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"'Manos' The Hands of Fate" Heroes for Savage Worlds


For the awful protagonists of "Manos:" The Hands of Fate, I decided to be honest and stat them up as real Savage Worlds Novice characters. In order to preserve their incompetency as much as possible, I had to spread around the skill points quite a bit, and not have them take a full set of Hindrances. I'd be tempted to give them a few more Hindrances from the Horror Companion, but that would ironically only make them more competent, so I didn't.
Now get out there and run the worst one-shot you've ever played!

Margaret Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d6, Vigor d6 Skills: Driving d6, Fighting d4, Intimidation d4, Investigation d6, Notice d6, Persuasion d6, Repair d4, Stealth d6, Taunt d6 Charisma: +4; Pace: 6; Parry: 4; Toughness: 5 Hindrances: Yellow Edges: Attractive, Danger Sense Gear: a head-scarf? 

Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d4, Spirit d6, Strength d6, Vigor d8 Skills: Driving d8, Fighting d4, Intimidation d6, Notice d4, Persuasion d4,…

"'Manos' The Hands of Fate" Villains for Savage Worlds

If you haven't seen "Manos:" The Hands of Fate, go watch the classic Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode. I'll wait.


Are you caught up now? Good.

I've run a"Manos"-inspired game. That time, I deliberately juiced up the bad guys so that the Master was actually fearsome (and maybe a vampire? I forget) and Torgo was a Wilbur Whateley-style Old One spawn. These are not stats for that game. These are stats for that gloriously terrible movie you just subjected yourself to.

(I own a copy of the digitally-restored Blu-Ray version of the film with no sarcastic robots to lighten the mood.)

The Master
Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d8, Spirit d10, Strength d6, Vigor d8 Skills: Faith d10, Fighting d6, Intimidation d10, Notice d8, Stealth d6 Charisma: +2; Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 6 Hindrances: Arrogant, Stubborn Edges: Beast Bond, Beast Master, Charismatic, Level Headed, Miracles, Strong Willed Gear: smock, hellbeast (use stats for dog/wolf) Special Abilities Power P…

New Edge: Improvisational Defender

Robin and I are pretty shortly going to be starting a wuxia/xianxia duet campaign using Zhàndòu:City of Warriors (the martial arts setting I created for Savage Insider Vol. 2, Issue 2). My mind keeps straying toward one of the characters being a Jackie Chan-style drunken boxer, and it suddenly occurred to me that while the improvised weapon rules were great for the way so many of Chan's characters use the world around them as weapons against their enemies, there didn't seem to be a way to handle how his films also use found objects for defense.
Somebody's probably done this in some third-party supplement, but maybe not. Enjoy!

Improvisational Defender
Requirements: Seasoned, Improvisational Fighter, Fighting d8+

When wielding an improvised weapon, the hero may elect as a free action to use the weapon as a shield to absorb damage from a successful attack. Doing so renders the improvised weapon useless as either a shield or weapon regardless of whether or not the hero is Shaken …

I'm Not Going to See Shin Godzilla, and That's Fine: A Manifesto

SPOILERS (I guess? Sort of?)
Shin Godzilla is my Batman v. Superman.

I have no interest in seeing Shin Godzilla because it's not the Godzilla I like. I like the fire-breathing archosaur superhero of the late '60s and early '70s Showa Era films, the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Godzilla: The Series, and (arguably) much of the Heisei and Millenium films. I respect and enjoy the early Showa films and the scathing political satire of the original, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, and other entries in the franchise, but a shapeshifting, hyper-evolutionary thing that shoots lasers out of its spine fins, tail, and mouth just isn't my kind of Godzilla.
Which is fine. Not every iteration of Godzilla has to be for me. The fact that I don't want to see Shin Godzilla doesn't make it a bad movie. It doesn't make it wrong.
I consider myself a big Zorro fan, for that matter, but I've never liked the 1990 Zorro TV series wit…