I use this community as a sort of doodling area, where I noodle around with campaign and setting ideas. Membership, posting access, and posting are all moderated by me, and I may open it to some select others, but no guarantees. If you want to
borrow ideas, feel free, but let me know how it worked out, eh?
Postcyberpunk, global warming, smuggling, rapid technological change, conflicting legal regimesSetting:
The Pearl River Delta region, in Southeast China, in the year 2050-ish. Nonlinear effects in the global climate system, including methane clathrate release from Siberian permafrost and ocean-floor deposits, has caused a series of catastrophic events - global average temperatures are +6°C compared to the 2000 baseline; the WAIS has pretty much collapsed, along with a beginning melt-off of the Greenland ice cap, and the two have together caused a sea-level rise of approximately five meters; extreme weather events are quite common.
The Pearl River Delta Special Economic Zone is host to an economy that's mutating and growing at an incredibly rapid speed.
The PCs are smugglers/import-export specialists operating out of the Pearl River Delta region, transporting goods in a discreet manner to and from the PRC, the Indonesian Caliphate and its breakaway states, the successor states of the Former Phillipines, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Japan... Some of them illegal, some not yet
illegal, some just of shady origin.Reference materials:Web sites:
Wikipedia:The Pearl River Delta RegionEffects of global warmingExtreme WeatherSea Level RiseOcean acidification
IPCC:IPCC 4th Climate Assessment
, Synthesis ReportIPCC 4th Climate Assessment
, Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities
, "Nightfall"The Pearl River Delta region
, 5 meter sea level rise, terrain map of flooding effectsBooks
Mark Lynas, Six Degrees
Ken MacLeod, The Star Fraction
, The Night Sessions
David Pulver, GURPS Biotech
, 1st and 2nd edition
Charles Stross, Accelerando
, the "Nightfall" chapter (linked above); Halting State
Inspired by the cover of a pirated copy of Lara Croft - Tomb Raider DVD: Tome Raiders.
System: Adventure! Daredevils only, probably.
Setting: Globetrotting, 1941-2, beginning as intelligence agents OR possibly agents of the Smithsonian, to aquire occult artifacts and tomes before the Nazis do, or from them if they're first. Throw in cryptids and tomb raiding, plus generic occult nasties, with the enemy changing to ruthless Russian occult intelligence agents and cruel grave robbers and demonologists after the war ends.
See: GURPS Horror 3e, GURPS Weird War II, GURPS Cabal, Supressed Transmissions I and II (and the ongoing columns), the Smithsonian
, Nazi mysticism
, and Hellsing
at Wikipedia, Hellboy, The Librarian: Quest For The Spear, Tomb Raider.
Possibly a prequel to Hemliga Makter/Secret Powers.
A modern-day espionage/occultism/horror-campaignBooks/other reading:
* Tim Powers: Declare
* Bruce Sterling: "The Unthinkable" (from Globalhead
* Charlie Stross: "A Colder War
", The Atrocity Archives
and The Jennifer Morgue
* OGL Horror: "Down Among The Dead Men" (campaign setting, four pages).
* Mike Mignola: Hellboy and the BPRD collections.
* Metal Gear: Squamous
.Beginnings of a time line:
1919: Thule Gesellschaft formed.
1945-6: Occult demilitarization of Axis countries. Many of the Ahnenerbe and Thule Gesellschaft high-ups are "shot while trying to escape", but a distressing number of the lower ranks are Paperclip:ed to the US and USSR, leaving them as potential fifth-columnists and memetic poison for the people they work with.
1946-7: Operation HIGHJUMP. Massive US activities in the Antarctic. Secret part involved the use of one of the then less-than-a-dozen US nuclear weapons in a situation still classified TOP SECRET - leaked hints point to Nazi (Ahnenerbe/Thule Gesellschaft) involvment in Neuschwabenland.
1948: Establishment of [ORG NAME HERE] as an occult security force.What I'm trying to avoid:
Having the Nazis having being run by the occult - here, it was a part of their apparatus, but in no wise in control. Sure, the Ahnenerbe/TG grabbed some people from the camps for sacrifices/horrible experiments, but mostly, it's just an adjunct to the historical evil.