Welcome to the Apocalyptic Future
77 Worlds is an Alien Apocalypse Campaign Setting and Science Fiction RPG
Designed by James M Ward with Stephen A Lee™
- The Lunar Resort Volume II is now available in the store as a Book or PDF
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- Multiverse posted a review of our 2014 Basic Boxed Set for The Lost 77 Worlds RPG. Take a look. http://multiverse.world/blog/2017/12/06/77-worlds/
- Podcast at Ground Zero discusses The Lost 77 Worlds RPG, Gamma World, and James M. Ward. You can view them now: EP39 with James M. Ward and EP57 with Stephen A. Lee
- Earth Prime
- Lunar Resorts
- Back Story
Earth Prime is the ultimate apocalyptic planet with mutants and strange new civilizations. The ruins of ancient cities lay quiet and deadly. That which survives on the planet avoids the ancient ruins for fear of artificial human and alien entities. Today the planet has exotic mutants both fauna and flora as a result of ancient bio-genetic weapons, plagues, and alien biological life designed to xenoform the planet.Read More
Before the Apocalypse, Luna was a tourist area. An exotic resort destination for people from all the colony worlds. Three huge domes were vacationing spots for people wanting to enjoy the cultures of Ancient Egypt, King Arthur’s Camelot, and Chicago of the Roaring Twenties with several others nearing completion.
300 years later, characters begin their adventures on the moon.
On Luna, the old base was laid waste. However, the resort and most other installations were left mostly intact and the A.I.'s who maintain the facilities along with the guests and a few “new” life forms survive. The vacationers in the various theme park domes continue to live and thrive in the environments. As the vacations were total immersive experiences, little knowledge was passed down through the generations so most remain oblivious to the outside world and the nature of reality beyond the domes.
But some are becoming aware....Read More
WHAT IS THE LOST WORLDS STORYLINE?
The back story for this campaign is complex and rich.
Three hundred years ago to this very day, the human galactic empire encompassed 77 thriving worlds plus many small outposts scattered across the human part of the galaxy. The 77 Worlds supported each other and helped all humans expand into the galaxy. All of the sciences were being advanced through the use of memory chips that gave mankind instant experience with the sciences. One of three chips was inserted into the skull and a special brain device accessed that information. Years of study could be absorbed in a 24 hour period.
Up until this time there had been few discoveries of alien life in the Milky Way. However, aliens had been observing mankind and its quick spread to many worlds and the scientific advances of humanity.This alarmed several powerful alien races so much they built huge armadas. These awesomely powerful military forces went to all of the 77 solar systems and the star lanes between those systems and attacked and attempted to destroy all of mankind on the same day.
Wave after wave of alien warships dashed themselves against the powerful defenses of humanity’s inner systems. The first, second, and even third waves of massive starships were crushed before they could enter orbit around the 77 Worlds. This heroic defense was waged by fleets of S-ships: massive war machines designed and built by humans around independent, artificial intelligences. The S-ships were fully automated to operate without human crews.
The S-ships fought a brilliant campaign, but the aliens’ resources seemed limitless. Finally, with machine precision, the linked plasma brains of the S-ships computed that they would be overwhelmed and lose everything if they continued defending all 77 Worlds. With dwindling resources against unending waves of attackers, they could save only one world: Earth Prime itself. All at once, 76 different S-ships in various states of damage came to the Earth Prime system and found the three already damaged alien armadas destroying the Earth. The S-ships attacked and turned every alien warship in those armadas to wrecks crashing down on Earth.
What those S-Ships found was a solar system in ruin. The alien ships had gone from the outside of the solar system to the inside taking the time to blast away the settlements and factories of man. Those same aliens had seeded the planets of man with a tailor made alien DNA. This was to serve to kill off any exposed portions of humanity. The defenses of Earth’s system were strong and did great damage to the armadas of the aliens, but they weren’t enough to completely stop those war forces. Remains of the three alien armadas were in the act of blasting the Earth into three sections when the colony S-Ships flew in and attacked. The aliens were blasted out of the skies of Earth. However, the Earth was in ruins with no intact buildings. The very crust of the planet had been rocked. Huge strips of volcanoes circled the Earth and spewed forth lava and volcanic soot.
After their victory over the alien forces, the remaining S-ships parked above Earth waiting new orders. There were no Earth officials to give those orders. Their commanding A.I.s noted that the Moon was still safe and mostly intact. More humans survived there than in any other single place they knew of. Believing that more alien ships would arrive eventually, many S-ships (that were still able) withdrew to a construction facility hidden in the rings of Jupiter to repair and rearm themselves. They intended to be ready, if and when the aliens returned to finish the annihilation of humankind.
At this time, the fate of the 77 Worlds was unknown. Nothing was known of the alien attackers. They’d never been encountered before. Much of Sol system was destroyed or damaged beyond immediate repair during the battle. To this day the remnants of installations and hulks of ships from every fleet remain adrift within Sol System. A few A.I.s on installations within Sol System have restored, after several decades, some of their functionality. Today, many of these installations await a human decision. On Luna, the old base was laid waste. However, the resort and most other installations were left mostly intact and those who maintain the facilities along with the guests and a few “new” life forms survive.
315 years have gone by.
Mankind started exploring the Blasted Earth. They discovered the S-ships in orbit on the other side of the Earth. Eventually, they discovered that the Jupiter space-yards were still producing S-ships to defend the solar system from the alien fleets that came every 20 years.
The next step for mankind was to explore the home worlds of the S-ships that came back to defend the Earth. What happened to those other 76 worlds is a complete mystery. Then there are all of the alien races that used their resources to build huge armadas to attack humanity. Some type of justice must be sought for those attacks.
Eventually, S-ships filled with colonists will again settle on these worlds after they have been reclaimed by the player characters.
Draw a card!
At the time of the attack, the Earth’s moon, over the centuries, had turned into the ultimate tourist center. There were three domes and tourists could come and enjoy themselves in the luxurious accommodations of ancient Egypt, King Arthur’s Camelot, and the roaring ‘20s of Chicago’s gangland. There were 40,000 humans in each of the domes when the aliens attacked. Three small shuttles with alien troops came to the domes to capture the last of humanity to be studied by the alien races. The nano-bot safety features of the domes stripped the aliens of their equipment. They were each driven to a bleak section of each dome and allowed to live and breed by the confused artificial intelligences controlling the domes. The spaceport was thought destroyed by the aliens. It was actually able to rebuild itself using the alien shuttles for resources, but it took 300 years.
the Moon had been a vacation colony where humans played with their own past in automated, self-sufficient, gravitycontrolled domes. Among the historical epochs, humans could explore, there was one dome dedicated to ancient Egypt, another for King Arthur’s Camelot, and a third made to resemble Chicago during the Roaring Twenties. As part of the experience, computer chips slotted into the vacationers’ brains (common, inexpensive technology in the 25th Century) temporarily altered their own memories so the enclosed, artificial world would seem utterly real. When the vacation ended, their true memories and modern knowledge were again unblocked, but while the trip lasted, their surroundings would have ultimate believability.
When it became clear that Luna would be invaded, the artificial intelligences controlling the Moon bases reprogrammed the chips implanted in the minds of everyone currently on the Moon. They already believed that their surroundings were real and that they belonged in these historical or mythological times, thanks to the computer chips. The managing A.I.’s changed that programming subtly so instead of being primarily focused on enjoying themselves, the people in the domes were instilled with a will to live and fight according to the cultures where they found themselves. Harmless weapons were transformed through nanotechnology into the real things, or something even better than the real things. Disintegrating bullets in gangsters’ Tommy guns became jacketed slugs. The dull, lightweight swords and lances of King Arthur’s knights became tempered molecularly-sharp steel. The android clerics of Egypt’s five gods were given beam weapons.
As the aliens entered each dome, there was massive death and destruction. During the first 24 hours, the domes’ nanotechnology defenses attacked the aliens’ technology and left them with dust for weapons. (This defense was designed to prevent vacationers from bringing dangerous weapons into the domes, but it worked against the aliens just as well.) On the second day, the army of the Pharaoh, the Knights of the Round Table, and the organized criminal gangs of Chicago
counterattacked. The aliens survived - barely - and adjusted, quickly becoming an acknowledged force in each dome, but without their superior technology, they could neither conquer nor dominate.
315 years passed . . .
More details on the worlds will be provided in further products for Apocalyptic Space. Each world is an area that needs to be explored and rebuilt for mankind.
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By James M. Ward
Why play on the Blasted Earth?
When I wrote the first science fiction role-playing game in Metamorphosis Alpha in the early ‘70s and the first apocalypse role-playing game in Gamma World later in the ‘70s the art of role-playing design was in its infancy at that time. In this day and age experienced consumers expect a great deal more in their games and I believe the Blasted Earth of the Lost 77 Worlds fits that desire handily.
By Stephen A. Lee
A Basic Rundown
There have been some questions about the various books. I am in the process of producing a new PDF and hopefully video to walk through this. For now, let me lay this out here...
This is a Blank character sheets template for 77 Worlds RPG. Revised 04/08/2016
We created one of each Character Types in 77 Worlds RPG so you can let your players pick one and jump right into a game. Each of these are of the first Rank but they have already completed 1 quest for have gained additional health (HP). Revised 04/08/2016
For those still using Microsoft Word - a Blank Character Sheet template for 77 Worlds RPG. Revised 04/08/2016
Open Office / Libre Blank Character Template for 77 Worlds RPG. Revised 04/08/2016
The Ward Card System (WCS) Explained in detail. Included a sample combat round.Revised 04/08/2016
This also includes a Questions and Answers section based on comments and feedback from play testers, convention players, and post on the 77 Worlds forums. Revised 04/08/2016
This months Featured Encounter comes from The Ruins of Tokyo BEAS2017 Series
NPC - Human
Location: Earth Prime, Kantu Region
Silhouette: Appears as a typical Japanese chef but appearances can be deceiving.
Attitude: Generally friendly unless provoked.
Defense: If the characters try to attack, swindle, cheat, or show disrespect of any kind, Takeshi will activate an Alien Energy Cage Projector. All in the party will be captured. Takeshi will be long gone before the capture device needs to be recharged.
Special: Expert in military devices
Treasure: Golden figurine of Maneki Neko (grants access to Atsuko, The Geisha Guardian)
Background: A yatai is a small, mobile food stall in Japan typically selling ramen or other food. One particular yatai travels the Kanto Region is run by Takeshi. He not only has ramen but trades in technology, weapons, and rare elements. Takeshi never discusses trade before ramen. It may be difficult to find him as he is a wanderer. When exploring this area, draw a card. An Ace will ensure that you encounter the Yatai.
Encounter - Excerpt From BEAS08 The Ruins of Tokyo
Exploring the Kanto Region - Saitama Prefecture
The Wandering Yatai
A yatai is a small, mobile food stall in Japan typically selling ramen or other food.
One particular yatai in the Saitama area not only has ramen but trades in technology, weapons, and rare elements. The owner of this yatai is Takeshi. It may be difficult to find him as he is a wanderer. When exploring this area, draw a card. An Ace will ensure that you encounter the Yatai.
If the characters tell Takeshi of their quest to find the LDP research facility, he will give them a golden figurine of maneki neko (a beckoning cat) and tell them: "Go to Tokyo. Seek the Mamoru clan. Show them this token. You will be allowed to speak with Atsuko, The Geisha Guardian."
Takeshi never discusses trade before ramen. If the characters order some ramen and compliment the chef, Takeshi will trade: Chain Sword, Fire Bomb, Energy Knife, Combat Armor
If the characters also order tea or sake, Takeshi will also trade: Daikyū Yumi, Hankyū Yumi
If the characters pour a glass for Takeshi and toast “kanpai”, Takeshi will also trade: Micro-Edged Hand Fan, Bio-Retro Virus, Environmental Field Device
Takeshi will mention that he is looking for a Resistance Chip. If the characters have one, Takeshi will offer the location of the LDP Healing Project in Melbourne for trade.
During this encounter, If the characters try to attack, swindle, cheat, or show disrespect of any kind, Takeshi will activate an Alien Energy Cage Projector. All in the party will be captured. Takeshi will be long gone before the capture device needs to be recharged.