In the previous episode of Bump in the Night, an Oversight auditor and his team of “independent contractors” were sent to the quarantined Venusian aerostat of Parvarti to investigate a mysterious outbreak among the mostly transient population. They discovered that the so-called infection was merely a side-effect caused by a secret application of a low-grade medical nano, the unintended consequence of an XP harvesting operation run by the Night Cartel. With the inhabitants of Parvarti on the edge of panic over the quarantine and time running out before the outside world comes calling, the players will have to find the gangsters responsible for the fiasco and neutralize them. Can they take out a space mafia stronghold without getting capped, or will they find themselves at the mercy of a sadistic mafia boss and her squad of Olympian goons? Listen to this week’s Actual Play to find out!
Following their narrow escape from the alien-infested Fa Jing mining colony, our team of Firewall Sentinels sets off on the next leg of their mission. Proxy Steel, his memories restored, informs them that the Prometheus Syndicate has captured a notorious automated facility in the Main Belt where TITAN remnants have constructed a one-way farcaster. He dispatches them to infiltrate Zombieland and transmit their minds into the unknown. First though, they’ll have to fight their way through the station’s many defenses, and confront EliOT, the bitter AGI who now controls the facility. Can they survive a brutal robotic onslaught, defeat a psychotic infolife hacker, and capture the farcaster? What horrifying trials await them on the other side? And just what exactly is going on between Elis and EliOT, anyway? Listen in to find out!
When a mysterious plague hits the Venusian aerostat Parvarti, an overzealous Planetary Consortium diplomat named Dwala Chatterjee sees her chance to incorporate the independent city into the polity she represents. Little does she know that a steady stream of clandestine income from Parvarti’s massive tourism industry–fueled by illicit sex, gambling and other, more exotic transhuman vices–already feeds into the PC’s coffers, and her efforts to bring the resort into the fold would expose this black revenue to public scrutiny. In order to prevent this, Oversight dispatches an auditor and his team of “independent consultants” to resolve the crisis discreetly. However, they arrive on Parvarti to find that Chatterjee has disappeared despite being under surveillance by security agents, but not before calling in a team of Consortium delegates to pursue the matter further. Now, they must race to discover the causes of the outbreak and the location of their contact before the group of investigators she summoned arrives on the aerostat. Can they pull it off in time? Listen to find out!
This month, we tackle that crazy little thing called fanon. When the creators of your favorite media leave you in the dark, the impulse to speculate and try to shed some light is only natural. What does this mean for the average geek media aficionado in the digital age? Head canon, fan theories, and works of fan fiction, art and more! Join the Rag-NERD-rok Crew as we discuss some of our thoughts on the matter, along with examples from fandoms we’ve participated in. Afterwards, we’ll scramble to come up with a sketch in Ed’s absence, and read a brand-new five star review!
(Show Notes after the break.)