Pardon the Thief

jedion357's picture
May 31, 2020 - 11:26am
Not in Kansas Anymore is purely a working title. 

Kicking around an adventure idea inspired by Season 1 Episode 1 of The Walking Dead where Rick wakes up from a coma in an abandoned hospital to a world radically changed and he has to figure out what is going on and tries to locate his family. 

I'm looking at this as a solo adventure but it does not have to be. 

PC wakes up from cold sleep/ storage class passenger berth on a star ship. could also be that he comes out of a freeze field?

No apparent crew. Ship could be adrift with no gravity. or could be under power at standard 1g accelleration. 
I actually like the under acceleration element as it could function as a ticking clock- so much time till 1% of C reached and the ship will void jump with no one at the controls. This could put some pressure on the PC. 

So why is the PC awake?

What happened to the Crew? 

Where is the ship and where is it headed?

Why did this happen? 

Potential "natural" problems-
1.  computer security and access to controls of ship. 
2. malfunctions of equipment

I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

jedion357's picture
June 8, 2020 - 11:45am
Thief looking to steal a MacGuffin that is being shipped on a large KHs freighter from point X to point Y
See freighter here freighter link below:

Using the large Khs freighter for no other reason then not wanting to create a deckplan.

Thief has stowed away in cargo hold - lets say the ship is also transporting heavy equipment- a tanker truck is one piece of heavy equipment but the inside of the tank has been modified such that the thief can hide perhaps in a cold storage container set to wake him up when the ship is underway. 

He comes out to find the ship not as he expected. 

Reason why:
1. Pirates has boarded the ship (rehash of Crash on Volturnus) Complication: Pirates have or are taking the McGuffin. Pirates impress the theif.
2. Computer AI gone coo-coo (rehash of Star Ship Omicron form Referee screen adventure)
3. low intelligence alien loose on ship- dangerous creature basically escaped from containment. 
4. High intelligence alien has boarded the ship. First contact of alien or is it sathar or zuraqqor?
5. Catastrophic accident killed 90% of crew and could kill the thief (not as exciting as something actively trying to kill you)
6. Alien nanite zombie virus- the crew are now changed. (Need to answer the question as to why the PC does not get infected.)
7. Mercs and this is corporate espionage baby.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

jedion357's picture
June 8, 2020 - 12:07pm
Theif's plan: Stow away, locate the MacGuffin, steal it, remove the homing beacon module from an escape pod and use that to get to the inhabitable planet at destination. 

What is the McGuffin?
A. the cure for or vaccine for a dangerous virus/disease. 
B. Death Star Plans- by that we mean an ultimate weapon or plan to take out a faction (mega-corp) etc. 
C. "Show me the Money!" - money pure and simple. or high value item  that is easily portable. 
D. Red herring- somebody did the bait and switch to throw potential theives off. 
E. Sentimental value- item Z is important to the PC or their emplower. 
F. Records/info that some people wish kept out of other peoples hands 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!