(Outoja ideoita) Kokoelma aseita 1920-luvulta Yhdysvalloissa. Osa 3: Kiväärejä

Tämä on jatkoa tälle ja tälle artikkelille. Tässä artikkelissa esitellään erilaisia kiväärejä, joita Yhdysvalloissa 1920-luvulla seikkalevat henkilöt saattaisivat käyttää tai kohdata

1920-luvulla Amerikassa kiväärit ovat yleisiä aseita, vaikkeivät ylläkään käsiaseiden ja haulikoiden tasolle. Yhdysvalloissa jotkut kaupungit ja piirikunnat säätelivät kiväärien omistusta ja kantoa, mutta suurimmassa osassa maata nämäkin aseet olivat täysin laillisia. Suuren sodan jäljiltä vanhoja sotilaskiväärejä oli tarjolla runsaasti ja vain murto-osalla uuden metsästysaseen hinnasta.  Ylijäämässä oli myös erikoisempiakin kiväärejä, kuten pikakiväärejä ja järeitä panssarintorjunta-aseita, jotka olivat monin paikoin yhtä laillisia kuin .22 kaliiperin pienoiskivääri.

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(Outoja ideoita) Kokoelma aseita 1920-luvulta Yhdysvalloissa. Osa 2, Konepistooleja ja haulikoita.

Tämä artikkeli on jatkoa tälle edeltävälle artikkelille. Tässä osassa esittelyssä ovat konepistoolit ja haulikot. Molemmat ovat tulleet nykyihmisillekkin tutuiksi leffoista ja sarjakuvista. Bonnie ja Clyde ja Matkalla Perditioniin ovat vain muutama esimerkki elokuvista, joissa raskaampi varustus on olenainen osa sankarien ja pahisten varusteita.

Konepistoolit

Konepistoolit ovat 20-luvulla uusinta teknologiaa sodankäynnissä. Ensimmäiset konepistoolit kehitettiin vain muutamaa vuotta aikaisemmin ja ne ovat harvinaisia vielä sotaväessäkin. Siviilimarkkinoilla konepistoolit ovat kovin harvinaisia, Yhdysvalloissa markkinoita hallitsee yksi malli ja muualla aseet ovat miltei puhtaasti sotilastarvikkeita ja poissa kansalaisten ulottuvilta Silti ne kuvastavat hyvin aikakautta ja sen tuomia uusia teknologioita ja käsitteitä. Read more »

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(Outoja ideoita) Kokoelma aseita 1920-luvulta Yhdysvalloissa. Osa 1, käsiaseita.

 

Aseet ovat olennainen osa monia seikkailuita. Tässä on kokoelma leffoista, novelleista ja historiasta tutttuja aseita. Tämän artikkelisarjan on tarkoitus tarjota lukijoille kokoelma aseita, joita heidän hahmonsa tai pahiksset käyttävät. Aikakaudeksi olen valinnut 1920-luvun, koska tällä hetkellä pelaan kampanjassa joka sille ajalle sijoittuu. Tarkoituksenani olisi kirjoittaa vielä muutama osa sarjaa lisää, joissa käsitellään järeämpiä ja erikoisempia aseita aikakaudelta.

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(Outoja Ideoita) Mitä hahmosi tietää: tuliaseista? (In Finnish)

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Roolipeleissä suuri osa pelaajahahmoista ja vastustajista käyttää tuliaseita. Varsinkin nykyaikaan sijoittuvisssa peleissä “pyssyt” ovat osa poliisien, rosvojen, seikkalijoiden ja muiden työkalupakkia ja varsinkin toiinnallisissa seikkaluissa hahmojen useimmiten käyttämä esine. Monet hahmot (eivät kuitenkaan kaikki) ovat oppineet käyttämään näitä aseita saatuaan koulutuksen niihin. Monet pelaajat eivät tälläistä koulutusta kuitenkaan ole saaneet ja se saattaa tehdä eläytymisen hahmoon vaikeaksi. Alla on koottu lista asioista, joita turvalliseen aseenkäyttöön ja taisteluun koulutuksen saanut hahmo tietää. Kursseilla opetellaan paljon muutakin kuin maalitauluun ampumista ja asetaitoihin kuuluu myös aseista huolehtimista ja turvallista käsittelyä.

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(Odd Idea) Ancestor Worship

Public domain, From Wikimedia CommonsAncestor worship is still quite common in many parts of the world today. The practices vary, but the underlying principles are the same. Sometimes you make sacrifices on the family altar, leave an empty spot on the table, keep the graves in good shape and so on. Many of these things are practiced in cultures that are not traditionally seen as “worshiping” their ancestors. These practices are there to ensure that nobody is forgotten completely. And that’s something we all want, isn’t it?

In ancient Roman and Greek cultures (and in many Asian cultures too) the ancestors whose names are forgotten and whose graves go untended may rise up as angry ghosts, seeking revenge on those neglecting their duties as descendants. In some cultures it is even possible for families to “out-source” this worship to temples, so that they keep the ancestor’s name alive and the descendants can live their lives without fears of ancestral retribution.

But this worship and care taking isn’t a one-way street. Indeed the ancestors watch over their living descendants. In many cultures they are believed to provide protection and good fortune. Sometimes they give advise or warnings in dreams or in omens. By revering the ancients and keeping their memories alive, the living gain a limited access to the knowledge of the netherworld.

Calling Your Grand-children, VERY Long-Distance

For as long he has lived, Jake has done the honorable thing and observed the proper rituals and practices. On the appointed dates, he has sacrificed to his family’s ancestors. He has kept the family mausoleum clean and made offering to the temple on behalf of his ancestors. He has been a very reverent descendant. He has even asked his parents to let him care for the ancestral shrine. But despite his observance and reverence, he does these things out of sense of duty and tradition, and not of true faith, and because his childhood friend is the priestess at the temple. So he is somewhat shocked to receive a visitation from his long-departed grandparents…

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(Odd Ideas) The Price of Practicality

Art has long been the measuring stick of civilizations. Most cultures have produced or thrived to produce distinct art, usually based on those art forms and styles that have been perceived as valued. Many anthropologists maintain, that without art, a society is not complete. There have been few or none societies that held all art in disdain. for a long time, it was claimed that classical Spartans didn’t produce art and this was the cause for their lack of societal development. Spartan art existed and was quite beautiful, but what if there truly was a society that valued practicality above anything else? A society that truly saw no point in decorations or art?

Dwarven-made

Dwarves have held the secrets of metal-craft for a very long time and are famed for their blades, armor and tools. They are superbly functional, yet most other races regard them as inferior craftsmanship. No blade cuts like a dwarven sword, yet they are boring tools, nothing else. Compared to the human blades with their filigrees and engraving glorifying the warrior, they are ugly and strictly functional.

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(Odd idea) It’s All in Your (God)Head

What if the world was just a figment of a god’s imagination? What if all the galaxies, stars and black holes were nothing more than ideas floating around an infinitely powerful mindscape. Gods are often described as omnipotent and omniscient and therefore instead of just creating everything, they could be the totality of existence. But if the god created the world in their infinite mind, this might make the existence of these realities quite hazardous. What if the god is distracted? What if the god gets a migraine?

A Truly Apocalyptic Hangover

When strange curtains of light start showing up on the long-range telescopes, it is dismissed as extraordinary astronomical activity, interesting only to scientists. The general increase in global anxiety and bad moods was attributed to the heightened political tension in the middle-east. And the rains of small lizards across the globe were classified as minor mysteries, nothing more. But when the laws of physics start to bend, people sit up start to notice.

Somehow everything seems drier and parched. It’s not just the environment either, but people get dry mouths even after drinking liters of water. Unexplained outbreaks of cholera-like symptoms cause distress across the globe. The world leaders are nervous and turn to religion, science and even random guessing to find answers for their people.

Amidst this chaos a new oracle rises, preaching a creed of alka seltzer, drinking plenty of water and moderation in all things. Her followers whisper of secrets that might restore order to the world. Will the world end in a cacophony or will the bad times end? And will the god honor their promise to never party again?

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(Odd Idea) An Evil Step-Mothers’ Troubles

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In fairy tales, when the good-natured widowed father remarries, any princesses should beware! Evil stepmothers are a fairy-tale staple, but what if there ever was only one? And what if she did what she did because she only desired to leave behind a unified fairyland?

A Final Fairytale?

By marrying old widower kings and murdering them, an ambitious queen has practically unified the Fairytaleland after centuries of constant warfare. Peace reigns as old borders are replaced by trade and commerce and old feuds are replaced by intranational diplomacy and vying for the Queens favor. But there is trouble on the horizon, as her marriages have left a group of female heirs to their fathers’ thrones. so what is an evil Queen to do? Play ball in a game of dynastic struggles by finding enough handsome princes to keep the princesses occupied or take the fairy-tale way out?

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(Odd Ideas) Father Dominic’s Little Problem

Legacies can be interesting things. You might get one from a long-lost relative or from your closest friend and sometimes they have interesting conditions in them for the inheritor. Sometimes legacies can also be problematic, since they may come with duties or a heavy tax attached to them.  Sometimes inheritors are not private persons. societies, universities, religious and charitable organisations receive legacies all the time.

Sometimes legacies come with a stigma on them or with other strings attached. A notorious privateer might be rich, but his gold is stained with the greed and blood of many. Or there might a conditional clause on the legacy. A quest might have to be done to receive the legacy or the inheritor might need to get married…really fast.

So when a humble parish church receives the legacy of it’s richest and most infamous member, the feared slave-trading, privateering captain “Blood-eye” Jenkinson, they must make a difficult decision about how to use the new property and how to fill the strange obligations laid out in the will.

Pirate’s Bequests

“Blood-Eye” Jenkinson was in his day, one of the most feared of the English privateers. His ship, “The Noble Savage” plundered far and wide. His name was feared by the French, the Spanish and the Dutch alike. His prizes ranged from humble French fishing boats on the Channel to mighty Spanish Treasure Galleons on the Caribbean seas. He even once sailed to Japan on a mission for the king himself, delivering gifts to the mysterious East and capturing a Dutch porcelain trader on his way home.  Read more »

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(Odd Idea) Friday Night Siege

Sometimes adventure doesn’t need dank dungeons or old castles. True Villains are not mandatory if the premise itself gives the heroes some motivations to seek adventure. Sometimes teens being teens is enough.

Random Midwestern Town, USA, 195X

The heady, hot days of summer are coming to an unavoidable end as autumn and school rear their ugly head. But for this last weekend, the vacation is still here and so is the Last Dance of Summer, a fond tradition for the teenagers in the area.

But when Wednesday rolls in, so does the military. Trucks filled with soldiers and scientists, all wearing strange masks and talking heatedly about curfews, contamination and about something called Project Mandible. They issue an effective quarantine of the town, nobody is to leave the town perimeter until an all-clear has been given. Food supplies and water will be distributed, but no movement outside the town will be allowed on penalty of arrest. To the teenagers, this sounds really bad.

Military cordon or not, they will not miss the Last Dance. Maybe they can even look into the strange lights and sounds coming from the Old McStrange’s farm…

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