More Shticks for Toon
By Theslin Wanders-through-Bramble
Chemistry (4 pts.) Yes, friends, now you, too, can concoct secret formulae, Generate Acid in your Own Home, and Create Life in a Four-Liter Bottle! Just mix any two substances--Silicon Pyrofoogsulfate, Razzafapalite Potasside, or Seltzer Water and potato chips--whatever you have, you can use it to create almost any Secret Concoction you wish. Any potion or substance on the Bottle Contents table (TOON, page 205) is certainly possible, but no self-respecting Mad Scientist would limit himself to such a small list. The Chemistry shtick can only be used to create liquids (a safety feature against loonies who would try to make an atom bomb by mixing baby formula and spicy mustard). The Animator should assign a one- to three-point penalty for characters daring enough to create very odd substances (such as the fabled Lead into Tuna Fish potion). When the character has access to a real laboratory, with real chemicals (as opposed to orange juice and macaroni) he may have a small bonus--say, two points--applied to his shtick roll.
Clutter (2 pts.)
There is no need to try and make a shtick roll for Clutter--it's always on.. Cluttered characters are never able to find anything, as any item near them will be buried in their personal messes. In fact, it is virtually impossible for ANYONE to find ANYTHING near this type of character (All within about 10' of the cluttered character must make a See/Hear/Smell roll to locate any given thing). If the cluttered character makes a shtick roll, he can locate just about any item that someone has lost in his mess.
Conjuring (7 pts.)
Dramatic failures with the Conjuring shtick should be just that--dramatic. A character conjuring with a pentegram may pull up the Great Catchooloo, if he REALLY fails his roll!
Cosmetic Shift (4 pts.)
Explosive Body (4 pts.)
When a character uses Explosive Body, he has two options--he may try to explode just a little of himself, or may opt to blow himself entirely to Kingdom Come. If the former is selected, he suffers 1 die of Blowing Himself Up damage, while everyone within about 10 feet suffers 2 dice of explosive damage. If the character decides to thoroughly blow himself up, he will Fall Down, and everyone within about 40' will suffer 4 dice of Really Big Explosion damage. Note that if the character horribly fails his shtick roll, he may not have the option of only blowing up a hand or foot, and will probably incinerate himself completely.
Incredible Beauty (5 pts.)
If a character using the Incredible Beauty shtick fails her shtick roll with a 12, she will probably be caught up in some horrible "Perils of Pauline" scenario--a villain might capture her and tie her to a train track, or some other nonsense will occur.
Lycanthropy (3 pts.)
Lycanthropy gives the character a whole new personality (and species) which he or she will only assume under the full moon (or under some other silly trigger). This new personality will be an animal if the character was previously a human, but if the character was an animal to begin with, almost any new form is possible. The character's lycanthropic identity--"were-form," as it is sometimes called--will have the same shticks as the original form, but will have new Skills and Hit Points.
Attract Monsters (4 pts.)
If a character fails his Attract Monsters roll really badly, the shtick could activate itself at some really horrible time. That would be...unpleasant.
Short circuit (4 pts., or maybe 6 pts., or possibly only 2 pts.)
When a character successfully activates Short circuit and touches a device, roll on the Dramatic Malfunction chart. Zapped devices may be permanently broken or just mildly muddled, depending on the nature of the malfunction.
If a character spends two extra points to make Short Circuit usable on others, he can effectively put a curse on any creature, so that any machine they touch goes kablooey. Alternatively, if a character wants to spend less of his precious skill points, for only two points he buy Short Circuit, Always Active. The trick, then, will be to NOT blow up machinery, and a successful shtick roll will let the character touch a device without causing its destruction.
Verbal Boggle (5 pts.)
Dramatic Malfunction Table
11) Device drops dead--mourners, priests and a nun or two arrive to conduct a funeral. 12) Device explodes! All within 20' must Dodge (or use Incredible Luck) or suffer one die of damage. 13) Device fires a strange ray at the next character to touch it, turning that character into a pile of dust with eyes and making him Fall Down. ** 14) Device starts digging into the ground for 3 turns, at about 10' per turn. * 15) Device starts spitting really important parts of itself up into the air--roll on the Things Falling From Sky table (TOON, page 201) to see what hits the people nearest it. * 16) Device works really fast and heats up for 1d turns. All who touch it suffer one die of Overheating Machinery damage. * 21) Device becomes possessed by a Sinister Intelligence, and starts to dance. It'll stop in 1-6 turns. * 22) Device becomes possessed by a Sinister Intelligence. It will start to break down whenever a certain character (or group of characters) uses it, but will start working whenever anyone else uses it. * 23) Device becomes possessed by a Sinister Intelligence, which falls immediately, hopelessly in love with the next person to touch the machine. * 24) Device becomes possessed by a Sinister Intelligence, which will then start its Campaign To Take Over The World. * 25) Device becomes possessed by a Sinister Intelligence, and gets up to hitchhike to Guam. (50% chance of it breaking down before it reaches the door with its "Guam or Bust" sign.) * 26) Device becomes posessed by a Sinister Intelligence, and will jump onto any character who tries to come near it for 1 die of Being Jumped On By Heavy Machinery damage. (*, if anyone can get close enough!) 31) Device hums, and transforms itself into some totally different machine. ** 32) Device hums, and transforms itself into a heavily armed robot. 33) Device opens up a little compartment. An arm reaches out and hits a nearby character with a cream pie. ** 34) Device opens up a little compartment. An arm reaches out, grabs a nearby character, and pulls him into itself. A little while later, after the machine has made many loud noises, it spits out the character, who has been flattened into a Character Pancake. ** 35) Device falls apart, piece by piece, until it is just a big pile of machine parts with a neon sign poking out saying "Eat At Joes!" 36) Machine grows an arm with a sign saying "ON STRIKE! PLAYERS UNFAIR TO HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES!" The device won't work until a player fast-talks it into being friendly again. 41) Device goes into a prolonged death scene. 42) Device loudly says that it will need six million years to perform its next function, and won't work again until that amount of time has passed. * 43) Device needs to be reprogrammed (whether or not it has programming.) Only someone with the Wierd Science shtick can fix it. 44) Device grows pipe-organ pipes and starts playing calliope music. ** 45) Device needs its diaper changed. ** 46) Device sprouts a large cannon, which aims itself at anyone who comes near it--it might fire (doing 2 die of Cannonball damage) if anyone who gets too close. * 51) Device melts. 52) Device grows little antennae, legs, arms and a head. It announces that it is a robot from the planet Mars, and then vanishes in twinkling lights. 53) Device collapses in on itself, and then sinks into the ground, leaving only a bubbling pool of lava. 54) Device arms itself with a bomb that'll go off in about 30 seconds, unless it is defused (Set Traps roll). If the bomb explodes, it might just grow a huge sign that says "BOOOOOOM!!!!!" If not, it does 3 die of damage. 55) Device dies. A translucent version of itself, complete with wings and a harp, slowly flies away. 56) Item suddenly decides that it is King (or Queen) of the Universe, and won't co-operate unless it is treated as such. ** 61) Device chuckles quietly to itself whenever anyone gets near it. ** 62) Device becomes infested with herring. Anything that is done to the machine, with the machine, or on the machine will involve fish. Everytime the machine is used, it spits out fish. If it is a toaster, refridgerator, oven or Mechanical Box, it will always have fish in it. There is no way to excape from these fish--they are a part of the machine's circuitry. ** 63) Device grows wings, a propeller or some such apparatus and flies away. * 64) Device ignores any creature who tries to use it unless that creature says "Pretty please?" 65) Device begins to criticize any attempts to operate it. ** 66) Device won't work until it is oiled, and will complain about not being oiled until it is fixed.Effects marked with "*" can be repaired by anyone who makes a Disarm Traps roll. Machines with "**" effects aren't actually broken, and as such cannot ever be repaired. Effects without any such markings either cannot be remedied or require some special repair technique, listed with the effect description.
Random Ace Product/Random Machine Table
11) Toaster 41) Television Set 12) Toaster Oven 42) Salad Shooter (1 die damage) 13) Food/Character Dehydrator (Hand-held, 1 die damage) 14) Insect Exterminator Robot 43) Home Security Robot 15) Video Game Set 44) Auto-Bartender 3000 16) Catapult 45) Shape-Change Machine 46) Pocket Fire-Hose 21) Anti-aircraft Gun (Big!) 22) Lazer Gun (Also Big!) 51) Hair Re-designer 23) Vegetable Juicer 52) Bowling-Ball Thrower 24) Gift Wrapper 53) "Mighty Marvel" grenade launcher 25) Candy Maker 54) Rocket Backpack 26) Instamatic House Painter 55) Cat-Food Packaging Device 56) Instant Character-Clothing Unit 31) Egg Launcher (Generates rediculous clothing) 32) Pancake Maker/Flipper 33) Person-Propelled Helicopter 61) Molecular Disintergrator 34) Refridgerator 62) Moustaching-And-Graffiting 35) Character-To-Robot Converter "Little Wonder" Vandalizer 36) Chicken Plucker/Clothing 63) Ornamental-Fountain-in-a-Box Removal Unit 64) Ace Omni-Copy Holo-duplicator (Makes 3-D copies of ANYTHING) 65) Ace Robo-Blender IV 66) Mechanical Easter Egg Painter
Instant Chemistry Experiment ChartThe new substance is:
1) Transparent 2) Blue, With... 2) Little bubbles 2) Translucent 3) Purple, 3) Big, explosive bubbles 3) Opaque 4) Red, 4) Little glowing sparks 4) Irridescent 5) Orange, 5) A tendancy to float away 5) Phosphorescent 6) Yellow, 6) Little green squishy things 6) Sparkling 7) Green, 7) A violently explosive nature 8) Gold, 8) The ability to swirl and 9) Silver, splash without outside aid 10) White, 9) A huge head of foam 11) Black, 11) Two or three fish 12) Ecru, 12) The texture of Jell-O