sci-fi megadungeon: the Moon
This afternoon I’ve been reading James M. Ward’s article “A World Gone Mad” in Dragon #86, where he details the Gamma World version of the Moon, its colonization history and adventure ideas. The latter aspect focuses on Tycho Center, a pre-apocalypse Cybernetic Installation rich in processed duralloy and Ancient artifacts, but infested by mutant plants and microbes, robots, and hostile Cryptic Alliance exploration and salvage teams:
Tycho Center consists of a surface landing area with underground docking facilities, a surface storage area, the computer complex for the Tycho CI, an underground storage area, two hydroponics labs (both infested with mutant plants), two biological laboratories (infested with macrobes), a nuclear power plant, an engineering and repair center that now houses most of the robot manufacturing equipment and spare parts, and several small housing centers and business zones for the human colonists. Three mining zones
branch away from Tycho Center, each worked continually by robots and avoided by the plants and macrobes. Some sections may have been sealed off by the plant-macrobe war or by computer error.
This base sounds like a locale worthy of adventure to me! The only question is, how to run it? Gamma World as intended? Teleportation or some other transport from Zhontaar? Perhaps as an exploration or rescue scenario for Traveller, Star Frontiers, or X-Plorers? “Captain, we need to talk. We’ve lost contact with the science team at Tycho Center…”