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Forganthus's comment on 2012-06-10 03:52 AM
I'm changing my vote. This is just such an awesome THEME for a game. Dark, silly Americana. I haven't seen it before. 5/5. Go to Comment
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-06-10 03:55 AM
I've got the scotch. I propose that it be drank on the porch, during sunset, and while cleaning the guns. Go to Comment
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-06-10 03:56 AM
Maybe in Zombies Ate My Neighbors? Go to Comment
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-06-10 03:59 AM
It dips pretty close to honeyed words, though. Go to Comment
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-06-10 04:38 AM
And don't forget Old Man Stockard. His house is one of the safest places in town near the end of the summer, on account of all the flamingos he attracts. He has boxes of hats and baby costumes (tiny tuxedoes, army fatigues, etc) in his garage the he uses to bribe the flamingos. They roost all around his house. He sometimes gives the birds real gold jewelry; he must spend a fortune on that stuff. Go to Comment
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-06-10 02:42 PM
I'm not sure it needs a villain. I see this more like a zombie-themed d20 modern sort of game, except the goal is normalcy instead of survival.

None of the NPCs listed are heroic-sounding, nor are they especially interested in eldritch lore. They're just people with other jobs who want to live a normal life in their town. I imagine quests would be more like "clear the football stadium of chasers and cavemen before the season starts" or "figure out why the tourists are bringing thousands of cans of cranberry sauce to the old mall and refusing entry to everyone else."

But that's just my take.

But if you want to have villains, here's some brainstorming: (1)carnivorous Santa Claus. (2) Evil sentient restaurant that never appears in the same place twice. (3) The Electric Company, whose bills require very strange payments. (4) The Internet itself (which is very different in the Nexus than anywhere else), intent on animating junkers and building a spaceship. (5) The Captain, who lives in the gigantic cargo ship in a parking lot and frequently unleashes strange things from his shipping containers. (6) Poppa Zombie. (7) Dr. Fetus. (8) The Party Animal. Go to Comment
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-06-10 03:06 PM
Bicyclists
Sometimes, after a particularly heavy spring thunderstorm, you might come across big, white bulbs in the soil. They're like mushrooms, except not as spongy as your average mushroom. Anyway, these white domes grow until they are ovals about a foot long. A few more days, and the things look like helmeted heads, buried in the ground up to their noses. If you actually put your face down there for a good look, you can see that they are helmeted heads, with ears and sunglasses and everything. After a couple of more days, the bicyclist will wake up, pull himself out of the dirt, and start walking around.

Brian Cooper says that he dug one up before it was done growing, but whatever it looked like scared him so bad that he's not talking.

Bicyclists look like people, except they're really skinny and they haven't got a butt. Like, at all. Their entire body is covered in black, foamy skin that looks like the stuff that real bicyclists wear. And I'm pretty sure that the helmet and sunglasses are actually part of their head (I've never seen under their glasses, or seen them remove any of their gear).

After they pull themselves out of the ground, they usually go into a corner and make a bicycle. I'm not sure how they do it, but Alana McBride told me that they make it from their spit, and shape it like a spider weaving a web. But she was finishing a bottle of scotch, so she might have just been pulling my leg.

The tend to bike around town furiously for a couple of weeks. I talked to one soon after he was 'born', and the bicyclist was only interested in learning which roads he could take in order to map a perfect rhombus. I told him we didn't have any roads like that. Then he wanted to find a route he could ride that would take him on a perfect circle "about six or seven. . . no! eight miles in diameter!" I eventually just showed him a map, and he settled for a square route, but he didn't seem happy about it.

Bicyclists will pretty much always give you a ride somewhere if you ask. It might not be where you want to go, though, but I've ridden on their handlebars before to get to work. They bike really fast, too. I've seen one go 75 on the freeway before.

After biking around for a few weeks, though, they die. They just keel over while biking. Usually Silver River Trash Removal picks them up, but if they fall in a ditch someone's got to get them out of there. Once, I guess one died while it was biking, and flew right under Betsy Burnam's porch. I helped get the body out from under there. I guess it had hit pretty hard, because it had split open. On the inside, the bicyclist was filled with stuff that looked like chocolate cake, but smelled like vomit.

I still have the bike, though. I used to ride it to work until it started getting kinda crumbly. Go to Comment
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Dossta's comment on 2013-03-19 03:10 PM
. . . huh. I have no words for this, other than to ask what you were smoking when you came up with half of this. Well-written, impressively odd and imaginative. Not really to my tastes but I can't fault it for that -- it's still a great setting. Well done!

P.S. love the additions by Forganthus as well. The flamingos were one of my favorite creatures, right next to the tourists. Go to Comment
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MysticMoon's comment on 2012-06-15 09:16 PM
Just enough detail to get the imagination working and well presented.

A well earned 5/5. Go to Comment
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2014-10-25 10:50 PM
I love the Welcome to Nightvale podcast. Your sub predates the first airing of the show by 5 days. XD Go to Comment
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Dionysus's comment on 2012-06-10 03:15 PM
This is an exceptional piece for sure. It's long, well written and it really takes the reader there. Go to Comment
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caesar193's comment on 2012-09-27 11:14 AM
Great sub. Take a gold and hoh. By the by, which part of America is the nexus? Go to Comment
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caesar193's comment on 2012-09-27 11:15 AM
Or maybe not a gold. I'll gold it ASAP. Go to Comment
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RHHale's comment on 2012-12-05 08:14 PM
This is an awesome sort of Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe cross with the Fog vibe to it!!! Comical macabre and over the top film noir to it...LOVE IT!!! Go to Comment
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Strolen's comment on 2012-05-13 09:28 AM
I like this one a lot! Fun and entertaining to think about how it can be used. I would be tempted to go with Mourn's comment as well so the players could use it. Hate to see them die "by accident." Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2012-05-01 11:23 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2012-05-01 11:30 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2012-05-02 04:37 PM

This bespeaks a bit of Final Destination where death itself causes random almost innocent events of chance that cause the most horrific ends. Wonderful item. A tad bit interesting and flavorful. To bad it usually ends up in death, I would make it not so detrimental unless kept for a very long time. Perhaps the random accidents get increasingly worse the longer the item is used. All in all though I liked it.

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valadaar's comment on 2012-05-08 11:00 AM

I agree with Mourngrymn.


As for its detrimental effect for PCs, I have a couple suggestions directly tied to the blade:


1.The blade simply refuses to be unsheathed at a rather inopportune time.  


2. If the PC is falling or tumbling, the blade unsheaths with obvious effects.


3. If the PC is sneaking successfully, the cane gets dropped - loudly.


I don't think a misfortune field about the wielder fits with the idea of the item.

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Silveressa's comment on 2012-05-03 04:57 AM

An interesting change perhaps the magic of the cane faded over time and now the accidents are not always fatal; making this an interesting acquisition for a PC to get their hands on, especially if they're recovering from an injury or want a sword cane to slip past the guards into the palace or thieves guild.

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