I use Morbo's head because it kind of looks like a butt.
Oh, did I run Low Life
last night? Yeah, I sure did. :)
I made a character for this game back here
, tried to run it at Arisia
last year but didn't get players, and I've kind of been wanting to run it for the right group. See, I have players who can release their inner 12-year-olds at the drop of a hat (actually, I have players who seldom put them away at all), and I can get behind that.
I think, in fact, that I wouldn't want to get any dirtier with Low Life
than about PG-13. Once things get to R- or NC-17 rated, I'd want to play HoL
instead, which is unabashedly a mature audience, more mean-spirited game. But Low Life
is kind of all about fart jokes in a post-apocalyptic setting, and once in a while, I'm good with that.
So, last night, we had:
- Sybil playing Major Mallowfist, a cremefillian warrior with a brass-knuckle contraption that looked like a handful of marshmallows.
- Will playing Zob, a tizn't who combines the head of a dog, the quills of a porcupine and the legs of a cheetah (and carries a cool weapon that fires chainsaw blades).
- Al playing Skull-Cruncher, a horc warrior with a gigantic polearm type weapon he affectionately called "Scalper".
- Sarah playing Snurfle Smelf, a smelf smellcaster who bravely took the Freak Occurrence Magnet Edge.
- Fredrick playing Zard, an oofo dementalist, obsessed with oofo technology.
Now, here's the thing: I had nothing prepared. We had other stuff to do yesterday, and I wanted the players to make characters, so I didn't have time to stat baddies or anything. But lo! Low Life
comes with this neat little mad-lib kind of thing that, with a few dice rolls, makes a setup for you. So:
Once upon a time the heap felt like exploring someplace
. They went to a library
in the bad part of town
and learned about a hidden treasure
that was awaiting discovery
near a hidden weirdo's tower
So we started off in the library. I had lots of fun describing the library as the stereotypical "seedy bar" from every fantasy game ever, except that the patrons were staring at the PCs over their dusty tomes, rather than frothy beers. They asked the librarian for help, and she (a bodul) pointed them toward the travel books. There, Zard paged through a book and found a reference to a tower whose owner tried to rig oofo tech all through it. And one day it went "boomf" and vanished.
But the crater was nearby. Mallowfist stuff it under her (?) shirt, and the librarian noticed and demanded a deposit. So they paid it!
(I had drawn a map and put down minis as if for a fight. I figured there was an even chance they'd run, rather than pay.)
So they headed to the outskirts of town to look at this crater. And there it was - big crater, but when they tried to get in or reach in, they felt resistance. Invisible wall? Mallowfist punched it, but it punched back, so they decided that wasn't the way to go.
Suddenly, butts! Yeah, one of the monsters in the book is the Hair Bare. They're little butts with legs and sharp teeth, and a pack (what the hell would the collective noun for butts be?) came bumbling out of the trees to attack the party.
But (ha!) no matter how hard they bit or farted, the PCs weren't fazed. They beat, sliced and shot the creatures, and finally Zard used his Fear power and panicked most of them (sadly this also gave Mallowfist a crippling fear of butts, but eh). Other highlight: Snurfle used Beast Friend on one of them (which isn't listed as a smellcaster power but should be) and was very sad when her little butt friend ran off at the end of the fight.
After the fight, they still had to deal with the tower. Skull-Cruncher tried beating through it; that didn't work. Zard shot it with his tar-flinger, but the tar just bounced back (and Zard ducked, fortunately). Finally Snurfle inflated her nostrils and sailed high over the tower...and lo, there was a crack! (More butt jokes, jeez.)
No, really. An aperture. She drifted down to land on the invisible roof, but didn't land gently enough, and bounced. She kept bouncing, and finally re-inflated her nostrils before she went into orbit. Then she sat on the edge and saw a horc sunbathing (ew).
She dropped a button on his head, and woke up and asked who she was. She indicated her friends, and he invited them in. He was especially excited to see Zard, as there was some oofo tech here he couldn't read or work, he said. His name was Bowchaser.
He let the characters in, and showed them to a big keyboard-looking thing. Zard could indeed read the instructions, and played the tune
. There was a great "boomf" noise, and the horc started convulsion. His "shirt" exploded outward, he turned inside out, and there he was, the unholy amalgam of oofo and horc! And here come more face-huggers, which he directed to...well, face-penetrate the characters!
The battle was joined, clearly. Highlights included one of the facehuggers jumping on Skull-Cruncher, who just decided to ingest the little bugger (all horcs can do that). Clever, I though. Snurfle's Freak Magnet came up, but always to her detriment - a reek bottle failed to open, enemies ducked at the wrong time, stuff like that. And Bowchaser was pretty badass, and he beat on Skull-Cruncher pretty badly.
But then Zob turned, having shot a bunch of facehuggers, and shot Bowchaser in the back with his chainsaw gun. Bowchaser was already Shaken at that point, and the blade cut through him. Bzzrgt!
But he must have been a load-bearing boss, because the tower started to collapse. The heap ran outside in time to see the whole thing fall. They picked themselves up, and started working on finding metal to sell. So although they didn't find the hidden "treasure" (rather, they did, but it turned out to be an alien parasite), they at least got to sell off some cool oofo metal for a lot of clams, and they got to hit walking butts with swords.
And really, what more can you ask?