Monday, June 11, 2012

Xena & Gabrielle: Spellcraft & Swordplay

Note: This is my first (albeit late) post for the YAM Magazine LBGT Blogathon.  I am going to go over some of my favorite characters from TV, Books, and Movies and talk about how to use them in various games.

In some cases I'll also talk about why I picked the characters I did and why I paired them with the game I did.

Xena & Gabrielle: Spellcraft & Swordplay

I make no excuses of my enjoyment of Xena: Warrior Princess.  The show was silly, irreverent and always a fun time. Frankly, with it's mix of comedy, drama, memorable characters and a mis-mash of historical and mythological events, it really was the perfect D&D TV show.

I have discussed Xena in the past, with both M&M3/DCA stats and Ghosts of Albion/Army of Darkness. The unisystem versions has been one of my most popular posts. Xena certainly has earned a place in many game worlds, but in particular mine.  So here are some more stats.

This is Xena and her anamchara Gabrielle for the Spellcraft & Swordplay RPG.  Unlike my other stats, these assume that Xena and Gabrielle are still together and travelling the world.

Xena, Warrior Princess of Amphipolis
Warrior (Fighting Woman): 9th Level

Strength: 18
Dexterity: 18
Constitution: 17
Intelligence: 11
Wisdom: 12
Charisma: 15

Attacks: 7+5 (7 attacks per round, +5 to any one attack)
Hit Points: 40
Alignment: Neutral (Unaligned)
AC: 5
Sword: 1d6+3
Chakram 1d6+1, decapitates on "box cars" (double 6s), on any double that hits can knock out instead of doing damage.

+2 to Con-based Saves

Gabrielle, The Battling Bard of Potidaea
Bard: 7th Level (Bards are found in Monstrous Mayhem)

Strength: 14
Dexterity: 15
Constitution: 15
Intelligence: 15
Wisdom: 14
Charisma: 16

Attacks: 4+3
Hit Points: 25
Alignment: Neutral (mostly Good)
AC: 7
Sword: 1d6+3
Favored: Charisma, Intelligence
Oration: Gabrielle is a teller of tales, in particular the tales of Xena.  She is the author of the so called "Xena Scrolls" which could be a fabled magical tome in your game.

Staff: 1d6
Sais: 1d6 can attack with both hands (used later in the series)

Why Xena?
There is one thing that Xena does better than any RPG.  It attracted a huge female audience and kept them.  Granted, one could argue that "Friend in Need" might have killed that, but up until then.  I think Xena works for the same reason that other successful shows do.  Great characterizations and great characters.  You know all about Xena and Gabrielle, but they are still great to watch.  Adding them to your game might just be that spice you didn't know you were missing.

Adding Xena and Gabrielle to your Game
Given their wanderings across the world it should actually be only a matter of time before the characters would run into her.  Maybe they know of her infamy as a conqueress.  Maybe they know of her turn and desire to do good to atone.  Or maybe it is just one of those things where the PCs and Xena arrive in the same place at the same time.  Fate is funny that way.

Plus they are kick-ass characters that bring a lot of fun to the game.


Anonymous said...

I too am a big Xena fan. A musical episode way before Buffy had one too! I loved she was a reformed bad guy.
"Have you been here before Xena?" "Ah, yeah, I burnt the village to the ground a year ago."
"Oh, maybe we'll give that place a miss then."

Oddly didn't care much for Hercules, not just because it had less cute girls in it. He was too nice, in the same way Superman is the most boring superhero ever invented.

Did you ever play the rpg? It was actually rather good, similar in style to Dragon Age for letting new players get a handle on the game. Wish it had lasted beyond the boxed set.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

I had the RPG, but I never played it. I found Army of Darkness did a great job for me to try out all my Xena shenanigans.

Without Xena, there would never had been a Buffy TV series.

siutou_amy said...

I'm not very good with RPG, but there's something about Xena... I think I've never talked to a girl who hasn't, at least, seen an episode of Xena. My mother LOVES Xena. LOL

Pat Hatt said...

Oh yeah I loved Xena and Hercules, although Hercules had waaay more crap episodes and he was a bit of a bore sometimes. Xena was the better one, but both had so many great side characters that they just helped make the shows.

Brett Slocum said...

The Xena/Hercules RPG is pretty good: D6 which does cinematic well.

Loved Bruce Campbell's character Autolycus, King of Thieves.

I never knew you helped write Buffy. So cool.

I love the Buffy RPG, as well as the rest of Unisystem.