|Not Throwing Away My Shot - by +Carina W.|
Revolutionary Crawl Classics
It started as a simple tweet from +Marc Plourde about mash-ups. My first thought was revolutionary war heroes fighting for freedom from H.G. Wells style Martians. Marc reset the scene to +Harley Stroh's Purple Planet.
Quickly my mind's eye filled with the image of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton wandering through mushroom forests and pinkish sands, chased by giant worms.
I needed to run this game!
First, we'd need a list of starting occupations... sort of.
What if the list included actual historical figures? Now that would make for an extraordinary Dungeon Crawl Classics experience!
After jotting down a half dozen Founding Fathers, I realized that this task was far to big to tackle alone. So as I've done before, I reached out to the DCCRPG G+ Community for feedback and input. As always, the community came up with extraordinary ideas!
I should note that both my daughter +Carina W. and I listened to the Hamilton - Original Broadway Cast Recording non-stop while wrapping up this blog post. Lin-Manuel Miranda's production, which we first listened to during our trip to Gen Con 2016, was quite inspirational, as was the HBO mini-series John Adams. Earlier today, while compiling all the fantastic contributions from the G+ community, +Jennifer Walls and I binge watched the last three episodes.
Ready for a history lesson? Each name below features a link to a Wikipedia page, article or corresponding website to give some background on the figure. Everyone may know John Adams or George Washington, but perhaps you've never heard of Caesar Rodney or Dicey Langston. To help clarify some of the inclusions, we noted the source, historical or fictional, where applicable.
Please note that this list is not intended to be 100% serious or historically accurate. Simply scroll down to Benedict Arnold's Trade Good, and the tone for this table's use will quickly become apparent.
You'll see that some of the Trained Weapons include blackpowder firearms. Crawl! has you covered! Crawl! Fanzine No. 8 features rules for these weapons, so make sure to head over to DriveThruRPG and grab your download. Totally worth it!
50 Revolutionary Figures
|Roll (d50)||Name||Source||Trained Weapon||Trade Good||Contributer|
|1||Aaron Burr||Historical||Flintlock Pistol (1d8)||Megaphone||+Troy Tucker|
|2||Abigail Adams||Historical||Hoe (1d4)||Letters from her husband|
|3||Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt||Fiction (Sleepy Hollow)||Knife||Graven Pumpkin||+Noah Stevens|
|4||Alexander Hamilton||Historical||Flintlock Pistol (1d8)||Fresh rhymes||+Troy Tucker|
|5||Benedict Arnold||Historical||Gout (-5 movement, no weapon)||Hollandaise Sauce (yes, we know he didn't come up with it, but that's what he gets)||+Marc Plourde|
|6||Benjamin Martin (looks a lot like Mel Gibson)||Fiction (The Patriot)||Tomahawk (1d6)||Lead toy soldiers|
|7||Betsy Ross||Historical||Flag Pole (as spear)||Bonnet||Jeremy “Frothsof” Smith|
|8||Caesar Rodney||Historical||Saber (1d8)||Green scarf|
|9||Catherine Moore Barry||Historical||Warhorn (1d4)||Horse||+Jarrett Crader|
|10||Catherine van Rensselaer Schuyler||Historical||Torch (as club)||Pitch||+Jarrett Crader|
|11||Chingachgook||Fiction (Last of the Mohicans)||Gunstock Club (1d8)||Basket|
|12||Daniel Boone||Historical||Musket (1d10)||Bear Trap||+Jennifer Walls|
|13||Deborah Sampson (aka Timothy Thayer, aka Robert Shurtleff)||Historical||Pen Knife (1d3)||Disguise Kit||+Jarrett Crader|
|14||Dolley Madison||Historical||Wooden Spoon (1d4)||1 dozen snack cakes||+Cory Gahsman|
|15||Dr. Benjamin Franklin||Historical||Kite (1d4, ranged)||Spectacles|
|16||Dr. Benjamin Rush||Historical||Lancet (1d3)||Dr. Rush's Bilious Pills (+1D Fort Save for 1 rnd)||+Keith G Nelson|
|17||Ethan Allen||Historical||Chair Leg (as club)||High End Piece of Furniture||+Cory Gahsman|
|18||Felicty Merriman||Fiction (American Girl)||Riding Crop (1d3)||Beautiful Horse||+Jennifer Walls|
|19||George Washington||Historical||Hand Axe||Cherry tree sapling|
|20||Hawk-eye||Fiction (Last of the Mohicans)||Musket (1d10)||Silk|
|21||Henry Knox||Historical||Miniature Cannon (1d12)||1d3 books|
|22||Hercules Mulligan||Historical||Scissors (1d4)||Fine suit|
|23||Horatio Gates||Historical||Saber (1d8)||Plans for invasion of Canada||+Jennifer Walls|
|24||Ichabod Crane||Fiction (Sleepy Hollow)||Riding Crop (1d3)||Box of Chalk||+Troy Tucker|
|25||James Madison||Historical||Spoon (1d3)||Bowl of Ice Cream||+Jennifer Walls|
|26||Jean-Baptiste Rochambeau||Historical||Cutlass (1d6)||French to English Dictionary||+Marc Plourde|
|27||John Adams||Historical||Walking stick (1d4)||Letters from his wife|
|28||John Hancock||Historical||Quill (as dart)||Paper/Ink||+Keith Garrett|
|29||John Jay||Historical||Gavel (1d4)||Book of Law||+Cory Gahsman|
|30||John Paul Jones||Historical||Belaying Pin (as club)||Spyglass||+Cory Gahsman|
|31||Johnny Tremain||Fiction (Esther Forbes)||Musket (1d10)||Incendiary Newspapers||+Noah Stevens|
|32||Lady Christian Henrietta Caroline Acland||Historical||Scalpel (1d3)||First Aid Kit (heals 1d3 2x)||+Jarrett Crader|
|33||Laodicea "Dicey" Langston||Historical||Musket (1d10)||Unswerving Loyalty||+Jarrett Crader|
|34||Lydia Darragh||Historical||None (Quaker Pacifist)||Small notebook||+Jennifer Walls|
|35||Margaret Cochran Corbin||Historical||Grit (1d6)||Wicked scars||+Jarrett Crader|
|35||Marquis de Lafayette||Historical||Quill (as dart)||Paper||+Keith Garrett|
|36||Martha Washington||Historical||Heavy block of soap (1d3)||Pile of Petticoats with a foul surprise||+Jennifer Walls|
|37||Mary Draper||Historical||Pewter Mug (1d3)||Smithing Tools||+Jarrett Crader|
|38||Mary Katherine Goddard||Historical||Quill (as dart)||First copy of the Constitution||+Jarrett Crader|
|39||Mary Ludwig Hays (Molly Pitcher)||Historical||Miniature Cannon (1d12)||Sergeant's Stripes||+Jarrett Crader|
|40||Mercy Otis Warren||Historical||Rolled pamphlets (1d3)||Playbook||+Jarrett Crader|
|41||Nancy Hart||Historical||Hanging Rope (as Garrote)||Prized Gobbler||+Jennifer Walls|
|42||Nathan Hale||Historical||Flintlock Pistol (1d8)||Spyglass||+Marc Plourde|
|43||Nathanael Greene||Historical||Saber (1d8)||Masonic Ring||+Cory Gahsman|
|44||Patience Lovell Wright||Historical||Knife (1d4)||Secret Documents||+Jarrett Crader|
|45||Paul Revere||Historical||Silver Dagger||Lantern||+Marc Plourde|
|46||Ratonhnhaké:ton (Connor)||Fiction (Assassin's Creed III)||Bow (1d6)||Assassin's Order Garb|
|47||Samuel Adams||Historical||Broken Bottle (1d4)||Growler of Beer|
|48||Sybil Ludington||Historical||Stick (as club)||Horse||+Jennifer Walls|
|49||Thomas Jefferson||Historical||Walking stick (1d4)||Bowl of Mac & Cheese||+Marc Plourde|
|50||Thomas Paine||Historical||Quill (as dart)||Copy of Common Sense||+Marc Plourde|
Want a PDF version for use at your table? Thanks to +Jarrett Crader, here's a download link!
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I was originally aiming for thirty personas, but I'm so glad we got to fifty.
Thanks to all the contributors for your incredible ideas. I've also gotta thank my wife Jennifer with helping me flesh out some of the details.
Finally, I need to thank my daughter +Carina W. for the fantastic cover art. You totally captured the feel of this post!