Apocalypse Station is a spin-off of Waste Space. It takes place on one station, where Waste Space takes place all over the galaxy. If you are familiar with Apocalypse World, you will know the tone and focus of the game. Think of Apocalypse Station as the Apocalypse World version of Waste Space.
Waste Space is a game set in the far future, where the human race has taken refuge in large, derelict space stations around the galaxy. Earth is but a distant memory; humankind lives on the scraps and crumbs left behind by a once great civilization that has crumbled to dust centuries ago. People make do with the debris and spare parts they can find; remnants of when humankind lived in a technological paradise. Our Golden Age is over; all that’s left is bits and pieces.
The stations would be isolated from each other if it wasn’t for one communications protocol that is still functional, simply called the Network. It is not perfect; as with everything else in the Waste Space, technology is a luxury. But when it works, it enables the stations to keep in contact and work together to better the lives of their inhabitants.
Living in space stations has a peculiar effect on people. They tend to get weird and unpredictable. Sometimes, the inhabitants of a station decide to cut the connection to the Network because of social issues; maybe they have started a fanatic cult. Maybe some power-hungry maniac has taken control of the station somehow. Maybe the technicians who took care of Network maintenance have all been killed off under mysterious circumstances.
A lot can go wrong on a space station, which means that the rescue team needs to have a wide range of skills. Sometimes, what’s needed is smarts and knowledge, sometimes the situation calls for social intervention . And sometimes, inhabitants need to be taken out of the equation the hard way.
Players are survivors on a huge space station that has gone to hell. Tech is rare, but there are supplies like water and food, but they are scarce. Rage, sweat, despair and hunger sets the tone for everyday life on the station.