Planet Motherfucker is a role-playing setting created by Jack from Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque. It describes a world where nuclear war broke out but instead of turning the world into a Mad Max wasteland, it transforms the people into quote,” Psychoholic Trash Culture setting”. It’s a world with vampires, bikers, mad scientists, cultists, monsters and whatever crazy shit you can think of. It is a world where the players can play such oddities like Killer Clowns and Robots from the Stars as opposed to playing straight lace boring stuff and the only cool things are the creatures you fight. It is trashy, lowbrow and sweet Vincent Price, do I love it.
To help you play in this world, Jack gives you a brief summary of what major regions in the United States are like, some character classes and a bunch of random charts. That’s it. Well, he does give you some role-playing advice and some monster ideas but really, it is a slim book with minimal information. Rules are non-existent so you’ll need your own system to play with.
What is amazing is how well it works. It forces the players to figure out the fine details of the game and in doing so; they create a Planet Motherfucker to their tastes. It gives them just enough to get their imagination rolling. It is just as inexplicable as any B-movie you watch late at night and wonder where all the Biker Savages get their fishnets from.
The Planet Motherfucker rulebook is a bare 42 pages but the gaming community has already doubled that content with free material. Jack has provided more ideas on his blog, Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque. Other game sites, most notably, The Haunted Spookshow of Planet X, has provided other material. Heck, there is even a Planet Motherfucker tumblr.
As a cynical gamer, it does my heart good to see people pitching in to help flesh out what might be one of the best game worlds to come out in a long, long time. It is an incredibly simple idea but like all great ideas, it inspires endless possibilities.
I give it Five out of Five Pam Griers.