This past week I had all of my players and I really let go. The party was able to probe the inner levels of the mega-dungeon.
They came across several different facilities aboard the craft. Bio mechanicial factories. Weird ruins and several office and housing complexes. Plus an android factory where the various antagonists of the place are being created.
Most of the work was being done by other androids and a race of specially bred Apex mutantoids workers. Once a re-education center was wrecked by the party and a bit of damage by an android in power armor it was on to the Hanger/Storage section of the place.
There was already a party of salvagers already there. A group of Metaluna survivors were getting two ships operational.
The Metalunians were waiting for anyone aboard the station and had mutants awaiting anyone coming their way. The ships were already fitted with interoccitors and ready to go!
There were at least 6-8 mutants waiting for them! The players had tangled with these bastards before and have hated them ever since.
There was another problem as well. The Metalunians had power armor/ space suits which they were using to outfit the ships. There was a specially out fitted interrocitor to keep the androids away from this section of the station.
The PCs were able to find a fusion/fuel cell being raided by the Metalunians for fuel for their stolen ships. Using a series of quick stealth rolls and various sneaking skill checks they placed a bomb with a 2 hour timer aboard the fuel cell.
They just made it to the storage section where they found a ship in mothballs.
This ship was equipped with a sublight and a hyperdrive. Minimum AI but it was ancient although still in production on certain Talon Worlds. That's when a mutant got a PC. Taking a massive amount of damage. The party blasted the mutant to dust in quick order. Then a series of healing slap patches were applied to the PC. The PCs boarded the ship wounded in tow. They were able to out maneuver any problems or resistance and board the ship.
They blasted out of there with moments to spare!
The party blasts off and crippled the station. So now they've got a group of very, very, pissed off Metalunians and their Mucloid employers after them!
Meeting With Rama Blues Part II Notes
It goes like this. Any kid growing up in the late 60s to late 80s was space crazy. There was a recent post over at the tremendous Space 1970 blog about that Hyperspace carrier. That hyperspace carrier that haunts my dreams. The Leif Erickson was the scrapped model for a George Pal show called War Worlds that never came to be. The design was used for this model.
Matt Jeffries was the designer of the Enterprise and many of the ships on the original Star Trek show. Anyhow you can read all about the Leif Erickson right over Right over here at the Space 1970 blog
Then there's that design for the Botany Bay still lurking out there also designed by Jefferies. The Trek fandom has for years stated that the Bay design was refitted with Warp drive and used for and is still being used for commercial work.
Notice this little nugget from the Leif Ericson Main > Submarines in Space section
You probably noticed that the Leif Ericson has a "conning tower" much like that on a submarine (the technical term is a "sail"). Apparently Matt Jefferies liked conning towers, since he put one on the Botany Bay as well.
Well in fact its a ship from the Manhunter universe. The Phobeus Transport D63 Demeter Star freighter found on page 177 of the Manhunter Rifts rule book.
The design sounds very similar to this
Could this be a world that has been abandoned because of something that the Federation of Stars knows is lurking below the surface of the the planet Earth. A planet whose leaders were almost brought to their knees by Khan and his followers? A world where time travel is known to be very dangerous and destructive. A universe where Earth almost became the Nightlands?
I mentioned the Hamilton story for a reason. This novella has entire town hurled into a future where the Federation of Stars exists very similar to the Federation of Trek. It even has the aliens serving aboard the ship ala Trek as well. All of this could be used with Goblinoid's Star Ships and Spacemen second edition game with little problem.
It goes something like this :