Tonight’s the night, the big one, your first break. 30 Minutes to Kill is prime time. Jay Kruz and Violet are real stars, they were champions and now they host the top rated reality show on AVN (all-violence network). And you’re tonight’s challenger, you’ve been competing in regional competitions all year long, broken bones, blood spilt, just for a shot to have your ass kicked by the best. Big Jim Thunder, Miles Stratus, Tor Udo, and Perry Kill are on the card tonight. A half hour ago, some greasy little corporate prick came into your dressing room and primly, matter of factly, told you, “you will defeat Big Jim Thunder and Perry Kill will beat you, badly. Next week, you’ll win three matches, the crowd likes you, end of the season you’re a finalist.” You stare at him, numbly, not comprehending exactly what’s going on. You fought hard every night for the last six years for this. You trained, you went without, you haven’t seen your bastard kid in eight years, and this is your big reward? Take a dive your first night? The what? You stand in front of the lighted, make-up mirror, stare down the ugle crooked nose at your own beaten, healed, beaten again, healed again face and you think, if the crowd likes me… if they like me… Burn the crowd. You’re gonna kick the crap out of Perry Kill, then you just might drag that prim little suit into the octagon too. The crowd can breath Mist for all you care, you came to fight, you came to bloody win.
Prize Fighters are mixed martial artists, street brawlers, and other martial practitioners who not only love to kick ass, they love to get paid and live like rockstars too. Unfortunately, for every Jay Cruz and Violet, there are a thousand dang good fighters who never make it to the big show: 30 Minutes to Kill. 30 Minutes to Kill is a “reality” show were the contestants compete against each other in arena type battle. Each Fighter enters the Octogon arena to face a challenge, often times a captured Mist Fiend. Not only must they defeat the fiend, they have to do so before the time limit runs out. The latter half of the season features bouts between competitors, winners return each week to face “wildcard” challengers seeded from regional competition and “farm” shows like the syndicated version of 30 Minutes, Free for All, Fiend Hunters, and Warriors. A surprisingly well kept secret (Streetwise DC 30) is that 30 Minutes is heavily scripted. Even most Prize Fighters are ignorant of this until they make it onto a show. Most shows, to some degree, follow the same format as 30 Minutes, including competition between competitors and against Mist Fiends. They also heavily script the outcome of most competitor bouts. However, some fighters are what they call Shootist or Live Fires, and they refuse to follow any scripts. Rarely, one of these Shootists will gain heavy grass roots following from first the hardcore fans of the sport and eventually even mass appeal. They are the bane of Corporate as they are unpredictable and a reliable and steady draw for matches. These competitors are often discouraged and must truly shine bright to make it worthwhile for networks to accommodate their independent spirits.
Prize Fighter Encounter Power 1
You feign neglect of your flank to draw your opponent in, then you strike with a real crowd-pleaser.
Encounter; Martial; Weapon or Unarmed;
Immediate Interrupt Melee Weapon
Target: Triggering Creature
Trigger: An enemy moves into a position which grants him combat advantage against you.
Attack: Primary Ability Modifier V. AC (If unarmed/ V. Reflex)
Hit: 1W+ Primary Ability Modifier and target is Weakened, Save Ends.