I go through phases where I fervently believe that ALL GAMES ARE X, where X is whatever game has recently made a huge impression on me in play. Previous incarnations of this have included Dogs, Roach, and, uh, Nobilis, but at the moment it's Danger Patrol. Except Axe Cop
is REALLY Danger Patrol, because they're both heavily informed by Saturday morning cartoons (with all the bloodless violence, arbitrary plot twists and melodrama that implies) and they're both things where you combine two words to get a character.
I decided to run DP:AC at Gamestorm weeks ago, then put off all my prep for it until half an hour before the game started. Fortunately, the players (and the game) were very forgiving of my pantseat-flight. The system required no hacking; I just reskinned the roles and styles and let the players make up their own weapons and special moves.
The roles/dice were:Cop:
Roll when you investigate, hold tryouts, or do other police-related things.-Arang:
Roll when you throw things/people or apply nonlethal force.Soldier:
Shoot, make a frontal assault or hold your ground.Man:
Think very hard or mutate.Baby:
Fool someone with your innocent looks, or get thrown.Rex:
Stomp or bite.Ninja:
Sneak, assassinate or vanish.Dog:
Be faithful or pick up a trail.
The styles were Axe, Dinosaur, Uni-, Doctor, Psy, Sock, Vampire
I was in a hurry and I hadn't bothered to make up powers and talents for all the cards, so I just gave everybody Alien
Awesome Origin for one of the talent slots and made up the other once people had picked their cards.
Harry picked Wolf-Arang
, a boomerang-shaped wolf who could be thrown bodily or detach and throw his wooden boomerang tail. His powers were the Intrepid's All For One and an -Arangized version of the Robot's Detachable Flying Head (basically, the returning throw allowed him to split his die pool). I can't remember what his talent was.
Michael was Vampire Rex
, a... vampire Tyrannosaurus Rex. Just picture the teeth. He was fully T-Rex-sized, but with a tiny human-sized black cloak flapping around his neck. His Vampire talent was a vampire-bite version of the Warrior's Fighting Spirit. His powers were Mist Form, which allowed him to reduce a hit and get a +1 on his next roll, and the Warrior's Momentum.
After the first act, Twyla joined in as Psy-Ninja
. The Psy talent and power came right off the Psychic, and the Ninja power was the Daredevil's Acrobatic Dodge. Note: Psy-Ninja was of indeterminate gender, so for the rest of this post I will be using "ninja" as a pronoun.
We also had John and Carl providing peanut gallery commentary and suggesting a lot of great over-the-top ideas. I think John got down at least a couple choice quotes, too.