Monday, September 17, 2018

Atomic Age Operation: UNFATHOMABLE!

At the close of World War II, captured German scientists revealed to both the Americans and the Soviets the existence of an unfathomable Underworld on hinted at in legend and folklore. Perhaps driven mad by experimentation with Underworld technology, the Soviet scientist Yerkhov, with the consent of his superiors, takes an artifact known as the Nul Rod and leads an expedition of crack Soviet troops into the depths. The exact fate of the expedition is unknown, but one of Yerkhov’s assistants emerged from a cave in the Nevada desert. His mind broken by his experiences, he gave revealed little reliable intelligence, but did have in his possession a rough map of the expedition’s journey.

Denying the Soviet’s the Nul Rod and establishing an American presence in the Underworld is now our strategic priority. We believe a smaller mission, attracting less attention from the hostile locals, might be able to succeed where Yerkhov failed.

So, I think it would be pretty easy to drop Jason Sholtis's Operation Unfathomable into a 50s sci-fi/monster movie sort of setting. It already has a lot of the right elements. I could see a TV show (by Irving Allen, naturally), something like a cross between Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Combat!.

Art by Jason Sholtis


knobgobbler said...

Excellent idea!
Brings up images of the vast cavern of monsters from The Black Scorpion, and Shaver's stories about the Dero.
Also, Lovecraft's story The Mound, with its subterranean city full of inhuman flesh-crafting psychics.

Can't wait to see the movie!

The Angry Lurker said...

Very watchable show that would be.

Sean Craven said...

Have you ever read any of Sholtis's old comics work? He's got this oddball monster-movie-meets-Marvel thing going on and the bad guys are psychic Soviets.

Gus L said...

I ran some games using WWII marines as funnel characters and a 0e based system. If you like here's the chargen doc.

Also a character sheet.

They would likely work with atomic age soldiers as well.

Trey said...

@Sean - Sholtis calls that stuff his juvenalia and refuses to give out details.

@Gus - Jason and I were talking about "what system?" just this morning.

Dungeon Smash said...

Love it, just wish I'd thought of it first!

Trey said...