History TabletopGame / Spelljammer

18th Jul '17 2:30:42 PM Theriocephalus
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The premise of the setting is to link each of ''D&D'''s then-popular campaign settings together by means of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aether_theories the old Ptolemaic view of the cosmos]]; the worlds of ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}}'', and the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' were (along with thousands of other worlds) stated to be contained in their own "crystal spheres", massive hollow balls large enough to contain a whole solar system. Some were heliocentric systems, sometimes geocentric, and some were [[WorldShapes flat worlds]] set upon the backs of great tortoises or other "starbeasts." Or something else entirely. The stars you see from your bedroom window are ''not'' other suns -- they're actually balls of light (or glowing gems) stuck to the interior of your world's crystal sphere. Unless, of course, you're in a sphere that got giant glowing ''beetles'' slowly crawling on its inside surface. [[AllMythsAreTrue It happens]].

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The premise of the setting is to link each of ''D&D'''s then-popular campaign settings together by means of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aether_theories the old Ptolemaic view of the cosmos]]; the worlds of ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}}'', and the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' were (along with thousands of other worlds) stated to be contained in their own "crystal spheres", massive hollow balls large enough to each contain a whole solar system. Some were heliocentric systems, sometimes geocentric, and some were [[WorldShapes flat worlds]] set upon the backs of great tortoises or other "starbeasts." "starbeasts". Or something else entirely. The stars you see from your bedroom window are ''not'' other suns -- they're actually balls of light (or glowing gems) stuck to the interior of your world's crystal sphere. Unless, of course, you're in a sphere that got giant glowing ''beetles'' slowly crawling on its inside surface. [[AllMythsAreTrue It happens]].



Spelljammer received some references in Fourth Edition material: It was one of the settings listed as possible to see print, and some Spelljammer content has made it into the Manual of the Planes (as a ship to sail the Astral Sea and to use to Plane Shift) and Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (specifically referring to the crystal spheres and phlogiston). Sadly, nothing came of this; as 4e ends there is no Spelljammer in sight (though an Epic Destiny in ''Heroes of The Elemental Chaos'' lets you become a Regiar). Mike Mearls said that this wasn't so much due to [[ComedyGhetto Spelljammer being too silly]] but rather [[ContinuitySnarl how hard to pull off the crossover aspect is.]] He said that if they were going to do it in D&D Next it'd be "its own thing"

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Spelljammer received some references in Fourth Edition material: It was one of the settings listed as possible to see print, and some Spelljammer content has made it into the Manual of the Planes (as a ship to sail the Astral Sea and to use to Plane Shift) and Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (specifically referring to the crystal spheres and phlogiston). Sadly, nothing came of this; as 4e ends there is no Spelljammer in sight (though an Epic Destiny in ''Heroes of The Elemental Chaos'' lets you become a Regiar). Mike Mearls said that this wasn't so much due to [[ComedyGhetto Spelljammer being too silly]] but rather [[ContinuitySnarl how hard to pull off the crossover aspect is.]] He said that if they were going to do it in D&D ''D&D'' Next it'd be "its own thing"



* CaptainErsatz: The bionoids are basically mass-produced Manga/{{Guyver}} units, right down to the chest cannon.
** And [[{{Gamera}} Gammaroids]], if the name doesn't qualify them as a ShoutOut.

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* CaptainErsatz: CaptainErsatz:
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The bionoids are basically mass-produced Manga/{{Guyver}} units, right down to the chest cannon.
** And [[{{Gamera}} Gammaroids]], Gammaroids for Franchise/{{Gamera}}, if the name doesn't qualify them as a ShoutOut.



* DeathFromAbove: Averted. A flying weapon platform obviously could have an enormous advantage over groundlings, but spelljammers are too clumsy in the atmosphere and thus are sitting ducks for anything that ''can'' get them. Spelljammer shock--which can be caused by any sort of damage--and failure to replace the helmsman in free fall before hitting the ground means TotalPartyKill. Did we mention helms are ''expensive''?..

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* DeathFromAbove: Averted. A flying weapon platform obviously could have an enormous advantage over groundlings, but spelljammers are too clumsy in the atmosphere and thus are sitting ducks for anything that ''can'' get them. Spelljammer shock--which can be caused by any sort of damage--and failure to replace the helmsman in free fall before hitting the ground means TotalPartyKill. Did we mention helms are ''expensive''?..''expensive''?
9th Jun '17 8:28:35 PM Willbyr
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* CaptainErsatz: The bionoids are basically mass-produced {{Guyver}} units, right down to the chest cannon.

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* CaptainErsatz: The bionoids are basically mass-produced {{Guyver}} Manga/{{Guyver}} units, right down to the chest cannon.



** For added subtext, the Bionoids are clearly an {{Expy}} of or ShoutOut to {{Guyver}}.

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** For added subtext, the Bionoids are clearly an {{Expy}} of or ShoutOut to {{Guyver}}.''Manga/{{Guyver}}''.
17th Apr '17 2:42:47 AM Arivne
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* OurMonstersAreDifferent: There were whole new manuals about D&D species adapted to "Wildspace", and a few unique to the setting.

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* OurMonstersAreDifferent: OurMonstersAreDifferent
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There were whole new manuals about D&D species adapted to "Wildspace", and a few unique to the setting.


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* PoisonIsCorrosive: Supplement ''Greyspace''. The horg secrete a corrosive, poisonous liquid from their teeth and claws. Any creature they bite or claw takes up to 20 HitPoints of damage per minute for 10 minutes.
6th Apr '17 12:01:42 PM Malady
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4th Apr '17 8:18:33 PM nombretomado
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* TheMultiverse: The characters travel between Crystal Spheres, each containing a solar system or some variant thereof. Basically, [[CrossoverCosmology every]] non-scientific legend of what the stars and planets are wind up being literally true in at least one crystal sphere. Additionally, ''Spelljammer'' took place within the greater multiverse featured in ''{{Planescape}}''.

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* TheMultiverse: The characters travel between Crystal Spheres, each containing a solar system or some variant thereof. Basically, [[CrossoverCosmology every]] non-scientific legend of what the stars and planets are wind up being literally true in at least one crystal sphere. Additionally, ''Spelljammer'' took place within the greater multiverse featured in ''{{Planescape}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}''.
20th Feb '17 12:57:46 AM jormis29
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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, [[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]].

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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 Creator/{{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, [[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]].



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

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* {{Expy}}: Some of the races are recycled from the aliens in TSR's Creator/{{TSR}}'s earlier sci-fi RPG, ''TabletopGame/StarFrontiers''. Rastipedes are based on ''Star Frontiers'''s vrusk, hadozee are yazirians, syllix are sathar, and plasmoids are dralasites.
5th Feb '17 2:48:44 PM lordofcain
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** The Rock of Bral is named due to the Rock of Gibaltrar ("the Rock of Bral (whose origins are the ROCK of GiBRALtar again, I will take the blame for that one)." -http://grubbstreet.blogspot.com/2011/02/spelljamming-innnn-spppaaaaaace.html

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** The Rock of Bral is named due to the Rock of Gibaltrar ("the Rock of Bral (whose origins are the ROCK Rock of GiBRALtar Gibraltar again, I will take the blame for that one)." -http://grubbstreet.blogspot.com/2011/02/spelljamming-innnn-spppaaaaaace.html
5th Feb '17 2:47:31 PM lordofcain
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** The Rock of Bral is a shout out to Cosmic Boy from the 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.
*** It also sounds a lot like the Rock of Gibraltar.

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** The Rock of Bral is a shout out named due to Cosmic Boy from the 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.
*** It also sounds a lot like
the Rock of Gibraltar.Gibaltrar ("the Rock of Bral (whose origins are the ROCK of GiBRALtar again, I will take the blame for that one)." -http://grubbstreet.blogspot.com/2011/02/spelljamming-innnn-spppaaaaaace.html
12th Dec '16 1:07:12 PM Xtifr
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''''Spelljammer'''' is an ''Advanced TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting that adds up to D&D [[RecycledInSPACE in SPACE]]. It has a small but loyal following. Created during a dark era of ExecutiveMeddling (see Trivia.{{Spelljammer}} for details), it was an attempt to cash in on the popularity of the StandardSciFiSetting in a fantasy RPG.

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''''Spelljammer'''' ''Spelljammer'' is an ''Advanced TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting that adds up to D&D [[RecycledInSPACE in SPACE]]. It has a small but loyal following. Created during a dark era of ExecutiveMeddling (see Trivia.{{Spelljammer}} for details), it was an attempt to cash in on the popularity of the StandardSciFiSetting in a fantasy RPG.
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]]?
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