Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Thrilling Tales' Derange-O-Lab

On occasion, I've been known to frequent the brilliant website, Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual, to peruse their interactive series of Retro-Futuristic Pulp Sci-Fi tales.

Aside from the excellent stories that could provide great inspiration, the website boasts two excellent resources from Cornelius Zappencackler's Derange-O-Lab for any GM looking to run Spirit of the Century or any other Pulp-themed RPG:

The first is the Title-O-Tron! A random title generator of the Pulp Science-Fiction variety. The perfect tool for coming up with a Pulpy name for an adventure or the Phase 3 Aspect of a Centurion.

On the right-hand side of my blog I've inserted a simple widget of the Title-O-Tron underneath the entry tags, just because I find it so darn clever and amusing! "Captives of the Atomic Lobster" I encourage checking out the full thing on website.

And next we have the recently added Pulp-O-Mizer! A customizable Pulp Magazine cover generator. Now you can show your players the cover of the pulp rag their characters are featured in!

Featuring the Mysterious White Wraith!
You can input your own text in various sizeable fonts and select from titles, foregrounds, and backgrounds. You can save and load your covers, and even export them in jpg format.

To the right is a mock-up I made for my SotC adventure: The Secret of the Eye of Mu.

For a nominal fee can even have your custom-made Pulp cover printed in high resolution, or put on various products ranging from posters and coffee mugs to notebooks and flyers.

This gives myself, hot off the heels of running a convention game, the idea that one of these covers printed out on a few flyers, possibly with character stats or story synopsis on the reverse would make an awesome handout/souvenir for your players! You could even have your Tale's cover as a table prize in the form of a poster, mug, or notebook! I don't know about you, but that sounds like wicked memorable con swag to me!

Cheers! ;{١