A Risus setting created by Dan Suptic ©2006
A note about Risus
Risus is a free and easy to learn role playing game (created by S. John Ross) that is used to play Risus Mariachi. Simply go to the freebie page on http://www222.pair.com/sjohn/risus.htm and download it there. The whole system is 6 pages long, and that’s all you’ll need to play. Download it, print it, heck, even put it in a nice 6-page binder. So long as you understand it, you’ll be able to play Risus Mariachi.
The world of Risus Mariachi
All across the
Character Creation – Me Llamo Risus
In Risus Mariachi, you play a
Spaniard mariachi band member who has come to the
Musical Clichés – Me Canto
In order to entertain (and hopefully convert) fans of other music types, you have to have some ability to play music. In fact, it works better if your whole group can play, so make sure everyone in the group takes at least 1 cliché in some type of mariachi instrument playing. Some example clichés follow.
Tambourine or maracas percussionist
Folk harp player
This cliché will be quite important as it is used to gain new followers in the mariachi culture and to deplete other bands of their fan base.
Combat Clichés – ¡Estoy Enojado!
Sometimes you have to beat down a group of angry heavy metal fans to get to your gig. Sometimes a rapper will try to bust a cap in your skull for trying to steal his fans. Sometimes a group of disco lovers will walk up ready for a break-dance style beat down. But fear not, hombre! Just because you are a kind and peaceful mariachi player doesn’t mean you can’t fight back! And taking a decent combat cliché like the ones below will ensure you come out with your cajonés attached.
This is also an important cliché, but it should not be the main focus of your character. Even if you can hit a bull’s-eye from 200 feet away with a .22 cal, your true love and purpose belongs to mariachi!
Special cliché – English Speaker – Yo Hablo Inglés
Your character has just come
off the boat/plane/etc from
English Speaker (0) – You must always speak in Spanish. If you can’t speak Spanish, you must talk in as close to Spanish as you can fake. Most people outside of your band don’t understand a word you say.
English Speaker (1) – 50% of what you say has to be Spanish or fake Spanish. You must talk with a heavy accent (rolling your R’s, etc.)
English Speaker (2) – You have a moderate Spanish accent. 10% of what you say must be in Spanish or fake Spanish.
English Speaker (3) – You have a slight Spanish accent. Once or twice in a conversation, you will throw in a Spanish or fake Spanish word.
English Speaker (4) – You may use your normal voice all the time. A little boring, but useful if you are not good with Spanish or accents.
Handy Spanish phrases
Yes – Sí
No – No
Good – Bueno
Bad – Malo
Help – Ayuda
Run – Corra
We’re on fire! (as in, we’re rocking hard)- ¡Estoy en fuego!
Hello - Hola
Goodbye - Adios
Hello (city) – Hola, (city)
Goodnight (city) – Beuno noches, (city)
One, two, one, two, three, four – Uno, Dos, Uno, Dos, Tres, Quatro
Prepare to die! - ¡Preparas a morir!
Entertaining and Converting Fans - ¡Escuchame!
One of the most important parts of this game (and your character’s life) is to entertain and even convert groups of fans to the mariachi type. Whenever you and your band play for a group of fans, you use the Teaming Up option in the main rules. Whoever is the Leader at that show counts all their dice when they roll, and the other band members contribute any sixes they roll. If you don’t beat the entertain target number, the crowd gets annoyed and forces you off the stage. If you beat the entertain target number, but not the convert target number, the crowd really enjoys the show, but stays true fans to their original type of music. If you beat the convert target number, this local of fans is now a mariachi fan base! To find the target numbers, just look under Fan Type to find what type of fans you’re dealing with. If you don’t see the Fan Type, select one that is as close to the fan type as possible.
* it takes no effort to entertain mariachi fans
** they’re already mariachi fans – you don’t need to convert them
If another band tries to entertain or convert mariachi fans away from your fan base, use the same table above, but instead of looking at the fans (which will be mariachi), look for the performer type in the fan type field. Therefore, if a New Age group tried to play for a crowd of mariachi fans, they would need to get a 15 to entertain them, and a 30 to convert them to New Age fans.
Mariachi is pure, holy, and el mejor buena música. Other types of bands hate mariachi and all it stands for. While mariachi band members are naturally peaceful and kind, there comes many times where they must defend themselves. Attacks come from many fronts, but the main 3 are from fans, hired security, and band members. ¡Es malo multiplica de tres! The samples provided below are just samples – feel free to make your own fans, security, and band members.
Metal head – Brawler (2), Mosher (2)
Hippie – Bottle chucker (2), Drug user (4)
Cowboy – Marksman (3)
Goth – Apathetic fighter (2), Apathetic drinker (4)
Gansta – Gangster (2), Brawler (2)
Rave Junkie – Hyperactive berserker (3)
Old time rocker – Ass kicker (2), Whiner (4)
Alternative rocker – Brawler (2), Whiner (2)
Punk – Thug (2), Skateboarder (3)
etc. etc. etc.
Sample Security Personal
Rent-a-cop – Marksman (2)
Rent-an-actual-cop – Marksman (3), Brawler (2), Taser expert (2)
Big beefy bruiser – Brawler (4)
Karate Cop – Martial arts (3)
Taser cop – Taser expert (3)
Pepper spray cop – Crowd control personnel (3)
etc. etc. etc.
Sample Band Members
While both fans and security can be pretty generic characters, it’s always good to have your band members be fully fleshed out. Band members should be built around 10 dice, so as to present a true threat to your PCs. The band members below work well as leaders of their bands; build bands around these iconic characters. ¡Qué especial!
Rapper (4), Gangster (3), Legal loophole expert (3)
Creepy goth singer (3), Actual real life necromancer (4), Whiny goth (3)
Country music guitarist (4), Bar room brawler (4), Binge drinker (2)
Heavy metal drummer (4), All around thug (3), Drug dealer (2), Songwriter (1)
Classical pianist (4), Fencer (4), Poet (2)
Techno DJ (4), Mixer (3), Discordian (3)