aka_fatman
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Items

Sun 25 Dec 2016, 03:42

Items - those inanimate objects that keep the Kids safe from danger. They can range from skateboards to speed away/to a strange event, baseball bats to club a dinosaur or tool kits to fix a malfunctioning robot. The Iconic Items stay with the Kids for ever but the more mundane things break or are lost at the end of a session.

• What kind of Items are appealing to us? Do we get addicted to the Hallucinatory Softdrinks? Does a Time Machine give us too much power?

• How do we feel about the loss of Items? It makes sense mechanically (so Kids don't become hoarders with 20 x different Items cluttering up the sheet) but does it make sense to lose a Trained Dog that we spend an entire session taming? How does one just lose a Pirate Costume? Should there be an alternate method (Items get stored in a Trunk) so we can revisit these at a later date?

• Are there Items that should be off-limits? We don't want Kids running around with Guns....or do we?
 
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Re: Items

Mon 26 Dec 2016, 00:57

• Are there Items that should be off-limits? We don't want Kids running around with Guns....or do we?
I remember from my teen 80s years that we did have pump air rifles (BBs and pellets), my friend had saved up one summer of mowing lawns to purchase a crossbow out of a catalog - making him the cool one of the group. And don't get me started on the insane amount of throwing stars we could get our hands on. Thinking back, Im surprised I don't have more scars from my youth.
 
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Re: Items

Mon 26 Dec 2016, 11:30

• Are there Items that should be off-limits? We don't want Kids running around with Guns....or do we?
There's an image in the book of a 10-11 year old boy brandishing a pistol.
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Re: Items

Mon 26 Dec 2016, 11:47

• Are there Items that should be off-limits? We don't want Kids running around with Guns....or do we?
There's an image in the book of a 10-11 year old boy brandishing a pistol.
Pretty sure it's a toy gun. Handguns are very rare in Swedish homes, and that gun looks toy-sized anyway.
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Re: Items

Mon 26 Dec 2016, 12:55

• Are there Items that should be off-limits? We don't want Kids running around with Guns....or do we?
There's an image in the book of a 10-11 year old boy brandishing a pistol.
Pretty sure it's a toy gun. Handguns are very rare in Swedish homes, and that gun looks toy-sized anyway.
Suspension of belief, I guess. Hard to tell from a painting, but it could be meant to be a real gun in the alternate history of The Loop, or it could be a toy.

I don't think it would be unheard of for some Kids to have a gun (probably more likely American than Swedish). After all, how cool was the scene when Gordy wielded one in Stand By Me? If the Kids are doing something very dangerous, they might be able to acquire one to use for that particular Mystery and get rid of it afterward. It seems plausible to include anything that could be used, so long as it has a place in the Mystery being played.
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Re: Items

Mon 26 Dec 2016, 13:36

I remember from my teen 80s years that we did have pump air rifles (BBs and pellets), my friend had saved up one summer of mowing lawns to purchase a crossbow out of a catalog - making him the cool one of the group. And don't get me started on the insane amount of throwing stars we could get our hands on. Thinking back, Im surprised I don't have more scars from my youth.
Right. The throwing stars/shuriken! That was during the ninja-phase that kids went through in the 80's.
 
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Re: Items

Mon 26 Dec 2016, 13:38

There's an image in the book of a 10-11 year old boy brandishing a pistol.
Pretty sure it's a toy gun. Handguns are very rare in Swedish homes, and that gun looks toy-sized anyway.
Suspension of belief, I guess. Hard to tell from a painting, but it could be meant to be a real gun in the alternate history of The Loop, or it could be a toy.

I don't think it would be unheard of for some Kids to have a gun (probably more likely American than Swedish). After all, how cool was the scene when Gordy wielded one in Stand By Me? If the Kids are doing something very dangerous, they might be able to acquire one to use for that particular Mystery and get rid of it afterward. It seems plausible to include anything that could be used, so long as it has a place in the Mystery being played.
I think having a Gun would be a fun concept. Especially, if during a Mystery set in school and there's a surprise inspection by the teachers. How do the Kids hide it? What happens if they get caught with it in their possession?
 
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Re: Items

Mon 26 Dec 2016, 13:43

Pretty sure it's a toy gun. Handguns are very rare in Swedish homes, and that gun looks toy-sized anyway.
Suspension of belief, I guess. Hard to tell from a painting, but it could be meant to be a real gun in the alternate history of The Loop, or it could be a toy.

I don't think it would be unheard of for some Kids to have a gun (probably more likely American than Swedish). After all, how cool was the scene when Gordy wielded one in Stand By Me? If the Kids are doing something very dangerous, they might be able to acquire one to use for that particular Mystery and get rid of it afterward. It seems plausible to include anything that could be used, so long as it has a place in the Mystery being played.
I think having a Gun would be a fun concept. Especially, if during a Mystery set in school and there's a surprise inspection by the teachers. How do the Kids hide it? What happens if they get caught with it in their possession?
Or just trying to get a hold of a gun or coming across one in a Mystery. Perhaps they decide to attempt sneaking into a facility. I don't know about you, but I'd sure want a gun for just in case reasons. Or if they come across a gun somehow, like in a home or at a sheriff's office. Would they take it? Or even know how to use it? I think any item is fair game if it helps further the story.

EDIT: Pg 76 mentions guns and gives them a bonus as a item, so I think it's safe to include them.
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Re: Items

Mon 26 Dec 2016, 13:58

Or just trying to get a hold of a gun or coming across one in a Mystery. Perhaps they decide to attempt sneaking into a facility. I don't know about you, but I'd sure want a gun for just in case reasons. Or if they come across a gun somehow, like in a home or at a sheriff's office. Would they take it? Or even know how to use it? I think any item is fair game if it helps further the story.
I'm good with the Kids getting ahold of guns, by the way. I posed the question but I personally have no qualms with it. My default game is "Call of Cthulhu", so the players always want guns. It's the adventures where the Keeper gives you total access to guns that are the ones you have to REALLY worry about.
 
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Re: Items

Mon 26 Dec 2016, 14:13

Oh, let the kids find a gun! Ammo, on the other hand... ;)
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