Friday, March 4, 2011

Kaptain Kneemo's Campaign Characters

A friend of mine worked up bit bio's for my starting characters for our VSF campaign, in which each player is receiving 6 characters to utilize to their benefit during the campaign. Without further ado:

* * * A Flash Report from the Greystone Space Station orbiting Venus * * *

The mysterious and intrepid Kaptain Kneemo late of Poland, the Orange Republik
and Siam, and many parts unknown, made a spectacular appearance to introduce his
staff at today's luncheon. Resplendent in his Polish Naval Dress Uniform, the
good Kaptain took advantage of the presence of this reporter as well as the rest
of the off-world news team to showcase the men and woman he brought with him to
fight the evil and corrupt British Empire here on Venus. After a brief speech
about the need to crush the British Imperialists and their campaign to enslave
Venus, he turned the floor over to his Aide de Camp Jatinder Aloysius Carnehan.
A man of obviously mixed blood with excellent English skills, Kaptain Kneemo
calls him Peachy for some reason. Reportedly he is a pagan from Kaffiristan,
but an eminently civilized one.

First in line is his discovery officer, a renowned frontier scout at home on the
river, in the mountains or in the jungles of South America, Major Tristan Pitt,
late of the Chilean Army. American by birth, handsome by heritage, the roughly
hewn but innately charming Major Pitt has led a life of adventure, including a
2000 mile trek hunting dangerous fugitives from Helena, Montana deep into
Mexico. Having an unerring sense of direction back home, it remains to be seen
if he can translate that skill into mapping the largely unknown Venusian
terrain, or if his skill as a polyglot will serve him well in learning the many
native tongues spoken by the varied civilizations of Venus.

Colonel Augustus Retief, a retired Boer commander, known to have the best
disciplined and most successful command in the rearguard battles of the great
trek north will be the Kaptain's second in command. His famous inspirational
leadership and pattern of success in all past campaigns should serve the
expedition well. At a full two meters tall, he will be hard to miss (except
hopefully by the enemy marksmen) as he directs his command into action against
the British and their allies.

Lt. Colonel H. B. Finn will command the mechanical cavalry division of Kaptain
Kneemo's small but talented army. The Lt. Colonel is known for his selfless
loyalty and dedication, no matter the cost. His horsemanship is superb, and his
brilliant analytical mind adapts rapidly to the chaos of the battlefield. Also
known for his strong anti-slavery stance, he has vowed to help Kaptain Kneemo
free any sentient people bound to slavery under any guise by the Empirical

The Third Division, some equipped with the revolutionary electric powered
flechette pistols and boasting five companies of robotic Infantry will be
commanded by Doctor Major Cornelius Clausewitz-Bergstein, a German Nobleman of
superior breeding and education. The robot soldiers are his design,
manufactured by his partners in Austria. Major C-B was retired from the
Austrian Army for taking chances far beyond those considered sane, even though
he is said never lost a battle.

Exploring areas considered too dangerous for human habitation will be Captain
Patricia Hazzard, late of the Hawaiian Islands. The daughter of Norwegian
refugees, the 1.87 Meter tall blonde golden tanned Amazon-like beauty has
recently returned from exploring parts of southeast Asia previously unknown to
the western world, her pamphlet on the wonders of Nepal and her partial ascent
of Mount Olympus is still on the New York Times best seller list. Known for her
linguistic skills, she hopes to be the first to communicate with civilizations
yet unknown to the Children of Terra. Her hatred of the Raj, having seen
British troops massacre whole villages in the Punjab, is seen as obsessive by
some, though the good Kaptain says he values that in an associate.

A surprise last minute addition to the team is the dashing recently retired
Portuguese Diplomat Ricardo Roarke. Drifting in from his latest assignment at
the Royal Court in Moscow, Ambassador Roarke announced he would leave his Island
home in the Azores for this fantastic adventure with the mysterious Kaptain
Kneemo. Celebrated for his skill in the kitchen, as a vintner, and on the
ballroom floor, this well-rounded public servant should not only be able to
communicate well with the other ambassadors, but improve the morale of the
Kaptain's army.

Yours in service to the World Free Press, Ole Jameson of the New York Daily Globe.

(*side note is that Ole Jameson is Aka Kevin Fury)


  1. I'm not familiar with the rules set, are the character effects part of the rules or something you came up with for your campaign?

    I've been following the Venus entries with great interest: it looks very thorough. I just realized you're in the Sac area, if you're open for more players let me know, this looks right up my alley! Pretty easy to find contact for me through here if you are:

  2. We run our campaigns/games at Great Escape Games (GEG) near Howe and Arden on, usually, alternate Fridays, though we do sometimes play most Fridays. The board were using for the campaign:
    Here's GEG site stuff:,+1214+Howe+Avenue+%23+200,+Sacramento,+CA+95825&gl=us&ei=t2BxTdafN4X6sAOG7unFCw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CBsQ8gEwAA

    Note, Its in the BACK side of the Mall, behind, around back! Sometimes you can just follow the LARPers... ;)