Oceans, The Final Frontier: Aquatic Inspiration for Science Fiction, Part 5

Since the start of the 21st Century, I’ve come across numerous articles, photos, forum posts, and websites offering glimpses into actual or imagined futures. From the Blue Planet RPG Yahoo Group, to Facebook and other social media, it’s relatively easy these days to see cool new images to inspire your imagination. But rarely is it collected in one place. In the Final Frontier series, you will find a wide range of links and images, including RPG supplements, videos, articles on marine science, maps, real-world builds and concept sketches for sea-worthy vehicles, buildings, research stations, and even cities. Anything and everything I can find that has inspired me in my science fiction games will end up here.

So sit back and enjoy a glimpse into our own planet’s Final Frontier.

This week’s Final Frontier focuses on one of my favorite science fiction RPG settings, websites with useful programs for gamers and astronomy buffs alike, and the announcement of a scientific discovery from just days ago!

Oceans, The Final Frontier: Aquatic Inspiration for Science Fiction, Part 4

Since the start of the 21st Century, I’ve come across numerous articles, photos, forum posts, and websites offering glimpses into actual or imagined futures. From the Blue Planet RPG Yahoo Group, to Facebook and other social media, it’s relatively easy these days to see cool new images to inspire your imagination. But rarely is it collected in one place. In the Final Frontier series, you will find a wide range of links and images, including RPG supplements, videos, articles on marine science, maps, real-world builds and concept sketches for sea-worthy vehicles, buildings, research stations, and even cities. Anything and everything I can find that has inspired me in my science fiction games will end up here.

So sit back and enjoy a glimpse into our own planet’s Final Frontier.

This week’s offering focuses on aquatic adventure in films, TV, and comics.

Oceans, The Final Frontier: Aquatic Inspiration for Science Fiction, Part 3

Since the start of the 21st Century, I’ve come across numerous articles, photos, forum posts, and websites offering glimpses into actual or imagined futures. From the Blue Planet RPG Yahoo Group, to Facebook and other social media, it’s relatively easy these days to see cool new images to inspire your imagination. But rarely is it collected in one place. In the Final Frontier series, you will find a wide range of links and images, including RPG supplements, videos, articles on marine science, maps, real-world builds and concept sketches for sea-worthy vehicles, buildings, research stations, and even cities. Anything and everything I can find that has inspired me in my science fiction games will end up here.

So sit back and enjoy a glimpse into our own planet’s Final Frontier.

This week’s Final Frontier focuses on theoretical and actual architecture, as well as two gaming-specific projects that are leading players and GMs into even more aquatic adventure!

Oceans, The Final Frontier: Aquatic Inspiration for Science Fiction, Part 2

Since the start of the 21st Century, I’ve come across numerous articles, photos, forum posts, and websites offering glimpses into actual or imagined futures. From the Blue Planet RPG Yahoo Group, to Facebook and other social media, it’s relatively easy these days to see cool new images to inspire your imagination. But rarely is it collected in one place. In the Final Frontier series, you will find a wide range of links and images, including RPG supplements, videos, articles on marine science, maps, real-world builds and concept sketches for sea-worthy vehicles, buildings, research stations, and even cities. Anything and everything I can find that has inspired me in my science fiction games will end up here.

So sit back and enjoy a glimpse into our own planet’s Final Frontier.

This week’s Final Frontier focuses on scientific discoveries, theoretical research projects, and inspiringly bizarre phenomena.

Oceans, The Final Frontier: Aquatic Inspiration for Science Fiction, Part 1

I’ve spent a lot of time talking about aquatic settings and creatures for fantasy and want to turn the focus on other genres for a bit. Though fantasy roleplaying is by far the most popular genre in the world, aquatic settings can be used in modern, science fiction, science fantasy, space opera, horror, alt history, name your favorite genre and as long as oceans exist, an underwater adventure is waiting.

Since the start of the 21st Century, I’ve come across numerous articles, photos, forum posts, and websites offering glimpses into actual or imagined futures. From the Blue Planet RPG Yahoo Group, to Facebook and other social media, it’s relatively easy these days to see cool new images to inspire your imagination. But rarely is it collected in one place. In the Final Frontier series, you will find a wide range of links and images, including RPG supplements, videos, articles on marine science, maps, real-world builds and concept sketches for sea-worthy vehicles, buildings, research stations, and even cities. Anything and everything I can find that has inspired me in my science fiction games will end up here.

So sit back and enjoy a glimpse into our own planet’s Final Frontier.

Star Frontiers / D&D 5e Conversion Part 6

I started to put together some Star Frontier monsters that can be used for a D&D 5th edition – Star Frontiers Campaign. I stated first with a creature that you should find interesting.  It is really big and scary, 65 feet long, and is able to hide and sneak attack the player characters.  It was the Slither, so I tweaked it a bit, but kept the same flavor. I first started by using the Purple Worm layout, but soon found ideas from several other monsters in the Monster Manual.  I stayed focused on the origional listing of Slither’s abilities: 1. surprise, 2. chemical burn touch, 3. tentacle attack, 4. a bite attack, 5. tentacle grapple. and 6. multi-creature attack, and added some legendary actions to the creature.

Star Frontiers / D&D 5e Conversion Part 5

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

I have continued to work on combining the Star Frontiers D&D 5e Conversion articles during the winter break. Previously there was some criticism for the D&D 5th edition conversion not being true to the original Star Frontiers.  I did take a lot of liberties with the races and their special abilities, and I did use information from several sources. So, while I worked on updates to my previous articles, I have had some time to reflect, tweak some things, and make corrections.

Star Frontiers / D&D 5e Conversion Part 3

So now you should have some mission idea in mind, and how to bring your D&D campaign into a Star Frontiers setting, or vice versa.  If you don’t know yet, maybe the party ends up finding a strange marooned space ship out in the middle of nowhere, that might be the start of a great adventure. Especially if the bad guys show up, and start trouble.   Or maybe, they get inside the ship and it takes off, and transports them to another world in the Frontier Sector.  

Star Frontiers / D&D 5e Conversion Part 2

So here is the continuation of my Star Frontiers conversion using Dungeons & Dragons Fifth edition core rules.  I’ve been tweaking things, and pulled the equipment side out of the character creation.  I created the Astronaut class, and changed the races features a bit from some great responses I received.  So I am breaking this up a bit, and I hope you like what I am working on, and since I made Psionics a character overlay that can go with anything, Psionics can easily be added to the Star Frontiers world. I’m going to start working on vehicles and robots, and will update these pages as I hear back from all you cool people.  Please let me know if I goofed somewhere, or if I could make it better.