“There is a world, just beyond now, where reality runs a razor thin seam between fact and possibility; where the laws of the present collide with the crimes of tomorrow. Patrolling these vast outlands is a new breed of lawman, guarding the fringes of society’s frontiers, they are known simply as ‘Highwaymen’... and this is their story...
This show would pop up time to time on various forums for the OSR & Cyberpunk 2020.The plot was interesting to say the least. There were elements of knight rider, a weird mad max shadow years world, & lots of South Western locations The basic plot went something like this :
The Highwayman", one of a mysterious group, presumably of U.S. Marshals, conducting crime-fighting missions and solving bizarre mysteries. Each Highwayman in this group is equipped with a high-tech, multi-function truck.
The lead character is more mysterious than any of the other Highwaymen in that his real name is never revealed (he is only known as "The Highwayman" or "Highway"). He drives a large, black, computerized truck with a bullet-shaped cabin, which is the nose of a concealed helicopter (an Aérospatiale Gazelle) which can detach from the rest of the truck. The truck can also operate in "stealth mode" to become invisible. A concealed futuristic sports car can emerge from the truck's rear. Some elements of the futuristic dashboard design were re-used from Knight Rider.
Twenty five years ago this show was cool. This was a world on the ragged edge. The United States had been through a war in either South America or the Middle East. Possibly both & society was barely holding together.
After the pilot they added another highway & truck! Wiki explains it here :
After the 1987 pilot film, only Jones returned for the weekly series. The retooling of the premise eliminated the truck's "stealth mode", which was never mentioned again. The Highwayman was joined by a new sidekick, Australian outback survival expert "Jetto," played byMark "Jacko" Jackson; Jane Badler as the Highwayman's "boss", Ms. Tania Winthrop, and Tim Russ as D.C. Montana, who was responsible for the maintenance and modifications to the vehicles
|Australian outback survival expert "Jetto,"'s truck|
There's always been some confusion on the weapon the Highwayman carries.
Personally I believe that the firearms carried by the Highwayman and Jetto are larger and more imposing than traditional police sidearms. That carried by the Highwayman appears to be similar to a stockless 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun with a sawn-off barrel, as used by SWAT teams and some military agencies.
This weapon has selectable 'modes' and is capable of firing both 9mm Parabellumand 20mm high-explosive ammunition. The sidearm carried by Jetto is a stockless, full-length Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun. These weapons are the military grade stuff that the United States Police forces carry in Escape From New York.
The Highwayman is a very weird little show & when I ran a Cyberpunk 2020/Gamma World hybrid campaign it was one of the sources I pulled from.. The Shadow Years of Gamma World 1st & 2nd edition are a terrible time for humanity.. So I used the Highwayman & another 80s icon
There wasn't too much information about the organization that the Highwayman works for but wiki summarized what was already in my notes:
Although the organization shares elements with that of "F.L.A.G." (the Foundation for Law and Government) from Knight Rider, it shares more with the mysterious "Firm" from the original three seasons of Airwolf.The exact organization that the Highwayman and Jetto work for is never revealed in any great depth. Highwaymen seem to have extra-legal powers that occasionally cause conflict with the local police.
There was another organization that had hybrid & did similar jobs as the Highwayman.
I gave a bit more of background to the forces of the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand & The Highwaymen dealing with the threats in the Shadow Years. Venom & Contraworld's forces were profiting from the mutations & mayhem going on.. V.E.N.O.M. (an acronym for the Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). They appear to be the foot soldiers of an even higher evil organization called Contraworld.
The criminals from this United States were sent to the maximum security facility in what used to be New York City
Perhaps you've heard of it?
At some point I'm going to run this again with Mutant Future & Metamorphis Alpha original edition.
The best source of information about the Highwayman is of course Here
This same campaign was a world where everything had gone to hell back in '79 but the world continued on. The government during these shadow years created the following programs to cope.
- Blue Thunder
- Knight Rider
- Street Hawk
This style of hybrid game could be run using Mutant Future with some addition hybrid Vehicle rules.. .At some point I will be returning to this campaign.