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One attic, dozens of possibilities.

We play through Goonies! Scott gets dragged behind a boat! Pitr discharges a fire arm! Joz rips a mirror off a car! Andy invents a university! Jon makes a steampunk lantern!
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Episodes 53-57 of Film Reroll. Based on the 1985 adventure movie.

The Goondocks have long served as a landmark of the area. However, this might all change soon. The area has been declared obsolete, and will be torn down, starting the very next day, if a fee is not paid out. A fee none of the residents can afford.

Enter the Goonies, a gang of neighborhood kids ready to do anything to save their club house before it's too late. After finding a mysterious machine in the attic, they set out on a quest to Peartree University to search for an inexhaustible energy source, meet some strange new friends, fight off local gangsters, and solve the mystery of what really happened to the infamous inventor Dr. Kennedy Dylan White.

It's the second campaign to feature a Bonus Scene, based on Iron Man 3, another story featuring superpowered protagonists.

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Starring Andy Hoover as Mikey, Jocelyn "Joz" Vammer as Brand, Scott Aiello as Chunk, Pitr Strait as Mouth, Jon Miller as Data, and Paulo Quiros as the Dungeon Master.

Followed by Licence to Kill.


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  • All There in the Manual: DM Paulo Quiros posted some facts about the four houses of Peartree University, which didn't make it into the campaign itself, on Twitter.
    Paulo: Mysteries not revealed in play I will not divulge; robs the story of its power. As for the houses: sweetplum was artsy & romantic, overseen by Fudge (the original Chunk) now a professor of music. Oakroot was athletic & fratty, had a quidditchesque sport that woulda been fun. Meadowbrush was earthy and outdoorsy, and filled with resources with which to explore the islands mysterious natural wonders. Willowwing was academic & adventurous but housed a terrible secret.
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  • Amusement Park of Doom: The mine exhibit, which has animatronics swinging real pickaxes which almost end up killing Chunk.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Kennedy Dylan White's AI can't tell the difference between his creator and some random kid, has a very loose grasp on time, and doesn't realize that the food it's serving has gone bad.
  • Artistic License – Law: Officer Warburton arrests Mikey (a child) and locks him up in a cell while waiting for his parents to show up. He outright says that as a security guard, he makes the rules at the university. Mikey Lampshades that this should probably lead to some kidnapping charges.
  • Booby Trap: The secret passage to Dr. White's lab is filled with tripwires which will give off electric shocks if triggered. Data falls victim to one, and falls unconscious for several ronds.
  • Bookcase Passage: Brand finds one in the library containing the collected works of Kennedy Dylan White, but he and the other Goonies only manage to activate it in the last episode.
  • Brain Uploading: It turns out that Dr. White's Robot Buddy contains the mind of the original Mikey of the Unis, who gets to meet the Goonies, including his own namesake.
  • Call-Back:
    • The university receptionist is Julia from John Wick.
    • Gordie the one-eyed cat is named after the protagonist in Stand by Me.
    • After the team splits up and Data and Mouth become the only two characters who haven't gotten to Dr. White's lab, Pitr says that the others are "in the land of the dragons."
  • Climactic Elevator Ride: Towards the end of the campaign, Data manages to take control of a half-broken elevator using his powers.
  • Cool Shades: Double Subverted. Mouth/Pitr rolls badly and only finds a pair of flamingo glasses, but he ends up loving them and puts them on immediately.
  • Crosscast Role: Brand is played by Joz Vammer.
  • Cutting the Knot: Data's initial solution to getting the gaslamp working is simply to cram a bunch of candles into it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Dr. Partridge turns out to have participated in an experiment in which a boy Mikey — implied to be Goonies!Mikey in a previous life — died. Once another experiment goes on and more children are injured, he starts Drowning His Sorrows and evidently contemplates suicide. He is however stopped by the Goonies, which he takes for vengeful spirits in his Sanity Slippage.
  • Deleted Scene: A short segment explaining how Chunk survived being shot by the Fratellis ended up on the cutting room floor for unknown reasons.
  • Disney Death: For a while, it seems like Chunk has died by falling through the floor, but we find out later that he got stuck in a machine and ended up in Dr. White's old living quarters.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Kim Link eventually joins the Goonies, but it doesn't happen until the last episode.
  • Epic Fail: Chunk tries to Zerg Rush the Fratellis, but instead ends up running into his friends, causing a Dog Pile of Doom, losing his consciousness, and once again seeing his hallucinatory penguin Opus, who tells his that the friend who speaks in riddles will betray him. Too late does Chunk realize that Opus was talking about himself...
  • Expy: Dr. Kennedy Dylan White has a lot in common with Nikola Tesla, both being once highly respected scientists who started to be seen as crackpots once their ideas became more far-fetched and their rate of success lessened, leading to them spending their final years as recluses. As with Tesla, it's also said that there are conspiracy theories about how Dr. White actually did succeed in drawing free energy from the air, only for the truth to be covered up by the power companies. Interestingly enough, White's invention is represented by a plasma coil, which Paulo incorrectly identifies as a "Tesla coil."
  • Faked Rip Van Winkle: An unintentional example, but Brand starts wondering just how long he's been in the library when the young, beautiful librarian ends her shift and is replaced by an elderly lady.
  • The Final Temptation: At the end of the campaign, the Goonies are forced to choose between selling Dr. White's technology, (risking that it won't ever be used,) or launching his rocket by themselves, (and not get any money or credit for it.) Eventually, they choose the latter, sacrificing the Goondocks to save the world... only to find enough gold (and ice cream) stashed away in a freezer to save the docks anyway.
  • For Want of a Nail: The campaign goes Off the Rails almost immediately due to Paulo's interpretation of the movie as an allegorical Coming-of-Age Story where the specifics of the plot aren't very important. Here, the kids' attention is drawn not to a Treasure Map leading to Pirate Booty, but to a plasma coil, which their imaginations transform into the prototype for a free energy device.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Data's invention, a Widget Intended for Knowledge. Ingenious Product Engineered to Determine Infinite Answers.
  • Gadgeteer's House: Dr. White's quarters are an excellent example. Sadly, they have been poorly maintained over the years...
  • Giving Radio to the Romans:
    • Data manages to somehow create Wikipedia all by himself in the mid-eighties, complete with articles about subjects he's unfamiliar with. Don't try to think too much about it.
    • Creating a free energy field in the 1980's might also count. Of course, such a device may never be invented in reality.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: Due to fatigue, Chunk starts hallucinating that there's a talking penguin named Opus on his shoulder, who encourages him to beat Mouth unconscious as revenge for all the bullying he's had to put up with. Eventually, Chunk has to face the fact that the penguin isn't real, but merely a personification of his own inner darkness. The delusion still returns, but Chunk still ultimately manages to ignore it.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: It's implied that the world never learns the truth about how the free energy field was created, or about the Goonies or Dr. White's role in the story.
  • Happy Ending: One of the happiest in the show's history. Robot!Mikey and Gordie have found a bunch of new friends, Data and Mouth have gotten superpowers, Brant has a new girlfriend, Chunk has found some ice cream, the Goondocks have been saved and all energy crises are now over, as the world has been supplied with a free energy field.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kennedy Dylan White intended to commit one, going on a one-way journey in the rocket which would give the world free energy. However, he died before he could initiate the launch sequence. The Goonies decide to launch the rocket with White's body still inside as a final tribute to him.
  • Hypothetical Casting:
  • I Choose to Stay: At the end of the campaign, Data decides to move into Dr. White's old lab.
  • I Love Nuclear Power:
    • Mouth and Data both get superpowers after being exposed to radiation from Dr. Woodyard's particle accelerator. Mouth gains the ability to read minds while Data can now suddenly control machines through telepathy.
    • The same experiment also gives Gordie the cat the ability to talk. (Or rather, he claims that he could always speak, he just couldn't think the same way as he can now.
    • Unfortunately, it also makes a rat grow to the size of a giant. However, Mikey manages to kill it surprisingly easy with his burning baseball bat.
    Gordie: It was food, now it is, eh... bigger food.
  • Imagine Spot: Paulo interprets the fantastical elements of the film as just our protagonists playing pretend. A side effect of this is that the importance of the Treasure Map is downplayed. Every object in the attic is a potential Plot Coupon the kids can spin a story around.
  • Indian Burial Ground: No actual cemetery (that we know of) but legend has it that the island was cursed by its' original native american inhabitants as revenge after Woody White — implied ancestor of Kennedy Dylan White — bought it from them in an unfair business deal.
  • Kill the Lights: Data distracts the Fratellis by blowing out all the lamps in the yard with his powers, giving the Goonies a chance to escape.
  • Meaningful Rename: When everybody realises that Chunk can float, he receives the new nicknames "Otter" and "Whale." Other than that, the players mostly call him "Verne."
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Mr. Perkins mistakes Quickfinger Nelson's misfiring gun for a warning shot, and tells Brand (who approached him to apologize) that he is not intimidated.
  • Mistaken Identity: The gang confuses the Frantellis' accomplice for Kennedy Dylan White himself, and only realise the truth after they find his stash of counterfeit cash.
  • Newspaper Dating: Brand takes a look at the paper he got from Dr. White's machine to see how long the laboratory has been abandoned. It turns out to be dated to Now 15 1974, (11 years before the campaign is set.)
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: The Fratellis, being essentially an extra obstacle without much connection to the main mystery.
  • Posthumous Character: It's not entirely clear what became of Kennedy Dylan White. That is, until the very end, where we learn that he died working on his rocket.
  • Reckless Gun Usage:
    • It turns out that Mouth has no respect for guns at all. First, he shoots off Mr. Perkins' hat by mistake, barely missing his head. Then, he ends up shooting himself in the leg. At that point, Brand confiscates the revolver, for the safety of everyone.
    • Brand later takes Dr. Partridge's gun the same way, preventing him from commiting suicide.
  • Reincarnation: The Goonies themselves are implied to be the reincarnations of "The Unis", a gang of kids who used to hang around at the University, leading to quite a Tomato in the Mirror moment. This is however made more complicated by the implication that not all of the Unis are dead, and we never find out exactly what the deal with them was.
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist:
    • Dr. Woodyard, who does not want to perform Dr. Partridge's nuclear experiment due to the risks involved.
    • While he is more willing to take risks than his colleagues, Dr. Partridge is shown to harbor immense guilt over the accidents his carelessness was responsible for.
  • Romantic False Lead: Andrea "Andy" Carmichael becomes one, (and also Demoted to Extra,) as Brand ends up romancing Canon Foreigner Clink instead.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Could be a coincidence, but a penguin named Opus?
  • Spiritual Successor: To Stand By Me, almost to the point of being a Stealth Sequel, complete with Pitr Strait playing Corey Feldman's Kid Hero character and Scott Aiello as his Butt-Monkey friend. They even bring back Milo the junkyard owner as a ferry guard.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: Goo - Nies.
  • Tuckerization:
    • Dr. Jack Woodyard, the Absent-Minded Professor at Peartree University is named after one of the show's Patreon supporters.
    • Mine founder Woody White is named after another Patreon supporter. Specifically, the guy who sponsored the bonus scene in the third episode.
    • Lampshaded when Brand asks the Hot Librarian what her name is and Paulo starts frantically looking through his list of Patreon supporters, eventually settling on Kim Link.
  • Unfazed Everyman: During a single night, Clink gets to meet a talking cat, cyborg rats and a robot with the mind of a young boy who died a decade ago, all in close approximation to an old secret lab hidden right below her workplace, complete with a rocketship carrying the lost corpse of an old scientist and a free energy device. She takes it all remarkably well.
  • You Dirty Rat!:
    • The giant, former labrat the Goonies encounter at Peartree University, which is treated like a savage beast.
    • In the last episode, the gang run into a small army of cyborg rats, who are just as vicious, and apparently assimilate their brethren in a way akin to The Virus. Subverted when Data takes control of a few of them using his powers, and declares them to be Goonies.
  • Villain Protagonist:
    • Our "heroes" seem to be heading this route. In just the first episode, they have almost shot a man, (albeit accidentally,) ran to avoid the police, destroyed a car and stolen a ferry. Granted, the Unreliable Narrator element makes it hard to tell if any of these things actually happened.
    • This continues in episode 2, where Mouth flat-out steals some counterfeit money, with the intent of selling it.
    • In the last episode, Data starts falling into Mad Scientist mode, sadistically electrocuting the Fratellis and showing clear signs of megalomania.
  • What Does This Button Do?:
    • Chunk starts frantically pressing buttons on the particle accelerator in the univerisity lab, leading to an evacuation.
    • Later, Joz is ecstatic to learn that Dr. White's laboratory is full of pressable buttons.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: While the premise of the show requires this in general, for this campaign, Paulo had to worldbuild by the seat of his pants, only coming up with the basics of each adventure beforehand and then filling in the rest inbetween sessions.

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