Curse of Tantalus - campaign setting

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Curse of Tantalus - campaign setting

Postby Chobbly » Thu Jan 22, 2004 11:12 am

Hello all,

I've been working on a campaign setting for the Babylon Five roleplaying game for the last couple of months, and thought I'd compile my progress up into PDF in case anyone wanted to take a look. I've stuck a couple of piccies in there as well, to break up the words.

It's set on a remote Centauri space station, portions of which are leased to the Earth Alliance for trade purposes. Chapter 1 is 100% complete, Chapter 2 is 95% complete. Even if it's not of general use, I hope that some elements like the Nova Dreadnought 'Pegasus' at least prove of interest.

Anyway, it can be found here - http://www.chrisncate.net/chris/cursetantalus.html

If you download it, and have any comments (critical or complementary) then please let me know. It should work with Adobe pre version 5.0, but definitely works with 5.0.


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First impressions

Postby redlaco » Thu Jan 22, 2004 3:05 pm

I skimmed through both chapters and I am really impressed by the high quality of it. The outpost and the NPCs are described with a lot of details. I will definitely be reading it thoroughly as it looks more than promising. The presentation is of professional quality. Great work, Chris! Will follow your progress with great interest. :D 8)
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Postby Tegman » Thu Jan 22, 2004 3:20 pm

I have also looked at it and it looks good, I will read through it more thoroughly once I have printed it out. I'll make sure I check your site for the rest of the chapters.

Keep up the good work. :)
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Postby Eryx » Fri Jan 23, 2004 3:54 am

Looks good. Keep us updated when the next chapters are ready. :)
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Postby Chobbly » Mon Jan 26, 2004 2:25 pm

Thanks for the comments. :)

Chapter Three may hit the site in a couple of weeks, I've got some other stuff to sort out before then, but formatting of the PDF should only take a day or so. The character histories are all about the same size as the one for Captain Elias Mebuto in Chapter Two - I have this problem with writing capsule histories for characters, in that I find it really, really difficult, because I want to explain the wheres, the whys, the who's.... Oh well....

The Centauri additions to Chapter Two will have to wait, just so they fit in with the Centauri Fact Book. Having a copy of the book would make things so much easier... :wink:
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Postby Ranger66 » Wed Jan 28, 2004 7:20 pm

It looks seriously interesting and very well done. I hope you will post info on some adventures using the station.
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Postby Dag'Nabbit » Sun Feb 15, 2004 11:22 am

I'll go ahead and say it too. It looks really good! Do you mind if I pull from it and use it in my campaign world?
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Postby slingbld » Mon Feb 16, 2004 1:58 am

Lemme toss in my 2 Cetauri Ducats by saying:

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

While I'm impatiently waiting to see more of what you've done, I'd rather wait and have the quality remain high!

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Postby Chobbly » Tue Feb 17, 2004 11:27 pm

Dag'Nabbit wrote:I'll go ahead and say it too. It looks really good! Do you mind if I pull from it and use it in my campaign world?
Not at all. It's on the web for people to download and use if they want, so if it interests you, go for it! If someone want to just take just an aspect, like the Nova Dreadnought Pegasus, and use it in their regular game (not even involved with Tantalus), that's perfectly fine too. If you want to take the PDF, but change the name, location, whatever, it's your game. All I hope is that your players enjoy or find interesting whichever bits of the Tantalus setting that suit your game. :D

Thanks for all the nice comments. Hopefully, I can get the characters chapter up sometime next week. The descriptions are done (all about the same size as Captain Mebuto), just a couple of tweaks to make ... :wink:
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Postby Morden » Thu Feb 19, 2004 8:16 am

This impresses me. Do you do any professional RPG writing? If not, you should.
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Postby August » Thu Feb 19, 2004 9:04 am

I must agree. This is fine work. Thanks much for sharing it and helping others by making it available openly on the web. The PDFs are a nice touch. They make things modular and easy to pull for private use.

Excellent job,
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Postby Chobbly » Mon Feb 23, 2004 12:37 pm

Mongoose August wrote:I must agree. This is fine work. Thanks much for sharing it and helping others by making it available openly on the web. The PDFs are a nice touch. They make things modular and easy to pull for private use.

Excellent job,
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Thanks muchly. Coming from a published writer, that means a lot... :D

Baraendur, I'd love to write stuff officially. I'm a s/w developer by trade, but dabbling in writing is something that I've done, on and off, for a few years now, mainly as a hobby rather than something official.

I'd love to write something around the Anla-Shok (being the sole individual on the planet who thought Legend of the Rangers was ok :lol: ), and might factor this into the Tantalus thing at some point if I get past the Chapter Three, which will be ready soon. I love the concepts and ideas of the Rangers, my copy of 'City of Sorrows' looking a little bit tatty these days, from overuse.

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Postby August » Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:37 pm

Don't mention it. You certainly deserved the praise.

The Rangers are an excellent concept and will probably be the single most enduring concept of the entire B5 arc. I am tentatively slated to write the Rangers Sourcebook later this year, so I'll be delving a lot deeper into the subject for everyone concerned. Stay tuned for details on this.

Take care, and keep up the fine work,
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Postby Midnight » Mon Feb 23, 2004 6:13 pm

Chobbly wrote: Not at all. It's on the web for people to download and use if they want, so if it interests you, go for it! If someone want to just take just an aspect, like the Nova Dreadnought Pegasus, and use it in their regular game (not even involved with Tantalus), that's perfectly fine too. If you want to take the PDF, but change the name, location, whatever, it's your game. All I hope is that your players enjoy or find interesting whichever bits of the Tantalus setting that suit your game. :D
I'm glad you don't mind because I think I'm gonna steal large parts of it for a PBEM I'm thinking of running soon!!

Your stuff is fantastic keep it comming!

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Postby slingbld » Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:30 pm

Any word on how soon you will have the next few parts posted?
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Postby Chobbly » Thu Feb 26, 2004 5:11 pm

Midnight wrote: I'm glad you don't mind because I think I'm gonna steal large parts of it for a PBEM I'm thinking of running soon!!

Your stuff is fantastic keep it comming!

Midnight
:lol: Steal away, my friend!

Slingbld, Chapter 3 is coming tomorrow. I'm just sorting out a picture for the final page.

For the parts after that, it'll be on an as and when basis. Chapter 3 is, to me, the important last core part, detailing the personalities on the Outpost. The history of the outpost, the plan of the outpost, the command crew of the outpost and the defensive forces in the area will all be on-line.
The way I'd figured it, these would be the core of the downloads on Tantalus, the rest (Chapters 4-6) being mainly fluff and additional information wrapped around it.

I might get around to doing a couple of smaller bits and pieces, such as a player handout for the Outpost, etc, and an additional character or two, in the near future.

Stay tuned...

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Postby Dag'Nabbit » Thu Feb 26, 2004 7:03 pm

Dude, you rock! I'm going online tomorrow, that's for sure.

Course I'm online everyday. But this just makes me want tomorrow to get here sooner. :D
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Postby slingbld » Thu Feb 26, 2004 9:12 pm

Chobbly wrote:Slingbld, Chapter 3 is coming tomorrow. I'm just sorting out a picture for the final page.

For the parts after that, it'll be on an as and when basis. Chapter 3 is, to me, the important last core part, detailing the personalities on the Outpost. The history of the outpost, the plan of the outpost, the command crew of the outpost and the defensive forces in the area will all be on-line.
The way I'd figured it, these would be the core of the downloads on Tantalus, the rest (Chapters 4-6) being mainly fluff and additional information wrapped around it.

I might get around to doing a couple of smaller bits and pieces, such as a player handout for the Outpost, etc, and an additional character or two, in the near future.

Stay tuned...

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Postby Dag'Nabbit » Fri Feb 27, 2004 6:33 am

slingbld wrote: YYEEEEAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!
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Postby slingbld » Fri Feb 27, 2004 6:39 pm

slingbld wrote:
Chobbly wrote:Slingbld, Chapter 3 is coming tomorrow. I'm just sorting out a picture for the final page.

For the parts after that, it'll be on an as and when basis. Chapter 3 is, to me, the important last core part, detailing the personalities on the Outpost. The history of the outpost, the plan of the outpost, the command crew of the outpost and the defensive forces in the area will all be on-line.
The way I'd figured it, these would be the core of the downloads on Tantalus, the rest (Chapters 4-6) being mainly fluff and additional information wrapped around it.

I might get around to doing a couple of smaller bits and pieces, such as a player handout for the Outpost, etc, and an additional character or two, in the near future.

Stay tuned...

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