Friday, February 20, 2015

Mythos Space: Pulp Space Opera

There has been a Setting brewing here in the offices of Aaron Siddall Illustration and MythAdvocate Studios. One that I think a large number of you will appreciate. So far I am calling it "Dark Space" as a catchall, but sub settings and terms will likely spin off from.
Mythos Space is a science fiction setting set along theses that would fire the hearts of folks in the 1930's, 40‘s and 50‘s. Action, adventure, sexist pigs, gangsters, treasure, racist protagonists, and alien horror. It would be a space-going cosmos. With mankind reaching out into space, flying in atomic rockets. But it would not be a golly-gee sort of universe. The universe is haunted by alien intelligences, many of which are indifferent at-best to mankind.
A great many terms and elements will be drawn from the "Mythos" universe of shared weirdness by such authors as C.L. Moore, Clark Ashton-Smith, R.E. Howard, August Derleth and H.P. Lovecraft. However I will also be drawing inspiration from The Gaean Reach books by Jack Vance, Forbidden Planet, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and all kinds of weird sources.
The Dark Space Setting will include the following:

An Evil Space Empire (maybe more than one!)
Super-Weird Aliens (Starfish Aliens, Neglectful Precursors, Eldritch Abominations etc)
Atomic Rockets (Standard Space Fleets). 
Real Science (as well as not-real science)
Space Pirates 

As an RPG setting, I will be using the Grit and Vigor roleplaying Game by John Stater. John has been kind enough to allow me to see the playtest version of the rules, and this gives me more than enough to begin work on the Dark Space setting. 
So get into your space suit and grab your flame pistol, because we have a wide, weird universe to explore!

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