Sunday, July 5, 2009

Enter The Colony on July 21

This post is less about RPGing and more about inspiration for your post-apocalyptic game. Just saw an interesting promo for a show about to air on The Discovery Channel. Take the reality TV show "Survivor," but have it take place in the ruins of a destroyed earth. You'd have The Colony.
Here's the show's description from the website:

What would you do in the wake of a global catastrophe? How would you find food? Water? Shelter? The Colony is a controlled experiment to see exactly what it would take to survive and rebuild under these circumstances.

For 10 weeks, a group of 10 volunteers, whose backgrounds and expertise represent a cross-section of modern society, are isolated in an urban environment outside Los Angeles and tasked with creating a livable society. With no electricity from the grid, no running water, and no communication with the outside world, all the volunteers have to work with are their skills and whatever tools and supplies they can scavenge from their surroundings.

Experts from the fields of homeland security, engineering and psychology have helped design the world of The Colony to reflect elements from both real-life disasters and models of what the future could look like after a global viral outbreak. Over the course of the 10-week experiment, the Colonists must work together to build the necessities of survival, such as a water-filtration system, a battery bank that powered their electricity, a solar cooker, a shower system and a greenhouse – and even some niceties.

I read a bit about upcoming episodes and some of the challenges include defending The Colony from attacks by marauders; leaving the safety of The Colony to explore the ruins outside; making contact with other Colonies; and finding which of them is a spy for another group of Colonists. Very interesting premise. Throw in some spidergoats and you have Mutant Future: The Reality Show. The Colony premieres July 21 on Discovery Channel.

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