Saturday, March 16, 2019

1d6 Crapsack Setting Ideas Based on Kids' Shows

The below was posted on G+, a summary of a Cracked article that took dark and dystopian interpretations of kid's shows.

1. Economic slump where educated criminals run outlandish schemes in the face of a failed meritocratic system of skill-> employment transitions. (Scooby Doo)
2. Crapsaccharine dystopia in the skies, unseen nightmarish landscapes below (the Jetsons)
3. A twin universe whose karmic pairing seems to eliminate free will (Darkwing Duck)
4.. A world where nobody decides when to have children, and where children grow up in isolation from peers (The Smurfs)
5. Eternal war brought on by the ability for anyone to gain temporary superpowers (Popeye)
6. You die and come back to haunt your old house, get bagged by for-profit spectral exterminators, and get condemned to eternal hell with the ghosts of murderers, gangsters, pirates, demons, elder things, and worse (The Real Ghostbusters)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Collected Gamable Links

Below are links filled with gameable ideas and tools collected throughout the years of Google Plus, now stored here for posterity.

Gaming sites and links
Castlevania board game (fanmade) 
Creatures of Poppy Road
Giants vs. dragons vs. worm (a cosmology)
Monster Pamphlets
Neural network designed spell names
Power Ranger Fighter
Resurrection effects
RPG Tinker- D&D 5e NPC Generator
Silly campaigns: high school tankery
Why would the BBEG want a baby?

History and Mythology
Archaeologists go hightech to solve 2,500 cold case 
Benjamin Lay, abolitionist and forgotten prophet 
Bohemian earspoon 
Boudica the warrior queen 
DNA analysis of ancient excrement reveals the diets of ages past 
Dodecahedrons baffle archaeologists 
Fabled "gate to Hell" really did kill people-and now we know why 
Goat helps prove magic is fake 
Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov, Russian scientist who tried to inseminate chimps with human semen 
King Tut's space metal dagger
Magic potato collection at English museum 
Mausoleum of Victorian Egyptologist believed to be a time machine 
Medieval Death Bot 
Medieval knights fight giant snails and nobody knows why
Mississippi River map, 1864 
Naomi Uemura, extraordinary Japanese adventurer and explorer 
Nightmarish things people used to do for fun before electricity 
Prehistoric cave contains 6,000 year old cave  
Prohibition and Voyageurs National Park 
Seven hundred year old tunnel used by Knights Templar found beneath rabbit hole 
Tristan da Cunha (remote island) 
Uninhabited and mysterious islands with bizarre pasts 
Vampire pumpkins and watermelons 
Victorian slang terms we should definitely bring back 
World's last feudal lord outsmarted the nazis to protect her people 

Media and Popular Culture 
Crazy Monster Designs (nightmarish sentai monster costume designs) 
Creative Uncut- video game art and pictures 
Custom mapmaker 
Five most mysterious video games 
Flame Warriors Guide 
Goast (Ghostbusters fan wiki) 
Goliath serum (Venture Bros. fan wiki) 
Hungarian posters for popular movies 
Mashup jigsaw puzzle art 
Nightmarish animal photoshop mashups 
Scariest urban legends from every state
Six Classic Kids Shows Secretly Set in Nightmarish Universes 
Terrible maps 
Twisted princesses 
Yellow Site (Hastur Mythos Wiki)  

Nature and Science

Australian birds have weaponized fire
Cloud seeding
Cotard delusion 
Cyborg cockroaches may be future emergency responders
Fire ants self organize to build towers to reach safety
Golden chamber holds water so pure it can dissolve metal, helps scientists find dying stars
Hindsight bias
Hypatia stone contains compounds not found in this solar system
Inside the lab where spiders put on face paint and fake eyelashes
Mars liquid water lake revealed
Mountain goats on your trail? They like you, and your urine
Mutated gene associated with colon cancer discovered in 1700s Hungarian mummy
Mysterious sound comes from depths of Antarctic ice shelf
Shrew vs. snake: animals attack
Small asteroid discovered orbiting around earth
What moves gravel sized gypsum across the desert?

News Stories
Bug spray kills spider, spawns nightmare
Bones, caskets unearthed by Sandy
Chatbots develop own language, Facebook disables AI system
Eyeworm found in woman's eye previously only found in cattle
Girl suffers seizures after brain becomes infected with tapeworms
Knife angel built over two years using 10,000 weapons 
Manson's blood relatives seek legal custody of his body to lay him to rest
Montclair Mansion sells for $10, but buyer must move it
Pable Escobar's hippos now wander Columbian wilderness
Salvador Dali's body exhumed because tarot card reader claims Dali is her father
Tapeworm five footer slithers out of man who ate raw fish almost every day 
Treasure hunters seek eccentric's hidden two million $ bounty
"Zombie raccoons" spotted in Northeast Ohio

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Using Google Take Out to Save All Your Google Plus Posts

There's been a lot of talk on G+ in the impending G+pocalypse about saving posts with Take Out. I thought a guide on how to export everything into individual html files might help. Step by step guide below. This guide is for computer web browsers.

        1. In the upper right hand screen, click on your portrait. When the box comes up. Click the blue “Google Account” button
        2. In the new tab that pops up, look under “personal info and privacy”. Click “control your content”

    3. Under the box that says “download your data”, click “create archive”.

     4. Select data you want to include by hitting the toggles on or off. There are many things you might want to include such as “drive” and “Google Photos”. However, for the purposes of getting your Google + posts, be sure to toggle on “Google + Stream”.

    When you have everything, click the blue “Next” button at the bottom.

        5. On the next screen, you can select a few archival options for the archive/zip file, including the delivery method. It defaults to sending you it via email. When you’re ready, click the blue “create archive” button.

        6. You’ll be taken to a screen showing the (probably very slow) progress. You don’t need to keep this window open, but you can cancel the archive if you choose.
     7. Wait for the archive to be created. (You should get an email when it’s ready). Download the file.
    8.  After you open the file, click on the Google + Stream folder and then under posts. They will be there as individual html files.
    9. Be sure to check the zip file index file to see if anything didn’t make it into the file.

    If something has failed, there will be a white exclamation point on a red circle. Click on it to see what didn’t make it.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Titles for Undead Potentates

A list of (semi-rhyming) titles for undead leaders and nobles


Aristocrat of Bodaks
Despot of Deathknights
Emperor of Vampires
Fraujaz of Dracoliches
Jarl of Draugr
King of Crypt Things
Knight of Wights
Magnate of Wraiths
Marquess of Spectres
Pharaoh of Huecuva
Princess of Liches
Shah of Shadows
Swami of Mummies
Tzar of Zombies

Monday, February 26, 2018

Venture Backgrounds: Ruined Child Adventurer

Venture Backgrounds: Ruined (Former) Child Adventurer
Skills: Acrobatics, Investigation
Languages: One of choice (preferably esoteric)
Toolset: One of choice

You continue the family business of intrepid adventuring. The problem is that you didn’t choose this life; you were forced into from a young age. Forced to endure brutal conditions and emotional tragedy from an early age, you are the shell of whom you might otherwise be. Unable to function in everyday society, you have turned back to what you know.

Feature: Fanfare of the Bygone Days
As the Folk Hero’s “Rustic Hospitality”, though it applies to followers of your bygone days of youthful heroism rather than the common folk in general.

Suggested Characteristics
Ruined child adventurers tend to have complex relationships with their pasts. On the one hand, the trauma of childhood adventuring tends to shred any normal functionality in a person’s life to pieces. On the other hand, such an arduous early life may also imbue the otherwise pitiable soul with a few rare skills. As such, the ruined former child adventurer may view their childhood with a mixture of nostalgia and loathing.

Personality Characteristics (1d8)

1.       The memory of my parents will never leave me, much as I’d prefer them to.
2.       I don’t get too attached to other people. I’ve seen all too often the hired help doesn’t last long.
3.       Despite my best attempts to deny it, I’m still sentimental about my youth.
4.       I know many things, and I’m always the first one to remind everybody.
5.       I have the great tradition to uphold.
6.       I’m always on the lookout for somebody to try the latest thing I’m working on.
7.       When I look about, I always see how better things used to be.
8.       Everybody looks at me like I’m a frickin’ fossil, but I still got the magic. I’m cool. I’m hip.

Ideal (1d6)

1.       Style (Neutral) Every adventurer has to have an equally great style.
2.       Wealth and Power (Evil) I’m not really a villain, am I?
3.       Discovery (Any) The truth is out there.
4.       Idealism (Good) We are not merely people of adventure; we are people of hope.
5.       Excitement (Chaotic) I can’t feel alive unless I’m tied to a chair with a weapon pointed at my head.
6.       Belonging (Any) The things I do for love.

Bond (1d6)

1. I grew up. I'm not a child adventurer. I have my own business, and my own family.
2. My parents’ murder remains murder remains my only unsolved case ever.
3. This is all a part of my therapy.
4. I’ll show my old folks what I can do.
5. I weep for my own lost sidekick.
6. My order was founded to protect and serve humanity’s best, not to be a guild of calamitous intent.

Flaw (1d6)

1.       When I think of those who wronged me, I want to see them burn. Sometimes I want to see the whole world burn.
2.       Some people call me an addict, but I gotta have my meds.
3.       I don't get to meet many people I’m attracted to, and when I do, they play games.
4.       Everybody says I don’t talk to people, that I talk at them. I say they don’t listen.
5.       I can’t let anything go. It never ends.
            6.    I will stop at nothing to avoid living in my predecessor’s shadow.