Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Commentary on The Alpha Blue Kickstarter by Venger Satanis For Your Old School Space Opera & Science Fantasy Campaigns

Given my dungeon master to use brothels in science fantasy campaigns its not surprising to see this new kickstarter for Alpha Blue from the pen of Venger Satanis
Brothels have always served any number of functions in campaigns besides the obvious ones; they're an easy way to separate adventurers from coins, as a handy way to impart information to PC's as the brothel employees acting as information brokers and other interesting functions of space adventuring.

With all of the retroclone science fantasy retroclone games on the market, there's always room for a space brothel adventure location  and now Venger Satanis has filled that niche with a new Kickstarter.
Alpha Blue was a Federation space station for the study of sexual addiction and rehabilitation of its clientele.  That was back in the good old days when enjoying sex was for deviants.  Behavioral psychologists believed that stimulus overload would cure addictive personality disorder.  Simply, give those hopeless degenerates what they crave... seven-fold!  And pretty soon, their obsession will burn itself out.
It was years before those kinds of theories were debunked and said behavioral psychologists were rounded up with the rest of humanity's failures and blasted into the nearest star.  
Now decommissioned, Alpha Blue is something akin to an interstellar whore house or "love boat", drifting from planet to planet, acquiring new talent, clients, and security.  It's as big as a city, so there's no shortage of wild escapades, interesting characters, lucrative opportunities, and naked throbbing pleasure.  Plus, there will be plenty of scenario seeds fleshed out for planet-side shenanigans.
There are a few reasons why this is a very well thought out and well put together idea for a space based adventure location: 
  • This is an amazingly huge planetoid sized space brothel and its perfect to act as a staging area for adventures or to act as a jump off point into other old school style or retroclone system for a game such as White Star or even X plorers rpg
  • Given the fact of Venger's influences I can only imagine what we're going to be seeing, he lists some of those cultclassics in the Kickstarter page - I'll be relying on classic sci-fi TV and film inspiration to see my through... such as Blake's 7, (vintage) Doctor Who and Star Trek, Star Wars, Ice Pirates, Heavy Metal, Thundarr the Barbarian, Starchaser: the Legend of Orin, Flash Gordon, Blade Runner, Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica, Dune, and dozens more. This makes Alpha Blue a perfect lead in for other old school or retro adventures.
  •  Venger has a proven track record of creating solidly weird and yet very useful adventures and sourcebooks. I have a good feeling that Alpha Blue isn't going to be any different in this regard. 
  • I can't wait to see how he's going to pull this one off and the ripples across the OSR with his latest creations.  Space brothels really are an untapped resource for both space fantasies and space opera adventures this product has the potential to be a really fun and weird OSR resource. So if you want to see this reach the wilds of the OSR retro space market then throw a few coins his way.

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