Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mayhem in Micronesia, Where Heroes Dare!

There I was, there I was, there I was...IN THE JUNGLE!
Another game night at our local club, hosted by our very own Dave and his amazing collection of Pulp oddities. Let's go now to the small, highly contested island country of Micronesia. The only known place on Earth where Porno Bushes and Whiskey Trees can grow.

The overall table in all it's glory.

6 Players duked it out for Colonial Supremacy, I played the role of the Aussie's

Other factions included the Irish Mob, The Japanese Army, the White Russians, The Zeppelin Sky Pirates, and the ever present Cult of Al.

The Japanese hold center court with various Dare! locations scattered across the table. There is much danger and much more to explore...
The Daughtee's deploy and begin to check the surroundings...

The Japanese receive warning of invaders and begin to take positions.

"Oh Merman, How I love thee" said Sea Man the Diver, "I found a Harley and a boat for you"

The Japanese Ball Tank, also known as The Great and Shining Ball, moves out after the Irish.

Treachery most foul! The Aussie leader is gunned down by Big Wheel, the Japanese Ball Tank just as he discovered a secret passage. Life is hard.

Elsewhere the Cult of Al stumbles onto a constrictor and fights for it's life before dispatching it with a single pistol shot to the head. "Henceforth my name shall be...Serpentor! This I Command!"

After entering a very large, bone littered cave, the Bruces fight and kill a very large, and sentient, Komodo Dragon and proceed to drag it's carcass toward the table edge. It's got to be worth something. Somewhere. Sometime. Maybe.

The White Russians fire frantically at the Sky Pirates plane that does a strafing run. A lucky shot with a Grappling Gun by Sea Man the Diver brings the plane down.

The Cult of Al, dragging a 30 ft boa, continues it's quest for stuff.

Shining One Nut, the Japanese Ball Tank rules one half of the table, unable to be brought down by Russian ATG fire.

The Irish decide to shoot the pilot and steal the plane. "You guys know how to fly right? Cause I just shot the pilot..and...uh...I can't fly. Just shoot stuff..."

The locals come out after being bribed by the Bruces. Long Pig is on the menu tonight!

The locals reveal the hidden Sacred Idol, the island's only copy of Hustler.

The White Russians are unable to advance.

The Japanese Recon team befriends a Velociraptor and name him Godzilla. They are also pinned by the Aussies.

The locals pass the Idol to the left hand side, allowing the Bruces to claim a goal.

The Irish are hit by falling rocks! Or was it coconuts?

The Japanese try to defend the Zeppelin.

The Bruces make their way to the table edge with the goods.

The Zeppelin attempts to escape under fire from the white Russians and The Cult of Al!

The Cult of Al succeeds in downing the ballon. Wah, wah, wahhhhhhhhhhhh...

Peace again can be felt in Micronesia.
Great game and a great host, thanks to Dave for running it and all the players. And especially to Bubbles, where ever you are...


Monday, March 15, 2010

Where Heroes Dare! at Cold Wars 2010

All 3 Chapters of the Where Heroes Dare! campaign was played out at Cold Wars 2010

The Devil in Delphi, Chapter 1. Good won the first game at the cost of poor Kumar who took a bullet twice for Captain Achilles.

Chapter 2, The Long Tomb of Doom.

Here Rocket men Tuchun Warlords and Giant Robots collided in Northern China.

Forces deploy and quickly advance to Dare! locations. One Rocketeer's pack fails leaving him grounded.

The Rocketeers quickly seize the Dare! locations, but can they hold them?

Kong Fang's golum, The Brass Mountain advances on the heroes.

Captain Achilles finds the goal, the entrance to Kong Fang's Lair!

The Brass Mountain scales the wall only to be thrown backward by a well placed tank shell. 3 Chinese are crushed to death!

The Devoted Chinese fire through the windows with the aid of trucks.

A daring attempt by Hogan to dislodge Tommy Chung fails.

It's down to the Rocketeers and Yao Min!

The M1A1 Coolidge hammers at Yao Min, a desperate duel erupts between him and Captain Achilles. Yao Min is mortally wounded but uses Dying Breath to throw one last grenade at Captain Achilles killing him, but "Nobody could survive that!" Schtick saves Captain Achilles!

Chapter 3, Deep in Kong Fang's lair...

Kong Fang prepares to summon Shen Lung through an ancient ritual.

The ever changing caverns of Fang's Lair.

The heroes face traps, henchmen, dacoits, and animated six armed statues!!

Shen Lung is summoned! Fang rests in a trance like state as The God Dragon deals with the interlopers.

Shen Lung and Captain Achilles square off. He fights using the discovered Jade Spear of Sun Tzu, but only wounds the beast as it kills him. Little did Shen know that Doctor Merkury with the Disintegration Ray now had a clear shot and destroys the Demon leaving Kong Fang a lifeless husk as well. In the end it was science, Mad Science that defeated Fang's sorcery.

A special thanks to all the great players, it was a lot of fun and if I have my way I'll run it again at Historicon. To be Continued...


More on the way, Where Heroes Dare!

Cold Wars has come and gone much to my dismay. I had a really good time and great players for each of the 3 Chapters to the Shield of the Gods story line. I'll be adding photos from the games up soon, but thought I would let everyone have a sneak peek at the next Dollar Menu Scenario, The Long Tomb of Doom's cover. This will be sold through Iron Ivan Games as a .pdf. I'm about 50% done with it at this point so with any luck it may be finished by the end of the week. To be Continued...


Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Battle of Troll Ford coming to Cold Wars

Dig out your favorite Edda, watch a movie with Tony Curtis or Antonio Banderas in it, and sign up for our Club's own Lead Archivist, Jarl Hayden's Cold Wars game: The Battle of Troll Ford on Saturday at 4pm. Here are some pics of our test run with me running the Blues and Dave running the Reds. It's like an election year all over again...

"This is our half of the river and we want to tax your side too!"

"Hey don't make fun of it, I need it to sit on. I HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION!!"

Shield walls form as archers take pot shots from the high grass.

"No Taxation without Representation! F you and your Althing!"

"You can't win, we are Federalized!"

At last it is down to Jarl vs Jarl. The last archer is to shoot whoever wins.

"Maybe we could stop fighting and make a purple Clan?"
"Ha! Fooled you, got you in the gut!"

And in the end it was my lone Jarl that survived leaving him lonely. Game play was fast and fun using modified One Page Fantasy Skirmish. Check it out.