Saturday, 5 December 2020

Adventure Calendar 2020 5: Saving Christmas

5: Saving Christmas

“Christmas is cancelled.”
“Thank you!”
“No, I mean Christmas is cancelled for the whole world and soon after the whole world will be cancelled because Santa Claus has disappeared.”
The Librarians And Santa’s Midnight Run

Santa needs your help!

Heroes often find themselves Saving Christmas (TVTropes Alert) at this time of year. 

They might end up directly Subbing For Santa (TVTropes Alert 2) in a setting with a suitably high Weird Level, but a more grounded setting can evoke it with a vital delivery, particularly in inclement weather. (The Nome Serum Run started in January 1925 but it was necessitated by snow.)

Friday, 4 December 2020

Trinity: Year One

Happy one year anniversary for the public release of Trinity Continuum and Trinity Continuum: ├ćon!

The Mandalorian: The... chapter 14

“Don’t you wanna learn more of that Jedi... stuff?”

Oh, Din, who are you trying to convince?

Adventure Calendar 2020 4: The Must-Have Toy

4: The Must-Have Toy

“This can’t happen. It’s just a doll. It’s just a stupid little plastic doll.”
“Ah-ah, that’s action figure!
Jingle All The Way

Possibly somewhat influenced by going shopping yesterday...

You’ve probably seen the stories about parents fighting over the year’s must-have toy or gift, with Jingle All The Way as the slightly exaggerated movie version of the story.

This is unlikely to be a direct issue for many player characters, but they could still get caught in an angry mob of holiday shoppers.

And there’s the Leverage episode The Toy Job (not its most direct Christmas special but definitely seasonal, first shown December 18th 2012) where the Crew cause this to bring down a CEO who wants to put an unsafe toy on the market.

Consider superheroes and other well-known player characters (or characters stumbling into a parallel universe where their adventures are a TV show... or something...) who might find that they are the season’s must-have toys. 

How would the player characters react to toys of themselves? 

And to comparative sales charts?

Black Lives Matter links

Black Lives Matter

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Adventure Calendar 2020 3: Home For The Holidays

3: Home For The Holidays

“Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs...”

The reverse of I’ll Be Home For Christmas sees the characters staying with family, friends, peers in a courtly setting or something like that for an extended period of time.

They probably don’t all get along... maybe to the extent of a Clue style mystery. 

Or maybe the place itself is besieged, or haunted...

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Adventure Calendar 2020 2: I’ll Be Home For Christmas

2: I’ll Be Home For Christmas

“Are you saying I could be stuck in Wichita?”
“I’m saying you are stuck in Wichita.”
Planes, Trains And Automobiles

Someone really wants to get home in time to be with their loved ones. Can the PCs help? 

Hey, if it’s good enough for The Star Wars Holiday Special it’s... okay, not necessarily good enough for anybody, but go with me here.

How many obstacles can you throw in the characters way? The more comedic the tone, the more absurd the pile-up of problems can get.

Tuesday, 1 December 2020


One of the great science facilities, the Arecibo Observatory, has collapsed, breaking down beyond repair.

Adventure Calendar 2020 1: Celebrations

Happy December!

After last year doing a festive writing prompt through the month, I’m dumb enough to do it again. Having covered festive traditions largely as I thought of them last time, this year I’m going with hooks based on film, song, book and other titles. I will probably mostly stay generic, but I may specify settings and genres if for some. Some overlap may occur.

1: Celebrations

“Sure! We saved the world, I say we party.”
Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Prophecy Girl

As I started last year with the simplest idea, I’ll look at it again as it’s something that could come up in every game with a suitable holiday and repeatedly in the same game.

How do the player characters celebrate the holidays? 

And for a plot hook spin on it:

How would the characters organise a larger celebration?

A game with a large social scene involved is the obvious place to put this. Fantasy games have royal courts, state occasions and diplomatic dinners. The Vampire family of games has the regular Elysium and special occasions where the Damned hang out. This can be a chance to social climbing, or something foisted on the characters, and the threat of leaders being displeased if the occasion is a letdown can add to the tension.

But many settings could have a festival, a surprise party for a friend’s birthday, or something like that. Buffy stresses more about Thanksgiving dinner than the attack by vengeful spirits that interrupt it.

World AIDS Day

We’ve made progress, but we have much further to go.


I just sent My Chemical Romance overing All I Want For Christmas to the Nobody’s Home group.

Monday, 30 November 2020

V5: Not A Drop To Drink

Jacob Burgess STing a short Vampire: The Masquerade series for LoadingReadyRun, starting with an excellent Session Zero, now on Youtube.

Happy St. Andrew's Day!

Happy St. Andrew’s Day!

Last week the Scottish Parliament voted unanimously for the bill to provide free period products to all. I am at times proud of my nation.

Sunday, 29 November 2020

V5: Nobody's Home 1.09

And tonight, depending on how it went it could have been Drain The Blood, but as it went, Heads Will Roll.

David Prowse

Most known for embodying Darth Vader, David Prowse was produest of his work for road safety with the Green Cross Code. Stop, look, listen, think.