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This page lists {{Shout Out}}s from TabletopGames.

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!!Games with their own pages:
[[index]]
* ''ShoutOut/CardsAgainstHumanity''
* ''ShoutOut/DungeonsAndDragons''
* ''ShoutOut/MyLittlePonyCollectibleCardGame''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Pathfinder}}''
* ''ShoutOut/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Shadowrun}}''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
[[/index]]

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* Fantasy Games Unlimited's ''TabletopGame/{{Aftermath}}!''
** In Book 3 of the main rules, one possible campaign setting is an AfterTheEnd world controlled by apes with human-level intelligence. It features semi-intelligent wild humans without the power of speech and mutated humans with severe cosmetic disorders and psychic powers (the films ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes'' and ''Beneath the Film/PlanetOfTheApes'').
** Campaign Book A2 ''Sydney''
*** The Wet Firecracker War that caused the destruction of civilization and U.S. ABM defenses (the Wet Firecracker War in the BackStory of Creator/RobertHeinlein's novel ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'').
*** The Phoenix Organization's operatives are stored as {{Human Popsicle}}s in cryosleep capsules in a high tech fortress called Phoenix Base. They were to stay there until the situation was stabilized after the Scourge and they could help civilization rebuild itself (''TabletopGame/TheMorrowProject'', which had the same situation, with Morrow Project teams in cryosleep and controlled by a "Prime Base". The ''TabletopGame/{{Aftermath}}!'' product even accidentally called Phoenix Base "Prime Base" once).
* ''{{Agricola}}'' manages to squeeze in a few in the card art. The Stone Carrier (who also appears on the Quarry improvement) kinda looks like [[{{Asterix}} Obelix]], the Dock Worker is based on Klaus Teuber, creator of ''SettlersOfCatan'', and the Social Climber is a dead ringer for [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]].
* ''Amber Diceless Role-Playing'', based on Roger Zelazny's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' series. The supplement ''Shadow Knight'' has a mini-adventure called "Quest for Frakir". During the adventure the {{PC}}s enter a Shadow of the Forest of Arden and encounter spiders that spin webs throughout the trees, have poisonous bites that cause paralysis and pull away paralyzed victims to be hung from trees (the spiders of Mirkwood in Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheHobbit'').
* ''Battlelords of the 23rd Century'', ''Shadis'' magazine #23 adventure "Bug Hunt". The {{PC}}s are sent on a mission by a group of terrorists. After the mission is over the mercenaries find a copy of the mission orders and realize that the terrorists planned to betray them. The orders include the phrase "All other priorities rescinded" (There was a similar line in the orders given to the android Ash in the film ''Film/{{Alien}}''. It told him that acquiring the xenomorph was top priority, and the welfare of the crew of the Nostromo was not. Also, in the film ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' one of the Colonial Marines asked if the mission they were on was going to be a "bug hunt".).
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''
** The early years had a number of brief {{Shout Out}}s, from major (Alexsandr Kerensky, named after the leader of the government overthrown by Lenin), to minor (James "The Kirk" Yalos, a mercenary captain, named in honor of ''Franchise/StarTrek''.)
** And before FASA got hit by a barrage of infringement suits, there was [[TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension Team Banzai]] and many of the game's Battlemech designs were directly taken from [[MechaShow Mecha]] {{anime}}, primarily ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]''.
** There was also a mercenary group known as [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Fighting Urukhai]].
** Loren L. Coleman likes to use [[PunnyName name puns]] to make his shout outs. Colonel [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Nin Ten Doh]] of the Capellan armed forces, anyone? (Naturally, two licensed ''MechWarrior'' games were on the Super Nintendo console.)
** An extremely subtle one exists on the ''Grand Titan''. Printed in rather unusual-looking lettering on its upper arm in the [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:3055u_Grand_Titan.jpg official artwork]], you can make out the words "[[Franchise/{{Transformers}} ROLL OUT]]." The words are a font that heavily resembles Cybertronian script. This is due in large part to the ''Grand Titan'' itself resembling the iconic Autobot leader Optimus Prime.
** Following on the example of the ''Grand Titan,'' the ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Screamer Screamer]]'' Land-Air 'Mech looks to be nothing so much as a gigantic shout out to the Decepticons. The dual tailfins and forward swept wings invite comparisons to ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' 's Starscream, and the large, powerful energy weapon on the right arm is evocative of Megatron's [[ArmCannon fusion cannon]]. Finally, 'Screamer' was an actual in-universe nickname for ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'' 's Starscream.
** Part Shout Out and part VisualPun, veteran mercenary Mechwarrior and [[BunnyEarsLawyer professional weirdo]] [[AwesomeMcCoolname Ace Darwin]] pilots [[http://camospecs.com/Miniature.asp?ID=1246 his uniquely decorated Panther BattleMech]] [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther entirely without comment]] from anyone in the setting.
* According to ''The Book of Unremitting Horror'' (originally a d20 Supplement, it later inspired the GUMSHOE rpgs ''The Esoterrorists'' and ''Fear Itself'' and was reprinted in an expanded edition for that system), some people believe the Outer Black is essentially the Cenobite's dimension from ''Film/{{Hellraiser}}'' and ''Literature/TheHellboundHeart''. In this case, they're wrong -- it's an ''incredibly'' horrible place, such that it can't qualify as an InfernalParadise like the Cenobite's realm, because no-one is twisted enough to even briefly consider it to live up to its supposed promise of being a sadomasochistic heaven. The specific section of it described in reference to this is a biomechanical hell reminiscent of H.R. Giger's work where demons endlessly fight and kill each other for absolutely no reason -- a realm of horrific, meaningless, unending brutality.
* ''BrikWars'' has a lot, including ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', and ''Film/JamesBond''.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''Dark Designs'', adventure "The Menace from Sumatra". One of the books in Dr. Granger's library is ''The Dynamics of an Asteroid'', a work said to have been written by Professor James Moriarty in Sir Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' novel ''The Valley of Fear''.
* ''Carcosa: Weird Science-Fantasy Horror Setting''
** In hex 0707 there's a building with the bodies of 39 White Men, with no visible wounds. They're wearing black clothing and their faces are covered with a purple silk cloth. Each has 5 silver pieces and a trade token worth 5 gold pieces. In the building there are bowls of porridge laced with arsenic. This is a reference to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven%27s_Gate_%28religious_group%29 Heaven's Gate]] cult, which committed mass suicide in 1997.
** Hex 2001 has a tall black rectangular monolith made of a non-reflective metal. If treated in a reverent manner, those who sleep near it gain one point of intelligence. Hex 2002 has a clan of ape-men that fight with bone clubs and worship the monolith. This is a reference to the Monolith in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' which raised the intelligence of primitive ape-like creatures and taught them how to use bones as killing weapons (this was explained much better in Arthur C. Clarke's {{Novelization}}).
** Hex 2307 has a castle owned by a MadScientist with a deformed henchman. He conducts bizarre experiments that include molding and melding life and his laboratory is filled with massive electrical machinery (the original ''Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}}'' film and its sequels/successors).
* ''TabletopGame/CartoonActionHour'' campaigns are fake series that pay homage to Eighties cartoons. The book itself includes shout-outs to many of these shows, especially in the "game seeds" section, which includes ideas for campaigns based on series such as ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' ("Transbots") and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' ("Action Cats"). And then there's the full-length game ''Warriors of the Cosmos'', which is basically a love letter to ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}''
** Early adventures had a substance called Questonite (''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'''s OmnidisciplinaryScientist Dr. Benton Quest).
** ''C.L.O.W.N.''. The C.L.O.W.N. base's Danger Room used funny cartoon images as "threats". One of them was a starship firing a cream pie (At the end of Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Literature/{{Berserker}}'' short story "Mr. Jester", a berserker starship fires a giant custard pie at a human space ship).
** ''Gadgets!''
*** The shoe box size Homing Car Robot Bomb can drive through traffic until it reaches the target car and blows it up (an assassination device that appears in the Creator/TomSelleck film ''Runaway'').
*** The "Puff" ground to air missile, which deploys Kevlar streamers which snag and foul the propellers of prop-driven aircraft and helicopters (''Literature/{{Ecotopia}}'', in which the title country's armed forces used missiles that deployed streamers to tangle up the blades of attacking U.S. helicopters).
** Adventure ''Deathstroke''. When the force field surrounding the nuclear weapon is breached a recording starts: "I am a thirty second bomb...29...28..." (Creator/RobertHeinlein's ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' novel. While Juan Rico was on a raid against the Skinnies, he entered a room full of them and tossed in a bomb that said the same thing in the Skinny language).
** The supplement ''Champions II'' has rules for constructing bases. One example mentions a waterfront warehouse that contains vehicles, which is separate from the main base in a prominent New York skyscraper (''Literature/DocSavage'', who has a penthouse on the 86th floor of a New York skyscraper (presumably the Empire State building) and a warehouse on the Hudson River that holds his ships and planes. The sign on the warehouse says "Hidalgo Trading Company").
* ''Chivalry & Sorcery'', 3rd Edition adventure ''Stormwatch''. One possible event that can befall the party: as it is breaking camp, one of the characters finds a snake in his boot (''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. When Woody's string was pulled, one of the possible phrases spoken was "There's a snake in my boot!").
* ''TabletopGame/{{Continuum}} - Roleplaying in the Yet''
** A discussion of the Five Maxims includes the phrase "Wherever you go, there you are" (a phrase used by the title character in the film ''Film/BuckarooBanzai'').
** In the Gamemaster section under ''Switching Fraternities'' it says "For example, a spanner who is a disenfranchised Shao-Lin monk with great power in Dreaming and martial arts roams the American southwest in the 1800s looking to right wrongs." (Kwai Chang Caine, the protagonist of the TV show ''Series/KungFu'').
* R. Talsorian Games' ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}}''
** Supplement ''Home of the Brave'' (1993)
*** A TV Guide page from the year 2013. One of the entries is for a game show called ''Deal With The Devil'', with host Sam Neill. The actor Sam Neill played Damien Thorn (the Antichrist/son of the Devil) in the 1981 movie ''Film/TheFinalConflict''.
*** The leader of an anime poser gang kidnaps a woman, and has a biosculpt job done on her which gives her huge eyes, a tiny mouth, weird hair color and tiny horns on her head, and makes her wear a tiger print bikini (the character Lum/Lamu in ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''). This is LampShaded by a character saying that "It had something to do with some old Pacific Rim export cartoon."
*** A man buys a computer system that was owned by Fort Meade (AKA the National Security Agency). It has a file on it called "NORAD I" which consists of a huge list of 10 digit numbers. This is a reference to the movie ''WarGames'', where the W.O.P.P.E.R. computer at NORAD ran through a list of 10 digit numbers to find the code that would allow it to launch all of the U.S. land-based [=ICBM=]s against the Soviet Union.
** ''Night City'' supplement (1991).
*** There are multiple references to the RealLife [=McDonald=]'s fast food chain. (a) The restaurant Global Foods is owned by Raymond Kroc. [=McDonald=]'s (which eventually grew worldwide) was founded by Ray Kroc in 1955. (b) The fast food restaurants [=MacDonovan=]'s and [=MacDonnell=]'s.
*** One of Night City's businesses is Universal Export, which is reputed to be a front for the British Provisional Government's Army Intelligence Active Service (''Literature/JamesBond'' novels, in which MI-6 used a company called Universal Export as a front).
*** The owner of a game store runs a TabletopGame called ''The Field Trip'' (1970's game ''The Fantasy Trip'', which was written by Steve Jackson and published by Metagaming).
*** There is a bookstore downtown called Puddleforge's, "where old copies of ''Cyberpunk V1'' can be bought for a song and burned as fuel." This is a reference to "Alice Through the Mirrorshades," a CrossOver adventure with ''{{TabletopGame/Paranoia}}'' which ends with the [=PCs=] encountering a hobo named Mike Puddleforge, an obvious CaptainErsatz of ''Cyberpunk'' creator Mike Pondsmith, burning old RPG rulebooks for warmth.
*** A ripperdoc (BackAlleyDoctor) in the Japantown section of the city has the name "Savage Doc" (Literature/DocSavage)..
*** Piper Memorial Sports Arena is named after a professional wrestler who died from gunshot wounds while foiling a terrorist plot to hijack a plane and dive it into the White House to assassinate the President (RealLife professional wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper).
** ''[=NeoTribes=]'' (1995). "Chicago: The Adventure" has an {{NPC}} named Carrie Laisson. This is a reference to either the phrase "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyrie Kyrie eleison]] or the 1985 song "Kyrie" by Mr. Mister, which includes that phrase.
** ''Solo of Fortune II''
*** One solo is named Jenni Flexx (the character Jenny Flex in the ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/AViewToAKill'').
*** Another solo is named "John Jones (Manhunter)" (DCUniverse comic book character J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter).
* Iron Crown Enterprises (I.C.E.) ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberspace}}'' main rules
** The game has a number of references to the CyberPunk film ''Film/BladeRunner''.
*** Massive airships cruise slowly over the Pacific Sprawl with bright advertisements on the side. In the film the airships tried to recruit people of Los Angeles to become off-world colonists.
*** One illustration is that of a female dancer with very little clothing and a large snake draped over her. She bears a strong resemblance to the character Zhora.
*** The Skateboys gang is led by a man called Scott Ridley. Ridley Scott directed ''Film/BladeRunner''.
** The game takes place in the year 2090. A number of TV shows have titles that are references to 20th century works: ''Leave It to Reaver'' (''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''), ''Porky's Landing'' (''Film/{{Porkys}}'' plus ''Series/KnotsLanding''), ''Spandex Queens of Phobos'' (''VideoGame/LeatherGoddessesOfPhobos'') and ''Wheel of Torture'' (''Series/WheelOfFortune'').
** The New Edison MegaCorp owns a subsidiary called Martian Metals that gives its name to a large building in San Francisco and mines Mars for metal. In RealLife Martian Metals was a small company that made miniature figurines for use with role playing games during the 1970s and early 1980s.
** The Serendipity MegaCorp's headquarters is an orbital space station called Crystal Palace (NORAD's Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, which was once code named "Crystal Palace").
** The subdermal pouch (a pouch implanted in the body that can hold small objects) is taken from an identical device in Creator/RobertHeinlein's novel ''Literature/{{Friday}}''.
** A store that implants cybernetic devices is called Lee Press-On Limbs (RealLife product Lee Press-On Nails).
* ''DangerInternational'' main rules. The description for the Forensic Medicine skill starts off with the line "Welcome to the exciting world of forensic medicine". This was inspired by what the title character says in the opening titles of the LiveActionTV show ''Series/{{Quincy}}''. "You are about to enter the most fascinating sphere of police work - the world of forensic medicine."
* ''Dark Dungeon'' RPG, supplement ''Samaris, Island of Adventure''. In the BackStory the giant city covering the title island was destroyed in a war between the demonic wizard king Acecerax and the demon witch empress Vekna. Acecerax and Vekna are references to characters in 1st Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': Acecerax from the demilich Acererak in module S1 ''TabletopGame/TombOfHorrors'' and Vekna from the lich Vecna of "the Eye and Hand of Vecna" fame.
* German RPG ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_Schwarze_Auge Das Schwarze Auge]]'' (TabletopGame/TheDarkEye) has unbelievably many. Besides the countless that work only in German, there are things like the towns "Camparisodano" and "Wodkalemonis", "Sylla" and "Charypso" (Scylla and Charybdis, two obstacles for Odysseus). The dwarf Gargi, son of Gax wrote the book "Dragons and Demons" (Gary Gygax, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''), another book is called "Der ringende Herr" (compare the German title of Literature/LordOfTheRings: Der Herr der Ringe), Gandolf von Gareth wrote the books "Ringkunde für Anfänger" und "Ringkunde für Fortgeschrittene" (Rings for Beginners and Rings for Advanced Learners). For more go to [[http://www.vinsalt.de/Spiegel/index5.htm this (German) site]]
* ''DontRestYourHead'' manages to toss in a few. For instance, throwaway lines in both the corebook and supplement ''Don't Lose Your Mind'' indicate that Mister Hyde, the Jabberwock, and the original FrankensteinsMonster have all managed to become Nightmares.
* TabletopGame/{{d20 Modern}}, being set in a world of modern pop culture, is littered with {{Shout Out}}s.
** ''TabletopGame/{{D20 Future}}'' has an Extraterrestrial template that lets you give a base creature numerous special abilities, [[Franchise/{{Alien}} such as caustic blood.]]
** ''The Modern Menace Manual'' has:
*** A template to turn any character into [[Franchise/FantasticFour Reed Richards]].
*** The Spy ordinary archetype, equipped with a Walther PPK (signature weapon of Film/JamesBond).
*** Any number of SlasherMovie characters. The Bogeyman template specifies they hunt teenagers who've engaged in illicit activities, leaving the victims horrifically killed as a warning to others.
*** [[Film/{{Anaconda}} Giant Anaconda]].
*** [[YowiesAndBunyipsAndDropBearsOhMy Drop Bears]].
*** Spring Heeled Jack.
*** [[NightOfTheLivingDead Ghouls]] (but not [[OurMonstersAreDifferent "Ghouls"]]).
*** [[Film/PrinceOfDarkness Satanic Ichor]]
*** [[ChildhoodsEnd Luciferans, who tend to stay away from humanity due to their own demonic appearance.]]
*** [[TheMothManProphecies Moth Folk]].
*** The sample for the Revenant template is [[ComicBook/TheSpirit the avenging spirit of a dead cop.]]
*** [[Film/TheThing1982 Star Doppelganger]].
*** TheWhispererInTheDark, though it's... not ''exactly'' the same as the original.
*** The Zeikune looks suspiciously like [[TheDCU Starro]].
** In D20 Apocalypse, one advanced class is called... Film/TheRoadWarrior, giving bonuses and abilities to make you able to do typical MadMax stunts.
* ''EclipsePhase'' owes a great deal to the ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'' series - the term "cortical stack" is lifted directly - and they made sure any fans of the novel knew it by having a character in the opening fiction get annoyed that the body he'd been installed into was a smoker, much like Kovacs.
** One strain of nanovirus that was developed by the [=TITANs=] is called the Manga/{{Uzumaki}}. It causes the body of the infectee to erupt with fleshy growths in the shape of spirals...
** Sunward lists a number of [=MARGs=] ([[{{MMO}} Multiplayer]] AugmentedReality Games) that are obvious shout outs.
*** The most popular is a fantasy game called [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft "War of Wizards"]].
**** Another game called [[VideoGame/WarhammerOnline "Wyrmwood"]] is similar but DarkerAndEdgier.
*** [[TabletopGame/BattleTech "MechaMash"]] pits noble {{Transhuman}} Clan Warriors against the decadent Star League in HumongousMecha.
*** [[Franchise/StarTrek "Starfleet Command"]] has players as officers on interstellar exploration missions in a universe rich in human-like aliens.
** Nanofabricators specialized for food production are called [[ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}} Makers]].
** The anti-Consortium movement on Mars is known as the [[JohnCarterOfMars "Barsoomians"]]. This was intentional in universe. For bonus points many members are sleeved in red-skinned Ruster morphs.
** One famous Scum fleet that circuits between Titan and Mars calls itself [[Film/TotalRecall1990 "Get Your Ass to Mars"]].
** In ''Gatecrashing'', it's mentioned that one Angelina Germanotta is a member of a certain hedonistic space colony. She might be better known to you by [[Music/LadyGaga another name]] ...
* ''Encounter Critical''. This is a parody of old style fantasy/science fiction TabletopGames by S. John Ross.
** Main Rules
*** The Hydrovac Suit from ''Film/{{Sleeper}}'', a Tri-Corder (tricorder from ''Franchise/StarTrek'') and Damnation Van (vehicle from the movie ''Film/DamnationAlley'') are available as items of equipment.
*** The alien races in the game include Vulkins and Klengons (Vulcans and Klingons from ''Franchise/StarTrek''), Planetary Apes, intelligent ape men from a world not unlike our own (''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'') and Wookies (Wookiees from ''Franchise/StarWars'').
** ''Asteroid 1618'' supplement
*** The planet Gamma had a planetary atomic war several centuries earlier and has mutated animals and robots wandering its surface (''TabletopGame/GammaWorld'' TabletopGame).
*** The starship Warden suffered a disaster and its systems malfunctioned. It wanders space randomly with its degenerate crew (''Metamorphosis Alpha'' TabletopGame).
*** Deep Space Station K-5. In the BackStory this space station was taken over by the alien Klengons (''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Trouble With Tribbles", in which the Klingons visiting Deep Space Station K7 threatened Federation interests).
*** The planet Xardox has two societies, one technologically advanced and the other brutal savages (the movie ''Film/{{Zardoz}}'' which has the same setting).
*** The planet Cobol is a vast tomb whose population mysteriously disappeared long ago (1970s ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic'' TV series. In the episode "Lost Planet of the Gods" the fugitive Colonial fleet arrived at the planet Kobol where humanity originated. The ancestors of the original 13 Colonies left Kobol, leaving its cities deserted).
*** 25% of the human population of planet Remulak has a mutation that gives them misshapen heads. (''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' "Conehead" sketches in which the title characters came from the planet Remulak).
*** Three years ago most of the population of the starport of the planet New Remus was killed when the central computer malfunctioned and its robodroids went berserk (the movie ''Film/{{Westworld}}'', in which the androids of the title resort went homicidal and slaughtered the guests they were supposed to be entertaining).
*** The space subsector map that the game uses to list the star systems in a subsector is clearly based on similar sheets from the Classic ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}''.
*** The planet Aldaria's Multiversity is said to have had a kosho team. Kosho was a fictional game/martial art that first appeared in the original ''Series/ThePrisoner'' TV show.
*** The picture on page 19 clearly shows a Eagle Transporter spacecraft from the ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' TV show.
*** The Domed City has a "soylent factory" that produces food. Anyone requesting "soylent green" will be reported to the authorities (the movie ''Film/SoylentGreen'', in which "soylent green" was food created from human bodies).
*** The Lucky Lady Casino hosts fizban games (the fictional card game "fizzbin" from the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "A Piece of the Action").
*** In the Shattered Dome is the Wretched Hive Cantina, a BadGuyBar with "no robodroids allowed" (In the Franchise/StarWars film ''Film/ANewHope'', the bartender in the Mos Eisley cantina tells Luke Skywalker that they don't serve droids and that Luke's two droids will have to wait outside.).
*** One room in the Vanishing Pyramid contains the book ''Hammer of Evil: The Witch Hunter Handbook'' (c.f the RealLife book ''Malleus Maleficarum'' AKA ''The Hammer of Witches'', a text on prosecuting witches written in 1486 by Heinrich Kramer).
*** One possible destination of the Vanishing Pyramid is Dantooine, near the remains of an abandoned base (In the Franchise/StarWars film ''Film/ANewHope'' Dantooine was the site of an abandoned Rebel Alliance base).
*** The {{NPC}} Uvanna the Hutt is a dangerous alien with the death sentence in thirteen systems. This refers to two different Franchise/StarWars film ''Film/ANewHope'' characters: Jabba the Hutt and the criminal that is killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Mos Eisley Cantina.
* ''{{Everway}}'' supplement ''Spherewalker Sourcebook''. The Soulseekers have the ability to remember their past lives, with masters of "true recall" able to remember dozens. However, some Soulseekers are not able to handle all of these past personalities. Some go mad or are possessed by one of the stronger personalities. This is a reference to Frank Herbert's ''Literature/ChildrenOfDune'', in which Alia was almost taken over by the personality of Baron Harkonnen and was possessed (and driven insane) by the memories of her ancestor's lives, and Leto merged with the personality of one of his ancestors.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' is usually fairly subtle with its shout outs, but the discovery of a First Age messaging service known as the Dextrous Midnight Runners (musical group Dexys Midnight Runners) is not subtle at all.
** Don't forget the [[Film/DollarsTrilogy Nameless Solar]], who invented a martial art based around the setting's equivalent of guns.
** Or one characterization idea in the Sidereals book - a character who "[[Series/{{Firefly}} cannot abide useless people]]."
** Included in the list of current notables in the Alchemicals book is one [[Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation Elegant Nova of Progression]].
** ''Compass of Terrestrial Directions: The North'' features what appear to be Dragon-Bloods in flying {{Magitek}} PoweredArmor in one comic. One takes his helmet off and looks remarkably like [[Comicbook/IronMan a certain Mr Anthony Stark]]...
** The "Prince of Shadows" comic in the main 2e rulebook has names that are a reference to ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot''.
** Alchemicals are often killed in spectacular ways such as being "[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay immersed in molten steel]]".
** A Lunar Charm, Glance-Oration Technique, can be used to speak to people using body language alone.
--> This is especially useful when a Lunar finds human form imprudent, but wants to tell someone that [...] her [[TimmyInAWell child is trapped in a collapsed mineshaft]].
** The Lunars book also makes mention of the fact that some Lunars "view the benefits of Exaltation as tools for [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons killing enemies and taking their stuff]], [[TakeThat rather than for building some sort of utopia.]]"
** There's a city mentioned in the Underworld book called Graf-Vindak. The Graff Vynda-K was a one-off villain from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Ribos Operation".
** The adventure In Hunting a Monster contains shout outs to ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' (read the background of the character Useless Sparrow) and a shout out to one of Exalted's spiritual influences, the Scarred Lands (also by Creator/WhiteWolf).
** Hellstriders are pretty clearly inspired by ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', being inhuman creatures fused into mecha that unfold biological components when losing control.
** A fun one concealed in the name of the iconic Soulsteel Caste Alchemical: [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd Dreadful Arbiter of Law]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'' has references to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (the One Ring is actually a magical item, known as the "Ring of the Lords"), ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' (a mirror that creates tiny copies of you), and ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' (there's a magical book that makes you immortal unless beheaded.)
* The wargame ''Flintloque'' is set in a fantasy version of the Napoleonic Wars; the Elves are the French, the Orcs are the British, the Dwarfs are the Germans etc. The greatest Orcish soldier is Captain [[Literature/{{Sharpe}} Rekhardt Sharke]] (with Sgt Harpy and his Chosen Orcs). A less great one is Captain [[{{Literature/Flashman}} Arry Flashorc]].
* The ''ForgottenFutures'' setting "[[http://www.forgottenfutures.com/game/ff9/hussars.htm The Queen's Own Aerial Hussars]]", about a squadron of vampire hunters in the 1890s. The sample characters in the squad include [[{{Blackadder}} a cowardly officer and his root-vegetable obsessed batman]], a SweetPollyOliver [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Slayer and her Watcher]], [[Franchise/{{Highlander}} an immortal Scotsman]], and a young soldier who insists the vampires "[[DadsArmy don't like it up 'em]]". There's also a reference to {{Raffles}} as the captain of the second squad, and one of the other airships (all named after famous soldiers) is the ''{{Literature/Flashman}}''.
* The "Freedom City" setting for ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' superhero RPG. There isn't a single aspect of it that isn't a ShoutOut to [[MarvelComics Marvel]] or [[DCComics DC]]. One example: Not only are the Grue shapeshifting aliens reminiscent of the Skrulls; not only is there a Meta-Grue, equivalent to the Super-Skrull, ''not only'' is their Meta-Mind leader a ShoutOut to the Supreme Intelligence of the Skrulls' enemies, the Kree; but their home planet is called Gruen-World, in homage to the late MarvelComics editor Mark Gruenwald.
** You forgot VideoGame/{{Zork}}. "You have been eaten by a Grue" indeed.
** Let's be honest here. ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' is one long ShoutOut to superhero comics.
** [[ShoutOut Shout outs]] to other works are not unknown. For instance, the quote accompanying the Psychic archetype in ''Silver Age'' is, [[Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace "And remember, my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future."]]
* ''{{GURPS}}''
** The ''{{GURPS}}'' SuperHero sourcebook ''International Super Teams'' has a number of shout outs buried in its text and timeline, including references to ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'', the ''Literature/WildCards'' novels, John Irving's ''The World According To Garp'' and the 1985 film ''The Legend of Billie Jean''. Another suggests that reality altering [[CrisisOnInfiniteEarths "timequakes"]] might be especially common in worlds with superhumans.
** ''{{GURPS}} [[SteamPunk Steam-Tech]]'' includes a bit of fluff text about a group of monster hunters: Frederick, 46th Lord Runcorne, and his Fabulous Friends Daffers, Socks, Lunchpail and "faithful four-footed Skara Brae". They're clearly intended as a Victorian [[ScoobyDoo Mystery Inc]].
** ''{{GURPS}} Illuminati'' was written by Nigel D. Findley, a big fan of Creator/RobertHeinlein who put many Heinlein {{Shout Out}}s in his ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' works. In the section on Connections he mentions a connection between the length of women's skirts and the sunspot cycle and mentions women's hemlines again later, all of which he borrowed from Heinlein's novel ''Literature/{{Friday}}''.
** ''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer'' has a magical department store called [[http://www.guntheranderson.com/v/data/sorcerer.htm J.W. Wells]].
** ''Pyramid'' magazine had a ''Technomancer''/''Cyberworld'' genre mix called "Zauberpunk", which featured a wizardly netrunner called [[Film/JohnnyMnemonic Johnny Demonic]].
* ''HeavyGear''
** A recent unit book released for Blitz is called [[NextWave Drop Bears Dive]]. Including a [[http://kodiakdestroyer.deviantart.com/art/Drop-Bears-Patch-149747561 familiar piece of artwork on the actual unit crest]]...
** ''Into The Badlands'' and ''Equipment Catalog''. General [[Series/DarkShadows Barnabus Collins]] was the legendary hero of the Badlands.
* ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition''
** Supplement ''Secrets of the Surface World''
*** The Paranormal Investigator archetype [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] uses an "Amnesia Ray" to remove the memories of supernatural encounters from the minds of innocent citizens (the Neuralyzer in the ''Franchise/MenInBlack'' franchise).
*** The Wandering Hero archetype is a monk from China who is half British and half Chinese. He wanders the Earth fighting against injustice and helping other people (Kwai Chang Caine in the ''KungFu'' LiveActionTV show).
*** A LostWorld plateau exists in the Amazon rain forest. It says that a British expedition reached it and returned, without any proof of their findings but with a fortune in uncut diamonds (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel ''Literature/TheLostWorld'').
*** The alien city that Admiral Richard Byrd finds in Antarctica (Creator/HPLovecraft's CthulhuMythos novella "Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness").
*** The spire on top of the Empire State Building is covered with mystical symbols and parts of it are made with a strange orange metal, making it an antenna for mystical energy (''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', where Ivo Shandor's building used girders with cores of pure selenium and was a "antenna...designed expressly for pulling in spiritual turbulence.")
** Supplement ''Mysteries of the Hollow Earth''
*** One alchemical artifact is "Amazon Bracers" which allow the wearer to react to and deflect incoming ranged fire (ComicBook/WonderWoman's magical Amazon bracelets, which can deflect bullets).
*** The Hermit is a mysterious inhabitant of the Northern twilight region (outside the Arctic entrance to the Hollow Earth). He is covered with scars and stitches as though he had been cut apart and sewn back together, has misshapen body parts, watery eyes, yellow skin, black hair and black lips (in short, he's Literature/FrankensteinsMonster. At the end of the novel ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' he said he was headed toward the North Pole).
*** A Bloody Bay captain tells the story of how he was maimed by an male albino leviathan (whale-like creature) that sank his ship (''Literature/MobyDick'').
* ''TabletopGame/InNomine''.
** One of the Demon Prince Valefor's invocation modifiers is "My God! The Lost Monet!" A joke by Steve Martin in his StandUpComedy act (as recorded in his book "Cruel Shoes") involved a group of dogs that had stolen a variety of artwork and were being observed by the narrator. The phrase was the punchline of the joke.
** Several nods to ''Literature/GoodOmens''.
** At least one to ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' (Kizke, Demon of Webcomics).
* ''TabletopGame/JamesBond007'' RPG (Victory Games), supplement ''Thrilling Locations''. While at sea the {{PC}}s can encounter a man with a limp who is hunting a large white sailfish, a reference to Captain Ahab in ''Literature/MobyDick''.
* ''KillerBunniesAndTheQuestForTheMagicCarrot'' thrives on these. The "Bunnies In Black" card has bunny versions of Agents Jay and Kay from ''Film/MenInBlack''. "Rainbo" is a [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} shirtless, muscular man wearing a red headband and toting a]] {{BFG}}. Surrounded by happy butterflies and flowers of course. "Bunny to the Future" has the [[Film/BackToTheFuture DeLorean]] with the wing doors open to make it look more like a rabbit. The weapon "Torus Ring" is a shout out to '''geometry'''. And much, much more.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''
** The flavor text for the Tempest [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4737 Time Warp]].
-->''[[RockyHorrorPictureShow "Let's do it again!"]]''
---> ''-- Squee, goblin cabin hand''
** There is also [[http://www.magiccards.info/mm/en/253.html Hunted Wumpus]], a reference to the classic computer game Hunt the Wumpus.
** And the [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=creepy+doll&v=card&s=cname Creepy Doll]], who is depicted in the art as having [[JonathanCoulton a ruined eye and a pretty mouth]].
* The ''MagiNation'' card game contains ''many'' shout outs, from things ranging to ''[[http://www.dukenostalgia.com/mnd/VSimages/rous_xc_vs.jpg The Princess Bride]]'' to the infamous [[TheFrantics "Boot to the Head"]] comedy sketch to, oddly, many members of the DisneyAnimatedCanon. One card even has an ability called [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} "Phenomenal Cosmic Power."]]
* ''TabletopGame/MaidRPG'' has too many to list them all. A few include ones to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Anime/VariableGeo'', ''Film/BasketCase'' (only in the Japanese version), ''Film/{{Krull}}'' (only in the English Version), ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''VideoGame/ClockTower'', ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''Film/ElMariachi'', ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord'' and ''Literature/BattleRoyale''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Malifaux}}''
** Hoffman and Coppelius are a shout out to the German horror story "Literature/DerSandmann."
** Seamus is an Irish UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.
** Nicodem is an undertaker and necromancer whose manner of dress evokes [[{{Voudoun}} Baron Samedi]].
** Pandora, Lilth, and Zoraida meet together in the first rulebook like the Fates or the witches in Theatre/{{Macbeth}}.
*** Pandora and Lilith reference figures from Greek and Jewish folklore, respectively. Pandora carries a box of Woes and Lilith is the Mother of Monsters (and quite possibly ''the'' Lilith).
** The gremlins are all swamp dwelling rednecks who like banjos. They even have special rules called ''Film/{{Deliverance}}'' and "Squeal!"
** Sue's name, description, and ability list are one long shout out to Music/JohnnyCash.
** Collodi the living puppet is named after the author of "Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio."
** Jakob Lynch runs a casino and brothel. One of his upgrades is "The Rising Sun," referring to a traditional song about gambling and prostitution.
** Hans the sniper has the ability "Smile, You Son of a...", the famous PreMortemOneLiner from ''Film/{{Jaws}}''.
* Many of the factions in the collectible miniatures game ''{{Monsterpocalypse}}'' are based heavily on famous sci-fi franchises, sometimes to the point of {{Expy}}. G.U.A.R.D. is an homage to HumongousMecha anime, the Terrasaurs and the Planet Eaters are clearly based on the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies, the Shadow Sun Syndicate's monsters are based on Series/{{Ultraman}}, the Martian Menace are based on alien invasion films such as the 1953 film version of ''Film/{{The War Of The Worlds|1953}}'', and the Lords of Cthul are based on the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
* ''MonstersAndOtherChildishThings'' was never exactly shy about Shout Outs, but the sourcebook ''BiggerBads'' probably wins for sheer volume and diversity, with references or homages to everything from ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'', to Creator/HPLovecraft, to {{Sentai}} shows, to ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', to the ComicBook/ChickTract "Dark Dungeons".
* ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' veers seemingly at random between ShoutOut and AffectionateParody. Although [[DudeNotFunny creating a hurricane-looking monster named Katrina was rather bad taste]].
* ''Mutazoids Game Master Screen and Mini Module''. In the mini module "Burning White", there was a mutazoid character named Mr. Eyes who had both of his eyes on stalks. Sometimes he will make both eyes stare at each other and laugh hysterically. If asked what is so funny, he will say he read it in a novel. This is a reference to the Creator/LarryNiven novel ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}''. Pierson's Puppeteers have two eyes on stalks. In the novel a Puppeteer named Nessus would have his two eyes look at each other, and Louis Wu suspected that doing so was the Puppeteer version of laughter.
* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'':
** ''[=World of Darkness=]: Innocents'' features a Shout Out that's actually downright disturbing. In the combat chapter, the examples consistently use a pair of siblings named Literature/CharlieAndLola.
** Less disturbingly, one adventure seed revolves around a character who is very, very obviously modeled on the villain of ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter'' -- WordOfGod is that he was even going to be ''named'' Harry Powell until they realized that might cause legal issues.
** The rulebook ''Skinchangers'' has fox-shifters possessed by spirits. The sample character is [[Manga/YuYuHakusho a gentle, long-haired Japanese boy named Shuichi Kurama, who made a deal with a fox spirit named Yoko]].
** The Mekhet clanbook for ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' has the main character seeking out various Mekhet in London for information on the clan's history, one of whom is an occult charlatan who uses New Age mysticism to lure in targets. The first comment on his side of the conversation is, "No, Frances, [[Literature/GoodOmens the M25 is not a demonic sigil]]."
** The Mekhet book is full of shout outs. The main character is named Frances Black (Frances after a friend of the author, and Black for the lead singer of the band ThePixies), and the aforementioned occult charlatan she met with was either going to be named [[TheMightyBoosh Vincent Moon or Howard Noir]] (the author went with the first one, in case you're wondering).
** The Free Council book for ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' features a [[PrestigeClass Legacy]] known as [[Comicbook/TheInvisibles The Blank Badges]], who use persona-masking magics to subvert authority and push the borders of reality. Seeing as ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' shared a lot of themes with both the Free Council and ''Awakening'''s [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension predecessor game]], this seems like a logical ShoutOut.
** Mage's ''Chronicler's Guide'', when discussing plots for high-Gnosis players, gives the example of [[Creator/EnkiBilal the gods of Ancient Egypt appearing in a floating pyramid above Paris]].
** A shout out to [[TVTropes this very site]] can be found in the ''Seers of the Throne'' book, where a {{Chessmaster}} [=NPC=] has the skill "XanatosGambit".
** In the core book for ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'', there's a conspiracy called Aegis Kai Doru. The picture accompanying it (to represent a typical member) is almost exactly the same as the cover of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' -- the only difference is that "Dante" is holding a rifle over his shoulder instead of Rebellion. It's possible that this may have been plagiarism instead of a ShoutOut - the artist for the picture was fired for it.
** ''VideoGame/HalfLife''. In the section of ''Hunter'' dealing with the Scientist profession in the main rulebook, there's also a statement that "more than one theoretical physicist has taken up a crowbar to beat back a swarm of living dead."
** ''Series/{{Millennium}}''. There's a department of the FBI that uses psychic flashes to track down serial killers.
** ''Film/MenInBlack''. In the ''Witch Hunters'' book there's a phony [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] organization watched over by the [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Panopticon]] that goes by the name "Division Six". Its mission is to pursue [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension "reality deviants"]].
** ''Film/WildWildWest''. The US Government's ''real'' Men in Black organisation, meanwhile, is Task Force VALKYRIE, which was founded shortly after the American Civil War by a man called Gordon West - which not only looks like a nod to Artemis Gordon and Jim West, but would therefore be tying two Creator/WillSmith roles together.
* ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'':
** In the revised Nosferatu clanbook of ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' there is a section entitled "Interview with a Vampire," set in New Orleans, wherein a Nosferatu confronts an unnamed author of vampire books, asking:
-->"[[Literature/TheVampireChronicles Killing humans onstage in Paris? Vampire rock stars?]] What the hell were you thinking?"
** As well as:
-->"[[LooksLikeOrlok Who were you expecting]]? [[Film/InterviewWithTheVampire Brad Pitt]]?"
** Then there's the Revised core book, which opens with, "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus_(band) Bela Lugosi's dead]], and so am I."
** Speaking of Bela Lugosi, ''Los Angeles By Night'' has a Malkavian called "Bela" under the delusion that he's Dracula--and he was Embraced in the year of Lugosi's RealLife death, by a "fan."
** Character templates in other TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness splatbooks include an anarch who "[[Film/FightClub went so far as to attend support meetings for people suffering from diseases you didn't even have]]" (and carries a briefcase of homemade soap to boot) for the Brujah, a [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer vampire-hunting cheerleader]] for the [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Silent Striders]], and a [[TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast Devil-Tiger]] based on ''[[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]]'', of all things.
** The revised Syndicate Convention Book for ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' has templates based on Amanda Palmer and "Mr. Johnson" from ''Shadowrun''.
** One of the notable [[TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion Puppeteers]] is based on Jim Henson.
** The title of ''Blood-Dimmed Tides'' is taken from W. B. Yeats' "The Second Coming".
** In the Mage 20th Anniversary book, a minimal success is (paraphrasing) "found an entry on TV Tropes."
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''
** 1E adventure ''The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues''.
*** R&D scientist Victor-I-GOR-6. His name is taken from Victor Literature/{{Frankenstein}} and his assistant [[Film/SonOfFrankenstein Igor]].
*** The R&D lab testing area is known as the Danger Room, a term taken from the training room in early ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' comics.
*** In one area the Troubleshooters are asked to give a password. Two examples of things they could say are "Candygram" (said by the Land Shark in the old ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' routine) or "Friend" (the SpeakFriendAndEnter phrase used by Gandalf to open the doors of Moria in ''Literature/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'').
*** Several trap names in the Mission 3 tunnel crawl are references to RealLife works. "They're Coming to Get You Jessica" refers to the film ''Let's Scare Jessica to Death", and "A Message to Garcia" refers to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Message_to_Garcia essay and two films based on it of the same name]].
*** When the Troubleshooters approach the Collapsed Tunnel Ambush, their prisoner Oregon Warbler will act wildly afraid of it in an attempt to get the Troubleshooters to make him go in front (BriarPatching a la "[[Disney/SongOfTheSouth Oh please, Brer Bear, don't throw me in that briar patch!]]"). If they do, he takes the opportunity to escape and taunts them by saying "[[Disney/SongOfTheSouth Born and bred in the briar patch.]]"
*** A "wild card" encounter encourages the game master to make up a random encounter, such as with the FlyingDutchman, Judge Crater, Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial, or Killer Penguins (from [=SPI=]'s ''Swords & Sorcery'' game).
*** In the abandoned nuclear reactor the {{PC}}s will encounter several ranks of Sierra Clubbers named after WesternAnimation/YogiBear characters: Boo-Boos, Yogis and a Mr. Ranger Sir. They can also encounter a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokey_The_Bear Smokey The Bear]]bot that tries to put out fires while saying "Only you! (...can prevent forest fires.").
*** In Mission 4 the Troubleshooters will go Outside. They wll meet the Cyberpunk gang leaders Jake and Elwood (from ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''), may acquire a little red Corvette (from the Creator/{{Prince}} song of the same name) and meet the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nouvelle_Vague Nouvelle Vague]] gang, whose catchphrase is "We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune" (a line from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'').
** 1E adventure ''Send in the Clones''.
*** A Troubleshooter named Zhon-B-VJN is in obsessive pursuit of a group of traitors who stole a loaf of synthebread. He is a reference to two characters in ''Literature/LesMiserables'': Jean Valjean, who was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing bread, and Inspector Javert, who dedicated himself to tracking down Valjean.
*** Zhon-B-VJN has given his gatorbots names such as Albert (costumed alligator mascot Albert of the University of Florida), Wally (HannaBarbera character Wally Gator) and Murgatroyd (the CatchPhrase of Snagglepuss, another HannaBarbera character, was "Heavens to Murgatroyd!").
*** While in the sewers the Troubleshooters will encounter the Captain Botaroo studio and the robot kid show host Captain Botaroo himself. Captain Botaroo is a reference to the ''Series/CaptainKangaroo'' character.
*** The Troubleshooters are sent to pick up their experimental gear from the R&D department of QQQ sector - a reference to Franchise/JamesBond's Q Branch.
*** One place the Troubleshooters will encounter is the NBD Commissary, which has terrible food. During Johnny Carson's long run on Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/TheTonightShow'', one of his standard jokes was to complain about the food in the NBC Commissary.
*** At some point the Troubleshooters will end up in Studio 54 and participate in the ''Wide Complex of Sports''. Studio 54 is a reference to the one-time famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studio_54 nightclub of the same name]], and ''Wide Complex of Sports'' refers to the ABC show ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide_World_of_Sports_%28U.S._TV_series%29 Wide World of Sports]]''.
*** The vidshow "Date With Death" is hosted by Don-Y-OSM (Donny Osmond).
*** During Teela-O-MLY's death scene she says "Computer of Mercy, is this the end of Teela? I ain't so tough! Top o' the Complex, Computer...top o' the Complex". This is a combination of the dying words of two film characters: Edward G. Robinson's Caesar Enrico "Rico" Bandello in ''Film/LittleCaesar'' ("Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?") and Jimmy Cagney's Cody Jarrett in ''Film/WhiteHeat'' ("Top o' the world!").
*** The Troubleshooters will encounter a pair of Power Services inspectors named [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Stanl-Y-LRL and Oll-Y-HRD]].
** ''Acute Paranoia'' supplement
*** The new secret society The Foundation is a reference to Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series.
*** The adventure "Me and My Shadow Mark IV" has: the clone Aunt-MAY (''Franchise/{{Spiderman}}''), briefing officer Jonnie-B-GUD (Music/ChuckBerry's song "Johnny Be Good"), the clone Robb-Y-RBT (''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'''s Robby the Robot), scrubot 409-D (the RealLife Formula 409 family of cleaning products) and Episode Nine Part 1's title "The Charge of the Red Brigade" (Lord Tennyson's ''The Charge Of The Light Brigade'').
*** "Warriors of the Night Cycle" had many Japanese-related clone names (Sam-U-RAI, Bush-I-DOE, Hik-U-VRS, Sure-I-KEN, Da-I-MYO), as well as Thedra-G-ONN (''Film/EnterTheDragon''), Grass-O-PPR (''Series/KungFu'') and Yojimbots (''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'').
*** "The Harder They Clone" had Bill-Y-IDL (BillyIdol) who sings "What a nice day for a blood-letting..." (his song "White Wedding") and the section title "Ears for Fears" (Music/TearsForFears).
*** The Code 7 adventures "An ARD Day's Night" (Music/TheBeatles song "A Hard Day's Night"), "Miami Laser" (''Series/MiamiVice'') and "Outland-ISH" (''Film/{{Outland}}'')
** 1E ''Hil Sector Blues''
*** The title is a reference to the TV show ''HillStreetBlues''.
*** The [=IntSec=] Central Operator is very unhelpful and says things like "One ringy-dingy", a reference to Lily Tomlin's character Ernestine on ''LaughIn''.
*** Characters are named [[Creator/DavidBowie "Ziggy" Star-R-DST]], [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Spen-G-LER]], [[SigmundFreud Sigmunduf-R-OID]], [[Film/{{Rocky}} Rocky-B-Boa]], [[Creator/JulesVerne Jules-V-ERN]], [[Creator/HGWells Herbert-G-WEL]], [[Series/CagneyAndLacey Cagne-Y-AND and Lace-Y-AND]], [[Creator/BennyHill Ben-I-HIL]], [[Series/MiamiVice Miami-V-ICE]], [[Creator/CharlesBronson Charles-B-RSN]], [[Film/DirtyHarry Dirt-Y-HRY]], [[Franchise/{{X-Men}} Profess-O-EXX]], [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow And-Y-TLR and Barn-Y-FIF]] among others.
*** The pre-generated characters are named after ''HillStreetBlues'' characters: Andrew-B-RNK (Andy Renko), Mick-B-LKR (Mick Belker), Lucy-B-ATZ (Lucy Bates), Bob-B-HIL (Bobby Hill), Jay-B-LRU (J.D. [=LaRue=]) and Gold-B-LUM (Henry Goldblume).
*** The Fed-R-ALL Express Messenger Service can deliver packages quickly.
*** The sample adventure "First Blood and Then Some" has a character named [[Franchise/{{Rambo}} Ram-B-EAU]].
** ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}} XP''. Even after ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' was "purged of excruciating pop-culture wackiness", there is still Soylent [YOUR CLEARANCE HERE] food being given out.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}} XP'' supplement ''Service, Service!'', adventure "Nightcycle Shift". The Troubleshooters enter a room filled with bizarre but strangely compelling-looking furniture and decorations. There's a slim, strangely life-like female mannequin wearing a leotard in the room. It's actually a female clone holding completely still. This is a reference to a scene in the movie ''Film/BladeRunner'' when Deckard enters a room in J.F. Sebastian's apartment in which Priss is hiding in plain sight waiting to ambush him.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}} XP'' supplement ''The Underplex''
*** [=HPD&MC=] has an advertising campaign to get citizens to move to the Underplex: "A new life awaits you in the under-plex colonies. The chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure". Replace "under-plex" with "off-world" and you have the advertising slogan being broadcast by the blimp in ''Film/BladeRunner".
*** Area 31 is a secret research area set up by R&D. The title is a reference to Area 51, which UFO conspiracy theorists believe is a site where UFO's are stored and studied.
* ''{{Pokethulhu}}'' is one long shout-out to both ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' and the works of Creator/HPLovecraft. The Team Rocket knockoffs are named Derleth and Bloch, after a pair of CthulhuMythos writers, and signs on the map include "Yellow" (a reference to ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'') and "Muskratonic University" (because the artist is Creator/JohnKovalic, who has a soft spot for muskrats). It goes on like this for quite a while.
* In the ''Scavenger's Guide To Droids'' for the Saga Edition of ''TabletopGame/StarWarsD20'', the book presents a point of view from one of four people who routinely deal with droids. Asked about the [=V2 Commando=] droid, he notes that he's heard about [[Series/TheATeam a crack commando team of V2 droids who were convicted of a crime they didn't commit. Sent to a maximum security stockade for decommissioning, they promptly escaped, and now wander the Coruscant underground looking for work. If you can find them, maybe you can hire them...]]
* ''Shadis'' magazine #23 article "Close Encounters of the Random Kind: Woodland Faerie Encounters"
** A donkey-headed human is looking for his lover and is unaware he has been transformed (Bottom in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'').
** Small elves making toys in a snow-bound workshop (Santa's elves at the North Pole).
** Large invisible rabbit looking for friend (The title character in the play ''Theatre/{{Harvey}}'').
** Smiling faerie cat who keeps appearing and disappearing (The Cheshire Cat in Creator/LewisCarroll's ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'').
** A huge Faerie animal sigil carved into the side of a hill (horse [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill_figure hill figures]] in RealLife).
** An elf with a magic flute leading a horde of mice to be drowned in a nearby river (''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin'').
** Two dueling elves who are ancient, bitter enemies (in the BackStory of the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' adventure ''Harlequin'', the title character and Ehran the Scribe fight a duel. They are both elves who have opposed each other for thousands of years, since the previous age of magic).
* ''TabletopGame/SLAIndustries''. The Shaktar race are honorable, bipedal humanoid warriors with dreadlocks and bizarre mandible-like lips that throw power discs that cut through things. In other words, they're Franchise/{{Predator}}s.
* ''{{Spoils}}'' has card being shout outs to many things, ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' among the others.
* ''Starblazer Adventures'', based on the 1980s British ComicBook. In Chapter 10 "How To Do Things" the Supplemental Actions section mentions "composing a sonnet while fencing", a reference to Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/GloryRoad''. In that novel the protagonist Oscar Gordon has to come up with poetry while dueling the Never-Born (who was himself a [[ShoutOut/{{Literature}} Shout Out]] to Cyrano de Bergerac).
* ''TabletopGame/StarFleetBattles''
** ''Captain's Basic Rulebook'' (1990) monster scenarios
*** [=SM1.0=] "The Planet Crusher" has a cone-shaped robot ship that destroys entire planets with an anti-proton beam weapon. It was inspired by the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Doomsday Machine".
*** [=SM2.0=] "The Space Amoeba" has a giant space amoeba, and [=SM4.0=] "The Cosmic Cloud" has a monster that kills ship crew members by draining their LifeEnergy. Both scenarios are based on the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Immunity Syndrome", in which the U.S.S. Enterprise fights a giant space amoeba that harms crew members by draining their LifeEnergy.
** ''Captain's Advance Mission Rulebook'' (1991)
*** Rules section P12.0 (Novas and Supernovas) includes the phrase "Only a fool fights in a burning house." It was originally spoken by the Klingon captain in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Day of the Dove".
*** The scenario [=SM6.0=] "The Mind Monster" has a space monster that wipes the minds of sapient beings when it gets close to them and is attacking a planet that has a library filled with memory banks. It's inspired by the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Lights of Zetar", which had the same plot (the library in the episode is called Memory Alpha).
* ''TabletopGame/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'' features a number of shout-outs to ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' (such as the gender-bending Boy/Girl Gun). It also riffs on the [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster]] with the Pan-Galactic ''Ghetto'' Blaster, the ultimate portable stereo.
* Judges Guild
** Adventure ''Tegel Manor'' (revised & expanded, 1989)
*** One of the new monsters was the Cauldron-Born, a type of zombie that loses HitPoints in proportion to how far away they are from their creator. This was a reference to the Cauldron-Born in LloydAlexander's Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain stories, who were created by Arawn Deathlord by putting dead bodies into a magical cauldron. The further they traveled away from Arawn, the weaker they got.
*** The room called The Bakery is filled with references to nursery rhymes. In this room the {{PC}}s can find a rancid pastry filled with dead blackbirds ("four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie" from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sing_a_Song_of_Sixpence Sing a Song of Sixpence]]), the rotting remains of curds and whey upon the floor ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Miss_Muffet Little Miss Muffet]]) and a plum pie with a severed thumb sticking out of it ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Jack_Horner Little Jack Horner]]).
** Supplement ''Wilderlands of the Magic Realm'' (1980)
*** On Tormenting Isle three [[TrollBridge trolls live under a foot bridge]] crossing a ravine. In order to cross, each character must answer three questions: "What is your name?", "What is your favorite color?" and "What is your quest?" Anyone who hesitates is flung into the ravine. An almost identical situation occurred in the film ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' (1974).
*** On Weed Isle grows an herb that, when smoked, has an effect like drinking wine. It is farmed by men who say things like "far out, man" and "groovy". In other words, they're marijuana-farming hippies.
* ''TabletopGame/TimeLord'' RPG (based on ''Series/DoctorWho''), supplement ''Journies''.
** There's an example of a Hyper Intelligent Alien with pointed ears and a bowl haircut, a reference to Mr. Spock in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
** The sample alien is a Gleep, an amorphous blob-like creature. Just to make it clear that it's a reference to the Gleep of ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'', the picture of the alien is clearly the Gleep from the show.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}'' supplement ''Tooniversal Tour Guide''
** Atomic Monster Theater setting (''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Atomic Horror'')
*** Squidzilla (''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''), Clamera (''Franchise/{{Gamera}}''), The Glob (''Film/TheBlob1958'')
** [=CarToon=] Wars setting (''TabletopGame/CarWars'').
*** The Spitball Run (''Film/TheCannonballRun''), The Toad Warrior (''Film/TheRoadWarrior''), Son of Blunderdome (''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'')
*** Uncle Spud, the Duelist's Bud (Uncle Al, the Duelist's Pal from ''TabletopGame/CarWars'')
** Crawl of Catchoolu setting (''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'')
*** Mule Gibson (Creator/MelGibson), Spade Marlowe, Private Eye (Creator/DashiellHammett's Sam Spade and Creator/RaymondChandler's Philip Marlowe), Mousekatonic University, Darkham (Miskatonic University, Arkham)
*** ''The Scroll of Falling Down and Other Depressing Things'' (The Egyptian ''Book of the Dead''), ''Shameless Cults'' (''Nameless Cults'' from Creator/RobertEHoward's Mythos works), ''The Necronomicomizomicon'' (''The Necronomicon'')
*** Norbert Best, De-Animator (''Herbert West -- Film/{{Reanimator}}''), The Shadow Over Innsmouse (''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth''), At the Fountains of Sadness (''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness''), The Suitcase of Jay Dexter Ward (''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard'')
*** The Elderly Gods (Elder Gods) and Pretty Great Old Ones (Great Old Ones) of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos: Catchoolu (Cthulhu), Crisponions (Cthonians from Creator/BrianLumley's Mythos work) and their leader Shady Mel (Shudde M'ell), Deep Clowns (Deep Ones from ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'') and their leaders Father Dugong and Mother Hydrant (Father Dagon and Mother Hydra), Elder Thugs (Elder Things from ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness''), Flying Porklips (Flying Polyps from ''The Shadow Out of Time'') Hamstur the Unbearable (Hastur the Unspeakable), Nyuknyuknyukaschlep (Nyarlathotep in the form of [[Creator/TheThreeStooges Curly Howard]]), Tsaggywahaha (Tsathoggua from Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith's Mythos work) and the Shiftless Spawn of Tsaggywahaha (Formless Spawn of Tsathoggua), Yuk (Yig from Creator/HPLovecraft and Ziella Bishop's ''The Curse of Yig''), Slobboths (Shoggoths from ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness''), Yu-Go, the Fungi From Cleveland (Mi-Go from ''Film/TheWhispererInDarkness'')
** Dungeons and Toons setting (''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'')
*** Snorin Ironbelly (King Snurre Ironbelly in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module G3 ''Hall of the Fire Giant King''), Dayglo Smuggins and Cheeso Grabbins (Bilbo Baggins in ''Literature/TheHobbit''), Lost Dungeon of Arne's Son (Dave Arneson, co-creator of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''). The fact the Dungeon of Arne's Son is accessed through a crack in the basement wall of the Packum Inn could be a reference to the Yawning Portal tavern in [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Waterdeep]], which contains a well that leads to the Undermountain.
*** Races based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' races: Dogs (humans), Squirrels (elves), Badgers (dwarves), Mice (halflings).
*** Toonquest (''TabletopGame/{{Runequest}}''), Tunnels and Moles (''TabletopGame/TunnelsAndTrolls''), The Dragonpants Saga (''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}}'' - there's also a dragon ''named'' Lance), The Forgotten Helms (''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'').
** Mektoon setting (''TabletopGame/{{Mekton}}'')
*** Project O-No (''Anime/ProjectAKo''), Mobile Suit Gumball (''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'').
** Supertoon setting. Ultrapig (Franchise/{{Superman}}), The Green Sparrow (ComicBook/GreenArrow), Revengers (Franchise/TheAvengers), Crisis of Infinite Mirths (ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths), The Pun-isher (ComicBook/ThePunisher), Splatman (Franchise/{{Batman}}), Jungle Jane (ComicBook/SheenaQueenOfTheJungle and Jane from Franchise/{{Tarzan}}), Mechatron (Mechanon from ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}''), Dr. Gloom (DoctorDoom). The Toon Titans (ComicBook/TeenTitans) have their headquarters in the 86th floor of the Umpire's Plate Building (Empire State Building, ''Franchise/DocSavage'').
** Toonpunk 2020 1/2 setting (R. Talsorian Games' ''Cyberpunk 2020'' RPG)
*** Max Playroom (''Series/MaxHeadroom''), Friday Night Pie Fights (''Cyberpunk 2020'' "Friday Night Firefight" rules), Haywired (Creator/WalterJonWilliams' novel ''Hardwired''), Arcade Runner (''Film/BladeRunner'')
*** Creator/WilliamGibson: IntrepidReporter Gibson Williams, Neuroprankster (''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''), Count Me Zeroed (''Literature/CountZero'')
*** Easy payment plan: "You don't have a job? We don't care! You have bad credit? We don't care! You don't expect to pay us? ''Then we care''! (Johnny Carson's "Art Fern" skit)
** Star Toon setting. (''Franchise/StarTrek'')
*** The crew of the ''Oversize'' are all based on the crew from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' (Captain Jean-Nuke Pickacard, Commander Quill Stryker, Dr Beaverly Crasher, Lt Commander Input, etc.)
*** Aliens: Velcrons (Vulcans), Romuloids (Romulans), Klangirons (Klingons), Z (Q)
*** Planet of the Grapes (''Film/PlanetOfTheApes''), The Trouble with Boggles (''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Trouble with Tribbles"), Close Encounters With A Weird Mind (''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'').
** Toony Tyke Adventures setting (''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'')
* ''{{Traveller}}''
** The Interstellar Wars were a rewrite of the old board wargame ''Imperium'' and the Sword Worlds are an obvious shout-out to Creator/HBeamPiper's ''Space Viking.''
** Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}}'' stories
*** Supplement 11 ''Library Data (N-Z)''. The science of psychohistory allowed the prediction and manipulation of the future behavior of large populations.
*** The name of some emperors, such as Cleon.
** ''Megatraveller Journal'' #3
*** Article "Worldguide: Vincennes". The TL 16 world Vincennes is dependent on robotics, its people stay home and don't interact with other people most of the time, and they "visit" other peoples' homes via holographic projection. This is based on the society of the planet Solaria in ''The Naked Sun'', one of Creator/IsaacAsimov's robot novels.
*** Adventure "Rapid Repo". The {{PC}} team receive their mission equipment at a technical section called "[[Film/JamesBond Q Division]]".
** Supplement 2 ''Animal Encounters''. While on a desert planet {{PC}}s could encounter drum sand, which echoes footsteps and attracts local predators. This is a direct steal from Frank Herbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''. On the planet Arrakis, walking on drum sand made a loud noise that attracted any {{Sand Worm}}s in the area.
** The name of the alien race called the Aslan was taken from the name of the character in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.
** ''Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society'' #4 article "The Bestiary". The Reticulan Parasite is clearly based on the xenomorph in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series. The illustration is identical to the "face-hugger" stage, they're found in large pods (eggs), etc.
** ''Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society'' #18 article "Small Cargoes and Special Handling". Several of the possible smuggling cargoes.
*** Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee. In ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'', that coffee is reserved for the Imperial Family. Imperial Navy ships carry it to the Imperial palace on the planet Sparta.
*** Denebian Flame Gems were inspired by the Spican Flame Gems in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Trouble With Tribbles".
*** Blue Valonaise Wine. If exposed to unusual acceleration or gravity conditions its sediments will get mixed up, making it undrinkable. This is a reference to ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'', in which the interstellar merchant Horace Hussein Bury had the following line.
--->I find it annoying and expensive that some of my ships must move under constant acceleration merely to protect a wine bottle from its own sediments. Why can they not simply be centrifuged on arrival?
** Game 3 ''Azhanti High Lightning'', scenario "The Great Wine Heist". Emperor Strephon loves Tokaj Eszencia wine from Earth and has reserved it for the Imperial table. This is a reference to ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'', in which Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is reserved for the Imperial Family on Sparta.
** ''The Traveller Adventure'' campaign
*** Chapter "Exotic Encounters", adventure "Charter to Cratersea". The {{PC}}s' employer is eccentric, mercurial, volatile, unpredictable and sometimes ruthlessly malicious toward them. He is named Cai Calula (the Roman emperor Caligula, who had similar qualities).
*** Chapter "First Call at Zila". While the {{PC}}s and some Oberlindes Lines crewmen from the starship Margin of Profit are seated together in the Dead Spacer starport bar, a group of enemy Akerut Lines crew try to start a fight. First an Akerut man says that the March Harrier (the {{PC}}s' ship) is a "fat sow too slow to win anything but a garbage contract, and so old that it's only the rust that holds it together." If the {{PC}}s want to attack them the Oberlindes crewmen will restrain them because they don't want any trouble. Then the Akerut crewman says "But it's a good thing the March Harrier turned up - maybe we can give her the garbage run and have the Margin of Profit hauled off with the rest of the refuse." The Oberlindes crew immediately attacks the Akerut crew.\\
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This is a reference to the bar scene in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Trouble With Tribbles". Crew members from the Enterprise and a Klingon ship are sitting in a starport bar and a Klingon named Korax starts insulting the Enterprise crew. Chekov wants to start a fight but Scotty restrains him. Then:
--->Korax: We like the Enterprise. We, we really do. That sagging old rust bucket is designed like a garbage scow. Half the quadrant knows it. That's why they're learning to speak Klingonese.
--->Scotty: Laddie, don't you think you should rephrase that?
--->Korax: You're right, I should. I didn't mean to say that the Enterprise should be hauling garbage. I meant to say that it should be hauled away as garbage.
--->Scotty: [Punches him and a fight starts]
** Paranoia Press
*** Supplement ''Merchants and Merchandise''. The [=LHeP9(Or)=] Series 12/136 computer system had two of them. Feature 1138 was a reference to the early Creator/GeorgeLucas film ''Film/THX1138''. ArtificialIntelligence Feature 2001 was an artificial personality that could take over the computer. It was inspired by the computer H.A.L. 9000 in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
*** Supplement ''SORAG''. Killalc pills, psychotomimetic drugs and Narcolethe are all taken from ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' novels by Harry Harrison. Personal firearms are from ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' (the weapons personalized by Motie miniatures for the Marines). The "molecular acid" used in Hypo Gun AP (Acid Point) rounds is from the ''Film/{{Alien}}'' movie, where the alien's acid blood was compared to "molecular acid".
** The New Era supplement ''Vampire Ships''. The public address announcements of the Virus controlling the destroyer consist of odd statements and the refrain "Work...Work...". This was inspired by the PA announcement inside the Yoyodyne facility in the film ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension'', which followed the same format.
* Mayfair's ''TabletopGame/{{Underground}}'', ''Streets Tell Stories'' boxed set
** ''USA Alive'' newspaper insert. The paper has a review of a band called the Short Controlled Bursts, a reference to a line in the film ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' spoken by Corporal Hicks as the xenomorphs are about to attack the Marines: "Remember, short controlled bursts."
** The supplement mentions a TV show called ''Camelot: The Next Generation'', referring to the RealLife TV show ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
* The first and second edition ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' corebooks both feature shout-outs to Creator/KennethHite and Creator/TimPowers, both of whom were inspirations for the game's setting.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': the Black Book of Ibn Naggazar from ''Storm of Magic'' is clearly inspired by the [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Necronomicon]].
* The Yu-Gi-Oh Card Game has references to both [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf]] ("Garlandolf, King of Destruction"), and [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Solid Snake]] (Tactical Espionage Expert).
* A common StockShoutOut [[ArtImitatesArt for RPG book art]] is [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/09/PlayersHandbook8Cover.jpg the cover]] of the 1st edition ''Advanced TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Player's Handbook (second picture from the top). Examples include the covers for the ''[[{{Defictionalization}} Hackmaster]]'' main rulebook, the ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' sourcebook "Scroll of Exalts", the cover of ''[[MythologyGag The Player's Handbook 2]]'' for 3.5 D&D, "Dork Covenant" (the first ''ComicBook/DorkTower'' collection) and the ''TabletopGame/AllFleshMustBeEaten'' sourcebook Dungeons and Zombies.

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