|An angry mob, armed with pitchforks, ascends an impossibly steep and
craggy mountainside. At the top, a black silhouette twists and leers in
the night - a mad castle, framed by lightning, filled with screams. Welcome
to the world of Sparks: Monster Cinema, our visit to a world
of misunderstood giants, accursed innocents, unholy rituals, and dangerous
science. Illustrated by the able hand of Dan
Smith (artist for White Wolf's World of Darkness, SJ
Games' GURPS and In Nomine, FASA's Shadowrun
and more!), this little "half-set" is a Halloween
"Holiday Special" for Sparks:
paper miniatures that go bump in the night!
Monster Cinema is just five bucks, but if
you're new to Sparks, the best way to appreciate
what they can do is to try a set for free! That's why we made Sparks:
Free For All. Give it a test drive; you'll like what you see! We've
also got free versions and samples of just
about everything else we do! Enjoy!
What kind of miniatures do you get? A baker's dozen of unusual characters,
- The Beastman (A/a): Larry learned
his lesson too late: Beware gypsy fortune-tellers! Cursed with a double-life
when the wolfbane blooms and the moon is full, he also has an annoying
urge to chase cats, groom himself in unusual ways, and carry slippers in
Count (B/b): Whether he makes "special" zombies depends
on just which Count we're talking about, but the principle's the
same in any case: Sinister cloak, a taste for blood, and a way with the
ladies. And that pose? He's just making sure his anti-perspirant is working.
- The Countess (C/c): When the Transylvania
Enquirer broke the scandal, the Count insisted that she was the little-known
"Niece of Dracula," star of one of the sequels that never made
it off the ground. In
recent months, though, they've been seen dancing in Wallachia in plain
view, and she's just so sprightly!
- The Golem (D/d): Nearly seven feet
of determined, enchanted clay, the Golem is here to protect. He walks the
foggy streets of Prague, cleverly disguised as a Little Dutch Boy. Just
make sure he doesn't finger you as the leak in security; you'd better
not be dressed as a priest.
Doktor (E/e): He started out working for the good of mankind,
performing medical experiments that could change the world, if only the
world were ready. When that didn't work out, he went round the bend and
just got evil. Please, Hammer, don't hurt him.
- The Lackey (F/f): His full name
is "Fritzigor", and he's been working for Herr Doktor for a few
years, now, without a raise. Think all that hard work isn't worth a few
more bucks a week? Let's see how well your corpse robot works with this
brain, you self-important poser! After
this gig, he's playing Richard III in the theatre district.
- The Monster (G/g): He loves you;
he loves you not. He loves you; he loves you not . . . Whoops. All out
of petals. Rrrrr. RRRRRR! Actually, he's been arguing with his agent for
years, trying to fix his public image. In the novel, he saved a
girl. Hear me! Saved! Rrrrr. RRRRRR!
- Bride of the Monster (H/h): She'd
cheat on him, later, with that guy Sanford, but at first, their marriage
was a perfect one - her hair, his electrodes, and those great hors d'oeuvres
at the "monster mash" parties.
from the Deep (I/i): He moved to the Amazon because his cousins
back in Innsmouth were creepy, and now he feels like he's the last of his
kind, not really at home on land, not really at home in the water, with
a lot more white corpuscles than most folks. But oh, that Julia Adams is
cute! Think she'd go for gills?
- Darla White, Victim (J/j): Her
dashing boyfriend disappeared, leaving her alone without a flashlight,
and the old house is so full of shadows, so full of unsettling silence.
But then the silence breaks, and the screams begin. Where's a hero when
you need one?
- Our Heroes (K-L-M/k-l-m): On a
night of witches and ghouls, the heroes are three: Little Billy (K),
the ravenous ghost, Little Katie (L),
the cunning witch, and Little Scotty (M),
the creepy dancing skeleton, who keeps scaring Katie with stories about
his dreams and using words like "Slithergaunt" and "Gruemucous."
Like most adventurers, they're in it for the loot, but the monsters don't
stand a chance, either way. Happy Halloween!
In addition to the Sparks themselves, this set comes with a handful
of fun extras: two "flats" (an finely-made casket and
an open grave, seen from above) and four "props" - Sparks that
represent features in the room instead of characters or creatures. The
grave and casket are mapped to the numerals 1 and 2. The glyphs are the
same height; you can scale them any way you like. For convenience, there's
a duplicate casket mapped to the numeral 3; it's smaller - scaled so it
fits neatly into the open grave without any fiddling!
- Szzzrt (N/n): What Mad Scientist's
lair is complete without Teslacoiloid Jacob's Ladder Thingamajigs and sundries?
A Szzzrt (named for my old colleague, Lee) is one of the sundries. They'll
suck power from lightning to bring the Monster to life, or just liven up
a party. More fun in pairs!
- Sinistron-X and Sinistron-EX (0/o and P/p):
Another instrument of unhealthy devotion to the sciences, the Sinistron-X
is a squat, seven-ton lump of malevolent technology, ideal for hunkering
in corners and lurking in shadows. The Sinistron-EX is the same thing with
the vacuum tubes busted by an overload (those clever Sinistron marketeers)!
- Candle (Q/q): Castles aren't just
about the laboratory, of course. These attractive floor-stand candelabras
are crafted from solid brass by Reinhart's of Transylvania, and come complete
with extra-drippy pillar candles in either Antique White or Nicotine Yellow.
They add a touch of gothic charm to any crumbling edifice.
Monster Cinema is a Windows TrueType font. It works on
any modern Windows system, and on up-to-date versions of the Macintosh
OS (Mac began supporting Windows fonts in OS X). If you have any doubts
whether Sparks will work on your system (especially if you're
a Mac user), please download the Sparks: Free-for-All
sample font and test it on your computer. If the Free-for-All
works, this set will too.
Oops. Sparks will be unavailable for a week or
two as I move the entire library over to RPGNow
and DriveThruRPG. Keep an eye there,
or here, for this to change. But it won't take long, I promise! Sparks
will return (and there'll be new discount bundles and stuff, it'll