Today was the second round robin of my Star Ships and Space Men Second edition game. Basically I've had a bunch of my friend Larry's players dealing with the loss of a player for a couple of afternoons this week. The request has been for a fast, easy, and all around game that we can play over soda and chips. So I'm taking the "Mystery Science Theater" approach to the game. A series of games based on some God awful science fiction films of the 50s.
The Plot according to Wiki :
The Crew of the Atomic Rocket #17 goes in search of the colony of "New Atlantis" which were reported by the previous expedition on the 13th moon of Jupiter.
The astronauts were in hyper-sleep for over nine years.
This adventure too place very early in the exploration of the solar system right after the great Atomic Wars. The atomic drives weren't quite perfected and surplus equipment was issued.
The crew of adventurers finds several colonies upon the planet of not only New Atlantis but several rival groups of fire maidens and some white lotus eater slaves not to mention their Greek/Roman style civilizations.
Whole outfit was spread out in an artificially created biosphere that was equal parts underground mega-dungeon colony and terraformed psychic telekinetic sphere.
As long as the PCs kept the laws of the God of the Sun then they would be allowed to stay. There were several new wrinkles to the situation since the last expedition from Earth.
THe PCs have just descended into the Moon's underworld when we ended the game.
"Men With The Heads of Beasts"
These warrior women see themselves as the "True" Firemaidens and have embraced many of the Atlan technology of their ancestors. These ladies serve the god Hades and have moved into the ruins/palace temple containing the original clone banks of the colonies. These ladies will be armed with blasters and machine guns there are 12 of them at the moment. They worship Hades with the abandoned of witches possessed. Though they have no true magic per say they do have access to Jovian super science making them all the more dangerous.
There will be 1d3 White Lotus Slaves accompanying any group encountered. These poor wretches are former space travelers now mere shells of themselves. They can do little except follow the simplest of orders
The Fire Maidens
There are at least 200 miles of ruins that criss cross the surface of the moon. These ruins are all that remains of the lost Atlantis colony. There are several varieties of clone spiders and many other mutant future style mutated species just waiting for adventurers not to mention the under world running between the two palace temple complexes. These are the domains of the "Men with the Heads of Beasts. There are miles of underground passageways that wind themselves through the moon. There are rumors of alien machines that are still running to this day. Alien power plants and robotic units of alien and strange design just waiting for owners who may never coming again.