Cyberpunk: Tales from the Oasis
Episode 17 - Ellipses

Episode 17 - Ellipses

February 12, 2022

Sharp bursts of pain shoot through the arms, legs and feet of ISO, as he slowly tries to push himself upright.

After a few half-hearted, painful attempts at readjusting, he leans back and rests his head on a convenient pillow propped up against the armrest of the couch.

Less than 10 feet away, Sedoy and Reed sit at Mavis' living room table. Sedoy taps her fingers on the cheap plastic.

Mavis catches her eye, and with a quick gesture, yanks the pillow out from under his head, and tosses it aside. He groans in pain as his head thunks against the frame of the armrest.

This is Episode 17 - Ellipses.

Episode 16 - Oasis.Wave

Episode 16 - Oasis.Wave

November 4, 2021

Warning! Priority Transmission from the Oasis!

The vidscreen on the back wall flashes an ominous warning symbol over a bright red background, bathing Sedoy's apartment in an eerie artificial glow.

Sedoy leans against her kitchen table and studies the screen.

She wipes a small chunk of partially digested kibble off of her lips, and swallows several times in an unsuccessful attempt to clear the taste of vomit from her mouth.

The screen flashes again, and when it comes back, the text beneath the warning symbol has been replaced by two simple words:

"Stand By."

Halo ‘n‘ Horns - The Scott Yung Story pt. 2

Halo ‘n‘ Horns - The Scott Yung Story pt. 2

October 21, 2021

Hello listeners!

This episode is part two of a two part standalone series, so if you haven't heard part 1, go back one episode!

The game we're playing is called Halo 'n' Horns - A One Page Comedy RPG by Connie Chang (@byConnieChang on Twitter). Connie is the GM behind Transplanar RPG, an all-trans POC-led D&D show about broken heroes trying to save a broken world! You can find out more about that group on Twitter as well, under the handle @TransplanarRPG.

You can also find Halo 'n' Horns, as well as other things Connie has made, at https://byconniechang.itch.io/ !

Halo ‘n‘ Horns - The Scott Yung Story pt. 1

Halo ‘n‘ Horns - The Scott Yung Story pt. 1

October 21, 2021

Hello listeners!

This week, instead of our regularly scheduled program, we're bringing you a special segment that I call 'Short Stories from the Oasis'. In these segments, we play a one-off session of some lesser known tabletop games and use it as an opportunity to explore some part of the Oasis that you wouldn't normally get to see!

This week we're playing Halo 'n' Horns - A One Page Comedy RPG by Connie Chang (@byConnieChang on Twitter). Connie is the GM behind Transplanar RPG, an all-trans POC-led D&D show about broken heroes trying to save a broken world. You can find out more about that group on Twitter as well, under the handle @TransplanarRPG.

You can also find Halo 'n' Horns, as well as other things Connie has made, at https://byconniechang.itch.io/ !

Visitors to Scott Yung's Discount Cybernetics will quickly learn that Scott loves to talk about his products. He'll go on and on about this cybernetic limb, or that neural enhancement, but one thing he's never straightforward about is where he gets his product from. But.. if you manage to find him after he's had a few drinks, and when he's feeling particularly talkative, he may tell you the story...

Of how Scott Yung founded Scott Yung's Discount Cybernetics.

(This is part one of a two-part standalone series)

Episode 15 - Ferocity on the Streets! - The Ballad of Raven Darkblood

Episode 15 - Ferocity on the Streets! - The Ballad of Raven Darkblood

October 7, 2021

A black cloaked figure stands in the middle of the intersection, directly in front of the sleek automated vehicle containing Sedoy.

The traffic indicator in front of her car turns green, and the vehicles on the opposite side of the road begin to move. The cloaked figure, however, remains motionless - their expression and appearance concealed by a long dark hood.

 

There's an awkward pause as the left rear window of the automated vehicle rolls down slowly. Sedoy's head comes into view, leaning out the window with confused expression on her face.

She studies this strange character for a moment, but before she can make sense of what she's looking at, a small explosion pops the front end of her car several feet into the air. She slams her head against the top of the window frame, and as the car violently crashes back down to the street, her jaw smashes into the door. 

Episode 14 - Crashing and Burning

Episode 14 - Crashing and Burning

October 1, 2021

With a crunch, ISO flips over the front of the handlebars of his new motorbike, as he's flung unceremoniously into the air.

Time seems to slow to a crawl as he tumbles head over heels towards a row of abandoned nomad motorbikes. He feels his grapple arm snap as it slams into the roof of an old, rusted sedan.

ISO barely has enough time mid-flight to process the loss of his enhanced arm before he crashes clumsily into the row of rusty motor bikes - which in-turn then collapse on top of *him* forming a tangled heap of handlebars, wheels, and one extremely unlucky Media.

Episode 13 - Solving Problems With Sedoy

Episode 13 - Solving Problems With Sedoy

September 22, 2021

A large, black SUV waits in the shadow of Oasis Apartment Building 72-BCB. Inside the empty vehicle, a lone computer display bolted to the center front console reads 'Waiting for Passenger - Sedoy. 136 passengers in queue'.

After a moment, the door flies open with an impatient swing, and a few moments later, Sedoy slides into the SUV.

[Welcome Sedoy. You are [3 and a half] hours late. Is everything okay?]
"Is that right? What time is it?"
[It is currently 11:32 AM]
"I am half-hour early, what are you talking about? Dumb car."

The door shuts automatically, and with a soft hum the electric motor comes to life as the luxury vehicle speeds away through the harsh desert sun. 

Episode 12 - The Technicalities of Terrorism

Episode 12 - The Technicalities of Terrorism

September 13, 2021

The sleeping form of Reed lies sprawled on the ground, empty bottle in one hand and several more scattered about the floor next to him. He opens his eyes and blinks slowly.

As he tries lift his hand to shade his vision from the harsh sunlight emanating from his window, Reed's attention is drawn to one of the small pile of bottles. His heavy pistol has been posed amongst the glass and synth-plastic containers, as if the remains of his drunken bender were used as props for an album cover of an edgy indie punk band.

For reasons that currently escape Reed's alcohol-soaked brain, the words 'Mars Sazerac' are scrawled across the barrel. He blinks. He blinks again. His brow furrows as he reaches slowly towards the familiar firearm, which he grasps and weighs it in his hands.

Reed looks through his bedroom doorway, and towards his front door, slightly ajar. 
Perhaps Mavis remembers what happened.

Episode 11 - Bombs and Burning Buildings

Episode 11 - Bombs and Burning Buildings

August 21, 2021

Rows of UltraBrite LEDs mounted on the ceiling of the Meat Grinder come to life suddenly, bathing the club in a disorienting burst of harsh artificial light.

The club erupts with jeers and booing, as the drunken patrons head towards the exits and begin stumbling out onto the street and into the cool night air of the Oasis.

Outside on the corner, several small arguments and skirmishes break out as the crowd from the Rock Show decide on the next venue upon which to inflict their unstructured adolescent rage.

Episode 10 - The Rock Show

Episode 10 - The Rock Show

August 15, 2021

Iso and Reed exit their rooms, give each other a quick nod, and quietly decend the stairs outside their apartment building. The two figures walk away from the lone tower into the rapidly setting sun towards the so called 'Nomad's Paradise'.

 

Meanwhile, back in the apartment complex, Mavis and Sedoy prepare themselves for their first Oasis Rock show...

 

And the meeting with their mysterious new superstar client.

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