"Ladies and gentlemen, here he is, the head chef, the big cheese. The sunshine of your lives, it’s Sooooooool!"
- D.J (Proteus Xanadu) - Doomsday (2008)
AfterWars: The Devasted
Cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good,
Now, cryin’ won’t help you, prayin’ won’t do you no good,
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move.
Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks
Cast of Characters:
- Logan Haze (A Marginal) - Peyton
- Angus McGee (A Marginal) - Darryl
Logan Haze awakes one morning to find out that several of the people she was with have disappeared. She moves about the shelter searching each room and their is no sign of her friends. She doesn’t know what has happened and decides to go topside to see if she can find any clue. There is a note found by the ham radio with the scribbled message:
Be Back Soon. Gone to Mistle To Check Something.
Logan equips herself to go topside. Emerging into the cool summer air and a landscape that is devoid of life. No birds chirping, no dogs barking, nothing at all. She checks the house to see if anyone is there, though a window is smash and the house ransack. She has an encounter with a stray dog that gone rabid and she puts it down.
The sound of combat has attracted Angus, who is cautious but yet curious and he sees Logan. He remembers her from high school since she was a few grades higher when he entered it. He calls out to her and there seems to be a confrontation brewing, since Logan doesn’t trust anyone at all at the moment but cooler heads prevail.
They scavenge through a couple of houses finding some items of use, and while at a clinic they encounter 3 Ghoulers (Vicious scavengers that are jackals in human form). A fight ensues and our heroes manage to kill one and seriously wound another before they take off running with the goods (since Ghoulers will take their fallen comrades as food source).
Logan and Angus decide to join together, since a group is better at surviving than being alone.
AfterWars is the game of the moment. Rolling up characters and hacking out background stories of who they are and how they got there.
Jotted down some adventure scenarios for Systems Failure RPG for adventuring in the Great White North. Blocked areas in which the “Bugs” have claimed and wrote down a few notes in what is going on in the regions.
Working on a Canadian map and adventure ideas for Systems Failure at the moment.
Writing an AfterWars RPG scenario based on this movie. It’s a tpk that’s for sure but would make a great convention game seeing how long the players will last.
The Logan’s Run Angle
After re-watching Logan’s Run (for the umpteenth time), I’ve been thinking of starting of Logan’s Run scenario using the original Gamma World. Having the characters start within the city and going out into the world. I’ve got a twelve session story arc going through my head at the moment (sprinkled in with some side-quest adventures) for a full blown campaign.
Characters are Pure Strain Human living in a domed city with others, so I’m mapping out the city and it’s levels to start with an adventure or two. I was thinking instead of Runners, I’d have a “mutated animal” discovered and the players are selected by the computer to go out and see what else is out there and report back.
Rooster Cogburn & The Vagabond
So after a few hours of slinging dice and going through O.C.C’s trying to figure out what to play, A character and an NPC were created for the Rifts Role Playing Game last night. A Bounty Hunter named “Rooster”, since Doug didn’t know what to name his character and just glanced at the movies on my shelf and saw Rooster Cogburn movie and figured that would be an excellent name for a gruff looking Bounty Hunter; imagine a person with Han Solo’s attitude with Bobba Fett’s armour and mixed in with Clint Eastwood’s man with no name gunfighter voice and you Rooster (personally though with a name like Rooster I can hear John Wayne all the time).
One of the hardest parts of character creation is coming up with a moniker for it to help define the character and gives a player a mind set to play from. “Rooster” lives and thrives in the burbs of Chi-town, it’s were he met Terynne Thorn, a scrappy 14 year old girl whose been living on her own for a few years and getting by.
With that out of the way it was time to do some mock combat situations for Doug to get a feel and flow of the game mechanics by putting him and his companion into some situations to use skills and weapons. Explaining things as I went along and replying to questions he asked.
Now, his character is finished and when the occasion arises to start the Rifts group, he’s now ready to roll.