Thursday, June 27, 2013

Rolling Steel

Some of you, who have missed a few episodes. May not know that i am a bit of a car guy.

I enjoy driving them and poorly putzing with them. But mostly i enjoy the art that is the automobile.

At the moment i am writing a silly little book about automobiles and roleplaying games. Quite often transportation in a game is glossed over and "Car" is all the pertinent information supplied to players and DMs.

To me this is a total exclusion of plot hooks and storylines that are informed by the kind of tools one uses. If your character drives a Smart car, moving around with a group can be a problem. So can a car chase. Plus the world is full of interesting car brands that my gentle readership just may not know about. Each choice your players make in a game speaks to what they want to do and leaving that unexplored is a botched roll against your DMing ability.

So to answer this call to myself and peculiar sensibility i will write something that most likely only i will ever use and that i could never ever in a million years sell. . I do want to make it an interactive document with video to better paint a picture of your in game cars. Let's take a quick peek at an example

The Lexus is350c F Sport

VEHICLE LAYOUT: Front-engine, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
ENGINE: 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower / Torque: 306-hp/277-lb-ft
0-60 MPH Acceleration 5.2 seconds  
Top Speed 141 mph
Curb Weight 3700 lb

Nimble :G-AI
Driver's Car: Intuitively Responsive
Stylish: Luxury branded sports car
Stress Boxes [ ] [ ] [ ]

The The Lexus is350c F Sport is a perfect car for a small group. 4 doors and the kind of grunt that will allow a talented driver to shine. The ride is maintained by something Lexus calls G-AI. This computer maintains optimal braking and handling  in tough situations and tight corners allowing the driver to maintain speed in almost any situation. Being inside one is like sitting in a little leather wrapped rocket ship.

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