Building a Backstory for an Alien Satellite

… And the course of the path of the moon is light to the righteous, and darkness to the sinners … – I Enoch 41:8, R. H. Charles’ translation.

For those who have no idea what I’ll be talking about, here’s a primer:

Black Knight Satellite Conspiracy Theory

For “fun,” I’ve been poking at the Google Newspaper Archive and Wikipedia, and trying to dig up some more articles / background info. Inspired by Ken Hite’s “The Dracula Dossier,” I briefly thought I might phony up a whole, physical mock dossier, but that would be a lot of work, so I’m just going to post my copy-pasted bullet points.

The idea is that you can use this ‘raw material’ to flesh out some RPG thing you’re writing background for. Periodic alien visitation, ancient alien satellite left in orbit, prehistoric human space-faring evidence, etc. Maybe change the names / dates / locations if you need to. I’ve got most of the Black Knight Satellite ‘events’ on my list, and I’ve added some more arguably ‘relevant’ material.

If you were more industrious than I, however, you could easily print out the photos, and print the articles on newsprint and put them in a folder. Ideally, you’d have some supporting ‘memos,’ and similar period paperwork. Could be a neat ‘artifact’ for your players to find.

Timeline and articles below the jump:

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Lovecraftian Newspaper Filler Articles

Presented as a public service for those who need to pad a period newspaper, or add some red herrings to the back side of an article. The following images are all real, period articles from American papers, 1924-1929.

A special note to those composing period newspaper articles: please do your due diligence. Research real articles from the period and area in question. A simple Google Image Search for the location, year, and ‘newspaper article’ should give you some samples of what they would look like. As will the following excerpts:

Superman: Daily Planet IDs

These are loosely based on a photo of an alleged real Daily Planet ID card from Man of Steel. I have made changes to them so they are more legible.

The masthead font is close, the globe logo is close (stolen from the internet), though they used a new globe logo for Batman v. Superman. These should easily pass for modern Daily Planet IDs. At 300 DPI, they will be 100% size.

DailyPlanetIDs

BTTF II: USA Today Newspapers

“Look what happens to your son!”

Apparently, this was the result of negotiated product placement, and was even designed and printed by USA Today in-house. Some of their predictions did not come true (Washington Prepares for Queen Diana’s Visit [pretty sure she wasn’t in line for the throne, guys]), some are a bit closer to the mark (President Says She’s Tired).