My mad scientist TREK mash up took a different turn this weekend. While originally just revising a microlite (d20) based Trek game was the goal, I just can't help the fact I am not a fan of d20 gaming. So I am taking the guts of Roguish (which is more TFT-ish) and mashing it up with the Microlite "where no man has gone before"
So its kind of a TFT inspired Star Trek in the making...I wish I had more time to work on it so I could just get it done asap but sadly I do not.
I love Roguelikes on the one hand and I love Lovecraft on the other. You too? SWEET! Now put your hands together like I did and checkout Infra Arcana.
Infra Arcana is a Roguelike set in the early 20th century. The goal is to explore the lair of a dreaded cult called The Church of Starry Wisdom. Buried deep beneath their hallowed grounds lies an artefact called The Shining Trapezohedron - a window to all secrets of the universe. Your ultimate goal is to unearth this artefact.
The theme and inspiration for this game comes mainly from the horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft. It's not a pure H.P.L game though, as it also draws flavour from various B-horror movies, as well as the 1997 first-person shooter Blood. As a Roguelike - the game adheres to the virtues of the genre, such as high replay value and challenging tactical game play.
To put you in the mood to try this game, I'll give you the Mountain Goats killer tune "Lovecraft in Brooklyn"
A few quick updates on the week that was:
1) I was at Comic Con a few days for work. The show is crazy, but not as crazy as it once was. I don't know I would say "on the decline" but certainly not what it was even a year or two ago.
2) Saw the new Captain America movie, it was better than I had hoped. I loved Cap growing up and this was a good (if somewhat flawed) origin story. Cap busting the Red Skull on the big screen is as great as I hoped it would be. It was just as the image on my favorite Cap sweatshirt I wore as a wee lad.
3) I am editing and compiling a new rules set based on Mike Berkey's Microlite "Where no man has gone before 2.0" rules set. Has me busy but I think I'll be able to share it in a couple weeks.
Almost forgot-there is a group who creates web based Original Star Trek Episodes that are really damn good. If you have not seen them, you are in for a treat.
So I went over checked it out and was even more inspired. As a result I spent the next 4 hours throwing together a PDF book of these house rules, in 6x9 size, using the original text posted by Akrasia. I added art, and now a couple bound editions with the cover shown left are on their way from Lulu to yours truly.
If you haven;t checked it out and you are a fan of S&S gaming I highly recommend it!