Phantasy Star: Ragol’s Curse

This work is meant as a salute to the computer game upon which it is based. It is an unsanctioned, unauthorized homage, a parody of Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst. This work was begun as a result of a forum discussion at I had observed that the forums had on more than one occasion received posts from browsers who arrived at the site looking for computer games. I became aware that there may be people in today’s world who may have played computer RPGs, but who knew nothing of the original tabletop RPGs that inspired the genre. I purposed the “Adapt A Computer Game Into A Tabletop RPG” challenge as an attempt to bridge this divide. The idea is that computer game players might recognize familiar concepts, settings, whatever, and be more willing to give the tabletop game a try. The competition was purposed as part of the “24 Hour RPG” challenge. What I wanted to do with PSO would require more from me than I felt the 24 hour time constraint could possibly allow, but I wanted to do it anyway. I did not attempt a 24 Hour Game for the competition, but I did set to work on what you have in your hands (or on your screen.) My congratulations to the winner of the challenge, Errin Famiglia, for “Quiz and Dungeons,” and to everyone who completed the challenge. You can see all the entries here. In the meantime I hope that you enjoy “Phantasy Star: Ragol’s Curse.”

Phantasy Star: Ragol’s Curse

The Pioneer Project:

A plan born of desperation, conceived in response to the imminent destruction of their home worlds.

As plans for the evacuation began, unmanned probes were sent into deep space to find a habitable planet.

When a potential site was discovered, the first interstellar transport ship, Pioneer 1 was sent to establish a colony. Pioneer 1 confirmed that the Planet Ragol was a suitable location, and the initial colonists started preparing the planet for the main wave of refugees, beginning with the construction of the Central Dome.

7 years later…

Pioneer 2 completed its long voyage with the main wave of refugees aboard. But as Pioneer 2 entered orbit and opened a communications link with the Central Dome, an enormous explosion shook the entire planet.

All contact with the thousands of men and women of Pioneer 1 was lost…


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