If I don’t get my act together, there will be more guest posts than me posts on this blog! Then I will face eternal shame and be forced to retire to a Zen monastery for the rest of my days.
Anyway, from the One and Only E:
The Harry Turtledove meets Flash Gordon Game
It’s the 1950s, with some 1930s/1940s “World of Tomorrow” technology thrown in for good measure. The Cold War is in full swing, but the American Dream is at its peak. We’ve got malt shops, huge tail fins on cars, couples are “going steady,” and everything is “swell.” The atomic age is at hand, and soon man will surely conquer the galaxy with rocket-ships and robotic men. Apart from a nuclear war or communism, the greatest threat to Western civilization is this new-fangled “rock and roll” music.
Until the aliens arrive. It turns out that pulp magazine writers are fantastically good predictors of what the aliens are like: green, completely brutal, and after our women. The Soviet Union and the USA quickly form a truce to fight back against the invaders, but even the mighty atom bomb is not enough to stop the green men from Mars, or wherever it is they’re from.
It’s up to an intrepid band of commandos and scientists to save the day, armed with little more than a few laser guns, jet packs, and an unending stream of over-the-top pulp cliches.
Suggested System: Danger Patrol has exactly the flavor and feel I want. PDQ or Risus would also work.