Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sahara, The Movie

Sahara is a horrible movie not really worth watching for any reason at all. But, it did give me the idea for a modernish campaign.

The characters are ex Navy Seals, scientists, archaeologists, and the like. All employees of ASR (Artifact Search and Recovery) pronounced "azure". A private treasure hunting company specializing in underwater recovery. The owner / operator of ASR is "The Admiral", lessor known as Rush Jackson, an ex-CIA field operative. Due to ASR's ability to travel the world relatively unnoticed and it's employees talents the Admiral's previous employer regularly offers it unusual "jobs".

So "dungeon" crawls in ancient tombs. Underwater battles with giant squid/KGB frogmen. All sorts of missions to every crazy terrain/locale one can find online/imagine. As much or as little combat and political intrigue as you like. Serious or pulpy. Mix in Bond style villians/X-Files/Cthulu to taste.

This setup could easily be translated to Sci-Fi space campaign, Traveller is pretty much made for this. I can see it working in SteamPunk Victorian setting also. Basically this is League of Extrodinary Gentelmen, eh?


  1. I've been thinking about an ongoing campaign hook where the players have to either go hunting for exotic monsters for a wealthy and eccentric gourmand, or for an herbalist who needs bits of monsters for her medicines (and her own wealthy clients). Really there's no difference between these and ASR I suppose...

  2. This is a great post because it points out the fact that sometimes really bad movies have a great premise, but they are just put together all wrong and contain a wooden cast, bad dialogue, ridiculous special effects, bad directing, etc. I find most any Caspar Van Dien movie to fit into this category. Not necessarily because of him, it just seems that he will act in anything thrown at him ("The Collectors", for example).

  3. While not a long-term campaign, when I watched Sahara, my mind immediately went to how to convert it to a Classic Traveller scenario. It would be rather easy to do so.

  4. @ze bulette
    I couldn't figure a way to turn it to fantasy campaign. Good ideas. I like em.

    Ya, I think that (mining movies for RPG ideas) is why I like to watch movies that my friends find atrocious, "Waterworld"

    Totally, isn't there a supplement named Safari? Traveller with it's Patrons and player run ship hopping from world to world, totally made for this kind of campaign.


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