Friday, September 23, 2011
Thrilling Locations - VG, Fire Walk
Thrilling Locations is one of the better supplements for the James Bond game by Victory games. I have written about the Q Manual before. Even more so than perhaps with D&D he James Bond game can really be run with just three books. The rulebook, the Q Manual and this book. You really don't need this book either but it helps give you ideas.
Released in 1985 Thrilling Locations presents the GM with information on locations that seem to be common in all James Bond movies and will most likely be ever present in the game if it holds true to the genre. The book has two major sections. The first is Where to Go and the second is How to Get There.
The book presents these locations and methods of travel broken down into chapters that go over the different types for each. Each chapter will have at least one sample for it provided. It will then have something specific to that type of location that can be added to the game. Each will then have a "Notes for the Gamemaster" section. They will then present encounters that would be specific to that location. The chapters are then rounded off with NPCs that would be present and floor-plans. The various chapters are:
Where To Go
How to Get There
Planes & Airports
As nice as the sample locations are I think the book actually shines in a couple of other portions. The sections specific to that chapters such as in Casinos it is Gambling offer great ideas for the GM on creating new locations or information to help in designing adventures. The other section is the Encounters section. When I hear or see Encounters I go right to combat but these are better thought of as plot hooks.
In the end this is a great book for the James Bond game. It will also be something that any Modern type game could be well served using. The one flaw is that being published in 1985 is is 26 years old and some of the information might need to be tweaked and updated to be true to today's world. Don't let that deter you though. If you like the world of Bond, spy based games or have any need for modern era game information this will be of use.
Ares of Effect: 1" Radius
Casting Time: 1 Round
Saving Throw: None
This spell will allow the magic user and others to travel between two locations in an instant. Both locations will need to have some sort of open flame present. The size of the flame present in either location will not be important and they need not match.
The travel between the two points will be handled differently depending on how the caster is using the spell. If the caster knows the location of the destination flame the distance between the two flames can be up to one mile distant.
If the caster does not know the location of the secondary flame then distance will be limited to 300 yards (90"). The caster will have no information about the area surrounding the destination flame. The DM should map out all the open flames location in the area of effect with no other information except dots. The caster can then pick any one of those in range and that is where the group will appear.
Disclaimer: The spells that you will see, for how ever long the write ups last, were all written up or conceived of back in the 80's so the terminology may not appropriate for anything other than 1e and depending on how well I did back then it may be slightly off for that as well. If there is any duplication of spells that exist now it is most likely I wrote mine first :) Please feel free to comment on them but try not to be too hard on me. If anyone wishes to use these in anything they print please let me know in advance and all I ask is proper credit.
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