Thursday, October 10, 2013

Night's Black Agents: U.N.I.T. Freelancers

Good things of day begin to droop and drowse; While night's black agents to their preys do rouse.
Macbeth, Act III, Scene 2
I was thinking about a Night's Black Agents + Esoterrorists + Mutant City Blues: a different system for a U.N.I.T. meets Torchwood campaign in America. And was looking at old TV shows for additional inspiration.

Instead of working for the government (which the U.S. might take issue to, given that they probably have a slew of anti-alien agencies already), I was thinking of a campaign where a small U.N.I.T. CRASH team is assembled from freelancers, ala Global Frequency meets Masquerade.

For the spooky, conspiracy-laden humans vs. aliens atmosphere, I'd look at shows like:

  • X-files
  • Kolchak
  • Fringe
For the setting, with super-spies, private eyes, talented amateurs, and multi-national agencies:
  • I-Spy
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  • the Equalizer
  • The A-team
  • MacGyver
  • The Pretender
  • Stingray
  • Strange Luck
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Burn Notice
For banter and ensemble teams:
  • Magnum PI
  • Simon & Simon
  • Remington Steele
  • Moonlighting
  • Ten Speed & Brownshoe
  • Castle
  • Starsky & Hutch
For Science Fiction / Fantasy Weirdness:
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • The Bionic Woman
  • The Immortal
  • The Tomorrow People
  • Sapphire & Steel
  • Torchwood
  • Warehouse 13
  • Knight Rider
  • UFO
  • Project UFO
  • Fringe


  1. Quite a list of inspirations, there!

  2. Still amazing there has been no licensed X-Files game. Seems like such a perfect fit for an RPG. PCs could operate out of the FBI office in or closest to their hometown.

    1. The licensing would be huge! And there's many games out there like DELTA GREEN and the LAUNDRY. And KNIGHTS BLACK AGENTS. I admit that there are games that i'd love to play like ULTRAVIOLET, a British tv series about a special police unit that hunts code v's. Also a TorchWood as well. Also a rivers of London but the copyright and licensing would be huge.

    2. Yes, indeed. Ultraviolet (TV series) could very well be a Night's Black Agents thing.


That's my side of things. Let me know what you think, my friend.