Help Fund Unknown Because I Really Want to Play It

I'm not a huge gamer, whether video or physical, but I've spent the last year or so trying to gather up all of the solo-playable post-apocalyptic themed games I can get my hands on. I've gotten quite a few so far, and I plan to put up some reviews whenever I finally get around to playing them, but for now I wanted to help spread the word about another game I hope to be able to add to my collection, Unknown.

"Unknown is a fully cooperative tile based exploration and survival game for 1-6 players. Players create the game board by exploring tiles around their base, and attempt to keep the base camp stocked with food while gathering resources and performing actions to complete the mission’s objectives. The players win when they complete the mission objective and accompanying minor objective. The players lose if the base runs out of food."

They've raised $11,000 of a $25,000 goal on Kickstarter, but they've got over a month to make up the difference, so I'm pretty optimistic that I'll be able to get my hands on this one, at least if some of you chip in, or help spread the word yourselves.

You can read more and see if you think it's worthwhile on their official site, or of course on the Kickstarter page.

Defiance: The Lost Ones – Online Minisodes

The first season of Defiance ended over six months ago, and season two is still almost three months away. A nine-month break like that is a long time to expect fans to stick around and wait for new content, so the folks at Syfy have released a set of five minisodes, titled The Lost Ones, to try to tide you over until the first episode of season two on June 19. READ ON →

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This is the RoboCop Remake You’re Looking For – Our RoboCop Remake

The new RoboCop that hit theaters last month isn't the only remake of the classic 1987 film to be made recently. Our RoboCop Remake is a crowd-sourced project where dozens of separate film-makers each re-created a scene from the movie, sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious, but almost always great fun to watch.

But whoa, talk about suffering an emotional shock; if you're a guy, there's a certain scene that is going to give you nightmares. Forget NSFW, this thing needs a NSFL tag. You'll know what I'm talking about when you get to that point.

But don't let that stop you; Our RoboCop Remake is a fantastic accomplishment, and is a must watch for real RoboCop fans.

Help Push After Reset: The Fall of Gyes Over their Kickstarter Goal

The folks behind After Reset: The Fall of Gyes are sitting at 70% of their Kickstarter goal, but with 9 days to go, they have a good chance of making it, if they can get a steady stream of support for the remaining time.

After Reset: The Fall of Gyes is a 32 page graphic novel that's both a standalone story, and a prequel of sorts for the upcoming After Reset RPG currently in development. The game is described as "an old-school sci-fi apocalyptic roleplaying game inspired by such video games as Fallout 1/2, Baldur’s Gate and Planescape: Torment." and will be available for Linux as well as Mac and PC, which makes it extra cool in my book.

A $10 contribution to the Kickstarter will get you a DRM-free digital copy of the graphic novel, but supporting them to the tune of just $40 will also get you instant access to the current tech build of the game, alpha and beta access, and then a full copy of the final game when it's released, which should be sometime later this year.

Visit the After Reset: The Fall of Gyes Kickstarter or AfterReset.com for more information.

Post-Apocalyptic.com YouTube Channel

I've been spending some time putting together a Post-Apocalyptic.com YouTube channel by gathering all of the public domain, creative commons, or just really old post-apocalyptic short films and movies that I can find. I've got about 35 videos uploaded so far, and I also intend to add a bunch of audio dramas, podcasts, and such as I get them ready.

My YouTube URL is tied to an old account with my old blog name, and none of the URLs I wanted were available anyway, so I decided to make a shortcut, PA-Videos.com.

Bookmark it, subscribe, or just stop by, and if you have any suggestions for freely available videos that I can add to the collection, I'd love to hear about them.

Lords Of Light – The Thundarr the Barbarian Story

I'm not sure how I haven't come across this yet, but apparently the Warner Bros. Presents Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s, Vol. 1 DVD from 2010 included the 18-minute documentaryLords of Light - The Thundarr the Barbarian Story. It features interviews with series creators Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, as well as several others involved in the production, and discusses the process by which the classic post-apocalyptic Saturday morning cartoon came to be.

As someone who still watches episodes of Thundarr regularly, this was a great find. Hat tip to the guys at Podcast at Ground Zero for turning me on to it.

The Ultimate Warrior – Review by the Classic Sci-Fi Movies Blog

The 70s appetite for post-apocalyptic tales rolled on with the American release of The Ultimate Warrior (TUW) in late June of 1976. The story is not really “science” fiction, as much as it belongs in the post-apocalyptic genre. Yet, this genre often included sci-fi stories, so the two are popularly associated. Yul Brynner stars as a freelance “warrior” amid the tribal societies of a post-apocalyptic New York City. Max von Sydow stars as “The Baron”, leader of one of the tribes. William Smith stars as “Carrot”, leader of a ruthless rival tribe. Robert Clouse, famous as the director of martial arts films such as, Enter The Dragon, wrote the story as well as directed. Taking place in far off 2012, Clouse imagined things could get really bad in 40 years.

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Cockneys vs Zombies is Great Fun

I don't often put "feel-good movie" and "gory zombie apocalypse" in the same sentence, but I think "gory zombie apocalypse feel-good movie" sums up Cockneys vs Zombies fairly well. I went in with low expectations, and I came out loving just about every minute of it.

"The Bow Bells Care Home is under threat and the McGuire's – Andy, Terry, and Katy – need to find some way to keep their grandfather and his friends in the East End, where they belong. But, when you're robbing a bank, zombie invasions makes things a lot harder. Now, equipped with all the guns and ammo they can carry, it's up to the gang to save the hostages, their grandfather, and East London from zombie Armageddon."

Check out the trailer, and if you'd like to give it a go yourself, it's available on VOD in all the usual places, and was just added to Netflix this month as well.

On the 8th Day – Nuclear Winter Documentary from 1984

On a recent episode of Podcast at Ground Zero, Jarred mentioned that he was on the lookout for a British documentary called On the 8th Day, that had been shown in the US after the airing of Threads on TBS in 1984.

It piqued my interest not only because of it's relation to Threads, which is my favorite nuclear war movie of all time, but because I had never heard of it, and I like to think I'm fairly well informed about media relating to the genre.

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Help Wyrmwood Be All It Can Be

If anyone could pull off a movie that's so unabashedly "Mad Max vs the Zombie Hordes" it would have to be an Aussie, or more accurately, a whole group of them, and it looks like this group has done a good job of it with Wyrmwood. Principal photography is done, and now they're looking for some extra funding for post-production. You can help by contributing to their Indiegogo campaign.

Post Apocalysm & the Guts of Post-Apocalyptic Storyworlds

This article, by Mike Jones, originally appeared on his blog, MikeJones.tv.

There seems to be a lot of Post-Apocalyptic shit going on lately.

Over the past few years I've been involved as a coordinator or judge of a number of wide-reaching writing development programs and competitions; the Immersive Writing Lab UK, the Storyworld Studio in Sydney and Platform X for the Australian Writers Guild and so on. Each of these has seen me wading through deep piles of submissions covering every conceivable form, style and genre of narrative. What was interestingly consistent through all of these was a rich vein of Post-Apocalyptic story ideas.

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A Short Vision – Apocalyptic Animated Short Film from 1956

I've been doing a lot of digging around for early examples of post-apocalyptic media, and just came across this A Short Vision on YouTube. The animation is simple, but it doesn't pull any punches when it comes to demonstrating the effects of a nuclear attack on the population. Definitely one to be aware of if you're a fan of the genre.

‘Threads’ vs ‘The Day After’ – an In-Depth Analysis by the Movie Moan Podcast

I came across this video on YouTube today. It's a great compare and contrast discussion of The Day After and Threads by the folks at the Movie Moan podcast.

I wouldn't watch it unless you've already seen both films, but if you have, and you're as much of a fan of them as I am, then I think you'll really enjoy it.

And if for some reason you're reading this blog, and you haven't seen both The Day After and Threads, then here are a couple of links that can help you take care of that problem.

Threads on YouTube

The Day After on YouTube

Guest Review: When Gods Fail by Nelson Lowhim

I've loved the apocalypse in books, movies, and television shows since I was a sixth grader and my uncle loaned me The Stand.. I always understood from the beginning that the old world as well as the laws and social norms of that world had died along with all the people. Any means of stopping bad people doing what they wanted had also gone away. Instead of The Golden Rule (he who has the most gold makes the rules) it's the rule of strength, he who has the most strength makes the rules.

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Indie Camp Abounds in Future Justice Trailer

In a future gone straight to hell, one man will bring justice to the world.

After a mostly-successful Indiegogo campaign last summer, the folks behind the camp-fest Future Justice have progressed to the point of releasing their first official trailer, and it looks great. Their Facebook page says they're shooting for a late spring/early summer release, and I'm really looking forward to it.

Infinite Santa 8000 – The Movie

"A thousand years ago the world completely collapsed. War, famine, and greed killed off the human race. Not much remains except for the mutants, scum, and robo-people. Humanity is a long-lost notion.

Everyone must kill to survive. Even Santa."

Following up on the success of a 13 episode series on Youtube, Infinite Santa 8000 is back with a feature length film available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox Live, and VOD.

More at InfiniteSanta.com.

Christmas at Ground Zero – “Wierd Al” Yankovic

It's Christmas at ground zero
There's music in the air
The sleigh bells are ringing and the carolers are singing
While the air raid sirens blare

It's Christmas at ground zero
The button has been pressed
The radio just let us know
That this is not a test

Everywhere the atom bombs are dropping
It's the end of all humanity
No more time for last-minute shopping
It's time to face your final destiny

It's Christmas at ground zero
There's panic in the crowd
We can dodge debris while we trim the tree
Underneath the mushroom cloud

Ronald Reagan:
Well, the big day is only a few hours away now.
I'm sure you're all looking forward to it
as much as we are.

You might hear some reindeer on your rooftop
Or Jack Frost on your windowsill
But if someone's climbing down your chimney
You better load your gun and shoot to kill

It's Christmas at ground zero
And if the radiation level's okay
I'll go out with you and see all the new
Mutations on New Year's Day

It's Christmas at ground zero
Just seconds left to go
I'll duck and cover with my Yuletide lover
Underneath the mistletoe

It's Christmas at ground zero
Now the missiles are on their way
What a crazy fluke, we're gonna get nuked
On this jolly holiday

What a crazy fluke, we're gonna get nuked
On this jolly holiday!

19th Level Review – “The Long Tomorrow” by Leigh Brackett

This review by Daniel Stack originally appeared on his blog, 19th Level.
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As I've mentioned in my blog a few times, the post-apocalyptic genre is one that filled me with feelings of both dread and fascination as I grew up. Born in the early 70s I became aware of my world in the era of "Ronnie Rambo" and the Cold War heating up one final time. I remember playing the Gamma World Role Playing Game with our primitive mutants exploring the ruins of Pitz Burke. There were films set after the End, ranging from the "Mad Max" series to absolutely dreadful movies like "Threads" and "The Day After". (And I use "dreadful" not in the sense of a bad movie but rather an experience that can fill one with actual dread.)

However there is still the sense of fascination.

Power of Decsion – US Air Force Dramatization of Nuclear War from 1957

This very interesting film popped up in my Twitter feed this morning, posted by nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein, of the Nuclear Secrecy Blog. "Power of Decision" was produced by the US Air Force around 1957, probably as a training film of sorts, and shows a dramatization of the first few days of a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union against the United States, our retaliation, and apparent victory. It's just shy of an hour long, but I think it's worth watching the whole thing, especially if you're a fan of good old fashioned Cold War atomic war stories. It doesn't get any real-er than this.

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