Feb 202016
 

It’s been a long while since I played a game, but today I got the opportunity when fellow Oldhammer Forumite  Martin visited from Copenhagen. Since it was our first playdate, we figured something light and easy would compliment the obligatory rummaging through Mount Lead, shuffling through old rule sets and general nerd banter.

We decided to go for Pulp Alley (albeit in space), and I had a scenario half prepared.

Captain Morley and his crew have returned to McKemmler IV with some contraband to unload. In their cargo hold lurks the most recent addition to Morley’s menagerie; an astro badger! Alas, the astro badger somehow manages to escape the Chaste Magpie and skedaddles off into the ruins of Foundation City (the inaugural colony set up when the first colonists came to McKemmler IV). As they set out to find the lost pet, they’re alerted to the presence of another crew. Marty “Balls” Fieldmann and his cronies from the Blacksmith’s crew! What a surprise, considering Astro Badger Crock is the Blacksmith’s favourite dish.

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The two groups deployed in opposite corners of the table, for the Trail Of Clues scenario.

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Morton “Balls” Fieldmann (hiding in the shrubbery) is joined by sidekick Bodnia and three allies Franke, Tonny and Radovan. The follower “That” have just acted, moving towards the first plot point. I commanded these guys.

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Captain Morley (in blue) and co-pilot Stickney (sidekick, in red) are backed up by clone brethren merc Wagoner, Cuera and Dawleen (allies). At their side, trusty radipus Bil (follower). Martin played these.

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Perched on a roof near the Morley crew was Vuk the snitch. If anyone had seen the animal, he’d be one to know.

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Near the other gang was an old security droid which (if hacked) could help in tracking the badger down.

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Morley and Stickney wasted no time and in their first turn, they charged forward guns blazing. The nameless horror from the rad wastes only known as “That” fell and was knocked out.

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Radovan soon repaid in kind, and Bil the radipus was dispatched of.

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With one plot point secured, the wasteland raiders started applying some pressure on the battle clones, but they held their own long enough to allow Dawleen to climb the ladders and reach Vuk the snitch.

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With neither team managing to secure more than one plot point each, and the game coming to a close, Balls charged Morley for a clash between the two leaders.

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Near the end, the gangsters and smugglers can only look on in dismay as one of the plot points wanders off with the much coveted astro badger!

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Paulie Papers, ever the opportunist! Only you would be so bold, absconding with the prize right under the nose of the warring factions.

In summary – we had a great time! Plenty of old lead was fondled and oogled, Martin managed to liberate me of some junk… err, treasures I’d been hoarding and an exceedingly even game was enjoyed. Though I did manage to do rather well with the dice for a while, which probably saved my hide more than once. We both lost a single ally and our respective followers. Both of us secured a minor plot point each and neither of us were in a position to try and claim any sort of moral victory over the other. In other words, a perfect introductory game!

Hopefully, we’ll have opportunity to soon revisit McKemmler IV for the next thrilling chapter in the quest for the delectable but ever-elusive astro badger! I have been painting orcs for a rather famous old scenario pack for Warhammer too… it might be we get to play the first scenario from that before we do any more Pulp Alley.

  7 Responses to “Pulp Alley: On McKemmler IV they eat astro badgers!”

  1. Thanks for hosting the game and nice to see it captured in pictures. I had a great time and surely also hope that we can return to McKemmler soon – perhaps with some reinforcements from my collection.

    Cheers
    Martin

  2. That presses a LOT of buttons Mattias. The buildings look great too, l like the layout with the walkways.

    The first of many reports I hope :)

    • Cheers mate! I too hope it’s one of many reports. We’re making plans for a second meetup soon so let’s hope it pans out. We’re also chipping away on the respective forces for Orc’s Drift – which you probably don’t give much of a fuck about. :D I’m sure you recognize the massive potential for good times though.

      In other news I’m hammering away on my final entry of the first three for the LPLX. Due today. Haha… =( Most likely I’ll end up posting them in my own Parallel-PL…

      The buildings are mostly finished in those pics. Some are looking to get another highlight, and there’s no detailing on any. Not sure what (or if) to do regarding details…

      • I have painted nothing but fantasy miniatures so far this year Mattias.

        It’s just a phase, I’ll grow out it.

        • I haven’t been paying much attention to the bloggosphere or forums so I wasn’t aware the extent of your moral decline. I did however see a blurb on Facebook a few months ago that you were looking for something for Frostgrave. Made me raise an eyebrow in slight surprise (and armageddon-expectance).

          Have you played FG yet? If so, how do you find it? I’ve bought the book mostly for teh sexeh, but hope to play it at some point. I’ve started playing simple games with the boy (4+ to succeed on D6, movement with fix-length measuring sticks, shooting with other length stick). He’s liking it a lot!

          • Frostgrave is simple, rapid and a bit random.
            A few familiar faces from the Oldhammer forum are making the trip to Ireland in late April to attend an event at a con that the Irish guys are organising.
            The hope is that FG will be a fun way to push figures and goof around while having a few drinks. I think that in that role it should be good.

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