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General Chaos / 200 Word RPG Challenge
« on: April 07, 2017, 07:37:49 PM »
Anyone aware of the 200 Word RPG Challenge? -

I have a bit of an idea myself ... though the 200 word limit is brutal.

General Chaos / Re: Image Thread
« on: May 26, 2016, 04:34:24 PM »
I am reminded of The Shining for some reason.

RPGs / Re: Red Markets Inspiration
« on: May 25, 2016, 07:39:58 PM »
Groin protection being the most important element I think.

RPGs / Re: Red Markets Inspiration
« on: May 24, 2016, 05:59:17 PM »
Once the end comes would this family be the boss Hogg, or first on the pyre ...

Also do a google image search for "Prepper vehicles" ...

Though really wouldn't a good mountain bike be a viable choice - relatively good on multiple surfaces, quiet, fast (ish), no fuel requirement .... Check out this photo of a "rail bike" from I wanna say the 20's for a logical adaptation.

Related to the Scale of the Universe is another very old piece about the power of 10. I seem to recall that Feynman was involved (but I am a bit foggy about it).

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RPGs / Re: Game Fodder / Story Fodder
« on: November 08, 2015, 04:50:52 PM »
Guy graphed all the predicted "ends of world" from history ... Trending to a point perhaps?

RPGs / Re: Freaky Architectural Stuff for Ruin
« on: October 13, 2015, 06:19:49 PM »
Made me think of Takashi's Castle for some reason.

RPGs / Re: Red Markets Inspiration
« on: September 29, 2015, 05:59:47 PM »
Cargotecture... I seem to recall this was done in Londons docklands as an artists community

RPGs / Re: Game Fodder / Story Fodder
« on: September 07, 2015, 05:21:37 PM »
Ship-swallowing GREEN BIO-STORM spotted FROM SPAAACE ...from The Register:

RPGs / Re: Red Markets Inspiration
« on: September 03, 2015, 04:43:38 PM »
We finished our intermediary enclave/character creation session last night, and the next time we meet the Takers will choose their first job of the campaign! They decided to set the game in Nevada, partly because they wanted something with a bit of Mad Max flavor and mostly because of their choice of location for their enclave:


Hilarious ... I had a similar concept ... though more focused on Lake Mead itself ... specifically the Lake Mead Marina and Las Vegas Boat Marina combined to make a floating enclave in Boulder Basin (right behind Hoover Dam). The enclave is rechristened "Basin City". The population is a mix of ex-Middle Class/professional boat owners, Latino casino workers, some heavies from Las Vegas and a handful of national gaurdsmen from nearby Boulder City.

Today Lake Mead is low because of over-consumption of water by industry, agriculture and civilisation in general .... post-crash this is no longer a problem ... quite the reverse, and maintaining the level of Lake Mead is a critical concern for the neighbouring enclave of Hooverville (maintained by the Lecky-Crew).

Now that the lake has risen to higher levels, Boulder Beach is underwater creating an area of muddy shallows ... one of the Latino members of "Basin", calling back to his youth in Mexico city, has begun working the shallows into a series of Chinampas (so-called floating islands) ... to create secure, canal accessible areas to grow fresh food. This (and fish) will be Basins main source of trade (trading food for power with Hooverville, etc). Canoes and gondolas (liberated from a famous Vegas casino) are used to move around the Chinampas.

Power within Basin is divided between (and struggled over by) the boat owners (where still alive), the fishermen, the farmers, and the soldiers .... the former heavies are a fifth power, squeezing the weaker members of the other factions and attempting to live as high on the hog as possible.

There are four neighbourhoods ... V (Formerly Las Vegas Marina), Middletown (formerly lake mead marina), the Shallows (closer to the shore, refers to the Chinampas themselves) and The Boulders (some small rocky islands North East of the marinas on which a series of shanty huts have been built.

There are at least two other marinas on Lake Mead and so these are trade opportunities, but also the source of friction ... at least one turning predator and become lake pirates with cannibalistic tendencies.

Two key resouces initially required are new seed stock (possibly accessed from farms North of Las Vegas ... avoiding Las Vegas as much as possible is a great idea because it is a real mess) and fertilizer. Specifically in the case of fertilizer, there is a cave upriver along the cliff face of the Colorado river filled with bat shit .... it was once mined by the American Guano Corporation (the cave used to be accessible by a cable and bucket from a place called Guano point on the opposite side of the canyon - it was featured in the finale of the movie  Edge of Eternity -

I suspect there may be some infected stranded along the river, perhaps a very primitive enclave that has gone somewhat bestial in their isolation.

Nevada gives some other interesting locations ... not least of which is area 51 ... so paranoid enclave members might well be interested in cracking that one open.

RPGs / Re: Freaky Architectural Stuff for Ruin
« on: August 27, 2015, 04:24:31 PM »
Was listening to the Game Designer Workshop from GenCon today and Ross' description of the first Ruin game (mysterious hotel) suddenly brought to mind an episode of Sapphire & Steel that had a big impact in me when I was a little kid... primarily because I didn't understand it.

As I remember it, (though I suspect it may not bear up to much modern scrutiny) it was a genuinely bonkers piece of TV sci-fi .... and happily can be found on YouTube, 6 (quite long) episodes of weirdness.

RPGs / Re: Red Markets at GenCon/Upcoming Beta
« on: August 27, 2015, 08:10:54 AM »
Unfortunately my gaming group has blown up (new job and new geography) so I can't playtest ... but happy to read and feedback on that basis!

General Chaos / Re: What are you reading?
« on: August 25, 2015, 05:46:12 PM »
My reading has slowed down lately (having a third kid will do that to you) but I've been working on Tim Powers "The Stress of Her Regard" which is good ... Though I really enjoyed On Stranger Tides, Declare & Last Call more.

Also just finished Hellblazer Original Sins 1 for a little old school comics action (though maybe that belongs in a different thread).

I am poised to dig into Northrop Frye's "Anatomy of Criticism" and "Foxglove Summer" by Ben Aaronovitch (the latest in his Rivers of London sequence, which I highly recommend).

RPGs / Re: Red Markets Inspiration
« on: August 19, 2015, 07:10:24 PM »
Vehicles adapted to survive a zombie apocalypse:

RPGs / Re: Red Markets Inspiration
« on: August 18, 2015, 05:39:34 PM »
How does the media now operate? Is there a nascent underground media operating in the Loss, or is that just to unneccessary when you are scraping through old tins to find something to eat? Perhaps the media operating in the Recession has become cruel and degenerate, striving harder to titilate a genuinely jaded and shellshocked audience?

I have an idea for a sequence of Hollywood based adventures ... premium bounties are offered on former celebrities (now decidedly z-list), these are filmed by the team and traded to the media for the bounties. Two teams might compete in a perverse version of "Hollywood Squares" to finish off a hit list of their assigned celebrities all recorded and broadcast. Recovery missions could be sent to find lost drones / broadcasting equipment after a spectacularly unsuccessful pilot for "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here" (the bush tucker trial got out of hand).

It may all be a bit on the nose but it would mean some iconic locations ... I am picturing a hoard of zombles rolling down the Hollywood Bowl as the adventurers secure the stage.

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