Division Street – Calderon Valley

Calderon valley

Welcome to Calderon valley Japan. The city rests on a mountain range in Honshu Japan. The surrounding area is heavily forested with various kinds of trees. The main city area has a lot of cherry trees that have been planted by man. The city prides itself with the education of its children and because of that, it has a lot of schools. The city has 2 basic schools, 2 junior high schools, and 3 high schools. Other than schools, the city boosts a lot of hang out spots around the city. A new concept that the city has created is the cradle. These are large community centers that house various activities and each has a style their own. There are about 5 cradles in the city, with one at the very top center of the city and four smaller ones, two on the left side and two on the right side.

 

Common Locations – these locations are the spots where I anticipate a lot of play will occur. This list will grow over time as I gain additional input from the players.

 

Home Player 1

Home Player 2

Player high school- Madoriyama

Home room – Ms. Hanako

School club room -since one of the players is a member of the student council, the council room serves as their base of operations once things get going.

Azure park – primarily a children’s park, Azure park has a mile walking course as well as benches located in the four quarter mile markers. There are two designated entrances. One facing main street and the other near the school. Located on a flat plane south west of the water cradle.

Domino arcade- arcade has not been as popular lately however the newest fighting game Battle-men 7 has just released which may get the kids coming back.

Hideki shrine- a run down shrine ran by Ryo Hideki. Located between the sky and earth cradles. This is often called the lonely shrine as it is the only one located near the city.

 

High schools in the area

  • Madoriyama – player character’s school located above the water cradle
  • Ryoma high school – school with a reputation for delinquent students. Located near the earth cradle.
  • Tezuka high – very athletic school. Reputation for raising the best track and baseball students. Located on the other side of the sky cradle.

 

Middle schools

  • Natsume middle school – school where a Player’s sister currently studies at. Located near the plant cradle.
  • Sakamoto middle school

 

Basic schools

  • Tomoeda elementary
  • Shohoku elementary

 

 

Cradles – Cradles are places that hang out of a mountain by a series of support beams. In a cradle, there are guide rails that lead from the street to a cradle. Cradles are surrounded by a chain link fence that keeps youth from falling off the outer edges. Within the chain-link fence is a cafe-like area with many tables and chairs for people to sit. Depending on the cradle, other features are determined. The upper levels are generally populated by the closest businesses employers. It is said that delinquents often battle for ‘control’ over a cradle.

 

Sun – top most cradle built in the highest point of the mountain range. The sun cradle often houses very high ranking corporate events.

 

Sky – sky and water share the same height but are below the sun cradle.  The sky cradle is situated near many corporate offices. The buildings rise rather tall in the sky. Many of them have rather reflective windows. There is also a reflective pond in the center  and when the weather is just right- you can see the sky in both the pond and the buildings.  Sky is the cradle on the left in regards of orientation vs the water cradle.

 

Water – sky and water share the same height but are below the sun cradle. The water cradle often has performers play music here as well as people displaying art. In fact, the city’s art museum is located at the base of the cradle. Water is the cradle on the right in regards of orientation vs the sky cradle.

 

Plant -Plant and Earth extend to from the base of the mountain ocean or the beach depending. Plant is full of life. There is a community garden here so lots of people rent space here. In addition, its base is closest to the public pier so people also fish off the pier. Plant is the cradle on the right in regards of orientation vs the Earth cradle.

 

Earth – Plant and Earth extend to from the base of the mountain to the beach.  Closest to the Ryoma high so it is ‘under their control’. Despite delinquent activity, Earth is one of the first cradle’s tourists often see and so it is full of touristy attractions. Earth is the cradle on the left in regards of orientation vs the Plant cradle.

Division Street – Character Creation

Characters for this rpg are created using big eyes small mouth 3rd edition.

They are created using the following rules:

Characters are created using 200 points, meaning the heroic tier. Characters in this tier level are normal humans or near humans. They may get some special abilities but rarely exceed the power of a typical action movie hero.

Max attribute level is 4

Min max combat values 4/8

Min max health 40/100

Min max damage multiplier 3/6

Min Body Mind Soul – 3 (can be 2 with a defect).

Stats

· Body- physical aspects of your character such as overall health, strength, endurance, quickness.

· Mind- mental abilities such as intellect, wit, quick learning. Does not correlate with breadth of training and depth of experience.

· Soul- luck, willpower, determination, spirit. High value represents the many anime heroes whose main trait is their strength of character such as Yugi Muuto.

Initial character creation Attributes.

· Attack combat mastery

· Aura of inspiration

· Combat technique

· Defense combat mastery

· Divine relationship

· Energy bonus

· Heightened awareness

· Heightened senses

· Item

· Massive damage

· Melee attack

· Melee defense

· Organizational ties

· Ranged attack

· Ranged defense

· Skills

· Tough

· Wealth

 

Skills – skills have a natural cap of 6 however a Genius at a skill would have beyond.

· Level 1 and 2 indicate significant training or practice.

· Level 3 and 4 indicate considerable experience with the particular skill.

· Level 5 and 6 are true experts in the skill.

 

Defects

You can only have a max of 8 defects. I trust you not to take enough to make your character useless or uninterested in the scenario.

 

Weapon

Weapon has a number of potentially broken combinations. If you have a cool concept, please let me know about it before hand. I want to be lax but this is one category I need to know more about.

 

Special attributes

There are special attributes you will gain access to later. These must have an attribute restriction attached, limiting their usage in order to stay in genre. Most common will be the deplete option.

 

Shock Value

My game will include shock value as a rule. Basically during the game if you take damage beyond your shock value you have to make either an average or challenging roll. If you fail, you are stunned and lose a turn. If on a ledge you may fall off. If you fail the check by a greater margin than half your soul stat you fall unconscious for a number of rounds equal to 8 – Body (minimum of 1 round)

If you fail your shock check and its an non stun based attack, you will begin bleeding. You lose 1 health point per turn. Out of combat you lose 1 per minute. A roll of medical: emergency response will slow the bleeding to 1 health point per 10 minutes. If you are somehow healed by an attribute you stop losing health. Health loss by this method can only be healed this way or if treated at a hospital.

 

An event will change you, making you into something a little…more.

The following attributes may now be selected in addition to the ones above

Additional Attributes

· Armor

· Block power

· Damage conversion

· Enhanced stat

· Environmental influence

· Features

· Illusion

· Jumping  * gm discuss (want to cut down on flying)

· Plant control * limit 1 character

· Pocket dimension

· Power flux

· Projection

· Resistance

· Shield

· Sixth sense

· Special defense *gm discuss

· Special movement

· Super speed

· Super strength

· Telekinesis * gm discuss (want to cut down on flying)

· Weapon *gm discuss

Project Division Street – mini series

I have begun a new RPG project titled Division Street. Division street is my new mini campaign that focus’s on duality. Often this is day and night, light and dark, love and hate. I decided to use BESM 3rd edition because I wanted to get back to my rpg roots as well as found I liked the modular nature of the game. I will be posting a few different things here soon, but I first wanted to get the setting out in the open.

I like to think of this as persona x sailor moon. Where we deal with high school students pushed into supernatural situations in between their daily lives.

Game Category

  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Drama

Period

  • Modern Day

BESM genre 1 (fan service) keywords

  • Attack Phrases
  • Bososoku (biker gangs)
  • Bishonen
  • Collateral Damage
  • Dying Speech
  • Face Cuts
  • Giant Robots
  • Ghosts
  • Hyper dimensional hammer
  • Ki Powers
  • Kendo
  • Late for School
  • SDF
  • School uniforms
  • Transformation Sequences
  • Terrible Cooks

BESM Genre elements

  • Alien visitors
  • Hero teams/ Magical girls
  • Martial Arts
  • Mecha
  • School Days
  • Science Fiction
  • Supernatural

Orden…Reborn. D&D 4.0 Pt.2 Sidestory 1

Before I took hiatus from GM’ing D&D we had a natural stopping point to our campaign. During that time I wanted to try a few other games before returning. I also wanted to take that time and gather my notes thoughts and give each player – specific lead-ins to the next chapter, which I called part 2. Since the chances of this happening are about zero now, I figured I would release the few I had written…

 

This would be Rob’s part…

D&D 4.0 Part 2

Where the mountain meets the river, the air itself grows calm. The night air itself still with a mysterious magical force. A mote of energy appears in the air above the stream. Blue at first in color, then golden it pulses with this unidentified energy. It travels from the stream, through the grass and towards the mountain range.

The mote of energy, no longer alone gathers along a rock in the mountains. Several motes of energy fly towards this rock, revealing a hidden passage. Deep inside the passage is a pathway that at first is a tight fit, but opens to a larger chamber. Inside the chamber, there are several large statues of men and women, each with perfect physical features. Their eyes once dull begin to slowly pulse with power. The statues align in a perfect circle and each statue holds the adjacent statue’s hand. Below their forms a raised pedestal lies. The pedestal itself shaped like a large obelisk with a pure crystalline sphere in the middle lies in wait.

The motes gather along the statue’s eyes, flowing up the statue’s carved surfaces. Each statue, now covered in these spheres of energy, begin to shine brightly. The motes gather into the eyes of the statues at a quickened pace. The energy inside of the room becomes super charged, with electricity now forming in the space between all of the statues. The motes, now all gathered into each of the eyes of the statues, begin to harden into a strange substance. The substance pulses then flows out from the eyes.

The substance now travels in midair ignoring the properties of physics and defying reality itself. The substance now gathers into the middle of the air near the ceiling of the chamber. It drops slowly and covers the crystal. The crystal begins to hum with energy as it begins to slowly shrink down in size. Its previous form, now mutating and begins to form the features of a man. Eventually a man is formed from the crystal. His features are of brilliant purple skin with light, glowing patterns.

With a small amount of energy left, the statues then gather ambient magical force. The energy collects along the statues hands and from each hand, the energy shoots forth into the man. The man throws his head back and gasps for its first breath of air.

The statues begin to gleam brightly. A voice sounds from all directions within the chamber. “Welcome back, son of the life spring. You are Deva and you are eternal. Let your next life bring forth the change necessary to stem these dark times.”

The man falls quiet, and curdles into the fetal position on the pedestal and rests.

After some time a woman dressed in ceremonial robes enters the chamber. She is adorned with a purple robe that glows orange with mystic energy. Holding some cloths and a mystic staff, she walks to the form lying in the center of the platform. “Awake my son. This place may be our birth chamber but it is not fit to live in. There is much to discuss in our city. A place for you is surely there.”

The form lethargically begins to stir. Awaken and somewhat rested he stands to greet the woman.  The woman gasps upon seeing the form of the man. He appears like normal Deva yet something is off. His head, a few small bony protrusions extend out from his temples. Each protrusion is about an inch long and takes on a curved horn like appearance.

“By Bahamut’s grace! Tell me, what do you last remember?”

The man speaks: “I recall a lot of smoke and ash.  I recall the regal presence of the sun. I also recall a strong dwarven woman. I recall hearing her begin to sob while holding… she was holding me…”

The woman hands the man some robes. “Come, we will discuss what path you shall take in this life. I fear you a pariah for your birthed…Features. Still you must find your aptitude, our race is not one for laziness. Do you recall your name child?”

The man begins to concentrate. “I believe I am called… Orden.”

“Then follow me Orden, son of Sun! I, Maridia will show you your new destiny!” We shall travel to Ray city, the true home of the Deva in our land.”

 

 

 

Ray City

The city called Ray is a place that lies near a river bank, sheltered in a mountain range in the crown region. Ray city was formed long ago by a Deva called Nenthan. Nenthan sought out where he was born and felt compelled to protect it from danger. He formed the city as this site is one of the few places in all the land that consistently birthed Deva.  Many other Deva questioned him as they felt no need to have their own city. Other races accepted them and they felt their home was along them. Nenthan’s city would become a shining beacon of justice and peace.

This is the city to which Orden would call home. The chamber that Orden was reborn in is called the Shrine of Memories. The shrine was crafted by a mysterious person called the entity whom is responsible for all Deva in all realms. This particular shrine has a special tie to the astral sea and every six months a new crystal is born here. The crystal itself is priceless and its magical energy structure is rare. The gem itself cannot birth Deva but it acts as a key to a mysterious energy that the Nenthan wished to protect.

The Shrine has never been seen by people outside of the Deva and once born many Deva forget the shrine while relearning other things about themselves. The high counsels of the Deva are three people who know exactly where to find and more importantly activate the shrine’s doors.  It is a right as ancient as the shrine itself to appoint the wisest Deva to this sacred position and to guard the knowledge against anyone else.

 

 

 

Month 1

Upon ascertaining his strengths and weaknesses, Orden has become something of an anomaly. Having as much skill as he does as a newly reincarnated person has shocked everyone.  Maridia was very surprised and has shown some sort of personal pride in seeing Orden through his tests. One morning, Maridia appeared onto Orden’s chamber with news.

“Orden.” Maridia said. “The time has come to learn of your new path.”

“Wise Counsel Maridia, I am ready to receive my charge.” Said Orden.

Orden, lead by Maridia is taken to the court yard of Gleam Spark castle. The courtyard is large and well kept. A pond is in the center of the courtyard. In the middle of the pond is a circular land mass that has gazebo like structure in the middle. A stretch of land forms a bridge between the land mass and the edge of the courtyard. Maridia Leads Orden from the entrance of the courtyard to the land mass. Two other Deva fully adorned with white robes with golden trim are present.

“Consular Chozem, as you see I have brought Orden. It is time he knew our decision.”

“Very well Maridia. Orden, your tests are very peculiar and to be honest surprising. For one to have as much skill as you being newly reborn to us is staggering.”

Clearing his throat, the next man speaks: “Orden. Your martial skill is excellent. You have even shown quite promise in leading us spiritually. Perhaps your path… lies in both.”

Maridia then speaks “Orden. Chozem and Phandarum and I have come to a conclusion. You are to join the knights of glory! From this rank you will travel out and into the world and search for a man named Scroud. You will bring Scroud to justice for crimes against the realms. This is your charge.”

“I… do not know what to say. This is quite an honor!” says Orden.

“You will take a few months to train with the knights and learn from their ways. After this time, we will send for you and give you your first assignment.” Said Phandarum.

Orden has become accepted within the knights of glory. This order is one of the most prestigious amongst the Deva. They are a band of devout warriors known to practice techniques that are both powerful and mysterious.

 

–Rob’s character was lost at the end of the previous part. To compensate plus reward him for excellent role playing i had him select his own equipment as well as add a special boon.

You receive the boon Pelor’s Sun Blessing level 13. You may also reset Orden’s magical items. You receive items as if you were starting a new level 11 character.

Pyramid game 2- Mars Cars

Mars Cars!

On Mars, it is said that an under ground junk racing circuit had began to get popular for a while. Martians would take junk and build a vehicle and race them, gaining prestige among their peers. Though sometimes it may not be the one that reaches first place that wins the prestige…

Mars Cars is a classic roll and move game designed using the components of the Pyramid Arcade set-  where you pit your tree against your opponent’s trees. Getting to the goal first is important but so is keeping all of your tree. Will you score the most points at the end?

*Special thanks to the Starship Captains facebook group – Lelia for the new name, Jason for additional ideas and bug fixes 🙂

 

Items needed-

One trio per player. Each trio must be a different color

2 six sided dice

Color Die

Zark City deck

Set up- Pick one of the ace’s to form the goal. Then create the rest board by drawing cards from the Zark city deck. After you draw enough cards (you determine what your track will look like) re-position the cards so that two colors are not next to each other and move some lower numbers near the starting space so it will be easier to get into the game.

Finally place your pieces next to the starting space.

My test board was set up as follows:

board-set-up

With the finish line being:

ending-space

Each card has a color and a number. Jack, Queen and King cards count as 11, ace as 12.

During your turn, you roll the dice.

You may move to the next space on the board if:

  • one of your dice has a number that is equal to or higher than the next space
  • if two dice added together have a higher number than the next space or
  • if you have the same color as your color die result.

You may use any combination of the dice to move up to 3 spaces on your turn. If you cannot move at all during your turn, you can either pass or take a “Split” action- leaving one of your pieces behind to move one space forward. You have to leave the lowest pip pyramid behind if you choose to move this way. If you only have one pyramid left, you cannot take the split action.

Moving examples

Example one:

In the beginning of the game, Red goes first. Red’s player has rolled a green, a two and a one. Red can only move one space this turn, as the two and one cannot combine to make a equal to or higher number than a 4. Green is used to move the player one space.

move-example-1

Example two:

If red had rolled a two, a six and a purple, Red would be able to utilize each of the dice in order to move three spaces.

move-exmple-2

Split examples

Lets say the game has gone on some, and you have the following situation.

split-example-1

As Red, you have rolled a six and a one and a blue however your next space is a green nine. Unfortunately you will be unable to continue in the normal fashion. You will have to either take a split action or pass this turn.

You decide to take a split action, moving your pieces forward and leaving behind your small piece.

 

 

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Goal: Your goal is to score the highest at the finish line. Although arriving at the finish line first gets you some prestige, it is not the only way to win…

First place nets 2 points, second place nets 1 point, third and beyond get no additional points. For each pip your racer has at the end of the game, you also score an additional point. Ties go to the player that takes first place if a tie were to occur..

End game example

Lets say at the end of the game, Red has made it to the goal with only their large. Green has arrived with a large and a mid.

 

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Red would score a total of 5 points. (large is worth 3 points with two additional points for first place).

Green would score a total of 6 points.  (large is worth 3 points, medium is two points and second place is 1 point).

 

Green wins.

Optional rules

Advanced scoring- the player that arrives first scores one point for every turn it takes your opponent to finish.

Mars car customization- These rules allow you to gain a benefit depending on how your mars car is constructed.  Either way, if you chose this rule, you will only be able to play using pyramids that match colors represented by the color die. (red, blue, green, yellow, purple)

You can do this one of two ways:

  • Basic-If you chose this rule, you are allowed to skip one space per turn that matches your mars car.
  • Advanced-Your group can take this one step further by allowing complete customization. This will allow you to use multi colored mars cars. Each player must use a different colored small piece to keep track of themselves.  If you chose this rule, you are allowed to skip one space per turn that matches one of the colors of your Mars Car. This rule makes the split action a tough choice. Sometimes it may be better to lose a piece if you are stuck on a tough space but you also lose the benefit of one of your colors each turn.

 

Advanced rules- coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My own game

I have begun work on my own rpg. It is being designed around the shonen manga genre and I hope it can be used to emulate different games. Its got a long long way to go though, but every now and again I find myself coming back and messing around with the mechanics.

The core of my game is similar to d20 in a way, roll d20 for attribute checks plus number.  Characters have many ways to fight, hand to hand, melee, guns and magic. Magic is a default term and to be honest i am considering using the term SFX to define special effects.

Characters also get bursts of power that trigger from their emotional state, can get special forms etc. I am also designing a way to consider power creep in a scale that keeps the numbers lower to avoid dice breakage (basically in dbz rpg, 3d6 no longer matters when people break that limit).

I am currently done with my first draft of the core system and am working on the powers subsystems. I want to make the powers somewhat modular, if your game has characters that can make up powers on the fly, you can do that. If you only get so many abilities at first then must spend in game time learning you can do that too. Pretty bold and difficult to do alone.

Because I hope to actually sell this game as a pdf (dirt cheap) I hesitate to provide too much information here.