Episode One Hundred And Twenty Six – Stranded

In which Ben goes back to a Big Red Couch standard notion of “something on a spaceship”, despite Craig having taken the approach of deliberately NOT doing something set on a spaceship.

Not only is the ship fractured, but so is the crew, so turned against each other that they can’t save themselves. If you can just get these knuckleheads to work together, or even just get the hell out of your way, they’ll be rescued, the salvage prize is yours, and you’ll be set for life.

The crew are glad that help has shown up, and are keen to be rescued, but for some reason they’re not keen on doing the very things that would make that happen; Why?

An arcade lined with shops is fine to walk through, or even to hang out in and enjoy a cup of coffee; What if you found that you couldn’t leave?
Maybe you fell through the cracks and can see the monsters lurking outside.
Maybe you shouldn’t have belligerently declared that you’ll never leave while arguing with the Fae Lord of the Strand.
Or maybe breaking in at night to steal the fantastic items in the shops was just a really bad idea.

People trapped in a dimension-hopping shopping arcade, trying to trade with the folks outside for the things they need, hoping to one day make it home.

In The City, you can have every basic need taken care of … So long as you have the chip installed in your head. Somewhere outside the city is a place where the unchipped can live freely, however they want, and all you have to do is get there.


Elmo (Sesame Street)
Elmo Putney (Brush Strokes)

Robinson Crusoe

Cast Away (Movie)

Bottle Episode

Doom Patrol (TV)
Doom Patrol (Comic)

Law of Salvage

Generation ship

System Shock

Waiting For Godot


The Thing

Flotsam RPG ( Kickstarter link, because there’s a bunch of information there. Also a preorder link ~ T. Jones )
Apocalypse World (RPG)

Chris Grayling

Midnight Nation

Queen Street, Auckland

GURPS Goblins (RPG)

The Fades (TV)

Changeling: The Dreaming

The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher


Doctor Who
Are You Being Served?

Tales of the Floating Vagabond
Wraith: The Oblivion

The Simpsons
The Tracey Ullman Show

Karl Marx

Black Mirror

Late-Stage Capitalism

Joseph Stalin

Chernobyl (TV)

Invader Zim

Urchin (RPG)


The Tripods, by John Christopher
The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells

Augmented Reality
Hostile Architecture

Logan’s Run


Caste Structures

Stargate SG-1

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus!
Infinity Train

Fringeworthy ( Tri Tac Games )

Sydney, Australia

Jacob’s Ladder

Birmingham New Street Station ( Yeah, Craig got the name wrong. It’s amazing he doesn’t get lost more often. ~ T. Jones )


Iain M. Banks

Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

Endless September

Shaper/Mechanist Universe, by Bruce Sterling


Winston Churchill

Isaac Asimov

Shadowrun ( Catalyst Game Labs )
Shadowrun ( Wikipedia )

RPGnet Forums
Black Bug Room ( WARNING: TV Tropes Link – It may consume hours of your life ~ T. Jones )

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Cutie Mark Crusaders

Annette Funicello

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Little Witch Academia

The Authority
Jack Hawksmoor

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Van Allen Belt
Van Halen

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One thought on “Episode One Hundred And Twenty Six – Stranded

  1. John H Reiher says:

    For those interested in my source for the “Everything is alive on this spaceship” idea, here’s a link to a Goodreads page on Ken MacLeod’s _The Corporation Wars_.


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