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Neotech Edge: Rentacops 02 / 02

The year is 2070. The world is ravaged by climate disasters, class division and war. From a devastated countryside and nations swallowed by the ocean a flood of refugees pours in to the bustling megacities. They become part of the kaleidoscope of subcultures that are constantly fighting to assert themselves in the overwhelming media buzz.

Automatization and AI bring prosperity to a new genetically modified social elite while the masses accept a corporately sponsored universal basic income and stream artificial happiness straight from the Layers right in to their optical nerves. The System, a symbiosis of AI-controlled corporations and states surveils and herds the masses to the temple of mass consumption. But in a world where everything is connected, hacking has become a new form of magic. The movement Anon is linked together through darknets where the System is beginning to be turned against itself.

It  doesn’t matter if your posse is made up of tech-savvy Anons, the Nomo environmental radicals, spaced out Orbitals, hardened Krims or glamorous Nymphets. The world is anyways rushing towards collapse… or towards a new post-singularity paradise.

Neotech Edge is being Kickstarted (Swedish only currently) right now and you can make your pledge here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/helmgast/neotech-edge-reboot-av-det-klassiska-cyberpunk-rol

Adventure: Rentacops, Neotech Edge. Part 2 of 2.
Music by: protoU, album "The Edge of Architecture"

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  2070.

2070.

Curse of Strahd 03: Renfield Syndrome

Renfield syndrome, or clinical vampirism, is the unusual obsession with drinking blood. The syndrome is named after Dracula’s follower R.M. Renfield who appears in Bram Stoker’s novel from 1897

The condition has appeared in psychiatric literature dating as far back as 1892 and has usually been mentioned in connection with extraordinarily violent crimes. It’s not, however, recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the very few cases that have been recorded could be regarded as forms of schizophrenia or paraphilia.

Campaign: “Curse of Strahd”, Dungeons & Dragons
Music by: Metatron Omega, Flowers for Bodysnatchers & Wordclock

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  "Love and Pain", Edvard Munch 1895

"Love and Pain", Edvard Munch 1895

Neotech Edge: Rentacops 01 / 02

Sentry PRD, OpC, Pact-district 143, New Kai Tak, 2070

This introductory mode of Sensei will with clear visualizations give you everything you need to know for a quick and painless start in the world’s largest security company, Sentry. Hong Kong and The Pearl River Delta is one of our premier markets and here 30000 others just like you, from all walks of life, have realized that correctly prioritized security and investigation is a service in demand throughout the middle class market.

You have already been placed in an optimized team of Patrol Officers, Incident Officers and Enforcement Officers in order to surveil, intervene, investigate and sentence perpetrators involved in breaches of the law against our clients. The market will be reassured that insurance with Sentry means a safe and secure every day...

At GothCon Craig and Hjalmar had the privilege of playing the scenario ”Rentacops” for Helmgast’s upcoming roleplaying game Neotech Edge. The Gamemaster was Ola Jentzsch and this time we were also joined by a third player, Jenny Bremberg.

Neotech Edge is being Kickstarted (Swedish only currently) right now and you can make your pledge here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/helmgast/neotech-edge-reboot-av-det-klassiska-cyberpunk-rol

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  Neotech Edge.

Neotech Edge.

Curse of Strahd 02: Shroud of Turin

The Shroud of Turin is believed by some to be the burial shroud that Jesus of Nazareth was wrapped in when he was buried after the crucifixion.  On it remains the negative image of what is believed to be his face. The true nature of the shroud is a controversial topic however with many studies coming out supporting the shroud’s authenticity, and many rejecting it.

A digital study in 1978 reported detecting the impressions of coins placed on both eyes. A two-lepton coin on the right eyelid and a one-lepton coin on the left.

Campaign: “Curse of Strahd”, Dungeons & Dragons
Music by: Metatron Omega, Flowers for Bodysnatchers & Wordclock

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  Shrouded in mystery.

Shrouded in mystery.

Curse of Strahd 01: Beregost 1391 DR

The storm is raging tonight over the town of Beregost. Wind and rain pelt the town with a fury odd for this time of year. A thick mist has also descended upon the town causing many tonight to be staying firmly indoors.

The hour is late, yet there still seems to be some activity occurring at the old “Burning Wizard” inn. It is here that Dawnbringer Roman will meet the half-orc Roshik. It is here our story will begin.

Follow us… into the mist...

Campaign: “Curse of Strahd”, Dungeons & Dragons
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  Our story begins...

Our story begins...

The Black Madonna: Q&A

A big thank you to all who sent in questions regarding our playthrough of “The Black Madonna”. We answered every question we got and hope that you will enjoy our answers.
With this we close the book on “The Black Madonna” and bid it a fond farewell.

Next Friday it’s time for our new campaign, “Curse of Strahd” for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition with Craig as the Dungeon Master.

Campaign: "The Black Madonna", KULT: Divinity Lost
Music by: Atrium Carceri

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The Black Madonna: Postmortem

That’s it. It’s over. After 17 play sessions and 35 episodes we have finally finished “The Black Madonna” for KULT: Divinity Lost. The journey took us from Hamburg to Berlin, Frankfurt-an-der-Oder, Moscow and finally Leningrad, with stops in the Dream World and Inferno.

Listen to us talk at length about our experiences in this postmortem that was recorded two days after we finished the campaign, back in mid-December of last year.

Tomorrow we will be answering your questions!

Campaign: "The Black Madonna", KULT: Divinity Lost
Music by: Atrium Carceri

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The Black Madonna 35: Victory Day

The Great Patriotic War came to define the soul of the Soviet Union. It was a brutal, merciless slaughter and the Soviet war dead, both civilian and military, is estimated at 25 million people. 1.5 million of those died at the Siege of Leningrad. It was the sacrifice and perseverance of the people of the Soviet Union that ultimately defeated Nazi Germany.

But what followed the war was not peace, but a Cold War, a paranoid regime that murdered millions of its own people, tried to control their thoughts and worked them to death in gulags. A dictatorship that made slaves of the people they supposedly had liberated.  Half of Europe was plunged in to a repressive darkness… and dawn did not break until 1989.

Yet, the sacrifices of the Soviet Union in the Great Patriotic War are celebrated every year on May 9th at Red Square. Victory Day.

This is the end. Apotheosis.

Campaign: "The Black Madonna", KULT: Divinity Lost
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  Victory?

Victory?

  That which is guarded.

That which is guarded.

  The Crypts underneath the Black Cathedral and Kalenko's Palace.

The Crypts underneath the Black Cathedral and Kalenko's Palace.

The Black Madonna 34: Gorbachev

Mikhail Sergeyvich Gorbachev was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union. He launched the policies of glasnost and perestroika, allowed free speech and established elected legislatures at every level of power. His goal was not the destruction of the Soviet Union or the dismantling of the communist state, it was to modernize and reform the country. The communist system was a dictatorship with little regard for human rights yes, but Gorbachev insisted that there were many positive aspects that were worth saving.

“We were too late with our reforms… The Soviet Union offered lots of prospects to those who lived there, and it could have had a future if it had modernized and adapted to new challenges. Yes, I regret its collapse very much” he said in an interview in 2011.

Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1990 for his role in ending the Cold War.

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  Savior or destroyer?

Savior or destroyer?

Interview with Gunilla Jonsson and Michael Petersen

A dream came true for us when we got the chance to have a lengthy conversation with Gunilla Jonsson and Michael Petersen, the designers of The Black Madonna and the original KULT that came out in 1991.

Today they are working on new material for KULT: Divinity Lost as well as a novel set in the universe, and we got an opportunity to talk to them about the history of the game, as well as the future!

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  Gunilla & Michael.

Gunilla & Michael.

Interview with Petter Nallo, Helmgast

The man behind the mythos in KULT: Divinity Lost is the acclaimed Swedish master of horrors, Petter Nallo. We had the opportunity to spend an hour with him talking about the process of making KULT: Divinity Lost, the vision that the team at Helmgast has and also some exciting thoughts about the future.

We hope that you will find this interview… enlightening.

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The Black Madonna 33: OMON

OMON, Otryad Militsii Osobogo Naznacheniya (the Special Purpose Police Unit) were created as the special forces of the Soviet police in 1988. It is a paramilitary force and used without hesitation to violently crack down on demonstrations and riots. They were also used extensively during the dissolution of the Soviet Union as well as the later conflict in Chechnya. Their signature is the black berets that they wear.

They were regularly deployed to disrupt the Moscow Pride parade and harass and arrest those participating. In 2012 a Moscow court banned gay pride parades in the city for the next one hundred years.

Campaign: "The Black Madonna", KULT: Divinity Lost
Music by: Atrium Carceri

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  Goon squad of the Kremlin.

Goon squad of the Kremlin.

  Missile Base M13.

Missile Base M13.

The Black Madonna 32: Chumak

Allan Chumak was a faith healer whose TV show was popular in the years before the fall of the Soviet Union. Having lost their faith in communism and their government the populace turned to the supernatural and the “extrasensory powers” of Chumak.

It was believed that he was capable of “distance-healing” and could make any liquid become a medicine able to heal illnesses. In anticipation of the show viewers across Russia would put jars with water, toothpaste and other liquids in front of their TV screens, waiting for Chumak to apply his powers through the airwaves.

At its peak his show had millions of viewers, viewers hoping that a former journalist turned healer could make them healthy and… perhaps even help alleviate their fears of the impending collapse. Allan Chumak died in 2017.

Campaign: "The Black Madonna", KULT: Divinity Lost
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  Have faith.

Have faith.

The Black Madonna 31: Fulcrum

Mikoyan Gurevich 29, MiG-29. A beautiful killer, commissioned by Soviet High Command in 1969 specifically to dominate the air and counter the threat posed by the F-15 and F-16 fighter platforms. NATO designated it “Fulcrum”, one of the more flattering designations given to a Soviet aircraft.

When the wall fell and Germany was reunited, the new German state retained a number of MiG-29s from the former East German Nationale Volksarmee. This was the first time NATO was able to get their hands on one of these planes and the German squadron flying the Fulcrums found themselves bombarded with requests from NATO pilots for a chance to fly against them.

The biggest advantage the MiG-29 had was the monocular lens system the pilot could wear, giving him the ability to lock R73-Vympel missiles on targets far away from where the aircraft's nose was pointed to. Together with an excellent air frame this made the MiG-29 truly deadly in dogfights, humbling many of the foreign visitors in their first tangles with the Fulcrum.

Campaign: "The Black Madonna", KULT: Divinity Lost
Music by: Atrium Carceri

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  The support about which a lever pivots.

The support about which a lever pivots.

  Air Base F3.

Air Base F3.

The Black Madonna 30: Polygal

Hauptsturmführer Sigmund Rascher was a doctor with the SS and, through his wife, a personal friend of Himmler. During the war he conducted several horrific human experiments at the concentration camp in Dachau. 

He had prisoners put in pressure chambers, trying to simulate the change in pressure that pilots falling freely from very high altitudes would experience. He also put prisoners in icewater tanks for hours, trying to find ways of curing hypothermia. One attempt was made to rewarm the victims by throwing them in boiling water. Another through human warmth, by placing the victim between naked Romani women from the Ravensbrück concentration camp.

Rascher also experimented with blood coagulation and a compound named Polygal that would make wounds close faster. Subjects were given the compound and then shot with a pistol or had their limbs amputated to study the effects.

Rascher met his end after having tried to trick Himmler that his wife had given birth to three children even after reaching the age of 48; that he had unlocked the secrets of fertility. Himmler used this in propaganda material and when it then turned out that Rascher had simply purchased or kidnapped the babies, Himmler felt betrayed. 

Rascher's punishment was to be sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp as a prisoner. He was finally moved to Dachau, were he had committed his inhuman experiments, and executed at the camp on the orders of Himmler three days before the Americans liberated it.

Campaign: "The Black Madonna", KULT: Divinity Lost
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  Rascher at work.

Rascher at work.

  The People's Movement Slava.

The People's Movement Slava.

The Black Madonna 29: Metapolitics

Especially among the far-right , the term ”metapolitics” is used to refer to activities that try to influence the political climate, without necessarily running in an election and hoping to win.  The gist of the idea is that in situations when the idea itself, or the message carrier, is tainted by history to the mainstream public you need to begin by changing the political discourse and slowly making ideas that used to be unthinkable seem acceptable and logical. 

The easiest way to do this is by generating fear, creating distrust in the institutions of society and leveraging inherent xenophobia. A certain percentage of the population will always be swayed by this and “politicians finally daring to tell the truth”.

The established parties will have no choice but to respond and often this will force them to start adopting your ideas, ultimately positioning you as a fully normal political force among others. Perhaps they will even invite you to join a coalition?

Campaign: "The Black Madonna", KULT: Divinity Lost
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  The unacceptable becomes acceptable.

The unacceptable becomes acceptable.

The Black Madonna 28: Lictor

Romulus, the first king of Rome, appointed 12 lictors to attend him. The lictors were bodyguards, strongly built men and often Centurions retired from the legion. They were assigned to Rome's emperors, magistrates and consuls. They carried fasces, bundles of wood sometimes including an axe with its blade emerging. This symbolized their power to, upon their master's command, punish Roman citizens and carry out capital punishment.

The number of lictors a magistrate commanded symbolized his "imperium", or power to command. The Roman emperors had 12, which was increased to 24 for Dictators.

 Servants of God

Servants of God

The Black Madonna 27: Sonnenrad

The ideological center of the SS was at Wewelsburg castle in North Rhine-Westphalia. The organization was very interested in esoteric concepts and mysticism and it is believed that the castle still holds many secrets. One of them is in the Obergruppenführer hall, a room held up by twelve columns and with a dark sun symbol embedded in the floor.

It is said that the floor design was made on the request of Himmler based on an "old Aryan emblem". Each spoke of the sun wheel supposedly represents one "knight" of the ”Order of Death’s head”, the inner core of the SS.

Today the symbol is used by Neo-Nazis as an alternative to the, in many countries, outlawed swastika. Some believe that the black sun is a mystical source of energy, "capable of regenerating the Aryan race".

  Dawn?

Dawn?

The Black Madonna 26: White Aggression

“Vit Aggression” was a Swedish white power music group active during the late 80’s and 90’s. The members were affiliated with the Swedish branch of the Neo-Nazi organization “White Aryan Resistance” and they named their first album “Död åt Zog”, or “ Death to the Zionist Occupational Government”. Their sound is a mix between punk rock and heavy metal fairly typical for bands active on the white power scene

In 1998 Vit Aggression played at the Brottby Neo-Nazi rock concert. Riot police ended up storming the concert and arresting 250 participants, most for hate speech and for doing Nazi salutes.

Earlier, in 1991, they played at an event organized by the Sweden Democrats, a Swedish far right party with roots in Neo-Nazism, after a demonstration they held at the statue of Charles XII in Stockholm. Today the Sweden Democrats are Sweden’s third largest political party, with opinion polls for a time showing them to be the second largest.

  Hatred.

Hatred.

  Germanische Gemeinschaft Headquarters on Lychener straße.

Germanische Gemeinschaft Headquarters on Lychener straße.

The Black Madonna 25: The Copenhagen MC War

In the waning days of 1980 the motorcycle gang “United MC” made history by becoming the first chapter of the Hells Angels in Scandinavia. This was not a move welcomed by their rivals who in response formed a crew designed specifically to counter the influence of the Hells Angels. The crew was called “Bullshit MC” and made their home in Christiania, the free town in Copenhagen were the trade in cannabis was tolerated. Bullshit MC grew rich there for a few years and in 1983 decided that the time had come to pay the new Hells Angels chapter a “visit”.

That visit started a war lasting for two years and four months. Eight members of Bullshit MC (of which three were presidents), one Hells Angels member and two civilians lost their lives during the violent shootouts. Bullshit MC was blamed for the loss of civilian life and when the police raided their club house they found a corpse buried underneath the floor. The Hells Angels had emerged victorious… but they would soon meet new resistance.

  Dead presidents.

Dead presidents.