Monday, March 16, 2020

The Decaying Mile High Club - Using Castles & Crusades With Gary Gygax's S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks For A Post Apocalyptic High Fantasy Campaign

"An unraveled dream of new worlds turned nightmare; lost in the deep beyonds, the Warden is your home, your world, your end."
Imagine your going about your daily life & the world you know erupts in nuclear fire. Your descendants awaken in a new universe inhabited by mutants & monsters!

So its been another day where I've been out on the road but S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks by Gary Gygax  has been on my mind again. The idea of a crashed space craft smashing into the Earth & possibly reducing the Earth to level of the Dark Ages. This setting idea has been something I've toyed with during other campaigns over the years. But with the recent Kickstarter for a new seventh printing of the Castle Keeper's Guide with brand new artwork. The idea of S3 has once again entered my consciousness.

The idea of one of the ships of the Warden crashing into Earth & causing the meltdown of civilization as alien creatures are dumped on Earth isn't a new one. I can totally see using various Castles & Crusades material for this. This small side ship of the Warden's mission slams into the Earth & sets off World War III. The Earth is perfectly suited for a mutant & alien creature hoe down.America & Russia nuke the heck out of each other as they mistake the crash for a provocation to war. The Siege engine setting rules in the back of the Castle Keeper's Guide are geared for a sci fi setting.

So its really not a hard stretch at all to be using this book to run Gary Gygax's S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks with Castles & Crusades. Especially if the dungeon master was to take the adventure & pair it with the recent 
The Starship Warden Kickstarter. This Warden is another 'runner' ship for the larger vessel that's still up in orbit & it's computer banks thinks its home! The fact of the matter is that the DM could plug this idea in & run with it using various Metamorphis Alpha resources especially the Goodman Games Original Adventures Reincarnated #3: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks.

Castles & Crusades can & does handle many of the same table top rpg systems issues in the Siege Engine that fifth edition does. This new incarnation of   Expedition to the Barrier Peaks allows the DM to move their games from the high fantasy of a Dark Ages Earth.  Up & possibly onto decaying orbiting monstrosity of the  49 miles long mutant infested Hell ship circling the said Earth. Add in your Castles & Crusades Player's Guide & bang your ready to start rolling up PC's!

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