For the past 2 weeks I've been looking into a post apocalyptic movie that really doesn't get a lot of air time these days . World Without End came out in 1955 and had a pretty solid cast to it. We've got time travel, retro future rocket ships, mutants, shiny underground survivors, science councils,etc. All of the fixings for a post apocalyptic buffet.
The real plot is very similar to HG Wells Time Machine. Wiki had this to say:
The Mutant Future wiki has an excellent example of the Eloi. From The Mutant Future Wiki: are a race of meek, delicate humans, who are the descendants of the social elite. Generations of having every and all needs taken care of has resulted in them becoming vary docile and hedonistic. They are also not really smart, nor are they considerate of others. In their isolated, well hidden communities, they live in a perpetual bliss of drug-induced fantasies and sexual orgies. In the wild, they are just helpless animals to more savage creatures, who see them as easy pray. Some industrious creatures (like Morlocks) would provide all their needs -- from food and shelter, to drugs and protection. The only price is that they are nothing more then human livestock. Do to their unearthly beauty, docile nature and willingness to preform any carnal act, they have become highly valued sex-slaves.
Among the savage species of the Earth of 2508 is the giant mutant spider
A Quick Note On Gear
World Without End's Time Line
There's something really odd about the timeline of World Without End. As you've problaby noticed the time line of World Without End is steeped in Cold War paranoia and fear. This is the same fear that echoed throughout the 50s through the 90s. Yet to me its one that might be glimpsed in HG Wells The Time Machine and the Geogre Pal movie later. Could this actually the world we've seen in movie/book Things To Come another Well's Creation? Could this time peroid be another alternative of the same timeline? Details of my thoughts about Things To Come can be found right here
One interesting bit is that we've got a number of primitive nuclear rocket drives being used by those astronauts in these 50s & 60s movies. I'm reminded of Edgar Rice Burroughs Lost Continent. There were some really odd echoes between ERB and Wells in that one. Could there be an entire post apocalyptic timeline that PCs might explore? Sure there could and you can see some of my musings on that one right Here
A random encounter chart for World Without End might look something like this.
World Without End Encounter Chart 1d10
- Tribe of Morlocks and mutants looking for trouble. 1d6 1st level fighters
- A group of survivor scientists 2nd level NPC eloi and 1d4 1st level fighter handlers
- 2 hit dice dire lions on the prowl for lunch.
- 1d4 mutant warriors looking for easy pickings. 30% of an artifact or relic
- 1d6 hunter gather cavemen looking for food and pickings
- A group of 1d4 adventurers armed and on a mission to some ruins. 40% of a time displaced astronaut among them
- 1d8 scientist/warriors on hover bikes on patrol and scientific inquiry
- A group of Wings Over The World planes flies over. Forty percent chance of the planes 1d6 of them spotting your PC unless you hide.
- 1d8 Morlock raiding group looking for and about to go on a raid.
- A group of 1d6 psychic mutants looking for the ruins of a lost enclave.
Using World Without EndOption number one uses the World Without End as a spring board for your imagination & use Swords & Wizardry, or Labyrinth Lord, & Mutant Future. Here you add in the magical elements & the mutant stuff. The war has forced the world into a new fantasy age. The world has grown far more Moorcockian & the ages of Law are ending.There's lots to mine here. The movie features conventional guns, weird technology such as the nuclear drive space craft under the command of the star ship Captain & a very strange twisted United States that none of the players will recognize.
The Mega-dungeons are just waiting to be explored! There are possibly thousands of vaults and numerous ruins full of weird tech, mutants, factions and God knows what else.