I have, at long last, finalized the “Cast Members” for Go Action Fun Time, my table-top role-playing game about a reality TV show where teenage superheroes travel randomly through time. I have concocted 30 Cast Members, heroes all drawn from the fantastic past or the speculative future or more modern origins. Before I go into details one them, some announcements:
I will be at MaricopaCon this weekend. We will play Sparkle and Bleed on Saturday Night, and The Whole They Crawled out of Sunday morning (whether the organizers realize this or not.). Yes- these were both on the schedule at Crit Hit, but Sparkle could use another round of play-testing, and Whole didn’t get enough players to go.
Yes- you need to have a membership at the Con in order to play.
Sparkle and Bleed
In a small town in 1958 Nebraska, your teen-age time-traveling super-heroes have been given a task that will chill them to their very marrows: find a date to the Homecoming Dance. Also of interest: murder, mayhem, the living dead and the town’s unsteady relationship with time and space.
Some Parts and Portions that crawled out of The Whole.
The Whole They Crawled Out Of
The village is surrounded by mutant zombies. You are here to help. Of course it’s worse than that. Because the only thing more terrifying than constant war with your neighbors is being forced to agree with them about every little thing. A cross-over adventure with Sage and Sand.
The Sample Cast
Left to Right: Cypher, Gideon Gunn, Rose Red, Cosmic Kid, Brass, and an early concept for Xinji.
These characters were mostly derived from tropes I have seen in the source material from which Go Action Fun Time was drawn: Saturday morning cartoons, the anime and late night cartoons that succeeded them, and the books and serials that preceded them. This may or may not have been filled out by characters rescued from other RPG games.
I have 30 Cast Members, six each of five general types:
- Fighter A – combat specialists who have actually trained for combat.
- Fighter B – Solid combatnts who are ot specifically trained for combat, but whose abilities make them tactically formidable anyway.
- Rouges – Thieves and spies and detectives.
- Wizards – primary spell-casters, but also includes scientists, mad or otherwise.
- Other – Either support types (healers) or those who defy any of the four categories above.
[Alphetically, by type.] Characters in italics are planned, but have not been written yet.
Fighters – Type A
BRASS the HUNTRESS – A daughter of Zeus. Brass hunts monsters.
“Keep pointing that spear at me and there will be some loud noise.”
GALAHAD – A knight of the Round Table. Almost but not quite exactly who you think he is.
GIDEON GUNN – An indestructible wanna-be Texas Ranger.
OKUNINUSHI – Cyber-samurai with a magic sword.
RUBIA LaROUCHE – Pirate Princess.
SABRE – Genetically modified super-soldier who really just likes flowers and puppies and K-pop dance music.
Fighters – Type B
BARKLEY “BEAR” DICKSON – Just a good ol’ redneck wear-bear.
CAPTAIN VICTORY – Cloned super-athlete created for marketing.
110% effort 110% of the time!
COSMIC KID – A normal, average modern teen filled with the Power Cosmic.
KROMAG – A caveman with super-strength.
LUNK – An actor/singer/dancer, but one who has been genetically modified to survive on a high gravity planet with an acidic atmosphere.
XINJI – A young girl kept alive in a military grade cybernetic body.
ALEX KITT – a modern teenager who is also a super-spy. You are not authorized to know why this would make any sense at all.
Not his (it’s?) true form.
ARIA – Entertainment superstar from the near future with superhuman charisma.
DOPPLE – A young footpad from the mean streets of 19th Century London, who also happens to be a shape-shifting alien.
SHADOW-CAT – Genetically and cybernetically enhanced cat-burglar
SPARROW – Former sidekick to the 1930’s millionaire costumed vigilante Gangbuster.
VALORIE KEENE – Girl Detective.
CYPHER – A historian from the far, far future.
DOCTOR JUNIOR – A wheel-chair bound super-genius.
FELICITY MOORE – A sitcom witch. Don’t tell anyone – it’s a secret.
DR. OPPERNOCKITTY – A Victorian techno-wizard who may be the last gnome.
OPENER-OF-WAYS – A lost daughter of Thoth to whom every word is readable and no door is closed. Cannot keep secrets or tell lies.
THE WIZARD TIMM – A young Atlantean Enchanter who may or may not be a younger version of a certain Monty Python character.
The reason behind the explosions
ABLE – An exploration android.
BROTHER MU – An initiate of the Brotherhood of the Over-mind, who trained him how to use his psychic powers.
GREYCLOAK – Elven Fighter/Magic-user/Thief. You’ve played this sort before.
Worship my precious adorableness – or else!
PRINCESS MOONFIRE: – Every magical princess trope rolled into one.
RIGEL WATSON – A promising space cadet attending space academy.
ROSE RED – A lost princess with the power of Kindness. The sister of Snow White.