"Postcards from Avalidad is a darkly surreal Tech-Noir game setting and adventure context for *Punk, and Actual F*cking Monsters."
"Avalidad combines cyber, bio and psi punk to create a Burroughsian nightmare world of decadence,"
Postcards from Avalidad by Miguel Ribeiro, & Manuel Souza is a darkly surreal rpg of beast. And it its a great post cyberpunk rpg resource as well as a decedent beast of a game. The game clocks in at two hundred & four pages. Over the past two months that its been on my hard drive I've been fguring out various ways of torturing my friends & fellow players with Postcards from Avalidad. Postcards from Avalidad lists among its Appenix Surreal the following; "William S. Burroughs' works such as Naked Lunch, the Nova Trilogy (The Soft Machine, Nova Express and The Ticket that Exploded), William Gibson's Sprawl and Bridge trilogies, most of David Cronenberg's films, and Clive Barker's Hellbound Heart and The Scarlet Gospels. There are some references to other authors, such as Paul Auster and Kurt Vonnegut, but they weren't major sources of inspiration." Readers of this blog know that I'm a fan & avid reader of these authors.
Now what if there was a way of combining this surreal biotechnological rpg feel with the speed of the 2d6 cybernetic retro technological goodness?! Paul Elliot's Zaibatu rpg has been staring at me from the book shelf for the better part of a week! The back of the book lays it all folks;"As the street soldiers of the world’s most powerful corporations (the Japanese zaibatsu) you become expendable and deniable employees fighting for profits, power and your lives. You’ve been recruited from the dark and murky Japanese underworld to carry out illegal terrorist activities on behalf of that employer and have one foot in the stylish corporate-minded boardrooms of the zaibatsu, and one foot in the filth and squalor of the criminal underworld"
So do the bio boosted street soldiers of Zaibatu fit the asthetic of Postcards from Avalidad?!