How would an apocalyptic event actually play out
May 17, 2010 1:57 PM Subscribe
What are some books / comics that explore how an apocalyptic event would realistically play out on earth? Or: how do you think it would go down?
posted by TimeTravelSpeed to grab bag (35 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I'm thinking of creating a "pre-apocalyptic" RPG campaign set in the modern era. I've been thinking a lot about the stages by which society would crumble and am looking for inspiration.
The event itself can be far-fetched or realistic as long as it's followed by a realistic depiction of societal failure in stages and doesn't just throw you into a lawless Mad Maxian universe where men fight to the death in geodesic domes. It's fine if that's the end-result, but how did things get to that point?
If it helps, I'm hoping for a scenario that involves the removal of certain laws, primarily laws against violence (say, to curb overpopulation). Might throw some Biblical Rapture into the mix to keep the fantasy element open.
Some that I'm considering or have already looked at:
Sword of My Mouth
Straight Dope's article on how long it would take the power grid to fail in a Zombie uprising
Descriptions of the Rapture