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 A World that Never Was
Mon 5 Nov 2012
at 01:11
The World that Never Was
Welcome!  This is a bit about the "style" of the setting and the world I'm hoping to share with you all.  This document will be updated as more info is added.

Recommended Viewing: The following films are recommended for capturing the "feel" I hope to foster in the game:


THE PHANTOM (1996, Vintage Roadshow Pictures).

THE ROCKETEER (1991, Walt Disney/Touchstone).

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981, Lucasfilm Ltd).

WONDER WOMAN (2017, Warner Brothers Studios).

If you haven't seen these films, or it's been a while, I recommend a viewing!

As for style, I'm envisioning the game as a modern film (or series), set in the wartime period.  As such, I'm aiming for more of a gritty or realistic feel than some of the works of the time, which were highly romanticized.

My intention is for the story to move around frequently, so it will not be set solely in the US of A.  International and cosmopolitan characters welcome, with consideration to the Axis powers.  If your character is a German (or Japanese) national, he'd best be loudly anti-Nazi if he wants any sympathy or trust!

American mores being what they were at the time, but with consideration to fiction and a more "enlightened" group of characters.

As with many works of the period, the Occult will be more of a factor than in "modern" times.  Many a "golden age" hero had a mystical origin, and these are welcome.  Lovecraftian horrors and dark magics may well be encountered by the heroes, as well as Nazi super-science and even aliens from beyond!

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 A World that Never Was
Tue 6 Nov 2012
at 18:39
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Superhumans may have been around throughout human history, but were widely disregarded as myth or legend until WW I.  During WW I, individual heroes fought for their nation, including Nautilus for America, protecting the US from German U-Boats; Excalibur for Great Britain, wielding the magic sword of legend; Hammer and Sickle of Russia, peasants with great power; and Le Verdun, a Frenchman with massive healing abilities.

Of note, Germany had no superhumans during the first war, and Hitler faulted this as one of the reasons of her defeat.  Thus, as he rose to power, he was keen on making sure that Germany had powerful meta-humans as he was in making sure Germany had a powerful air force and navy.

What made Germany's force of metahumans unique, however, and what has heralded in the beginning of the modern age of superhumans, was the number of metahumans employed. Whereas WW I had seen lone heroes as figures of mystery and romance, WW II would see Germany employ over a half-dozen metahumans, trained to function as a team. The sum being greater than the whole, the Kampfgruppe Eugenik, or Eugenics Brigade, loomed as a frightening and effective threat.

To counter this threat, Great Britain organized her own force of superhumans loyal to the crown, which would be known as the Crown Guard.

America, while larger uninterested in getting involved in "European Wars", saw FDR plan ahead and form an emergency response group to counter the Eugenics Brigade.  The United States Headquarters for Emergency Response, known as U.S.H.E.R., began to gather its own heroes, to be known as Vigilance Force.  Little is known about this roster as yet, but it is known to be led and organized by the Prohibition-era crimefighter Deuce.

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RKO Pictures
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 A World that Never Was
Thu 8 Nov 2012
at 19:28
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Fashion in 1939
The most characteristic North American fashion trend from the 1930s to the end of World War II was attention at the shoulder, with butterfly sleeves and banjo sleeves, and exaggerated shoulder pads for both men and women by the 1940s. The period also saw the first widespread use of man-made fibres, especially rayon for dresses and viscose for linings and lingerie, and synthetic nylon stockings. The zipper became widely used.

These essentially U.S. developments were echoed, in varying degrees, in Britain and Europe. Suntans (called at the time "sunburns") became fashionable in the early 1930s, along with travel to the resorts along the Mediterranean, in the Bahamas, and on the east coast of Florida where one could acquire a tan, leading to new categories of clothes: white dinner jackets for men and beach pajamas, halter tops, and bare midriffs for women.

Fashion trendsetters in the period included The Prince of Wales (Edward VIII from January 1936 until his abdication that December) and his companion Wallis Simpson (the Duke and Duchess of Windsor from their marriage in June 1937) and such Hollywood movie stars as Fred Astaire, Carole Lombard and Joan Crawford.

Throughout the 1930s and early '40s, a second influence vied with the Paris couturiers as a wellspring for ideas: the American cinema.   Paris designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Lucien Lelong acknowledged the impact of film costumes on their work. LeLong said "We, the couturiers, can no longer live without the cinema any more than the cinema can live without us. We corroborate each others' instinct.

Films in 1939
The year 1939 in motion pictures is widely considered the most outstanding one ever, when it comes to the high quality and high attendance at the large set of the best films that premiered in the year (considered as a percentage of the population in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom at that time).

Hollywood movies produced in Southern California were at the height of their Golden Age (in spite of many cheaply made or indistinguished films also being produced, something one expects with any year in commercial cinema), and during 1939 there were the premieres of an outstandingly large number of exceptional motion pictures, many of which have been honored as all-time classic films.

Popular Films:
- Gone with the Wind
- The Wizard of Oz
- Stagecoach
- Of Mice and Men
- Wuthering Heights
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Music in 1939
Glen Miller has a series of hits including "Moonlight Serenade."
"Over the Rainbow" with Judy Garland
"Address Unknown" by the Inkspots.
"God Bless America", sung by Kate Smith.
Billie Holiday gave us "Strange Fruit"
"When the Saints go Marching in" by Louis Armstrong

Science in 1939
Robert Oppenheimer jointly predicts two new types of celestial object:
 - With George Volkoff he calculates the structure of neutron stars.
 - With Hartland Snyder he predicts the existence of what will come to be called black holes.

Discovery of nuclear fission is announced independently by Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn.

First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.
RKO Pictures
 GM, 110 posts
 A World that Never Was
Wed 5 Dec 2012
at 04:14
Re: The World that Never Was
Cabin map for the team airship, L'esprit d'Accord:

Some notes on the crew:

Ernest Hoffman, is a thin, gray-haired man in a navy commodore's uniform. He speaks with a light German accent. (Airship Captain)
Nyshuri, an African stewardess aboard the Airship.
Scott McDonough, a Scots radio operator
Jimmy Chambers - young co-pilot
Pierre Jardin - head chef, French
Maryem Abdul - junior chef/server, Moraccan

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