The players have entered a space station that was abandoned in a hurry. Some personal effects were left behind, floating in the free fall. What do the players find?I've got a few ideas, but a few more would be great.>A folded up picture. Unfolding it, you can just make out two vague figures, perhaps a man and a woman. Time has obscured all other details.
A baby metroid and a space dragon
>>27938758>time has obscured all other detailsWhy are you assuming that chemical weathering occurs in a zero-G, non-atmospheric environment?
>>27938758How hard is the science? Was this a space station where astronauts conducted experiments, or was it people living in freefall, baking, raising kids, etc.?
A bobble head of a figure in the style of some old B-Movie alien. Or the same thing but with a robot instead.
A large bubble of floating piss
>>27938802The science is fairly soft. And it was a modern-day space station.>>27938800Zero-G but atmospheric.
Rolled 2A dragon dildo
Dead monkeys, crowbars everywhere, and the corpse of at least one mime.
>>27938758They board the Space Station, fuck around for a bit, then get back in their ship.Player communicates with ship's computer>Player: Computer check life support readings>Computer: Negative. >Player: Then what's the problem?>Computer: Current life support status unsuitable for crew capacity>Player: What? Has the life support been damaged?>Computer: Current life support systems can only support up to four crew members.>Player: But there are only four of us!>Computer: Negative. Five crew members.
>>27938800Unfiltered light. Not OP, by the way, I'm just assuming that because I read about how the American flag on the moon is bleach-white.
A cup made from metal. It is decorated with iron and tin. The cup menaces with spikes of tin.
>>27938961>modern day space station>soft scienceI'm confused.
>>27939164Design is based very very roughly off of a modern day space station, but I really don't know enough about science to actually enforce hard science rules.
>>27939085Also, I really love this idea. Assuming the players survive the station, I'll try to use this somehow.
>>27939232It's a pretty big ripoff from some mediocre movie, better hope your players haven't seen it.
The remains of two men. One of which appears to be wearing a clown mask and wig, red and white jumpsuit and was likely using some kind of a bike horn to defend against the other corpse, a man in red and black wearing a helmet and jackboots. The man in red and black appears to have been trying to handcuff the clown. There are signs of struggle.
KeysVarious computer equipmentTabakOxigentanksCoinsThe remains of food gone bad
>>27939257Admittedly it is a ripoff, but I loved that scene so much I had to suggest it because OP has created a rare scenario where it can work.Also >Sunshine>Mediocre
>>27939257Oh I won't worry about that. My players are idiots. Even if they've seen the movie, I wouldn't count on them remembering or having the mental acuity to make the connection.>>27939275Well, I'll try to fit in a clown somewhere.
bloody toolbox and some rubber gloves
>>27939080Heh.Banana peels in very inopportune places, slippery floors, rogue AI, rogue cyborgs, remnants of the Glorious People's Republic of Atmosia, cult runes, the null rod, weeds everywhere, red space suits, Syndicate Balloons, a copy of Woody Got Wood...Of course, you'd need artifical gravity for a few of them to work.
In the medbay there is a surgical table spattered with blood. Nearby is a similarly-bloodied scalpel, a tourniquet, an open and empty pack of clotting pellets, and a half-used roll of gauze. There are red handprints all over the walls. All possible exits from the bay, including ventilation shafts and maintenance crawlspaces, are completely pristine. Bioscans indicate the room is completely empty save for the players.
Used condoms everywhereGlobules of semen floating and hitting your mask.A large object comes from the side.Its a 2 foot log of shit.
>>27939328>>27939364I like where this is goin
The Space Station has become part of Silent Hill.Inside you will find nothing but rust, rebar and contorted creatures modeled after the time your stepfather raped you.
Spiders.Spiders who have mastered the art of propelling themselves around with web.
The entire interior of the space shuttle is covered with upwards facing duct tapeAnd the spider experimentwww.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/spidernaut.htmlhas resulting in clouds of spiders every, in every module of the space station
>>27939398As you float between the globules and the log of shit, you come across a heavily used funnel. As you move on, you encounter a thick, brown string adhered to the side of the statio- no wait that's just shit. This explains what the funnel was used for.No human has the power to blast shit from their ass at the speed to create a shit string. We're not alone on this ship.
>>27939455Then wouldn't the spiders get stuck on the duct tape, preventing them from floating around?
>>27938758what kind of ambiance do you want here, OP?For slice-of-life:>a pair of scissors.>an empty plastic bag. The label says 'porterhouse steak'.>a small ball of human hair, stuck to some tape.>a roll of toilet paper.For horror:>a fingernail.>one half of a pair of scissors. the blade is stained brown.>an empty brass casing from a bullet.>an eyeball. it is completely dried up, and the optic nerve resembles string.For comedy:>toilet paper, the roll slowly unfurling all over the station.>a very confused cat.>a pocket protector containing two pens. One is clearly a very expensive model, with the label 'space pen! works in zero-g' on the side, while the other is a normal ballpoint pen. Both pens have ink in them, and work perfectly in the microgravity environment.>a can of silly string. it is tethered to a nearby wall by a long string of...twine.
>>27940366OP here. Do you expect my players to believe that anyone would leave behind a fingerbox? Let's try to keep the suggestions within the realm of possibility.
>>27940398I don't know. I'd sure as hell never even leave the house without mine.
>>27940387Going for sad, really. Not overstated, but I want the players to be feeling melancholic while they go about their business (essentially scrapping the station for parts). And incidentally it's known why the people all evacuated in a hurry.
>>27938758used condoms. like floating land mines. *splat* aw god it's stuck to my visor
>>27940430Intricate origami that crumbles to dust when touched.Fiddle floating in the middle of the room, one string is broken. If they examine storage boxes in the room, they can find spare string to fix it.
>>27940584Yeah, that's perfect. Thank you.
>>27940430>A magazine. probably a shopping magazine. several items are circled, and coupons have been torn out. it's heavily dog-eared.>A guitar. it has a pickguard that's been scratched so badly you can see the wood through it. all the strings are of different make. when played, one of them snaps, and the thing is impossible to tune correctly from all the replacement strings.>a food bowl with the name 'rufus' written on it in black permanent marker. a bit of wet dog food, long since dried out, clings to the dish.>A journal, with a name written on the front in child's handwriting. The journal is blank, having never been written in. Alternatively, when opened, the pages crumble to dust.>A well-used wrench, with the words "Lil' toot" scratched onto the side.>A window area, with photos taped to all the non-window parts of the room. Cosmic radiation in this unshielded area has bleached the color out of the photos, leaving ghostly shapes and blank pieces of paper.
>>27939428>Silent Hill IN SPACE...this...this might have some potential, actually...
>>27940430If the station once had children on it,>abandoned toys in what appears to be a nursery; the batteries have long died out in any that once used them>crudely drawn pictures hanging from walls; crayons, pencil crayons, and markers are scattered around the area.>a shelf of movies or other era-appropriate media half-filled -- or is it half emptied? At it's base is a cardboard box also half-filled with movies, some of which the players recognize.Also, assuming the inhabitants had culture of some sort, leaving behind half-abandoned items that tell of it helps add to the atmosphere.The human equivalent would be a half-eaten Thanksgiving dinner, or a Christmas tree unfurled, but with all it's lights dead and the ornaments drifting lazily in zero g.
>>27939428>rust, rebarFull blown holes in the side of the ship, but when you look through them you dont see space, you see somewhere else. Like maybe more space station. Or a deserted town.
- One of the interior, windowless rooms on the station is revealed to be pitch-black when the bulkhead doors are opened. The empty space seems to eat up the beams of the salvage crew's flashlights. When the light switch is found, old, faded decorations and deflated balloons indicate that the room had been the scene of a surprise party.- The escape pods or shuttle are long gone, and the corridors leading to them are choked with extraneous containers and loose items, toys and books and clothing. Most of it is run-of-the-mill, but some of it looks valuable or very personal. Posted on the walls nearby are hastily composed paper notices that each family is only allowed to bring XX(X) pounds of personal affects aboard the departing craft.
>>27940430Playing cards floating all over the place. Couple in each room/section. They are made of thin plastic, color melded into the material, so even now the sun didn't bleach them entirely, they are just difficult to read. If players make the effort/care they can collect complete deck.Terrarium with wood shawings floating inside, there seems to be something else too. Further inspection would reveal dryed-up body of pet mouse.Electronic workout machine. By some miracle still retained enough batery to boot up. Friendly female voice that introduces itself by name will remind them it has been <large number> days since they last worked out and encourage them to getting in shape again. Machine will die off few seconds after palying welcome routine...
Some great ideas so far. Keep 'em coming.
- One stateroom, featuring a large exterior window with a view of a nearby moon, has an old turntable and vast collection of classical records, brought to the station a great expense shelved and neatly shelved. The record currently set on the player is Claude Debussy's Claire de Lune.- Abandoned in the middle of a stateroom's living quarters is a cardboard box filled with home movies recorded on media contemporary to the station, showing its inhabitants happy and optimistic about their future in space during its first year of occupation.
-An old timey crossbow just floating around. No explanation-Swimsuits and diving gear including masks, wetsuits, snorkels and airtanks with photos of people "swimming" around the station, possibly as a joke.-A letter with macaroni art, seashells and glitter with "Come home soon Mommie" written in a childs hand-200lbs of pirated anime dvd's, most of the labels have worn off from the sun from a nearby window.
>>27938758Everything not nailed down is going to end up collecting by the ventilation intakes, provided they still work.
>>27944928>an old turntable and vast collection of classical recordsI don't think this would work without gravity; the turntable arm would slide up out of the groove and off the record.(You could probably just add the adjective "jury-rigged" to "turntable", though -- attach a small spring or something to the arm...)
A hydroponic farm which has become overgrown in the absence of crew to tend it, still being watered by the hyperefficient recycling systems. Vines and bushes and the like spill over, out into the aisles between trays, and one row is thick with mushrooms, some grown to massive size, each raining a tiny, dusty whisps of spores into microgravity with every clang of your boots against the floor, resulting in tiny enclaves of mushrooms sprouting up here and there in the mounds of rotten detritus where fruit has tumbled down over time from the overfull planters.
>>27938961>And it was a modern-day space station.Well, then it would have DROPPED INTO THE SEA!
>>27938758>>27939080>>27939364A clown-mask, soaked in blood. A bike horn sits nearby, also soaked in blood. On the wall nearby, someone has written "HONK" seemingly hundreds of times with a crayon.
>>27940877>huge holes in space station>beyond them is only more space stationwhy is this legitimately scary
>>27939579I can't stop laughing at 'well used funnel' for some reason
>>27949193Because you know that It wasn't caused by explosive decompression
>towels>dried food containers>probably some laptops>spacesuits with names sewn in>blood on some walls, floating around, on one of the suitsMaybe the suit is still floating, with signs of damage, blood soaked into parts of it, but no bodies or anything. Just the implication of (accidental?) death.
>>27949205I'm not sure if blood would soak into thing in a micro-g environment, you might just end up with solid pellets of blood floating around, some of them dried onto the sides of things, but not soaked in like we would imagine
>>27949229Capillarity still works.
>>27949229Your skeleton comes out, free at last from its fleshy prison.
>>27939295People really can't get over what is referred to as the slasher ending. I had a very different impression of it but whatever.A naked corpse floating in mid air. I don't know how valid this is but I remember reading in Stanislaw Lem's Fiasco, that on a space ship they had a huge room with a swimming pool. If you were to swim naked and gravity happened to be turned off and someone where to throw you in the air just so you float in the middle of the room with no clothing to throw to create propulsion you'd just be stuck up there and die of thirst.Might be total bullshit of course.
>>27949287uh dude have you even played SS13 you just adminhelp it
>>27949294Yeah good point. Scratch that, Anon.
A coffee cuphttp://www.space.com/10246-coffee-cup.html
>>27949287Nah, you can totally propel yourself by swinging your body and limbs around. If there's air, you could probably swim through it like you do water.
An astronaut that has exploded while inside his suit. So they would find the suit just floating in a corridor, turn it a round to look at the face and just find the visor full of blood.
Hey, the thread kind of survived the night. Any more ideas, elegen/tg/entlemen?
>>27949813>visor of bloodNot that scary. It should involve still seeing details of the face floating around in the helmet.
Vibrator. It gets lonely in space.
A skeleton holding a data pad. If picked up the data pad displays a simple message. "They called me Cuban Pete!"The song starts playing from all of the stations speakers as a voice chimes"Bomb activated three minutes remaining"Que a hasty escape through corridors as doors randomly close and open in front of them.
>>27949193Jim the spaceman is walking down a hall. Suddenly he notices a hole in the station, and beyond it is only more space station."Oh god! The ship goes on forever! It wont let us leave! IT WONT LET US LEAVE!""Calm down Jim, its just an interior wall."
>>27951685Brb dead space 3
A Slinky, stored in its cardboard box. It's been opened and closed several times.Well-worn paper books.A superball, wedged between a partition and its mount. It's jammed the partition in place; you'll have to cut the ball apart to open up the cabinet behind it. (There's nothing of interest in the cabinet, just spare towels and clothing.)For that matter, unused towels and washcloths. (See the attached video for an example of an unopened washcloth.)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8TssbmY-GM&t=20sA cracked, dry fishtank, containing a dead fish. The node containing it is uncomfortably humid, and a nearby wall-mounted computer has died of water damage.An "I went to <space station name> and all I got was this lousy T-shirt" T-shirt.A pantry full of food. Some of it's gone bad, but some of it hasn't.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_food#TypesA personal stash (hidden in the astronaut's quarters) of luxury chocolates. One of several boxes has been opened, and half the chocolates eaten. (Unlike the other food on station, the chocolates are not freeze-dried or otherwise vacuum-preserved, so they've gone horrifically bad in the interim.)>>27949287>>27949484You could get to a wall by "swimming", but it wouldn't be easy, and it wouldn't look like it was working at first.It's entirely believable that someone could panic, lose their head, and flail around until they lose hope and die.
>>27951760Of all the Dead Spaces you mention, you choose the worst one.
>>27951685>Implying it wouldn't be scarier if Cuban Pete was still alive on the Staton somewhereOP, does the station still have air? If it does, or if part of it does, have a section full of mold. Highly dangerous mold. That's in the air vents. That section of the station was used to study shit, and one of the experiments involved mold. When the station was abandoned, some of the mold got out. You could have it happen before the station was abandoned, and have the air vents jury rigged to stay sealed in that section so that way it won't get out. I don't know. Maybe something important is in the section with the mold and they have to expose themselves to it.
>>27953298OP here. Yes, there is air. Zero/micro gravity, though. The original astronauts were on the station when a gamma ray burst hit the other side of the planet and wiped out most life. They evacuated and went down to the surface to try to save humanity with the few remaining survivors down there.Spoiler alert: They failed.
>>27939190Out of curiosity, what characteristics would you say define a "modern day space station"?Because there's really only the ISS.And maybe Ching-Chong 1, if that counts.
>>27955566Essentially using the ISS as a reference point. No artificial gravity, no infinite energy or fabricators or anything obviously physics-defying. There are a few sci-fi things, like lots of moderately self-aware robots and some solar generators that are impossibly efficient.
Tomato juice, so they think it's blood.
>>27938758You just watched Gravity, didn't you.
- A computer working on a long-running study was never shut off and the study had no definitive end-date. The computer lab is now clogged with free-floating sheets of printed reports, or a snake of connected perforated pages. The paper and ink have long run out, but the printer continues to "print."- The station's game room is now a minefield filled with a wide variety of children's toys ill-advised for zero-g: jacks, legos, building blocks, puzzle pieces, boardgames and the like.Bonus Hardmode: If there is some sort of enemy present aboard the station with your heroes, make some of those toys electronic ones like Simon, Bop-It, or Furby, that will come to noisy life when their floating rest is disturbed by PCs or disturbed debris.
-They find a collection of notebooks and bags of dice for a pnp game. The character sheets and DM notes seem to almost describe the current party and their antics right up until them entering a section of the station just like this where they just stop.-A big crate of simple experiments from a middleschool contest supported by Nasa. -A Nasa space robot that appears to be deactivated but is never in the same place when found, and no one ever sees it move.-The station is infested with roaches. They may have escaped from an old experiment and they've adapted well to microgravity and spread everywhere. And now they're on your ship as well. You'll never be rid of them.-A sketchpad or whiteboard with detailed plans written out about tricking a ship into docking and stealing the ship while the crew is exploring the station. Wait, that sounded like the docking hatch..
Let's see if I can't get maximum paranoiaThe first thing they notice are the cockroaches that survived. But even they need atmosphere. Something has to be producing it. The station is large and complex, and has long since been shut off, so the station isn't making the atmosphere. Further testing shows that the oxygen isn't enough to sustain life, and is mostly methane. Then they notice that there are intermittent gusts of warm air coming out of the ventilation shafts, in and out, in and out, like a large piston moving a volume of air.But then they finally find that a strange and unidentifiable shell of an organic creature had been attached to the life support system, but was attached only a moment before.Feeling carefully reveals that there is something moving through the station and causing tremors, but always running away from them. Always running and fleeing from them, until they finally corner it, and it opens an air lock to its own demise before they can see it.Their ship has added mass to it when they try to leave
>>27956970The added weight is just cockroachesThe creature destroyed the life support system of one of their nearby allies and fled again
>>27949287I confess the slasher elements were a little lame, but the other 80% of the movie is still really good and it's great to watch when you want a different kid of movie without a bunch of pretentious hipster elements.>>27950223>Board the Space Station>Everything looks in perfect condition>It seems that everyone just got up and left, leaving tasks half finished.Players look out the viewports and see a tropical beach.
>>27940387>a pocket protector containing two items. One is clearly a very expensive pen, with the label 'space pen! works in zero-g' on the side,>the other is a pencil
>>27957749except pencils destroy computers in zero-gThey use the zero-g pens for a reason
>>27958314More than that, the pencil shavings are a menace. All debris in a spaceship or space station collects at the air filters; if you're using a pencil, that means you've got a load of extremely flammable kindling right next to your oxygen supply.
>>27951737They're all interior walls.
>>27939431and then they learn to ball up this new form of propellant and release it all at once to jump at you from the middle of a room
>"You find what looks like the corner of a blueprint. Other than some meaningless wiring diagrams, you make out a name: Space Station 13."