The wastelands of most post-apocalyptic settings is a nightmare to explore – there are those who would rather eat you or at least kill you and take your stuff to be found around every bend, in every polymerized rain forest, and even standing just out of sight behind the great wall of the ancients.
That’s why Jordan Hyram built the bus.
Jordan is a mutant human in my oldish-school Gamma World campaign. Ever since our second session, he’s been trying to figure out a safe-ish way to travel above the wastelands. The rest of the players thought this was brilliant and together we decided to transition the game after the adventure they were involved in into a classic exploration-style game where they would travel from location to location finding out about Gamma Terra with the assumption that I would throw together a short episodic adventure at every stop.
Finally this week he managed to get the The Bus to take off. (Also called “the Magic Schoolbus” by two members of the team).
As a plot device, the bus is basically indestructible. However, this is mostly by DM fiat. In actual game terms, the bus’s stats are something like this:
The Magic Schoolbus
- Power Source: Solar for engines
- Top Speed: 50 mph
- Hit Points: 40
- Armor: Duraplastic AC5
- Class I Sensor Systems (low-resolution video and audio, vehicular weapons are at -2 to hit)
- 2 Hardpoints on the bus chassis (front and back), currently without weapon systems
That’s a wonderful piece of art. Great concept too.
Nice, I love it!
Chakat Firepaw said:
While the bus may be given plot device protection, something tells me that there are going to be adventures based around “getting the stuff to fix and refill the envelope,” or “getting parts for the engine so that we can go somewhere other than downwind.”
But, of course, having the gasbag shot up or the engine damaged are themselves just plot device ways of saying “I have a longer adventure for you, so you’ll need an excuse to stick around,” or “this adventure will take place in a random patch of the wastelands.”
Dyson Logos said:
Oh hells yes. But the agreement is that it will remain an episodic format with a new location for every adventure.
Nice to see a Gamma World post! Nice stuff!