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Cacique Caribe15 Sep 2018 7:06 p.m. PST

Still not much known about the "raid" (according to UFO enthusiasts) on the place, or what the "security issue" was/is, as one would expect if the Feds don't mess up and actually go by the numbers:

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link (CNN)

I have no idea which building the Feds were really raiding, and I'm sure the UFO community must be going crazy with all manner of wild theories, but i think this whole thing could be the basis for an absolutely awesome X-Files-ish scenario, don't you?






Now, if you happen to game with 15mm figures …

I think Khurasan already makes a pair that look like a Mulder and Scully (or are they just disguised Aliens?), and Rebel Minis and The Scene have lots of figures in suits and windbreakers. Some of the guys in suits could be foreign agents, if that's the route you choose to take in your game.



Khurasan and CP Models have guys in lab coats. And Rebel Minis and Khurasan make Greys of various types. I'm sure there are plenty of figures to choose from to use as "geek" types and security guards too. There might be some additional muscle in hard hats among the figures that Khurasan and Alternative Armies produces, and plenty of hazmat suit guys between Khurasan and Rebel Minis.

1) So, how would you game "the raid" on the National Solar Observatory?
2) And who/what would your Fed figures find once they enter the bowels of the facility?

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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2018 7:29 p.m. PST

Personal gripe. Please tell me when you link to the WaPo. They count my articles, and I'm saving them in case they ever depart opinion for actual news. Onward!

For real life, there was an evacuation and not necessarily a raid. Could be a bomb scare or a real bomb. And if I found and disarmed one bomb, I'd check the place out pretty thoroughly for a second one before I let people back in.

For gaming purposes
If it's an X-Files episode, It's one of the Conspiracy ones. After a while the episode will end, but we'll never be sure who was on which side or what they were trying to do.

If it's a Roswell episode, the observatory found something crash or alien-related but didn't realize it yet, and the Roswell kids had to scare up something to get them all out of there while they destroyed the evidence.

Hellboy/BPRD might work. They've been looking into the Abyss, and something in the Abyss looked at them, and maybe paid a visit. Big Red and his friends have evacuated the civilians while they deal with it. What they find will be determined by the power level of the party.

And if it were a Sledge Hammer episode, Sledge would already have blown up the observatory.

Zeelow15 Sep 2018 7:31 p.m. PST

2) they find that the government workers are shape-shifting aliens who are using the observatory as a teleportation station.


Cacique Caribe15 Sep 2018 7:56 p.m. PST

So, do you think the Aliens might have planted a bomb? Has anyone described it as round and as if made of copper? :)



Do you think the teleportation device comes out of the ground, like this? And does the transmission sound like lambada to human ears? :)



War Monkey15 Sep 2018 9:19 p.m. PST

Seeing the aerial photo of the observatory and the Post Office it is clearly a MIB (Men In Black)situation evil grin


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2018 9:36 p.m. PST

Given how much all of the officials are denying that it's extra-terrestrials, I'm pretty sure it's extraterrestrials.

Thresher0116 Sep 2018 1:48 a.m. PST

Russian seizure of the place by Spetsnaz troops, seeking concrete intel and evidence of our top secret, anti-Russian orbital-space-station laser, which punched a hole in their craft a while back.

They're hopping mad about it, so raided the "observatory", in order to clear Putin of culpability.

Unfortunately, they weren't as covert as planned, and it blew up in their face, and they were caught by the Feds flying in unmarked, black helos…….

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2018 4:30 a.m. PST


Good thread and all the comments are good. So what rules will you use for this one?


Zeelow16 Sep 2018 6:03 a.m. PST

No, they enter the elevator with the sound of a live Austin Limits concert.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2018 8:09 a.m. PST

It's classified …

Roderick Robertson Fezian16 Sep 2018 8:15 a.m. PST

With a name like "Sunspot", I'd go for a James Bond scenario.

Obviously, the meglomaniacal master baddie of the film has a laser strong enough to cause a "solar storm" that will disrupt all communications on Earth, letting him steal all the gold in Fort Knox, or money from the London Stock Exchange, or something equally silly.

Oh, and the post office is just a post office, but it's run by a beautiful (after she takes off her glasses and lets her hair down from its bun) Post Mistress.

Stryderg16 Sep 2018 9:22 a.m. PST

An arch villain has created a super Sunspot laser to create solar flares (Thanks Roderick). What he doesn't realize is that it is so powerful that it will destroy the sun.

The aliens (probably a Vogon construction company) realize the danger and how badly the use of the Sunspot will mess up their intergalactic highway plans. They planned a raid to protect their financial interests.

The MIB showed up to stop the Vogons.

The Russians conducted their own raid. (thanks Thresher01).
The Chinese also conducted a raid, looking for evidence of Russian tampering with US elections (they want to know how to do it, too).

Army Special Forces showed up to stop the Russians and Chinese.

The Post Office mobilized their USPOSF (United States Post Office Special Forces) to prevent anyone from tampering with the mail.

And the Area 51 Fan Club showed up to get proof of aliens visiting Earth.

Whew! We're gonna need a bigger table!

Cacique Caribe16 Sep 2018 9:37 a.m. PST


What rules? I haven't got a clue yet. But it'll be the first question I ask after sorting out the scenarios, figures and terrain issues.

Or, then again, I might be going about this backwards. :)


War Monkey16 Sep 2018 1:17 p.m. PST

Or we are not thinking this all the way through, maybe it's not really an observatory at all but a secret government lab!

And they have a alien virus in there like in "the Andromeda Strain"



Logain16 Sep 2018 3:03 p.m. PST

I'd either go with the sci fi version of 5 core, or the old starship marines (which is a great corridor based game).

Lion in the Stars16 Sep 2018 4:23 p.m. PST

Given that they evacuated the post office, too (which is a good half-mile away), my money is on some ugly flavor of bomb threat.

Thresher0116 Sep 2018 5:14 p.m. PST

Some good, man-to-man/alien, skirmishy set, for the rules.

Chinese/North Korean agents looking to blame it on the Russians, or more likely, vice versa, in order to get the USA to take out the opposition.

FUBAR if larger forces get involved.

Perhaps someone has stumbled on the "real" HQ for SHADO…….

Thresher0116 Sep 2018 9:38 p.m. PST


Perhaps someone was using the telescopes and other equipment to spy on the testing of our new stealth bomber, or orbital/sub-orbital recon bird.

Cacique Caribe18 Sep 2018 8:04 a.m. PST

I think that, as different spokespeople get involved, the story is only going to get "weirder" as time passes. It's inevitable, because one will use a word or a tone that the other one won't, and vise versa.

All this means is that the UFO enthusiasts are going to be talking about captured aliens and all sorts of fun stuff about the place, for a long time to come. :)

Might as well game it, right? :)


Lion in the Stars18 Sep 2018 8:08 a.m. PST

@Thresher: The only way that would make sense is if someone has a station up there between the Earth and the Sun and the station actually traversed the Sun.

That's a Solar Observatory, you need a special sun filter to not light things on fire with a telescope. That filter blocks out so much light that you can't see much else.

Cacique Caribe19 Sep 2018 8:35 a.m. PST

Maybe it was reprogrammed to follow something else and not the sun. :)


War Monkey19 Sep 2018 12:23 p.m. PST

I like where your going with that Dan!

It's a telescope, Right? Designed specially to observe the sun, correct? Well, the Sun is still there! So what would be a security risk?

Agree, someone reprogrammed it and saw something they weren't suppose too!

AURA, which manages the telescope site, had been working with law enforcement in an investigation of possible criminal activity on the mountain

Yeah that screams cover-up!

AURA decided to evacuate the roughly dozen people who live and work at the site. They have since decided that there is no risk

Sure they say!?

Due to the logistics of keeping everyone safe at the remote facility

So let me get this straight you have 12 people, criminal activity, security risk and everyone involved is evacuated and the facility is locked down for over a week, things that make you go Hummm.

You can see from Dan's aerial photo there is way more facilities for housing and all for just 12 people!

Yup, it's aliens

Cacique Caribe19 Sep 2018 12:50 p.m. PST

I wonder how many of those people aren't going to be coming back to work when/if the place ever reopens. :)


Cacique Caribe20 Sep 2018 10:19 a.m. PST

Hmm … I guess that a spy or two* didn't feel like cooperating. I hope they enjoy their prison cell and the the new label they have been given for life::


Seriously, how many of those "child porn" raids require black unmarked helicopters patrolling overhead and an entire facility of that type and size evacuated for that long and under so much secrecy?

Methinks they be spies, selling info to foreign powers. And, of course, the spy thing is a way better gaming scenario than their current "official" story.

Either way, I hope the guilty parties never see the light of day ever again.

* Or perhaps they are aliens. After all, it is New Mexico, and Roswell is close by. :)

Ghostrunner20 Sep 2018 12:03 p.m. PST

To be fair, they never said the janitor they were investigating was human…

Howler20 Sep 2018 3:27 p.m. PST

Maybe alien/human hybrids

War Monkey21 Sep 2018 10:04 a.m. PST

The evacuation came after that person became increasingly agitated, prompting concerns about the safety of staff at the observatory, the publication reports.

Hey Guys! I have this great idea! lets not arrest this guy lets evacuate the whole facility and all the surrounding buildings as well, because we all know how very dangerous janitors are!

I truly was thinking that they may have found some Armed Pot Growers in the area and cleared the area until they weeded out the situation. evil grin

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2018 7:45 a.m. PST

New photo from Mars … !!?!?! huh?


War Monkey02 Dec 2018 10:18 a.m. PST

Ha Ha HA…..

Zephyr102 Dec 2018 3:31 p.m. PST

At least the PR wasn't as bad this time compared to the fiasco when they raided Pauly Shore's Biodome… ;-)

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