- Fri, 12:33: RT @BNBuzz: "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso https://t.co/9XCJvsSV64
- Fri, 13:41: Bought Overwatch an hour ago. Still trying to get grunky old PC to remember it has a video card.
- Fri, 13:47: This was a very nice gaming rig about 5 years ago. It still would be except the OS and drivers are all broken due to bitrot. :P
- Fri, 13:48: The hardware is all still perfectly capable of doing everything a game might want, but the drivers all pretend it isn’t.
- Fri, 13:50: RT @valeriehalla: second life is so unreal it's like urban exploration in an abandoned cyber fuckzone
- Fri, 13:51: I’d consider buying a new one if I had a job. :P
- Fri, 13:52: I can’t really blame this all on Windows. “Pretend perfectly good hardware is old and busted” is S.O.P. for Apple, too.
- Fri, 13:58: One nice thing about working from home, I can tell my gaming rig to do all its BS updates while I work instead of when I get home.
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This is the Gadget List that Brains characters with the Inventor specialty may choose from, as well as anything else that refers to “gadget slots.”
Armor Enhancer: This gadget sets the wielder’s AC to a minimum of 16, regardless of what kind of armor they may be wearing or other AC-changing effects. The gadget can be activated as a bonus action and operates for one hour after being activated, after which it requires 12 hours to recharge.
Burst Effect: A weapon that normally affects a single target is changed into a an area effect. The area is either a 10′ radius usable at the weapon’s normal range, a 25′ line emanating from the wielder, or a 15′ cone emanating from the wielder. The choice can be toggled every time the weapon is fired. Instead of the wielder making an attack roll, every target within the area makes a DC 15 Dexterity save. The target takes half damage if they succeed at the saving throw, or full damage if they fail the save.
Chameleon: This gadget enables you to completely alter your appearance, including minor variations on height, weight, facial features, the sound of your voice, hair length, sex, skin color, and so forth, though none of your statistics change. You can’t change to a creature a different size class than yourself, nor can you change such basics as going from a biped to a quadruped, etc. If you attempt to impersonate a specific creature person, this requires a Charisma (Deception) check against the Wisdom (Perception) of the target you are attempting to fool. Changing your appearance requires an action.
Cloaking Device: This gadget enables the wielder to turn invisible. It works for one hour after being activated, after which it requires 12 hours to recharge.
Custom Gadget (Prodigy): This is a catchall designed to enable players to come up with their own crazy ideas. When assessing whether a player’s idea is feasible as a Prodigy-level gadget, the Ghostmaster should compare it to the effectiveness of an existing piece of readily-available gear, a 1st- or 2nd- level spell from the Player’s Handbook, or a Common or Uncommon magic item from the Dungeon Master’s Guide. Keep in mind that unlike spells, gadgets can be used over and over again and rarely have durations. Thus the Ghostmaster should carefully consider the potential downfalls of the gadget being “spammed” or abused.
Damage Resistance: This gadget provides you with resistance against a specific damage type (bludgeoning, piercing, slashing, fire, thunder, cold, acid, etc.). This means you take half damage from attacks of that type. This gadget does not require activation and is considered to be always on.
Deflector Shield: The wielder of this gadget adds the higher of their Intelligence or Wisdom modifiers to their AC. This gadget does not require activation and is considered to be always on.
Electromagnetic Shoes: This gadget enables the user to move on vertical or even inverted surfaces as if they were normal ground, as per the spider climb spell. The gadget can be activated as a bonus action and works for up to one hour when activated, then must recharge for 12 hours before it can be used again.
Elemental Modulator: This gadget enables the user to change an existing weapon’s damage type to another damage type at will, which must be declared when the gadget is built. For instance, an existing laser rifle (fire damage) could be set to modulate to a freeze ray (cold damage). Modulating damage types is a free action.
Enhance Ability: This gadget uses chemical stimulants or other enhancements to give the wielder the benefit of the Enhance Ability spell on p. 237 of the Players Handbook. The effects last for one hour, after which the wielder cannot gain benefit from such enhancements again without a short rest. The wielder could use two different gadgets that enhance two different abilities, however.
Enhanced Senses: This gadget enables you to see, hear, or otherwise gather sensory data normally outside the range of human ability, such as an infrared camera or an ultrasonic sensor. This gadget does not require activation and is considered always on.
Ghost Capture: This property allows a gadget to capture a ghost (or other ethereal creature) which has been reduced to ½ its hit points or fewer or is incapacitated. This gadget is usually activated as a reaction, and the trigger of the Ghost Capture effect is defined by the gadget’s creator when the gadget is created. An ethereal creature subject to the effect must make a DC 15 Dexterity or Charisma saving throw (whichever is greater). On a failed save, the creature is restrained and incapacitated. The creature may make an additional save at the beginning of each of its turns. Ghost Capture only affects one target at a time, unless it also has the Burst Effect property.
Ghost Containment: This property allows a gadget to restrain a single ghost (or other ethereal creature) indefinitely. This gadget is usually activated as a reaction, and the trigger of the Ghost Containment effect is defined by the gadget’s creator when the gadget is created. An ethereal creature that is already subject to a Ghost Capture effect which is then subjected to a Ghost Containment effect must make an additional Dexterity or Charisma saving throw (whichever is greater) against DC 15. On a failed save, the creature is trapped in an extradimensional space with properties similar to the “Minimus Containment” option of the imprisonment spell. On a successful save, not only is the creature not contained, but it may make a free saving throw attempt to escape the Ghost Capture effect as well. Ghost Containment only affects one target at a time, unless it also has the Burst Effect property, but once the creatures are trapped in the Containment effect, any number of creatures may occupy the same Containment effect. (Thus, you can only catch one at a time, but you can hold any number.)
Ghost Snare: This gadget defines a 20′ x 20′ square at a point the wielder can see which becomes highly agitated with PKE interference. Any ghost (or other ethereal creature) in the area while the gadget is activated must succeed on a DC 15 Strength or Charisma saving throw (whichever is higher), or be restrained. The area also counts as difficult terrain for ethereal creatures, even flying ones, and renders all invisible beings visible, at least in outline as PKE crackles around them. The gadget operates for an hour after it is activated and then must recharge for 12 hours until it can be used again.
Ghost Ward: This gadget defines a 10′ x 10′ square at a point the wielder can see that is impassible to ethereal creatures. Any ethereal creatures within the area of effect are automatically pushed out of the area to an adjacent space of their choice, unless they are paralyzed, restrained, held in a Ghost Containment effect, or otherwise prevented from escaping the effect. Ethereal creatures who cannot escape the effect are trapped within it. The gadget operates for an hour after being activated; after that time, it must recharge for 12 hours before it can be used again.
Hologram: This gadget produces a convincing visual image of a single immobile creature or an object up to 10′ tall and 5′ wide in a space you can see (although once the image has been put in place you do not need to monitor it to keep it going). The visual image has no sound and cannot be interacted with in any meaningful way, and any attempt to touch the object in the image will reveal its false nature. The gadget can replay a series of prerecorded events on a loop up to ten minutes long. Any creature that depends on sight must make a DC 15 Wisdom (Perception) check to see through the illusion. The size of the hologram may be increased with the Burst Effect property.
Inertial Shoes: The wielder of this gadget cannot be knocked prone. Also, they always land on their feet and are resistant to falling damage. Once per 12 hour period, they may rise vertically, up to 20′, and remain suspended there for up to 10 minutes. At the end of the 10 minutes they float gently back to the ground. This gadget does not require activation and is considered to be always on.
Life Support: This gadget protects you in a hostile environment, such as the depths of the ocean or the void of space. It also filters out toxins, provides you with air and regulates your temperature and pressure, and so forth– but it does not provide protection against damage. (So for instance, something that would keep you alive in an elemental plane of fire would still not protect you from a blowtorch.) This gadget does not require activation and is considered to be always on.
Melee Weapon (one-handed): This gadget is a one-handed melee weapon, doing 2d6 damage of a type of your choice. You must declare the damage type and proficiency the weapon requires when the gadget is created.
Melee Weapon (two-handed): This gadget is a two-handed melee weapon, doing 2d8 damage of a type of your choice. You must declare the damage type and proficiency the weapon requires when the gadget is created.
Mental Discombobulator: This gadget, when activated, forces up to three creatures of your choice that you can see within 30′ attempt a DC 15 Charisma saving throw. On a failed save, whenever the target attempts an attack roll, ability check, or saving throw for the next minute, they must roll 1d4 and subtract that from their total. The gadget may be used once, after which it requires 12 hours to recharge.
Pocket Ghost I: This gadget, which may or may not look like a small red and white ball, can be used to contain a previously-trapped ghost or other trappable creature of CR ½ or lower. As a bonus action on your turn, you may release the ghost from the pocket-ball and give it a simple command. Thereafter on each of your turns, you may use your bonus action to direct the ghost on how to move and take its action. The ghost cannot move further away than 60′ from the pocket-ball, but that distance may extend through walls or barriers that the ghost could normally move through. The ghost automatically returns to the pocket-ball after 1 minute (10 rounds) or when it reaches 0 hp, after which time it cannot be released again until you have completed a short or long rest. (Technically, it’s the ghost that’s resting, but you get the idea.) Returning to the pocket-ball automatically heals all damage to the ghost and removes any conditions it may be under. If the ghost is subject to another capture effect (for instance, it succumbs to someone else’s ghost trap), the pocket-ball is immediately broken and the gadget slot becomes available to you again. You may carry as many pocket-balls as you have gadget slots to spend on them.
Psychic Beacon: This gadget sends out rhythmic pulses of PKE which are fascinating (or possibly infuriating) to ghosts and other PKE-sensitive creatures (including characters with the Psychic Awareness feat). Any such creatures within five miles of the gadget when it is active must make a DC 15 Wisdom or Charisma save or be drawn to the device to investigate. Once the creature has seen the device up close and learned its nature, they are immune to its effects thereafter (but may still choose to remain close to it). Creatures who succeed at the saving throw are immune to its effects as well.
Rapid Recharge: This gadget modifies an existing gadget with a recharge time, causing it to recharge in half the normal time. This modifier can be added to a gadget multiple times, reducing the recharge time by x4, x8, x16, etc.
Ray Weapon (pistol): This gadget is a one-handed ranged weapon, doing 3d6 damage of a type of your choice. The weapon has a range of 40’/120′, and holds 50 shots per ammunition pack. You must declare the damage type and proficiency the weapon requires when the gadget is created. (Note: Proton packs default to radiant damage and require the Ghost Capture property.)
Ray Weapon (rifle): This gadget is a two-handed ranged weapon, doing 3d8 damage of a type of your choice. The weapon has a range of 100’/300′, and holds 30 shots per ammunition pack. You must declare the damage type and proficiency the weapon requires when the gadget is created. (Note: Proton packs default to radiant damage and require the Ghost Capture property.)
Repulsor Unit: This gadget, when activated, requires every creature within 15′ of you (including ghosts or other ethereal creatures) to make a DC 15 Constitution saving throw. On a failed save, the target takes 2d8 force damage and is pushed 10′ away from you. On a successful save, the target takes half as much damage and isn’t pushed. In addition, unattended objects within the area of effect that weigh 100 pounds or less are automatically pushed 10′ away from you. The effects of this gadget are instantaneous and do not create a static field. The wielder must activate the device again if its effects are desired additional times.
Rocket Shoes: This gadget triples the wielder’s jump distance. This gadget does not require activation and is considered always on.
Rocket Skates: This gadget enables you to take the Dash action as a bonus action on each of your turns. Note that it doesn’t actually have to be rocket skates, that’s just the most common version. Any effect that would reduce your movement speed (including the Slimed condition) also prevents you from using this gadget until the condition is removed. This gadget does not require activation and is considered always on.
Slime-Proof Clothing: This gadget makes you immune to the Slimed condition. This gadget does not require activation and is considered always on.
Stake Gun: This weapon fires custom-made wooden-shafted darts. Its statistics are the same as an automatic rifle from the Dungeon Master’s Guide, except that it has a range of 30’/120′, and a critical hit with this weapon against vampires or another such vulnerable creature is considered to be a stake driven into the target’s heart.
Tethered Slime Barrier: This gadget uses “slime tether” technology to fill a 20′ x 20′ cube with sticky slime filaments in a spot of your choice within 60′. The area so filled becomes difficult terrain and is obscured to vision. If the filaments aren’t anchored between two solid masses (such as walls or trees) they collapse on themselves and create a mass of quivering green goo roughly 5′ deep. Each corporeal creature that starts its turn in the slime barrier must make a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, the creature is restrained as long as it remains in the slimy filaments or until it breaks free. A creature restrained by the slime filaments can use its action to make a DC 15 Strength check. If it succeeds, it is no longer restrained. Each 20′ x 20′ cube lasts 30 seconds (five turns).
Translator: This gadget can translate speech or text in any known, historical language into any other known, historical language, in “real time.”
Universal Healing Kit: This gadget gives the wielder advantage on all Wisdom (Medicine) checks and once per 24 hour period enables them to automatically succeed in ending either one disease or one of the following conditions on an afflicted humanoid creature or animal: blinded, deafened, paralyzed, or poisoned.
Widget: This gadget is a small robotic personal assistant. It carries things for you, can deliver messages or run simple errands, etc. It can remain in constant contact with you via radio and relay sound and/or video surveillance of a remote location. The Widget has statistics similar to a creature of your choice as described by the find familiar spell, except that its type is construct. It cannot make any attacks. This gadget does not require activation and is considered always on.
Arcing Weapon: This modifier causes an energy weapon’s effect to “arc” from target to target. When the wielder scores a successful hit with the weapon, they may immediately as a free action make another attack at the same bonus (and inflicting the same damage) on a different target up to 30′ feet away. If that attack succeeds, the wielder may then make another attack on a third target, and so on, until an attack misses or there are no more targets within range. This effect only works once on any given turn, regardless of how many attacks the wielder may be entitled to make.
Custom Gadget (Genius): This is a catchall designed to enable players to come up with their own crazy ideas. When assessing whether a player’s idea is feasible as a Genius-level gadget, the Ghostmaster should compare it to the effectiveness of an existing piece of more expensive gear, a 3rd- or 4th- level spell from the Player’s Handbook, or an Uncommon or Rare magic item from the Dungeon Master’s Guide. Keep in mind that unlike spells, gadgets can be used over and over again and rarely have durations. Thus the Ghostmaster should carefully consider the potential downfalls of the gadget being “spammed” or abused.
Etherealizer: This gadget, when activated, turns the wielder semi-ethereal. They can see and interact with objects or creatures on the ethereal plane as well as the material plane. They can also move completely through creatures and objects on the material plane (including walls or solid rock) as if they were difficult terrain. However, they take 5 (1d10) force damage if they end their turn inside an object. This gadget operates for one hour after it’s activated, after which time it requires 12 hours to recharge before it can be used again.
Fleet of Widgets: This gadget actually consists of five Widgets. Other than being a lot more of them, it is otherwise identical to a single Widget.
Greater Burst Effect: As Burst Effect, except the choices are a 20′ radius sphere usable at the weapon’s normal range, a 50′ line emanating from the wielder, or a 30′ cone emanating from the wielder.
Greater Damage Weapon: As Melee Weapon or Ray Weapon, but adds an additional two dice of damage to the values listed. (For instance, a Greater Damage Ray Weapon rifle would do 5d8 damage.)
Improved Effect: You may add the higher of your Intelligence modifier or proficiency bonus to the DC of an existing item’s saving throw.
Jetpack: The wielder of this gadget has a fly speed of 60′. The gadget is activated as free action during the wielder’s movement and operates for ten minutes once activated, then must recharge for 12 hours before it can be used again.
Lingering Damage: Placing this modifier on a weapon or other item that does some form of elemental damage causes the damage to continue for a number of rounds equal to the wielder’s Intelligence modifier after the initial damage.
Mind Link: This gadget allows two unresisting creatures to be mentally connected, allowing direct mind-to-mind communication. There is no limitation on how long this state can last, but both creatures are considered restrained while the gadget is in operation. If either creature moves, the link is broken.
Pocket Ghost II: Like Pocket Ghost I, except it may contain creatures up to CR 1.
Robotic Assistant: This gadget is an android designed to assist you with whatever tasks you assign it. It has statistics similar to a set of Animated Armor from the Monster Manual. Like the Widget, the Robotic Assistant can remain in contact with you via radio and relay sound or video images. The Robotic Assistant can be programmed to fire a proton pack or other weapon, but it never gains proficiencies. This gadget does not require activation and is considered always on.
Slime Automaton: This gadget is a large object or collection of objects being manipulated into a semblance of animation by the effects of psychomagnotheric slime. The wielder controls the automaton’s actions each turn with a bonus action, and must stay within 30′ of the automaton to control it. (The wielder may choose to “ride” the automaton like a mount or vehicle.) On any turn in which the automaton is not controlled, it simply stands inert. A slime automaton has statistics similar to a clay golem from the Monster Manual, except it does not have the Acid Absorption, Berserk, or Haste properties. This gadget does not require activation and is considered always on.
Sun Grenade: This gadget is thrown like a grenade. When it detonates, it creates an intense field of light, heat, electromagnetic and ultraviolet radiation that simulates the effects of full sunlight at high noon on the equator for six seconds in a 50′ radius sphere. All creatures who have not averted their eyes before the grenade goes off must make a Dexterity saving throw with a DC equal to 8 + the wielder’s proficiency bonus (if applicable) + the wielder’s Intelligence bonus. On a failed save, the creature is blinded and stunned until the end of their next turn. In addition, creatures that are damaged or destroyed by sunlight suffer the full brunt of such effects for that six-second duration. Once the grenade is detonated, the gadget slot the inventor used to create the gadget becomes free again.
Tractor Beam: This gadget uses energy fields to remotely manipulate objects at a distance. It creates effects similar to the Bigby’s hand spell cast at a level equal to the proficiency bonus of the wielder, except that there is no “hand” that can be attacked, simply energy fields. The gadget operates for one minute after activation, and then requires 12 hours to recharge before it can be used again.
Vehicle Mount: This modifier allows an existing piece of equipment or a gadget to be mounted to a vehicle and used from the control station of that vehicle.
Android Army: This gadget actually consists of five Robotic Assistants or ten Widgets. Other than being a lot more of them, it is otherwise identical to a single Widget or Robotic Assistant.
Custom Gadget (Mastermind): This is a catchall designed to enable players to come up with their own crazy ideas. When assessing whether a player’s idea is feasible as a Mastermind-level gadget, the Ghostmaster should compare it to the effectiveness of an existing piece of more expensive gear, a 6th or 7th level spell from the Player’s Handbook, or a Rare or Very Rare magic item from the Dungeon Master’s Guide. Keep in mind that unlike spells, gadgets can be used over and over again and rarely have durations. Thus the Ghostmaster should carefully consider the potential downfalls of the gadget being “spammed” or abused.
Extraplanar Portal: This gadget creates a semi-stable portal to another dimension (generally “the Ghost World”) as long as it is active. Note that planar rifts are inherently hazardous and generally create unwanted side-effects, such as creatures wandering from dimension to dimension and the general breakdown of reality as we know it in the vicinity. Opening or closing the portal requires an action.
Maximum Effect: An item with Improved Effect now adds both your Intelligence modifier and your proficiency bonus to the DC of its saving throw.
PKE Suppression Field: This gadget creates a 10′ radius sphere around the wielder, that can be carried by and move with the wielder. All PKE activity is nullified within the sphere, including the use of magic or psychic powers. Ghosts or other PKE-motivated creatures within the area of effect simply “wink” out of existence, and possessed creatures or objects are instantly freed from all supernatural influences. Once no longer within the field, ghosts and other such creatures “wink” back into existence again, but they must re-establish any hold they had on possessed creatures or objects. The gadget works for one hour after it has been activated, and then must recharge for 12 hours before it can be used again.
Pocket Ghost III: Like Pocket Ghost I, except it may contain creatures up to CR 4.
Slime Juggernaut: This gadget is similar to a Slime Automaton, except that it is size Huge and has statistics similar to a Stone Golem (but lacks the Slow property).
Ultimate Burst Effect: As Burst Effect, except the choices are a 30′ radius sphere usable at the weapon’s normal range, a 100′ line emanating from the wielder, or a 60′ cone emanating from the wielder.
Ultimate Damage Weapon: As Melee Weapon or Ray Weapon, but adds an additional five dice of damage to the values listed. (For instance, an Ultimate Damage Ray Weapon rifle would do 8d8 damage.)
Whattya think, sirs? Next time, Feats.
- Thu, 16:04: Now three hours into four hour FiOS tech time slot. Beginning to worry “don’t have equipment” was hopeful. Fear of “no show no call."
- Thu, 17:00: Cable guy… is here? O.o Cable guy… HAS PARTS??? O.O
- Thu, 19:17: WIFI COME TO ME NOW! *sucks down ALL the updates*
- Thu, 19:41: It's Aliiiiiiive! https://t.co/S2693ayBvZ
- Thu, 19:48: RT @pamnonga: Tip: If you think somebody is giving you a fake number, leave them alone. They don't want you to have their number. https://t…
- Thu, 20:01: Here, have an a capella version of the original Spider-Man theme. https://t.co/fCdkmYqM4m
- Thu, 20:07: Just as an experiment, has @athelind thought about Silver Spoons, The Facts of Life, or Hello Larry recently? Maybe Too Close For Comfort?
- Thu, 20:40: The Collie Hill Show https://t.co/2ZWSq11NMC
- Thu, 20:46: Okay, @multiclass_geek and I love cats as much as anyone. But this thing? Oh, honey, I don’t know. https://t.co/tRkANzc184
- Thu, 21:59: Blue lobsters are a real thing. https://t.co/RzzLzAKNtl
- Wed, 18:41: RT @Inkblitzer: On Losing Weight https://t.co/xRTminlowM
- Wed, 18:44: RT @kennethhite: You think this Cap thing is big, just wait till we find out that 10-year-old Bruce Wayne murdered his parents and framed J…
- Wed, 18:48: RT @NightmareNights: It's World Otter Day, which is a fine excuse to post this. https://t.co/lCFq2uZJJl
- Wed, 20:56: Page nineteen of issue four is up on the Patreon page for Jungloid+ supporters! #AmDrawing #SuburbanJungle
- Thu, 07:12: <3 https://t.co/Xi7vpd9cud
- Thu, 07:13: Still true, years later. �.� https://t.co/iN42qDPEm4
- Thu, 07:16: RT @gokaisaber: SHF has officially gone too far https://t.co/8t5B4ZVygT
- Thu, 07:16: RT @SciencePorn: This is awesome. https://t.co/9BjV5plA1t
- Thu, 07:33: Will John and Marsha Find True Love? And Who the Heck is Marsha? https://t.co/7316cWyPVU
- Thu, 09:28: RT @agathachristie: 'Relapse into individuality and become more like yourself everyday.' #ThursdayThoughts from Agatha Christie https://t.c…
Things are gradually improving here. We're finally getting some sun, which has improved my outlook and energy level. The dishwasher pump is still hosed, but the technician showed us a workaround that will suffice until he gets the replacement part, so we can at least wash dishes. My foot is still a bit swollen and tender, but it can at least support weight for a few moments without hurting. The nasty blood blister that accompanied the broken toe is gone, and the wound is healing up now. laurie_robey has been unpacking like crazy and you can see the beginnings of a home taking shape out of the chaos. Even InkyGirl seems to be fairly comfortable in her new digs, although she's still hesitant about going upstairs (but will pluck up the courage to come up and walk on our heads to get her breakfast).
Since I'm pretty much supposed to plant myself and stay whenever possible, I've been cranking on Suburban Jungle. Yesterday I finished next week's page, which means that today (Gasp!) I actually start getting ahead again! Just in time to only have four pages of this issue left. ¬.¬ But that's okay, I need to get issue four finished by the end of May so that FurPlanet can have June to print it before AnthroCon.
Once that's done, I'm going to return to a) Marketing the Sky Pirates book, and b) Writing Mortal Thoughts. Those two projects will probably take most of my June, with some scripting for issue five done around the edges when I can.
So that's where things stand. Will we have internet today? Will I ever sell my bloody books? Will Susan ever confess her love to Brad? The answers to all these questions and more, on the next episode of... SOAP.
-The Gneech, kidnapped by aliens
- Current Location:Ginger Court
- Current Mood: hopeful
- Current Music:The Theme from SOAP (in my head)
- Tue, 15:53: Wow, you people must have all watched a very different Civil War than I did. :-` What a depressing slog. :P
- Tue, 15:54: All the bits with Spider-Man were good. Everything else would be best watched on fast forward. Also, it’s Iron Man 4, not Cap 3. :-`
- Tue, 15:54: Given that Cap is my favorite Avenger, I am quite disappointed by this development. :P
- Tue, 15:55: Oh well. Moving on.
- Tue, 16:03: More humor. More Cap less Tony. Not staring at bleak European cities. Story about something bigger than soap opera. https://t.co/kgV75y16rB
- Tue, 16:06: It has reunification w/ Bucky and the fate of Peggy Carter, so it does move Cap’s story forward in that way. https://t.co/J1jqQZ6u2t
- Tue, 16:07: In which case it should be Avengers 3, not Captain America, IMO. https://t.co/eOZq4hJaRf
- Tue, 16:09: Anyway, not gonna go on about it. I got Zootopia on Blu-Ray coming and Ghostbusters in July. Plus I can always watch Caps 1 & 2. :)
- Tue, 16:10: I will say, this movie made me like Ant Man, which I didn’t think was possible. Plus, as I mentioned, Spidey was great.
- Tue, 16:12: Nope, pre-ordered. :) https://t.co/x68DtDgD4o
(Artwork by Dan Schoening)
Armor and Shields
Generally speaking, the only armor most Ghostbusters are proficient with are their padded jumpsuit, which is little more than a janitorial jumpsuit with heavy boots, elbow- and knee-pads, and thick protective gloves. Police and military units may have more advanced armor, and there are certainly plenty of reports of ghosts clanking around ancient castles in haunted plate mail. Training in armor proficiency costs $500 and takes six weeks per armor type (or uses the appropriate feat).
Armor with the “ballistic” property (B) is designed to protect against bullets. In game terms, it provides resistance against piercing damage. Note that the Tactical Vest and Riot/Combat Gear armor also provide resistance against slashing damage (S).
|Light Armor||Cost||Armor Class (AC)||Strength||Stealth||Weight|
|Padded Jumpsuit||$50||11 + Dex mod||–||–||8 lbs|
|Light Vest (B)||$250||12 + Dex mod||–||–||5 lbs|
|Tactical Vest (B, S)||$500||14 + Dex mod||–||Disadv.||10 lbs|
|Riot/Combat Gear (B, S)||$750||18||Str 13||Disadv.||20 lbs|
|Riot Shield||$50||+3||–||Disadv.||5 lbs|
Weapons range from fists to Mark IV proton packs with dark matter projectors. Although statistics for guns are provided here, Ghostbusters almost never use them– the stats are provided for NPCs such as police officers who might carry them. Guns and some other weapons use the ammunition, burst fire, and reload properties from page 267 of the Dungeon Masters Guide.
The weapon proficiency groups for Ghostbusters are simple melee weapons, sidearms, longarms, proton packs, and slime blowers. Anything more exotic than that requires its own proficiency. The medieval-style weapons of D&D exist, of course, but are so rarely used that they require their own proficiency.
|Chain||$5||1d4 bldg||2 lbs||–|
|Billy Club||$5||1d4 bldg||2 lbs||light|
|Dagger||$15||1d4 prcg||1 lb||Finesse, light, thrown (range 20/60)|
|Hammer||$5||1d4 bldg||2 lbs||light, thrown (range 20/60)|
|Razor||$5||1d4 slsh||1 lb||Finesse, light|
|Pistol, automatic||$100||2d6 prcg||3 lbs||ammunition (range 50/150), reload (15 shots)|
|Revolver||$75||2d8 prcg||3 lbs||ammunition (range 40/120), reload (6 shots)|
|Rifle, hunting||$175||2d10 prcg||8 lbs||ammunition (range 80/240), reload (5 shots), two-handed|
|Rifle, automatic||$250||2d8 prcg||8 lbs||ammunition (range 80/240), burst fire, reload (30 shots), two-handed|
|Shotgun||$125||2d8 prcg||7 lbs||ammunition (range 30/90), reload (2 shots), two-handed|
|Proton Gauntlets||$500||2d6 radiant||3 lbs||melee, uses proton pack proficiency|
|Proton Pack Mk I||$500||3d8 radiant||15 lbs||ammunition (range 100/300), reload (30 shots), two-handed, capture|
|-boson dart||+$200||3d8 radiant||–||2d6 splash 5’ radius, uses 3 shots|
|Mk II: PDS (slime blower)||+$250||–||+2 lbs||ammunition (range 30/60), reload (30 shots), slime|
|Mk III: dark matter blaster||+$300||3d8 cold||+2 lbs||15’ cone (DC 15 Dexterity save)|
|-stasis stream||–||–||–||stasis (DC 15 Constitution save)|
|Mk IV: meson collider||+$300||3d8 force||+2 lbs||2d6 splash 5’ radius, uses 3 shots|
|-overload pulse||–||3d8 force||–||tracking (meson collider, 3 uses), uses 3 shots|
|Proton Pistol||($300)||3d6 radiant||3 lbs||ammunition (range 40/120), reload (50 shots), capture|
|Slime Blower Drum||$300||–||5 lbs||ammunition (range 50/100), reload (100 shots), slime|
New Weapon Qualities
Capture. A weapon with the capture quality can be used to catch ghosts or other “trappable” creatures. Weapons with the capture quality can affect creatures on the ethereal plane from the material plane (and vice versa), but creatures on the other plane only take half damage (as if they had resistance). When the wielder of a capture weapon successfully hits a ghost with ½ its maximum hit points or less or is incapacitated that is in line of sight, they may attempt to capture the creature as a reaction. The creature must attempt a DC 15 saving throw against its Constitution or Charisma (whichever is higher). On a success, the creature is unaffected. On a failure, the creature is grappled and restrained (even creatures normally immune to such conditions, such as phantasms). The creature may attempt a new saving throw at the end of each of its turns to escape the capture effect. The wielder of the capture weapon may move the captured creature up to 15’ as an action on their turn. Capture weapons must maintain line of sight, or the capture effect is immediately broken.
Slime. Against corporeal creatures, weapons with this quality impose the slimed condition. When used against ghosts or other non-corporeal creatures, each successful hit imposes a level of exhaustion (even in creatures normally immune to exhaustion, such as specters). Corporeal creatures subject to mind-affecting influences (including possession, fear, or confusion) may immediately make a saving throw with advantage to throw off the effect. Corporeal creatures hit by the slime weapon must also make a DC 15 Wisdom save or fall into a sappy euphoria that emulates the effects of charm person for one hour. Slime can also be used to create psychokinetic effects in inanimate objects, using 1 shot for a tiny or small object, 3 shots for a medium object, 10 shots for a large object, 30 shots for a huge object, or 90 shots for a gargantuan object. Slime weapons can also close black slime portals, using the same shots/size ratio.
Splash. When a target is hit by a weapon that does splash damage, every creature within the splash radius must succeed a DC 15 Dexterity save or also take the indicated amount of damage. Large creatures who are hit by the initial weapon are also subject to the splash damage if they are within the area of effect and fail the Dexterity save.
Stasis. When a creature is hit by a stasis weapon they must make a DC 15 Constitution save. On a success they are unaffected. On a failure, their speed becomes halved, they take a -2 penalty to AC and Dexterity saving throws. The creature may attempt another save at the end of each of its turns to remove the effect. If the creature is hit by another stasis effect during that time, they become paralyzed as well (even creatures normally immune to paralysis). A successful save ends both effects.
Tracking. A weapon with the tracking quality automatically hits a creature which has previously been hit by another weapon which marked it for a certain number of times. For example, a creature that has been hit by the meson collider of a Mk IV proton pack is “marked” for the overload pulse of the same proton pack. The next three uses of the overload pulse will automatically hit that target. This effect can go around corners and does not require line of sight, but will not penetrate barriers.
Other Ghostbusting Gear
These goggles give the wearer truesight 60’, but impose disadvantage on Dexterity and Charisma checks and saving throws and halve the wearer’s movement speed as they can’t really see where they’re going while wearing them and look dorky as hell. They can be put on as a bonus action on your turn and removed as a free action as long as you have a free hand.
Ghost Trap ($500)
When a ghost trap is activated, every trappable creature within the same 5’ square as the trap must make a DC 15 saving throw on their Dexterity or Charisma (whichever is greater). Any trappable creature that begins their turn in the area of effect must also attempt the save. On a failed save, the creature is restrained and paralyzed (even if it is normally immune to such conditions), and when the trap closes the creature is pulled in and held in an extradimensional space with properties similar to the “Minimus Containment” option of the imprisonment spell. On a successful save, the creature is unaffected. Most susceptible creatures will not hang around in the area of ghost trap, so you’ll probably need to use a capture stream to hold them in place for it. A trap can be placed in any spot you can see within 15’ as a bonus action. Opening a trap can be done as a bonus action or reaction, and closing the trap is a free action. Recovering a closed trap requires an action in the space where the trap is located or can be done by using 5’ of movement. Ghost traps have battery power to last up to five hours, after which time any creature still in the trap automatically escapes.
PKE Meter ($250)
This hand-held device detects and tracks psychokinetic energy (PKE) disturbances. Although its readings are often little more than “warmer/colder” in nature, a successful Intelligence (tool proficiency) check with the PKE meter can identify previously-scanned creatures or effects, or be combined with use of Ecto-Goggles to reveal information about a particular creature, including details about its origin, abilities, or weaknesses, at Ghostmaster discretion.
Zippy, looks cool. Minimal cargo capacity.
Sports Car ($25,000)
Also zippy and gives you cool points. Only carries two people and gear or three people without gear, and they keep bonking their knees.
Station Wagon or SUV ($25,000)
Less zippy, but can still look badass. Station wagon can carry up to five people and their gear in relative comfort; SUV can only carry three people with gear (or four people without gear) but is much better suited for off-road or hazardous conditions.
RV or Work Van ($35,000)
The ultimate in non-zippiness. Big, bulky, awkward, dorky. But it can carry a team of six with all their gear plus a portable lab (purchased separately).
Work Boat ($50,000)
Like a work van that can go on water. Makes endearing “chug-chug” noises.
Your team acquires a GBI-branded four-passenger helicopter, how friggin’ cool is that? It comes with a small radar unit (that’s actual radar, not “Ecto-radar”), a winch and paramedic-style rescue platform, and six parachutes. You might want to make sure someone has proficiency before you take off.
Your team acquires a GBI-branded four-passenger mini-sub, for underwater exploration. Haunted wrecks can be very profitable.
“Ecto-1 Equipment Package” ($5,000)
“Ecto-radar” PKE sweep, recharge package, first-aid kits, GPS, integrated cellphone, roof-mounted video and infrared camcorder, and VHS/DVD player (satellite radio not included). This requires a vehicle of station wagon size or larger.
Muon Trap “Super-Slammer” ($3,000)
A vehicle-mounted ghost trap with 5’ radius area effect centered on the top of the vehicle, the Super-Slammer has a capture DC of 20 instead of 15 and can capture any number of creatures at a time. It requires a vehicle of station wagon size or larger.
Gadget List Gadgets ($500 per prodigy-level gadget slot, $750 per genius-level gadget slot)
Don’t have an inventor on your team? No sweat. With time and money, anyone with basic ghost-busting experience can cobble together new equipment. After all, that’s what the original team did! One nice thing about this option is that once the item is bought, it stays around forever (or until you lose or break it, this is why we can’t have nice things).
Workshop ($5,000 per skill benefitted)
A workshop contains tools, reference materials, spare parts, and whatever else you might need to make life easier for someone working on a particular type of task. When making skill or tool proficiency checks, you have advantage in a workshop, and it takes half the usual time. The workshop types available are Electronic, Mechanical, Science, Parapsychology, and Arcana.
Staff Upgrade ($20,000)
Most GB franchises have a NPC secretary/receptionist who books jobs, does light accounting, and will empty their own wastebasket, but that’s about it. This upgrade gets you the services of a regular cleaning staff, an on-call lawyer/accountant, and a vehicular mechanic (negating up to 3 RP of environmental damage or other associated costs per session as appropriate).
Stuff You Can Buy Online (varies)
Camcorders, laptop computers, Elvis’s autograph? Prices may vary.
Whattya think? Next time… The Gadget List.
- Tue, 07:06: Finally! Somebody identified Colleen in yesterday’s page. That was driving me crazy! XD
- Tue, 07:15: For the record, Filmation’s “Ghost Busters” is terrible. But I do kinda dig the theme song.
- Tue, 07:18: RT @rubberzebra: Kill that sneaky Windows 10 update for GOOD. https://t.co/oECDmMakH5
- Tue, 07:21: RT @SciencePorn: https://t.co/UF3A7LDIwB
- Tue, 07:22: o/` I want my, I want my, I want my home Wi-Fi… o/` /Sting
- Tue, 07:33: Oy, @PunkTiger63! Welcome aboard!
- Tue, 07:39: Yeeaaaah, been there. https://t.co/YuZsaTmcCy
- Tue, 08:46: *is all synchronistic and stuff* https://t.co/8IJ5vAFjQJ
- Tue, 08:52: Oo, oo! Oo, oo! https://t.co/F7nbBk85S6
- Tue, 08:57: Yeah, just watch the titles on YouTube and you’ve had all the good bits. https://t.co/SG0BtSCyEC
- Mon, 00:01: A Lot of... Whatever It Is: Suburban Jungle https://t.co/ikEfwwp1Up
- Mon, 08:00: ^.^ https://t.co/7gA2N8eD8P
- Mon, 08:26: RT @Kyyanno: @the_gneech !!!!! I spy hunky beach cheetah! <3 *stares wistfully at* =^|.|^=
- Mon, 09:03: At the MVA for Maryland license. Very lucky to have a better half willing to wait in line for me. #BrokenFoot
- Mon, 09:03: RT @deniseunicorn: 📷 Get well soon Coco by luminaura https://t.co/WlJYLKVlxg
- Mon, 10:17: Two hours in. Calling every number around me, but not mine. -.-
- Mon, 10:42: RT @burly_adopter: I believe, @GailSimone, the working title is "2Star 2Trekious" https://t.co/t4A9Sjfzy9
- Mon, 10:42: RT @GailSimone: Imagine waking up every day and you just can't WAIT to get to the computer so you can tell women feminism sucks. Ace life g…
- Mon, 11:26: For the daytime crowd! Suburban Jungle: A Lot of… Whatever It Is https://t.co/Grguxn8vM2
at the DMV
-The Gneech at 9600 baud.
- Current Location:Rockville
- Current Mood: frustrated
- Current Music:Robert Cray Band– "Love Gone to Waste"
- Fri, 12:04: I’d watch it. https://t.co/YMgUeo7t1q
- Fri, 12:09: RT @CD_Williams83: Good look at Sparky #Ghostbusters @protoncharging @ghostbustershq @GBNewsdotcom https://t.co/DLHFLj44y4
- Fri, 12:19: RT @TJMoss11: 1. Read. 2. Write. 3. Repeat.
- Fri, 12:25: RT @SciencePorn: https://t.co/DEfYeNngl5
- Fri, 12:38: In other news, I have -got- to get my groove back. :P
- Fri, 12:40: *Kuzko-moonwalks around the feed* https://t.co/hxKQk496j7
- Fri, 12:43: RT @Home_Halfway: What if Rafiki was just holding Simba up to the light to make sure he wasn't counterfeit
- Fri, 12:58: Note to myself. https://t.co/UzOENakjLH
- Fri, 13:37: I keep wondering why asomething like this hasn’t appeared in an episode. Seems the natural @mlp_scoots development. https://t.co/cH3r3GdPFo
- Fri, 14:09: Bleah. Foot swelling is worse. Breaking down and heading off to urgent care.
Let's temper this unhappy news with a pony vid, shall we? Apologies for the DailyMotion link, but YouTube had embedding disabled. :P
beat it pony edition pmv by f100001857973948
- Current Location:Ginger Court
- Current Mood: okay
- Current Music:It's in the video!
Just a fun sketch I did earlier this week for warm-up. 🙂 Posting it here for those who don’t follow on Twitter or Patreon.
One of Charity’s short-lived jobs before she took on the Rough House, maybe?
- Thu, 12:05: RT @ericjstolze: Alternately, maybe your childhood is ruining your adulthood.
- Thu, 12:06: RT @ZPD_Dispatch: Topi in Savannah Central are advised the social mixer block-party will start a half hour late, tonight, to accommodate ex…
- Thu, 12:24: RT @pixelkitties: I'm pretty sure #NationalSendANudeDay isn't a real thing, Spitfire. Also, horses don't usually wear clothes so... https:…
- Thu, 12:50: #InkyGirl, what are you doing? -.- https://t.co/d2QmHdwiNz
- Thu, 12:59: RT @slackmistress: Everyone SAYS they want a fairytale wedding but when I show up and curse their firstborn suddenly I'm the jerk.
- Thu, 13:21: Y’ever notice that Charity and Langley seem to react the opposite way to everything? #AmDrawing #SuburbanJungle https://t.co/KGbad8IfQU
- Thu, 13:30: RT @Rikoshi: “Excuse me, miss. Allow me to help. I speak Old Meme.”
- Thu, 13:31: RT @athelind: Would a wicker corset be a waist basket?
- Thu, 13:32: “They exuded authority, but caused fear.” Ouch. Right in the truth. -.- https://t.co/buMXMedVPr
- Thu, 13:35: RT @mlp_Celestia: And now, a message from the Society for the Preservation of Hummingbirds: “HmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmMMmmmmmmmmm!”