ⓘ The Iceman Returneth. The Troubleshooters players are tasked with taking a bag full of Communist propaganda to the trash. While on their way, they hear a loud e ..

                                     

ⓘ The Iceman Returneth

The Troubleshooters players are tasked with taking a bag full of Communist propaganda to the trash. While on their way, they hear a loud explosion. Upon investigating, they discover a cyrogenic box from which emerges one of the Complexs original programmers, Clem. The Troubleshooters are immediately arrested and charged with causing the explosion and being in possession of Communist propaganda. They are sentenced to by executed live on the Alpha Team Show. They are rescued by Clem, and accompany him to Des Moines to gather the resources needed to reboot the Computer. When the Troubleshooters follow Clems instructions, The Computer crashes permanently.

This programming error was called in later Paranoia adventures "The MegaWhoops". Subsequent adventures took place in the era known as "PostMegaWhoops."

                                     

1. Publication history

The Iceman Returneth was written by Sam Shirley, with a cover by Bret Blevins, and illustrations by Valerie Valusek, and was first published by West End Games in 1989 as a 40-page book.

In 2010, a new edition of this adventure by Allen Varney, The Iceman Returneth Again, appeared in the three-adventure anthology None of This is My Fault published by Mongoose Publishing for their reboot of the Paranoia franchise. In the introduction, Varney calls the "MegaWhoops" plotline of the original adventure "massively controversial", saying that it "heralded the impending wipe-out of Paranoia ’s viability as a continuing game line."

                                     

2. Reception

In the March-April 1990 edition of Space Gamer/Fantasy Gamer No. 88, Leo Eric Shepherd liked this scenario, saying, "The adventure is well-written and quite humorous, and the illustrations, though a departure from the stark Paranoia norm, are well-done. The players get exposed to a bewildering variety of life-threatening events, sure to confuse even the cleverest player."

In a 2010 article about adapting various role-playing adventures to the Doctor Who Role-Playing Game, Nick Seidler suggested The Iceman Returneth would be a good candidate for this, noting, "Played by itself the game is a bit of a comedy, importing it to Doctor Who, a GM can keep it a comedy or make it high drama."

                                     
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