Monday, January 19, 2015

Watching the Detectives! 2! Write Ups: Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Travis McGee, Matt Scudder, Spenser, & Hawk!

Here is part two of my Detective series, detailing the classic characters of mystery fiction. I hope everyone enjoys.
I owe my love of these characters, my love of this game, and many of the details on these stats to my great friend, mr. a. hughes. My thanks, sir.


Created by Dashiell Hammett

sam spade

DEX
4
STR
3
BODY
4
Alter Ego
INT
8
WILL
10
MIND
9
Humphrey Bogart
INFL
5
AURA
5
SPIRIT
5
Motivation
INIT
17
WEALTH
6
HP
75
Seeking Justice
SKILLS
Charisma: 5, Detective: 10, Thief: 4, Vehicles (Land): 5, Weaponry (Firearms): 5
ADVANTAGES
Area Knowledge (San Francisco), Free Access (Regular), Iron Nerves, License to Kill (Law Enforcement), Sharp Eye
CONNECTIONS
High: San Francisco PD; Low: Underworld, Pinkertons
DRAWBACKS
Public Identity
EQUIPMENT
Pistol [BODY: 4, Projectile Weapons: 5 (No AV, Lethal, Reduced Range (-1 AP)), Ammo: 8, R#2]
CAR [STR: 5, BODY: 6, Running: 5, R#3]

Created by Raymond Chandler
philip marlowe
DEX
4
STR
4
BODY
4
Alter Ego
INT
8
WILL
10
MIND
9
Robert Mitchum
INFL
7
AURA
7
SPIRIT
5
Motivation
INIT
19
WEALTH
4
HP
75
Upholding the Good
SKILLS
Charisma: 7, Detective: 8, Thief: 6, Vehicles (Land): 5, Weaponry (Firearms): 6
ADVANTAGES
Area Knowledge (Los Angeles), Free Access (Regular), Iron Nerves, License to Kill (Law Enforcement), Scholar (Chess), Sharp Eye
CONNECTIONS
High: LA County DA’s Office, LAPD; Low: Underworld
DRAWBACKS
Minor Irrational Attraction to tobacco (particularly Camels), Minor Irrational Attraction to alcohol, Public Identity
EQUIPMENT
Pistol [BODY: 4, Projectile Weapons: 5 (No AV, Lethal, Reduced Range (-1 AP)), Ammo: 8, R#2]
CAR [STR: 5, BODY: 6, Running: 5, R#3]

Created by John D.MacDonald
TRAVIS MCGEE
DEX
5
STR
4
BODY
5
Alter Ego
INT
6
WILL
8
MIND
7
Paul Newman*
INFL
7
AURA
7
SPIRIT
7
Motivation
INIT
19
WEALTH
7
HP
75
Seeking Justice/Mercenary
SKILLS
Charisma: 7*, Detective: 7, Martial Artist: 6, Military Science: 4, Spy: 6*, Thief: 7, Vehicles (Land, Water): 6, Weaponry (Firearms): 4
ADVANTAGES
Attractive, Area Knowledge (Florida Keys), Buddy (Meyer), Iron Nerves, Omni-Connection, Scholar (Business Economics), Sharp Eye
CONNECTIONS
Low: Underworld
DRAWBACKS
Public Identity, Minor Irrational Attraction to attractive women, Minor Rage
EQUIPMENT
Pistol [BODY: 4, Projectile Weapons: 5 (No AV, Lethal, Reduced Range (-1 AP)), Ammo: 8, R#2]
MISS AGNES [STR: 6, BODY: 6, Running: 5, R#3]
BUSTED FLUSH [STR: 6, BODY: 7, Swimming: 3, Radio Communications: 12, R#2]
*McGee was portrayed by Sam Elliot in a TV movie, but reading the novels, it was always Newman's voice, his face, and his style that came through to me, so I've elected to use him as the face of McGee.


Created by Lawrence Block
MATT SCUDDER
DEX
4
STR
4
BODY
4
Alter Ego
INT
8
WILL
9
MIND
9
Liam Neeson
INFL
5
AURA
6
SPIRIT
5
Motivation
INIT
19
WEALTH
4
HP
75
Seeking Justice
SKILLS
Charisma: 5, Detective: 9,Martial Arts: 5, Thief: 6, Weaponry (Firearms): 6
ADVANTAGES
Area Knowledge (New York City), Buddies (Mick Ballou, Jim Faber), Iron Nerves, Sharp Eye, Sidekick (TJ)
CONNECTIONS
High: NYPD, Street; Low: Underworld
DRAWBACKS
Guilt (Over the death of a young girl), Minor Physical Restriction (Scudder is a recovering alcoholic), Public Identity
EQUIPMENT
Pistol [BODY: 4, Projectile Weapons: 5 (No AV, Lethal, Reduced Range (-1 AP)), Ammo: 8, R#2]

Created by Robert B. Parker
SPENSER
DEX
5
STR
4
BODY
5
Alter Ego
INT
8
WILL
10
MIND
9
Robert Urich
INFL
7
AURA
7
SPIRIT
7
Motivation
INIT
22
WEALTH
6
HP
100
Seeking Justice
SKILLS
Charisma: 7, Detective: 8, Martial Artist: 6, Military Science: 7, Spy: 5, Thief: 6, Vehicles: 5, Weaponry: 6
ADVANTAGES
Area Knowledge (Boston), Artist (Cook), Attractive, Buddy (Hawk), Connoisseur, Free Access (Regular), Gift of Gab, Iron Nerves, License to Kill (Law Enforcement), Pet (Pearl), Scholar (Literature), Sharp Eye
CONNECTIONS
High: Boston PD, Massachusetts State Police;
Low: Underworld, Street, LAPD, US Military, Taft University
DRAWBACKS
Dependent (Paul Giacomin), Married (for all intents and purposes to Susan Silverman), Minor Physical Restriction (Spenser injured his knee in college playing football), Public Identity
EQUIPMENT
Chef’s Special” .38 caliber Revolver [BODY: 5, Projectile Weapons: 5 (No AV, Lethal), Ammo: 6, R#2]
.9mm Semi-Automatic [BODY: 4, Projectile Weapons: 5 (No AV, Lethal, Reduced Range (-1 AP)), Ammo: 8, R#2]
66 FORD MUSTANG GT [STR: 5, BODY: 6, Running: 7, R#2]

Created by Robert B. Parker
HAWK
DEX
6
STR
5
BODY
5
Alter Ego
INT
7
WILL
10
MIND
9
Avery Brooks
INFL
7
AURA
8
SPIRIT
7
Motivation
INIT
24
WEALTH
6
HP
100
Seeking Justice/Mercenary
SKILLS
Charisma: 7, Detective: 7, Martial Artist: 6, Military Science: 7, Thief: 7, Vehicles: 5, Weaponry: 8
ADVANTAGES
Area Knowledge (Boston), Artist (Piano), Attractive, Buddy (Spenser), Connoisseur, Free Access (Regular), Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Scholar (Chess, African art), Sharp Eye
CONNECTIONS
High: Street; Low: Boston PD, Underworld, US Military, French Foreign Legion
DRAWBACKS
Minor Irrational Attraction to sharp clothes, Minor Rage, Public Identity
EQUIPMENT
Colt Python .357 Magnum [BODY: 4, Projectile Weapons: 6 (No AV, Lethal), Ammo: 6, R#2]
Sunglasses [BODY: 1, Shade: 2]



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Watching the Detectives! WRITE UPS: Holmes, Watson, Dupin, Poe, & Bat-Man!


Here is Part One of a brief series detailing some of literature and film's finest Detectives. I have had a ton of help on these write ups from an old friend- including my interest in these characters in the first place!

Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
SHERLOCK HOLMES
DEX
6
STR
4
BODY
3
Alter Ego
INT
12
WILL
12
MIND
10
Robert Downey, Jr.
INFL
5
AURA
7
SPIRIT
7
Motivation
INIT
25
WEALTH
5
HP
100
Seeking Justice/
Thrill of Adventure
POWERS
Recall: 9
SKILLS
Charisma: 12*, Detective: 14, Martial Arts: 8, Medicine (Forensics): 14, Military Science (Tracking): 12*, Scientist (Analysis): 12*, Spy (Cryptography, False Identity): 12*, Thief: 10, Weaponry (Firearms, Melee Weapons): 6*
ADVANTAGES
Area Knowledge (London), Artist (Violin), Buddy (Watson), Headquarters: 221B Baker Street (Confined, Lab: 10), Free Access (Regular), Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Mastermind,  Rich Family, Scholar (Beekeeping, Chemistry, Dirts and Soils, Graphology, History of Crime, Poisons, Tobacco Ash), Security Clearance (Low to Medium), Sharp Eye, Weapon Specializations (Singlestick fighting, Fencing)
CONNECTIONS
High: Dr. Watson, Police, Baker Street Irregulars, Mycroft Holmes, British Government;
Low: Bohemian, French, and Scandanavian Governments, The Vatican, Underworld, Street, C. Auguste Dupin
DRAWBACKS
Arch Enemy (Moriarty), Serious Irrational Attraction to cocaine use during periods without a case, Public Identity, Serious Psychological Instability (Holmes exhibits extreme excitement when on a case but when without one can fall into deep depressions), Loss Vulnerability: Holmes possesses a very focused body of knowledge and is not as well schooled on subjects that do not pertain to his detective interests; treat him as having an INT of 6 when needing such information (such as pop culture, literature, philosophy, astronomy, and politics)
EQUIPMENT
Revolver [BODY: 5, Projectile Weapons: 5 (No AV, Lethal), Ammo: 6, R#2]
Cane [BODY: 3, Strike: 1]

DOCTOR JOHN H. WATSON
DEX
4
STR
4
BODY
3
Alter Ego
INT
9
WILL
10
MIND
10
Jude Law
INFL
6
AURA
7
SPIRIT
7
Motivation
INIT
19
WEALTH
5
HP
75
Upholding the Good
SKILLS (*linked)
Charisma: 6*, Detective: 9*, Medicine: 11, Military Science: 5, Scientist (Analysis): 9*, Thief: 4*, Vehicles (Land): 4*, Weaponry (Firearms): 7
ADVANTAGES
Artist (Writer), Connoisseur, Free Access (Regular), Gift of Gab, Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Sharp Eye
CONNECTIONS
High: Sherlock Holmes, Police; Low: Medical community, British military
DRAWBACKS
Married (Mary), Serious Physical Restriction (Watson suffers from poor health, as a result of the wound and serious illness that saw him discharged from the Army), Minor Irrational Attraction to gambling, Public Identity
EQUIPMENT
Revolver [BODY: 5, Projectile Weapons: 5 (No AV, Lethal), Ammo: 6, R#2]
 
Created by Edgar Allan Poe
C. AUGUSTE DUPIN
DEX
4
STR
2
BODY
2
Alter Ego
INT
13
WILL
12
MIND
9
George C. Scott
INFL
4
AURA
4
SPIRIT
4
Motivation
INIT
21
WEALTH
3
HP
75
Thrill of Adventure/Mercenary
POWERS
Recall: 9
SKILLS
Charisma: 6, Detective: 13, Medicine (Forensics): 11, Spy (Cryptography): 10, Thief: 5
ADVANTAGES
Area Knowledge (Paris), Free Access (Regular), Iron Nerves, Scholar (Riddles, Heiroglyphics, Criminology, Mathematics, Literature), Security Clearance (Medium), Sharp Eye
CONNECTIONS
High: Edgar Allan Poe, Paris Police, French Government;
Low: Sherlock Holmes
DRAWBACKS
Serious Irrational Attraction to being reclusive, Public Identity
EQUIPMENT
Cane [BODY: 3, Strike: 1]

EDGAR ALLAN POE
DEX
4
STR
3
BODY
2
Alter Ego
INT
12
WILL
8
MIND
6
John Cusack
INFL
9
AURA
10
SPIRIT
8
Motivation
INIT
25
WEALTH
3
HP
50
Seeking Justice
SKILLS
Charisma: 7, Detective: 10, Military Science: 2, Spy (Cryptography): 12, Weaponry: 2
ADVANTAGES
Area Knowledge (Baltimore), Artist (Writer, Poet), Connoisseur, Rich Family, Scholar (Literature, Literary Criticism, Editing, Cosmology), Sharp Eye
CONNECTIONS
High: Auguste Dupin; Low: Literary world
DRAWBACKS
Arch Enemy (Rufus Griswold), Guilt (Over the death of his wife Virginia), Serious Irrational Attraction to alcohol and gambling, Minor Irrational Attraction to Sarah Helen Whitman, Public Identity, Unluck
Created the whole idea of Detective stories.

BONUS MATERIAL:
THE Bat-man 
(Gotham by Gaslight)
DEX
7
STR
4
BODY
5
Alter Ego
INT
12
WILL
12
MIND
12
Bruce Wayne
INFL
10
AURA
10
SPIRIT
10
Motivation
INIT
33
WEALTH
18
HP
100
Seeking Justice
SKILLS (all linked)
Acrobatics: 7, Animal Handling: 10, Charisma: 10, Detective: 12, Martial Artist: 7, Military Science: 12, Thief: 7, Weaponry: 7
ADVANTAGES
Area Knowledge (Gotham City), Buddy (Alfred Pennyworth), Connoisseur, Expansive Headquarters (Wayne Manor), Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Sharp Eye
CONNECTIONS
High- Sherlock Holmes, Sigmund Freud, James Gordon
Low- High Society
DRAWBACKS
Secret Identity, Mistrust
EQUIPMENT
BATSUIT [BODY: 2, Skin Armor: 1, Initiative Penalty: -1]
Throwing Knives (x8) [BODY: 6, Claws: 1 (Diminishing, Half STR)] The attack power of this weapon represents throwing multiple weapons at a target. If attacking multiple targets, reduce the attack’s total EV by one for each target and apply the Multi-Attack modifiers.


Great song.