Victoriana is a game I want to hate, but can't. First it is full of really cool Victorian goodness. It made (presently) by the cool guys over at Cubicle 7, the same guys that give Star Blazer and Doctor Who. The second edition has been gone over by Andrew Peregrine (who also worked on Angel). I like the "black die" mechanic they add to what could ahve been just another dice pool game. There are some thing in it I'd never try with Ghosts of Albion, but it all seems to work great in Victoriana. The C7 guys descibe it as "Victorian age Shadow Run" and that is pretty dead on. Most everyone knows about magic. There are dwarves, gnomes, halflings, "eldren" (elves, but don't call them that), ogres and beastmen. So if my work on Ghosts of Albion is more "Hammer Horror" than Victoriana is more "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", somthing it shares with "Rippers", though I put Rippers closer to the movie "Van Helsing" or at least what we all wanted the movie to be, not what it really was.
I have played it a few times now, and try to get in a game at Gen Con with either Andrew or one of the other guys at C7 (I think I sat in a game with Marc once), and it is always a great time. In fact outside of running my own games, or the nightly Catan games in the hotel room, it is my only Gen Con "tradition".
But of course they are the "competition" with Ghosts of Albion, so I have to hate them. ;) (ok not really).
Dirty Nellie, Street Faerie
So one of my favorite NPCs/Guest Stars is little Dirty Nel, the Street Faerie prostitiute. I have detailed her early years with Ghosts of Albion, and her later years with Rippers. I should also detail what she is doing during the middle Victorian period with Victoriana. Like before this is not a strict conversion, it is more of
Dirty Nel in Victoriana, 1867
Nel in this reality is still a Street Faerie dollymop, but she is doing a little bit better for herself. In the Victoriana world the exsistance of magic is widely known, so Nel is often able to offer her trade as herself, complete with her peppered moth wings visable. For stats I put Street Faerie between Eldren and Halflings. She looks like a small Eldren woman, with of course wings. Like Eldren, Street Faeries are prone to a mental illness or two. I kept her addictions and faerie arrogance in place since they would work fine in this world.
Like her Rippers and Ghosts of Albion universe counter-parts, Nel is a wealth of information about the occult and criminal worlds. She is doing a bit better for herself money wise and her reputation is growing.
Social Class: Lower
Race: Street Faerie
Hair/Eyes: Black/Piercing Blue
Personality: Loner, almost cynical
Social ethics: lower class anarchist
Strength: 0 Presence: 3
Dexterity: 3 Wits: 3
Fortitude: 3 Resolve: 4
Imitative: 9 Movement: 8
Health: 5 Mana: 2+4 = 6
Innate Magic (Petty Magic)*
General Knowledge 6
Hide & Sneak 6
Improvised Weapon (melee) 4
Pick Pockets 6
Slight of Hand 4
Talents, Privileges & Assets
Beautiful, Glib, Ear of the Street, Street Informant, Bolt-Hole, Income (Lower class, prostitution)
Bad Reputation, Bon Viant, Criminal, Lecherous, Faerie Arrogance
Befuddle, Cloak of Shadows, Glamour (like “Liken Shape” but can change to human shapes), Instant Beauty