Union: Electric Bastionland + Neverland

Play with me in this space…

Would this be Electric NeverBastionland? Or Electric BastionNeverland?

I’m in love with Neverland. I love the Disney cartoon, Hook (the Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Dante Basco one), Peter and the Starcatchers, and the original writings. My English teacher had me read the original in middle-school.

Here’s a Questing Beast review of the setting. Buy it on Amazon for less than $25. I’ve been convincing many of my friends to pick up copies.

It’s a beautiful book.

Neverland: A Fantasy Role-Playing Setting: Kolb, Andrew: 9781524860202:  Amazon.com: Books
I mean, just look at it.

Mermaids, sword fights, and adventures through Neverland are all fun and exciting—until you’re staring down the mouth of a crocodile big enough to topple a castle. Journey into the world of Peter Pan and its mysterious inhabitants in Neverland: A Fantasy Role-Playing Setting.

EXPLORE THE ISLE OF MISCHIEF & MYSTERY
Many have heard of the island of Neverland. Stories of pirates, mermaids and Peter Pan are told by parents around the world to send their children off to a happy, dreaming sleep. But, it’s been a long time since the Darlings first flew to Neverland and a new story is about to be told. Your own.

Take a journey into the world of Peter Pan and its mysterious inhabitants in Neverland: A Fantasy RPG Setting. The book is a feature-length hex crawl campaign, intended for sandbox exploration. Created by Andrew Kolb, you’ll find endless adventure inside, lovingly adapted from the tales of Peter Pan and tailored for an older audience. Each hex is self-contained, brimming with lore from Peter Pan and the Darlings’ escapades.

It’s time to tell your own stories of pirates, mermaids and children who can fly.

The Amazon blurb

It’s as if J.M. Barrie wrote Hot Springs Island.

So naturally, I asked what system I should use. I mean, it says “5e” on the cover, but who would massacre such a beautiful setting with such an uncivilized tool? I kid.

If we’re talking Hot Springs Island-like, I could always end up using Maze Rats 5.3

For kids, I’ll be using Adventure Hour! It’s too easy to use.

For the older kids (aka “adults” who like more numbers otherwise they get all itchy)? Probably Electric Bastionland. An elegant system for a beautiful setting.

Now for implementation: This island could easily be off the shore of Deep Country. Travel a bit out there, find the beaches of mermaids and pirates. But that could sloppy. As a GM with a specific destination in mind, I can’t rely on players finding hooks (heh) to lead them to where the game “happens.”

Other option: start them there. No messin’ around.

I took the liberty of converting the pre-gens in the book to careers of their own. Six (d6) starting characters on the island:

1. Big Game Hunter

  • Hide armor (armor 1, bulky)
  • Twin shortswords (d6 damage each)
  • Longbow (bulky, d8 damage)
  • Camouflage clothes
  • Signet ring

2. Child Pickpocket

  • Cutthroat razor (d6 damage)
  • Slingshot (bulky, d6 damage)
  • Belt pouch
  • Crowbar
  • Hooded cloak

3. Parent Raconteur

  • Shortsword (d6 damage)
  • Two costumes
  • Musical instrument
  • Locket with photo inside
  • Five gems each worth 10 gp

4. Teen Prodigy

  • Quarterstaff (d6 damage)
  • Ink and quill
  • Letter from an old professor
  • Spellbook (bulky, one random spell from Maze Rats or Knave)
  • Spellbook (bulky, one random spell from Maze Rats or Knave)

5. Holy Orphan

  • Iron armor (armor 1, bulky)
  • Mace (d6 damage)
  • Holy symbol
  • Prayer book
  • Five sticks of incense

6. Stranded Pirate

  • Rapier (d8 damage)
  • Buckler (armor 1)
  • Hand crossbow (d6 damage, reload)
  • 50′ hemp rope
  • Lucky charm

Just roll 3d6 for each stat (STR, DEX, CHA) and d6 HP (hit protection) and start exploring the world of Neverland!

I don’t do reviews, (I leave that to Ben Milton) I just recommend. And I recommend both Electric Bastionland and Neverland. A lot. Go grab them.

5 thoughts on “Union: Electric Bastionland + Neverland

  1. I like this simpler approach to backgrounds, rather than 2x d6 tables. I’ve been trying to work on some EB backgrounds in another setting and that turns out to be a LOT. “Just give them what they get” is way easier!

  2. Your discussion makes an implied review – which goes well with the review of Ben Milton’s. Like your ideas on using with Electric Bastionland, and the careers. I think EB (and ItO before it) provide marvellous toolkits for running so many settings.

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