THE OUROBOROS (A setting for Apocalypse World) (*Prison* / *Relentless monstrosity*.) An iron juggernaut hurtling along steel rails, seemingly home to all humanity. - Outside is freezing (*Exposed place*); take 1-harm per hour. - The carriage doors are guarded. Otherwise, crawl through tunnels perilously close to gnashing machinery (*Maze*). CONTROLLER (*Dictator*.) Mysterious lord of the Ouroboros. - Controller is never seen, but has cameras and loudspeakers everywhere. THE GUARDS (*Enforcers*.) Uniformed cultists, devoted to the rail regulations. - When you break regulations, roll +Cool. 10+, you’re good. 7-9, the Guards show up. FIRSTIES (*Sybarites* / *Cannibals*) Greedy, debauched and arrogant. - When you don’t show deference to a Firsty, roll +Hot. 10+, all’s well. 7-9 they demand recompense. SAMPLE COUNTDOWN CLOCK 0-3: An accident causes the meat animals to freeze to death. 3-6: Food prices soar and fighting is commonplace 6-9: The food supply is cut off outside first class. 9-10: Weak and elderly are secretly abducted, to be eaten. 10-11: The guards openly kidnap people. 11-12: The whole train descends into cannibalism. PLAYBOOKS - The hardholder controls one carriage. It can’t be deep and mighty or mostly tents. - Nobody gets vehicles. The chopper gets one extra option for their gang. - You can’t play the driver.
Inspired by Snowpiercer, and if I’m honest probably also by Thomas the Tank Engine and trips to the Barrow Hill Roundhouse.