She was a Beauty and a Geek
She was Hollywood royalty, and one of the most beautiful women on the silver screen. She was the wife of a major arms manufacturer in pre-World War II Europe, where she hob-knobbed with the likes of Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, and Francisco Franco. She escaped from a Castle in Austria where her husband kept her in seclusion and made her way to America. In Hollywood her beauty, charm and fame enabled her to raise millions of dollars for the war effort. She was also a brilliant mathematician who co-designed and patented an early form of "frequency hopping" to aid in guiding torpedoes and is still a basic component of modern cellular and WiFi technology.
Sounds like a Pulp character huh?
Well, Hedy Lamarr was very real.
And she's the inspiration for the character I'll be playing in the upcoming Top Secret: SI game.
Retro Rocket attack
Back around Christmas of 2005 I got an email from a pulp list that linked to an advertising company which was giving away a paper model PDF of a classic "Flash Gordon" style rocket. I ran across the PDF the other day, and lo and behold the website is still active. But just in case they ever take it down, you can go here and grab it from the "Forgotten Files" site. Re-color them in Photoshop, add a couple of bells and whistles, then print up a dozen and you have your own Pulp space armada!
Last week I mentioned That Basic Action Games had just released BASH Sci Fi. I also mentioned that it could be an ideal system for a Retro space pulp campaign. Well it appears I was on the right track. BAM! (Basic Action Magazine). Is up at RPGnow for free. The second issue has an article on the space pulp genre. Check it out!
And that is your "Pulp Thursday" report!