what is the perfect intro to Gamma World?

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what is the perfect intro to Gamma World?

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If you were DMing a short-shot game in the GAMMA WORLD setting - for D&D 5e.

What would be the "MUST HAVES" to incorporate/show?
Musts for: setting descriptions, for NPCs, for gear/weapons/tech-magic, etc..., for factions or villains?

What are perfect published adventures (Gamma World or not), or other one-shots (like one-page dungeons)?

Which previous Gamma World edition would be the best resource to look at for inspiration/ideas for rule-conversion aid and for most setting coolness?

How would you handle PC generation?

NOW.... Also consider - this needs to also be "expandable" if the players like it enough to drop some hints for longer term campaign play! What would be an excellent cameo or clue or hint to bigger things to come? Without leaving it unfinished?

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The best intro to Gamma World imho is to have the characters wake up in cryo-pods, discover they are 100+ years in the future and the end of the world happened while they were asleep. At first due to freeze-amnesia they can't recall why they were put in cryo-pods. They discover things as they explore after leaving the underground compound.

You might want to look at Ultra-Modern 5e by Dias Ex Machina for character creation. I have it and it would be appropriate for Gamma World. More info in this thread : viewtopic.php?f=13&t=18695
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I love Gamma World but I don't have a lot of "MUST HAVES" for it. I'd probably want to have the badders. Yexils have also always stuck in my mind. I personally like the gallus gallus 5/13 but I don't consider them must haves. A pure human group trying to kill everything else is common along with crazies who worship radiation.

My preferred adventure for gamma world is generally just a simple ruin scavenge which leads to something bigger. For my first nano novel, the main characters are looking for a place to stay. In that location they discover a radio and hear about an attack on a town which is coming. To save the town they activate a mech. That activation leads some ancients recently unfrozen to destroy the town.

I don't know if any published adventures are to my liking. It's been a while since I've read them.

For inspiration on setting, I would look at GW 1e to 4e (and Metamorphosis Alpha). GW 6e isn't bad either (that's the d20 version by WW). GW 5e has a different feel to the setting. GW 7e (the D&D 4e version) cranked up the humor level which I didn't care for.
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The one time I ran Gamma World I started it out as an apparent Dragonlance campaign, only to reveal that the goblins and kender were actually mutant humans and the Cataclysm buried the ruins of technological Earth.

I should note that this wasn't a surprise for the players, who created their characters with the Gamma World rules and knew what they were getting into.

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My tried and true entry method for fresh players would be to have them wake-up in a cryogenic sleep. This would ether be a cryogenic center, or a crashed sleeper-ship. They would have some basic sci-fi provisions, but no skill on surviving the now alien world.

Another method I use for Generational Ship survival is to have the players start as dysfunctional androids. That is, dysfunctional to where they think they are naked primitives instead of artificial people. The players, like their characters are oblivious to the fact that they are androids on a doomed spaceship.

For recommended adventure books... I don't have any. I personally recommended aping things left and right. Get ideals and inspiration by binge-watching old action cartoons (Thundarr the Barbarian, Huculoids, etc.), read old comic books (Kamandi: Last Boy on Earth, Mighty Sampson, etc.), and watch every cheesy straight-to-video action flick the '80s had to offer (too numerous to list).

If it has goofy-looking mutant creatures, then use them!
If it has wired sci-fi devices that are hard to figure out by looking at it, then use them!
If it features a cool character, use him/her/it!
If it mostly ham-fasted fighting scenes, go with it!
If it feels like it was written after an acid-trip, then go with it! (Winners do Do Drugs!)
If most the cast are in cheesecake bandage-gear, use it, wear it...Just do it!
If it has an over-the-top villain who chews every scene he/she is in, then use him/her!
If it has more boobs that plot, use them!
If it has awesome set pieces, then use them!
If someone complains that its comes off as a 13-years old boy's fantasy, then boot him/her, as that person is just going to be a joykill!
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Death Machines. Yes, plural.
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Malcadon wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:02 am
My tried and true entry method for fresh players would be to have them wake-up in a cryogenic sleep.
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