Slasher Flick: Synthtopia

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The difference between a slasher flick and an action flick seems to be more about who you root for than anything else. Both genres thrive on unstoppable killing machines that murder their prey with near-impunity. In horror films, you root for the final girl to kill the slasher and live. In action films, you hope the hero murders all of the bad guys. But what if you were the bad guys? In the grimdark future of the 1980s, an artificial island called Synthtopia has been built by SomaTek, a giant mega-corporation. SomaTek plans to end the drug war by releasing a new synthetic drug called Soma that offers a safe and legal high 100 times better than any other drug. Naturally, the drug cartels have hired a gang of criminals to take Synthtopia down. But when the gang of 16 villains lands on the island, they will soon learn what it means to cross JACK SHADE, a mullet wearing hero who is more badass than any other man alive. Prepare for thrills, kills, and exciting plot twists in SYNTHTOPIA!

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  28 comments for “Slasher Flick: Synthtopia

  1. Dom
    March 20, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Holy shit, Thad’s back!

  2. crawlkill
    March 20, 2015 at 2:16 am

    I’d refrained from mentioning I thought Sean sounded a little like Thad until now, but I legit didn’t recognize Sean (doubtless because not playing a murderpriest) for like the first 30 minutes, thinking “did Thad bring his brother to visit or something?”

    is this kind of hack something Slasher Flick encourages, or did you guys invert the setting concept on your own? because it’s glorious. fucking glorious. not a moment is wasted. if you, other commenters, like this and somehow haven’t gotten B-Sides 2 yet, the first Killsplosion playtest has much the same mood (and also has a Thad), and is worth the full price of admission just by itself.

  3. March 20, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    We came up with the genre switch idea on our own. I also came up with the ‘come up with part of the heist’ part and ‘last player standing is the villain’ bit.

    The idea came from talks Caleb and I have had about action films. He pointed out that one of the Lone Wolf and Cub movie is basically a slasher flick and it went from there.

    Obligatory plug for B-Sides:

  4. Tomsawyer
    March 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I hope there is a sequel game Jack Shade: The Rise of Cyber Krell

  5. Ink
    March 21, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Sometimes you don’t know how much you missed a thing until it’s back. Thad’s return took this from a good game to an excellent game. That said, the MVP for me was Michelle for her rendition of the bisexual übermensch, Krell. I think his inclusion granted the whole affair a certain gravitas. Easily a candidate for the best of RPPR, in my opinion.

  6. Scribbleykins
    March 21, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I laughed ’till my sides split.

    A+ game, team RPPR.

  7. Sean
    March 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Holy hell, I do sound a bit like Thad. Also, yes, there needs to be a sequel Ross…the sooner the better.

  8. Conventionartist
    March 21, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    This needs to be a con game.

  9. Velasa
    March 22, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    HOORAY THAD!!! We missed you so much, welcome back! I hope you get to stay for a while.

    Also this is one of the absolute funniest APs you folks have ever done, right up there with Gaga 2.0 and the one with the helicopter crew oh my god… Listening to this at work was an interesting exercise in not spitting water all over my keyboard whenever I tried to take a drink. All of you are a blessing.

  10. March 23, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Slasher Flick is such a fun game, and it fits PERFECTLY in the context of an 80s action movie.

    Krell was brilliant.

  11. Matchstickman
    March 24, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Thad, huzzah!

    And one liners? Can anyone play?
    Krell went out as he lived, a hunk of burning man meat.

  12. Ethan C.
    March 24, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Yes, this is a “Best of RPPR” candidate, I think. And Thad was phenomenal. In any other session, Baaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiines! would have been the best thing by far. But in this, I’m not even sure he was in the top 3.

  13. March 24, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    This episode had so much good stuff in it, I almost forgot about BAAAIIIINEEES. 🙁

  14. RCB
    March 25, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Agreed – instant “Best of RPPR” candidate.

  15. Beej
    March 25, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Glorious, like Krell’s abs.

  16. zero
    March 26, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Baines simply has to look like Mr. Torgue

  17. March 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Woah, what, no credit for my comment on I’d Game That for a Dollar?


  18. Kim
    April 1, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    This was beautiful. I would love to see it on the big screen — or at least on a battered VHS tape scrounged from the dumpster behind a going-out-of-business neighborhood video rental store. I feel like I _have_ seen it already; it must have really been made back in the ’80s.

  19. April 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    @Capitalocracy – holy shit you’re right.

  20. April 1, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Delicious, delicious vindication! 😀

  21. Sean
    April 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Ross, can we please, please, please play a sequel? Maybe our characters are resurrected somehow by a Soviet breakaway state using InGen cloning technology (substituting some of Krell’s genes with those of a frog to make him female) and our mission is to try and destroy the world with our Digimon and Tamagotchi, which are incubating the Y2K “bug.” We are being opposed by heroes/heroines from kitschy teen romance movies, who are secretly employed by Mulder and Scully. Put the whole thing in a Tarantino setting…this has possibilities maybe?

  22. andrew
    April 4, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    No, don’t gender-swap Krell. Everyone else, but not Krell.

    Unless…*twist*…we find out at the end that he’s been faking it all along!

  23. Neverwinter27
    April 22, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Bravo everyone will subscribe!

  24. zero
    May 2, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    I think I’ll have to run Slasher Flick in a similar vein. Everyone’s a supervillain, and Batman’s going to hunt them down.

  25. Kiljoy
    May 4, 2015 at 11:02 am

    @zero: There is actually a board game that operates on that premise. Might be useful to take a glance at it for ideas. It’s called Batman: Gotham City.
    Here’s the link on Board Game Geek:

  26. zero
    May 4, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Interesting, thank you Kiljoy!

  27. May 1, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    A map of Synthtopia has been made via the RPPR Patreon. Check it out here!

  28. February 14, 2018 at 7:14 am

    I still want a sequel to this. The Krellining calls

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