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  • No One of Consequence
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    They Came From The Rising Sun, based entirely on Japanese tokusatsu (special effects) media from about the mid-60s onward (probably with a cut off at the early 90s or the turn of the millennium). This includes a lot of Kaiju films, as well as the various Henshen genres (both the Sentai and Magic Girl ones, among others), Kaijin ("mysterious person" super villains), and Kyodai Heroes (Ultraman and other "grow into a giant to fight monsters" types). Maybe also the Delinquent Girl genre (Sukeban Deka and the like), though that might be a spin off like the slasher one for Beyond the Grave.

    The PCs would likely be Special Agents, transforming heroes, spiritualists-mystics, and other hero types who are tasked with protecting their town, Japan, and the world from giant monsters, alien invaders, evil spirits, super-powered villains, and other antisocial types.
    Last edited by No One of Consequence; 02-18-2022, 09:21 PM.

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  • Dataweaver
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    That first one is basically They Came From Beyond the Grave. Vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, goblins, Frankenstein, etc. are all covered by it.

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  • wingnut2292
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    They Came from the Onion!: A riff and deconstruction of the World of Darkness and the Goth-Punk setting. Hidden societies of paranatural creatures have hidden in the shadows of humanity since time forgotten. But with cameras on every phone and the internet making the world smaller, the Masquerade has forever fallen. Called the "Onion", for this shadow world is made of seemingly unending layers upon layers. Now, these magical creatures must walk into the light of human society and find a way to live. The US and Russian/Soviet Navy has know of Mermaids for decades. Fairys implore humanity to dream once again. Deviants receive pity as the Web of Pain starts to be dismantled (or is it just going to ground?). Beasts explain that they have to be the piss in your beer. Not everyone is happy. Masquerade is the First Tradition, Say the Vampires. Humanity must know the Litany, say the Werewolves. Keep the Secrete, Say the Magi.

    They Came for the Eclipses of Terra: We have made contact with alien life. It's been some time from then. But fears of Earth being assimilated into a stellar empire spanning the Orion Arm of the Milky Way have been assayed because of a unique feature of the Earth. The transit of the moon across the Sun, our semi-regular eclipses, are rare in their quality and totality. So, the Earth has been made a Stellar Park/Reserve, and now dozens of races flock and comply with strict Reservation Purity laws to Earth to see the Eclipses of Terra. Humanity as a host is responsible to ensure the satisfaction of the Visitors. But politics in the Empire is complicated. Some Terrans want to Officially want to join the Empire. Some want to kick these alien conquerors in the teeth. Some want to make a buck, and Terra makes for a grand backdrop for negotiations. Some want to sabotage the proceedings, for any reasons from causing a loss of face to a declaration of Rebelion and causing widespread despair. Every Eclipse is a fit of Spectacle, Intrigue, and Drama.
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  • eddyfate
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    Originally posted by thedonnie View Post
    They Came From Sentai! Teenagers with attitude chosen to help defend the world from a BBEG who has tons of minions.

    I have about 15% of a "They Came From the Megazord!" idea in my head, which each color as an Archetype. I also have some vague ideas on how to do Kamen Rider, too.

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  • Amethyst
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    Originally posted by Amethyst View Post
    Not that anyone cares, but at the Makeout Point near our school everyone went there “to see the bunnies” lol.
    Thanks for the Like 🥰

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  • No One of Consequence
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    ​They Came From The Center of the Earth, which is set around the turn of the Century, between about 1890 and 1915, and involves deep underground exploration and the strange and sometimes alien worlds which exist there. Obviously Jules Verne's book is a big inspiration, but there were a lot of "Hollow Earth" stories from the 19th century. Also certain bits from Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Godzilla vs Kong. At least one of the underground civilizations will be a Feminist "utopia" (which was a part of several 19th century hollow earth/underworld stories), which would draw on some of the early (pre-Crisis) Wonder Woman material as well as Haggard's She. Also the underground kingdom of the Serpent Men, the ancient ruins of the "Atlantean" super science civilization from before the magnetic pole shift that moved Antarctica from the middle of the Atlantic to the South Pole (and the freaky psychic ghosts that lurk there), and assorted other craziness.

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  • thedonnie
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    They Came From Sentai! Teenagers with attitude chosen to help defend the world from a BBEG who has tons of minions.

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  • Amethyst
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    Originally posted by The Gentleman Gamer View Post
    I actually ran a Makeout Point game for Red Moon Roleplaying using Beneath the Sea!: https://youtu.be/Vjjan4hcqoM
    Wow!!! That sounds so awesome.

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  • Grumpy RPG Reviews
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    They Came from Yo Mama! (The game must involve a "Yo Mama is..." competition)

    They Came from the Spaghetti Western (A lurid Western, home to a lot of violence and red temper paint, all unmoored from real history or geography)

    They Came from El Topo (Another western game, but everyone has to drop some acid or do some psilocybin mushroom at the start of a session)

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  • The Gentleman Gamer
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    I actually ran a Makeout Point game for Red Moon Roleplaying using Beneath the Sea!: https://youtu.be/Vjjan4hcqoM

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  • No One of Consequence
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    They Came from Behind the Computer Screen, focusing on mid 80s to turn of the millennium era of "computers are magic" film and television. Mainly focusing on the early to mid 90s when the Internet was becoming a thing, and Y2K wasn't a thing yet. Draw on stuff like Weird Science, Brainscan, The Lawnmower Man, Hackers, The Net, Existenz, Virtuousity, VR5, and, to a lesser degree, War-games, TRON, and Sneakers. Probably also draw on The X-Files and other conspiracy stuff from the era.

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  • No One of Consequence
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    Originally posted by karyjonc View Post
    They Came From Makeout Point! - Rebellious Teens are tearing apart their communities and corrupting the youth a la Rebel Without a Cause or Footloose.
    This actually would make a pretty good supplement/adventure for Storypath Nexus. Focus on teen youth culture in the 50s and early 60s, and the sort of Beneath the Sea monster adventures that work well with them.

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  • thedonnie
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    They Came From Detention is a great idea for 80's teen movies a la John Hughes. And, if we look in the direction of Breakfast Club, we have the built in Archetypes to use....

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  • Amethyst
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    Not that anyone cares, but at the Makeout Point near our school everyone went there “to see the bunnies” lol.

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  • Amethyst
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    Originally posted by karyjonc View Post
    They Came From Makeout Point! - Rebellious Teens are tearing apart their communities and corrupting the youth a la Rebel Without a Cause or Footloose.

    They Came From Down on the Range! - Westerns are perennial schlocky B-Movie material

    They Came From Your Evil Twin's Wedding! - Soap Operas! Telenovelas! Amnesia and faked deaths everywhere
    Perfect! Especially Makeout Point (which could be combined with TCFBTS if you go there to watch the submarine races or the grunion spawning xD)

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