neutral place & it was decided to hold it in a restaurant in Chinatown, so over a fine dinner they agreed on the terms with the winner taking control of all the big money business outside of their own area, the only exception to this was to be the chipper business which the Italians would keep control of no matter who won, a point Jimmy reluctantly  agreed to as long as the chippers would only use Irish potato's, with the city been mostly made up of a Roman Catholic population the chipper business was a big earner especially on Fridays which were black-fast days which meant you couldn't eat meat & the ques outside the chippers for a fish & chips dinner often stretched for blocks.

So a truce was called & the date for the match was set for a month's time, the teams could only be made up of players from each sides population & the officials would have to be of neutral origins, needless to say there was a lot of betting taking place on the outcome of the game & the odds for each side was fairly close, that was until the night before the game when after hearing that the Italians had somehow managed to bribe the match officials, Jimmy offered odds of 10-1 on an Irish victory, was Jimmy mad your asking yourselves giving such big odds on the Irish winning when the Italians had the match officials in their pockets ? well no you see Jimmy worked on the bases that the Italian players, been well Italians wouldn't be able to resist thrown the game to make some money for themselves.

What followed has got to be the strangest football match in all of history, with the Italians passing up many a golden change to score even when it was harder to miss, while the ref ruled out Irish goal after goal, with all of this going on the crowd of about 10,000 was starting to get rowdy, & as the clock ticked down to the finial seconds, one of the Italian center-halves turn & played the ball back to his keeper , who slipped as he came to collect it & could only watch hopelessly as the ball rolled into the net.

Fearing that disallowing the goal would lead to the Irish fans invading the pitch & stringing him up by the unmentionables, the ref let the goal stand & hoped he get the hell out of town fast while the Italian mob were still in shock.
So it was that the Irish got control of Little Rome & later got the name changed to New Dublin, but what of  Don Antonio  Macaroni  & Jimmy the Nose O Donnell you ask ? ( well if you didn't you should have ) A few month's after the game Don Antonio  Macaroni came to a sticky end when out inspecting one of his new business's he slipped & fell into a vat of toffee, he was replaced by his son Romeo Macaroni as head of the family, as for Jimmy he lived on for close on 20 more years, until one night while having his supper of crubeens he chocked on a sucking on a piece of gristle.

When it was later found out that the crubeens were from an Italian pig a new war broke out, with Sean Mulloony who had taken over as leader of the Irish gang ordering a hit on Romeo Macaroni, who was then replaced by his son Enzo Macaroni as head of the family, & there folks is where we have to leave New Dublin of now at least.

Disclaimer, Any similarity to any persons living, dead or half dead is only in the mind or the viewer & Nickel & Dime Productions take no responsibility for such thoughts :)

Designers note, this was an induction to what I hope will be the stage for many up coming releases, for a long time I've wanted to do what is thought of a gangster movies but I want to take a different angle at it.

As always my thanks for dropping in & if you'd care to leave a comment it would be welcomed :)

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