I did a guest post over at my friend Snikle’s blog on Risus RPG character compendium and just happened to do Dora since we had been talking about it.  My baby girl loves that show so it is on all the time over here.  For that post, I did the characters Dora and Boots.  However, no RPG is complete without some bad guys.  So here is a Risus character post for Dora the Explorer bad guys The Grumpy Old Troll and Swiper.

The Grumpy Old Troll

  • Grumpy Old Troll (4)
  • Wellspring of Riddles (2)
  • Short, Hairy, and Harmless (2)

The grumpy old troll (who lives under the bridge) is a classic character in Dora’s adventures.  There is almost always a bridge to cross and when they did to cross it, the troll is there to stop them.  He does not want anyone crossing his bridge unless they can solve one of his many riddles.  If they can, he proves to be harmless and allows them to pass.  I wonder what would happen if Dora and Boots couldn’t solve his riddle?


  • Sneaky fox (4)
  • Master thief in it for fun (2)
  • Cleverly hides what he steals(2)
  • Honors those who call out to him thrice (1)

Swiper is a clever fox who likes to swipe items of interest from Dora and Boots.  The thing is, he isn’t interested in keeping the items for himself, but instead likes to hide the items he has swiped.  He will also leave someone alone if they call out to him three times to stop what he is doing.  (I think its a fairy creature thing)

These are two great antagonists that anyone could run in a Risus RPG that add just a little bit of fun to the game.  Hope you like them!

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The 24 Hour RPG contest is held 1000 Monkeys, 1000 Typewriters site, or 1KM1KT for sort.  It is a contest that I stumbled upon this year thanks to my friend Snikle.
This is a very cool and very fun contest that they have held every year since 2004 (if my facts are wrong guys, let me know).  Let me give you a run-down of the way the contest worked this year.  They gave several wacky phrases as themes or ideas for the rpg and we had to incoporate one of them.  Then we had to have an NPC somewhere in our game book named Keeton.  Then we had to submit on the forum the theme that we were using so that they would get the start time.  From there, we had 24 hours to put together as much of an RPG as possible.
Amazingly enough, there are a lot of entries to the contest and some of them are pretty awesome!  The best part?  They are free!  You can go and download them right now and have a cool new game to play on your next game night.  Can people cheat?  Sure they could, but I like to think that us gamers have a code of honor that would never allow us to do that.
Sounds pretty crazy right?  Trust me, it is.  It is also a whole lot of fun.  I never thought I would even make an attempt at an RPG, but this was a challenge I couldn’t pass up.  I took the theme of “I think I’m a clone now” and went at it.  Unfortunately for me, it was a holiday weekend and people ended up visiting and several other things happened, so I didn’t get as much time to work on it as I wanted, but I did it.  I sumbitted my super hero RPG called “The Awakening” 23 hours and 54 minutes after I started it. 
Was it what I thought it would be?  No, I wasn’t able to add near as much to it as I would have liked.  Being creative actually takes a lot of time.  But the important part is that I finished…well, sorta I guess.  I sumbitted it, so that means its finished!  There were several things in my head that I wanted to get down, but I just didn’t have a chance.  The adventure that formed in my head that sparked the whole thing didn’t even get put in.  I still plan on adding though.  Let me know what you think!  Here is my entry:  Awakening
The original forum entry can be found here: Awakening.

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