History TabletopGame / CrimsonSkies

13th Jun '16 8:25:34 AM justanid
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Basically, the series is an excuse to - in Jordan Weisman's words - "take the idea of 16th century Caribbean piracy and translate into a 1930s American setting." So far the series consists of a board game from FASA, a collectible miniatures game from Wizkids,a series of books and three arcade flight-based video games published by [[MicrosoftStudios Microsoft Game Studios]]: ''Crimson Skies'' for the PC, an [[http://arcadeflyers.com/?page=flyer&db=videodb&id=4458ℑ=1 arcade version]] and ''Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge'' for the Xbox.

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Basically, the series is an excuse to - in Jordan Weisman's words - "take the idea of 16th century Caribbean piracy and translate into a 1930s American setting." So far the series consists of a board game from FASA, Creator/{{FASA}}, a collectible miniatures game from Wizkids,a series of books and three arcade flight-based video games published by [[MicrosoftStudios Microsoft Game Studios]]: ''Crimson Skies'' for the PC, an [[http://arcadeflyers.com/?page=flyer&db=videodb&id=4458ℑ=1 arcade version]] and ''Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge'' for the Xbox.
5th Jun '16 8:24:36 AM Doug86
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* AcePilot: Entire series is based on this trope with several of the main characters being one. For instance, Nathan Zachary is a UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Flying Ace.

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* AcePilot: Entire series is based on this trope with several of the main characters being one. For instance, Nathan Zachary is a UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Flying Ace.



** The novel ''Pirate's Gold'', written by Stephen Kenson, chronicles the life of [[LoveableRogue Nathan Zachary]], the protagonist of the video games, from his experiences as the youngest American [[AcePilot ace]] during the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Great War]], up until the formation of the Fortune Hunters two decades later.

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** The novel ''Pirate's Gold'', written by Stephen Kenson, chronicles the life of [[LoveableRogue Nathan Zachary]], the protagonist of the video games, from his experiences as the youngest American [[AcePilot ace]] during the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Great War]], up until the formation of the Fortune Hunters two decades later.



* AlternateHistory: the divergent timeline begins after UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne with a "Regionalist movement" that grew out of the Isolationist movement. Prohibition failed as a constitutional amendment and states were left to create their own liquor laws dividing the nation between wet and dry states. Then an influenza epidemic forces states to close their borders, further dividing the Union. And shortly after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, Texas seceded from the Union and formed the Republic of Texas on January 1, 1930. New York quickly followed. By 1931, the old United States was gone and the successor states were well on their way to becoming the new Balkans.

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* AlternateHistory: the divergent timeline begins after UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI with a "Regionalist movement" that grew out of the Isolationist movement. Prohibition failed as a constitutional amendment and states were left to create their own liquor laws dividing the nation between wet and dry states. Then an influenza epidemic forces states to close their borders, further dividing the Union. And shortly after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, Texas seceded from the Union and formed the Republic of Texas on January 1, 1930. New York quickly followed. By 1931, the old United States was gone and the successor states were well on their way to becoming the new Balkans.



* CallForward: In ''Pirate's Gold'', during the chapters set during the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Great War]], Nathan Zachary helps smuggle a pre-teen girl named Natalia out of [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Russia]]. It is strongly hinted that the girl grows up to become [[spoiler: the Black Swan]].

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* CallForward: In ''Pirate's Gold'', during the chapters set during the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Great War]], Nathan Zachary helps smuggle a pre-teen girl named Natalia out of [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Russia]]. It is strongly hinted that the girl grows up to become [[spoiler: the Black Swan]].
26th Mar '16 2:36:43 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: While most [[SkyPirate air pirates]] live by some [[ScoundrelCode code]], Victor "Jackal" Caul, the BigBad of the novel ''Rogue Flyer'', is a [[HeroKiller bloodthirsty murderer]] who makes a point of [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown shooting down enemy pilots after they've parachuted]]. Even [[EvenEvilHasStandards other pirates are horrified]].
24th Mar '16 3:27:25 PM Marzhin93
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* CameBackWrong: Subverted with "Fortune Tell" in the short story ''Fortune's Hunt''. He was [[OnlyMostlyDead left for dead]], but returns with LaserGuidedAmnesia. People who had met his old self comment that he was pretty much a {{Jerkass}}, with maybe a hint of a HiddenHeartOfGold; however his new, amnesiac personality is generally [[NiceGuy nicer]] and more [[HeroicNeutral heroic]].


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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Played straight with "Fortune Tell", the protagonist of the short story ''Fortune's Hunt''. He has forgotten his own identity after being shot and [[OnlyMostlyDead left for dead]]. Yet he retains all his skills as a pilot and proves quite knowledgeable about the world.
19th Mar '16 4:38:37 AM Marzhin93
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* InspectorJavert: Paladin Blake seems obsessed with taking down the [[JustLikeRobinHood Fortune Hunters]], instead of taking care of more dangerous threats such as the [[RuthlessModernPirates Black Hats]]. Subverted as ''Rogue Flyer'' reveals that Boeing, one of [[LawEnforcementInc Blake Aviation]]'s [[HeroismWontPayTheBills biggest clients]], is [[TheChainsOfCommanding forcing his hand]].
** Once he is [[WeNeedToGetProof given proof]] that [[spoiler: the Black Hats are working with Sacred Trust]], Blake has [[spoiler: [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure no problem]] [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules allying with the Fortune Hunters]]]] against the BiggerBad.



* LawfulGood: Paladin Blake, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as his name suggests]].



* TheLostLenore: Played straight with Tervor Girard, the main protagonist of the novel ''Rogue Flyer'', who is haunted by the gruesome murder of his beloved Faith. Subverted with Nathan Zachary, who gets over the [[spoiler: betrayal and later death]] of his first love [[spoiler: Hanna Ullen]] relatively quickly.

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* TheLostLenore: Played straight with Tervor Trevor Girard, the main protagonist of the novel ''Rogue Flyer'', who is haunted by the gruesome murder of his beloved Faith. Subverted with Nathan Zachary, who gets over the [[spoiler: betrayal and later death]] of his first love [[spoiler: Hanna Ullen]] relatively quickly.



** Paladin Blake.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''Rogue Flyer'', after the Black Hats' [[CurbStompBattle assault on Boeing field]], Tervor Girard tries to get in touch with his [[ReverseMole informants within the pirate gang]]. Unfortunately his actions end up [[spoiler: blowing their cover]], leading to their [[spoiler: [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves execution]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath by the Black Hats]]]], as well as [[spoiler: the [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat apparent death]] of Trevor's betrothed, Amanda]]. Understandably, Trevor is [[HeroicBSOD not in a good place]] after that.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''Rogue Flyer'', after the Black Hats' [[CurbStompBattle assault on Boeing field]], Tervor Trevor Girard tries to get in touch with his [[ReverseMole informants within the pirate gang]]. Unfortunately his actions end up [[spoiler: blowing their cover]], leading to their [[spoiler: [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves execution]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath by the Black Hats]]]], as well as [[spoiler: the [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat apparent death]] of Trevor's betrothed, Amanda]]. Understandably, Trevor is [[HeroicBSOD not in a good place]] after that.
19th Mar '16 4:16:52 AM Marzhin93
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* DefectiveDetective: Trevor Girard in ''Rogue Flyer''. A former pilot, he's now working as an [[InterdisciplinarySleuth investigator]] for [[LawEnforcementInc Blake Aviation]], but he has a ''lot'' of issues.



* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: Paladin Blake. According to the supplement ''Blake Aviation Security'', [[MeaningfulName Paladin]] is his actual first name.



** ''Blake Aviation Security'' reveals that Paladin Blake is the hero of a popular RadioDrama, written by fellow [[PinkertonDetective ex-Pinkerton]] Creator/DashiellHammett. He has also been portrayed by Creator/ErrolFlynn in a movie.



* PinkertonDetective: Paladin Blake's job before founding [[LawEnforcementInc Blake Aviation Security]].



* SpiritualSuccessor: Jordan Weisman later founded a video game company, Harebrained Schemes. Their first game was called [[http://harebrained-schemes.com/crimson/ Crimson: Steam Pirates]], and is essentially ''Crimson Skies'' at sea and with a {{Steampunk}} vibe.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Jordan Weisman later founded a video game company, Harebrained Schemes. Their first game was called [[http://harebrained-schemes.com/crimson/ Crimson: Steam Pirates]], and is essentially ''Crimson Skies'' at sea and with a {{Steampunk}} vibe. It also bears [[RecycledInSpace similarities]] to another of Weisman's creations, the tabletop game [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirates_Constructible_Strategy_Game ''Pirates of the Spanish Main'']].
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: [[LawEnforcementInc Blake Aviation Security]] for the [[SkyPirate Fortune Hunters]].
18th Mar '16 3:04:50 PM Marzhin93
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Jordan Weisman later founded a video game company, Harebrained Schemes. Their first game was called [[SimilarlyNamedWorks Crimson: Steam Pirates]], and is essentially ''Crimson Skies'' at sea and with a {{Steampunk}} vibe.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Jordan Weisman later founded a video game company, Harebrained Schemes. Their first game was called [[SimilarlyNamedWorks [[http://harebrained-schemes.com/crimson/ Crimson: Steam Pirates]], and is essentially ''Crimson Skies'' at sea and with a {{Steampunk}} vibe.
18th Mar '16 12:55:35 PM Marzhin93
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: And vice-versa! Pirates are especially popular. Jonathan Kahn's [[http://crimsonskies.wikia.com/wiki/File:Characters_kahn.jpg picture]] shows him with two women, the [[FemmeFatale Black Swan]] has lots of admirers... And of course, there's [[HandsomeLech Nathan Zachary]].



* DieselPunk: The series very much defined, and perhaps established, much of the modern style of this theme. Much of the movie ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' seemed suspiciously similar or even lifted from CrimsonSkies.

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* DieselPunk: The series very much defined, and perhaps established, much of the modern style of this theme. Much of the movie ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' seemed suspiciously similar or even lifted from CrimsonSkies.



* FollowTheLeader: Much of the movie ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' seems suspiciously similar or even lifted from CrimsonSkies. Subverted as Kerry Conran started working on the short film that would become ''Sky Captain'' as early as 1994, several years before the release of CrimsonSkies. Both works are basically [[OlderThanTheyThink inspired by the same things]].



* HandsomeLech: Nathan Zachary is quite the ladies' man. Although depending on the lady, he can act more like TheCasanova or a ChivalrousPervert.
* HeroicBSOD: [[PirateGirl "Brooklyn" Betty Charles]] gets one in ''Rogue Flyer'', during the assault on the "Promised Land" zeppelin. Seeing Boeing field in flames makes her realize that the Fortune Hunters and Black Hats are maybe NotSoDifferent.



* LightningBruiser: the Focke-Wulf Hellhound qualifies.

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* LegallyDead: [[spoiler: Amanda Rassmussen]]'s situation by the end of ''Rogue Flyer''. Everybody believes [[spoiler: she was [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat killed in a crash]]]], when in fact [[spoiler: she's a prisoner of the Black Hats]].
* LightningBruiser: the Focke-Wulf Hellhound qualifies. qualifies.
* TheLostLenore: Played straight with Tervor Girard, the main protagonist of the novel ''Rogue Flyer'', who is haunted by the gruesome murder of his beloved Faith. Subverted with Nathan Zachary, who gets over the [[spoiler: betrayal and later death]] of his first love [[spoiler: Hanna Ullen]] relatively quickly.


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''Rogue Flyer'', after the Black Hats' [[CurbStompBattle assault on Boeing field]], Tervor Girard tries to get in touch with his [[ReverseMole informants within the pirate gang]]. Unfortunately his actions end up [[spoiler: blowing their cover]], leading to their [[spoiler: [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves execution]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath by the Black Hats]]]], as well as [[spoiler: the [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat apparent death]] of Trevor's betrothed, Amanda]]. Understandably, Trevor is [[HeroicBSOD not in a good place]] after that.


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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In ''Rogue Flyer'', [[MeaningfulName Paladin Blake]], [[AFatherToHisMen the boss]] of [[LawEnforcementInc Blake Aviation Security]], does not dismiss Trevor Girard's claims about [[spoiler: the Black Hats and Sacred Trust actually [[TheCon working together]]]]. But he [[WeNeedToGetProof can't do anything without proof]], and in the meantime their client [[MegaCorp Boeing]] is [[TheChainsOfCommanding forcing him]] to deal with the Fortune Hunters [[HeroismWontPayTheBills first]].
* ReleasedToElsewhere: Victor Caul likes to play this trick to pilots who disappoint him. ''"You're being kicked upstairs"'' does ''not'' mean you're being demoted to crew the zeppelin. Victor has another "[[{{Heaven}} upstairs]]" in mind...


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* SpiritualSuccessor: Jordan Weisman later founded a video game company, Harebrained Schemes. Their first game was called [[SimilarlyNamedWorks Crimson: Steam Pirates]], and is essentially ''Crimson Skies'' at sea and with a {{Steampunk}} vibe.
18th Mar '16 9:04:21 AM Marzhin93
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* {{Expy}}: The increasingly toxic partnership between Zachary and [[spoiler: Lucas Miles]], as described in the novels, seems based on the similar relationship between Thomas Blood and Levasseur in [[Film/CaptainBlood Captain Blood]]. Considering Zachary is often compared to Errol Flynn's movie heroes by other characters...

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* {{Expy}}: The increasingly toxic partnership between Zachary and [[spoiler: Lucas Miles]], as described in the novels, seems based on the similar relationship between Thomas Peter Blood and Levasseur in [[Film/CaptainBlood Captain Blood]]. Considering Zachary is often compared to Errol Flynn's Creator/ErrolFlynn's movie heroes by other characters...
18th Mar '16 4:34:27 AM Marzhin93
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* TheDragon: In ''Rogue Flyer'', Ace Dixon is the Dragon to Black Hats leader [[TheDreaded Ulysses Booth]], who in turn secretly answers to [[TheManBehindTheMan Lucas Miles]]. The novel's BigBad, [[HeroKiller Victor "Jackal" Caul]], is trying to become Miles' Dragon and eventually get rid of [[TheStarscream both Dixon and Booth]].

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* TheDragon: In ''Rogue Flyer'', Ace Dixon is the Dragon to Black Hats leader [[TheDreaded Ulysses Booth]], Boothe]], who in turn secretly answers to [[TheManBehindTheMan Lucas Miles]]. The novel's BigBad, [[HeroKiller Victor "Jackal" Caul]], is trying to become Miles' Dragon and eventually get rid of [[TheStarscream both Dixon and Booth]].Boothe]].



* EnemyChatter: enemy pirates, militia planes, zeppelins, ground forces and naval forces will taunt you over the radio, talk to each other, etc..



* MegaMawManeuver: One level of ''Highroad to Revenge'' has a giant zep designed to eat other zeps.



* {{Pirate}}[=/=]SkyPirate: Just about every major character. Nathan Zachary is definitely a Type 2 pirate. Others, like Ulysses Booth and Lucas Miles, are firmly in the Type 1 category.

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* {{Pirate}}[=/=]SkyPirate: Just about every major character. Nathan Zachary is definitely a Type 2 pirate. Others, like Ulysses Booth Boothe and Lucas Miles, are firmly in the Type 1 category.


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* {{Ranger}}: Of course Texas has Air Rangers.
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