History TabletopGame / Spelljammer

7th Nov '16 1:09:10 AM Theriocephalus
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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Including breeds like the Subterranean Giant Space Hamster, Sabre-toothed Giant Space Hamster, Rather Wild Giant Space Hamster, Invisible Giant Space Hamster, Sylvan (or Jungle) Giant Space Hamster, Miniature Giant Space Hamster (otherwise known as...a hamster; the breeding came full circle...), Armor Plated Giant Space Hamster, Yellow Musk Giant Space Hamster, Ethereal Giant Space Hamster, Carnivorous Flying Giant Space Hamster, Two-Headed Lernaean Bombardier Giant Space Hamster, Two-Faced Giant Space Lagan Hamster, Fire-breathing Phase Doppleganger Giant Space Hamster, Great Horned Giant Space Hamster, Abominable Giant Space Hamster, Giant Space Hamster of Fear and Flame, Tyrannohamsterus Rex, and the legendary Giant Space Hamster of Ill Omen.

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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Including breeds like the Subterranean Giant Space Hamster, Sabre-toothed Giant Space Hamster, Rather Wild Giant Space Hamster, Invisible Giant Space Hamster, Sylvan (or Jungle) Giant Space Hamster, Miniature Giant Space Hamster (otherwise known as... a hamster; the breeding came full circle...), Armor Plated Giant Space Hamster, Yellow Musk Giant Space Hamster, Ethereal Giant Space Hamster, Carnivorous Flying Giant Space Hamster, Two-Headed Lernaean Bombardier Giant Space Hamster, Two-Faced Giant Space Lagan Hamster, Fire-breathing Phase Doppleganger Giant Space Hamster, Great Horned Giant Space Hamster, Abominable Giant Space Hamster, Giant Space Hamster of Fear and Flame, Tyrannohamsterus Rex, and the legendary Giant Space Hamster of Ill Omen.



** SpaceFighter: The main limitation on such tactics is the cost of power sources for every warboat, thus Wa churn out rudders of propulsion for Locusts, elven Flitters are built upon starfly wings and goblinoid Blades use relatively cheap Death Helms (a.k.a. lifejammers).



** [[http://www.spelljammer.org/ships/deckplans/Dolphin.gif Dolphin]]: the ship with a detachable shuttle on top of an extended curved "neck"? Hmm, [[Franchise/StarTrek what]] this strange construction could [[http://wiki.rpg.net/index.php/File:MPost16057E-PlotDevices%2Ejpg resemble]]?..
** The Rock of Bral is a shout out to Cosmic Boy from the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}, whose real name is Rokk Krinn of Braal. This in-joke was almost almost certainly done because of Rokk's last name being the same as the name of the Literature/{{Dragonlance}} planet, Krynn.

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** [[http://www.spelljammer.org/ships/deckplans/Dolphin.gif Dolphin]]: the ship with a detachable shuttle on top of an extended curved "neck"? Hmm, [[Franchise/StarTrek what]] this strange construction could [[http://wiki.rpg.net/index.php/File:MPost16057E-PlotDevices%2Ejpg resemble]]?..
resemble]]?.
** The Rock of Bral is a shout out to Cosmic Boy from the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}, ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes, whose real name is Rokk Krinn of Braal. This in-joke was almost almost certainly done because of Rokk's last name being the same as the name of the Literature/{{Dragonlance}} planet, Krynn.



* SpaceFighter: The main limitation on such tactics is the cost of power sources for every warboat, thus Wa churn out rudders of propulsion for Locusts, elven Flitters are built upon starfly wings and goblinoid Blades use relatively cheap Death Helms (a.k.a. lifejammers).



* SpaceSailing

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* SpaceSailingSpaceSailing: The various spelljamming ships in this setting tend to be modeled fairly closely after ocean-going ships.



** and giant space hamsters
** And Space Dinosaurs because why not?



* ViralTransformation: Aside of usual ({{the undead}}): Bionoid, an artifical {{shapeshifting}} PersonOfMassDestruction can also be created by infection, as some eggs are still stashed here and there. Did we already mentioned that [[NeglectfulPrecursors elves are nice guys]]?

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* ViralTransformation: Aside of the usual ({{the undead}}): Bionoid, an artifical {{shapeshifting}} PersonOfMassDestruction can also be created by infection, as some eggs are still stashed here and there. Did we already mentioned that [[NeglectfulPrecursors elves are nice guys]]?
7th Nov '16 1:03:08 AM Theriocephalus
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** The Spelljammer includes, amongst its assorted races and factions, a tower populated by the Shou, an Oriental human culture from [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Kara-tur]] who regard ''everyone'' who isn't a Shou as a simple-minded, barbaric gaijin. They're led by a mad magistrate who believes he is the captain of the Spelljammer and has total control over life and death over everyone (he doesn't, not outside the Shou tower, anyway), while his aide, who really runs thing, is a secret member of the branch of the abovementioned Xenos and is planning on getting them to wipe out all non-humans so that the Shou can then conquer/eradicate the non-Shou humans.
* FantasyKitchenSink: and admits this (and encourages in others):

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** The Spelljammer includes, amongst its assorted races and factions, a tower populated by the Shou, an Oriental human culture from [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Kara-tur]] who regard ''everyone'' who isn't a Shou as a simple-minded, barbaric gaijin. They're led by a mad magistrate who believes he is the captain of the Spelljammer and has total control over life and death over everyone (he doesn't, not outside the Shou tower, anyway), while his aide, who really runs thing, things, is a secret member of the branch of the abovementioned Xenos and is planning on getting them to wipe out all non-humans so that the Shou can then conquer/eradicate the non-Shou humans.
* FantasyKitchenSink: and And admits this (and encourages in others):



* GoodGuyBar: The World Serpent Inn mentioned in several sourcebooks was built in its own demiplane by an archmage from [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Toril]], an [[TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} Arcane]] and an [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Illithid]] as a [[TruceZone neutral ground]] when Sigil turned out to be too violent and inconvenient for quiet business and rest. Not only is it connected to many worlds, but is accessible to powers, and some gods visit it to relax and chat with creatures they deem interesting. It's a GoodGuyBar since no one wants to annoy peacefully grazing deities, and some clients in a common room ''can'' turn out to be gods on a tea-break. And even if there aren't any, TheBartender is an avatar himself -- if some god just likes to meet new people and thinks it's funny, why not?

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* GoodGuyBar: The World Serpent Inn mentioned in several sourcebooks was built in its own demiplane by an archmage from [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Toril]], an [[TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} Arcane]] Arcane and an [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Illithid]] as a [[TruceZone neutral ground]] when Sigil turned out to be too violent and inconvenient for quiet business and rest. Not only is it connected to many worlds, but is accessible to powers, and some gods visit it to relax and chat with creatures they deem interesting. It's a GoodGuyBar since no one wants to annoy peacefully grazing deities, and some clients in a common room ''can'' turn out to be gods on a tea-break. And even if there aren't any, TheBartender is an avatar himself -- if some god just likes to meet new people and thinks it's funny, why not?
19th Oct '16 5:28:43 AM Morgenthaler
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A parody setting released by the guys who made ''HackMaster'', ''[=HackJammer=]'', attempted to fit the setting to a well-tested set of rules that made it more playable, but for many it was too little too late.

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A parody setting released by the guys who made ''HackMaster'', ''TabletopGame/HackMaster'', ''[=HackJammer=]'', attempted to fit the setting to a well-tested set of rules that made it more playable, but for many it was too little too late.
29th Sep '16 10:26:11 PM psionycx
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* AmazonBrigade: These "teeth-gritting, armored harridans" were stupid enough to try to attack the "namby-pamby artistes" that are the Riegar, who promptly subjugated them and reshaped them all to look identical so as to make them into a single work of "art". Now they serve as muscle for their Riegar masters.

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* AmazonBrigade: The Lakshu. These "teeth-gritting, armored harridans" were stupid enough to try to attack the "namby-pamby artistes" that are the Riegar, who promptly subjugated them and reshaped them all to look identical so as to make them into a single work of "art". Now they serve as muscle for their Riegar masters.
29th Sep '16 12:10:35 PM psionycx
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* AgentPeacock: Beautiful, androgynous artistes...and if pushed into actual combat then several Hells break loose!

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* AgentPeacock: The Riegar. Beautiful, androgynous artistes...and if pushed into actual combat then several Hells break loose!
29th Sep '16 11:53:17 AM psionycx
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* AgentPeacock: Beautiful, androgynous artistes...and if pushed into actual combat then several Hells break loose!


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* AmazonBrigade: These "teeth-gritting, armored harridans" were stupid enough to try to attack the "namby-pamby artistes" that are the Riegar, who promptly subjugated them and reshaped them all to look identical so as to make them into a single work of "art". Now they serve as muscle for their Riegar masters.
20th Aug '16 6:26:35 PM nombretomado
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* OurGnomesAreWeirder: [[DragonLance Hoo]] ''[[DragonLance boy]]'' [[DragonLance are they.]]

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* OurGnomesAreWeirder: [[DragonLance [[Literature/DragonLance Hoo]] ''[[DragonLance ''[[Literature/DragonLance boy]]'' [[DragonLance [[Literature/DragonLance are they.]]



** The Rock of Bral is a shout out to Cosmic Boy from the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}, whose real name is Rokk Krinn of Braal. This in-joke was almost almost certainly done because of Rokk's last name being the same as the name of the {{Dragonlance}} planet, Krynn.

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** The Rock of Bral is a shout out to Cosmic Boy from the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}, whose real name is Rokk Krinn of Braal. This in-joke was almost almost certainly done because of Rokk's last name being the same as the name of the {{Dragonlance}} Literature/{{Dragonlance}} planet, Krynn.



* WeirdScience: The ''gnomes''! Who happen to be a branch of the tinker gnomes from ''{{Dragonlance}}'' who found a way into space but never found a way back down...

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* WeirdScience: The ''gnomes''! Who happen to be a branch of the tinker gnomes from ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' who found a way into space but never found a way back down...



* HalfHumanHybrid: And not just any, but a half-''[[{{Dragonlance}} kender]]''.

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* HalfHumanHybrid: And not just any, but a half-''[[{{Dragonlance}} half-''[[Literature/{{Dragonlance}} kender]]''.
15th Jul '16 5:03:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* TreeVessel: Space vessels created by elves in the setting are grown, not built, from living, leafy trees.
26th Jun '16 10:36:45 AM nombretomado
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''Spelljammer'' was utterly preposterous, didn't really care one whit about real-world astronomy or physics, and was completely aware of this. Never taking itself all that seriously, it was one of the few inherently ''[[RuleOfFun fun]]'' games that TSR was permitted to publish in that era. A very brief list of some of the things that you will find in Spelljammer, besides a deliciously crazy mish-mash of everything ''D&D'' has to offer: WeirdScience, {{Space Pirate}}s, [[BaldursGate Giant Space Hamsters]], [[BritishStuffiness Stuffy British]] [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves (who are of course Better)]], and [[OurGnomesAreWeirder Gnomes]] who [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder think that catapults are a good replacement for staircases]].

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''Spelljammer'' was utterly preposterous, didn't really care one whit about real-world astronomy or physics, and was completely aware of this. Never taking itself all that seriously, it was one of the few inherently ''[[RuleOfFun fun]]'' games that TSR was permitted to publish in that era. A very brief list of some of the things that you will find in Spelljammer, besides a deliciously crazy mish-mash of everything ''D&D'' has to offer: WeirdScience, {{Space Pirate}}s, [[BaldursGate [[Franchise/BaldursGate Giant Space Hamsters]], [[BritishStuffiness Stuffy British]] [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves (who are of course Better)]], and [[OurGnomesAreWeirder Gnomes]] who [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder think that catapults are a good replacement for staircases]].



* SpaceX: Many variant monsters. The best known would likely be "giant space hamster" thanks to the nod in BaldursGate.

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* SpaceX: Many variant monsters. The best known would likely be "giant space hamster" thanks to the nod in BaldursGate.''VideoGame/BaldursGate''.
7th Jun '16 1:36:21 PM Bense
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* {{Expy}}: A lot of the races are recycled from the aliens in TSR's earlier sci-fi RPG, ''Star Frontiers''. Rastipedes are based on ''Star Frontiers'''s vrusk, hadozee are yazirians, syllix are sathar, and plasmoids are dralasites.

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* {{Expy}}: A lot Some of the races are recycled from the aliens in TSR's earlier sci-fi RPG, ''Star Frontiers''.''TabletopGame/StarFrontiers''. Rastipedes are based on ''Star Frontiers'''s vrusk, hadozee are yazirians, syllix are sathar, and plasmoids are dralasites.
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