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Desolation Alley. Post-Apoc slugfest

Pulp Alley in the Post-Apocalypse!

Waiting on cyberpunk city terrain pieces, we ran Pulp Alley through it’s paces at an abandoned military base somewhere inside the North American Exclusion Zone. A Zone Exploration and Recovery Team (ZERT) got its collective head handed to it by a group of scavengers and mutants. ZERT’s effort at being all tactical and sneaky-devious tripped over it’s own boots when Krazy Ivan’s Filthy Few barreled right in. The situation dissolved into a vulgar brawl, with the massive Mongo blocking shots with those concrete blocks then pummeling everything he could see.

TERRAIN, OBJECTIVES, OPPONENTS

Unnamed military base
Unnamed military base

Cache behind the guard hut.
Cache behind the guard hut.
Supplies outside the Admin building
Supplies outside the Admin building
Main Objective: documents with location of underground bunker
Main Objective: documents with location of underground bunker
Communications Relay behind barracks
Communications Relay behind barracks
Supplies outside Maintenance Bay
Supplies outside Maintenance Bay
ZERT 2. ( you can guess what happened to ZERT 1)
ZERT 2. ( you can guess what happened to ZERT 1)
Krazy Ivan, his BFF Mongo, and some Zone low-lifes
Krazy Ivan, his BFF Mongo, and some Zone low-lifes

TURN ONE AND TWO

The center road way open as a shooting gallery, both forces hug cover and advance on left and right flanks.

Hope no one sees me!
Hope no one sees me!
The Marked One and ZERT soldier take cover behind barracks
The Marked One and ZERT soldier take cover behind barracks
ExoSuit  and Trooper at the Maintenance Bay.
ExoSuit and Trooper at the Maintenance Bay.
Scavs snatch up minor plot point behind guard hut
Scavs snatch up minor plot point behind guard hut
Scav fumbles at second minor objective
Scav fumbles at second minor objective
Covering Fire!
Covering Fire!
Dumpster diving
Dumpster diving

TURN THREE AND FOUR

Contact! Nasty fights erupt around the Comms Relay as Scavs rush forward.

Uh-Oh, here comes Mongo.
Uh-Oh, here comes Mongo.
Exo Suit fumbles with minor objective while trooper engages scavs
Exo Suit fumbles with minor objective while trooper engages scavs
Krazy Ivan and one of the Filthy Few back up Mongo
Krazy Ivan and one of the Filthy Few back up Mongo
so how's that 'being all sneaky' thing working out?
so how’s that ‘being all sneaky’ thing working out?
ZERT trooper's unbelievable save against Mongo's pummeling
ZERT trooper’s unbelievable save against Mongo’s pummeling
Withering firefight. ZERT soldiers dropping like flies.
Withering firefight. ZERT soldiers dropping like flies.

TURN FIVE AND SIX

It’s all over but the crying. Reeling, the ZERT crew can’t recover and goes down. The Marked One is the sole survivor. (could it be any other way?)

Fighting intensifies on ZERT's left.
Fighting intensifies on ZERT’s left.
Krazy Ivan pops smoke to block LOS/LOF
Krazy Ivan pops smoke to block LOS/LOF
Mutant and ExoSuit go toe to toe. Mutant's power sledge crushes the armor like a tin can
Mutant and ExoSuit go toe to toe. Mutant’s power sledge crushes the armor like a tin can
Mongo rushes the Marked One, who shoots then bails - discretion being the better part of valor.
Mongo rushes the Marked One, who shoots then bails – discretion being the better part of valor.

The game did run an extra turn, the scavs wanting to take down the Marked One, but he stood firm and slipped away to fight another day.

***

CONCLUSION

We’ve been playing one-of games to get a firm grasp on PA’s mechanics. We need a few more, as we keep forgetting to play Fortune cards and minor stuff like that, but Pulp Alley still shines. Simultaneous combat and shifting initiative keeps both players engaged. The Plot Points (Objectives) focuses game play and tactics. It’s easy to tweak for genre-specific equipment/abilities (like the smoke grenades and power sledge) and robust enough to handle such minor modifications. End of the day? We’re enjoying it.

NK69 Mission2: A Ginsu Intercept

A GINSU INTERCEPT

Omar Patek and Hugh McNevin watched the trenchcoat gangers bundle the terrified executive into the back of a van. The doors slammed and it fish-tailed as it sped off, red tail lights shrinking to pinpricks before it merged in the torrent of cars, tricabs and motorbikes on Shin Yao Road.

McNevin stared, disconsolate. “Well… shit.”

Pateck pointed up. “You going to tell her?”

“Hell no.” He picked up his phone. “Not yet anyway.” Pateck’s supervisor nodded toward the vehicle on the screen. “Stay with it.

Pateck ordered his drone to lock on the vehicle’s registration transponder. The nose-cam reticled on a drab and battered Mitsubishi cargo van weaving through traffic. “They’re heading south.”

“South?”

Patek nodded. “Just took the Number 5 to Jing-wei sub-district.”

“What the hell–” A rising chime sounded from the Supervisor’s station, a pop up flashing in the center screen. McNevin read, then nodded.”Van Dorn’s security is inbound.”

Patek shook his head. “More plankton-standard corporate? After that epic fail, he’s got a better shot with mall cops.”

“No,” McNevin said. “Integrated Precision.”

“Van Dorn hired the Swiss Army Man?” Pateck exclaimed. “He’s definitely protecting something.”

Hugh McNevin stared at his screen, nodding. Center-screen, a thug-ugly armored truck thundered down a road. “Tobias Hok and his pet piranha. They’ve triangulated Van Dorn’s chip. Rolling heavy as we speak.”

“Izzara Umanov is still with him?”

“New and improved,” McNevin smiled. “Rumor is she wired up her reflexes, swapped out her eyes for Zeiss mil-spec.”

“See what hooking up with a cyborg gets you?”

“Less meat.”

“Less meat,” Pateck agreed. His eyes flicked across three screens. “Hold it.” The van had halted outside an odd, top-heavy building. “Looks like they’re handing him off.”

He flicked the Shrike to hover mode and zoomed in. A burly man was approaching the van’s rear doors, the remaining trenchies forming a line to block him. Negotiations started. From all the hand waving and contorted faces, the discussions were ‘vigorous’.

McNevin leaned over Patek’s shoulder as facial-recog scanned the newcomer’s face. The software chimed a match. “That’s Phats Jarvok. God Almighty, we’ve got the low-life hit parade tonight.”

“Van Dorn’s big cheese,” Patek noted. “Everybody wants a piece.”

McNevin glanced back at his station at the massive armored truck wedging its way down the narrow streets near the Jing-wei market. “Let’s hope he doesn’t end up in pieces.”

***

The Teams, The Objectives, the Terrain

Tobias Hok, Izzara Umanov, Mk.IV Military Androids with Switchblade drone support
Tobias Hok, Izzara Umanov, Mk.IV Military Androids with Switchblade drone support

Blood on these peaceful streets?
Blood on these peaceful streets?
Phats Jarvok, Dill Onager, Krieg, and gangers
Phats Jarvok, Dill Onager, Krieg, and gangers

Plot Points, Major and Minor. L->R : Data Chip, RFB Security, Domenic Van Dorn, K33n (Crank dealer) and Spare Keycard.
Plot Points, Major and Minor. L->R : Data Chip, RFB Security, Domenic Van Dorn, K33n (Crank dealer) and Spare Keycard.
Jing-Wei subdistrict
Jing-Wei subdistrict
Looks almost clean and peaceful during the day.
Looks almost clean and peaceful during the day.

TURNS ONE AND TWO

Tobias Hok and Izzara Umanov swoop in with their robot support, seizing two minor plot points straight off while Phats and his gang struggle to get into position. Shots are traded to no effect.

Hok and his team rushes forward
Hok and his team rushes forward
Krieg and Ganger slink forward to deal with the threat.
Krieg and Ganger slink forward to deal with the threat to their evening’s profit.
Dill takes aim at a drone
Dill takes aim at a drone
Umanov charming answers out of the RFB Security.
Umanov charming answers out of the RFB Security.
Lone MkIV advancing.
Lone MkIV advancing.
Hok persuading K33n to talk
Hok “persuading” K33n to talk

TURN THREE AND FOUR

Lethal strikes here. Integrated Precision takes robotic casualties but keeps Phat’s gang away from the main building’s front door, then hammers away at the leaders. With Phats and Dill down, surviving gangers melt away into the night, bloodied, bruised and beaten.

Phats unloads at Umanov, hitting air where she used to be.
Phats unloads at Umanov, hitting air where she used to be.
Krieg rushes the door. Android /Drone team advance on right.
Krieg rushes the door. Android /Drone team advance on right.
Can't get the frakking thing open!
Can’t get the frakking thing open!
By your Command...  oh wait.
By your Command…
oh wait.
Izzara Umanov puts six shots center mass.
Izzara Umanov puts six shots center mass.
A shaken exec is led to safety by Mk IV. (Shrike drone feed)
A shaken exec is led to safety by Mk IV. (Shrike drone feed)

***

The two men watched the shaken but unharmed executive step up into IP’s armored transport. McNevin clapped Patek’s shoulder. “Hot knife through tofu. That’s how you do it.”

Patek pointed upward again. “You calling her now?”

McNevin picked up his phone. “Of course.”

***

Security guard poses tough for NewsNet crew.
Security guard poses tough for NewsNet crew next morning.