Thursday, July 20, 2017

Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter

Last night I watched another of my other favourite vampire movies, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter. If you've not seen it, you really need to. It's the perfect mix of Hammer Horror and swashbuckling action. Plus Caroline Munro is absolutely gorgeous as the gypsy, Carla.

Here are stats for Kronos and his followers for Lamentations of the Flame Princess.
Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter

Armor: 13,  HP: 35, Fighter 5, Movement 120'1 rapier (+8 to hit, 1d8 damage) or 1 katana (+8 to hit, 1d8) attack, Morale 12

Professor Hieronymus Grost

Armor: 12,  HP: 22, Specialist 5, Movement 100'1 walking stick (1d4), Morale 8
Skills: Architecture 3, Bushcraft 1, Climb 1, Languages 4, Search 4, Sleight of Hand 1, Sneak Attack 1, Stealth 1, Tinker 6


Armor: 14,  HP: 10, Specialist 2, Movement 120'1 dagger (1d4), Morale 8
Skills: Architecture 1, Bushcraft 2, Climb 2, Languages 1, Search 1, Sleight of Hand 3, Sneak Attack 1, Stealth 3, Tinker 1

I was looking for art to go with this post and just discovered that the movie is get a four issue comic book sequel. I definitely want the Hammer Glamour cover. You can read more about the series here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Light City - Blacula

I re-watched Blacula this morning and I think Mamuwalde would make a great guest villain for Light City. While he is a monster, he shows remorse and love. He is a true vampire noble. If you want to learn more about Prince Mamuwalde, watch Blacula. Scream Blacula Scream was entertaining, but if you really want to learn about the character watch the first film.

Also, there is an alternate universe in my head that has Mamuwalde being from Wakanda and an ancestor of T'challa, the Black Panther.
Prince Mamuwalde
AC 2 [17]      HD: 8+6    Attacks:  2 Slams (2d6+2) or Bite (1d6, see below)   Special: see below    Move: 12/15 (flying/bat form)

Prince Mamuwalde can cast the following spells: Charm Person 3/day

As a vampire, the prince has many special abilities and advantages. He can turn into a bat and has incredible strength. He is immune to damage from mundane weapons. He might be knocked back by a solid hit with a shovel or something of that nature (but it doesn't actually do damage). However, fire affects him just like it would any other man. He also takes 10 points of damage a round when in direct contact with the sun. Holy water can harm him and if presented by someone with conviction (though not necessarily religious conviction), he can be held at bay with a cross. He can be killed if a wooden stake is driven into his heart while in his coffin or by direct sunlight.

Anyone killed by Mamuwalde's bite will rise as a vampire. Being undead, he can be resurrected via certain black magics.

What do you think about this format? My next Light City project is a villain and henchman guide.

Horror Comic Covers

@vileconsumption is an artist that is combining too of my loves in fantastic ways. He's taking classic comic book covers and giving them horror makeovers. Seriously, check these out.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Blood in the Chocolate Review

"Wouldst Thou Like To DIE Deliciously?"

I finally got a copy of +Kiel Chenier's Blood in the Chocolate and I have to say, I'm in love. At it's core, the adventure is about "man's greed and capacity for cruelty" but it's wrapped up neatly in Willy Wonka's golden ticket.

Lucia de Castillo
The book itself is delightfully cute and cruel. Jason Bradley Thompson's art is both really delightful, yet frighteningly fucked up at the same time. I love it! The book itself, like other Lamentations releases, doesn't waste space. The inside cover has a quick reference map of the chocolate factory (along with directional info, encounters, and treasure). The back cover features NPC's and monsters, a pygmy tracker, and random tables related to the adventure's chocolate. These cheat sheets are quite useful.

While it's obviously fictional, the psuedo history and backstory that the author presents makes it feel real (well at least realized). Before the factory (which is the adventure) is described, Kiel gives us thorough backgrounds on the setting, backstory, villain, running the adventure, the pygmies and their magic tree, the chocolate itself, and the horrendous diseases and afflictions one can can contract from dealing with the Lucia's tasty treats.

I absolutely love the villain. She's an attractive, overweight, LGBT character. She really is like a sexy version of D'onofrio's Wilson Fisk from the Daredevil series. As a non-hetero fat dude, I appreciate her. It's nice to see a fat character that's absolutely capable and not a dolt, humorous, or ugly. Yes she's evil, but she's also charming and intelligent.

The adventure is full of dessert themed body horror and is all the more wonderful for it. There are eight poisons/diseases that players can contract and they have delightful names like noxious berry curse and brittle throat disease.

The only thing I don't necessarily like about the adventure is the use of pygmies. Kiel does a good job explaining that they aren't actually pygmies. That's just what Lucia calls them. This is while I might not like the terminology and such, it isn't a deal breaker for me. The reason they look odd and are primitive is explained in the adventure's background and they're a nice Oompa Loompa/goblin substituent.You can read more about Kiel's decision to use pygmies and his thoughts here. Actually he's doing a whole behind the scenes series of posts about the creation of Blood in the Chocolate and it's a good read.

The adventure itself is really well written. The illustrations and descriptions are clear and Kiel gives plenty of help to the DM. I especially like the conclusion. There are a lot of variables and he addresses most of them (including breaking down monthly costs if the players take over the factory).  I really don't want to give too many specifics because players might be reading this. Blood in the Chocolate will be a fun one to run for my friends. It'll probably be ran as a one shot, though if I even get to run my early modern gothic Greyhawk game, it'll be used their as well.

If you can't tell, I absolutely think this is an adventure you should buy. That being said, there are some sexual consent issues and violence mentioned in the adventure. If this is a major issue for you, then stay away. You can grab the print (with pdf) version here or the pdf here.

If you've not voted fore the ENnies yet, you should totally give this your vote. Also, through some votes towards the other Lamentations of the Flame Princess books. They're all fantastic and deserve the recognition. Plus, the trolls hate it. Vote here.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Oats Studios - Volume 1 - Zygote

This one is really damn messed up. The creature looks like a necromancer's creation.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Castlevania Season 1

Season 1 of Castlevania is fantastic. The voice acting is top tier, the action is stylish, the animation is slick, the story is interesting, and the show is bloody as Hell.  Even though he isn't in the season much, I love this version of Dracula. He's a tragic villain, but still a villain. You feel sympathy for him, despite his drastic and genocidal actions. Plus, Graham McTavish is a fantastic actor and voice actor. Richard Armitage (Thorin from the Hobbit films) does an excellent job as Trevor Belmont too. The character provides some nice humor to the otherwise dark series. It's also cool to see a character regain some of his faith.

I only have two complaints:

  1. The season is way too short. It's only four 23 minute episodes. This will be improved with Season 2, which will be 8 episodes.
  2. There is no wall chicken. Though from what I've read, the writers really tried to include this throwback to the video games. They just couldn't find a good spot in season 1.

If you're playing Curse of Strahd or Lamentations of the Flame Princess and want some good inspiration, this is the series for you. Friday I statted out the primary weapon of the Belmont Clan, the Vampire Killer for LotFP. I might stat out some of the characters and monsters (from the show and video game series) soon.