History TabletopGame / CrimsonSkies

7th Nov '17 6:09:19 AM cynicalcylon
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You ever wanted to be a SkyPirate, kiddies? Well, then have we got the game series for you. Created by Jordan Weisman and Dave [=McCoy=], Crimson Skies is a media franchise and fictional AlternateUniverse in which the United States of America collapsed in the 1930s into a bunch of quarreling nation-states. With the collapse of the federal government comes the collapse of the interstate network of roads and railroads; but goods still need to be transported across state lines. Stepping up to the challenge are air cargo services based around [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld massive cargo zeppelins]]; but with modern air shipping comes modern air pirates!

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Hey, there, kiddo! You ever wanted to be a SkyPirate, kiddies? SkyPirate? Well, then have we got the game series for you. you! Created by Jordan Weisman and Dave [=McCoy=], Crimson Skies is a media franchise and fictional AlternateUniverse in which the United States of America collapsed [[Main/DividedStatesOfAmerica collapsed]] in the 1930s into a bunch of quarreling nation-states. With the collapse of the federal government comes the collapse of the interstate network of roads and railroads; but goods still need to be transported across state lines. Stepping up to the challenge are air cargo services based around [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld massive cargo zeppelins]]; but with modern air shipping comes modern air pirates!
5th May '17 3:53:41 PM Kalaong
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** They're substantially based on [[http://firedrake.org/roger/crimsonskies/equivalency.html weird WWII German concepts]]. According to [[http://www.montanaraiders.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=89 this fan forum]] the experimental Curtis XP-55 Ascender was another plane that really helped define the look of the universe.

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** They're substantially based on [[http://firedrake.org/roger/crimsonskies/equivalency.html weird WWII German concepts]]. According to [[http://www.montanaraiders.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=89 this fan forum]] the experimental [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss-Wright_XP-55_Ascender Curtis XP-55 Ascender Ascender]] was another plane that really helped define the look of the universe.
21st Jan '17 4:58:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* 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]].

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* FollowTheLeader: Much of the movie ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' seems suspiciously similar or even lifted from CrimsonSkies. Crimson Skies. 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.Crimson Skies. Both works are basically [[OlderThanTheyThink inspired by the same things]].
8th Dec '16 3:04:51 AM VampireYoshi
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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 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.

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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 [[{{Dieselpunk}} a 1930s American setting.setting]]." So far the series consists of a board game from 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.
30th Oct '16 4:36:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* BadAss: Nathan Zachary
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.
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