Had the first session of my new campaign today (Depth of Life
) and it got me to thinking about something with regard to the "causes" of the various Apocalypse Worlds that are being played.
In my, admittedly limited, experience, it often seems that the root cause of the Apocalypse is something technological or physical: nuclear war, nanotech, global climate change, bio-war, alien invasion, orbital drift, AIs, etc.
Certain things may be weird and psychic and spooky now
, but has anyone run anything where a supernatural, spiritual, or non-physical cause for things getting all fucked up in the first place was discovered? The seed of the thought was planted after watching the movie "Legion", where the world starts to end simply because "God was tired of our bullshit"... so nothing "human" in the cause, simply in the response and I thought that was interesting.
And, certainly there are apocalypses where the root cause is never known.
I look forward to a cool discussion!
(I have heard of an Apocalypse were the survivors turned out to be the casts of cancelled TV shows and the Maelstrom was the shattered remnants of the "fourth wall", so that's certainly a cool and weird one.)