I’ve often used other sites character’s when I need some good NPC’s at times, instead of making up my own. Plus, I often like to see the characters that other people come up with. Since I like character compendium’s so much, I thought I would continue to add to my own using either actual NPC’s that I have or famous characters or people.

With that, I give you the Risus version of Richard Castle from ABC’s series Castle:


Richard Castle

Clichés
Wealthy, Best-Selling Mystery Writer (4)
Ruggedly Handsome and Eccentric Aristocrat (4)
Honorary NYPD Detective (2)

Backstory
Richard Castle is a well-connected and wealthy best-selling mystery novelist. He has friends in high places in New York and through these friends are able to ghost with an NYPD Detective Kate Beckett in order to do research for his new mystery novels. He actually ends up being useful during investigations due to his inquisitive mind and being able to see how things might fit together in a unique way that the others do not.

Let me know what you think!

I’m playing in a Don’t Rest Your Head game that John is running tonight so I had to create a character. I have never played DRYH before, so it should prove to be an interesting experience that I am really looking forward to the game.

Here is the character that I came up with:

My Name Is . . . James Scott
And I Am . . . A disgraced, unemployed risk consultant

What’s been keeping you awake?
He stays up late at night watching the news and trying to figure out why the things happen that the news reports. How could that car of flipped like that? Why did the bridge collapse?

What just happened to you?
At Disney world, he is inspecting a ride. He hasn’t had much sleep but little sleep doesn’t bother him anymore. He inspects a ride and gives it a thumbs up as safe to operate and takes the customary first ride. As he is riding, he believes he sees something like little animals, maybe rats or raccoons or something at one spot. When he tells the people, they say that they will check, but it is very unlikely and when they do, nothing is found. He shakes it off as little sleep and a long day, but can’t get the shinning eyes out of his head.

He is walking away from the ride and stops at one of the shops and asks the guy if they have any coffee in back, which the they get him. As he is drinking the coffee and watching the ride, once the car hits the spot he saw the “animals” the railing breaks and falls, taking the cars with it and crashing into a horrible tangle of steel and flesh.

Needless to say, he loses his job and cannot sleep a wink since.

What’s on the surface?
He is a about 5’11” and lanky with short blond hair and light gray eyes. He is clean cut and is always found wearing a nice, fairly expensive suit. He drives an old 1963 Chevy C-10 pick-up, because he knows the risk of the newer small cars.

What lies beneath?
Loneliness and a desperate need to find the truth. There is also fear.

What’s your path?
What caused the car to fall? I know the it wasn’t the steel like they are saying, I inspected every inch. I have to find the answer. What did I see? If it wasn’t animals…could whatever I have seen caused the steel to fail? Are gremlin-like things real? I have to know.

Discipline: 3

Fight [ ] [ ]
Flight [ ]

Exhaustion
Able to assess the risk (dangers) in any scenario almost immediately.

Madness
Able to replay a scenario in order to change the outcome.

Our group got together the other night to play a game and we ended up deciding on a super heroes game using Risus. Snikle already did a great write-up on the game, so, instead of repeating the process, I thought I would do a little write-up on how we came up with the game and how I GMed it.

First off, we started out getting together a little before our regular meeting time. Now here I need to say, we play exclusively online since we are all in different states. We use Skype to communicate and we usually just text during the week, but for game night, we use voice. We have all used different virtual tables, such as Maptool and Fantasy Grounds, but because of the free form nature of the games we have been playing, we’ve just been using Google docs and a die roller.

Now, we like to Google up different images and something that catches our interest. This night, it was the Kick-Ass movie trailer that caused us to choose super heroes and Risus seemed to be the easiest system to implement on the fly. I said I would GM and off we went.

The guys made very colorful characters, as you can see below:

John’s Character: The Night Owl (Spencer Morgan)
Hotel Lounge Hypnotist (4)
“Insecuricist” (3) – Able to make people feel insecure through the use of backhanded compliments.
“Sorta Sleepless” (2) – Never, ever sleeps, except sometimes in times of stress.
Motivational Poster Photographer (1)

Snikle’s Character: Pittfall (Angelina Pitt)
A Teen Drama Queen Band Geek who can KICK-ASS with her dual clarinets(4) current (4)
Never fully dressed and can use it to her advantage(4) current (4)
A dreamer who thinks that she the bastard child of John Woo and an Anime character(2) current (2)

Brennen’s Character: The Hoodoo Doctor (aka Orangelo ‘Gelo’ Lincoln)

Mysterious Spiffy Dressing Voodoo Priest (4)
Womanizing North Country Blues Guitarist (3)
Can speak fluent Spanish, but only when stoned (2)
Insecure Barbecue Chef moonlighting as a graphic arts student (1)

Now we decided on the location of Memphis Tennesee and off we went to create an adventure. I decided to throw in a little of one of my favorite games, Inspectres!, and had them tell me about their head quarters. I even made them roll for the stuff they came up with. Here is pretty much how the HQ part went:

Base:
A small three room flat above the Beer-O-Mat.

Matt want’s a pet guinea pig. Matt rolls a 13, A pet guinea pig that is dyed green that is named Henry Rollins that Matt’s character believes is physic that she consults for cases. He lives off weed grown by Ogranoloo.

Brennen: vintage suitcase with hot sauce collection with medicinal properties.
Rolls a 15

John wants ventriloquist dummy that he used to have in his act before it starting freaking him out. Believes the dummy is a master interrogator. Tommy Pines, hewn out of rough Pine.
Rolls a 12.

Brennen wants a mid 70’s conversion van with a water bed interior hydroponic garden, wet bar, and it is a low rider.
Rolls a 15. Driver of the copped van is Eye-Patch Jan. She lost her eye in one of the acts with John’s character.

Now, they had to come up with images that suited each of these, so we spent a lot of time googling for the best pictures with lots of fun and laughter. You can see two of the great images above. This is of course one of the things I really like about our group, we have a lot of fun playing, but usually have just as much fun coming up with characters or games.

Now as for DMing the game, I asked the players what they wanted to do. We ended up bantering around in their base, doing laundry, when a Thug came in to hold up the place. The great thing about Risus is it was really easy to come up with the bad guys. Here is my stated out bad guy:

Drunk Gang-banger (5)
Slow 6-shooter (3)
Wannabe ninja moves (2)

They took care of him very fast and ended up getting into a cooking contest with the chef, which they also won. Again, I stated up the chef and actually had a cooking duel, which was easy to use do with Risus.

The rest of the night went as you read in Snikle’s post. They fought a few more thugs, then went on to the hideout where they took out guards and guests alike with a combination of pretty girl and great BBQ sauce. However, they did let one guy go, the guy that had been standing at the bar. One of the guys commented that it had been too easy and then realized they hadn’t found the big bad guy. Remember the guy they let go? Oh yeah, that was him. They were surprised and happy (I think) that the adventure could continue. All in all it was a good little adventure and I think the guys had fun.

We played a pickup game of supers, because of a movie preview we had all seen, and decided to use Risus. I plan to do a writeup of it here, but for now, Snikle has a great writeup that I encourage you to read! You can find it here.