At the Hamilton Road Gaming Group, we usually lead up to Christmas with the famous duel of Snoopy vs. the Red Baron. That was done last week to accommodate Martin who was leaving to go to the family estates (as it were, a-hem) in Timmins, ON... where there be gold mines! Anyway, this week, we played a scenario-based game of Iron Ivan's Pulp Era game, Where Heroes Dare! Beth developed the scenario where Santa is being held captive at the North Pole. It seems that the Krampus has decided that everyone has been naughty, so no gifts of anybody! He and his main confederate, the Grinch, gathered their band of gangsters and storm troopers and are holding Santa in the Christmas village! Teams of adventurers have mobilised to free Santa and same Christmas. Could there be a more noble mission?
Here are the teams:
|From Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes, Dr, Watson (bare-headed), Inspector Lestrade, and a constable. Gladstone the bull dog rounds out the party. (Sad to say, no one chose this party.)|
|The always get their man. The RCMP sends their best. Sgt. Preston, PC Trueaxe, PC Frasier, and PC Witherspoon.|
King and the rest of the dog team are standing in front of "The Commissioner." Beth ran this team.
|Andy dubbed this guy "The Commissioner." It seemed right.|
|Hyde (Reaper Miniatures) and Jekyll|
|The US Rocket Corps under the command of Lt. Rex Steele. Andy's crew|
All Pulp Miniatures and I really like them.
|The hostages - an elf, Santa, the Christmas Mouse, another elf, Bernard the head elf, and Dominic the Italian Christmas donkey. (Reaper, Copplestone, Games Workshop, and Mithral miniatures)|
They were being held in one of the village buildings.
|Santa and die Weihnachtsmaus|
|The Krampus' gang - The big guy is the Krampus, two gangsters, the Grinch, a Russian gangster, and two Stormtroopers (were you thinking Brown Shirts?) This is a real mixed bag of figures and Derek ran this group.|
|A disgusting close-up of the Krampus, the Grinch, and two gangsters - one by Copplestone, the other by Ral Partha|
|Santa's village at the North Pole - view from the west|
The yarn defines the edge of the pine forest. The reindeer landing strip is in the foreground with the stables.
|from the east|
The little blocks are "Dare Points" where something happens - maybe a clue, maybe a trap, who knows?
|From the south east|
|"Jingle Bell Square" with the Christmas tree to "rock around."|
|Santa's workshop -- There was also a headquarters building and a records shack for the "naughty-n-nice" list.|
|Before the guys arrived for the game, some of the local kids wanted to play. Each one took a member of the League and went to save Santa. Your humble blogger wa the gamesmaster.|
|"Can I move this far? Can I still shoot?"|
|Mr. Hyde trades punches with the Krampus while Mina Harker sneaks up in her vampire form to bite the Krampus.|
In the end, the girls freed Santa and, having found his sled earlier, took off to safer places
... like Macy's or a Hudson's Bay store.
When the guys all gathered, each brought their team in from a different point. Bear took all the little girls and formed "Team Bear" with each taking a member of the League. As Andy entered, one of his Rocket Corps took off with his rocket pack and promptly exploded! (It's a "Mad Science" gizmo and you roll a d10 each time it's used. If you roll a "10", the ref consults the "Mad Science" table and some sort of malfunction happens. As luck would have it, I - the gamesmaster and Santa - rolled a "10" for the table and the poor trooper exploded in mid-air. We all responded with sympathy: "Oh, look! Fireworks!"
|Poof goes the Rocketman!|
|Team Bear doing their best!|
|Constable Whitherspoon buys the farm and the RCMP is pinned!|
|The Krampus and some gangsters face down the Rocket Corps. Tommy Guns all around!|
"Awright, youz guyz! Take care-a them gold helmets!"
"You mobsters can't win while Rex Steele is on the case!"
|Having searched Santa's residence, two of the Rocket Corps finest search for more goals.|
|"Da Krampus iz down! Let's revenge 'em!"|
"Stand where you are, your blackguards, or feel my Thompson's wrath!"
(Yeah, it's hokey, but it is Pulp!)
|The Thug takes a hit.|
"Bwa-ha-ha-ha! Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"
The Shadow can cloud people's minds and possesses an Eerie Laugh.
|Another view of the same action with Mr. Hyde joining the fray. Dr. Jekyll could take his potion as his only action for his move and the next turn Mr. Hyde would take his place, a stronger but less controllable member of the team.|
|Hyde and the Grinch square off. The Grinch carried a scoped sniper rifle and had wounded Quartermain and knocked Captain Nemo out of the game earlier.|
|... and the Grinch is down!|
|Meanwhile at Santa's workshop, the Rocket Corps made short work of the mob, giving them the "Big Sleep" as it were.|
|A view of the table from the League's point of view. Nemo is down. Quartermain and Sawyer shoot from the woods. Mina and the Invisible Man move toward the hourse and Mr. Hyde prepares to rush the house and the Grinch from the edge of the pine forest.|
I enjoyed gamesmastering this game. Beth created a good scenario, but the curve ball was the fact that Derek chose the Krampus and his evil underlings as his team. I expected to captain all the evil folks while the other players ran the rescuers. It still worked and we enjoyed the silliness of the game for a Saturday afternoon before Christmas. Just for the record, almost all the figures were painted by your's truely, Beth having painted the others. Andy brought two of the houses and at least half the trees. The rest were from my collection.
A few days before, the Crouch Branch Library, the place that gives us a place to game on Saturdays, held an open-house and asked if we'd run a display game during the two hours of the open house Wednesday evening. Andy, Beth, and I agreed to come up and run a game. Kevin was held back by family things, Martin was packing to trek home, and Bear, with his mobility problems, couldn't arrange the needed transport. Still, we set up a Wings of War display and ran a short game with Snoopy, the Red Baron, and another German flyer. Snoopy came up with the short end of the stick.
|We set up out in the main part of the library to attract more traffic. As it was, there were only a few people who came by.|
The small building are not a necessity; they just add to eye-appeal.
|Snoopy finds himself in trouble. Andy flew the Sopwith Camel Snoopy prefers. I was the Red Baron in his Fokker. Beth flew the Pfalz fighter.|
I hope all you reader of this blog have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! If you don't celebrate Christmas, I still wish you the best for the close of the year and the beginning of the new. Good gaming, All!