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YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

The awful movie by the same name has obscured what i always thought was a great story by Edgar Rice Burroughs concerning an American's adventure in post-WWI Europe descended into barbarism. Has anyone ever gamed this? You have Chinese armies, Abyssinian armies, barbarians, etc.?

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2017 9:16 a.m. PST

Never gamed it, but I'll endorse the book as good second-tier ERB. (And second-tier Burroughs is better than most adventure writers' best efforts.)

The other take on the same situation--a Europe descended into barbarism in a series of wars the US has largely avoided--is L. Ron Hubbard's Final Blackout.

I would not raise fresh armies and write an extensive set of rules for either one. But if you have VSF, Interwar, PUlp or Post-Apocalyptic rules and figures around, both books create some interesting scenarios, and could do a campaign geared around what you already have. (Which is why I strive for one basing per scale: it lets your Interwar US naval landing party square off with your post-apoc scavengers and suchlike.)

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2017 12:04 p.m. PST

At least two movies with that name, neither attribute to ERB. Which do you speak of?


YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2017 4:21 p.m. PST

I was thinking of the one with the ships and conquistadors and such.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2017 7:45 p.m. PST

The one with people walking around with balloons attached to a shoulder harness? That was based on the book "Uncharted Seas" written by Dennis Wheatley.

"The Lost World" was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Any pulp/VSF set of rules would work.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2017 1:44 a.m. PST

In "The Lost Continent" (1968), if the flesh eating kelp didn't kill you, the giant "squid/"Sarlac and crabs would.

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Redmenace17 Jul 2017 6:46 a.m. PST

And always expect the Spanish Inquisition/

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2017 7:32 a.m. PST

Well it's the best kind! :)


TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2017 12:37 p.m. PST

I'm sure I've seen that hungry rug before…

OMG, the prices they want for it on eBay!


VCarter Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2017 2:37 p.m. PST

There was a second picture?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2017 6:22 a.m. PST

There's "Lost Continent" (1951):

And there's also the one he means, "The Lost Continent" (1968):

Neither has anything to do with the other.

PS. I love this explanation:
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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 Jul 2017 7:19 a.m. PST

A classic! I love the personal balloons that let you walk on water.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2017 3:01 a.m. PST

I'll need to wear a few of those things the next time I get on the scale. :)

PS. I forgot about their little "snowshoe" rafts though:



The Bibliophile24 Jul 2017 7:24 p.m. PST

I'd rather game the Hammer movie…it would actually make a pretty awesome set of scenarios for Pulp Alley.

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