Tripitaka riding on the White Dragon Horse by Dan Barker.
In the novel Tripitaka’s white horse is the son of one of the Dragon Kings of the Four Oceans, who gets into trouble for burning down a castle. Guan Yin saves him from execution on the promise that he will provide a service later on. He goes to live by a river and he encounters the pilgrims as they try to cross it. Giving into his fierce Dragon nature he eats Tripitaka’s horse, and a ferocious fight erupts between him and Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy. Eventually he realises that they are disciples of Guan Yin and manages to get this across to the Pilgrims. The fight stops and the Dragon pledges to carry Tripitaka to India without complaint and turns into a white horse.
During the course of the novel the horse only turns back into its Dragon form once to save Tripitaka when Monkey abandons them. This write up assumes that the Horse takes a more active role in the adventure, and is in effect for the purpose of the game a fifth Pilgrim. The 1970s/80s Japanese TV series (known as Monkey Magic! In the UK) has the Horse take human form in just this way. This write up also assumes that the Horse uses the Horse Whip, part of a magical set of horse tack along with a saddle, stirrups etc. given to Tripitaka by Guan Yin, as a magical weapon.
Horse (aka White Dragon Horse, Yu Lung)
Attitudes: Yang: Sturdy, Yin Perseverance
Weakness: Given to expressing his Savage Dragon Nature.
- Dragon Kung Fu 3
- Courtier 2
- Taoist 1
- Shape change
- Dragon Breath
The Queen of the West by Dan Barker
Yes I’m taking Monkey back to Kickstarter next week with the Mandate of Heaven Kickstarter, which opens on Monday 13th March and closes on Sunday 19th of March.
After the sucess of the Monkey Kickstarter, Kickstarter contacted me about running a one week kickstarter as part of thier All in One promotion. So under the rules of this promotion my kickstarter has to run for one week and have one stretch goal. So on a roll from the Monkey Kickstarter and busy writting up the Mandate of Heaven adventure to run at 7 Hills gaming convention (which would have been the next stretch goal to fund), I thought hey lets give it a go.
So the main goal will be the Mandate of Heaven this large adventure details three mythic locations within the Monkey Universe. The Western Heaven, Chang‘an the capital of the Tang Empire and the Ten Courts of Hell. There numerous plots play out and evil demons try usurp the harmony between Heaven and Earth.
It’s the most epic Monkey experience I’ve ever written for the game, and it’s ideal for if you just want to run a memorable one shot or start your Journey to the West with a bang. At 7 Hills I’ll be running it with two tables of four players and a co-Narrator who will run one of the tables while I run the other. Each table represents either the Earthly captial of the Chinese Empire or the Western Heaven, with a third table being used when the immortals visit the Ten courts of Hell.
I’ve written in more detail about the adventure during the 23 Days of Monkey….Day 19 The Mega Monkey.
Of course if you are running it at home you can run it with just your home group round your gaming table, taking your own time to run it as a multi-session experience. A drawn out TV serries rather than a Cinematic Film like the convention game is.
Physcially It’s going to be a standalone A5 or 6″ by 9″ book, that will detail dozens of locations. characters and events, as well as explaining how to run this ‘wandering toybox’ adventure within a framework that gives the players and entertaining and satisfying experience. Art will be by Peter Frain and Dan Barker who will be already running hot from illustrating Monkey. To the right is Dan’s take on the Queen of the West, the co-ruler of the Western Heaven.
I’ve currently firming up what the single Stretch Goal will be. At the moment a collection of specially designed play-aids – like A3 location maps, player markers and player handouts – comes to immeadiatly to mind.
If you missed out on the Monkey Kickstarter earlier this year there will be a backer levels for you to get the main rule book and stretch goals as if you had backed the orginal.
This time tomorrow it will be all over! So get backing or tell your friends!
In the meantime superstar artist Jon Hodgson has delivered his cover and I’m well happy with the result.
So the clock is ticking down on the campaign and on Friday Morning it will all be over.
Cover artist Jon Hodgson is hard at work on the front cover and has posted these two detail images of the work in progress.
Monkey, detail work in progress by Jon Hodgson
Pigsy detail work in progress by Jon Hodgson
Jon Hodgson’s work in progress cover
That’s right this time Friday morning it will all be over!
Stretch Goal 4 funded at the end of last week, so that’s The Monkey Companion in the bag. That’s a total of four books that the campaign has funded now. I’ve added six new stretch goals to the campaign and funding has picked up. Who knows where we will end our own Journey to the West ?
So if you are thinking about backing now is the time to jump aboard and if you are a backer thinking about upping their pledge please do now to help the campaign end up in a crazy unimaginable place 🙂
Jon Hodgson’s work in progress cover