Top Ten Spin-Ups!

Okay… so what is a Spin-Up?
It’s a Spin-Off of two shows that is a Mash-Up of their stories and genres that begins with a Crossover. (OffMashOver is also acceptable).

10. Better Call Supernatural (Better Call Saul/Supernatural) Taking a retainer for the “Men of Letters Legal Trust” seemed like a no-brainer. The pay was low, but they hadn’t needed legal services for 50 years! But suddenly, some “Winchester” yahoos want to know if it’s really “assault” to throw holy water in someone’s face, and keep needing to be bailed out for murder.
I mean, dodge a charge once? Sure. But how do the same guys keep walking from major charges without a trial, or ANY notoriety?
And why is that dog looking at me funny?

9. Knight of Interest (Knight Rider/Person of Interest) – The idea of an AI designed to help people existed long before The Machine, and though officially decommissioned, the now decentralized KITT has been preparing to select a new Michael Knight for a very long time.

8. Agents of GRIMM (Agents of SHIELD/GRIMM) – There’s a special division forming for SHIELD to handle cases with a bit of the Strange in them, and they’re recruiting. (Ideally, they also recruit an Immortal, a Slayer, a Reaper… )

7. How to Train Your Kaiju (Godzilla/How to Train Your Dragon) – We were attacked by monsters. But some of them formed attachments, strange pyschic links, to our children. We realized that to defeat monsters, we must TRAIN monsters…

6. House of the Walking Dead (House/Walking Dead) – The ultimate diagnostic puzzle. An entire settlement has grown around protecting Doctor House, and providing him with narcotics, so he can solve the Zombie Apocalypse.
Assuming he really IS trying. He is, right? Right?

5. The Archer Brothers (Archer/The Venture Brothers) –  The former ISIS group need a new headquarters, and Kreiger knows a guy… And as part of the deal, Doctor Venture gets a new security team…

4. Star Trek: Holocron (Star Trek/Star Wars) – The ancient hulk began its journey long ago, from a galaxy far, far away. Scavengers found it, and though many died, others made off with new and bizarre technology. They sold it, pawned it, and as often as not were later killed by it on tiny worlds and run-down bases away from the major centers of any government. When a new order of Klingon Sith begin to conquer their home empire, using psychic powers and technology unlike anything ever seen before (coupled with their existing ships and weapons), the Federation realizes it needs a ship to find every Holocron in the quadrant, and train its own Force users.

3. Rick and Morty’s Guide to the Multiverse (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy/Rick and Morty) – As punishment for his crimes, everything Rick does for 100 years is to be recorded and made available as a guide to surviving alternate reality travel. The company doing the conversion to guidebook as some experience in this area…

2. The Fringe Files (Fringe/The X-Files) – Mulder discovers that SOME FBI agents has started their own “weird cases” taskforce while he was out of the game. And while there is NO sign of any of the people mentioned, the FILES are all still around.
Then the phone rings…

1. Stargate Galactica (Battlestar Galactica/Stargate) – Episode one, scene one. “Admiral Adama, we are receiving a hail from the third planet in this Possible Earth system.”
“Put it on speaker.”
“…to unknown vessel, please identity yourself, and the two fleets of ships behind you. Repeat, this is StarGate Command to unknown vessel,…”
“Two fleets!?”

About Owen K.C. Stephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is a full-time ttRPG Writer, designer, developer, publisher, and consultant. He's the publisher for Rogue Genius Games, and has served as the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the Editor-in-Chief for Evil Genius Games. Owen has written game material for numerous other companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck. He also consults, freelances, and in the off season, sleeps. He has a Pateon which supports his online work. You can find it at

Posted on January 10, 2016, in Microsetting, Musings, Silliness and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. My idea is Stargate: Eureka.

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