Now GenCon is over for another year, it is a time for quiet reflection, sensations of creeping dread, and a commitment to doing more gaming. Better even! Yes, this is late. We are so, so tired.Continue reading
As the day dawns on the morning of the last day of GenCon for another year, Craig reminisces about this convention’s atmosphere and a strange sense of gamer melancholy.Continue reading
With reality fraying around him, Craig relates the strange events of Friday and muses on what improbable futures Saturday might bring.Continue reading
Craig’s at GenCon, the mad bastard, so we checked in on him yesterday to see what he’s been up to!
He doesn’t appear to require medical evacuation yet, so we chatted about a few games and events.Continue reading
Activate The Goose-ducer! – Descendants of an end-of-days science experiment battle the descendants of a different end-of-days science experiment through the use of yet another end-of-days science experiment.
The Dream Police Want To Make Sure That Nothing Is Inside Your Head – Dreaming is illegal, Science Rays ensure that nobody dreams, and Z-Leggers smuggle stolen dreams through sleepeasys. There’s a reason for this, and the Government say it’s a neccesary thing, but … Is it a good enough reason?
A Mobster Calls – Telepresence work shifts aren’t fun, but the rest of prison life here is OK, the counselling staff seem nice, and the guards are weirdly unconcerned about what you’re up to. It’s a nice place to serve your time, but those older counselling staff, the ones who give off the ‘former inmate’ vibe, keep dropping hints that you can’t even see the real prison.Links!
To My Esteemed Undersea Colleague – Beneath the ice of Europa, isolated Mecha Pilots on long patrols stay in touch by writing letters back & forth
Aquapastoral – Flooding can be expected after a storm, but nobody expected the water to be 30 feet above the farmhouse roof, and they certainly didn’t expect the water to politely stay outside of the house itself.
Jousting ‘Neath The Waves – Once the submarine battles between the sea-dwarf & human kingdoms came to an end, the various rulers needed to find something to keep their combat-ready & easily-bored warriors from breaking the peace.Links!
Donuts & Crullers – Ben starts to make a game about a TV Genre he hates, and ends up inventing a card mechanic for cooking competitions.
24/7 Coffee & Questions – Craig tries to come up with an explanation for the “high-level adventurer running a tavern” trope, and ends up with a mystery hiding in plain sight.
The Bangers & Mash Are Coming! – The International Food section of the Grocery Isles is under threat from the Anglican Food Empire, and the East Asian Pastries are all that stands to protect them from an endless beige buffet.Links!
Presley Event Overload – The timeline is fracturing under a cascade of divergence events, splitting faster than they can be investigated, let alone dealt with. There’s no clear pattern to what’s happening, though a certain 20th Century musician seems to be affected by more of the changes than mere coincidence would permit.
The Mystery Of The King Beyond The Stars – In the far future, at a multi-species gathering of devotees of Elvis, someone who clearly does not have Elvis in their heart (or hearts) (or decentralised circulatory system) has stolen one of the most treasured artifacts of The King.
Elvis: The Legendary Tours – Wandering Hero Elvis & his friends encounter more and more Elvis impersonators, people who heard rumors of the death of The King & have decided to take up the Sequined Mantle. Clearly his evil half-brother Abbot Costello is involved, but what other tricks does the pretender to the throne of Graceland have lined up?Links Lie Below
Be Our Guest? – Ever since the actual apocalypse, the Hosts at the Apocalypse World park really haven’t had a lot to do. Now that some Guests in dire need of help have arrived, a group of ‘wasteland marauders’ and ‘besieged remnants of civilization’ have to figure out how to bypass their own programmed scripts so that they can keep those Guests alive & get them to SOME kind of safety.
When The Wind In The Willows – Cute animals in their V8 Interceptors & War Rigs travel in search of a possibly mythical better place, with clean water and non-radioactive food.
Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Max World! – With his last breath, Max pointed everyone at the utopia somewhere over the mountains. Now the race is on to get there & claim it.Links!
The Heroes are defeated, ground down by a controlling society. As the last remaining bastion of ‘otherness’, Mad Scientists reach out to children through the medium of educational television, trying to spark a sense of rebellion in the only people who can still hear them.
Educational Television in a world of Science Heroes, Supergenius Villains, and Pulp Adventurer-Explorers!
For any problem, there’s a technical solution. Even the problems caused by the previous technical solution.
And sometimes the people coming up with those solutions need to be reigned in, before their backyard nuclear reactor contaminates the whole neighborhood.
Alien scientists simultaneously guiding & observing ( and occasionally running from the catastrophic actions of ) the human scientific community.
(Episode updated with actual audio! Apologies, the mad science is strong with this lot. I hope you didn’t strain yourselves trying to hear the absent data. ~ T. Jones )Links!