Posts in: Steal This… (series)

At the very beginning of 2014, we introduced a weekly series of posts called Steal This… Each Wednesday, we release a new idea for people to use in their games if they like. Nothing is stat-ed out, so the ideas are system-neutral and are mostly a jump-off point; you are meant to fill in details to help it fit your story. Each Steal This… article gives a quick summary of the content involved, then asks questions to help you flesh it out how you want to. Along the way, there are Aspect Suggestions, which can be used as Aspects if you use the content in your Fate games. But you don’t have to play Fate to get use out of the suggestions. Here at Ramblings…, we believe that descriptive phrases like Aspects are useful no matter what RPG you’re playing. They help you to remember what is truly unique about what it is you are describing.



by Jacob

Worldbreakers in Fate Part 4: Exemplified

Check out the earlier parts of this series in order to know what this is. This is rather hastily put together, so I’m sorry if I missed anything or it’s not well-built. Count Friday, the Black Aspects Influential Noble Possesed by the Demon, Kizarth Swordsman of the Heron-Marked Blades Insightful Manipulator Skills +4 Provoke +3…

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by Jacob

Steal This Location: 5-Minute Weather

Growing up, my dad liked to say the phrase, “You don’t like the weather around here? Wait 5 minutes; it’ll change.” He always made it sound like that was only true in this area (central Wisconsin), but apparently it’s said pretty much everywhere. But what do you think it would be like if that were…

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by Jacob

Steal These: Book Suggestions

Delos and I do a fair amount of reading, and we figure that most of you do a decent amount, too. So we decided to give you guys a list of books that we highly recommend so that you never run out of things to read. Jacob’s Book List You’ll likely notice that all but…

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by Jacob

Steal This Villain: Living Magic

Sometimes, magic lingers. It piles up. When this happens, you never know what’s going to happen next.  The only thing you can be sure of is that you don’t want to be there when it hits ‘critical mass’. Today’s Steal This Villain is the by product of one of these magical events.  It is a…

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by Delos

Steal This: Ozymandias

Today’s Steal This is both a character and an event. The Ozymandias I’m referring to is the one from the comic book The Watchmen. An excellent read and other than a couple of changes the movie was really close. Ozy is a super genius and super rich. He’s kind of like Iron Man, Reed Richards,…

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by Jacob

Steal This Location: Where the Wild Things Are

Points of Light Have you ever heard of the Points of Light ‘setting’ that was described in the D&D 4th edition core rulebooks? The gist of it is that the world is largely wild and unexplored, with little ‘points of light’, or civilization, spread out amongst it all. Many people really like this idea; it…

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by Jacob

Steal This Holiday: Hero’s Day

Every generation in every world has their heroes. Heroes represent the ‘best’ of us, with quotes around ‘best’ because what is considered to be ideal varies from culture to culture, from society to society. If you’re going to put a Hero’s Day into your game, you should consider using it to communicate an interesting or…

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by Delos

Steal This Event: Crashed Ship

Here is a fun event to add to your game. This can be added to a space travel, fantasy, or historic game. The only requirement for this event to work is there needs to be something explosive on the ship somewhere, or at least highly flammable. It Starts With a Horrible Sound The event starts…

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by Jacob

Steal This Holiday: A Very Poopy Day

Full Disclosure I’m going to be honest; this is a holiday about poop. This is serious. It’s also seriously funny, and it would be great to throw at your players. Read on if you dare. Why Poop? Because it’s very useful. There are two big uses for poop: fertilizer and fuel. To make a holiday…

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by Jacob

Steal This Monster: Chameleon Drake

This is Difficult I’ve been wanting to do a monster Steal This article for a while, but hadn’t been able to come up with a new monster. Every idea I had halted in its tracks, since it was almost guaranteed to be a copy of some already-created monster in some way or another. But I…

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