My Kind of Town

When I last left off talking about the Brave New World Roleplaying Game, I’d gotten to the destruction of the city of Chicago by the Devastator in 1976 during an event known as the Bicentennial Battle. It’s finally time to reveal what really happened on that terrible day.

Chicago wasn’t destroyed on July 4, 1976. It was teleported in its entirety to a pocket dimension set up by the Omegas for just such a purpose. Everyone in the place was permanently trapped inside this neodimension, unable to escape. This included not only the alphas and deltas but all the regular folk as well.

The heroes captured the Devastator after the blast went off. From their point of view, the rest of the world around Chicago disappeared, but nothing happened to them directly. The people they left behind in Chicago’s suburbs didn’t fare so well.

Although the world’s most powerful heroes were stuck in Chicago together, they could not escape their prison-home. This didn’t stop them from assaulting the walls of their prison dozens of times over the years, but nothing helped. They were doomed to their exile forever.

In 1999, the people of Chicago were still stuck. The past 23 years had been hard, but they had managed to survive. Still, they never gave up on their dreams of freedom.

Back when I put BNW together, I hoped to produce a sequel game: Crossroads. I planned for a large BNW adventure centered around the return of Superior, the first and greatest of the alphas. He finally made it back home, although the effort tossed him into a deep coma. As the players worked through the mystery behind Superior’s reappearance, they would learn about the fate of Chicago and have the opportunity to follow Superior on a mission back to Chicago to rescue the people there.

Returning the city to its proper home would be impossible. Even if it could be done, the sudden reappearance of the city would be nearly as devastating as its disappearance.

Instead, the heroes’ best hope would be to figure out a way to pierce the dimensions with ease, letting the residents of Chicago come and go as they liked. The next challenge would then be to take the battle to the Omegas, who would otherwise take steps to recapture the Chicagoans and reimprison them.

In Crossroads, the heroes would be powerful alphas who traveled through the various dimensions at will, evading the Omegas and working to secure the freedom of both Chicago and its original world. Of course, I never got to write that game, but I can still dream.

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10 thoughts on “My Kind of Town”

  1. Interesting, but one thing struck me. What did they eat?

    Did the omegas provide Chicago with a lot of surrounding farmland or food production facilities. Where there Omega wardens who fed the people?

    Thx.

    SJE

  2. Hi Steve:

    Now we’re getting well past the parts I’d planned out and into the land of “making it up as I go along.” Two possibilities spring to mind.

    First, the Omegas probably would feed the residents of Chicago. To do otherwise might mean long, slow deaths. If they wanted to kill everyone, they could have just set off a real bomb in the center of the city rather than zap them all off-planet.

    Second, given the amazing powers of those trapped in the city, I’d guess that someone could come up with a way to feed the populace, perhaps by turning the parklands and any other open area into hydroponic fields choked with plants.

    So, why didn’t the Omegas just destroy Chicago? Two possibilities again.

    First, the Omegas may not be the sort of folks to stomach such a mass execution of so many innocents. I like to think that as civilization progresses, it would leave such options behind.

    Second, the best way to make an Omega is through a near-death experience of an alpha. When you have scores of alphas running around, it’s probably wise to not try to kill them and risk one of them becoming powerful enough to challenge the Omegas.

  3. I have only one word for it all *GENUIS* I wantr to know the man behind the cancellation of this I think me and him need to have words

  4. so these alpha’s trapped in the chicagoverse, they were a mix of good guys and bad guys yeah? so what are the chances of the normal people surviving? The whole city would be a warzone for 23 years, like kosovo or israel, with the bad alpha’s trying fighting the good ones and each other for dominance of the place.its a great concept, splitting chicago into seperat sectors/realms/kingdoms/whatever, but with the constant battles going on, i doubt many norms would survive. they’d all be turned into deltas and alphas.

  5. Thank goodness for Google! I happened across your web site while I was trying to find out more about “Brave New World”. (I’m a Deadlands/Hell on Earth veteran, and your system has a lot in it that I liked in Deadlands.)

    It’s frustrating to be such a latecomer, and to find out that everything is out of print. Nonetheless, it was a real blessing to find your posts about the “secrets” behind the game. I love the concepts, and they really help to put the whole thing in perspective.

    I know my thanks are a bit late – but thanks for coming up with such a neat game!

  6. Interesting, but one thing struck me. What did they eat?

    Did the omegas provide Chicago with a lot of surrounding farmland or food production facilities. Where there Omega wardens who fed the people?

    Thx.

    SJE

  7. Hi Steve:

    Now we’re getting well past the parts I’d planned out and into the land of “making it up as I go along.” Two possibilities spring to mind.

    First, the Omegas probably would feed the residents of Chicago. To do otherwise might mean long, slow deaths. If they wanted to kill everyone, they could have just set off a real bomb in the center of the city rather than zap them all off-planet.

    Second, given the amazing powers of those trapped in the city, I’d guess that someone could come up with a way to feed the populace, perhaps by turning the parklands and any other open area into hydroponic fields choked with plants.

    So, why didn’t the Omegas just destroy Chicago? Two possibilities again.

    First, the Omegas may not be the sort of folks to stomach such a mass execution of so many innocents. I like to think that as civilization progresses, it would leave such options behind.

    Second, the best way to make an Omega is through a near-death experience of an alpha. When you have scores of alphas running around, it’s probably wise to not try to kill them and risk one of them becoming powerful enough to challenge the Omegas.

  8. I have only one word for it all *GENUIS* I wantr to know the man behind the cancellation of this I think me and him need to have words

  9. so these alpha’s trapped in the chicagoverse, they were a mix of good guys and bad guys yeah? so what are the chances of the normal people surviving? The whole city would be a warzone for 23 years, like kosovo or israel, with the bad alpha’s trying fighting the good ones and each other for dominance of the place.its a great concept, splitting chicago into seperat sectors/realms/kingdoms/whatever, but with the constant battles going on, i doubt many norms would survive. they’d all be turned into deltas and alphas.

  10. Thank goodness for Google! I happened across your web site while I was trying to find out more about “Brave New World”. (I’m a Deadlands/Hell on Earth veteran, and your system has a lot in it that I liked in Deadlands.)

    It’s frustrating to be such a latecomer, and to find out that everything is out of print. Nonetheless, it was a real blessing to find your posts about the “secrets” behind the game. I love the concepts, and they really help to put the whole thing in perspective.

    I know my thanks are a bit late – but thanks for coming up with such a neat game!

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