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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Terror on Torrent

We finished up our Star Frontiers scenario / mini adventure last night.

When last we saw our Intrepid Heroes, Bahud, the Human Military Specialist, had just tossed his fragmentation grenade at the 10m long dinosaur that attacked him. Meanwhile, Yanshack'A of Zigara, a yazirian Technician known to his friends as Yan, was taking careful aim with his grenade rifle on the second dinosaur of the predatory pair...

And missing. Fast moving dinosaurs and no skill with a weapon means that happens a lot. The dinosaurs skid around in a sharp u-turn, then charge back at the hapless pair of (apparently) soon-to-be fast food containers. The pair of adventurers decide discretion is the better part of valor, and that one live dinosaur delivered was worth more than a trip through a Ripclaw's digestive tract. Again, fickle Fate saves our heroes, as they win the initiative and sprint for the safety of their nearby Explorer [1].

Safely behind the armored doors of their vehicle, Yan tries to sedate the creatures outside by dropping pairs of doze grenades out the (barely opened) window. Dane's lucky rolling streak continues, and he manages to put one of the Ripclaws down after it failed its STAmina check. He'll be sleeping for about five minutes (53 turns). One down, one to go.

As the second Ripclaw futilely claws and bites at the solid rubber tires and unyielding durasteel armor of the Explorer, Bahud passes his two doze grenades to Yan, hoping to repeat the performance and reap a bigger reward. Unfortunately, Yan's luck runs out, and Dane rolls a 99 - critical fumble! The doze grenades go off inside the cabin! As the Explorer's cabin fills with gas, Bahud and Yan pass out when they both fail their STA checks. When they awaken, both of the Ripclaws are gone. Running low on filters for their CO2 masks, the pair decide to return to the shuttle and leave Torrent behind.

On arrival a few days later at the Port Loren WarTech Industrial Complex, Bahud and Yan receive their walking papers. The Vrusk executive who hired them has mysteriously disappeared, and the project he headed up has been canceled. The new VP of the Prenglar office honors the original contract, and even offers to pay in kind at a 20% discount rather than in cash.

Newly unemployed (again), Yan and Bahud decide that maybe working directly for the big conglomerates is not as great a job as it seemed before. They decide to start their own business as freelance investigators and troubleshooters. The name of their company is (what else?): The Boys.

And that was pretty much where we ended the evening. We did a little bookkeeping (updating equipment lists, assigning and spending experience points, that sort of thing) and then called it a night. After they went to bed, I got to work on a handout for the next adventure - a classified ad sheet with all sorts of interesting leads and info on it. When it's done, I'll attach it here as a PDF (if I can figure out how to do that!).

[1] Explorers are large off road RVs, amphibious, and sometimes armed. This one is not armed, but is armored, and has a large cage (currently occupied by a sleeping and restrained dinosaur) in the back in place of the usual crew cabin.


Eli Arndt said...

Sounds like an awesome adventure. This is how I remember playing SF too. Lots of action and adventure.

J Womack, Esq. said...

yeah. They want to play again tonight. I made a handout that looks like a classified ads page. Man, I am having a lot of fun with it.

Eli Arndt said...

Cool. I suggest ordering the printed and bound version of issues 1-6 of Star Frontiersman from Lulu. I got mine and other than a bit of an issue with it being all black and white and some trouble with the greyscaling being too dark, it's perfect for having those issues in easy to handle perfect bound goodness.

J Womack, Esq. said...

Kewl. I was thinking about p;rinting them myself at my wife's office in full color. I think her printer does double sided printing. And she has a binding machine., too, I think. To top it all off, I have access to a laminator at school (one of the perks of being a teacher, I suppose) for a sturdy cover. If I can do it, I'll try to make you a copy of the last few issues.

Eli Arndt said...

Rock on!