Greendale is the site of the on-again, off-again Teenagers
From Outer Space campaign that I ran for almost a
decade on io.com and on the Illuminati BBS before it, starting
back in 1988 or thereabouts. (Someday I
may well start it up again, but who knows?) Given the
freeform nature of TFOS, the following is about all the
background (outside of the rules) that you would really need
to know to play. However, this is more of a historical archive
for the old game than a "help page" for a live one.
Teenagers From Outer Space is published by R. Talsorian Games, for
those who wish to support this fine company.
If you're interested in how the game progressed over the years,
transcripts are available.
Other Online Games and Links
Alternatively, as of 3 May 1998, a Web-based game is being run by
Brerfrog. For more information, see this page.
Of use to both players and GMs will be the Teenagers From Outer Space
Finally, if you want you can buy Teenagers From Outer Space either through
Page, or click on either of the following link (this does not obligate
you to buy):
A quiet (sort of) little town in an unnamed eastern state,
Greendale sits on the intersection of Interstate 972 (running
east-west) and State Highway 101 (north-south). Its location has
lead it to prosper in recent years, and this formerly bucolic
burg now numbers at least 15,000 humans and aliens in its
Greendale sits south of a chain of respectable mountains, which
decline into gentle foothills before flattening completely into
what was recently farmland. Route 101 north heads straight into
the mountains and through them, arriving at the big City some two
hours hence (if you travel at the speed limit). To the east,
Route 972 soon takes you to the Atlantic Ocean, and deposits you
in the shore town of Seaside, almost world-famous for its board-
walks, arcades, and amusement piers. To the west, 972 brings you
to the Mall before heading towards parts unknown. To the south,
101 winds about the large lake that marks the town's lower
border, before heading to the furthest reaches of the state.
The town itself is roughly a rectangle, three or so times as long
east to west as it is north to south. The west-most third of the
town is known as the "wrong side of the tracks", a near-ghetto
that isn't as bad as it could be because this is a happy and
carefree game. The rest of the rectangle is middle-class
housing, with a business district that runs along a strip of
streets bounded to the west by Rte. 101, to the east by the edge
of town, and extending about three blocks to either side of 972.
The town isn't a perfect rectangle. Wrapping around the east
side of the Lake is a large number of estates and high-priced
condos, the homes of the people who have made a lot of money with
the high-tech industries that displaced the farmers who used to
live in this area. This area extends southward far enough to
make the shape of the town something like a capital "F" turned on
There is a beach around the north and west shores of the Lake.
Public Transportation: There are, of course, the requisite bus
routes, with stops every few blocks. In addition, the City
Special Express train line has a station here. This line, which
carries commuter and tourist traffic, serves the City to the
north, and the Other City to the south. It stops in Greendale
every half hour from 6 AM to 9 AM and 3 PM to 6 PM, every two
hours from 12 PM to 6 AM, and hourly all other times. The first
stop on the southbound train is Ivyton (see below).
The town is large enough to merit several schools. One is in the
middle of the "wrong side of the tracks", and is called Warren
Harding High School. A Catholic school, St. Vitus Parochial High
School, is located in the east end of town. Strangely enough, no
few aliens are enrolled at St. Vite's, although it is an odd
sight to see a hundred-legged octopoidal creature wearing a
school uniform that doesn't seem to be able to figure out just
what to cover to be modest.
Just at the north edge of the estates and condos is an exclusive
(read "bigoted") private school: The Petty School, named for G.
Gaul Petty, founder of Petty Aerospace Enterprises and of the
school. Its motto is "A Bastion of Learning in a Dirty and
Debased World". Naturally, most of its students are regarded as
requiring topical application of Light Anti-Tank Weapons in order
to improve their attitudes. Petty students tend to be obnoxious
and, um, petty.
All players are students at the fourth school in Greendale:
Kefauver Central High School. Located five blocks north of 972
just off of Rte. 101, Kefauver is centrally located and
convenient to the business district as well as most middle-class
housing. It is doing surprisingly well in recent years, since
Aaram Silvergold decided to send his daughter Tanya there; the
resulting influx of money has made it one of the best-equipped
and -staffed high schools on the east coast.
Kefauver and Petty have a standing rivalry, which has intensified
since Kefauver's academic rating has begun to approach that of
the Petty School.
Warren Harding High School: Hyenas
Places of Interest
In Town:The Lake: The lake is large, ideal for swimming and boating. Its north shore is rimmed with a broad, sandy beach. Several large islands (wooded with central clearings) are found in the center. A dirt road extending off 101 South wraps around the bottom edge of the lake and leads to a small bluff overlooking the water: a favorite parking place for Petty students out on dates.
Greasy Tony's: It looks like it was built in 1949, but it
actually was put up in 1972. All stainless steel, glass and
aqua-colored formica, it has a strong fifties feel to it. There
really is a Tony, who nearly single-handedly runs the joint; he
serves cheesesteaks, burgers, ice cream, fries, and all the
other daily requirements of teenage nutrition. The menu proudly
states "No Charge For Extra Grease". (Greasy Tony's, by the way,
was once a real place near Rutgers University in New Jersey, and
this is an exactly accurate description of it; it was torn down
in early 1994 and a dorm was built on its site. It deserves to
be in a TFOS game.)
Jake's Junkyard: At the west end of town. Jake Singer, who owns
the place, knows some of the player characters. His son Mike,
who goes to the Petty School on scholarship, is an ally/friend of
several of the player characters.
Fonzo's Pizza: Pizza so good that Fonzo's got five alien
apprentices. The sight of at least one interesting shootout so
far in the game. Fonzo is known to keep a goop gun under his
counter in case the customers get rowdy.
"Beyernstein's One-Stop Pop Shop": A frozen popsicle parlor which
boasts 1,373 different popsicle flavors ("No Artificial
Additives!") that range from "Watermelon Lime" through "Coconut
Chocolate Maple-Syrup Mint" and on to "Tropicana Wouldn't Touch
This With A Toxic Waste Containment Team".
Other spots: McDoggies. The Intergalactic House of Pancakes.
Lahiere's, a snooty French restaurant. The Phone Company. The
local movie theatres (including one still-functional drive-in).
Honest Eddie's Used Cars. Woofer's Hi-Fi Shed. Odd Job Trading
-- Close-outs, Overstocks, and just plain junk from everywhere
across the globe and then some. Four down-home style alien
restaurants. Pablo's Cajun Sushi Bar and Hominy House.
Seventeen different high-tech industries. The Greendale Crier
("One of America's Newspapers"). A branch of the Immigration and
Naturalization Service, keeping watch for illegal aliens. And,
of course, the ACO headquarters.
Outside of Town:White Snows: A state park with some of the best ski slopes in the state, White Snows is situated in the mountains, some ten miles west of Rte 101 north. Recent additions of alien weather-control technology have allowed White Snows to remain open and operating the whole year 'round.
Ivyton: A small, cloistered surburban town, very calm and
peaceful. Right in the middle of it is the University, home to
more mad scientists and goofy grad students per square inch than
anywhere else on the east coast. Site of the east coast's
foremost (and most dangerous) experiments in nuclear fusion,
antimatter conversion, artificial intelligence and avant-garde
cuisine. 45 minutes away from Greendale by car, 30 by train.
Deadman's Curve: While not the sharpest curve on Rte. 101 as it
climbs into the mountains, it is no doubt the most dangerous. A
cable and girder guardrail is all that stands between the road
and a six hundred foot plunge off the side of Wildcat Mountain.
It's posted as a 25MPH zone. Yeah, right.
Cooper's Woods: Starting outside the northeast corner of town,
extending eastward north of 972, and going northward around the
end of the mountains is Cooper's Woods. A convenient forested
area in land that is mostly ex-farms, it provides useful cover
and hiding places. There might be anything in there, from secret
labs to time-warped dinosaurs. It's also a great place to go at
the end of a date...
The WTFS radio station and transmitters, off to the northwest.
The Old Franklin Place: A reputedly haunted house at the top of a
hill overlooking the road to WTFS.
Lover's Lane: This road branches off 101 shortly before
Deadman's Curve and leads to the single best scenic outlook in
the mountains: Lover's Point (or Leap, depending on whether
you've just broken up or not).
The Mall: If the combined presence of capitalism and consumerism
could generate gravitational fields, this huge complex would have
long ago collapsed into a quantum black hole. The Mall is always
in flux; there is always something new or rebuilt since the last
time you visited. Each time you see it, it's like seeing it for
the first time. The most recent time PCs got to it, it was a
huge, three-lobed structure covering the area of eight or ten
football stadiums, with individual sections towering six and
seven stories. Twenty-foot plastic letters proclaimed "SEARS" at
one end, "MACY'S" at another, and "COSMICINEMA 42-PLEX" at the
third wing. A two-hundred-foot geodesic dome of shining,
transparent plasteel roofed over its central hub.
But be warned... the Mall is never the same twice...
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