Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Adopting Rat Catchers



Creating new characters for a role playing game is a bit like a shopping trip. You start off coming back from town with bags of random new stuff all excited. Then sort through what you have bought and find out that some of the things don't quite match the pictures on the boxes and finally your realise its too late to take anything back as personalities don't come with thirty day money back guarantees.

So its more sort of an adoption process really and when you make a commitment to a one legged, ego maniacal, kleptomaniac from a large family of albinos then you sort have have to see it through. Remember that adopting people is not just for Christmas, its for life. Having said this, life can also be mercifully or unmercifully short so perhaps don't get too close to someone destined for a Darwin award. A nod here to GM Max's game as apparently Cameron's character ended up in the stocks last week, which was a brief sojourn to being repetitively stabbed to death. Is that ironic ? I can't tell anymore.


Either way, I have found it useful on many occasions to turn to TV for inspiration and for some reason I seem to have based my Part-Time Gods character on Vasily Fet (no relation to Boba), the rat catcher from the Guielle De Toro series, The Strain. I suppose I appreciate the simplicity of his stalwart Bronks attitude but also with a passion and unswerving dedication for what he does. Being both physically fit and single minded makes him a capable doer and will motivate action in any situation without necessarily adopting the Kamikaze Paladin approach. As always we will see I guess but to be on the safe side I have some other series lined up.


At this point I would usually meander off into the lengthy history and deep lore of the wider catcher profession but with respect to the Pied Piper the only other catcher I can recall is the one from from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie. Is there a D&D Truly Scrumptious expansion or Toot Sweet Kick starter ? Well F*** off if there is.

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