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August 10th, 2009

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07:52 am - Winning the internet, Green Ronin, and Palladium
Yes - once in a while you win something, and I guess I love to brag a bit. This summer has been a good one for winning.

Earlier this summer Newegg.com drew my name in a giveaway, and I became the proud owner of an 8gb memory stick.

Then I wrote a minotaur barbarian with +5 executioner's axe and sent it to Chris Pramas, President of Green Ronin Publishing, in the hopes of winning his Make My Character contest, wherein he would play the character at an epic D&D game at GenCon. And whaddya know, I won! Now to decide what  I want - the prize being $35 of free GR swag. Tough decision.

I broke out a box of old RPGs the other day. I was looking for something to do with my two older kids, aged 6 and 8. I remembered really enjoying Palladium Games when I was younger, and found my TMNT, Heroes Unlimited, and a few other Palladium products. So we decided to try TMNT. The character creation took 2 hours or so, I would guess, over two days. Part of the reason for the length of time is that we had no character sheets (no copier access at home) - but it was only after we were mostly done that I thought I probably should have looked online to find sheets. Anyway, we did it the old fashioned way - pencil on notebook paper. It was a good exercise in writing for the kids, and I was patient as they wrote the sheets out, then we put the characters together.
One of the most fun things about these RPGs is the random character creation. In TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Other Strangeness, you're creating mutant animals who will be comic book-esque heroes. So I let the kids roll for what animal they were to be once, and if they wanted, a second time, but they had to choose one of those animals. So we ended up with:
My daughter as Deadly Chicken, the self-taught knife fighter and wilderness survivalist extraordinaire, with wing gliding and ultraviolet vision ability, and
my son as Strong Elk, the ninja swordsman elk with amazing super strength and sense of smell that speaks almost unintelligibly (at least to everyone he meets except Deadly Chicken).
They rescued a school from a group of mutant farm animal terrorists, though things got dicey against Ferd, the mutant bull and his deadly axe. Good times. Looking forward to a few more adventures before making new characters, perhaps comic characters out of heroes unlimited.

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Date:August 10th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
Cool. Good for you!

Love the name Deadly Chicken.

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