Saturday, August 22, 2020

Operation Bigfoot Rescue!

 Happy Simian Saturday!

Today my buddy Patrick and I were able to meet up at the local hobby shop, first time we have been able to get together for gaming since the pandemic started. Masks were worn and proper social distancing occurred.

Prior to the Pandemic we had been regularly playing Zona Alfa.

 After 6+ months, I had about forgotten how to play, fortunately the rules are easy enough that we jumped back into it. I enjoy gaming with Patrick, he isn't a rules lawyer and neither am I, we are able to just go with what is fun and enjoy ourselves. I'm sure we did multiple things wrong, but we had a blast! I think it was one of our best games so far with Zona Alfa.

We randomly rolled up the mission from the tables in the book and then inserted our own spin on things.

Two teams were sent in to Retrieve/Rescue a rare Cryptozoological Speciman- Bigfoot! From the Zone.

Bigfoot had been located apparently trapped in the upper stories of a ruined building in the heart of a Yellow Zone, to make matters worse a Rad Storm was going to hit the place hard in 5 turns. So we only had 4 turns to get in, grab Bigfoot and get out!

My team was my squad of Sovietski Simians, led by the veteran chimp Nikolai! Their training runs into the outer zones had prepared them for this mission. Patrick had a group of Mercenaries, with some rookie rednecks tagged on for extra cannon fodder...er I mean support.

The Mercenaries move out into the Zone, a hot spot is nearby.

The target, Bigfoot, is deep in the heart of the Zone, who knows what dangers lurk within the ruins and rubble.

The Simians move out, they are determined to get to Bigfoot before the humans, Apes are superior to humans after all. 

The Mercenaries quickly run into trouble as a pack of vicious ghouls rush out of a deep crevasse.

Melee combat is brutal, the ghouls nasty claws and bite attacks wound several of the humans who valiantly attempt to fight off the ghouls with their mag pistols!

The simians move into the ruins heading carefully towards their objective, on the way the encounter a pack of feral dogs and obliterate the mangy hounds easily with their assault rifles. 

While the Mercenaries fight hand to hand with the ghouls, the simians reach the base of the ruined building, their objective is three stories above them. Another pack of feral dogs lurking in the ground floor of the structure is dispatched with the simians taking no injuries. The mercenaries, however, are getting badly bloodied by the ghouls.

The simians reach the objective, while the mercs, though badly hurt defeat the ghouls. Sergei one of the Hardened Chimps makes his way to Bigfoot, only to trigger an ANOMALY! The weird alien energies are apparently what was keeping Bigfoot trapped in the building. Sergei attempts to make a will save and FAILS!! His mind is melted by the alien energies and he dies!! At the same time the mercs searching the ruins near where the now dead ghouls emerged also trigger an ANOMALY! The Veteran Leader of the crew, fails his will save and dies from the alien energies erupting from the anomaly.  A rookie braves the energies, makes his save and scores 5,500 worth of loot and gains a permanent +1 bonus to his wisdom!!  The next turn (turn 4) remember the Rad Storm hits soon! The Hardened Chimp Brekov braves the anomaly, makes his save and pulls Bigfoot from the ruin, also finding 5000 in loot and gains a bonus to his armor.  Brekov, moves his max with Bigfoot, and hands off the creature to Nikolai the veteran leader of the team, who uses his enhanced move ability to race off the board with Bigfoot before the Rad Storm hits!!! 

All in all a great game! Please keep in mind we played fast and loose with the rules. Zona Alfa actually doesn't have bigfoot or simians! But why let that stop you! 

Hope everyone is safe and well. 

Good Gaming! -B.B.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Varanid Empire

Recently I read the "new" Turok : Blood Hunt Comic series by Chuck Wendig. This is a different setting/storyline from the regular Turok comic. Blood Hunt is set in a Post Apocalyptic setting that has a slight Rifts vibe to it. One of the main villainous factions is the Varanid Empire. The Varanid Empire is made up of a race of Fascist humanoid dinosaurs! 

 Reading the comic, I immediately thought these would be great in Troll Lord Games Amazing Adventures line.  For AA stats just use the Saurians as a basis for the Varanids give them WW II era German weapons instead of hi tech weapons. Amazing Adventures even has stats for the German era weapons used by the Varanid Empire. You can use stats for Velociraptors from the Amazing Adventures Manual of Monsters to represent the riding beasts used by the Varanids and presto you have a cool vicious Faction to unleash on your players.

The Varanid Empire could also be used in other settings from Barbarians of the Ruined Earth, to Gamma World, Mutant Crawl Classics, and more.

The Six-Pointed Star used as their symbol could strike terror in many a campaign! 

T-Rex Stats for this big fella!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Barbarians of the Ruined Earth

Hope everyone is doing well. I haven't posted much in awhile. I work in healthcare and things as you know have been hectic.  My face to face gaming is on hold, have done a bit of online play, but I much prefer face to face gaming.
I did recently pick up a cool Sci-Fantasy Post Apocalyptic RPG. Barbarians of the Ruined Earth.
     Barbarians of the Ruined Earth (BotRE) uses Back Hack (first edition) as the mechanical basis for the game, you don't need a copy of those rules to play. BotRE presents a fun, rules-lite gonzo P.A. game. Inspiration comes from Thundarr the Barbarian (yes I am old enough to remember watching it on T.V. when it first came out), Pirates of Darkwater and some Mad Max thrown in for good measure.  As a fan of Gamma World going way back I had to grab this one. Keep in mind it has more of a wahoo Thundarr vibe, than a grim and gritty vibe, so if the concept of weaponized critters (Exploding Hedgehogs) would ruin your immersion, this may not be for you.  But, if like me you need some wahoo, gonzo, crazy fun in the midst of all the world's current problems this may be worth your while.  Not sure when I will get to run it, but hopefully soon, even if it is just an online pickup game.  I may try to use it with Christian's Wasteland of Gath mini-scenarios?
     Good Gaming and Be Safe Everyone!
and speaking as a Nurse out there on the lines, PLEASE wash your hands, wear a mask and social distance, this shit is real.