Thursday, August 23, 2012

[Thundarr Thursday] Gen Con's "Thundarr the Barbarian: Across The Dimensional Divide" Available For Download

There were many folks who wanted to play in my "Thundarr the Barbarian" game at Gen Con. Sadly, I only had room for the six players who signed up, and I didn't have time to run it more than once. However, if you'd like to see what the game was all about, or if you'd like to run your own home group through it, I have made the adventure and pre-gens available for download.

A few notes:

  • The adventure is hardly a polished effort, as it's my rough notes for use during a con game. So please excuse spelling errors, formatting issues, and general unattractiveness. Originally, it was just for my eyes only.
  • The script should be easy enough to follow, but it is a 3-4 hour "railroad" convention one-shot. There's not much "depth" to it. Point A to Point B to Point C to Big Bad Boss at the end.
  • I played the opening credits on a tablet for the players as we started. And when we were done, I played the end credits. This really helped the atmosphere and set the mood.
  • There are pre-gens for Thundarr, Ookla, and Ariel. You'll need to make two copies of each. (You'll see why when you read the text.) Encourage the players to play the characters straight as it really helps make the game a success.
  • Be sure to play it like the cartoon. Play up the voices and the exaggerated action sequences. If your players want to do it, let it happen! In my game, Ookla landed on the hood of a moving car, driving the engine block into the ground, and sending the car flying. Thundarr jumped onto the back of the Dimensional Worm and rodeo-rode it to submission. One Ariel cast a light-bridge to reach the foe while the other Ariel ran along it to deliver the final blow. The other Ookla grabbed a set of car tires and threw them over the wizard, effectively trapping him within. Cartoon action, my friends!
  • If you'd like to run your home PCs through the adventure, you should be able to "ramp up" the encounters and the lethality of Yin/Yan. However, this game takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where magic exists. If magic doesn't exist in your campaign, have Yin/Yan's merging/dimension breaches be the result of "Ancient technology in the wrong hands."

Click on the cover or this link to go download the adventure.
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  1. The adventure is perfect! It's exactly how I'd picture a lost episode of the show!

  2. Just dawned on me -- when I ran it, I ran it Thursday afternoon ala "Thundarr Thursday" as you've come to know and love. The NEXT Thundarr game I run (at Gary Con, hint!) will be held, when else? SATURDAY MORNING! I'll have breakfast cereal and Pop tarts to munch on and, between action scenes, I'll play commercials for pre-sweetened cereals, toys, and other 80s cartoons! (Talk about an immersive rewind!)

  3. This is bloody brilliant.

    Make sure you serve Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs for breakfast, too.

  4. Great, great work, my man. Would have loved to be there.