Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mutants In The News — "Fire Burn, And Cauldron Bubble" Edition

This is sooooooo very cool.

UK Scientists have re-created a millennium-old recipe from Bald's Leechbook (a leatherbound, Old English collection of unguents reputed to be one of the earliest-known medical tomes) that seemingly eliminates that modern super-scourge, MRSA.

The concoction calls for garlic, onions (or leeks), wine, and bovine bile to be boiled in a brass vessel, then left to stand for nine days before being strained through a cloth.  I'm sure "during an eclipse" and "while chewing dandelions plucked from a bishop's grave" are in the mix somewhere.

Just think what this means for denizens of the Mutant Future.  Thee Olde Wayes (am I doing that right?) just may contain the secrets for combating bioweapons and hyper-germs!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"S" is for "Splicesaur — Kylon"

Splicesaur — Kylon (Female)

No. Enc.:  1d4
Alignment:  Any
Movement:  60' (30')
Armor Class:  1
Hit Dice:  15
Attacks:  1 (tail, or by weapon)
Damage:  2d8, or by weapon
Save:  L15
Morale:  8
Hoard Class:  XXII
XP:  6,900

Kylons are ponderous, 14' tall bipeds that weigh well over a ton.  Their blue-scaled, bony bodies are covered in assorted nodules, spikes, and plates.

The females rule the species, and any given tribe's temperament is governed by its leaders' Alignment.  Chaotic-natured kylons (the most common encountered) lean towards decadence, indulgence, and corruption, and grow fat on the spoils plundered from neighboring sentients.

Kylons can use Ancient technology, but require modifications for their bulk.

Mutations:  Energy-Retaining Cell Structure, Mental Phantasm, MetaconcertNeural Telepathy, Pain Insensitivity [D], Teleport

Splicesaur — Kylon (Male)

No. Enc.:  4d6
Alignment:  Any
Movement:  105' (35')
Armor Class:  3
Hit Dice:  10
Attacks:  1 (gore, tail, or weapon)
Damage:  2d8, or 2d6, or by weapon
Save:  L12
Morale:  11
Hoard Class:  XXII
XP:  2,400

Male kylons are the smaller of their species, averaging 9' tall (though appearing much larger with their antlers) and weighing over a half-ton.  These imbeciles barely possess two brain cells to rub together, but compensate with a gleeful propensity for stabbing, stomping, and bludgeoning.

Male kylons serve as worker drones for their females, and forage, guard, and attack as commanded.

Mutations:  Atrophied Cerebellum [D], Energy-Retaining Cell Structure

Saturday, March 7, 2015

"A Telephant Never Forgets"

Secret Santicore has delivered his presents, and you can find the adventure I submitted right here!

Regretfully, my images didn't get attached, so I'm posting them.  Damn those pesky elves!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Mutants In The News — "...And Old, Old, Old, Freakin' OLD Lace" Edition

Our impending future overrun by super-mutants grows ever closer, as scientists just discovered a population in the Andes Mountains that has acclimated to high concentrations of environmental arsenic.  This is the first documented instance of human adaptation to a toxic substance.

The village's drinking water contains around 20 times more arsenic than what is considered safe.  Apparently, the residents metabolize arsenic not only faster than most people, but also convert it into a less deadly form.

Mummies from the region—dating between 4,000 and 7,000 years old—also have high levels of the hazardous metal, indicating the development of the natives' resistance has been a long-term process.

Neat.  Just neat.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Party At Ground Zero

Thanks to NukeMap, you can simulate nuclear detonations—plus the requisite damage, fallout, and casualties!—on your favorite cities.

Here's what happens when you drop a 20 kiloton "Fat Man" on downtown Houston, TX.

Hours of fun for the whole family!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mutants In The News — "Your Body Is A Temple...A Disgusting, Filthy Temple" Edition

In a fascinating research study, scientists are mapping the microbial ecosystems of the New York City subway system.  The results are mindboggling, and involve snazzy tidbits like Antarctic germs and fish DNA and bubonic plague and the bacterial powers of pizza and hummus.

Related (and lazily truncated) news popped up over the last week about the study, focusing on "50% unidentified material" and CHUD jokes and such.  But the whole thing is worth a read, as is the Cell journal article.

Seriously.  It's totally cool.

Friday, January 30, 2015

I've Always Been A "Signs As Shields" Guy Myself...

...but I'm now a convert for weaponizing them, thanks to this thing of beauty.

Presenting the stop-ax, by artist Brandon Challies, via Larping.Org.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mutants In The News — "Mo' 'Squitos, Mo' Problems" Edition

To combat the dengue fever and chikungunya viruses, the FDA is considering the release of millions of genetically-modified mosquitos (made by your friends at Oxitec!) into Florida swamplands.  The modified critters—all males—carry a "suicide gene" and will theoretically mate and pass on the same trait to their offspring, thereby eliminating huge chunks of the blood-sucking population.

While successfully tested in other countries, the FDA option is under heavy scrutiny, with many headlines clearly going for the hysteria angle.

If only there were some way to release mosquitos that feed on pythons....

And what a great origin concept for Gamma World's own soul besh, aka "skeeters"!