Saturday, October 18, 2014

Coming soon: A baseball-based product by people who know nothing about baseball

"The Royals are going to the World Series!" someone stated.

"Really?" I thought. "All of them, or just Queen Elizabeth?"

The person was, of course, referring to the Kansas City Royals who are going to the World Series for the first time since 1980s. However, I don't usually associate baseball and "Royals," since I wasn't raised in the States. My partner in Things NUELOW, L.L. Hundal, knows even less about baseball than I do. Therefore, we decided that it was time to do a baseball-themed NUELOW Games product. We've already put our ignorance about politics, social justice, and good manners on display, so why not add sports to the list?

Here is a draft of the cover. The product will contain a ROLF! battle scenario, a OGL d20 Modern rules for making a baseball player PC, and an illustrated guide to help those who, like us, don't know a damn thing about baseball. Art will be by Samm Schwartz. We hope to finish and release the booklet in the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, if you feel like checking out some of our other offerings, you can click here to see previews of them all.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Do you need some horror art for Halloween?

Look no further than NUELOW Games' royalty-free art packs for your horror art needs! Each contains a variety of color and black-and-white line art that was adapted from Golden Age comic books. They are released under a flexible license that gives you pretty much permission to use these illustrations in whatever manner you want -- be it to spruce up your website with spooktacular art, or to illustrate that chilling ebook you're releasing.

Stock Art Collection: Cruise of the Dead

Most of the illustrations are provided at a resolutions only fit for digital use. However, they are generally provided in large enough size that if you are a wizard with Photoshop, you may be able to squeeze 300dpi out of them. Each collection features dozens of illustrations (except for "The Mystic" and "Cruise of the Dead" which is are special sets presenting high resolution art by Alex Schomburg and Tony Mortarello respectively). Click here to see the entire selection of NUELOW Games art packs, or click on the individual titles below for details on each set.

Stock Art Collection #2: Dames, Danger & Death
Stock Art Collection #3: Beauties and the Beasts
Stock Art Collection #5: Visions of Beauty and Nightmares

Stock Art Collection: The Mystic

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Spear and Magic Helmet!

Just for fun, here are a couple magic items for use with OGL d20 games (and a host of other RPGs). This text is presented under the Open Game License. Copyright Steve Miller 2014.

The Spear 
This enchanted weapon gives its wielder a+1 bonus to attack and damage.
   Special: The character gains +1 to all Perform (singing) checks when weapon is wielded.

Magic Helmet
This enchanted helmet gives its wearer +2 bonus to all saving throws
   Special: The character gains +2 to all Perform (singing) checks when the Magic Helmet is worn.

The Spear and Magic Helmet
If the character uses both the Spear and Magic Helmet at the same time, he or she has an additional +2 bonus to all Charisma-related skill checks for a total of +5 on Perform (singing) checks.
  Also, once per day, the character can summon ominous storm clouds and cause a lightning bolt to strike and reduce a single non-living small or medium-sized object to ash. The lightning bolt cannot harm living creatures or magically animated constructs.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

'The Three Lives of Fantomah: Book One'

NUELOW Games launches a new series with The Three Lives of Fantomah. This three volume series will present the best from the 49-episode run (in Jungle Comics #2 - #51) of a character that started out as the first female superhero in comics, transformed into a standard "jungle girl," and ultimately became the ruler of a "lost civilization."

The cover for The Three Lives of Fantomah: Book One
The book features four stories by the character's creator Fletcher Hanks (known for ultra-powered heroes who kill evil-doers in creative ways) and the first by "W.B. Hovious," a pen-name that various writers and artists produced the series under after Hanks' departure. In addition, it contains some d20 System/OGL Modern rules that are designed to capture Fantomah's unusual nature and development as the series unfolded. If you liked the quirkiness of the Modern Advances and Modern Basics series of products, you want to check this one out, as it makes unusual use (perhaps even abuse) of the d20 System's magic, level, and XP systems.

Click here to see previews or to download your own copy of the book. You can see further previews of the series at the Shades of Gray blog by clicking here.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The roots of ROLF!

NUELOW's ROLF! game began its life as a parody of RPGs. One of the first battle scenarios (which has since been lost to time) that was played using a draft of the game that was little more than three paragraphs, involved two male models beating each other up during a fashion show, and the winner then having to face off against a child model (which may or may not have been skinny little Milla Jovovich--neither L.L. Hundal nor I remember for certain if that was the case... but our Jovovich obsession does go way, WAY back).

But we both recall that the one thing that was present in the game from the earliest draft was a battle maneuver (that later became a trait) called Too Sexy For My Shirt. And it was there because that very first battle scenario was inspired by Right Said Fred's song and video "I'm Too Sexy."

That song remains part of ROLF!'s DNA even now, some 20 years later. Check it out below.


They're too sexy for their shirts: Right Said Fred

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger!

September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day! In celebration, we're offering a quick battle scenario! (If you want to play it while chowing down on celebratory cheeseburgers, you are welcome to copy-and-paste the text so you can print it out.)

Battle Scenario for Two Players: Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger!
By L.L. Hundal

After  hard day of mugging at the camera, flipping their hair, and otherwise strutting their stuff, two bulimic models visit the crafts services table. All that's left are speedballs and a single cheeseburger. Drugs they don't care about... but that cheeseburger is worth fighting to the death over. And they do.

The Battle
This is a straight-forward fight, with one model hell-bent on killing the other. The fight continues until one is victorious.

The Pre-generated Models
Battle Maneuvers not featured in the core ROLF! rules are found in ROLF!: Supermodel Slap-fest.

Sally-Mae Hackett
Brawn 14, Body 20, Brains 5
  Traits: Coldhearted, Nimble, Too Sexy for My Shirt
  Battle Maneuvers: Backflip, Disembowel, The Look, The Walk, Strike Pose,
  Important Stuff Worn/Wielded: Monokini (barely covers nakedness)

Wendy Lawford
Brawn 14, Body 20, Brains 6
  Traits: Ego-Maniac, Nimble, Too Sexy for My Shirt
  Battle Maneuvers: Backflip, Kung Fu Face, Signature Move, The Walk, Strategic Bleeding, Strike Pose
Important Stuff Worn/Wielded: Bikini (barely covers nakedness)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Meet Brandy Flippe -- Notorious Jewel Thief!

Here's a pair of ROLF! characters inspired in part by the Sherry Flippe comics. The Battle Scenario is references characters featured in the Battle Scenario contained in the book.

The Wide-Awake Detective Agency isn't known for taking down criminal masterminds--in fact, they generally try to avoid such cases. Lost kittens, figuring out where the car keys (and the pants they were in) were left during a night of drunken fun, and baby-sitting unruly celebrities is more their line. Agency-owner Mr. Gribbitts and his best (only) employee Sherry Flippe make an exception for Nightshade, a notorious jewel thief who is secretly Sherry's sister, Brandy.

Brandy and Sherry were both wild teenagers, but where Sherry channeled her love of adventure into the USO followed by becoming a private detective, Brandy fell in with a rough crowd, became the apprentice of the original Nightshade and stepped into his black stealth suit when he "retired."

Now, whenever Mr. Gribbitts and Sherry get a tip that Brandy may be scheming a heist, they rush to attempt to apprehend her. Brandy always gets away, but they usually end up uncovering some other crime or criminal enterprise in the process.

Unbeknownst to anyone but a few members of the Secret Service, Brandy, and the original Nightshade, the pair of jewel thieves are actually working for the Secret Service. Nightshade was captured shortly after he took Brandy under his wing, and he made a deal with the government to keep them both out of jail. Now, they target wealthy men and women who are secretly criminals, agents of foreign powers, or leaders of secret societies that are enemies of America and freedom, breaking into their homes and lairs to uncover the evidence Uncle Sam needs to bring them down.

NIGHTSHADE #2 (Female)
(aka Brandy Flippe)
Brawn 16, Body 18, Brains 7
  Traits: Irrepressible Optimist, Nimble
  Combat Maneuvers: Backflip, Basic Attack, Disarm, Kung Fu Face, Murderous Mitts, Run Away!, Seduction, Strike Pose.
  Imporrtant Stuff Worn/Wielded: Form-fitting sneak-thief suit (Armor, absorbs 1 point of damage) OR Fashionable ensemble (Clothes). Lockpicks and compact thief toolkit (One-shot melee weapon, deals 2 points, then breaks).

(aka James "Jim" Nightshade)
Brawn 20, Body 15, Brains 6
  Traits: Honorable, Nimble, Too Sexy for My Shirt
  Combat Maneuvers: Backflip, Basic Attack, Dodge, Double Strike, Run Away!, Seduction.
  Important Stuff Worn/Wielded: Expensive suit and tie Clothes) OR Form-fitting sneak-thief suit (Armor, absorbs 1 point of damage).

The Battle Scenario is for two players. One player controls Brandy and the other the two cultists. (Stats for the mummy cultists can be found either in Sherry Flippe or ROLF!: The Mummy's Tune. Gary Crant is a character who appears in the Battle Scenario featured in Sherry Flippe.

The Secret Service suspects actor Gary Crant of being involved with a secret society with ties to an Egyptian group that wants to see Nazi Germany rise from the ashes. One night, as he is slated to attend a gala function, Brandy breaks into his house to secure evidence of his nefarious contacts... and to steal is collection of gem-crusted stick-pins.
  Once inside, she finds documents that show Crant is not only involved with Nazis that fled to Egypt following the fall of Hitler, but with some sort of mummy-worshiping cult. She gathers up the evidence and the gems (along with a few Egyptian antiques) and turns to leave. But she finds her path blocked by two cultists.

The fight begins at Melee range and continues until Brandy or the cultists are defeated or use Run Away! to escape the battle. If Brandy should fall while both cultists are still active, Jim Nightshade enters the fight on the following round. He was supposed to be watching Gary Crant at the gala, but he had a hunch Brandy was in trouble.

The cover for Sherry Flippe, by Tony Di Preta