Madness-in-a-can

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Short version:

Back The Starship Warden Kickstarter

[But you’ve less than a week.]

More interesting version:

Per my earlier post — HERE — I’ve given quite a bit of thought to the Starship Warden as a relict and derelict megadungeon in space, a megalict if you will.

In Rogue Trader terms the Warden — given its size — falls somewhere along the lines of a Craftworld or a Space Hulk. It’s also essentially a Hive City in space. WARBAND! (with Space-Age Sorcery and Misty Isles of the Eld, obvs) is the perfect vehicle to get that old 40Kaos aboard the Warden. [And they’re putting The Wren Adventure (scroll down to the $20,000 Stretch Reward) in the book, so magic might materialize!]

And I’ve run games of X-plorers where the party of starfaring adventurers find and board a version of the ship. Turns out scenes like this:

And this:

… are as distressing to high-tech scientists and scoundrels as they are to ignorant hunter-gatherers.

Anyway, as I said, I’ve done a lot of thinking, writing and playing on the Warden. Lately I returned to this piece of work which I’d let lapse:

I was detailing the ship’s layouts and plans as expanded upon by the terrific Goodman Games Metamorphosis Alpha material. I’ve been playing Mutants and Death Ray Guns — my goto space-poc skirmish rules — using the Warden as the setting and thinking about it more and more as a starlost Necromunda.

Now it looks like I won’t have to map it all myself because these guys are doing it for me. Nice!

Another foray into roleplaying with the ship has been percolating in my brain lately as well. I want to anchor Alpha Blue in a fixed position near the Warden, kind of like this [just replace the wormhole with the megalict and DS9 with the sexy space station]:

And now that The Starship Warden is including The Goya Adventure (scroll about halfway down, to the spaceship picture), why not go for it?

Madness-in-a-can is also a great setting for Encounter Critical.

Were they the same guy?

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I was recently reminded of the Georgia Guidestones so I poked around about them again. I’ve done so briefly in the past and moved on. This time though, something struck me that hadn’t before.

Compare this excerpt from The Morrow Project:

… with the History of the Stones.

I’m pretty sure Bruce Edward Morrow was Robert C. Christian.

Which means the stones were erected by the Council of Tomorrow.

Death Waves

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Death Ship and Shock Waves

These two pretty good movies are even better back-to-back. In fact, they’re such a great double feature they could be cut together with surprisingly little editing or imagination.

[EDIT: Just when you think your life can’t possibly be made any better, Bob Murch walks into the bar:

The Black Sun Kickstarter had this magnificent bastard lined up. In a perfect world, we’ll see him soon.]

I have a theory

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Planetary Apes you say?

Godzillas you say?

(Planet of the) Apes travel back in time from the far, far, faaaaar future to conquer pre-Apocalypse earth with their giant lizard cyaborg.

We are saved by the real giant lizard and — ironically — Caesar, from whom the Ape founder took his name.

Also explains the Apes’ desire to get control of the King.

This totally factual historical event is chronicled in the always awesome Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.

Damnation Van Die Drop!

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I knocked this together *checks files* three years ago? Wow! Anyway, a few days ago I decided to finish it up and finally get it posted.

 

 

[It’ll print best if you use a US Letter Borderless paper setting. And you might want to massage the image scale so it fills the sheet and still keeps the orange border.]

Then today I found this post on S. John Ross’ Rolltop Indigo.

He describes a couple of Vans I didn’t know about, so that’s cool. More shoehorn material (see below).

Use the table like this:

 

DAMNATION VAN DIE DROP TABLE

For when adventurers find a Damnation Van in the wilds of Vanth.

Print out the table; put it in a box top (preferably something like Gamma World or Peril on the Purple Planet, ‘cause that’s proper).

Drop a d10 onto the table. Whichever numbered area (1 to 12) it’s mostly on is the type they find.

The number on the die is the percent (in 10s) of the vehicle’s functionality. Roll another d10 to generate the 1s for the percentage.

Any given Damnation Van has room for a crew of 2 (driver & navigator) + 2 + 1d6.

 

  1. Landmaster: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/Damnation_Alley_(film)
  1. Vesta: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/Strange_New_World_(TV_program)
  1. Haunted, Possessed or Just Plain Evil Van: Self-aware. https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/The_Car
  1. Star Van: If you can get it into space, it’s capable of interstellar travel. https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/Spaceballs
  1. Vanpire: Self-aware. It’s powered by blood, either the driver’s or roadkill. http://interloperminiatures.com/2016/09/thought-pretty-clever/
  1. Battletruck: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/Battletruck
  1. Ark II: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/Ark_II
  1. EM-50: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/Stripes_(film)
  1. Monster Van: http://monsterphoto.iwarp.com/rollthundr.htm
  1. Vansformer: Self-aware. Can change itself into a big robot at will. 50% chance it can do so with people inside; if not, they have to get out first. Like this guy: http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Ironhide_(G1)/Generation_1_cartoon_continuity or this guy: http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Bulkhead_(Animated).
  1. Wizard Van: 50/50 it’s either: A) A self-aware Warlock (roll a d6 for Level); or B) Powered by magic. Do an image search for Wizard Van.
  1. Dead Reckoning: https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/Land_of_the_Dead

And lucky 13: Panzer. (https://cyberpunk.fandom.com/wiki/Panzerboy See pages 7-9 of Hardwired, page 29 of Chromebook and my articles in Challenge 70. Shoehorn this one in wherever you want.)

Aaannd you might also want to cram a Vandroid (see page 96) in there somewhere. I mean, it’s not a perfect fit. But … come on!

 

I also feel like Van den Danderclanden should be involved here. I mean, look at that name! Maybe one of his parallel selves roams the wilds of Vanth in a ramshackle Damnation Van. Hell, maybe he is a Wizard Van!

Or, maybe he’s from Holland. Isn’t that veird?

Anyway, here’s a pdf of the list:

If the adventurers find only a partial Damnation Van, say less than 35%, the Journey Master will have to decide how much use they can get out of it. Further adventures to find fuel, parts and tools will likely be in order.

If the Journey Master wants more FrankenVans in the world — and really, who doesn’t? — he can split the die drop between whichever Vans it lands on. That way you can have anywhere from say 80/20 to 50/50 combos. How about a 60/40 EM-50/Monster Van? Or a 70/30 Haunted/Star Van?

Machine Friend checks can be used to counter a failed Lemon roll. In exceptional circs a Journey Master might allow a Luck stat (highest in the party only) test to overcome a failed Lemon roll (one stat test per failed roll).

Well, there you go. Whatever a Damnation Van is, now you have a few to rampage around in.

[Edit: And what about Desert Foxey Lady, that “BMW” Vixen driven by an all-girl skulk of Kitsune bandits?]

Brisco > Firefly

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I don’t mean better. That’s not what I’m saying. But it is true that

It’s been 25 years since Brisco County, Jr. rode across the screen. Yes, I’m late to the party. I had a buddy who really liked the show when it was airing in the early ’90s. I never bothered to look at it. My fault.

Then a decade later I watched Firefly — faithfully — as the episodes came out. And I was mighty disappointed when it was cancelled. Like a lot of people I thought the show was so creative and original! And I’m very happy the bigger fans than I put on their brown coats and got the movie made.

Over the years I’d recall my friend’s comments about Brisco County, Jr. whenever I’d pick up Legends of the Old West, flip through Deadlands or pull out my bottle-waving Banditos. So finally, last year I bit the bullet and bought the complete series on DVD.

Man alive it’s good!

And that’s why I say The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. is greater than Firefly. Because without Brisco County there is no Firefly. Firefly is Brisco County, Jr….IN SPAAACE!

Everything from concepts through characters to catchphrases. It’s all there. First.

Do yourself a favour and watch it.

Cayrels Ring

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I just read these:

The issues were funded one at a time through Kickstarter. I missed all of those (One, Two, Three). But my guy at The 8th Dimension Comic Store hooked me up. I waited til I had all three to dive in. Glad I did.

The story is good and the art ranges from alright to Alright! There are a couple of grand conspiracies running, some people on the run, a few life-changing discoveries, well thought out aliens, pirates, struggling colonies, megacorps, a cantina. The works!

The one complaint I have is there are a fair few typos. It’s not a deal-breaker, just annoying.

They’d make a good setting for any hard-ish SF game. I’d go with Machinations of the Space Princess myself.

You can find the comix on the webshop for Shannon Lentz. Or, you know, go see Nick.