Saturday, December 21, 2013

Heavy Future Villiany: The Cyberpunk Rocker

One of the things I'm working on is a sequel to my overwhelmingly popular and well reviewed monster book: The Nemesis Bestiary, which is illustrated purely with stock art. On the sequel I wanted to repurpose some of the art I've comissioned for other artwork into new critters for the book. For example, Amanda Webb's illustration of the Ubasti from Otherverse America will become a new magical beast called a Selenic Panther in Nemesis Bestiary II. I can't do that with alot of Otherverse America artwork since the illustrations are so setting specific. If I want to reuse a Lifer or Choicer soldier, for example, I have to get creative... as shown by this new monster.

The original illustration depicted a cybernetic Lifer terrorist, by Vic Shane.Take a look at what ELSE I did with that artwork....

Cyberpunk Rocker (CR 5)
Medium Chaotic* Monstrous Humanoid (cyborg)
*equally likely to be Chaotic Good, Chaotic Neutral or Chaotic Evil, but CE is the hottest, because crazy is always kinda hot
XP 1,200
Init +3             Senses Darkvision 90 ft, lowlight vision, wifi/cellular/television and radio reception, Perception +7        
Languages Galactic Common, English

AC 16 Touch 10 Flatfooted 16 (+6 natural)
HP 6d10 + 12 hp (45 HP)
FORT +6 REF +7 WILL +1
Immune Cyborg Immunities (drowning, hunger, suffocation, thirst, vacuum, the sickened and nauseated conditions, death effects, ability drain, energy drain)

Spd 40 ft
Melee +9/+4 mwk dagger (1d4+3 slashing, 19-20/x2)
Ranged +9/+4 Death Falcon Rocker (2d8 sonic, 20/x2, 50 ft range increment, single shot, 6 internal cell)
            Or +14 Perform check as a full round action rather than a Ranged Attack Roll
Special Qualities Famous Monsters of Fuckywood T-Shirt, Take It All Off!, Unhealing

Str 15 Dex 16 Con 14 Int 10 Wis 11 Cha 14
Base Atk +6 CMB +8 CMD 21
Feats Catch Off Guard, Exotic Weapon Proficiency (rocker), Personal Firearms Proficiency, Skill Focus (perform), Simple Weapons Proficiency
Skills Knowledge (local) +4, Perception +7, Perform (rocker) +14, Stealth +10
Gear Death Falcon Rocker, masterwork dagger, sexy Famous Monsters of Old Fuckywood concert tee, miniskirt without underwear, Guitar God’s Gloves

Environment any urban (underground concert halls, drug dens and the occasional cyber-strip club)
Organization solitary or accompanying a rowdy bunch of galactic garage rockers, drug dealers, petty criminals and other scum
Treasure standard (including usable cyber-components scavenged from her body)

Special Abilities
            Famous Monsters of Fuckywood T-Shirt (SU)
            The Cyberpunk Rocker loves her concert tee, and has an entire closet of similar t-shirts. Each shirt bears a one word description of a famous Fuckywood monster (and the title of one of the band’s albums. Concert dates and locations are on the back. Depending on which t-shirt she’s wearing, the Cyberpunk Rocker gains one of the following benefits. This is a property of the Cyberpunk Rocker and her stalkery devotion to the band, not the shirt itself….though the Rocker would argue otherwise.

            It should be “Monster” but everybody just calls the fucker Frankenstein, including the band. The Cyberpunk Rocker gains a 25% chance to ignore critical hits or sneak attacks, as if she possessed the light fortification feature.

            The Cyberpunk Rocker can become ethereal as a swift action for up to two rounds. This ability is usable once per encounter.

            The Cyberpunk Rocker gains a 40 ft Swim speed and a +8 enchantment bonus to Swim checks.

            The Cyberpunk Rocker gains the following spell-like ability (CL 4th – Concentration +6). 1x/day – Vampiric Touch (DC 15)

The Cyberpunk Rocker gains the Scent special quality and inflicts +2 damage with her dagger.

            Take All It Off! (SU)
            As a move equivalent action, the Cyberpunk Rocker can rip off her shirt, destroying it. Doing so reveals her beautiful metal tits, providing her with the following benefits. These benefits last for the duration of the encounter.
  • +2 deflection bonus to Armor Class
  • Increase base land speed to 50 ft
  • The Cyberpunk Rocker can make one additional dagger attack per round, at her full base attack bonus.

Unhealing (EX)
            The Cyberpunk Rocker does not heal damage naturally, and healing spells and effects only have half the normal effect when used to benefit her.

Hot chromed out bitch, dressed in sexy fetish club gear. Full cyborg conversion never looked so good. She’s hiding those fine titanium-alloy titties behind a Famous Monsters of Fuckywood concert tee. She’ll show ‘em off when the band goes into a guitar solo (or if she starts getting really pissed off in combat). Or if she needs to get into a club and the bouncer likes mecha. Or if she’s getting free drinks or cyber-maintenance. Or if things are too quiet and she wants to start some trouble with Command law enforcement. Or if…..

            The Cyberpunk Rocker is pretty crazy, at least as far as her devotion to her favorite death metal band goes. She’s killed people and stolen starships to get to gigs in out of the way places. She’s a decent guitarist herself, wielding a Death Falcon Rocker modeled on one the band’s lead guitarist uses on stage.

When it comes times to throw down, she pulls a knife out of her boot and goes to work, hacking away maniacally, though she really prefers to unleash sonic-blast solos on her rocker. If she can’t get to her dagger or rocker, she’s got no compunctions about bashing somebody upside the head with an amp. In fact, she usually starts the fight. If somebody pisses her off (especially by insinuating that Famous Monsters’ older stuff was better) she usually settles the dispute with a beer bottle to the temple.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December Update

Sorry for the lack of posts in December.

I've found a new civilian job, but the hours are a bit of a grind, and I've not had alot of time to update the blog. I'm getting decent hours, but I'm not particularly satisfied with the job. However, there's not much point to trying to find anything better during the holidays. So I plan to wait things out, and go job hunting again after the first of the year.

In the meantime, I've produced several shorter PDFs, all of which will be up on RPGNow soon.

Erobots Unmasked is a 60 pager John Picot and I collaborated on. It dramatically expands the Erobots from Heavy Future, gives them a ton of depth and culture, and some new enemies.

After that, I did a couple of Pathfinder fantasy PDFs using only stock art (or art I'd purchased earlier this year). If you like the True Halflings I did last year, you'll like the upcoming True Elves PDF, which is a 20 pager that takes Elves back to their literary roots.

I also finally did something with the excellent artwork Amanda Webb provided me, depicting several Sectaurs-styled heroes and their companion insects. The result is a 20+ page new race sourcebook entitled The Mantids. Contrary to my initial plans, I didn't have enough content to create a full, Sectaurs style campaign world, but I did have enough to produce a really kick ass race splat.

In other news, after a very long delay, I'm finally getting the last art for Closed: Monsters of the Army of God for Otherverse America. Awesome, we can finally expect to see that bad boy, which I had scheduled for the beginning of this year, at the beginning of the next. Of course, I still might add some more content to the book before its released, because in the year its' been on the shelf, my writing style and frankly system mastery of the PFRPG has improved.

Upcoming releases for the new year include The Black Tokyo Advanced Guide, which I want to be as large and impressively illustrated as Black Tokyo Unlimited, and offer tons of new options, some of which I've already spotlighted here.

The loss of my Whataburger job has hurt me financially (and to a lesser degree emotionally, I suppose,I was with those assholes 5 years) and has delayed some things. Had things ran more smoothly, I might have already been gathering art for Black Tokyo's Advanced Guide and a few other books. So expect a few more smaller PDFs, illustrated with stock art, to start out the new year. These quick, cheap PDFs will help me rebuilt the revenue base I use to illustrate my bigger, more complex works.

Anyway, I'll put up another update in a couple days,