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.

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5 thoughts on “Desolation Alley. Post-Apoc slugfest”

  1. Another badass report, in another of my favourite settings. Fantastic.

    Where does the Mongo figure come from? Its single-mindedness has an appeal. I want one šŸ™‚

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