Towards some Vehicle Rules

Just some ideas of modelling a vehicle or some other large important machine or object like it was a Feature.

First question: why? Surely it should be a Resource or a power with the Gear limit. Yes, it could be. But if it is a Feature, it can have some personality (in every sense) of its own, and it can Assist you, meaning more dice. Or you (the captain, or the engineer, or the pilot, or all three, unless they’re arguing over what to do) can assist it in doing things. Either way, it allows for some extra dice rolling fun.

How many steps? Let everyone buy the vehicle during chargen as an Asset. Add up all the steps they spend. That’s how many steps you get on the ship!


Love may keep a ship flying, but they don’t really love back. Most objects only have three Values:

Duty: How much they keep going when the going gets tough

Power: How much they have to give to make the going of others tougher

Truth: How well they move around and respond to commands, both in and out of combat.

For an average vehicle, they all start at d6.

Vehicles can have Relationships, but they can also have Designs. As in what they were designed to do. Usually, this can be phrased as being like a relationship, eg

I was built to destroy THE FRENCH d10

I can easily avoid THE POLICE d8

I never let BAD GUYS get away d12

I smuggle things without THE EMPIRE noticing them d6

Some can be more personal:

I travel through time and space with THE DOCTOR d8

I am the last hope of MAL REYNOLDS d10

SHERIFF ROSCO never gonna catch the Duke Boys d12

You get one Design at d4 for free, with either your main purpose or your main operator. The rest cost levels.

Lastly, add Assets. These include armor, guns, and any scanning tech or the like. Don’t include Flight if you’re a plane – that’s just standard operation, but if your car turns into a boat, then you totally have the Swimming Ability. Likewise you don’t get Superspeed unless your car is ridiculously faster than other cars. And if everyone is trying to be the fastest and the most furious, then this will just be a Distinction – there’s nothing “super” about it. Whereas, for example, no other car (except KARR and Goliath) in Knight Rider can Turbo Boost or Communicate.

Example: Mal is being chased by Reavers in the Mule and has just burnt all his Plot Points saving Jayne, so Wash decides to do a Barnswallow. He rolls Glory (Watch How I Soar) d8 + I must keep ZOE safe d8 and Ace Pilot d12 and spends a Plot Point for “We’ve Done This Before” d6 and gets 5, 6, 10, and 4. He hands the 10 to “Serenity” who rolls Duty (Keep Flying) d10 and MAL’s Last Hope d10 and Trickier Than She Looks d8 and gets 10, 1 and 5, or 15, plus Wash’s 10, which is 25. The Reavers have no way to beat that so decide to Give In and explode.

Final Note: If your vehicles are alive, like say you’re flying around on dragons or something, they can be statted like people, or you could use a different set of Values to vaguely equate with handling, speed and durability. Horses probably have Glory, Duty and Power, for example, with power being stamina, duty control and glory speed. Or you could just use Handling, Speed and Durability as your values, because hey, that’s what people value in a vehicle!

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Fiasco Interlude.

Golden Panda- Or rather…How Xun Loses his heart.

in Kic But Do.

Plot set up.
Old White Beard, fallen on interesting times, now lives in the Estate of Master Shang Li, in the room next to Li’s bedchamber.
The village is suddenly full of hungry ghosts
Fortune Cookie is related to the hungry ghosts in some way
Ritual related to the ghosts…?
New Martial Arts style = Ghost Hand, can defeat ghosts
Sui is sleeping with Master Li because she’s a gold digger

1st scene..Old White beard is captured by hungry ghosts after leaping out of the bedroom window. We decide this is a critical moment in the story, and then flash backwards. (White for White Beard)

2nd scene. Long in the past: Xun Chao Man and Old white beard have lunch and discuss why Xun wants to be a sorcerer-power and wisdom. OWB says wisdom and power unrelated. Xun laughs and opens fortune cookie, it says Power leads to wisdom. (White for Xun)

3rd scene.  Chao Kwok and Sui Dai fen Sparing using water style vs drunken monkey style on bamboo. First to touch the ground loses.  Chao talks too much and loses. (for now….) (Black for Chao)

(The Scroll is in a shrine on a mountain top that can only be gotten to by cloud walking…BUT……)

4th scene. Bed room scene. between Sui dai fen and Master Li. they agree to summon a sorcerer Friend to help with a ritual to find out how to defeat the guardians to the temple. (White for Sui)

5th scene. discussion between Master Li and Old White beard.  Old White Beard hid the scroll.. Only the pure can get the scroll through purification ritual that will allow someone to pass through the waterfall. (White for Li)

6th scene. Old White beard with Xun Chao man. walking in a forest. Xun Chaon demonstrates power.revealed that fortune cookie provided power.  Xun is in White beards debt. Wants Xun to prevent Sui passing through waterfall by ensuring she is impure. Xun says OK! (White for OWB)

7th scene. Xun wakes in bed in a weird shack with Sui. Xun says he will tell everyone. Sui beats up Xun to bully him into keeping quiet. (Black for Xun)

8th scene. Chao Kwok and Xun at Sake bar. Xun tells Chao that Sui has been sullied. and defiled. Chao realized Sui is attempting the water fall and could fail. Starts to run after her. (Black for Chao)

9th scene. Waterfall in front of cave. Li and Sui there. Sui walks through. The waterfall turns noxious green and there are faint sound of screaming. Sui gets the scroll and then Chao kwok turns up. Sui gloats that she has the scroll and opens and reads it. (White for Chao)

10th scene. Outside the waterfall temple. Li and Old white beard. White beard gloats about setting this up. Then they fight. White beard kicks Lis arse – kicks him clear off the cliff! – and takes his house. (black for Li)



Mayhem – Magnificent Self Destruction
Tragedy – Life Ruined Forever

Act 2

Ist scene. White beard is in Lis bedchamber gloating. hungry ghosts attack. White beard leaps out of window. Every single person in village is hungry ghost. They carry off White beard to Xun Chao. Dun dun duh! Xun gloats – he tricked White Beard, knowing WB’s need for revenge would drive him to something stupid. Hungry ghosts loom. seemingly at Xun’s power. “the best revenge is to have your enemies live while everything crumbles around them.” Xun places White beard in a bubble blown of sorcery. White beard floats above village watching everyone get eaten. He is aghast at what his revenge has wrought. (black for OWB)

2nd scene. Xun Chao floats into village on a black crown surrounded by hungry ghosts sicing them on people and going Mwhhahhahahha!! Old white beard floats and watches on. (white for Xun)

3rd scene. Chao Kwok and Sui walk out of the falls. See the devastation of the village down below. They agree to read the scroll together. “Old white Beards recipe for perfect dumplings.“ they are shocked. (black for Chao – no ghost strike)

4th scene. Sui throws the scroll over the cliff. And says we must go and fight the hungry ghosts as best we can, they run down the hill. (or does Chao Kwok?) and fight the ghosts. Xun Chao gets to gloat as Sui dies horribly at the hands of hungry ghosts. (black for Sui)

5th scene. Li is watching the battle. Chao Kwok climbs out of the ravine. gets to village. Sees the hungry ghosts punch Suis heart out so hard that Xun Chao catches it and eats it cackling with glee. Li frees old white beard by hitting the bubble with the scroll. (white for Li)

6th scene. Li and white beard join forces and fight the ghosts as allies. White beard proposes snatching away the fortune cookie of Xuns power. Bouncing off master Li onto Xuns cloud. Snatches fortune cookie and crushes to dust. But its another trap! – a black powder infects White beard, blinding him with pain. (black for OWB)

7th scene. Flash back scene to Xuns and Chao Kwoks past. Both beset by bandits. Chao choses simple life of martial arts, Xun chose way of sorcery. Xun uses sorcery to kill them horribly and slowly, in a similar manner to White beards ‘death’. After this happens Xun displays a weakness and Chao Kwok notices this – to kill with the black blindness Xun must concentrate totally. (black for Xun I think?)

8th scene. Chao Kwok remembers that Xun must have total concentration or spell will back fire. Chao Kwock uses a Kung Fu Dumpling strike and punches Xun in the belly. (white for Chao)

9th scene. Chao Kwocks kick knocks some of Sui’s heart back into Xuns throat, choking him. He is overtaken by his own spell and the black veins writh upon him and rotting flesh starts falling off. He does not die. Doomed to suffer as half alive zombie. (white for Sui, revenge in heart form!)

10th scene. Master Li gathers up Xuns and Suis bodies and whisks them off the the water falls. Channels power from water fall into student and sorcerer. Rips the heart out Xun’s throat and places it back into Sui body. washed clean of the blood looking beatific. She returns to life! Her hand reaches around behind him…..And then….she stabs him with a hairpin!

resolution/aftermath – what happens next…

Old White beard-Crippled, blind and forever sick from having the magic in his body. no longer an old master, he wanders blind and dying.

Xun Chao Man-lies dead beside the waterfall, his throat torn out. At nightfall, however his eyes open, evily. He has returned.

Chao Kwok. – While having won the battle, the village is in ruin. smoking, and hundreds dead. He won, but has nothing left to celebrate.

Sui Dai Fen – Walking away from the waterfall into a life of violence and evil having been tainted by the the heart coming out of Xun Chao Man.

Master Li – slumps down watching Sui dai fen walking away without a second glance at her erstwhile lover.”Suuuiiiii” he cries feebly, heartbroken and lost.

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Sound Effects Ready

We had some of these last time from Gareth, but the instant CSI is great…


When someone makes a funny, press:

When someone says something dramatic, press:

When someone fails miserably and is humiliated, press:

And when someone throws out a witty one-liner, press:

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Brickisode 1.3

Dissection, misdirection and pressing, oh my.


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Episode 1.3: Stop Press

Episode 1.3: Stop Press

We open in the Governor’s study, just a few hours after the death of Corporal Naylor. A heated argument takes place over whether the body should be burned, buried or dissected. Governor Mowbray decides the body should be buried without desecration, as befitting the will of God, and puts Hargraves in charge of it. However, when they reach the body the argument breaks out anew, and when a barnacle starts spurting, even Carnegie weighs in against Hargraves, and Arabelle cuts a sample off, much to the horror of the watching priest.

Then Hargraves returns to…no, wait. Somebody tells Mowbray they took a sample, and then Mowbray chews out Hargraves for it? Then Hargraves passes the blame to Arabelle, I think? Then Mowbray apologises for arresting Hargraves and Hargraves presses him on the dangers of Ms Chiswick, demanding to know what her relationship is to the Governor. The Governor gets angry and dismisses him. Meanwhile, Augustus drops off his laudanum delivery to the laboratory and presses Mrs Dewhurst on how strange it was that he sent Corporal Naylor to the lab and then he turned up all barnacley. She tells him to push off and he lets it lie – for now.

A few days later, there’s a to-do at the docks as the Manticore comes into dock. The Captain, Hawthorne, asks the Governor permission to bring in men for shore leave, and gets it. This causes most of the guests to disperse with the news, while the navy men and the Dewhursts head back to the mansion for tea. Hawthorne tells the Governor he intends to take a few hundred men in a press, the Governor strongly objects. Carnegie backs him, and they try to appeal to the Admiral but he backs Hawthorne, much to Mowbray’s chagrin. In the corner, Ms Chiswick probes Mrs Dewhurst, wondering if she can accommodate little old her in her husband’s big lab. I think the outcome was Mrs Dewhurst going “okay maybe”.

Elsewhere, at the Screaming Pig, Hargraves and the Baroness talk about the press. She tells him to make sure it doesn’t happen, even if it involves killing Hawthorne. He says he’ll see what he can do, so the Baroness isn’t very keen to do him the favour of investigating the Dewhursts, based on the knife Hargraves found last episode. Hargraves however convinces her by saying there’s bad juju going on re the barnacles. Confessing to her about how the dying man whispered to him, he leans in towards the lady, only to be surprised when Augustus walks in. Misconceptions fly, but the two challenge their suspicions of each other to work together for a common goal – NONE of them want the press. Augustus has the perfect solution: if Hargraves can steal the Governor’s letterhead and wax-seal, his forging skills can knock up fake orders to tell the Manticore to depart at once on a wild goose chase.

After Hargraves leaves, Augustus also shares some suspicions about the role of the Dewhursts’ in the death of Naylor. The Baroness says she doesn’t like the way the Dewhursts keep demanding weird stuff – science is not to be trusted! And now she has the blade, she wonders if she can use it as leverage to find out more about the Dewhursts.

Back at the mansion, Mowbray also presses Ms Dewhurst on his supspicions, and says he wants more transparency in her work, and is sending her Ms Chiswick to observe – and Hargraves to observe Ms Chiswick. Mr Carnegie listens in, but is interupted by Ms Chiswick who says she can help him woo Mrs Dewhurst, since it’s clear that’s what he wants. He turns her down – for now.

When Hargraves returns, he is over the moon about the Governor’s idea for the laboratory  and he apologizes for pressing him on the issue of the lady, it was not his place. They buddy up, the bromance grows, and Mr Hargraves tells the Governor to go and prove he is in charge by demanding the Admiral stop the press. Hargraves uses the Governor’s swift departure to permit his theft and races back to the Screaming Pig for the forgery completion.

Mowbray and Carnegie arrive at the Admiral’s rooms together. The Govenor spurs the son to stand against his father and the younger Carnegie makes the kind of argument the Admiral can understand – if the Leviathan 2 is undermanned, then the war could be lost and top brass will cause heads to roll. The Admiral agrees and goes to talk to Hawthorne – who is picking up young boys at the ‘Pig. Hawthorne blusters and shouts and says that the Sea Lord will hear of it, but then Hargraves shows up with a letter that arrived a week ago but got lost, giving Hawthorne nothing to do but gather his men and set sail – low on men or not.

Back in his study, Governor Mowbray congratulates himself on a job well done, and ruminates on realizing the Admiral may not be the ally he thought he was. At the Pig, the Baronness, Hargraves and Augustus toast the success of the enterprise. At the laboratory, Mrs Dewhurst sighs, wondering how long she can keep up the facade in such a tiny island. She sits down by her husband in the parlour. He lowers his paper and she says “Darling – we need to talk…”

Roll credits.

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“And yet, when She reached us on the isle of St Kitts, her hunger abated, and I know not why. I only thank the Lord it did, for here I sit, able to write, for even Learned Men and foreigners would likely have filled her hammocks had she not ceased her interminable feeding. I can only surmise that there is more at stake on this island than I can see, or that the Governor and his men are more than a match for a Manticore…”

– Jan Van Der Kass, Notes from the Indies

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The Dockland Jail

The St Kitts Jail House (much restored)

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