Episode One Hundred and Fifty Two – Floating Steel Reef

A derelict & barnacle-encrusted ship washes up on the coastline; The locals have heard of steel, but they’ve never seen several thousand tonnes of it floating before.

People live at the very edge of the world, where the ocean falls over the lip & falls into the void, gathering all of the strange things which drift their way from the mysterious places further in.
One day they spot something new; A gargantuan metal ship, belching smoke, and heading their way.

Being a Colonist on the water world of Oceania will be great; All the advertising talks about the friendly natives and well-equipped floating colonies.
Reality is a little different; You’re stuck in a new settlement in the hurricane zone, and the inhabitants, native or no, hate you.

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Episode One Hundred And Fifty One – Leroy’s Missing Hedge-Vege

Game Of Gnomes – Bloody dynastic suburban warfare in the gardens and cul-de-sacs of a post-humanity world

Mistakes Were Made- A minor criminal act sparks a cascade of suspicion, accusation, and reprisal.

Dude, Where’s My Plant? – A magical plant is missing. Was it stolen? Did it wander off? Have any other plants gone missing?

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Episode One Hundred And Fifty – Despicable Fusion Cuisine

Retired supervillains open a restaurant, very much trading on their criminal past and the nostalgia for a gentler age of super-shenanigans. Can they sit by when things get bad out there?

Quantum Gastronomy: Gathering increasingly bizzare and impossible ingredients for the refined tastes of super-futuristic food snobs.

An famous Alien chef launches a competition, with the goal of finding something alien that Terrans will actually eat.

Despicable Fusion Cuisine is a front for a money laundering operation. They don’t want customers, and are unsure how to cope with suddenly becoming ironically popular.

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Episode One Hundred And Forty Nine – The Lost Continent of Zealandia!

Lost Continent of Zealandia Resurfaces!
Shocked New Zealanders find themselves in the middle of primordial forest; Fate of outside world uncertain!

As Zealandia slowly sinks beneath the waves, the inhabitants say their goodbyes and begin to disperse to their new homes.

Mythic Adventures In Zealandia!

Space Vagabonds travel the spaceways in search of work, fuel, spare parts, and anyone who knows how to adjust a hyperdrive.

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Episode One Hundred And Forty Eight – Space Hobboes

Once access to the Earth was taken out of the picture by orbital debris, the travelling workers known as Space Hobos became a vital part of the community, who help to solve problems & keep things running out there.

Space transport is cheap enough, and space survival technology ubiquitous enough, that hitching a ride on a string of cargo containers going somewhere useful is a viable, if unauthorised & illegal, way to get around if you don’t have the money.
It also means that you’re in a place that nobody expects someone to be, and that can cause problems if folks are up to things they don’t want people to see.

Once you’ve shifted some asteroids into regular orbits, moving around the system becomes a whole lot easier; Assuming you can match vector, or course.

A fantasy setting of little worldlets, each just big enough for a single field or Hobbit burrow, floating serenely in an endless sky.

Vast cargo ships ply the spaceways. Too big for anything other than full automation, they don’t seem to react when people climb aboard for free transport, or even make their homes there. It’s not clear whether they don’t notice, or they just don’t care.


Norovirus

Coal Trimmer

Hooverville
Herbert Hoover

The Expanse (novels)
The Expanse (tv)

Game of Thrones (tv)

Raised By Wolves (tv)
Ridley Scott

T-Pose
Dark Souls

International Brotherhood Welfare Association
The Hobo Code
The Littlest Hobo
The Incredible Hulk

Dogs In The Vinyard
Flatpack: Fix the Future

Alias Smith & Jones
Pale Rider

Flash Gordon

Taken

The Love Boat

Among Us

Traveller 2300

Space Opera
Science Fantasy
Transhumanism

Hobomancer

Alien
Aliens

Isaac Asimov

Planetes
Kessler Syndrome

Railroad Bull
( covered as part of a longer article on Railroad police ~ T. Jones )

Aldrin Cycler
Skyhook

Lensman Series, by E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith

Project Pluto

Hobbit

Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple
The Little Prince

Yes (band)

The Integral Trees, by Larry Niven

Spelljammer
Starfinder

Starship Titanic

Goldenwing Cycle, by Alfred Coppel
Moonheart & Spiritwalk, by Charles de Lint

Counting to Infinity ( rpg.net thread from 2006 )

Girls Last Tour
Kids Last Tour

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Torg
West End Games

Episode One Hundred And Forty Seven – From Me To You; A Free Gift Of Soul Dust

Episode One Hundred And Forty Seven – From Me To You; A Free Gift Of Soul Dust

On stage at a club, interrupted by the occasional solo, the band recount the tale of their experience with the supernatural.

For safety’s sake, nanotech is very tightly limited in scope, and will shut down if it goes out of bounds; So the container of unconstrained nanobots you’re holding is something that everyone wants, and that could be a problem.

An insidious Alien conspiracy plots to blow up the Sun, because it’s the only way to make our TV transmissions stop.

Sentient food items mount a daring rescue mission for a comrade who’s due to be cooked before their time.

The Queen is easily enough of a bad-ass to defeat intruders & rescue the court all by herself. The tricky part is getting enough of her adventuring gear together quickly enough that she can do it with style, instead of losing her temper and tearing the attackers apart with hands and teeth.

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Episode One Hundred And Forty Six – T’is A Pity She’s The Queen

A member of a high-level adventuring party becomes Royalty, and discovers that it’s made their life terrible.

The Kingdom is in deep trouble, the newly-crowned King & Queen are still teenagers, and the King is, at best, totally useless.
In the early hours after a long drinking session, a member of the Guard remarks that Queen would be a much better ruler, and a terrible plan forms.

When there’s a conspiracy against the King, but the King simply won’t believe it, it’s up to the Queen & her Guard to counter the threat to the Realm.

When the Queen takes an interest in the entirely fake Pagent of the Dead, and commissions a Command Performace to contact her beloved late husband, the very real supernatural entities running the show have a fine line to walk between exposure as frauds, and exposure as undead.

Mac has an awesome idea for how to do the ‘multiple iterations of the same team in the same time period’ time-travel game.


Episode One Hundred And Thirteen – Never Go Full-Force On An Éclair, Son
Episode One Hundred And Twelve – Volcano Day

The A Team
Hogan’s Heroes

Die Hard

Teenagers From Outer Space

Onward
The Three Musketeers

Castle Falkenstein
The Sword, the Crown, and the Unspeakable Power

The Cincinnati Privy Disaster of 1904
The Great Molasses Flood

For The Queen

Blades In The Dark

Anglican Church

Queen Victoria
Prince Albert

House of Hanover
House of Tudor

Brave

Fiasco

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! / The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Shaun The Sheep

Ravenloft

Gumshoe
Warhammer 40k

Episode One Hundred And Forty Five – The Case Of The Accidental Battered Sausage

Best Served Cold / A Sweary Murder She Wrote – A Celebrity Chef solves murders while attempting to drag failing restaurants back from the brink.

The indentured staff of a Dark Kitchen try to call for help via the only means available; Inexplicable items in the orders they send out.

Technicians trying to fix a fully-automated Fish & Chip shop find themselves in the middle of a drug distribution operation.

By pure fluke, your massive order from the auto-takeout perfectly matched a shipment of contraband. Now you’ve got an enormous bag of something illegal, the bad guys have a catering-size order of deep-fried food, and things are about to get very exciting.

Produce Noir – In the grimy spray-misted aisles of The Big Shopping Cart, lit by flickering flourescents, sentient food items investigate a murder.

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Episode One Hundred And Forty Four – Your Vile Human Secretions

“But Secreted By What?” – How do you make Humans the terrifying monsters, make the game human-playable, and have there be any point in doing so?

Refined and elegant alien races aren’t actually interested in our culture; They’re just getting unimaginable highs off of our sweat.

Superheroes based on the ancient Hippocratic(?) humours battle to protect the Earth.

Humanity has been locked away at their own behest, and for their own protection. Everyone knows that.
Nobody, including the robotic systems keeping yo in, can remember why.

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Episode One Hundred And Forty Three – Malevolent Immediacy

The so-called Department of Malevolent Immediacy are those people who turn up right when you’re about to make a life-changing mistake, asking whether, maybe, they can help you to choose a different path.
They’re here to help you to be a better person.
Question is; Are they right, and are they lying?

A game system where the big important things you do refine the character down to who they really are, at the expense of who they could have been.

The adventures of a racing crew keeping their team in the championship with increasing ill-will towards the driver, who’s … kind of a jackass.

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