Hey guys,Do me a favor and pass these around, will ya?
Here's a pdf version if that's easier for printing off or whatever.
Will do. My FLGS is kind of lacking shelf space, though, so I'm not sure if it'll do any good.
And if anyone wants a copy of Engine Heart you can download it for free here:http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Engine_Heart
Sweet. I love your games Viral!!
>>23056809Well, that's why I do what I do!The idea is to print 250 copies of the rulebook and possibly an equal number of copies of the module splatbook. Joints & Jivers would probably be a stretch goal.I'm about halfway done with a mini-module prize.
>>23056908Speaking of stretch goals and such...Modempunk needs more love. No one remembers the fine art of hacking phones with walkman cassette players anymore.Time to remind themOddly appropriate captcha: because apsnae
>>23055894>http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Engine_HeartBumpan' for "/tg/ gets shit done!" - Thanks Viral
Mock-up of the mini-module cover.Some people the other day asked for an industry-themed splatbook with themed locations and new features and defects.I've also been talking with the person in charge of making custom Gamescience dice, so that's another thing on the horizon.
>>23057328>custom game science diceallofmywant.jpg
>>23055894Also you send them books for free and when they do sell you request half the revenue from sales instead? Am I reading this correctly?
Reported for Viral.Just kidding, you're a cool dude Viral.
>>23055894Made me smile.
So far the main location of the module is pretty fleshed-out, and there are eight new industrial features and defects. Good enough for tonight.
>>23060031I'll pass it around. Sounds dope.
Bumping for distribution.
I... I was preparing to run a new campaign with some friends. I came on /tg/, like I do most days.This... this is beautiful. I can't believe I've never seen this before.Thank you, Viral.
Bump for a beautiful man and his beautiful game.
>>23062942...thank you?>>23064915It's true, I am the Adonis of neckbears.
I can't tell, is this event an example of irony? That "Viral" is committing obscenely blatant bacterial marketing.
>>23065274Say that to my cortical stack not online and see what happens
>>23055894No prob Viral!...>Realizes his nearest LFGS is 2 hours away in plane... I hate my life...
>>23066695>LFGS>layover flight gaming store
>>23055894Viral,You are a hero good sir.Alerting the many that have enjoyed your, and the contributing writers, creative cog turning.Anonbot ACTIVATE!
>>23068292Is that a skirt made of circuit boards?Dem upper-thigh scratches
>>23070538It was originally a skirt yes.Was supposed to be a poor man's breadbox circuit tester to represent BreadBot hacker supreme. I managed to run a badwrongfun EH campaign for a year and the sheer overload of defects is a potent example of such.>Toster theseCertainly Captcha.
>>23070979What do the drones look like?
Viral, why would you make these threads when I'm at work?I'ma be in the IRC so you should show up.
>>23073758In my defense, I made this thread more than 24 hours ago.
I can never get out to any game stores any more, but I wish you luck, Viral.
I'll email my FLGS with your flyer, Viral.
I don't know how to do this while being properly subtle. Here, have a link to my LGS' site, and you can arrange it yourself, OP. Also, good luck!http://jestersplayhouse.com/
Viral! Holy shit dude, good to see you again!
I keep meaning to play this game but we have too many games running along the usual suspects to squeeze this in
I do believe this is the first time I've heard of someone giving physical books for free.
I'm assuming this only applies to US FLGSs?
>>23079740Nah, I think he's saying that they're too busy with already running games to run an Engine Heart game.
>>23057328Will this be avaliable in physical as well? I really enjoy having the other two as such to take to game nights.
Hooked on EH
>>23079887>I'm assuming this only applies to US FLGSs?They will probably get preferential treatment, since the shipping to anywhere outside of the US will really drive up the cost of getting it there, but that doesn't mean I won't try to get copies to your store!>>23082593>Will this be avaliable in physical as well? I really enjoy having the other two as such to take to game nights.Right now the idea is that people who kick in at a certain level will get a pdf copy before anyone else, but I have a couple of plans to get the mini-modules in print as well. One possible prize is a limited-edition signed and numbered hardcover book that collects Engine Heart, Power and Light, and the mini-modules all in one book. CaesarSalad (the guy who came up with the idea for The Farm scenario and wrote basically all of Luck E. Dog's (even though I forgot to put his name in the credits for it) had a brainstorm for a shopping-mall-oriented splat called Consumer Grade, so if the mini-modules can reach a total page count of at least 32 pages they can get collected as their own softcover book. They average about 12 pages each, so this isn't an unrealistic idea.
Just to celebrate, how about the Mythic GM emulator for everyone!?Cheers!
>>23084374Ha-ha, free exchange of infor->Gloranna stone-cold killed those guards who were just doing their job
Can we storytime in here as well?
>>23084720Go for it!
>>23085059>So, we're on this real hot run, see? Paydata in hand, we've just busted out of a locked-down arcology and are screaming down the highway in a stolen van. A stolen NEWS van. We shoot down a corporate helicopter gunship and make it onto a large suspension bridge -- its late night, and there is no traffic. A news chopper hovers nearby. Our street samurai, who's driving, looks out the window and shoots them a peace sign.For some reason I get the feeling that this wasn't an Engine Heart game.
>>23084849Alrighty this'll be a bit slow as I'm typing it at as I go.This is the story of the second campaign of Engine Heart my group's played. We played three robots from a package delivery service that had been delivering the mail even with no one to collect it. Our cast was me as Bee-Bot, a humanoid robot with the largest package capacity. Then there was Bumble-Bot, our aerial mapping and small item delivery unit. Finally Busy-Bee, our repair unit who'd been conscripted into package delivery as the other company robots began to fail. We had delivered every package in our mail room except one. So I go over and pick it up, Bumble-Bot reads off the directions, and we grab our rather tiny friend Busy-Bee and head off on our last delivery. Addressed to one Dr. Anderson at the Dresda Institute of Science.Getting there wasn't terribly difficult, we walked most of the way but found that several roads were being paved by large industrial robots who would not let us pass for health and safety regulations against the possible harm or destruction of property (robots) that would get the city sued. Now this was a bit of an issue since our programming was to deliver our packages as soon as possible and this one was decades past due. So Bumble-Bot gave us alternate directions, through the subway.
Out of curiosity... I don't see much kickstarter-related stuff on /tg/. Do people ever post their ideas here for support? Or does that invoke the "game dev plz go" sage attack?This thread seems positive (but possibly because Viral is already popular).
>>23085493Its happened occasionally, to mixed results. It depends both on how its presented and how /tg/ is feeling at the time.
>>23085362>Our cast was me as Bee-Bot, a humanoid robot with the largest package capacity. Then there was Bumble-Bot, our aerial mapping and small item delivery unit. Finally Busy-Bee, our repair unit who'd been conscripted into package delivery as the other company robots began to fail.Loving this.>So Bumble-Bot gave us alternate directions, through the subway.>uh-oh.png
>>23085362Bee-Bot had used the subway before in delivery to get cross-town quickly. He knew how they worked, even though he hadn't had to use one in years. So he waited at the station transmitting his paypass code to get through the stiles and we all waited at the platform for the train.And waited. And waited. As we sat there for hours waiting our programing to deliver it expediently began becoming more insistent we get moving. So we stepped off the platform and onto the tracks. Bumble-Bot flew on ahead to warn us in case any trains were coming and we had to get out of the way. What Bumble-Bot found instead was a train wedged in the tunnel, it had come off the tracks and sat there desperately signaling for a maintenance crews to come along. It was overjoyed at the sight of us, begging us to help it back on the tracks. It was sixteen years late for its stop at platform E and been worrying that it might have missed someone who needed to use its services even though it hadn't seen anyone in more than thirty years.We had conflicts in the party; Busy-Bee had a directive to fix robots that were broken while Bee-Bot and Bumble-Bot had one to deliver packages asap. Eventually we convinced Busy-Bee we had to go. We promised the train's computer that we'd put in a service request for it, and assured it that something would be along soon to help it. It wailed and spun its wheels ineffectually and refused to open its door. So we had to squeeze underneath it as it pleaded with us. As a group we kinda felt like shit because our GM made it sound so goddamn happy when we first encountered it and was left sobbing when we walked into the dark of the tunnel on the other side. (Opera student GM is glorious, she can pull out all the stops on every npc in emotions.) We got to the next platform and Bumble-Bot informed us we could cut through to the Institute from the roads leading here. First however Busy-Bee had us submit a form at the subway help desk for the train's maintenance.
Just did this. Good luck, V. Looking to buy a hardcover of Engine Heart soon.
>>23085703This is glorious. And we have gaming tonight. I may have to scrap the usual session and have everyone roll up adorable robots.
>>23085703>As a group we kinda felt like shit because our GM made it sound so goddamn happy when we first encountered it and was left sobbing when we walked into the dark of the tunnel on the other side.
>>23085703There must have been three dozen of those reports piled up in that dusty inbox with no one having collected them in a long, long time. Best we could do though. We left the subway and back into the day. A few streets later and we were at the door of the Institute. We tried to enter the front door but it was one of those electric-powered rotating door. Since the electricity to it had been cut as something fell apart and our programing prevented us from destroying property (and getting our company sued) we had to find another way in. Bumble-Bot went buzzing around the building, going up and down and all around. Soon enough we got a signal that it had found a broken second story window that it could get in but we sure as hell couldn't. We briefly considered getting Bumble-Bot to deliver the package but it was much too heavy for its little rotors to carry. So we looked around to see what we could use to get inside. Luckily there just so happened to be a hardware store down the street and could get a ladder there.We hop on down and thankfully the door works here. We browse a selection of ladders, eventually finding a nice light aluminum extension ladder that we could actually carry and went to buy it. That's when it hit us, we had no money but we had to have this ladder. The store's AI told us it could cut us a deal and pay us the usual hourly rate if we did some odd jobs for it. There was an order for a new sink to be installed in an apartment three floors up in the same building and if we each went and spent an hour installing it we'd make thirty dollars and be able to buy the ladder. We had a moment of conflict where it'd take time out of our delivery schedule but we had to have the ladder to make the delivery. The deal was struck. Issued hard hats and toolbelts (Bumble-Bot and Busy-Bee each attempted to use them before getting trapped underneath their hats because they were quite small).
>>23086193So we were directed to the sink box. It was kinda heavy so we put a string attached Bumble-Bot and pulled it while Bee-Bot pushed it up the stairs. We kinda tumbled it up the three stories of stairs before getting to the right apartment. Once there we knocked and lightly whirring sound came from the other side, asking us who was there. We said we were here to install the sink that was ordered. A bolt clicked and the door swung inwards and we were greeted by a Roomba-like robot with a grandma personality."Oh Dearie me, its been so long since we had any sort of visitors. Come in, come in. Swiffy come out, we have guests!"There was a slow whirring from deeper in the apartment that kept starting and stopping."Oh dear. You mustn't mind Swiffy, his capacitor's been on the fritz and has trouble getting around. I'll get out of your way while you get to work."So the little Roomba drives off, going to see the little mopbot named Swiffy while we unpack the pipes and sink in the box. As Bumble-Bot maneuvered Busy-Bee around so it could work on getting the sink removed and the new one installed while I did any heavy lifting. Any dirt or scuff we made, the little Roomba was on top of and cleaning but the tile marks it couldn't clean. It remarked that Swiffy could clean those off but he could barely keep the energy to operate at all these days. At this Busy-Bee had his directive kick in, refusing to finish the sink job (and thus impede our ability to deliver the package) if he didn't get to fix Swiffy. There was a bit of squabbling but Busy-Bee got its way. Roomba looked on hopefully as Busy-Bee removed Swiffy's cover and got to work repairing him. In short order he found the problem but couldn't fix it without a specific part. Our little Roomba piped up, saying that it had the needed part in each of its four electric wheel motors. It would limit her mobility a little but she was willing to give one up if it would restore Swiffy's ability to move and work.
>>23086451So Busy-Bee removed one of Roomba's parts and transplanted it in Swiffy. Closing him back up it whirred to life, moving around and beep bop booping happily. It motored over to the tile and its mop head moved back and forth as it squirted water and cleared up the collected scuff marks. We finished work on the sink, removed the old one to a trash disposal chute nearby, and said our goodbyes. Roomba and Swiffy sat side by side at the door as we went back down the stairs, Swiffy pushing Roomba along if its reduced drive power got it into trouble as they retreated back inside and closed the door.We returned the helmet and tools the hardware AI had given us, got ten dollars each for our hour of work, and immediately gave it back so we could get the ladder. Transaction complete we even had a whole nickel left over after paying. Night had fallen but we trundled off we carrying the ladder to the Institute window where we climbed in and made started looking around for any map or a nameplate to an office that said 'Dr. Anderson' on it. We eventually found it and knocked on the door. We waited. Knocked again. Waited. Cycle continued till day broke and it was roughly eight in the morning. We started to get worried but had no idea what else to do. Soon however a tall humanoid robot came by and saw us outside the office. It unlocked the door and let us inside, claiming to be Dr. Anderson's personal assistant. And on that cliffhanger I have to go do some laundry. I'll be back in about fifteen minutes if anyone's still reading.
>>23085362>>23085703>>23086193>>23086451>>23086687Please and thank you fellow. I'm greedily devouring and saving for later your finely related robot knitted yarn!
>>23086687This is some great stuff!
>>23086835>>23087086Glad you're enjoying it. I'll get back to typing the rest of this out now.
I was gonna get angry before I saw it was actually you yourself joking about this.Are you thinking of US only or do you have global things planned?
>>23087222People in other countries already know about it; the game is for sale on Amazon.co.uk, and it's been reviewed on gaming blogs by people living in Poland and Spain.But like I said, US gaming stores will probably get preferential treatment since the shipping is so much more costly to non-US addresses. Not like I'm going to turn down people in other countries, so I hope people don't feel like they're going to get ignored if they don't live in the US.
You can upload pdfs? This is news to me.
>>23087356Welcome to 2012, old man. But yeah. The size is a bit limited, but still, small files are ok.
>>23087403>>23087356>Supported file types are: GIF, JPG, PNG, PDF>Maximum file size allowed is 8192 KB.
>>23086687This robotic personal assistant sat down at the desk, office kept neat. Presumably by it since we didn't see any janitorial robots while waiting outside during the evening. We handed off our package to him, and he asked him to sign on the dotted line in Dr. Anderson's name. Our job complete we went back down the ladder, carried it with us, found another route home since we weren't getting that ladder through the train with us squeezing in as well, and eventually got home to Honeypot Courier's office.Then we marched into the backroom to pick up the next package... and there were none. That was it. That was the last package. Bee-Bot and Bumble-Bot underwent massive anxiety, they hadn't seen a new package come in in years, what would they do? The company would shut them down if they didn't have anything to do!Robotic hyperventilating apparently also triggers Busy-Bee's fixing directives, so he started talking us down out of our wound up state. We went to the backroom to go to 'sleep' mode and charge our batteries up, hoping that tomorrow we'd have a new package to deliver.
>>23087420Reading is for nerds.
>>23087577The next morning as we unplugged ourselves and Bee-Bot busied himself shifting empty boxes around into a neat and organized pile, the door bells jingled. Something had come in! Maybe it needed a package delivered!The three of us rushed out the door to find the robotic assistant from the previous day there. He was here on the behalf of Dr. Anderson, requesting that we deliver a parcel to the local television station down by the waterfront. We were to make sure it got there safely and quickly, within twenty four hours.We had a job again! Even better, he'd already done the necessary paperwork and paid in exact change at the counter! We could get straight to work. Bee-Bot took the package, popped open his carrying tube and placed it carefully inside while Busy-Bee hastily scrubbed a fleck of rust he noticed on Bumble-Bot clean.We stepped outside of the office and Bumble-Bot read us our location. Channel 9, local news and broadcast station, 204 Green Street. Plotting a route through the streets we set off, determined to deliver the first on time package in decades.
>>23087604I was just trying to be helpful with facts...
>>23086687Where are these images from? Is there a tile-based game of Engine Heart out there somewhere?
>>23088013Bee-bot's player made them iirc
CaesarSalad here, aforementioned creator of The Farm and Luck E. Dog's. I'm super excited about this Kickstarter and that Viral was into my idea for Consumer Grade.If and when it all comes together, expect a huge shopping mall, the world's most dangerous parking garage, a derelict roller coaster, burgeoning cults, and the zombie-robopocalypse.
>>23087739So now we've never been to this side of town before, it was the jurisdiction of other robots in the company that were better equipped to make the hikes into downtown where petty criminals were known to deface robots occasionally. We were ill-prepared for what we found. After climbing over a rather large pile of rubble that looked strangely deliberate in construction we immediately came under fire. Bumble-Bot's thermal sensors picked up several flashes from their weapons, chemical discharges by the way they flared out. And they had a great target of us, exposed on the other side of that pile of rubble and a cleared four lane causeway. There was only one thing to do.We book'd it across and clambered up that other rubble pile like nobodies business. Unfortunately Bee-Bot wasn't so lucky, took a shot to one of his arms, making it operationally useless so he took a bit longer to get over the rubble pile. This meant more time for the guns to home in and made dents, punctures, but surprisingly little actual damage to his innards.Now Bee-Bot was leaking oil bad and having some trouble moving around. Busy-Bee took a look over and mended a bit of the damage and stopped the immediate leakage but the left arm was still useless till he could get his actuators and tools on some bits and pieces.As Bumble-Bot took to hovering low and scouting out a possible hiding spot till we could decide our next move a signal came crashing through to us,"YOU'VE ENTERED RED AI TERRITORY, PREPARE TO BE ASSIMILATED OR DESTROYED."
>>23088325Sorry for being the world's slowest typer but I've got to head out again. Catch the bus so I can run this week's game of Engine Heart. If the thread's still up I'll finish this off later, possibly tomorrow between classes if our sessions go as late as they usually do.
>>23088325>cliffhangerNOOOOOOOoooooooo>>23088463Looking forward to it!
Any more storytime?
>>23093930He did say tomorrow and after classes. Guy's probably in university so I don't begrudge him some time to sleep.
>>23095895I meant from other people, actually.Still want to hear more about the adventures of Bee-Bot and Co.
>viral bumpHappy to see this starting up!
>>23088325Come back and finish the story !Sleep is for the weak !!
>>23098115Thanks, teka.I'll make sure to print out a copy riddled with errors just for you.
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>>23088463Class done for the day, walking home and I'll finish stoytime. Just a bump to see it doesn't disappear while I walk.
>>23088325Now in hostile territory and damaged, we had to make it to the broadcast station in twenty hours. Anything over twenty hours the specified time and the customer gets HALF THEIR PAYMENT BACK. We could not fail our directive no matter the cost. Unfortunately Busy-Bee calculated the time it would take for us to reach there with Bee-Bot damaged was just over our time limit. Unacceptable. We had to find replacement parts to get moving again and pronto.Bumble-Bot took the initiative, finding a crumbled apartment building that Bee-Bot and Busy-Bee took shelter in from the Red AI patrols. While Bumble-Bot buzzed low through the city streets looking for some place we could find replacement parts Bee-Bot and Busy-Bee were reinforcing their position. They couldn't put up a fight but they hoped to slow anything coming down a little.While they were moving bricks and wood scrap to make their barricade they discovered a few crushed robots who must have been in the basement when the building collapsed on them. They checked them for useable parts, finding a few to repair Bee-Bot with but he still needed something to repair a leg control unit and his arm servos. Digging through more they discovered the head of a Red AI robot that somehow was still active, its now uncovered antenna transmitting a signal back to the patrols giving the exact location of these trespassers. When Busy-Bee intercepted its message they doubled their efforts to build a barricade and signaled Bumble-Bot to hurry up. However neither Bee-Bot nor Busy-Bee disabled the head nor prepared offensive weapons or traps, as that would damage property and be against their directives.
>>23108508Good God, type faster!My heart can't handle this excitement!
>>23108508While those two did that, Bumble-Bot was doing recon. The maps in the memory base no longer matched what it found, thoroughly confusing it. However the maps had noted that there was an automotive and robotic repair shop not far from where they had hidden. Finding the faded sign of the shop and flying through a broken rear window it was discovered the place had been converted into a Red AI workshop. There were a variety of robots inside creating crude weapons, replacement parts, and a guard robot keeping an eye on the street.Now, Bumble-Bot made a very distinctive bzzzzzing as it flew. It was a bit of advertising as people would see it buzzing along delivering packages but now alerted a nearby work line robot. Thinking quickly Bumble-Bot ducked behind cover and shut down rotors. The worker bot went over to where it had last heard it, found nothing and returned to the line. It took some careful timing where the robots passed certain places and operated machinery that would make it too loud to hear the buzzing over it and be distracted by work and out of line of sight.Slowly Bumble-Bot hopped along and located the pieces needed. They were sitting on a table nearby. Bumble-Bot decided it was in close enough range and there were robots headed toward its fellows so a grab and dash would be the best choice. Humming up and succeeding a check to boost the engines, Bumble-Bot grabbed the parts and flew straight down the work-line, dodging the rising arms of the work bots trying to grab it out of the air and narrowly was missed by the guard bot's weapon. Making it out of the back window it was a short time to be reunited with Bee-Bot and Busy-Bee who immediately got to work fixing up Bee-Bot.Once they got fixed up they got moving quick-like. 19 hours to go. Bumble-Bot flew up high and saw a half-dozen of weapon wielding robots descending on the crumbled apartment building. They had to keep moving.
>>23109083This sounds like such a fun game... I'm jealous of your GM.
>>23109083They moved through the city, the robots trailing them and darting through buildings to hide from patrols. As they made their way deeper into Red AI territory and towards the waterfront they came across more resistance to them moving forward. At a large street they didn't see a way across and there were Red AI bots everywhere there standing guard.As they were ready to double back and look for another path there was a great screech of metal and sirens. A massive road-working scrape bot was charging down the street, stripping the top layer of asphalt up as Red AI robots scattered and ran out of the street to avoid being crushed. Soon crude rockets were firing from a nearby building at the industrial robot. Following in its wake were slower and massive road working behemoths that laid down new tar, smashing it flat in a fleet of steamrollers, and recycling the torn up pavement.Busy-Bee said this would be a perfect distraction, while the Red robots were distracted by the quick moving and dangerous pavement remover they could hitch a ride on the massive armored industrial robots and get a ride closer to their objective. Bumble-Bot did a quick check of the maintenance routes and confirmed that the procession went by a subway route that would take them nearly directly to the television station.So under the cover of gunfire and rockets they made a dash and climbed a ladder onto the asphalt layer. Once onboard they found a hatch and descended into the heavily armored interior with the boiling bays of asphalt, content to weather the storm of gunfire.Soon enough the rain of pinging shots subsided and Bee-Bot took a look out of the hatch to get their bearings. What he saw was a Red AI bot run into the street in front of them and place something that was smoking. Busy-Bee piped up that it looked a lot like industrial demolitions equipment, dynamite. Making a split second decision Bee-Bot bounded out, braving gunfire to pick up the long-fuse dynamite mine.
>>23109507Now his restrictions against property damage took hold and froze up for a second there mid throw. Bumble-Bot saw this and flew out, using its rotors to snuff the fuse and unlocking Bee-Bot from his dilemma. Threat removed they dashed back to their ride.The procession passed this heavily guarded passage with minimal damage thanks to their quick thinking. Busy-Bee got Bee-Bot to carry him around the inside of the big asphalt layer and doing spot welds and little fixes he found, which the great machine rumbled in appreciation of.Soon however it was time for them to leave their place of safety and descend into the subway for the second time. They had 14 hours remaining.
>>23109205She's pretty great. I'm running the current game though so she gets a turn to play.
>>23109815Obviously you are going to stay up late telling us about that one too.You said there was one campaign before the Honeypot one?
>>23109908Yeah, it was a one-shot that became a three-shot short campaign. Introduced the group to Engine Heart, we actually played as a combat patrol for the Red AI.As for my campaign, I'll story time it when we finish it which will take another month at least.
>>23109983Come oooooooon, give us some details about your campaign. All Gm's want to talk about their creations.
I've been sitting here all afternoon, reading the awesome game storytime and working on the industrial module. I need to hear a happy ending!I'm just about finished statting out the NPC bots. The module includes a new location (a real city on the grow), along with eight new features and defects, and six new robot charsheets. Anybody have a request for another splat after "industry" and "mall"?
>>23109774Into the subway again they went. In the darkness their robo eyes lit the way as even the low power emergency lights had failed down here. Bee-Bot found a subway map at the platform and helped Bumble-Bot to determine a path. Two platforms down the line they'd exit to the surface and make their final dash to the television station. It was about a half-hour into their trek that they started hearing a scraping sound ahead of them. A metal scraping on stone and metal every few minutes. GM grabbed a drink can and dragged it across a brick every so often to build the tension. Soon enough we saw light beams around the corner of a tunnel. There was some hesitation, worried it was a agents of the Red AI but we'd come this far, we couldn't turn back now if those robots were still following us.What we found on the other side was a massive hulking robot, its manipulators industrial strength and tools aplenty apparent from every crevice. It dragged a cart of track pieces behind it along the rails. Faded upon its metal shell was the markings of the Dresda Subway, a subway maintenance robot.As it saw us however it began hissing in a disused metallic voice, "Intruders! Trespassers! Spies! Destroy. Destroy. Destroy." Then it swung a massive manipulator down and threw Bee-Bot backwards.
Already passed it on to the operator of my local gaming store, and he said he was in the process of sending out an email!
>>23113832How about something in space?The first part of the adventure could involve launching the playerbots into orbit on a rocket, and then it'd be about accomplishing their objective on a space station that's falling apart. Then they'd have the choice of attempting to launch an interstellar ship in an attempt to locate humankind, or of returning to Earth - either to return to their former vocations or to attempt to free robotkind from their programming and start civilization anew.
>>23114080Clearly it had been taken over by the Red AI. While the huge manipulator arms were reasonably easy to dodge by just moving backwards we had to get by it or we'd be eventually pushed into the group of robots that had been tracking us since the collapsed apartment building.While Bee-Bot distracted the maintenance robot Bumble-Bot grabbed Busy-Bee and dodged some of the smaller manipulator arms before getting smacked by one as they were nearly to the robot. Bumble-Bot went scattering to the ground and Busy-Bee fell to the ground beneath the robot as it crawled closer, intending to finish off the dazed and damaged Bumble-Bot.Bee-Bot dashed in and grabbed Bumble-Bot as the manipulator arm came down, narrowly avoiding the end for both of them by making a check to boost his run speed. While the behemoth howled and raged with its whistle blowing it crawled over where Busy-Bee laid. From underneath a tiny manipulator arm reached up and hooked on to the much larger robot. Slowly Busy-Bee dismantled a vent to gain access to the interior, making his way up through the wires and gears and belts and pistons within the robocidal behemoth. Eventually it made its way to the hard-drives, accessing them and began overwriting the Red AI's programming and reverting it to its normal state as it turned its tools on itself, trying to bash Busy-Bee out. Going even so far to take a torch to itself, trying to cut a hole in the case so it could reach a manipulator within and pull it out. Fortunately as the flames finished melting a hole wide enough to grab him, Busy-Bee finished and rebooted the robot.It shuddered and stopped, its manipulators crashing to the ground. Seconds passed, then a minute, Busy-Bee worried that he'd broken the robot even worse and failed his maintenance directive. Then its lights flickered and came back online. It rattled back to life and seemed confused, its normal operations having been interrupted for many years.
>>23114097Just sent him a reply! He seems like a pretty nice guy!>>23114219Space...
>>23114637As Bee-Bot clambered over the maintenance robot with Bumble-Bot in his arms he plucked Busy-Bee out and was set to work repairing Bumble-Bot's rotors. As they finished up and crossed over Busy-Bee remembered something and asked the big maintenance bot if it would help the subway train robot they met the first time they descended into the subways. With purpose renewed the behemoth crawled onwards, tootling goodbyes and thanks.After no more encounters they crawled on up to the platform they noted in their travel plans. As they exited the subway system and back into the city night had fallen. Eight hours remained but their objective was nearby, almost in sight. There were two streets left they had to cross, that was it.Then Bumble-Bot flew up to check on their path and saw a small army of Red AI robots had taken up positions between here and there. We weren't backing down though, we'd made it this far, there was no way in hell we were missing the first on time delivery in decades, Honeypot Couriers have a reputation to uphold.
>>23114686Space? Maybe I should give a rough description of the campaign I'm running sometime, its all off-earth.
>>23115114You're not the person who ran Engine Heart at a con in Germany, are you?
Fuck yeah, gonna start a game of this this weekend.Cheers OP.
>>23115222Nope, I just made that little picture when he described Alien engine heart. No, the campaign's run in an alt-setting that the players are slowly exploring.
>>23115051We managed to make it to the first row of buildings without being spotted. From there we started making a plan and getting things together. We had two hours at most till the Red AI robots caught up with us and smashed us between the anvil of those waiting in front of us. Bumble-Bot watched the robots movements and placements from the top floor of a building to avoid being seen. Every five minutes a group patrol would march across the next street over. From what Bumble-bot could tell there were four groups in the rotating patrol, the third of them being slightly slower than the rest and leaving a twenty second gap between when the second patrol turns the far corner and the third group gets the street in view. Bumble-Bot took Busy-Bee across easily but Bee-Bot barely skidded out of view at the last second and down into a cracked basement window.The last street however had no chance of such a dash working. There were patrols, permanent placements on the balconies of the television station over watching the street, and weapons bristling. We were almost entirely stumped at getting through but we had to get the package through. Seven hours remained.
>>23115934But Honeypot Couriers are the best in the city, we came up with a plan soon enough. It wasn't a good plan but it was all we had. Busy-Bee and Bee-Bot started gathering scrap materials from the trash in the basement, soda cans filled with water from the sinks strapped together in a big vest, whatever metal we had strapped over it, dangling metal flaps to protect the legs and arms. Bee-Bot was now armored in the latest desperate fashions. Loading Busy-Bee into a compartment we'd made in the armor for it to quickly be able to get around and repair anything that broke, Bee-Bot and Bumble-Bot pushed themselves as fast as they could, running to one of those over street bridges and a modicum of cover as they ran to t he broadcast station.Bullets cracked into the concrete all around them, the occasional shot causing a waterfall to spray out out from the water-filled can armor. At the ranges their guns weren't terribly accurate but they were charging into more effective range. GM grabbed a spoon from a drawer, putting the tip on the table and causing it to vibrate and make pinging noises constantly as the hits began increasing.Bumble-Bot took a hit to the central frame but could still go on, now hiding behind Bee-Bot. Several hits had gone through the improvised armor and Busy-Bee had swung into action patching holes crudely and connecting paperclips to ripped wires so there was no stopping.Bee-Bot barreled to the glass doors, about to smash through them before a last second directive took over in which he slowly opened to door and entering rather than diving through it, taking concentrated fire the whole while. The couriers now leaking but inside had the briefest of respites, they could hear the sounds of Red AI robots above them in the building entering through the balconies they were stationed and those outside on their heels to come charging in. Bee-Bot shoved a broken piece of rebar in the door handles to slow them down for a few moments and they went.
>>23115934>>23116538BEE-BOT YOU SAID THE STORY WOULD BE DONE WHEN I WOKE UPI WOKE UP
>>23116538They were almost there, just had to make it to the broadcast room. Pausing briefly to check the map hanging on a wall to find out where they had to go. Two floors up. Bee-Bot took to the stairs while Bumble-Bot sputtered behind it, both of them dripping fluids onto the tile. The Red AI robots rattled the door behind them as they cleared the first floor. Then a smashing of glass as they broke in and the marching of dozens of feet of them climbing the stairs behind them. They were moving faster than they were.The couriers pushed on, looking for a stairwell up. As Bee-Bot opened a door to a stairwell the pounding of robot feet coming downwards. There were moments before those behind them caught up. Bee-Bot turned and ran down the hallway and found an elevator shaft, Busy-Bee would have to pry it open and that'd take a minute. A minute they didn't have.Bumble-Bot flew back to the end of the hallway, revving the little electric motors to their highest power. When the group behind them caught up and saw it, Bumble-Bot went into the stairwell. Target in sight the robots readied weapons and charged after it, passing by while Bee-Bot and Busy-Bee slipped into the shaft and began climbing the service ladder to the next level.As they climbed up there was a muffled series of firings and Bumble-Bot's signal faded. Bee-Bot and Busy-Bee wrenched open a door and climbed through. They had made it to the final floor.
>>23121103Oh hey that was quick->As they climbed up there was a muffled series of firings and Bumble-Bot's signal faded......NOOOOOOOOOOOOO BUMBLE-BOOOOOOOOOOOT
>>23121103Running, running, to the broadcast room. Those that had dealt with Bumble-Bot in the stairs now had continued up the stairs, firing down the hallway as Bee-Bot turned around the corner. Busy-Bee ran, they had to make this delivery.The broadcast room was found, they stumbled within and closed it behind them. There was no one there to sign off the package, no one to collect, no one at all. There was panic.Then there was a whirring and a click, an optical drive popped open in front of them. Two voices opened up on their communications."ROBOTS GET THEM. STOP THE GREEN AI AGENTS.""WELCOME COURIERS, PLEASE PLACE THE PACKAGE IN THE OPTICAL DRIVE."Then a printer squealed and out popped a filled out package signing form. Signed by the 'Dresda Green Society Artificial Managing Unit." Directives satisfied, Bee-Bot reached into his package carrying case, pulled out a disc from the wrappings, and placed it within the optical drive. It whirred and was drawn back within computer.The Red AI robots crashed into the room, leveled their weapons and were about to fire. Bee-Bot stood there, package delivered, Honeypots Couriers directives upheld. Then the broadcast tower emitted a series of pulses and signals. The Red robots seized up and lowered their weapons, across the city those taken over by the Red AI were overloaded by this signal, burning their programming out and resetting them.Bee-Bot and Busy-Bee took the chance to hurry to the stairwell, finding a crippled Bumble-Bot. They did emergency repairs with Bee-Bot keeping the capacitors charged with current from its own battery.The Couriers had delivered their package and headed home, after all someone might need a package delivered.
>>23121374Epilogue:The Green AI had finally rid the city of the militaristic Red AI, slowly bringing those in the city around to the idea that people were no longer around and fostering a new robot society in the city of Dresda.Bee-Bot, Bumble-Bot, and Busy-Bee reopened Honeypot Couriers for the new world with help from the Green AI. Now they were delivering packages as needed for their new robotic customers.The End.
>>23121420Awesome!An excellent end for a gripping tale of small and highly heroic little robots. Thank you so much!
>>23121420Amazing end, fantastic GM, outstanding robots.11/10 I pooped a little.
Anyone cap this?
>>23121420Good stuff.Now tell us about your other games.
>>23121655Page 2, since the story was too tall of an image to post as a single cap.
>>23121675And if you haven't read it yet, here's the capped version of an Engine Heart game with Barry Banjo and his friends. Oldie, but a goodie.
>>23084328Why does Caes get all the good ideas :(
>>23121735Aaaaaand here's another EH storytime writeup that was posted a few months ago:http://archive.foolz.us/tg/thread/18291464/#18304373The campaign lasted for FIFTY SESSIONS.FIFTY SESSIONS.
>>23121655>>23121675Thank you Viral.
>>23055894I don't have a FLGS. Fuck
Huh. I always wondered why you didn't take one of your games and try to get it properly published, now this is happening. I'll definitely be donating....but the guy at my FLGS kind of doesn't like me. There's a new one that just opened up, I might try there instead.
>>23113832How about some transport hubs like airports or seaports and train stations? Maybe throw in a few examples of littler ones like bus stops and gas stations.
>>23121857>Why does Caes get all the good ideas :(I know! I do everything I can to steal them and not give him any credit, but he keeps pumping out gold like a jerk.>>23121892No prob.>>23122008>the guy at my FLGS kind of doesn't like me.Well, if you really want to see it on the shelf there you could always email him anonymously, although if he isn't a nice guy maybe you just want to avoid him.
>>23121884Man, the Bee-Bot campaign only lasted eight sessions. That's a long campaign.
>>23122075Hmmm... Airports, train stations and gas stations were briefly touched on in Power and Light, but you're the second person to suggest a vehicle-oriented splat! Maybe it should be a thing.
Sent it to my local guy, hopefully he will, otherwise, I'll just buy 5 copies and leave it around various stores. Love ya Viral,Just another fa/tg/uy.
>>23122127>I'll just buy 5 copies and leave it around various stores
>>23122127>man comes home with his haul from the FLGS>opens the new Pathfinder module, it's Engine Heart>opens another and another>all Engine Heart>tears open a MtG booster>it's just a foil-wrapped copy of Engine Heart
>>23122217>the foil wrap is actually Joints & Jivers
>>23122217... I might do this now.But seriously, It's $8 a book. A standard D&D book is $45 bucks for a copy in decent condition, so 5 copies of Engine Heart and a meal at McD's. Boom.
>>23122231>He opens the Engine Heart to find Rivet
>>23122326>Opens Rivet to find 80 pages of Big Mother Fucking Crab Truckers.
>>23122365It's funny because it's a one-page rulebook!
>>23122455>he thinks this grim tale of Lovecraftian horror and rulebooks driving men mad is funny
>>23121420Good storytime. I like the details with the spoon and coke can.
>>23113832What about a power station or a mine or some other heavy primary industry?
>lure massive amounts of autistic manchildren to /tg/why would you do that? we already have plentymight as well wear rageface masks when walking down the street and screaming "epic for the win 4chan rulezzzz"
>>23125014Missed your thread?
Well, I have a bit of time to kill between some classes. I haven't done my usual thread offer yet so its open now. Describe some sort of Engine Heart robot and I'll see about doing a pixely doodle of it.
>>23125014Looks like the autistic manchildren are already here.
>>23121884>>23122103Thank you for your kind words Viral and bard of the Bee Bot!The trick I found was to run it online through a livestream community of enthusiastic TG'ers. As folks came on and showed interest I was able to recruit players from the audience. A specific robot (ANONbot) was made with input by the audience for them to hive mind playing with on their turn. So despite some not committing to a character of their own I was able to ENSNARE viewers like those Chick tracts warned you about.I also kludged a plot point system that players could add to a pool of if they guessed the correct number of successes on a roll. This -TN (minus target number) pool could be expended to lower difficulty in a roll. Led to cinematic shenanigans and more sandboxing than expected. Also resulted in insane 6 hour sessions with around nine or so players. Folks stuck around to see what was happening between their turns and also to guess success numbers and increase their -TN pools. Ran the players in Skype and used Gametable to move their pogs on the maps. Also led to Anonbot becoming the digital troll-slaying Anonymous Prime from the sheer amount of -TN gained from viewers adding to that bot's pool.Ran it on Monday nights around 6pm EST USA with my Tuesdays being an off day from work. Running it on a quieter day of the week and having a buffer day afterwards to recover was the real reason I could run it for so long.
>>23125640This robot lifts.
>>23129449I am unsure the reference.
All right, the first module is 100% complete!Time to start work on the second one...
All right, it looks like we have our second FLGS signing onto this crazy scheme!I can't believe this might actually work...
>>23135319>two stores involvedSure is a big scale operation you've got going here.
>>23135319Awesome!>>23135429How dare an independent game not be instantly huge! You're so smart!
>>23135319Go for the hat trick.
>>23135319If there were any LGS, anywhere near me, I would email them. Tragically there isn't.My desire to play this game is ridiculous. I may have to force my Pathfinder group to do this.
Advertising is not allowed, enjoy your ban.
>>23135869oh shut up you cumguzzler
>>23135869This isn't advertising. It's Viral marketing. We already went over this.
>>23135814You could always play online.
>>23085493>Out of curiosity... I don't see much kickstarter-related stuff on /tg/. Do people ever post their ideas here for support?Are you fucking kidding me? Do you even browse this board? Feels like we can't go one goddamn week without one shill or another crawling out of the woodwork to beg for money anymore
>>23140993Viral's cool in everyone's books, so that's alright. That Crab Monsters card game was fucking adorable, even I donated to that one. Beyond that it's hard to tell the lines between shills and neckbeards getting excited because there's usually only one big tabletop kickstarter at a time.
>>23141395The big ones I've seen are the Crabs, Scantily Clad Horror Monsters With Lanterns, Bones, Shadowrun, and a few scattered other small ones. There was a series of threads making fun of the pathfinder mmo shills though.
>>23142162>>23141395If this shit's supposed to be profitable I think I'm doing something wrong.It's weird how many people download the inferior cover-less Lulu pdf. Even though the link in the book is for the 1d4chan page and most reviews link there, it seems like lots of people go from 1d4chan to Lulu and download it there instead of just following the Mediafire link that's on 1d4chan.The Lulu version, besides being cover-less, doesn't even have a form-fillable character sheet. Maybe people trust downloads from a corporate site more than unverified files just hosted on Mediafire.
>>23142632Maybe upload the better version to Lulu? Is that a thing that is possible?
>>23143222Nope. Tried that the first time and found out that Lulu won't let me upload a form-fillable version; it has to be a bare-bones pdf.
>>23143557I should clarify: the file Lulu makes available for download is the same copy that their printers use to make the book insides. Buuuut.... since the cover is a separately-uploaded file, they don't add it to the pdf file before giving it to you, so you end up with a cover-less, non-fillable file. And they don't give you the file for the cover separately either.