For a while now I've not only been thinking up the rules and characters for Liberal Crime, I've also been considering the Kickstarter campaign. For the most part this has been boring number stuff but I also wanted to do something different as a campaign exclusive. The result of this is something I have mentioned in a previous post, it's a man called Colin.
When I look around at my favourite characters, whether it's Stone Cold Steve Austin entering the Royal Rumble, John McClane crawling around in the vents or Chuck Norris being Chuck Norris, they all have one thing in common. It's one man walking in alone and cleaning house. It's something that I've not seen done in a skirmish game and LC seems like the sort of world that would suit that sort of character.
Writing it from a game point of view has not been easy, balancing that character was always going to be a challenge. The idea is he's a bit of fun that you can use to test your skills. I didn't want to make him able to hold his own in any game size, I wanted some form of realism. With that in mind, he has the same number of actions as anyone else. He does have some abilities that make him more accurate and harder to hit but his main ability comes in the form of reactive actions. This means that he should have slightly less chance of surviving with every enemy model added.
Below is the rough outline of his character sheet, some abilities I have intentionally removed until it's been playtested.
Colin York. Hitman. Male.
In Liberal County there is crime, there is punishment and there is an old man called Colin.
An unassuming man in his late 50s, Colin was raised by loving parents, his father a watchmaker and his mother a teacher at the local elementary school. His family were never wealthy but the love in their household always made Colin feel rich. What little money they had was used to fund Colin’s education. It was at school that Colin first met a young man by the name of Benito and the two became fast friends. While Benito was a loud and angry child, Colin was quiet and polite preferring a good book to a schoolyard scuffle. On Colin’s tenth birthday he vanished along with his parents.
Many years later Benito, now the leader of a major crime family, still thinks of his old friend often, wondering what became of the little bookworm. The answer came in a very unexpected manner. Just outside of town was a farmhouse that the family used as a place of pleasure but there was no enjoyment to be had that day. Upon entering the house, Benito found the bodies of eight men, each shot perfectly through their left eye. Pinned to the kitchen door was a note that simply said “I’m back. Colin”. Don Benito didn’t know where his friend had been all these year but he was sure that his return was not going to benefit the family.
Loner: Colin York works alone, his cost is equal to the game size.
Women and children first: This models pays no penalty for targeting any model.
Going solo: Colin always shoots first.
I have also been toying with the idea of making him a dwarf/midget, not for comedy value but so he'd be a small target and therefore harder to hit.