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The Return of Pumpkin Spice!

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Yesterday was day two of new local Wargaming convention, Call To Arms, here in Williamsburg.  It being October, I thought it might be fun to play a Pulp Alley game in honor of Halloween.

On the Pulp Alley YouTube page, I found the perfect idea.   Already a variation of their printed scenario Into Darkness from their Lost Worlds of Lemuria campaign.   This is a great example of how open this game is. The original is designed to be in a lost world and probably in jungle terrain with the random bad guys being robots and the plot points are just common plot points.   In the video, Dave places it in “King City” a Gangster film noirish environment in the late 20’s or early ’30s.  He replaced the plot points with horrific pumpkins, with Pumpkin Jack as the major plot point.  He replaced the robots with zombies.

I kept some of these features myself, but I had a backup plan if I didn’t get my terrain finished.  This could easily have been in a forest, desert, cowboy town or Mexican village all of which I had terrain fo already.  You could set in on an alien planet or an old medieval village just as easily.  Frankly, it was a good excuse to finish painting my Mad Dogs with Guns terrain.

I also replaced the zombies.  I created a system to randomly generate pumpkin Cultists or Pumpkin Monsters.  Had I more time I would have actually created a mixture of standard Halloween ghouls.  You know, ghosts, vampires, werewolves and yes zombies.

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I provided four pre-generated leagues for my players, but in the end only three participated.  This was wealth little Johhny Silver with his Sister and loyal servants, District Attorney Denton and his girl Missy from the Herald defended by a handful of brave police officers and Lastly Gangster Corky Gallagher with his mob, right out of the Vice City campaign book.

 

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Pumpkin Jack

 

According to ancient legend,  Indian prophecy predicts that when the stars are right, Pumpkin Jack will return to terrorize the living.  Young Johnny Silver knows these legends and decides he must stop the creature.  Unbeknownst to him, however, local petty mobster Corky Gallagher overhears the boy talking and decides to try to manipulate the monster for his own gain.

Meanwhile, D.A. Denton’s inquiries into the gang raise his suspicions.  He decides to stop Corky’s probably illegal intentions.

 

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Johnny Silver’s robot Newman 

 

The leagues spend most of the first turn creeping up the streets and suffering a number of failures due to the creepy nature of the horrific pumpkins.  The silence is broken however when inexperienced Officer Macoy challenges the gangsters.  He is rewarded with hot lead and falls to the ground.

 

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Blood in the Streets

Soon the Police and Mobsters find themselves in a fierce firefight in the middle of the city.  A well-placed Tommy gun burst from Myrna, Cork’s cold-hearted Moll knocks many of the police to the ground.

 

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Denton surrounded by fallen Police Officers

Meanwhile, Johnny Silver’s foolish little Sister is running around with Patches discovering the Pumpkins which oddly have little effect on her. Still, ever vigilant Nanny watches over her, just in case!

 

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Actually at this Pumpkin Sis was nearly knocked out, but Nanny saved her

Sis might have had little trouble with pumpkins, but the same was not true for poor little Patches.  Not only did he take the first Pumpkin plot point, but he also finished off a large number of Pumpkin Aberrations, but eventually too much squash in his little hound belly was more than even this brave dog could take.

 

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After a while, all of the action gathered around Pumpkin Jack in the middle of the street.  The Gangsters and the Police had spent most of the night fighting while Johnny stayed on task capturing three of the minor plot points and then with disappointingly unclimatic peril cards taking the Pumpkin King himself.

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In the end, all three players found the game enjoyable.  I, on the other hand, would change some things if running this again.  I would use a different selection of Leagues.  The Police ended up aiding Johnny Silver in a way that was certainly true to genre, but probably served to unbalance the game.  Two Mobster gangs would have been better I think.  Lastly, I would not leave Pumpkin Jack as the Major Plot Point, but rather have him a Terror.

Anyway, another successful game of this great system!

 

Cheers,

Ron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Santa Claus Isn’t Coming to Town!

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Christmas ended up foiling our plans for the Williamsburg Legati meetings, but we finally got together just past new year’s day for our Christmas game of 7TV.  For those of you unaware, 7TV is Crooked Dice’s game for playing cult TV goodness.  Our game was a Spy-Fi game to rescue Santa Claus from the grasp of Dr. Maybe and the Greater Resistance and Interdiction of Nativity and Christmas Holidays, or GRINCH.  The game was played with 30 ratings a side, being limited to figures available in Chris’ two starter packs.  This was only our second game, and our first Spy-fi game, so I apologize for the figures, not all being painted yet.  Chris is working on it!

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The game was very one sided and went very badly for GRINCH from the start.  It was obvious that the minion force would benefit from close proximity to one another, thereby being able to make use of many of their star qualities.  Unfortunately, it also made them very susceptible to a nerve gas bomb the good guys brought with them!  This left them weakened, from which they never really recovered.

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This, and very poor dice luck which made the two Lady-Ninja pretty much indestructible.  They pretty much just sliced and diced their way through my minions who provided very little resistance for them.  Eventually, as it was late and we couldn’t possibly win and so we conceded defeat and Santa was released to the joy of little boys and girls everywhere!  Looks like Dr. Maybe is on the naughty list this year however…..

 

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One Bad Apple, a 7TV Episode — Williamsburg Legati

The club’s first encounter with 7TV

ONE BAD APPLE With DC Falstaff disguised as a member of the firm, the Beat unleashes a sudden raid. Unfortunately, it’s less of a surprise then expected. Is a member of the squad bent? DI Skelton has to find […]

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7TV by Crooked Dice, a Review

 

-The Beat-

In For a Penny

  1. JAKE’S flat, interior. Jake is asleep in bed with some Bird. SKELTON and KENNEDY crash through the exterior door. Woman screams. JAKE starts to run.

SKELTON

Put on your trousers mate, you are nicked!

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       7TV 2d Edition is a skirmish miniatures wargame for playing the climatic fight scenes from adventure films and television of the 1960s and 70s,  It is created by Crooked Dice, a British Company and therefore it tends to lean towards British TV of the period but it could easily be altered to simulate similar shows of the period here in the United States.   The rules cover various genres like science fiction, detective shows, supernatural investigators or exterminators (there is even a Scooby Dooby Doo programme guide).  The new boxed set is geared towards Spy Fi, think  Avengers, Man From UNCLE, some of the James Bond films, Department S, or even Austin Powers.

          Unlike most games, 7TV makes no attempt at creating the reality of these shows.  Instead, it recognizes them to be just that, television shows.  The game has a meta-game concept which simply recognizes your games as Episodes of a television programme instead of a scenario or battle in a campaign.  The official programmes are all linked together as the programming of 7TV studios.  In a similar fashion, the sides are “casts”, you are “on screen” when it is your turn, your casts are not killed but “axed” and the points used for creating your casts are “Ratings”.

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      So I just received my copy of the boxed set.  The price is a little intimidating at £ 50.  Crooked Dice has made the game available for free as a PDF, which is pretty amazing.  This allows you to look at the rules and even to play if you like without buying anything!  I hope however that you wouldn’t be so churlish as to not send some money their way if you like what you see.

         Let me assure you, you get a lot with the box and it is all very nice quality.  There are the two rulebooks, a combination template for measuring two sizes of blasts as well as flamethrowers, plot point markers, various tokens, dice and all the useful cards.

        If like me you still thought this seemed a little pricey, they are now offering starter sets.  For an additional £ 10 you can choose two of their starter casts.  I chose the Crime and Law sets.

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      This gives me eight each for my starting casts,  and is a great deal.

       Open casting (which is building casts from the basic rules rather than one of the additional programme guides) consists of deciding which characters you want to support your side.  The characters are rated as Stars, Costars, and Extras and their abilities vary appropriately.  The characters are listed as heroic, villainous or neutral which restricts what casts they can be with,  Similarly, the are also listed as belonging to certain genres.  these are Law, Crime, Secret, Civilian, Science, Military, and unknown.  Most characters have two of these and one must match to join a cast.

       Play is Igo Ugo and plot points and special abilities are used to determine who you can activate.  these plot points are also used to enhance your attack and defense as well as to activate your Star qualities and gadgets, so it becomes important to use them wisely.

   A very clever feature of the rules are the countdown cards.  These cards are divided into Act one, Act Two and Finale, and cause certain random events.  The nature of these events escalates , the later in the episode they occur.

   The rules are quick to learn, fast and easy to play and most of the rules you need are right on the character cards or on the back of one of the rule books.  So far I have only played one practice game, but both of us were comfortable with the system very quickly and my opponent (who won) is not a very experienced wargamer.

     A very enjoyable and fun game with an interesting premise and several clever rules.

Cheers,

Ron

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French World War Two Vehicles from Mad Bob

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Recently I participated in the Mad Mob Miniatures Kickstarter for French or former French vehicles.  This was really a no-brainer for me since I really needed one of the elusive German 7.5cm PAK auf Somua conversions for Too Fat Lardies campaign supplement KAMPFGRUPPE VON LUCK.  I do regularly  run Fall of France games for Chain of Command so some pre-converted  half-tracks would prove useful as well.  (Besides those French half-tracks are just the thing for a desert based Pulp Game!)

I have done business with Mad Bob before, when I bought my German converted Lorraine Schlepper and had been pleased so no risk there.

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The Mad Bob piece is the one in the foreground.  The other is a Warlord Marder that has been standing in for the new Somua

The Kickstarter levels were arranged by the number of vehicles you wanted to buy with no need for a decision on what those would be until sometime after the conclusion.  The Kickstarter was very successful and many stretch goal vehicles were added.  That was very important to me as one of the vehicles I most wanted was itself a stretch goal.

Furthermore, when the Kickstarter finished, Mad Bob allowed us to add any of the other vehicles to or order at the Kickstarter rate which while I did not, in the end, do so,  I certainly considered it.  I think that was a great offer and pleased that it was available.

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So my order did arrive this week.  Three half-tracks.  two were the French models, a standard P19 and a Staff model.  The other was the aforementioned and longed for Somua conversion.  All three models have very little flash and very crisp details (much better than it appears in some of these photos).

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The P19 VDP is the basic French troop transport half track.  The model consists of three pieces, the body, the windscreen and the canvas roof.  Mine arrived broken, with the some of the pieces meant to support the roof gone.  In the picture, the remaining ones have been removed by myself.  I will either build it without the roof or scratch build replacements.  Not difficult but a shame that might have been prevented by better packaging.

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staff-car The next model is the Staff car version, P19 VLTT. This model consists of four pieces,  the body, roof, windscreen, and a spare tire.

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somua And lastly, the point of the exercise, the 7.5 cm PAK auf Somua.  This model is very nice.  Mine arrived with the barrel a little bent, but a simple soak in warm water allowed that to be repaired.  This model is composed of six parts, but none of them are very fiddly and it looks like it will all go together well.  It is going to be beautiful when all painted, decaled and weathered.  So now I am off to do that!

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If you do early war, or might need some of the odd French conversions, I certainly suggest you take a look at Mad Bob Miniatures.  He does good work and a number of his offerings are unusual and hard to find models.

Cheers,

Ron

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