Annnnnnnd we're off... Will spoil the cover as soon as it's done. I'm having more difficulty than usual finding the right high-res photo-real elements to crowd around McGann given the nature of the material, but I'll get there.
Post by drinkplentyofmalk on Mar 17, 2021 17:49:54 GMT
I don't believe anyone's mentioned it yet, but 'We Can't Stop What's Coming', the 8th Doctor's story in the Target Storybook (surprisingly) features Fitz and Trix.
To sum it up (and this is a very short story, so these are particularly egregious as spoilers): the TARDIS crew stumble across employees of The Company, which sending it's most disposable employees to hunt 'simulated lifeforms' under the guise of testing their new weaponry. In reality, these are their neanderthal-like ancestors from ten thousand years in the past, and killing them turns the employees into 'anomaly bombs' capable of destroying areas of time. The crew try to confront the company, but they've already been double-crossed by whoever they were selling the weapons to and destroyed. I'd gladly write up the summary for anything in it, even if I'm not familiar enough with stats to do that part of it. (Honestly, there's nothing massively interesting or alien about the neanderthals or accountants, just the fact that they have grey skin. The main trouble I'm having with visualizing how to format this? Would the entry be summarizing The Company itself, with the Accountants and Neanderthals getting small stat write-ups? A small section on 'creating' anomaly bombs and how they might be weaponized in-game? The only gadget of note is the DNA tags attached to the Neanderthals that confirm them as the accountants ancestors. While important to actually solving the puzzle, I don't know how much it'd be worth allotting space in the book to something so minor.
While a short story I still feel like this is very worth including, namely as it's the first story featuring the Novel companions in years and, I believe features them post-the final EDA, making this the most recent adventure featuring them. ...uh, of course feel free to disregard this entire post if you've all already found out about this story and written about anything from it and I've just somehow missed it. I'm new to this.
I've not read this story so hadn't considered it for inclusion. From what you say, it doesn't sound as if there's enough info for a full entry on the Company or the aliens (a common problem with short stories), so I'd probably consider writing an entry on Anomaly Bombs for the Gadget section instead. Are they still living creatures requiring full stats at that point, or just Gadget stats?
Post by drinkplentyofmalk on Mar 17, 2021 23:46:18 GMT
They're still living creatures, but barely able to do much but writhe in pain. They do seem to be able to talk, however. 'They were fading and flickering, in and out of existence. Like solid projections, somehow, switching on and off. His eyes opened, seeming to glow. His face was cracking, starting to split open. ''Sorry.'' He whispered.' So, I'd say it'd be in the gadget section, but it'd almost function like a major bad trait that'd be applied to a character?
The description '-trapping whole fleets, isolating star systems. The first prototypes of weapons for wars to be fought in four dimensions.' gives a pretty clear idea of what they're for: 'locking off' an physical space across time. It's mentioned enough times that the Neanderthals were from ten thousand years ago, so I'd assume that how much time the location is locked away is the same as how far back the murderers ancestor was. Plop one of them down somewhere and that day, as well as the ten thousand years before it, is cut-off from the rest of space-time.
We don't literally see them explode, but it's implied they'll do it eventually. They're teleported away by The Company rather quickly so it's a bit ambiguous on if the Doctor could have even tried to save them. It'd take a LOT of story points, if so.
Yeah, it does suffer from short story syndrome: as in I've literally just typed out every piece of information relating to this. I can clean this up into a writeup fairly easily, but I feel like it'd work best as if it was written as The Company pitching the product to you. Which I'm not quite sure if I'm up to, creative writing wise.
QUICK EDIT: Before I forget, I actually found all of the Stories in the collection to have an element that I thought was interesting enough to warrant inclusion. I'd imagine the content for Docs 1-5 are lower priority, as their first addendum have already been released. Should I take notes and make writeups of these 'on my own time', and only post them in their respective Doctor's channels when I'm done/if I need clarification about an aspect?
New contributors are always welcome! But you need to send submissions to Siskoid rather than post them here, so get in touch with him direct to let him know what you intend - you can PM him here, or his email address is at the foot of the EU Sourcebooks Index page. He'll also be able to advise on when it's best to submit anything.
Also, if you've not already done so, have a look at the Submissions Guidelines for guidance on word count and formatting. Not including game stats is fine as we can add these later, but please provide enough info on their capabilities etc in case we don't have access to the source story.
The only story we've already covered from the Target Storybook is Punting, for which we included the Midori in the Fourth Doctor Addendum.