Another Friday, another post in the Sci-Fi Fridays! series, I’m currently sharing the background I’ve written for my Savage Worlds sci-fi campaign. You’ve all been seeing a lot of these materials before my players (well I know some of them read the blog, but not all…), but this week I finally compiled all this material and made copies for my players. The hardcopy version came in at a whopping 245 pages. My friend Daniel Perez, aka Highmoon, suggested I should compile it and publish it. I asked a couple of weeks ago, but I’ll do it one more time, would you be interested in seeing all this material formatted and compiled in a PDF? If there is interest I may just do it.
Now on to part 2 of the fiction piece that serves as a direct introduction to where the first session will begin. Continue reading
There’s currently one roleplaying game I am extremely excited about and that’s the Atomic Robo Roleplaying Game by Evil Hat Productions. I guess I’ve mentioned this a couple of times before, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to write about it one more time.
Atomic Robo is actually based on the awesome comic books by Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener, and Lee Black. I actually started reading the comics after I heard about the RPG. I wanted to know what all the fuss was about and totally fell in love. The comic has a pretty cool art style, the writing is witty, and the stories are just perfect for science geeks like me. If you want to learn more about Atomic Robo, you should check out the free comics available here.
For the last months things have become eerily silent and a some people already feared the Atomic Robo RPG might be vapor ware. Luckily this is not the case and Fred Hicks recently even shared one page from the finished book over Twitter with the stats for Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawing! Yes, you read that correctly. This game features two of the most prominent wizards of science.
These two pages also give us a couple of hints about the rules. Obviously Atomic Robo will use a variant of Fate Core, which is a perfect fit for the setting. I remember that Fred Hicks mentioned somewhere that while the game rules will have the full depth of Core, it will be as easy to pick up and play as Fate Accelerated. And from what I can deduce from the stat blocks of Sagan and Hawking, this might actually be the case. In addition to that I have absolutely no reason not to trust Evil Hat. If anyone can pull off an awesome game based on a licensed setting it’s them.
Alas the game has not released yet, but according to Hicks its already in layout and should be out soon. I am very excited and will probably pick it up ASAP. A friend recently asked me if I could run Fate for him. Atomic Robo looks like it could be the perfect game for a Fate newbie. Hopefully it’s also suited for Fate GM newbies like me.
Lucky number 13! You’ll find no triskaidekaphobia here… I’m thrilled to keep on sharing the background to my Savage Worlds sci-fi campaign with our readers. This week it’s the first part of a piece of fiction I wrote to introduce the players to NPCs and places they will meet and visit over the first few sessions of play. I hope you like it and come back for the second part next week. As always, feedback, criticism or any other comments are welcome. Enjoy!
“The Sarkov Star System began as a ‘leper’ colony, places were the unwanted or undesirables were left to survive as they may. The corps eventually turned it into a medical research facility in the fringes of known space, a place where the most extreme experiments were carried out. Liberated after the Great War it became a renowned medical facility and research site in the Outlands, from cybernetics to pharmaceutical manufacturing for the protectorate.”
Tihomir Yazici, Journeyman’s Gazette Outlands Correspondent
Stories of the Outlands Part I
The Crime Scene
Marshall Petrik looked around the blast site. The air still stank of fire and she could taste the ashes. She squatted, her helmet under one arm, and ran her finger through the residue, rubbing the tips of her gloved fingers together she felt the coarseness and when she placed them under her nose she could smell what was there, but also what wasn’t.