BargCo’s Big Tour: Campaign Overview

This campaign’s settings and rules are highly derived from the Survival Paradigm posts on A Blasted, Cratered Land.

Setting

The Kaiju

Everything changed when the kaiju attacked. Even today, scientists don’t have a clue where they came from or why they’re here. They shouldn’t even be able to live, let alone move, but that’s colossobiology for you. The important thing is that they came, they attacked, and even though their activity seems to fluctuate in accordance with some years-long cycle, they’re still here and still attacking, and only the most cutting-edge technology can do anything about them.

Some countries responded to the kaiju threat by fielding vast national armies of mechs. The United States chose to throw the gig economy at them instead, because of course it did. There’s no “Grand Mechanical Army” like they’ve got in Europe, no “Volunteer Self-Defense Force” like in Japan, just a bunch of poor saps who gotta hope that they make enough cash from this week’s kill to cover the wear-and-tear and their medical expenses.

The Megacities

The “megacity” phenomenon had already been brewing—hell, people had been talking about the idea for generations, identifying nascent super-cities since the 1960s, and seriously planning for them since the turn of the millennium—but kaiju attacks accelerated the process. A lot of kaiju are attracted to densely-populated urban regions, of course, but not all of them, and not enough that you can ignore the problem just by moving to the sticks. Kaiju can hit you anywhere, and when you’re in the middle of nowhere, you’ll be dead before the defense grid notices, let alone manages to send somebody to take it down.

Now, in the middle of the 21st century, two-thirds of country’s people live and work in one of twelve “megas” like Gulf City and BosWash, and millions more live in the “Corn City” urboclusters that dot the Midwest. The megas are veritable laws unto themselves, and care little for state or even federal governments. Five of them even stretch across national borders.

The Bargain Collective

Giant monster battles: the last word in reality television programming. The Bargain Collective has decided to go on a Big National Tour to save people, fight monsters, and maybe pick up enough subscribers to at least pay off the initial investment on all this streaming gear.

@Boony (Arno Boone), pilot of the Carthage-2

History major-turned-kaiju fighter. Maybe the museum will have an opening next year…

Credit Rating: 2
Wearand-Tear: 7/10

Debts (6)

  • Core loan: Category 3
  • Medical loan: Category 1
  • Weapon mod loan: Category 2
  • Core upgrade loan: Category 1
  • Core upgrade loan: Category 1

Carthage-2

Chassis 4 | Engines 9 | Reactor 4
Weapons Systems:
Kinetic Hunting Blade
Subsystems: Lateral Thrusters, Spinal Mount 4 (Blade), Streaming Rig

@Max-imumEffort, pilot of the Eschatower

Credit Rating: 0
Wear-and-Tear: 0/10

Debts (5)

  • Core loan: Category 3

Heavy Reactor (4)/Accelerator Deep-Scan Suite (5)/Mortar Modular Eschaton (8, I guess 9 whenever I get 9 Reactor?)/Rifle Titan Frame (8)/Missiles Energy Shields (10)/Saw Comptroller Matrix (10)/Blaster Other Modules Creature Comforts (1) Streaming Rig (1) Paint Job (1) Shock Harness (1) Overdrive Vents (2)

Eschatower

Chassis 1 | Engines 1 | Reactor 8
Weapons Systems:
Stabilized Heavy Impactor
Subsystems: Creature Comforts, Drone Carrier (see below), Paint Job, Shock Harness, Streaming Rig, Overdrive Vents

Drone #1 – Heavy Reactor (4) / Accelerator
Drone #2 – Deep Scan Suite (5) / Mortar
Drone #3 – Modular Eschaton / Rifle
Drone #4 – Titan Frame (8) / Missiles
Drone #5 – Energy Shields (10) / Saw
Drone #6 – Comptroller Matrix (10) / Blaster

@GundersenGundersen, pilot of the Gavel

Credit Rating: 2
Wear-and-Tear: 2/10

Debts (5)

  • Core loan: Category 3
  • Systems loan: Category 2
  • Systems loan: Category 2
  • Weapon mod loan: Category 2

Gavel

Chassis 9 | Engines 1 | Reactor 1
Weapons Systems:
Stabilized Heavy Impactor
Subsystems: Bio-Form 2+2, Custom Paint Job, Heavy Armor 4, Stabilizer, Streaming Rig

@realRIO (Rio Salvador), pilot of the Matador

Credit Rating: 2
Wear-and-Tear: 6/10

Debts (4) | 1 Debt Consolidation

  • Core loan: Category 3
  • Core upgrade loan: Category 1
  • Medical debt: Category 1
  • Weapon mod loan: Category 2

Matador

Chassis 3 | Engines 8 | Reactor 2
Weapons Systems:
Kinetic Tracking Accelerator
Subsystems: Creature Comforts, Custom Paint Job, Grappling Array, Jump Jets, Lateral Thrusters, Streaming Rig

@Big_Andre, pilot of the Meathook

Credit Rating: 2
Wear-and-Tear: 4/10 (+2)

Debts (4)
Cat-2 Kaiju killed

  • Core loan: Category 3
  • Medical debt: Category 1
  • Subsystems loan: Category 2

Meathook

Chassis 9 | Engines 5 | Reactor 6
Weapons Systems:
Anti-Armor Blaster
Subsystems: Breach Sealant, Grappling Array, Shock Harness

@Ez_XVII (Ezekiel “Ez” Morin), pilot of the Moonchild

Credit Rating: 2
Wear-and-Tear: 4/10

Debts (3)
Cat-2 Kaiju killed

  • Core loan: Category 3
  • Weapon mod loan: Category 2

Moonchild

Chassis 7 | Engines 4 | Reactor 3
Weapons Systems:
Focused Blitz Rifle
Subsystems: Auxiliary Limbs (Arms), Stabilizer, Streaming Rig, Targeting Optics

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