Explorations of the Cosmic Frontier

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1. Invite your players

Invite them with either their email address or their Obsidian Portal username.

2. Edit your home page

Make a few changes to the home page and give people an idea of what your campaign is about. That will let people know you’re serious and not just playing with the system.

3. Choose a theme

If you want to set a specific mood for your campaign, we have several backgrounds to choose from. Accentuate it by creating a top banner image.

4. Create some NPCs

Characters form the core of every campaign, so take a few minutes to list out the major NPCs in your campaign.

A quick tip: The “+” icon in the top right of every section is how to add a new item, whether it’s a new character or adventure log post, or anything else.

5. Write your first Adventure Log post

The adventure log is where you list the sessions and adventures your party has been on, but for now, we suggest doing a very light “story so far” post. Just give a brief overview of what the party has done up to this point. After each future session, create a new post detailing that night’s adventures.

One final tip: Don’t stress about making your Obsidian Portal campaign look perfect. Instead, just make it work for you and your group. If everyone is having fun, then you’re using Obsidian Portal exactly as it was designed, even if your adventure log isn’t always up to date or your characters don’t all have portrait pictures.

That’s it! The rest is up to your and your players.

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Adventures of Space Captain Eliot - Chapter 1

Wooosh!

I love this job. Best job ever! Okay maybe it would be better if they made me Head Pilot, or is it Master Pilot? Whatever the name is….they’d let me fly the ship more often. But that’s okay, working full time would be a DRAG!

So anyway, lots of stuff going on. Here’s my top 3 awesome things that happened today!

1) Saw boobs. It turns out ship captains hang out at strip clubs all the time, and if you’re super smart (and have a membership card that you might have borrowed…), you can get in! Everyone thought I was Captain Goober or whatever his name was, and it was suh-weet!

2) Got D-R-U-N-K. Yup, uncle Pete always said that stuff would put hair on my chest, so look out ladies! It felt like swimming in a cloud, or like being asleep and awake at the same time. Totally epic. I want to do it again!

3) Drove a car. A car! We were in an honest-to-goodness get-away chase with people shooting at us and everything. So cool! You shoulda seen me darting around curves, telling the badguys to eat my dust. And guess what! We got away scott free, made a whole pile of cash, and I didn’t even get one scratch on it. I CAN FLY ANYTHING! I CAN DRIVE ANYTHING! Maybe I should become a racecar driver…they get a ton of girls, and beer!

So pretty sweet day, if I do say so myself. Let’s see, we landed on Apalav (funny name!), accidentally stole some body parts (gross and cool at the same time), outran some pissed off black market dudes, and found Captain Goober’s wallet (dude needs a chain for that thing!), and visited his ship. He invited us to dinner at a strip club like a creeper, but we did that and he didn’t even show up. Some other dude found us and called me “kid”, so I already don’t like him. We got some cargo for a run, which seems sort of dangerous because they’re heavy weapons (allegedly!) and only super dangerous freakos use those, but Caine says the money is good so I’m good with that. Anyway, we finally took off when we found a stowaway. The Captain says he’s legit, so now we’re smuggling him too.

So in summary, BOOBS!

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Shrouded in the black - Chapter 1 (Sarris)

Finally got hired on a ship – can’t remember the name, something like Makarana Bully, doesn’t matter much. Feels good to be on the move – my nerves are shot. Met some of the other crew members – one of them, I think his name was Sponge, mentioned that I had a peculiar smell about me; must be the <edited>, interesting that it has an olfactory effect – I’ll have to investigate that. The others introduced themselves, but I was tripping pretty badly at that point.

Our first stop was Apalav where we delivered some <edited> and had to avoid some dipshits trying to steal from us. Damn that punk-ass kid can drive! Next stop was to invest in some cargo to get some credits flowing (and man do I need them.) Managed to get some heavy <edited> and more importantly, I scored some supplies to synthesize about 4 weeks’ worth of <edited>.

I don’t remember much after that, but now we are back in the black. I just saw some other passenger I don’t recognize; wonder where the hell he came from?

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The Wolf Attacks - Chapter 2 (Sarris)

In hyperspace, heading for N’Ganti III. Found out that the stowaway guy is now a paying passenger and is in one of the first-class containers (lucky bastard). I took this down time to synthesize more <edited>, about 4 weeks’ worth. Before I could do any more testing and try to find a counter-agent to this damn stuff, the Sally’s red alert triggered. As the ship’s doctor, I am to report to the bridge during emergencies, it’s probably just a drill.

Some Vargr (ugh, nasty germs) asshole pirate told us to surrender our goods – fuck that! No-one needed immediate medical attention and I really didn’t want to lose out on our payday, so I took it upon myself to get that silly ship’s computer to help out – targeting, countermeasures, whatever, just do it! We managed to take out two of the bastard’s skirmishers, but his main ship finally got us. In the confusion, that asshole stowaway/passenger took our Sherpa – may he explosively decompress in an asteroid shower!

Some of us made it to an escape pod. In the panic, I had an almost uncontrollable urge to rush back to the med bay to grab the extra <edited>, but my flight instinct won. Now stranded on this friggin’ desert, I have a couple days of <edited> at best, and I am beginning to regret not going back for the extra stuff – and soon so will my companions.

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Adventures of Space Captain Eliot - Chapter 2

Not good…NOT good…so not good.

I crashed the ship.

I mean, it’s not totally my fault…but seriously, I was flying so they’re definitely going to blame me. And then I’m going to lose my job which is going to suck so hard! I mean come on, pirates? Like a bajillion pirates! And the Tequila Sally (which sounds like a hot Spanish chick) is slower than dirt! Here’s a crazy idea, captain: don’t fight pirates with dirt!

So yeah, not the best day in Captain Eliot’s career. We were on our way to a base when every pilot in the GALAXY decided to shoot at us. Bunch of dicks with eyepatches! But man, I was good. Real good! I mean pretty good. Obviously crashing the ship is less than super good, but I did my best…

Point is, they shot us up, I lost control, and now we’re on an escape pod going who-knows-where. It seems like everyone is looking at me like it’s my fault (which it totally isn’t…entirely). Do you think they’re going to eat me?! Some of these guys give me the heebs….

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Adventures of Space Captain Eliot - Chapter 3

I’m alive!

So good news, nobody ate me. Not that they didn’t try…no not the crew, but some crazy freakin’ bug aliens on this super wacky planet we landed on. Might be getting a little ahead of myself…

Soooooo….

We landed with the pod. Not a pretty landing…obviously I wasn’t driving because that was craptastic and I would never let me fly again if I were me and I was flying me…myself… What I mean to say is that we landed hard and the thing was a total wreck.

We pop out of the thing and it’s sand as far as the eye can see. Just like those vids where the hero (that’d be me) crash lands on a desert planet and has to lead his crew to water and stuff. I totally did that! Except the water part, we already had that.

Anyway! We start hoofing it when I see vintage awesomeness fly overhead. You know those ships that were used in the war to dock with other ships? They’d send a raiding party in and the bad guys wouldn’t see it coming! Yeah, totally saw one of those and it was awesome. I want one so bad!

Figuring it was going somewhere cool, we walked for a super long time. I guess the air is no good, so Sponge and the Doc worked on some gas mask filter things. Sorta uncomfortable, but I look like a badass ninja so it’s all good. Walking walking forever until we get to this rocky area and suddenly WAM! This big mantis-looking thing pop up out of nowhere and is going after us hardcore. This thing was totally covered in armor like a beetle or something, so Doc and I worked on a trap to see if we could put it to sleep. Super great idea…it’ll look awesome on my captain resume.

Well the other guys were able to shoot it up before we got the chance to test the trap, but that’s all good because we didn’t get eaten. You know how I was saying earlier that the other guys kinda wigged me out? I was over that until they started digging around in the bug thing’s poop and cut it open to dig in there. What the hell guys? Is that a thing we’re supposed to do? I definitely don’t want to. Super gross!

They found some kinda access card, so I guess it wasn’t all bad…not that they knew it was in there, so still weirds-ville! We kept trucking along for a while until we found a huge junkyard full of ship parts everywhere. The most epic mech was working there, sorting parts out into ginormous piles. I tried to hack it, but it has some funky firewalls protecting the code so I couldn’t do much. That was LAME! But anyway, it’ll do what you tell it to do as long as you keep it simple, so now we’re headed toward wherever that ship was going RIDING A GIANT FREAKIN’ MECH! I hope someone took a vid-snap!

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Uh, Nice Hat Bro – Chapter 3 (Sarris)

Crash-landed on N’Ganti III.

Shit.

No injuries to report.

Group consensus was to abandon escape pod that is now likely a target. I suggested the most logical direction to travel in to reach any habitable area. I assisted sponge in fabricating some crude respirators to combat the radiation dust.

We encountered an indigenous bug-like carnivore, and after some close calls, disposed of it. I suggested re-implementing its exoskeleton as armor, perhaps a helmet at the very least – no takers. I did manage to harvest some venom.

I’m delaying my <edited> doses as far apart as I can stand and it is hard to concentrate.

We came upon a junk reclamation area with an autonomous worker bot that now follows simple commands and lead us to a repair center. Sponge thinks he can get one of these old toads flightworthy.

I’ve only got about 6 days left of <edited> if I push it; time to scrounge about and see about synthesizing some more.

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Adventures of Space Captain Eliot - Chapter 4

I’m…um. I don’t know if I want to do this anymore. I’ve seen a lot of stuff since I left home. Yeah, lots of scary weird freaky crap, but…

I had to shoot a guy today. And I think I killed him. And I don’t like it. I wish I didn’t do it. I wish I never left home and never ended up here and never crashed the ship and never…I’m just a kid! I’m…just a kid.

I did it on purpose too. My friends were in trouble, he was super bad and trying to kill everyone. He was like the leader of a gang or something, and I didn’t have a choice! Did I have a choice? I don’t know. I was scared and angry. So I did it. Now I’m even worse.

So yeah, that’s all I have to say right now. I’m going to try to get something to eat and maybe just sleep for a little while. I didn’t have a choice.

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Adventures of Space Captain Eliot - Chapter 5

I think I’m a little better. The ringing in my ears went away last night. I’ve had a headache since the fight, but it’s probably nothing. My Uncle always told me to stay focused, to keep my eye on the ball. I don’t know what ball he was talking about, but I think I get it. I’m going to do that. I need to fly really bad. Flying will help.

After the fight, we met with people from the town. They’re treating us like heroes, which is really cool…I don’t feel like a hero, but it helps to know that we helped people. Focus Eliot!

Our new ship is rad! Yeah, it’s a total mess. These pirate dude’s were total pigs and they don’t know anything about keeping a ship together. Half the systems are busted! Who does that? The stuff that does work is super cool. Tractor beams?! Hell yeah! Oh the best part is Beast. The ship has an AI that sounds a little like Grampa Rosen after he “quit smoking” for the billionth time. But yeah, I can’t wait to dig into the systems and see what else they put in there. Also it’ll say boobies any time you want, which is really awesomely funny.

Oh yeah! We found the jerkface that stole our shuttle before. We not exactly him, but the shuttle. We grabbed it back with super hyper tractor beam power! That dude is going to finish pooping in the woods or whatever he was doing, and come back to a missing ship. Yoink!

We’re getting paid a bunch of money to help these two science-y guys look at the caves where those crazy bug things live. I didn’t want to deal with that again, but I guess we need money to get out of here so we went. Turns out there’s a whole bunch of labs and stuff down there, and a crap-ton of bug things. They were studying a weird pyramid thing that was giving people headaches. But now that we got the bugs out of there (sort of), I can’t wait to find out what it is!

So maybe this place isn’t as boring as I thought. Cool news too. We found a matter cutter for Digger. He’s a total badass now. Perfect sidekick for Captain Eliot!

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PROJECT FEAR (Forced Evolutionary Acceleration Relic)
"Say Hello to My Little Friend"

It was a questionable decision, but there was no easy or obvious way to dissuade the others, and there were some potential upsides to blowing the cover to the secret PDC base, so we went.

Eliot flew us in our latest acquisition. While it positively oozes machismo, and is cooler to use instead of a generic TOAD transport, the smell of wet fur and wolf urine was going to take a long time to adjust to (evidently, those scents are absolutely soaked into the interior at this point).

The flight was quick and uneventful, the passengers, representatives of the outpost we had liberated, were pleasant and thankful. We soon located the PDC base, helpfully marked by our stolen SHERPA from the Tequila Sally. As a possible reserve force for our little expedition, we brought along ‘Digger’ (Eliot’s latest toy), who had been upgraded with some sort of heavy duty shovel/mining laser? Don’t ask, the explanation would take way longer than it’s worth.
The base was surprisingly dark and defenseless. It didn’t take too long to find out why. Giant insectoids had the run of the place, and were mostly clustered around the presence of a strange, pyramidal relic.
Sponge did a great job sneaking over to a set of controls, but was spotted on hir way back. As everyone was making a run for it topside, I stayed back to cover Sponge and try to discourage the pursuit. The military grade weaponry the raiders had left us did the trick quite well. It was like using a hot knife to cut butter, but at range. Carving up the largest and most aggressive Chiggers did the trick, and the smaller ones mostly milled around aimlessly.
The next thing I consciously remember was noticing Sponge hit the ground in front of me, having finished making hir way to the exit. Right. Some sort of invisible pulse had emanated from the artifact after power was put back. No apparent effect, not even dizziness, just a sort of tingling, like the hair on my arms were standing. It wore off soon, everyone seemed fine, other than one of the passengers who had passed out on the way to the exit. Hopefully that pulse didn’t scramble their brain too badly.

Everyone was very excited after we got out of the base. The representatives of the outpost were excited about the chance to acquire the artifact and the chiggers. But I knew right then they were bad news. Paradigm and the other megacorps play for keeps, and we’d be fools to let our names get out there. Slipping under the radar is tough enough for one, and impossible for more…

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