Hello there, learned reader. My name is not shortymonster, but since we will soon become firm friends, feel free to call me Shorty. I am a well versed and well traveled gentleman gamer, with no particular favourites in regard to system or setting, playing or GMing. You can also find me at my personal RPG blog.

Oct 262013

The Myth. It was many years ago that the Farmer Simkins got the fright of his life. His once prize sow was fat with a litter, after two barren years. He had been sharpening the ax to take the meat from her since she was past her best, but when she started showing signs of being in the motherly way, she was spared, at least [Read the article]

Oct 052013

Some of my characters exist in particular worlds, others are designed to be dropped in anywhere a GM might need them. The Brothers are an idea I’ve had for when I next run a Deadlands game, so they will be written to fit into that world. Please feel free to change anything that doesn’t make sense if you want to use them in a different [Read the article]

Sep 132013

In the next couple of months I will hopefully be starting to play a new game written and created by a couple of mates of mine. Due to the nature of how players are selected for games though, there’s no guarantee that I’ll end up in said game. I have come up with a character already though, so thought i’d share it here for anyone else to [Read the article]

Aug 312013

I usually put a genre in the title for these, but this one works in pretty much any modern setting, and as you will see below, you could even have this chap turn up in a game with a supernatural element. Vald seems like two different people to almost everyone who knows him. By day he works at a diner and is the epitome of [Read the article]

Aug 232013

The zombie movie fans were quick to jump to the wrong conclusion, and governments had spent far too long trying to calm the populace down with misinformation to be taken seriously once they knew the truth. It started as so many movies – both great and terrible – did; a few isolated incidents of what could have been an outbreak of an almost supernatural plague [Read the article]

Aug 092013

The term Street Samurai is often overused. Any yahoo with a vaguely oriental looking sword strapped to their bike feels like they have the right to claim some kind of heritage as a Japanese warrior. Few, if any of them, take the time to understand the meaning of Bushido, and even fewer choose to follow the way. Akihiro has a right by birth and upbringing [Read the article]

Jul 262013

In my head, this would work best for a modern day urban fantasy/horror game, but I’m sure a resourceful GM could easily adapt what is presented below to fit the setting and system of their choice. They’ve been around since humans had any concept of poverty, and just how badly it affects the more vulnerable members of their society. Although to say “they” isn’t quite [Read the article]

Jul 132013

I will happily admit that this idea is inspired by the trailer for the rather lovely looking schlock horror flick Frankenstein’s Army, but I do think it could easily be used in other settings too. Here’s my take on some steampunky goodness. Although the Victorians are often seen as revering death, in their form of dress and how ceremonial their displays of grieving are at [Read the article]

Jun 292013

Cooper was born to a nomad family, and as such was labelled from birth as being just another member of the pack. This is fine when one is young, and belonging to something bigger than yourself is a comfort, but when adolescence hits, it gets harder and harder to stay where you’re told. So Cooper filled his bike with gas, and put the tent city [Read the article]