Thursday, April 24, 2014

Chapter 2 Finale, Nazi's in Space

The Commission Team, having escaped in a UFO allow its auto programing to take it to the GEE Base on the Moon! As they approach this base they see that there is a shimmering field that the ship slows and slides through, then settling to the ground. They are met by an officer who inquires about the delays, the robot attack and where the rest of the squad that should be on the craft are. (A Peril that is passed) They tell the tale convincingly about the base being over run by robots, and their escape, but that the alien craft seems to be having some electrical problems (Extreme Peril to fix - FAILED)
Having their stories worked out they are told the ship will be made ready and repairs attempted. The officer escorts them to the GEE Agent at the center of the base who is studying an alien command consul and the iridescent field beyond it. They are also warned to stay out of the craters to the south side of the base as they have "things" in them that have cracked the sanity of a couple of their scientists......
They retell their tale of the Antarctica Base and their narrow escape, update the Agent on the debacle of the Bavarian Flight Center convincingly. (Peril Passed) They are then shown the Barracks Building where they have a chance to clean up, get a meal and look about a bit. In the Mean time a team of scientists are sent to the craft to get it ready for a return mission to rescuer the Antarctica Base. But... the pressure mounts on them as they are also informed that the craft will not be coming back to the Lunar Base for a Month or more! At this point their desire to destroy the base, grab information and items and make an escape from the Lunar base on the UFO begins to get less manageable. Further the off duty Guards tell them that the base scientists have re assembled some of the robots that they had destroyed at the base and improved them with SMGs mounted in the chest cavities, but the draw back is they have to be controlled by a handler.

Putting their heads together they decide they have to move fast or risk being found out during a month since their two new mercenary members speak no German and are extremely nervous about causing incidents..... To ACTION, they quickly overpower the 2 off duty guards and then ask the guard at the door to enter (Peril check-Passed) He enters, but warily, having heard some scuffling about.  Jorge attempts to disarm and subdue him (Peril check - FAILED!) and the guard gets of a burst of shots into the wall and is then pummeled down. The Jig is UP! Guards from around the base move in on the Hut!
Shooting from either side of the open doorway they trade fire with the approaching guards, downing several. One Blond She Wolf uses a jet pack to land to the right of the doorway as one of the mercenary's charge out and brawl another guard.
The mercenary downs his opponent, but the She Wolf lobs a grenade to the doorway, it goes off and most of the Team is in the blast, having clustered near the door for its thin cover!! A serious tactical error on their part. Several injuries are inflicted!!

The team decides to break cover and take the GEE Agent down, who upon seeing his men being dispatched left and right screams "You Wont Take this BASE!" and runs to the consul and starts activating controls... The shooting stops as the force field near the consul drops, rumbling is heard south of the huts, in the craters....though the scientist readying the ship continues and his 3 GEE Robots approach the ship....

Shooting starts again as the Cyborg Alien who has been released from his Stasis fires his beam weapon and dissolves the GEE Agent, and then the last guard in the field as the closest targets!
From the craters erupt 2 massive mining robots that head straight for the Huts, tearing into them!

The Team tries the old plan of "Run like Hell for the Ship!"
Due to the low gravity, in their haste 2 members go sprawling and lose time (Peril Check - Failed for them). The rest arrive at the ship and tell the scientist, who is about to load the GEE Robots to defend the base! (Peril Check Passed) He redirects the robots with a hand held communicator device.
In the mean time the Mining Bots destroy the huts and then turn towards the ship!
The GEE Robots open fire, to little effect against the Massive Mining Robots. In the background the base domes begin to light up, a loud humming fills the domes airways!
The Team boards while the GEE scientist fails to grasp the uselessness of his robots against the titans rumbling down on him.  The Ship Lifts off! The hastily assembled cargo of weapons of all sorts slide about....
The ship slides through the Base Dome Force Field and accelerates back towards earth. The Team are ecstatic that they have so much recovered items and weaponry on the ship!

"Jorge! that panel that was smoking on the flight here....(that peril fail at the beginning....) Its sparking and seems to be failing!"

"Damn, can we make it back?"

"Ja, but Im not sure about the landing choices, the navigation system seems to be failing, we may have to settle for anywhere we can land!"

The ship enters the atmosphere, several panels explode and the ship skews about and comes in at a shallow angle, skimming over the pacific ocean!  PLLLuuuusssshhhh, the ship is down and taking on water.... (extreme peril checks all around-passed) the ramp drops and they rush off the sinking craft. Jorge is beside himself that they have to swim for it and cant take anything more than a pistol with them, having to abandon all the artifacts, and heavy weapons!!!

Rescued by a passing tramp freighter they make their way back to the west coast US and report in.

Next: A Dry Climate is Good for your Health Chapter 3

Friday, April 11, 2014

Episode 4, Chapter 2 LOST IN ANARTICA!

Having escaped the Bavarian Test Flight Facility with 2 squads of guards breathing down their necks, Franz, Jorge and Doctor Eric boarded the Test Vehicle 1 and activated it.  Upon learning that the good doctor could not in fact "pilot" the vehicle but had simply hit the auto route controls.... they flew at low altitude for approximately six hours and touched down at a GEE Base in Antarctica!  Upon exiting the vehicle, 2 things became quickly apparent. The GEE force at the base was massacred and that there were alien buildings present.
As they start their investigation of the base they hear voices from the small Quonset hut near the landed craft. As they approach it, a series of mechanical clicks is heard and their Test Vehicle 1 lifts off on auto return!!!!
The Test Vehicle travels a very short distance, when from the top of the largest dome a beam lashes out and destroys it in a shower of sparks and fire, it crashes several miles out in the snow field.

With a weary shrug they head for the Quonset hut, which is labeled STORAGE, and reach the door just in time for snow to start falling in Ernst... limiting visibility to 12".....

At the storage hut they find Roger and Dick, two mercenaries that had been delivering supplies to the base by dog sled. Conversation quickly reveals that several JU 52s wrecks are also out in the snow field that had attempted to fly out after flying to the base with materials and supplies.. Why the base only shoots at out going craft is never solved.

Further, the GEE team had somehow triggered the Base Defense Mode or some such and had been attacked by Killer Robots that had simply crushed those that they caught. Their implacable rate of movement, unhindered by the deep snow finally caught all the GEE team and killed them as well as their dog sled teams. Roger and Dick hid in the Storage hut, with out using the heater and had been there for the last 4 days.... surviving on German army rations and Jaeger Meister brandy......Roger and Dick decide to throw in their lot with the trio and they make their way to the first Large Quonset hut labeled BARRACKS.

At the Barracks, they search and turn up extra arms and supplies. Jorge fires up a stove and prepares a meal, their first in over a day..... (ominous music ensues..)

Having gotten some cold weather gear and food, the party heads to the HEADQUARTERS hut, pushing their way through chest deep snow when a very loud humming almost deafens them! Out through the walls of the domes walk ROBOTS which head for them. They quickly break into the HQ and out of sight of the Robots that.... turn and head to the Barracks?  Searching the HQ they discover that the GEE has managed to activate the flight craft found at the site and have traveled several times to the Moon!!! Establishing a base there and if the reports that Franz scans quickly are true have discovered several earth shaking new pieces of technology!!!!! The team hears crashing and smashing sounds back towards the Barracks.
Dick looks out the Door and yells back " The Barracks is On fire!!" The robots are smashing everything near the end where the stove was!!"

Franz opinions "they must have heat sensors to home in on the stove.... and US!!!" he turns in time to see that Jorge has fired up the buildings heaters.... and discovered a huge explosive trap that he has to now disarm or risk blowing the entire hut...and the party... to flaming bits! (Passes the peril check)

They confer and take several actions. Doctor Eric will attempt to get the base radio going and send a call for help to the Commission headquarters, Jorge will reconstruct the explosive device at the doorway, Dick and Roger with take the fire axe and cut a hole through the opposite end of the hut, closest to the Strange craft indicated on the base map layout.

"Oh CRAPPERS" cries Jorge as he fails to set the jerry cans of fuel up properly and retreats from the flames that spread quickly..... "Come in CHQ!!!"

"CHQ here, where the blazes are you fellows your way over due, the rest of your team has returned their their forward base with out you"

Jorge runs by and out the new exit, followed by Dick and Roger. Doctor Eric says "CHQ, triangulate our location from our signal, send help, alien craft and were going to investigate a GEE Base on the Moon!!!"

Franz grabs Doctor Eric and drags him out of the building as the fire spreads!

"Ill slow the robots with a bigger fire" cries Jorge who fires his pistol at several of the jerry cans that are not involved yet.... (He fails a task check) and the Jerry can EXPLODES!!! Hurling Jorge away from their new exit and out into the snow! (passes peril check)

Pushing through the deep snow towards a strange craft on a nearby hill, they spot several more robots around them!

Franz yells, make for the craft, Doctor Eric should be able to figure out a way in, Ill deal with the Robots" where upon he pulls out Special Object Number 2 (SO2) and takes aim, pulls the trigger and watches the nearest robot stagger, start to spark and burst into flame!!! But the ray gun grip rises in temperature with each use!

As the party closes on the craft Franz continues to fire, destroying several Robots.
(Franz in black) though one robot keeps coming on, Roger opens fire with his rifle and gets 2 hits, staggering the robot! (Stunned card played)

"Well, we can forget about waiting for a rescue, most of the base is on fire!" shouts Dick, still clinging to the fire axe, brandishing it about.

One last shot and Franz takes out the Robot guarding the door of the craft, but has to drop the pistol to let it hang by its lanyard as it becomes to hot to hold with his glove!

"Ive got the door open! Everyone in!" Doctor Eric yells. (Peril check 3 Finesse check passed)

(Due to the activation sequence though Dick is left outside with the Doctor as a robot lumbers into the attack..... or was about to when it seemed to get caught in an orders loop  (Parley was played on it).
The Doctor grabs Dick and they both enter the craft and cycle the door closed. With the help of some taped on labels on the control panel in German they are able to start the craft and lift off....crossing their fingers the base won't shoot them down (Extreme Peril passed!)

Chapter Finale next: NAZI's In SPACE!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pulp Alley Scenery Items for coming Missions

Thought to post a few pictures of items I have been assembling for upcoming Pulp Alley games:

An alien craft. Assembled from GI Joe kids binoculars and some lego bits.

The Gateway Time Forgot.  Some old skeletor item from a discount Bin, cut down and converted.

Work in Progress. A cave with sigils carved. I have used a foam block for the center, and covered it with cast Resin rock pieces and some spackle. Thinking to put a finger light up through the floor to give it an eerie effect for during the game.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Chapter 2, Episode 3, The Bavarian Option

[[[[[[    The first part of the mission objectives are: Locate the undercover Scientist "Eric", uncover any blueprints, objects of interest and the Flight Activator, get the Scientist (major plot point) and the items out of the building  The second objective after the Scientist is secured is to assault the base, blow the buildings and test vehicle. Pre scenario set up allowed them to hide an Agent on the base but not inside the building.   ]]]]]

The two Commission agents arrived at what they thought was the main building of the Flight Test Facility No. 1, where they passed the Identification checks and waited patiently until their escort arrived.

"Ah good, your here on time, I hope you had a pleasant drive, so if you would please follow me"
"Hmm and where are we going? I thought this was the Flight Center?"
"All in good time sir."
He leads them to the slanting tunnel entrance where, inside, out of view, he has them climb aboard a small shuttle which silently lifts up and moves forward at great speed, down into the earth!

About 10 minutes later they rise up and exit the tunnel, the vehicle comes to a stop and they are surrounded by guards who check everyone's papers.

The approach the Only building in site on the base, which has no windows and apparently only one door......
Entering inside, their papers are checked again and a clerk shows them to a flight of stairs leading down.

They ask about the current work location of Doctor Eric and the Escort takes them to him, where upon they make small talk for a bit and ask about any progress on the Test project. Doctor Eric is busily working on an item as they arrive.

"And what is it your working on?"
"A unit to activate the flight consul for the test flight" (a minor plot point)
{{The escort is the black hat with briefcase, Doctor Eric is the grey coat, Franz the flat cap black clad german and Jorge, the Archeologist is the Grey haired fellow}}
Doctor Eric takes them down to the basement level where he indicates an emergency project has stopped the planned actual test flight for the day.

"Oh, and what emergency is this all about?"
"We received a radio call for some sort of weapon to interfere or destroy electrical devices, we tried to get more specifics but the call ended suddenly."
Doctor Eric leads them past interminable numbers of guards, each checking their papers, "a tiresome affair Im afraid, but necessary after the Incident at the last facility" says Doctor Eric.

"Ah here we are, Herr Doctor Sven, please show what progress you have made with the Object requested"
Doctor Sven leads them to a rather sad looking consul and points the object at it, presses a stud, (looking nervously at it). A Sound fills the air and the consul starts to spark and smoke, shuddering, it goes dark.
"Very good Doctor, is this the only one?"
"Nine, there is another in the Secure Room"
"Is it the same?"
"Nine, it is bulkier, this is somewhat simplified"
"Lead on then"
They enter another long room which is a shooting range.
"A moment good Doctors"  Franz and Jorge put their heads together for a brief discussion and then spring into action.
The Escort is pummeled by Jorge and downed.
 Franz trades blows with the Guard while Eric plays Parley on the scientist!  Another round sees Jorge and Franz beat the remaining guard senseless. They tie up all three and stuff them into the Weapons lockers, after taking a brief case of ammo and pistols. In an attempt to get past the guards they have Doctor Eric put on the Escorts uniform to try and bluff their way back out...and in so doing find the blue prints on the Escort! All is going well at this time as the concert walls muffle the sounds of the fist fights.
On their way up to the next floor, the weakness of their plan is revealed as each of them makes their identity checks...except for the good Doctor Eric..... where upon the guard hits the alarm switch! The jig is up! They overcome the guard in a flurry of blows. Dashing up the final flight of stairs the clerks in the ground floor are sitting at their chairs, stunned. Outside a pair of guards makes for the door and the agents yell that a gunman is loose on the 2nd level! (finesse check passed) The guards run on in while the move outside.
Sarge, the hidden agent plants a satchel charge at the base of the radio tower, sets the timer and bugs out....

Meanwhile the Agents and Doctor move on towards the Test Vehicle where the guards challenge them to Halt!
Upon halting they raise their hands, but the timer on the satchel charge counts down and goes off!!! KABOOM!!!
The radio tower falls and the side of the building collapses!!  The guards stand stunned! (fail random peril in reaction to the blast)
Taking advantage of the guards momentary distraction to the blast they run up the ramp and into the vehicle.

They are faced with electrical equipment with smooth rounded sides, glowing lights and soft sounds. One side of the largest of them is crudely cut open and a boxy unit affixed with wires strung here and there.

"Eric, do you know how to fly this?"
"I Think this activator goes ...."
Bullets are springing off the vehicle.

"Ah, and I think I depress these" (shoving aside some tangle of wires)

A powerful humming fills the vehicle and it LIFTS OFF!
"Where in blazes are we going???"
" hmmmmm if this map display is correct....... South, we are going south"

"Im sorry Doctor, south to .. WHERE??"
"Im sure we will find out, it seems to be some sort of .... Im not sure, a preset flight? or its ... Im really not sure"

6 hours later, the craft lands..... In Antarctica....
They open the hatch and look out at the snow, a German base, with alien structures scattered about and... dead bodies frozen in the snow... everywhere they look, dead bodies, crushed and frozen....

Stay tuned to next weeks Episode LOST IN ANTARCTICA !