So I've been screwing around with the science fictional/fantasy origins of OD&D as well as Empire of the Petal Throne. & Metamorphosis Alpha. I've been rereading my copy of original MA & looking through the time line over at the MA's updated site.Earlier this year Signal Fire studios did a highly successful kickstarter & is currently working on the development of their game along with James Ward. Recently I've been taking players through AD&D Expedition to the Barrier Peaks & I'm looking into back dating some stuff into some of my older campaigns. The new Metamorphosis Alpha's time line might just help me do just that. There are lots of interesting tid bits in the new timeline. This isn't a happy world at all
The timeline contains lots of information about the MA world such lines as this one :
The radiation fantasy elements found in the original are there but there are other elements working behind the scenes. You can see the timeline right here The_Timeline.html
Metamorphosis Alpha slightly out of focus on purpose
So really what does this mean to the original game? The fact is that many play post Apocalyptic Games like Mutant Future, Metamorphosis Alpha, & others treat their campaign words with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Yet you have retro homage video games Fall out Vegas & now the X Com games that don't spare anything. The gonzo is there but the elements will still kill your PC. With things like this coming out it all ties those elements together nicely.