Sunday, June 20, 2010
The Case of the Curious Cephalopod
Saturday, I was able to run the pulp game that I was unable to run at Rapier due to being ill. I had expected about five people to show up and was pleasantly surprised when we had a group of eight. The game was a traditional B Horror movie mixed with some elements of several of our beloved on-going pulp characters and included a large mix of new heroes and villains.
The background is that the characters are in Morristown, Penn. Something strange has called the aliens to Morristown. Something dark, deadly and unknown. Our characters have each come to Morristown on the first night of twilight of the summer. It is right after the Gopher's high school prom and two of the heroes are making out in a hot rod when a large silver disk passes them overhead and crash lands into a field a few yards away.
What follows is the description of the characters, their objectives and the after action report.
Goal: Your goal is to find out what the aliens want and try to get them to leave Morristown and then maybe get lucky with Donna.
Associates: Your associates are the offensive line of the football team. They can take one hit and are considered down.
Specials: Boxing, Pistols, Shotgun, Hot rod
Played by: Brent
The Greens pass over the tripods...
Donna L. Peterson, Gopher High Cheer Captain and Home Coming Queen
Associates: Your associates are the Gopher cheerleaders. They can take one hit and are considered down.
Specials: Gopher Cheer, Pyramid, Pistols, Pom-Poms
Played by: Roxanne
Rick, Steve, Curtis and Dan plot...
Doc, Movie Enthusiast and Scrappy the four legged companion
Goal: When Brent comes and tells you what is going on you will recognize the grays and know that they will be looking for some other kind of power source. The Greens will attempt to contact the mayor and the cephalopods are there for the complete destruction of the human race. Something about the cephlapod martians that you can't quite put your finger on but you remember them somehow... You are not sure about the bugs or the crab people nor exactly what Dr. Katana is doing behind your movie projector.
Associates: Your associates are your movie crew and several B-Movie actors. They can take one hit and are considered down. Scrappy is your long-time companion and sidekick and can take three hits before being down.
Specials: Knowledge, Money, Actors, Pistols, Shotgun, Movie Theatre
Played by: John
Four-Way battle for supremacy!
Sgt Frank Carrier, Police
Specials: Police Radio, Squad Car, Pistols, Knowledge, Arrest
Played by: GM
The Green's saucer crashes...
Lt. Simon Archer, MIB Rocket Corps Division
Goal: Stop the alien menace!
Associates: MIB Rocket Corp are immune to alien physic attack and black gas. They may take one hit and are considered down.
Specials: Rocket Grenades, Radio, Propaganda
Played by: Unfortunately Lt Archer's rocket packs failed somewhere outside of Virgina on the way to Morristown and they had to stop for repairs.
Dr Katana's Henchmen, the Martians and the Green's Saucer...
Cultist Jimmy Doogan ad the Cultists of the UFO
Background: You have returned to the Earth from the Darkest City to find and capture humans for your little ant farm. The humans make good sources of potential psychic energy when you rearrange them into different lifestyles. Sometimes you might want the blond to be married while other times you might decide to make her a prostitute or put her on the news as a television anchor. Whatever it is you decide to do with the humans, they are yours to do with as you please. You arrive in town just as several other aliens do. You have not had other aliens in Darkest City before and you grin with the anticipation that adding an unknown element will bring to your collection.
Goal: Capture as many people, aliens, cats, dogs or whatever you can and bring them to your ship to bring back to Darkest City. You need ten specimens.
Specials: Psychic Shield, Psychic Attack, Pistols
Played by: Rick
The dock workers going about their day...
Your Leader and the Martians
Specials: Black gas, Beams, Levitate
Played By: Curtis
The Grey Scientist Cryn and the Grays
Background: While on a routine expedition to Earth, your saucer crash lands in Morristown, Penn because it ran out of blue energy. After performing some scans you believe that the human DNA may be used to make blue energy. The humans also appear to be using some kind of power to run their vehicles. Find this energy or harvest enough DNA to make your saucer fly.
Goal:Try to collect at least ten points of DNA and find a potential power source for the downed UFO.
Associates: Each gray may take two hits before being knocked down.
Specials: Research, Probe, Plasma Gun, Plasma Rocket
Played by: Dan
Curtis and Dan plot...
The Evil Dr. Katana and the Terrifying Trio