Radio Retrofuture goes Fallout with own Radiostation!
My friend Bonsart Bokel of Radio Retrofuture fame is hosting 12 days of Fallout-related awesomeness. From 20th December 2017 to 31st December 2017 there will be a ton of stuff going on, including an Aethercast and his very own Fallout in-universe radio station.
In Bonsart’s own words:
Yes, december is drawing close and with it the launch of Radio Retrofuture for Fallout 4. A whole Steampunk-ish Radio Station, that is part of Old World Radio, for you to enjoy while exploring the Boston wasteland with over 6 hours of audio including the advetures and ramblings of the absinth fiend Balthazar Gerards and his robot ASP.
If you love retrofuture, or atompunk or Fallout (and why shouldn’t you?) come join the event, and I shall see you there!
The weather was tolerable recently, so I decided to don my ranger helmet and armor and scout the area I am now living in in depth.
Just behind the house, in the steeply rising hills, there trickle hidden brooks through weed chocked marshland infested with an astounding number of dragonflies.
It felt weird. Something was off. The brooks trickled too ominously, the dragonflies buzzed too abundantly… Had I stumbled into a time vortex, and stepped into a landscape of earth’s distant past, the Carboniferous?
There was also this rustling in the undergrowth… Was there a Arthropleura hiding, lurking for prey?
Not wanting to disturb this august creature, much less having its mandibles sink into my leg, I pressed on until I reached the top of the hill and looked around, there, the next surprise awaited me: A sign saying „Bethesda Krankenhaus“ (i.e. Bethesda Hospital) pointing towards a street winding downhill towards the southeast. I mean, I am the only one who is thinking FEV Lab here?
And just so you know I am not making this up, here is the sign at the entrance of the hospital, because I went there to check it out:
The question remains, do we have a reality-overlap here? What is being bread in the lowest level of this hospital?
The weirdness did not end there, either. Somewhere around here, there is a place where you can rent Zeppelins (although I have not seen any flying, yet):
So what is going om here? There seems to be a massive overlap of various realities plus some temporal anomalies in this town or maybe being caused by something in the hills. Do the hills have eyes or is this a comletely unrelated question? Only time will tell and I will have more opportunity to get to the bottom of this.
In the end, everything will have a perfectly reasonable explanation… Or at least that is what they want you to believe anyway…
An unbroken line of four years and four podcast episodes (small hurray)!
I went to the RPC in Cologne four the fourths time this year and again, it was epic! This time I think I also broke my personal record of legwork on a convention, since I walked around for about 6-7 hours straight.
So, here is my happy-rant recap of the event (day one anyway). Please enjoy!
Yesterday and today nerds, gamers, cosplayers, and others from all over the world congregated in Cologne for the RPC 2017, I was one of them and oh my Cthulhu did I have a good time.
I arrived early (09:30 to be precise, doors opened at 10:00) and the line already stretched, and I mean, stretched… But when I finally got in, I was greeted by a most awesome sight: The 501st Legion had lined up along the escalators and the entrance area of the main convention area (see images below).
The first thing I did was say hello to the wonderful people of Brazen & Bold Productions and MonSoon Cosplay and collect my harness to complement my ranger helmet and to make my ranger costume more complete.
I then went on a scouting trip around the premises (for about 5 hours actually), met a most charming Weeping Angel and many more awesome people (and a TX-225 GAVw „Occupier“ combat assault tank with the cutest crew member ever).
I actually did not notice the time pass until it was almost too late, because at 16:00 there was a Fallout/Wasteland photoshoot I had been invited to participate in but I made it in time.
More details will follow soon, there will be a podcast, now here are some photos I took, fewer than I would have liked:
It is that time of the year again: The RPC in Cologne is coming up in three weeks and I am having a case of pre-convention anxiety. To be more specific, I have a case of not-being-able-to-go anxiety. I have lready purchased the ticket and everything, I have my NCR Ranger helmet ready and I am good to go, but I fear I will catch larynxgitis or something just in time to be prevented from attending.
Of course, the chances of something like that happening are not particularly high, but you all know what it’s like:
You look forward to something for ages and then BANG! just the day before the event, the universe grins and decides to ruin your day.
The reason why I am so anxious is polyfold (Is that a word? I mean I have many resons but not enough to make them manifold).
I am going to collect the chest armor for the NCR Ranger costume at the RPC
Diedl, who made my helmet, will be there cosplaying as the Mechanist from Fallout 3, so we can team up
The RPC is one of the few occasions I get to see A LOT of my friends in one place
Just the stuff that is there to discover every year
Some Doctor Who related reasons
So, plenty of reasons to go and a video to shoot (I actualy purchased some equipment for the occasion to make the video quality better). Hopefully, the anxiety is unfounded and we all get a video from the RPC and some pictures (many pictures, coming to think of it).
Oh yes, and by the way, this is the NCR Ranger helmet, or rather (because of the „Fhtagn!‘) the Innsmouth Ranger Helmet (you may remember it from a previous post):
There are more than just a handful of references and nods to the works of H.P. Lovecraft in Fallout (my favourite PC game series). Some of them rather obvious, like Pickman Gallery and The Dunwich Building, including the altar to Ug-Qualtoth, how obvious can you get, and the Dunwich Borers. The works of H.P. Lovecraft referenced are Pickman’s Model and The Dunwhich Horror respectively. With Ug-Qualtoth being inspired by any of the Outer Gods of Lovecraft’s Pantheon such as Azathoth and Yog Sothoth.
And here, have a look at the Dunwich Building in-game:
There is an obvious link between the world Fallout takes place in and the world Lovecraft created and this of course opens the door for some interesting ideas:
Is there a Dunwich or an Innsmouth somewhere in Pre-Great War America? For the sake of the argument I presume there is.
Now, in 2077 Arkham would most likely be absorbed into greater Boston but some of the more rural areas might still be fairly untouched and still backward. Innsmouth for example, pretty depopulated after the winter 1927-28 could have been largely ignored concerning urban development, connection to major highways and railroads etc. So, while Boston and othe rurban centers were nuked in 2077, Innsmouth, with 149 years to recover, might have been spared a direct hit and also might have had at least some residents, who could have gone into the deep ocean to wait things out. So 2287 you might have a relatively untouched town at the coast, filled with cultists and possibly very able to defend themselves (maybe with loot even from sunken US and Chinese Navy vessels). Maybe 2287 is the year they have recovered enough and gathered enough ressources to try to expand and send forces out to expand their influence.
Why am I spinning this idea? Because I have for the first time in my life sojourned into cosplay and have created a Cthulhu/Fallout crossover character. A member of the Innsmouth militia, a member of the Innsmouth Rangers to be precise.
I am taking the costume/cahracter to the RPC in Cologne next weekend, and I cannot share any photos, because I have a bet running with a friend of mine, but there will be some in the near future.