Val CHA Cost Roll Notes 13 STR 3 12- Lift 151.6kg; 2 ½d6 HTH Damage  13 DEX 6 12- 13 CON 3 12- 10 INT 0 11- PER Roll 11- 10 EGO 0 11- 10 PRE 0 11- PRE Attack: 2d6 4 OCV 5 4 DCV 5 3 OMCV 0 3 DMCV 0 3 SPD 10 Phases: 4, 8, 12 4 PD 2 Total: 4 PD (0 rPD) 3 ED 1 Total: 3 ED (0 rED) 5 REC 1 25 END 1 10 BODY 0 22 STUN 1 Total Characteristic Cost: 38 Movement: Running: 12m/24m Leaping: 4m/8m Swimming: 4m/8m Cost Powers & Skills 2 "[Speedball] Goin' Any Damn Way He Please": +5 PRE; Only To Defend Against Presence Attacks (-1) Skills 2 AK: The United States 11- 2 AK: American Highways (and byways) 11- 5 "I Got Her Opened Up And Head Right Down": Combat Driving 13- 2 KS: Trucks And Truckers 11- 0 Language: English (idiomatic; literate) 3 "I Got A Broomstick On The Throttle": Mechanics 11- 2 PS: Long-Haul Trucker 11- 2 "I Drive A Broke Down Rig": TF: Common Motorized Ground Vehicles 3 "Poppin' Them West Coast Turn-Arounds": Streetwise 11- Total Powers & Skill Cost: 23 Total Cost: 61 25+ Matching Complications 5 Negative Reputation: "A Lot Of People Say That I'm Crazy" (because he drives too fast), Frequently ( Known Only To A Small Group [other truckers]) 15 Psychological Complication: Addicted To "West Coast Turn-Arounds" (Common; Strong) 36 Experience Points Total Complications Points: 61
Description: Description: “Speedball” is a long-haul trucker, driving loads of goods from one side of the country to the other. As time is money in his business, it’s in Speedball’s best interests to get his load delivered as soon as possible, so he can pick up his next one and get rolling. In order to deal with such inconveniences as sleep, he drinks black coffee and pops “West Coast turn-arounds,” better known as “uppers” (and so called as they allow one to drive from New York City to LA and back without stopping to sleep.) Of course, his driving habits have earned him a pretty poor rep among his fellow truckers, who call him the “Terror of the Highways” and figure its only a matter of time until he burns out and wrecks his rig.
Speedball Tucker comes from the song of the same name by Jim Croce. He’s based on Croce’s real-life experiences as a trucker, hauling rock and concrete pipe up and down parts of the East Coast. Introducing the song at a concert, he mentions truckers using West Coast turn-arounds to go 80-90 hours straight without sleep, talking to their windscreen the whole way. The broomstick is used to keep the throttle down (a primitive form of cruise control) with the side benefit of giving you another foot to dance with.
Speedball can be dropped into any number of genres. He could be a pulp-era long haul trucker (probably just a coffee addict), or a Dark Champions drug mule (perhaps unknowingly), or a Champions trucker just waiting for his origin story when he takes the wrong upper by mistake.
(Speedball Tucker created by Jim Croce, character sheet created by Michael Surbrook)
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