Sunday, July 19, 2009

Campaign Timeline part 1

The default setting for Mutant Future is that society collapsed in the future. This means that when the ruins of past civilizations are explored, high-tech items like laser guns and advanced robotics can be found. The first and largest apocalyptic event in my campaign, on the other hand, occurred on April 20th, 2010. Pockets of humanity remained, however, in rural areas, super-secure military bases and underground scientific research facilities. These remained for hundreds of years until the secondary apocalyptic event occurred and in the meantime, research scientists advanced technology to the point that future-tech items can be found. The main reason I decided to go this route is that I am very familiar with the sort of items that would be found when exploring ruins dating back to 2010. I can use pictures of modern technology, I can describe a modern house (Me -"You find a porcelain basin of magnificent manufacture, its smooth curves artfully contrasting with the square tank rising above it." Players - "Interesting. Perhaps it is a device to wash your face.") and I can use Google maps as a basis for my campaign maps. I think a combination of the familiar presented as the strange and a few much rarer futuristic high-tech devices has been working very well for me so far. I would also add that the tech device that has resonated with the players the most has not been a laser cannon or robot, but the hedge-trimmer that was wielded by the Vile Slasher they encountered. When I described the mutant creature pulling on the start-cord and the hedge-trimmer roaring to life, the looks on their faces were priceless.

Campaign Timeline, part 1 - The First Apocalypse

March 3oth, 2010 - The age old question is answered - we are not alone in the universe. Aliens appear across the planet, somehow arriving without flying in from outer space. They appear in massive vehicles that resemble giant cuttlefish. They do not seem to notice the presence of humanity on the planet, instead focusing on the extraction of mineral resources on a scale never before seen on Earth. They appear at spots around the globe that have high mineral content and seem to be focusing on the extraction of gold, iron, silver, copper and uranium. All attempts at communications fail and several aggressive military expeditions are summarily annihilated.

April 1st - April 19th, 2010 - Large scale riots occur across the world as civilian populations grow increasingly restive with their government's impotence in the face of the alien invaders. Military expedition after military expedition only show that the technology of the aliens far outpaces that of Earth, including some sort of force-field that block every missile thrown their direction. The aliens continue to ignore humanity with the exception of destroying military units sent to confront them.

April 20th, 2010 - The nuclear-armed governments of the world jointly decide that this situation cannot stand, and launch a simultaneous nuclear barrage. Somehow, these missiles are redirected en-route by the aliens, perhaps suggesting that they had been paying more attention than had previously been thought to the actions of humankind. A terrible payload of nuclear devastation is scattered randomly across the world, but this is not the end of the day's tragedy. The aliens, finally motivated to do something about the pesky human nuisance, detonate some sort of neutron bomb in every major population center. These bombs destroyed living flesh but left inorganic material intact. In minutes, the population of the Earth was reduced by almost 75%, only those living in rural areas far enough away from any population center to escape the blasts surviving. The total collapse of civilization as we know it today also occurred almost instantly.


  1. If I run MF can I use this please. Works well for me for the same reasons you give.

  2. @ Buccaneers Guild - please, pilfer anything you think would be useful! Thanks for reading, I have been having fun putting this stuff out there and it is gratifying to think that someone else might actually get some use out of it!



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