October 12th, 2006

Tea-drinker par excellence

Keep on smiling (except for Tom possibly)

The Opus Dei write-up on wiki contains, in a discussion on self-mortification, this gem: Members of Opus Dei, like many Catholics, perform ordinary sacrifices such as smiling even when they are tired.

Is there a list somewhere of ordinary sacrifices? Perhaps, not dropping your burger wrapper on the floor, washing your teaspoon after making a cuppa, or saying "Bless you" when someone sneezes.

I am reminded of the Unknown Armies magic system, and wonder what miracles one might perform with an ordinary sacrifice. Perhaps ensure that the toast falls butter side up, that that meeting with the annoying guy from sales gets postponed, or that there's still one biscuit in the tin when you want one.
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Join me

Although Catholics might get by with a few smiles, my religion is less forgiving. And we have a mind control ray!

If you founded a religion...
Created by EvilAuthor on Memegen.net

The Minions Of Roeper

Your followers are a tight-knit bunch,

who work for a living just like everybody else,

who eschew the pleasures of the flesh,

and who are considered disturbed or disruptive because of their fanaticism, and the bizarre tenets of the faith.

Your followers are commanded to dress modestly,

but your priests wear

starchy underwear

a holstered mind-control ray

and heavy hemp robes.

Your followers are

significant (over 20,000),

and they are actively and aggressively seeking to convert others to the One True Faith.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
Who would be able to join your religion?

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Mortal Smackdown

Some more cross-posted Mortal Coil goodness:

So in last night's game, the continuation of Twisted Fifties, the PCs arrive mob-handed at the asylum to confront Dr Scolari, the twisted woman hater who seems to be at the root of all their problems.

Scolari is in his office but this doesn't deter Gandolfini, the hulking mobster who bursts right in, with the PI and the hooker on his coat tails.

Scolari sics his goons on Gandolfini who defines the magical fact that his gun allows him to summon up the spirit of anyone he's ever killed with it and command them (the price: they get to make Gandolfini an offer he can't refuse). That keeps the goons occupied whilst he goes for the Doc.

Scolari pulls out a syringe from his drawer and I give him the fact that he never misses with it. The players hit back with the price that this causes several minutes of physical ecstacy in the good Doc who can take no physical actions when thus enraptured.

So mechanically, the Doc only needs spend one token to hit Gandolfini and spends the rest dodging the hood's bullet, which nicks him anyway. Scolari collapses wounded and enchanted by not only sticking it in someone but also by the blood loss. The hooker's attempts to strangle him just push him all the way to erotic asphixiationy bliss.

But Gandolfini is medicined good and sees a magic bear arrive with a special cloak of escape for him. Gandolfini accepts the cloak and is taken, straight-jacketed down to the cells.

The PI and the hooker escape through a window they break.

Meanwhile, the lawyer defines a magical mirror that allows him to interrogate the shades of those wherever he is. It's made of bronze and is probably Greek. When he looks into it he can see, over his shoulder, the assembled throng of those who died there, stretching back ever more faintly in time. He takes this to the warehouse and talks to the spirit of the firebug who Scolari sent, with a box of matches, to steal the package that everyone is after (the item does have a price but I can't remember what it is - I guess it should probably be something like a curse as "No good will come of this" is one of our magical facts).