Saturday, January 14, 2017

Two more Tome of Tomes

Corelon Lanatham
Author: Nain Bluetooth
Race: Dwarf
Dimensions: 16x16x1
Weight: 5 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, vellum
Rarity: Very rare
Fields of Study: Demi-humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: Theology & myth
Value: 75 gp

This ancient dwarven work regarding the elven High God, Corelon Lanatham, is a collection of stories in which the God ‘s treacherous true nature is revealed. A rare book, even in holy dwarven collections, it is nonetheless a cornerstone for fundamentalist dwarves. Elves burn this book whenever possible, claiming it nothing more than “dwarven idiocy.”


The Flying Serpents of Hempodo
Author: Arget Polycolp
Race: Human
Dimensions: 16x16x2
Weight: 10 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Rare
Fields of Study: Fauna
Special Knowledge Categories: Reptiles
Value: 300 gp

The Hempodo lands are commonly known to house dinosaurs, but within their dense jungles another rarer group of creatures reside: the flying serpent. This work by Polycolp exhaustively catalogues the three dozen or so known species of flying serpent. The habitat, geographic range, and behavior of each species is lavishly illustrated with multiple images and maps. Although over 100 years old, no other text on the subject approaches the quality of this work.



Monday, January 9, 2017

Demon Dogs!

Every gonzo-post-apoc game's gotta have some demon dogs! If you read the description, you'll find out why they're an epithet. :-)


Friday, January 6, 2017

ZiL-29061 Blue Bird Screw-Propelled Vehicle

Another great ATV for a post-apoc world, the ZIL-29061 Blue Bird Screw-Propelled Vehicle. This little beauty makes short work of muddy terrains as well as water. As an added bonus, the video is in Russian which always sounds menacing to me since I grew up during the Cold War. Hell, I'd probably find Russian cooking instructions to sound scary thanks to my childhood associations... :-)


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Two more Tome of Tomes

The Laws of Unam
Author: Unknown
Dimensions: 4x5x0.5
Weight: 1 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, vellum
Rarity: Common
Fields of Study: Humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: Theology & myth
Value: 25 gp

The ancient-beyond-ancient words spoken by the God Unam to his priests set the social castes into place, promoting order in the wild and barbaric lands of Nabdha. The work is still considered the holiest of holies among the Unamians and the words of Unam still provide guidance for the modern castes of Greater Aryavata. This translation into the common tongue by an unknown translator lacks beauty, but meaning is well-conveyed.


The Earth Forging
Author: Unknown
Race: Human
Dimensions: 8x10x1
Weight: 2 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Very rare
Fields of Study: Humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: Theology & myth
Value: 95 gp

This epic poem of over 20,000 lines tells the entire history of the world according to the extinct Juaka peoples of Western Javalarkandh. Within it the origin of the world as an iron nugget, the forging by the God Feaquitawatala into the world as we know it, and the decoration of the world with all the green things by his wife, the divine Komalitalo, is eloquently recited. The work finishes with the tears of Dread Rowipikalo’s at Feaquitawtala’s murder of her husband creating the seas of the world, thus making them impassible. This extremely rare text is in the Juaka language.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sorcery & Super Science! 2nd Edition 6 Monster Preview

Today's preview is a beaver/moose hybrid because ya gotta put the Gon in the Gonzo! This sucker's six feet tall at the shoulder.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sorcery & Super Science! 2nd Edition Monster Preview 5

What's the post-apoc without some social commentary? Below's the Fortunate Son, the spirits of those born on third base who think they've hit a triple.... who simply refuse to just go die!


Monday, January 2, 2017

K-Wagen "Kolossal-Wagen" Super Heavy Breakthrough Tank

Another fairly ridiculous WWI tank that would loo perfectly in place in a post-apoc world, this one reminds me of the M577 Armored Personnel Carrier from Aliens. The K-Wagen lived up to it's name: 9 ft tall, 9 feet wide, and 15 feet long, and a crew of 22. It had 4 77mm guns and 7 machine guns and traveled at a blazing speed of 4.5 mph. Only two were produced. (The image below has the front on the right, rear on the left.)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Daimler MarienWagen - A WWI-era "tank" for your Post-Apoc Worlds.

This tank looks like a primitive Jawa sandcrawler to me. It was to be equipped with two machine guns, two 20mm cannon, and a flamethrower, but by the time it was ready to be tested the Germans had already realized it wasn't up to AFV status (it was more of an APC), and then they had a terrible test trial in which the vehicle tipped over (as it was obviously top heavy). None entered production.




Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Post-Apoc Tank That Never Was

Continuing with ideas regarding post-apoc vehicles, here's a tank idea that never went anywhere in reality (from the July 1936 edition of Popular Mechanics), but could certainly show up in a post-apoc world. I must admit the inability of the gunners to actually SEE anything could pose a problem (snicker), but if you used a bit of transparent aluminum, you could solve that problem... :-)


Friday, December 30, 2016

Hi-Res Below the Shattered Moon

Had a request for a hi-res version of the Sorcery & Super Science! North America map, so here it is!



SHERP ATV, another perfect-for-the-post-apoc vehicle

Unlike land trains, the SHERP isn't a military vehicle, but it's nonetheless impressive. It would provide excellent mobility for a small group in cold and boggy terrains. I'd worry about the tires in a firefight, but with a bit of rpg-magic, one can create tires that are safe from small arms.



Thursday, December 29, 2016

Post-Apocalyptic Land Trains!

Overland trains are, IMO, a cool post-apoc idea. Steal 'em and run with it! The biggest was the TC-497 Overland Train Mark II described below...

LCC-1 was so successful that in 1958 the Army contracted for a larger version, the TC-497 Overland Train Mark II. Generally similar to the LCC-1 in concept, the Mark II included a number of features to allow the train to grow to any length.

One change was the removal of the Cummins engines and their replacement with gas turbine engines of higher power and lower weight. Whereas the LCC-1 had a single 600-hp engine, the Overland Train had four 1,170-hp Solar 10MC engines, one in the "control car" and three others spread through the train. New power trailers could be added at any point along the train.To further reduce weight, most of the vehicle was built from welded aluminum.

Steering such a train proved to be a serious problem. If the train rounded a corner, the trailers would normally want to even the angles between themselves, forming into a long arc. If there was an obstacle that the driver had avoided, the trailers might eventually hit it as they rounded a corner. To solve this problem, the new trailers were all equipped with steerable wheels. Steering commands were sent from the control cab to each set of wheels in turn, so they started turning at the same point where the driver had. This allowed the train to make sharp right-angle turns, for instance.

The Mark II had a much larger six-wheeled cab that was over 30 feet (9.1 m) tall and was no longer articulated due to the ability for all the wheels to be steered. The turbine engine was much smaller than the diesel it replaced, allowing the interior to support a crew of six with sleeping quarters, toilets and a galley. It was even equipped with a radar. An additional two power cars and ten cargo cars were built for testing. In total the train now stretched over 570 feet (170 m). On flat ground it could carry 150 tons of cargo at about 20 mph. Range at full load was normally 350 to 400 miles (560 to 640 km), but additional fuel trailers could be added to extend it.

Final specifications were completed in 1960, and construction took most of 1961. After preliminary testing, it was handed to the Army in February 1962, and shipped to the Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona. In testing under the "Project OTTER", for "Overland Train Terrain Evaluation Research", the vehicle performed well. But in the end the Army gave up on the idea as newer heavy-lift helicopters like the S-64 Skycrane made the train concept outdated.

The vehicle remained unused for a time, and was then put up for sale for $1.4 million in 1969.[9] All that remains of the Mark II is the control cab which remains at Yuma, the rest was sold off to a local scrap dealer. The Mark II retains the record for the longest offroad vehicle in the world.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Books Sans Title

One thing that most of us OSGs are guilty of is having labeled books. That's not how most books were from the time that we're using to base many of our games on. Most books in the medieval period had nothing of real note on their exteriors - covers existed almost solely to protect the books.. So you get shelves that look like the below (an image of Merton College's Medieval Library that's been in use since the late 1300's) wherein the value of a librarian immediately becomes obvious.

They know which books are which. :-)


Monday, December 26, 2016

Two more Tome of Tomes

Underdeep Languages
Author: William the Wise
Race: Human
Dimensions: 14x12x1.5
Weight: 25 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, brassboard, vellum, silver clasps and lock
Rarity: Rare
Fields of Study: Demi-humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: Languages
Value: 225 gp

This work, coupled with his work on Dopplegangers, provides sages with the strongest evidence that William the Wise was really a doppleganger. How else, they argue, could such a comparative study be undertaken? Underdeep Languages is a comparative, lexigraphical study of 6 common Underdeep languages: drow, duergar, svirfneblin, pech, cloaker and the dreaded fishmen. The work includes over 2,000 words from each language, and demonstrates a link between the languages of the duergar, svirfneblin, and pech. As expected, the cloaker language is the strangest of the six, but William the Wise shows that there is some connection between it and the language of the fishmen.


The Silverleafs of Ostveldt
Author:  Velonia Silverleaf
Race: Elf
Dimensions: 16x16x6
Weight: 20 lbs.
Materials: Leather-bound, woodboard, parchment
Rarity: Uncommon
Fields of Study: Demi-humankind
Special Knowledge Categories: History, politics & genealogy
Value: 40 gp

A massive history of the extensive Silverleaf clan that’s resided in the Ostveldt for over 8 generations, this weight of this tome is only matched by the boredom received in the reading. Instead of focusing on the important Silverleafs (of which there are many) this work treats every Silverleaf equally, dealing out pages and pages of the most trivial information. Still, it is an extremely thorough work that is an invaluable reference on the subject.


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