Halloween Special Game

1517580_10204851179296367_1025834452348902486_n.jpgHow to Survive Halloween

You wake up in your bed, groggy as usual. You pull yourself up and stumble towards the door of your room. You can hear activity going on outside. Curious you open the door and peek out.

The area outside is busy with people decorating. Pumpkins, orange and purple lights. Black cats and skeletons. You suddenly realize it is Halloween. It is fall and seasons are changing between fir to air. The leaves are changing to various shades of red and orange. As you are gazing at all the activity, Mrs. Lyn comes walking towards you. Dressed in a long white gown with wings and a halo. In her arms are three bags. “Good morning sleepy head.” She says in a too cheery for this early in the morning voice.” We are getting things ready for tonight. We only have three costumes left. Which one do you want?”

She hold out the three bags. One is marked as a knight, it has plastic armor and a wooden sword. (Both grant a +1 to body each) The second is marked as nerd, Has glasses and suspenders (Both of which grant a +1 to mind each) The last one is marked monk and has a robe and a large golden cross on a chain (grants +1 each to spirit) You may choose any costume you wish and receive the bonus that goes with it.

Many people, me included, love Halloween. I don’t go for the dressing up and begging for candy from strangers any more, but i love to see costumes and specials on tv. I usually have to work during this time, but i also love the mysticism of this time of year. Halloween is a pagan holiday that falls between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. It was a day that they thought the spiritual barrier probably called the p-brain was thinnest and spirits and supernatural creatures could cross over easily and be seen and interact with the living.

There are actually four such festival days that fall half in-between the seasonal cycles. This one is called Samhain and is celebrated by lighting large bonfires believed to be protective. People would set out food for the spirits of their departed loved ones who were thought to come back to visit on this day. A good celebration was thought to ensure a good harvest and livestock season. This day was thought to be a good day for divination as the mystical energies were strongest.

Some view this day as a day for small pranks that are not meant to harm anyone But, this day has become very dark, not because of some supernatural evil, but a very real human evil. People take this opportunity to take advantage of others, to destroy property, kidnap children, attempt to physically harm or poison others. So how to survive Halloween, It is said that dressing up in costumes were a way to hide oneself from the bad spirits that cross over and carving a jack o lantern with a candle inside is meant to ward away evil spirits. That is a start.

However the real things you should worry about are the human predators out there. This is a time for bad people to do bad things. Especially if you have kids. Watch them close. There will be a lot of kids running this way and that. Watch for traffic and don’t let them get out of your sight. This is a good time for kidnappers to try to make off with stray kids. Disguises will be common and make them hard to recognize. Make sure they wear something to make them easy to see in the dark. Like glow sticks or those flashing bands. Put reflective take on the outside of their costumes or hang it in strips. If they are millennial kids let them carry a cell phone and turn on it’s location tracker so you can look it up and find them if you get separated.

Also, it use to be just an urban legend about people putting razor blades in candy, but a year or so ago someone actually did this. Bad people will take things like this and actually do them, so watch out. Inspect the candy before you or your kids eat them.

The way the world is getting, we are going to see more and more crazy crap going on and Halloween is a good time for these bad people to get away with crap. We already have these creepy clown sightings going on. Clowns popping up trying to get kids to follow them into the woods. It started out as just this one sighting posted on the Internet that alot of people thought was a hoax or a publicity stunt for that up coming movie that is about to hit theaters, but then they started getting all kinds of sighting everywhere. Some came forward and said they did it just as a joke because of what they saw on the Internet, but some will be genuine trouble. Sickos seeing it and getting inspired to carry it out like the slender man killings. It was just an Internet character someone made up, but people got caught up in it and actually started killing people for the slender man. So we all will have to play it smart. Maybe place a cross around your kids neck and pray for a guardian angel to watch over them.

Trick or Treat Challenge

Everyone at the academy is going to to trick or treat. Now that you have your costume, you are ready to head out. You are entered in the trick or treat challenge to see who can get the most candy. You are headed to Apple Grove cul de sac. It looks extra creepy in fall. It is a single road that loops around with about 11 houses and a circular stream that surrounds a small cluster of apple trees that look skeletal in the fall. Their twisted dead branches reaching towards the sky as if trying to cling to life. You may hit each house only once. Spin your spinner to see which candy you get and roll a four sided die to get the number of pieces you get for each. There will be battles, but the good news it since the candy is fun sized you can eat as much as you wand during battle to get the modifiers. This doesn’t take away from the total number of pieces you collected. You may not want to use all your candy though as whatever you collect from this game you can save and use in other adventures. There will be other things to collect as well.

You have emptied your backpack and are carrying no gear except for your costume, so you can fill it full of candy. You enter the grove and proceed to the first house.

  1. This is the house of Jace Smears. The owner of Jace’s auto in the inner city. His house is lightly decorated. A few cobwebs and spiders. He answers the door wearing a sombrero and poncho and for some reason an eye patch.

  2. As you approach the house of Velma Myers, you can hear the sound of meowing. It almost sounds like a chorus. She answers the door wearing too tight black spandex and cat ears. Inside you can see at least a dozen cats covering every surface.

  3. As you are walking towards this house someone steps out from behind the bushes. They are wearing a mask over their face and a hoodie pulled up. They pull out a knife and make a threatening motion with it.

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    After dealing with the bully you head up to the house. Matthew knoks is there he stumbles to the door. He is drunk as usual and has eaten most of the candy. Whatever you roll reduce it by one.

    A. As you are walking down the path, you hear a little cry for help. There is a small path leading to the left. (This is optional) You follow the path and find a small clearing. There are two wild dogs there bawling at a tree. You can see a small kid has climbed up the tree. They call out to you to drive off the dogs. After it is over he climbs down. He thanks you and says they were probably after these. He pulls out three dog biscuits. He gives them to you. They give a +2 to your dog in combat.

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  4. You walk up to door of a small yellow home. Ryce Roads answers the door she is wearing a nurse’s orderly outfit. However this is not a costume she must be working tonight. She has deep bags under her eyes like she has been up all night at the casino again. She hands you some candy and heads on her way.

    E1. The path comes to a bridge that crosses over a small stream. There is no other way across and the bridge is damaged. You can swim across with a body challenge of 5. If you are dressed as the nerd you can use your suspenders to repair the bridge with a mind challenge of 6. You can convince others to help you by forming a human chain across the water with a spirit challenge of 7. If you have to swim you get wet and get a -1 to body for the rest of game.

  5. Harold Ocmear the dentist answers the door dressed in his lab coat and equipment. He drops a toothbrush in your bag with a big grin.

    B. There is a path leading towards the old dumps. You find yourself drawn towards it. Do you go and explore? (optional) You walk along the path up a little ridge. From here you can see the the huge piles of junk from the junk yard. It towers in the distance. For a moment you think you can see something moving. Then it gets closer. It looks like a flying head. It is Hassy’s Head. She has escaped from her refrigerator. If you are dressed as a monk you can drive her off with the cross, however she does not drop anything. If you defeat her she drops a Lumina eclipse soda from her neck hole.

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  6. You approach the house of Missy Dripps. She is decked out in pink a s a ballerina. She gets a little to excited and drips two hand fulls in your bag.

    D. There is a path heading towards the center of Apple Grove. That is where the apple tree cluster is. You feel compelled to go there. (optional) As you walk along the bridge you can see movement in the shadows. There is something moving among the trees. It is tall and slender. It moves with a bit of a jerking motion. You are about to turn an leave, when Hans Trapp the living scarecrow leaps from the shadows. If defeated he drops a large knife +1 to body 2 lbs

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  7. As you head towards this house a small street gang shows up. It is the Punkies. Halloween bullies lead by the punkie king and queen. There are five of them. The king, Queen, and three gang members. You can do battle or give them each a piece of candy to go away.

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  8. You walk up the path to Max Potts house. It is over the top with decorations and he answers the door dressed as Elvira Mistress of the Dark. He does his best to be seductive, but fails miserably.

    E2. As you walk down the path the way is blocked by thick bushes. If you are dressed as the knight, you can use your wooden sword to break through with a body challenge of 5. A spirit challenge of 5 can convince someone to lend you their ghost costume to cover yourself and crawl under. If not you will have to crawl under and find out that there is poison ivy growing there and take -1 to body and -1 to mind.

    C. There is a path leading to the right. (optional) As you walk down the path you notice a white van with it’s doors open. There is a strange man in a skeleton mask talking to some kids. He looks like he is trying to get them into the van. He drops two hand fulls of candy. (roll for each)

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  9. You approach a bright orange house. The house of the pumpkin lady. So called, because no one knows her name. She keeps pumpkins on her porch all year long and always dresses in orange. She comes to the door with a big orange t shirt that looks like a jack o lantern. She has a green stem sticking up from her bright orange hair. She drops two Reese’s peanut butter pumpkin candies into your bag. (That is all, don’t roll)

  10. As you walk up to the door you hear screaming inside. The door flies open and a man falls to the ground with a knife sticking out of his chest. A woman stand in the doorway covered in blood watching you. You start to run when you notice the man on the ground is also watching your reaction. They both begin to smile. He gets up and hands you your candy.

  11. As you approach the last house three large wild dogs come into view. You can either do battle with them, or give them to dog biscuits to pass by them. There are three do battle for each.

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    After that you are eager to get your last house done. You run up an knock and Ethan Jacksin answers the door dressed as a disney princess. He give your you candy and you head out of Apple Grove.

Card Game Dueling Elements

Okay here is an adventurer’s card game we came up with. We like it so I thought I would share it if anyone out there might like it as well. It sort of came to us after Fallout New Vegas. The way they used playing cards for their in game game. We had a lot of old playing cards some of which were missing cards but we liked the art. The idea is that you have a full deck of 52 cards. You can customize your deck with any cards since most are standard sized and come with many types of art and some have other things printed on them like survival tips or what not. As long as you have a full deck including two jokers and all the face cards and number cards. Since it is a full deck you can still use it for other card games like solitaire if you find yourself out in the woods or stranded. You know what I mean.

In addition to these you will need a set of stopa cards. I have some hand drawn cards that can be printed. These are 5  cards that are used to teach (usually Children) what to do in an emergency situation. Each of these cards has a element assigned to them. The idea is that you draw your cards and use them to attack the appropriate stopa card. Fire against earth, water against fire, air against water, and earth against air. You choose which card you wish to use and the opponent tries to block it with a higher number card of the opposing element. You can increase the attack power of a card by using a face card and adding a complimentary element, but not an opposing element.

suitsSay you play an earth card, you can add another earth card or a water card, but not a fire card or an air card. Also only one card can be added with a face card, but a joker will allow you to add any card together and up to two cards to it.

Example: Your opponent throws down a 6 earth card, you throw down a 10 fire card. They add a queen and add 5 earth card totaling 11. You may throw down a king and a two of air card totaling 12 to block them. FYI aces count a 1.

My home made stopa cards are unique in that I added certain elements such a seasons and directions. The O card has the alchemy symbol of air and represents the season of fall and the direction of west, as well as dusk and the crescent moon. The disaster there is the tornado.  The P card represents water, winter midnight and rain and flooding. The direction is east. The S card is the Spring and dawn. The element is Earth and the disaster is earth quake and south.

 

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The A card is spirit. Any element can be played against it. It represents civil uprising and man made disasters. The direction is center. The T card represents fire and Summer. The disaster here is a wild fire and the time of day is high noon. The direction is north. I am a bit of a tarot card fan as far as symbolism.

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Alternative house for CASA

Ok, so a friend of mine, who is not a Christian, asked me for an alternative house for the game and scenarios. There is another house I have been toying with that didn’t fit with my system exactly. My system used three primordial beast of land sea and air, with body mind and spirit. A fourth did not work well, but I did have one for fire. Not really from the Bible though. The Phoenix. Beast of fire many used as a symbol of resurrection and Jesus. However didn’t fit with my three fold method or color scheme. (red already being used for body and behemoth)

So here is an unofficial house. Go ahead and use the quiz to get your stats for the game and your color. Red for the fire bird. Yellow for the Thunderbird, and blue for the blue phoenix (ice bird). None of which are Christian exactly. The fire bird I believe is Chinese in origin and the thunderbird is native American. The blue phoenix I don’t know the exact origin except from anime. You probably know them best from the game pokemon the bird trio.

I know hard core Christians wont like me doing this, but I have many non Christian friends, It is everyone’s right to choose for themselves. So come in look around, the place for your eternal soul is your own choice. I wont be throwing anything in your face here. However that being said you should review with an open mind. A closed mind never learns, never grows, and eventually falls flat on their face and can’t accept criticism and is swallowed up by pride. (that is not a religious statement, that is a fact from psychology.)

Bestiary: The Scarecrow

hansrtp.jpgThe scarecrow has been a favorite monster for a long time. It has been portrayed in many forms from batman to the wizard of oz. Taking on many forms. Always a figure human or otherwise dressed in tattered clothes and a cloth face that obscures any true human features to inflict fear on its victims. The traditional scarecrow is a stuffy guy made of straw placed In a garden to scare away flying predators by taking on the appearance of a worse predator.

In Christianity we have a lore of such a creature, Hans Trapp.

Hans Trapp was called the Robber Baron. He was arrested and isolated and in his isolation he lost his humanity and in his resentment for the church he became deeply devoted to satan. This devotion eventually lead to him craving human flesh especially children.
As the legend goes, this was a real man. He was rich and evil and was kicked out of the catholic church. He was exiled into the forest where he preyed on children disguised as a scarecrow complete with straw sticking out of his clothes possibly for warmth. In the legend he catches a boy and is about to eat him when he gets struck by lightning. A punishment from God. However his spirit stays restless and can still be seen stalking children who are not careful disguised as a scarecrow.

He has mostly faded away now, but grew beyond his original legend to become the prime predator. A figure of evil to hunt the most vulnerable of victims. Children.  Sometime for meals devouring human flesh, sometimes as sacrifices for whatever reason to be killed on an alter or ritual sight, sometimes to take virginity and to destroy innocence.

Connected to nature usually a field. The scarecrow will stand in an almost perverted form of the crucifixion. Which is why it makes an excellent monster for Christian lore.

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Mostly popular around Halloween. Featured in several movies including the scarecrow, jeepers creepers, and many many others. Typically week against fire if it a supernatural creature. You know all that straw. If it is a human monster, they are typically vulnerable against any weapon. Except you know it you manage to take one down, don’t just run away and let them regroup like in horror movies.

So what to do to prepare for such a threat. Carry a weapon. A symbol of faith. Memorize a sword scripture and a hymn. Carry a signaling device, like a whistle. Since they mostly hunt at night travel with a friend if you must move about at night.

Adventurer’s Almanac: The Elements

Everyone knows the four elements. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. These are the intricate elements that make up our world. They correspond to the four phases of matter. earthIn the Bible , God works a lot through the elements. He speaks from the burning bush to Moses. Creates strong winds to part the sea. He leads Israel through a pillar of fire and cloud. God has used lightning and storms to demonstrate his power. God is intimately connected, (but not limited to) the elements of nature.

Earth is the solid element. Stable and secure. Everyone knows it as the dirt element. Ground, rock, metal. It is the strong and unmovable. Many include wood and plants into this element as well.

Water is the element of liquid. Fluid and changing and hard to control. water

It can change and move freely. It can take the form of rain, river, mist. It is the next stable element. Somewhere between Earth and Air.

Aairir is the gas element. Mostly associated with wind and oxygen. Free spirited and move wherever it pleases and blows down anything in it’s way.

Lastly is Fire the plasma. Although fire is not exactly a plasma (although fireit can be) The best examples of plasma are the Sun, which is a big ball of plasma and lightning. Dangerous and destructive, but also life giving. Life could not exist without it or in fact any of  the elements.

 

I have used the alchemy symbols for this because they best demonstrate the elements relationship to each other. That is complimentary and contrary. Those that work together and those that work against each other. You know what I mean. If you mix fire and water what happens. Exactly. Water beats fire. Fire beats earth. Earth beats air. Air beats water.

You pour water on fire it fizzles. Fire can burn earth to ash, but if you add in it’s complimentary element of water, water coats the ground and renders it unburnable. Earth and water are allies. Water even feeds the earth to allow plants to grow.

Air beats water. Air can blow water about even pick it up and fling it, But you add Earth to water and you get denser heavier mud. It become too heave for air to just push around.

The same hold for Air and fire. The compliment each other. Air feeds fire. You add air to fire you get inferno.  It can even overcome water. Drying it and evaporating it. Fire fuels the air cycle. Hot air rises and cold air calls. Fire give off heat and causing air to rise rapidly. Can create strong winds if the fire is hot enough. Earth beats air because earth is heavy for air to move and kick around. It is to o dense, but with enough heat to fuel it air can move anything. Think firenado. If fire can burn earth to ash, no obstacle could stand in it’s way.

You may notice the two symbols below. The star of David is known to be a representation of the four elements combines. You can see it if you look closely. Then there is the Jerusalem’s cross. This is a Christian symbol. Not exactly associated with the four elements, but it can be. It is five crosses in a quincunx pattern. Or an artificial crossroads. used in magic rituals to bind a spell or energy in place. They can be used to represent the four elements with the fifth being that of spirit or God.

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Bestiary: Hassy’s Head

hasy.jpgHassy’s Head

This is a local creature legend around my area. I head about it from my brother and cousin. Hassy’s Head was a disembodied head that flew around and attacked people. Said to originate from an old abandoned fridge. It would fly about at night and either kill or suck blood from it’s victims. In all likelihood this is just something they came up with, with no real grounds, but I came across some old Philippine legends that gives it some credence.

Hassy’s head would be a Penanggalan. A sort of female vampire head. A creature that at night would detach it’s head from it’s body and fly about attacking people. It would have entrails dangling from it’s floating head. It would leave bruises and scratches on it’s victims. They would all be bleeding from the mouth. So maybe it has a deadly kiss. They would all have to return to it’s body just before first light. Usually in a barrel or coffin or some similar enclosed container. If it didn’t return to it’s body it would die.  It can’t just hide from the sun either, because it’s entrails would dry out if not reattached to it’s body. Also you could drive it away if you had something sharp or a tree limb. It would be scared it’s entrails would get harmed or tangled.

As a vampire, it probably has the same weaknesses as vampires do. Holy water should burn it, Holy symbols should keep it at bay. Garlic and silver would harm it ask they are blood thinners and antibacterial.

So the legend (I am making for her) she is the victim of a murder. Her body stuffed into an old fridge and abandoned by the killer in the wooded are near the shale pit. Unable to find peace she returns as the undead and flies about at night seeking revenge. Every day she returns to her fridge sanctuary.

Hassy’s Head

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Game scenario:

So you and your daughter are going camping. You chose a little place off the beaten path. You have left your car about a half mile away at the ranger station. You are the only one here at your campsite. It is a little clearing near a stream surrounded by woods. You set up your camp with a fire pit, and a tent. They only weapon you brought is (whatever it on your immediate right.) You are having a great time talking and hanging out. Suddenly a storm rolls in. (-1 to body) You had checked the weather and there was no report of one this week. You curse silently under your breath and head towards the tent. As lightning flashes you catch the site of something near the trees. You only saw it for a second, but the sight of it sent a chill down your spine. You push your daughter into the tent and grab a flashlight. You wave the beam toward the trees, but it is gone.

You shake your head and head towards the tent. As your eyes set on it, you see it floating right there by it. In a fit of panic you lunge forward screaming at it. It seems to retreat a few feet, but stops. It glares at you eyes glowing red. Apparently amused.

What do you do? The ranger station is a half mile. You are armed with (Whatever is to your right at the time of reading this) You have to look out for your daughter. It is raining slowing your movements.

Your daughter stats 4/4/4. Your stats can be found here after the quiz.

Bestiary the Cockatrice and Basilisk

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Cockatrice: “They hatch cockatrice eggs, and weave the spider’s web. He that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper” Isaiah 59
The cockatrice is a mythical beast, basically a two legged dragon with a rooster’s head and wings. Legend says was born from an egg laid by a chicken and incubated by a toad or snake. Its reputed magical abilities include turning people to stone or killing them with a look or a touch. Refereed to as the death stare of the Cockatrice. It is said that it’s petrification remains after it’s death. The weasel is the only animal that is said to be immune to it’s stare. It is said that the Cockatrice will die immediately from hearing a rooster crow, or to have one look at itself in a mirror. Unlike the chicken the Cockatrice is said to have the ability to fly. It’s size is debated but believed to be about waist high to a human. 7/8/5 ♥♥♥♥

Imagine walking through the forest and running across this thing.

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Basilisk: This is a creature that is often confused with the Cockatrice. Their origins are very similar and both have the ability to paralyze with their eyes. However the Basilisk does not cause petrification only paralysis. The basilisk is called the king of snakes and is said to hatch from the egg of a serpent and incubated by a chicken. (the reverse of the cockatrice) The basilisk is said to be vulnerable to cockerels and travelers use to carry them with them for protection. Also weasels are the enemy of the basilisk and one way to kill them is to throw a weasel into their lair which can be identified by the surrounding shrubs and grass being scorched and withered by it’s potent venom that will cause instant death if bitten. The Basilisk is said to be either enormous or extremely small. Legends tend to very.
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