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Create-A-Character Challenge: Chohoqua the Beast-Mistress

A character for Beasthunters. See the Character Creation Process here.

Name: Chohoqua


  • Physical: 2

  • Mental: 2

  • Social: 3


  • The Animals Speak to Me (Mental) +4

  • Fight Like An Animal (Physical) +3

  • Push it to the Limit (Physical) +2

  • All the Hunt is a Show (Social) +2


  • Wild Boar Companion (Physical Offensive) +4

  • Finely Crafted Armor (Physical Defensive) +2

  • Psychological Warfare (Social Offensive) +3

  • Your Words Fall on Deaf Ears (Social Defensive) +2


  • Physical: 3/2/1/1/1

  • Mental: 2/2/1/1/1

  • Social: 2/1/1/1/1



Chohoqua hails from a long line of beast herders, amid a fairly localized tribe deep in the Northern Wastes. Her family’s work has allowed their tribe to settle down and live easily, changing the nature of the Hunt for them—it’s now more of a show of dominance, with skilled Hunters escalating quickly among the ranks of society. Those born into the lifestyle, like her nemesis Raqh’Falah, are treated as spoiled aristocrats, whereas working folk like her must scrape by to enter the Hunt. But scrape by she did, and she crawled to the top of her tribe with her unorthodox skillset—and now that she’s here, she won’t let anyone take it away from her.

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Create-A-Character Challenge: Beasthunters

Read the SRD or Purchase the Game

From the creator’s website:

You are an elite warrior who stalks the monstrosities
that threaten your tribe and savage your land.
With every tattoo inked in the blood of the beasts,
you claim more power.
With every kill, you prepare to face stronger foes.
Only the most skilled and
most cunning Beast Hunters survive.
Will you?

I’ve talked about this game before; I’m a big fan of its two-player setup, and how the game encourages impromptu play with ongoing characters. Let’s do this!

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Some Dungeon World notes

In preparation for my upcoming adventure:

  • A halfling cafe in which something is not quite right (in your experience, what is halfling food like, and how is this food different?)
  • Drunken brigands, and a desperate server
  • Samurai Champloo, "Tempestuous Temperments"
  • The “abandoned” ruins of the Lost Flying City of the Gnomes
  • What legends have you heard of Gnomish technology? [Player A], you met a Gnome once before—what weird habits or quirks set him out from his surroundings? [Halfling player], you were mistaken for a Gnome once—what was the reaction like?
  • Underground crystal caverns
  • Baron Volthorpe, Foppish, Egotistical Explorer, hundreds of years old
  • The Madjai of the 36th Chamber and his Serpent Companion

How they connect together, not 100% sure. We’ll see.

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new apartment (with a non-leaky roof), with a big spacious living room means one thing

the quest to run Dungeon World has begun.

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Create-A-Character Challenge: Bowie and the Starman

Two characters for Freaks and Geeks: a hack of Barbarians of Lemuria by WrathofZombie. See the character creation process here.

Dr. Cassandra Bowie, Parapsychologist

You ever hear voices, late a night? Strange ones, ancient tongues, doom prophecies, all that jazz? Yeah. Me too. That’s why I got into parapsychology. Figured if I could know all there was about the weird stuff, figuring out my own brain would come easy. It didn’t. So, I started lifting. That helps.

Strength 1
Agility 0
Mind 4
Appeal 0
Life Blood: 11
Hero Points: 5

Combat Abilities
Brawl 3
Melee 0
Ranged -1
Defense 2

Parapsychologist 3
Private Investigator 1

Parapsychologist: When attempting to psychoanalyze a patient, or resist the effects of fear caused by the paranormal, Cassandra rolls 3d6 and takes the highest possible result.

Phony Degree: When attempting to navigate government bureaucracy, Cassandra rolls 3d6 and takes the lowest possible result.

The Starman

Major Thom Pritchard, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 12 years. Flew into an unexplained vortex during experimental flight testing, 1972. Awoke in New York City, 2014. Seemingly a ghost, or other ectoplasmic life form. Hypothesis: my body is still out there, or I’d be dead. Objective: retrieve and identify situation leading to vortex. Awaiting orders.

Strength 1
Agility 4
Mind 1
Appeal -1
Life Blood: 11
Hero Points: 3

Combat Abilities
Brawl 1
Melee 1
Ranged 1
Defense 1

Freak 2
Test Pilot 2

Ghost Jet: The Starman can pilot the remains of his test shuttle remotely, even when he’s not onboard. Additionally, when performing aerial stunts with his jet, he rolls 3d6 and takes the highest result.

Ghost Phasing: At any time The Starman may make a Freaky Power + Mind check to pass through objects. Doing so by himself is an Easy action; each additional person he brings along ups the difficulty by one. (His jet, in this case, counts as a person.)

G-G-G-G-GHOST: when attempting to make friends and use diplomacy, The Starman rolls 3d6 and takes the worst possible result.

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Create-A-Character Challenge: Freaks & Geeks (Barbarians of Lemuria Hack)

Download Link (It’s free!)


Freaks and Geeks is a hack of Barbarians of Lemuria.  My goal has been to leave the system largely intact without massive overt changes or clunky additional rules.  I created this hack because I thought the BoL system was extremely rules-light (which is fucking awesome), robust, and able to handle cinematic style play, such as Hellboy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, or whatever.

The great thing about the BoL system is that there are no complications when hacking it to another genre or style.  Just understand how the simple mechanics work and that this game is about being awesome and a dialogue between players and the GM in the hopes of achieving their goals, having fun, and you’re solid.

The other goal I had was to strip away lists and powers presented in BoL and the need to consult anything at all.  A few examples of Boons and Flaws are given, but largely the players should come up with their own kickassery powers!  That’s it..  Now go play!

AHA! A-HA! This is why I downloaded Barbarians of Lemuria! I knew there was a reason. I’m a big fan of both WrathOfZombie’s stuff and Hellboy/Doctor Who/Indiana Jones/Et Al, so it’d make sense I’d pick it up.

Alright, let’s do this!

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Create-A-Character Challenge: Tengaka the Battle-Prince

A Character for Barbarians of Lemuria. See the Character Creation Process Here.

“I’m not really a prince, I just think it sounds impressive.”

Raised in the distant mountains, Tengaka lusted for combat since childhood. He became the rare type of gladiator who entered the arenas by choice, slaying many opponents along the way and becoming renowned for his innovative high-flying style. But, as he is wont to do (it is his weakness, really), Tengaka grew bored and now wanders the earth, seeking good times and great fortune.

Strength 1, Agility 3, Mind 0, Appeal 0

Combat Abilities
Brawl 1, Melee 1, Ranged 0, Defense 2

Gladiator 3, Barbarian 1

Equipment: Greatsword, Battle Harness, Leather Skirt

Hit Points: 11
Hero Points: 5

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Create-A-Character Challenge: Barbarians of Lemuria

Purchase link via DriveThruRPG


"It is a savage age of sorcery and bloodshed, where strong men and beautiful women, warlords, priests, magicians and gladiators battle to carve a bloody path leading to the Throne of Lemuria. It is an age of heroic legends and valiant sagas too. And this is one of them…"

Barbarians of Lemuria; swords & sorcery roleplaying, inspired by Thongor, Conan, Brak, Elric and other epic heroes. Barbarians of Lemuria has been acclaimed by many as one of the best roleplaying games of this genre. In this “Legendary Edition”, there are a few changes and some extra goodies to give you much more sword & sorcery role playing goodness.

I honestly don’t remember picking this game up, nor am I terribly familiar with Lin Carter’s Thongor series on which this is primarily based, so this is going to be interesting…

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Create-A-Character Challenge: Ol’ Mac

A Character for Atomic Highway. See the Character Creation Process Here.

I didn’t want no trouble. But trouble seemed to have other plans. I liked livin’ quiet at my farm. I liked helpin’ my ‘stead. And I liked the animals. But then they came. The muties. They burned everything. They burned everyONE. And they took my livestock. It was the last straw. Now me, and Cow, and Pig, we walk the earth lookin’ for ‘em. Can’t tell ya which way home was anymore. Can’t tell ya how long ago home was. Some nights I can’t tell ya IF home was. But I can sure tell ya how many shells I got left, and how many muties I’ve left dead on the road. And maybe now that’s all that matters.

Ol’ Mac
‘Steader Beastmaster

Muscle: 4
Understanding: 1
Tenacity: 2
Appeal: 2
Nimbleness: 3
Toughness: 4
Senses: 2

HP: 20

Athletics: 2
Brawl: 2
Heal: 3
Intimidate: 2
Melee: 2
Notice: 3
Persuade: 2
Ride: 3
Shoot: 2
Stealth: 1
Tech: 1
Zoofinity: 3

Equipment: Cow (non-mutated), Pet Boar (non-mutated), saddle blanket, harness, shotgun, bullwhip, fur tunic, leather jacket, bundles of fodder, small leather bag, Veterinarian’s tools

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