Vulcan Stev's Database

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Make Yourself a Monster: Vulcan Stev?

Stev, is definitely not a monster.  He is an officer serving aboard the USS Phoenix as such I really couldn’t monsterize myself in that manner.  What I did do is anagram Stev the Vulcan and have monsterized two of the more colorful results.  I hope that these monsters are useful in your campaign.  They have been statted out in Savage Worlds format but can be used with appropriate conversions in any setting.

baldmonkShaven Cult Vet– The Shaven Cult are violently opposed to body hair of any sort.  Encountering a Vet, or high ranking priest while displaying any body hair is a show way to invite an attack.  These cultists will first attempt to forcibly remove your hair.  If you comply and let them remove your body hair they will attempt to convert you (opposed role vs spirit).

Attributes: Agility: d6, Smarts: d6, Spirit: d8, Strength: d6, Vigor: d6
Skills:Faith: d8, Fighting: d8, Persuasion: d8, Notice: d8, Stealth: d8, Streetwise: d8
Charisma: 0; Pace: 6; Parry: 6; Toughness: 5
Hindrances: Obligations to the Temple, Vow to remove hair
Edges: Arcane Background (hair related magic), Connections
Gear: Scythe-like hair remover


purpleantsVelvet Uch Ants – These purpelish ants are 3x the size of normal ants and are so named for the cool and smooth feel to the touch.  However touching these ants would not be adviseable.  Not only is their bite poisonous but they leach toxins through the velvety hairs covering their bodies.  The swarm covers a medium burst template and attacks everyone within the template every round.

Attributes: Agility d10, Smarts D4 (A), Spirit d12, Strength d8, Vigor d10
Skills: Notice d10
Pace: 10; Parry: 4; Toughness: 7
Special Abilities
Bite– Swarms of Uch Ants inflict hundreds of tiny bites every round to their victims hitting automatically and causing 2d4 damage to their victims within the template.  Victims must make a Vigor role at -4 due to the poison in the bites
Split– Uch Ants are sufficiently intelligent enough to split into smaller swarms (Small burst templates take the place of the medium template) should the party split up
Swarm– Parry +2 because the swarm is made up of of hundreds of these large ants, cutting and piercing weapons do little to no damage.  Area effect weapons work normally.  A PC can inflict damage per his/her strength by stomping each round.  Uch ants can only be defeated by inflicting damage normally water does not deter them, as Uch Ants are capable swimmers.

I’ve also statted out Aluminus, the Mountain Monster my imaginary foe at work.

monstermountainAluminus, the Mountain Monster is a man shaped elemental that makes its form from earth and metal ingots.  Aluminus has the ability to regenerate damage during battle.  The more nearby metal, including that carried by the PCs, the faster Aluminus regenerates.
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d4, Spirit d6, Strength d12+3, Vigor d10
Skills: Fighting d8
Pace: 4; Parry: 6; Toughness: 14 (4)
Special Abilities:
Armor –
+4 due to metallic hide
Meld (10″):Aluminus can meld with earth or metal into or out of the ground or metal objects
Elemental: No additional damage from called shots, Fearless, Immune to disease and poison.  Primary weakness is water.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Fluff/Inspiration, Other Systems, RPG, Savage Worlds, SS3F, Vulcan Stev | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Inspiration where does it come from?

Inspiration, The Muse, that sudden flash of “Ah-ha”, where does it come from?  Mine is hard to find.  I’m amazed at the consistency that I can immediately see possibilities in the ideas created by others but have difficulty coming up with my own ideas.  Dr. Checkmate came up with a RPG setting that combines elements of Robin Hood with your favorite post-apocalyptic settings.  I immediately saw how I could rework some of my Car Wars material into this setting.  But coming up with the original hook awes me.  I could list a number of my on-line buddies who have come up with ‘orginal’ concepts or mash-ups that I could immediately see how to implement but I have difficulty arriving at the same flash of inspiration.

I marvel at the ability my Captain over at Starships of the Third Fleet has in coming up with new prologues every three months.  I can immediately grasp how Stev will handle the proposed problem.  I’ve written a number of Stev stories but haven’t been able to write a successful prologue as yet.

My GMing experience runs the same gamut.  My gaming group wanted to run a Stargate game.  I spent  a lot of time working with Ron Fricke’s conversion of Stargate to Savage Worlds.  The I picked up a copy Sean Preston’s RunePunk for Savage Worlds and have successfully used that as a major Stargate campaign.  I’m doing something similar with the Serenity RPG and Slipstream.

My inspirational forte seems to be in seeing how I can best use the work of others to achieve what I want on my own.  How about you?

February 15, 2009 Posted by | Fluff/Inspiration, Life near an Iowa Cornfield, Observations of a Noob GM, RPG | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trek Wars

treklogo1Star Trek versus Star Wars.  In my own unscientific background data search I have discovered an animosity between fans of Star Trek and fans of Star Wars.  “Star Trek versus Star Wars: generated over 3,500,000 pages on Google.  “Star Trek is better that Star Wars” had over 800,000 different sites.  Slightly less but still over 800,000 sites for the reverse.  I’m curious as to why.

I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since I saw the first one in the theaters for my 10th birthday.  I have enjoyed all six movies, the comic books, novels, The Clone Wars cartoon from the Cartoon Network.  I even enjoyed the malaigned recent Clone Wars movie.  I can remember sitting in line for tickets for Jedi.  I hauled my kids out of school so we could go the first showing of Revenge of the Sith.  Am I a Star Wars fan? Yes.

I remember sitting down with my father in the early 70’s to watch Star Trek.  The episode was Catspaw.  The opening sequence scared me silly.  I didn’t watch Star Trek again until TMP came out instarwarslogo 1979.  I was intrigued.  This didn’t happen a long time ago in a galaxy far far away; these were humans and their friends just 300 years from now.  I came home from that (admittedly bad) movie hooked.  Was this the show Dad had tried to share with me?  I devoured reruns of the original series whenever I could.  I eagerly anticipated every new movie.  I subscribed to Starlog to get behind the scenes info on the next movie and discovered a whole new world of Science Fiction.  Star Trek was my door to a whole new world of discovery.  When TNG premiered on TV I called in sick to work to see the first episode.  My daughter grew up watching Star Trek with her Daddy.  I joined a creative writing club, Starships of the Third Fleet.  My online identity comes from this club.  Am I fan of Star Trek?  Yes.

What I don’t understand is how some fans of either claim that the other is no good.  Star Trek and Star Wars are (to be cliche) apples and oranges in the big fruit basket of Science Fiction.  The each have their good points and an honest fan will admit that each have their faults as well.  I for one cannot understand we a person cannot be a fan of both.  I am sure I’m not the only one who likes both. but I welcome any fan to explain to me why one is better than the other.

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Science Fiction, SS3F, Star Trek | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Stev the Vulcan is more than an online ID, he’s my alter ego.

I have been writing off and on for a creative writing club called Starships of the Third Fleet for the better part of a stev1decade.  Stev the Vulcan has been my character from the beginning.  I thought I’d post this article with links to all of the recent stories I’ve written for the club.

Candescium – prolog  – story
Blindsided – prolog – story
Shore Leave – prolog – story
Who Killed Melissa Wells – prolog – story
The Listening Post – prolog – story
Nostalgia – prolog – story


January 30, 2009 Posted by | SS3F, Star Trek, Vulcan Stev | , , , | Leave a comment