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“Magla”

cover005b“Magla” (2LD01)
by David Agnew

Game Master: Brian   Players: Adam, Erin
Game Date: 25 February 2017

Characters: The Doctor, Riddell
Adversaries: The Viyrans
Allies: Maurice Hilleman, The Vinvocci
Time: 1 August 253185 CE
Space: Magla, Constellation of Tenebia

 

 

Synopsis: Around a distant star orbits a world that is not a world, a planetary body unlike any other in the cosmos. Beneath its seemingly lifeless crust pulse living organelles, the anatomy of a vast and incomprehensible life form. The enigmatic Viyrans are coming to this fabled place in force, ignoring all attempts at communication, and their aggressive actions could have profound consequences for all inhabited worlds in the sector. With one of history’s greatest microbiologists at their side, the Doctor and Riddell dive into the roiling cytoplasm of an incredible biological frontier to learn their motives, but they may be too late. The legendary space amoeba known as Magla has awakened—and it must feed!

Teaser: “Magla”

THIS WAS a delicate procedure requiring precision and the utmost concentration. His hand almost imperceptibly shaking and his brow furrowed into a intense expression of complete focus, a balding, professorial-looking middle-aged man in a lab coat held a pipette precariously over a bulbous flask. The flask, filled with a bubbling lime-green liquid, was poised above a flaming Bunsen burner and connected via rubber tubing to a maze of similar paraphernalia, a symphony of Erlenmeyer flasks, and test tubes. He was sat alone and by necessity in silence save for the gentle bubbling of the viscous liquid in the flask. The slightest error and the entire endeavour, representing weeks of work, would be ruined.

At this very moment there came an abrupt and urgent knock at the door. The scientist slipped from his stool and dropped the pipette straight into the flask in surprise, cursing loudly and coarsely in a broad American accent. Perhaps taking this outburst as an invitation, the door swung wide open and a distinctive figure stepped into the doorway.

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“The Life and Deaths of Gustaf Urnst”

cover004b“The Life and Deaths of Gustaf Urnst” (1LD04)
by Will Hindmarch

Game Master: Brian   Players: Adam, Erin
Game Date: 23 October 2016

Characters: The Doctor, Riddell
Adversaries: Gustaf Urnst, The Ogri, The Krynoid
Allies: James Sampson, Connecticut State Police
Time: 23 October 1938 CE
Space: Connecticut, United States, Earth; Andes Mountains, Peru, Earth

 

Synopsis: Gustaf Heinrich Urnst is a man whose name has fallen into legend. Once upon a time, the fabled writer, explorer, and occultist’s foolhardy forays into the great unknown left him stranded on twentieth century Earth. Now, the Doctor desperately needs his help in resolving a conundrum of cosmic scale. What is the origin of the mysterious standing stones discovered on a number of disparate planets? What secrets do their indecipherable hieroglyphics conceal? And what role do these alien objects play in bringing about mass extinction?

Arriving at Urnst’s New England estate, the Doctor and Riddell discover that the man is missing once more—along with great swaths of his house! In the cellar is a single stone stele, an alien artefact that pulses with a strange and dreadful power. In a flash the Doctor and his companion find themselves atop the Andes mountain range, fighting for their lives as they navigate a lethal labyrinth of blood-thirsty living rock. At its centre, John Riddell finds himself face to face with an old rival, and the Doctor discovers the horrible truth behind a mystery that has haunted him throughout his travels. There is an eldritch evil that has reached across the galaxy to deliver death to a hundred worlds. Here, on the planet Earth, it has touched the mind of Gustaf Urnst—and he has been hideously transformed.

Teaser: “The Life and Deaths of Gustaf Urnst”

“WHAT IS it, old man?”

The Doctor had been unusually introspective and subdued ever since they had left Kyrstal on Oomahn. It was a marked shift from his usual mood that Riddell couldn’t help but notice. The Time Lord stood at the TARDIS’ bulbous console, mulling the controls—and, specifically, the glaring red button of the randomiser.

After a pregnant pause, the Doctor finally spoke. “You know, I might have been able to get Kyrstal back home. Back to her own place and time. I might yet be able to do the same for you.” He chuckled. “I might even be able to do the same for me.”

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“The Edge of Extinction”

cover003b“The Edge of Extinction” (1LD03)
by David Agnew

Game Master: Brian   Players: Adam, Erin
Game Date: 24 September 2016

Characters: The Doctor, Riddell, Kyrstal
Adversaries: The Krynoid
Time: 4 July 1668 CE
Space: Oomahn, Constellation of Orpheus

 

 

Synopsis: Few things can survive in the Great Desert of Oomahn, but the resilient Rwaddi have made a home for themselves here, terraforming the arid land and harnessing an unpredictable atmosphere. Their scientific initiative may prove to be their undoing as an investigation into the potential causes of this pitiless planet’s last great extinction exposes a deadly contagion of extraterrestrial origin. Within the hulk of a mysterious object that fell into the desert centuries ago are the seeds of the all-consuming Krynoid. Now this verdant menace has been unleashed upon an unsuspecting population. Unchecked, it will consume the colonists and every last drop of water on their vulnerable world in its struggle to survive, bringing about a new extinction! Fortunately, another craft has crashed among the dunes, a brilliant blue box, and it carries three strangers who bring with them an arcane knowledge of such terrors. At the gates of the great city of Mastus, beneath a raging storm, a desperate battle will be fought between these chaotic forces from beyond the stars. It never rains in the desert, but it pours!