A story by Dave Phipps at Pulp Alley
Chapter 4 Soerabaja Manhunt
Returning from the warehouse empty handed the Blue Blooded night went from bad to worse, as arriving back at the hotel they find Harriet's room a mess & no Harriet.
Collins "Can this night get any worse ? we failed to get the package & now by the looks of thing Harriet's been taking, I would guess this is the handy work of the Germans, looks like she was right I should have let her come along"
Grace " Don't blame yourself Delbert you only done what you thought was best, & besides the night wasn't a complete waste as at least we know where that package came from"
Moore "That's right while I had it I noticed it came from a place called Soerabaja, its a town on the coast in Indonesia if my memory is right & that's where we need to head next, it might give us a edge over Jerry"
This was not to be the case as Helga had also learned the same thing from the ledger in the warehouse.
|Two of the PP's left the lady selling her wears & right the gent at the door of the customs building
|Two more PP's left the lady in the doorway & right the old man trying to get ride of the rats, the rats like the dog are are perilous terrain.
|The Germans up to no good create two explosions, these are the two areas of perilous terrain they got on the random events table, to ad to the mayhem I've a car that will move 2d6 around the road, this will cause a perils if it should hit anyone.
|Dowl up on a roof see some Germans on the road & opens fire.
|Misses, gets hit by the returned fire & goes down
|On the other side of town there's plenty of shooting in which Collins is wounded.
|Collins heads over to the man at the door while Moore keeps Helga busy
|Hess runs up the steps to talk to the lady
|Brown , Eder & Fritz get off the road & head for the building Dowl is on.
|Just as Grace is about to cross over the road a car comes along stopping her in her tracks.
Helga shoots Collins both save, Gloup shoots & wounds Collins, Eder, Brown & Fritz run while Muller moves & fires a long blast blocking line of sight to both him & Gloup.
Collins runs to the PP while Moore rushes Helga, recovery Collins & Dowl both fail, so Collins still wounded health dice down to d8, Dowl out of the game
|Helga might have a pretty face but she's a bit more then that as Moore finds out, while Muller moves to support her.
|As the car passes by Brown spots Grace & opens fire
|Grace take a wound as Brown goes down.
|Gloup fires on Collins but with all the smoke can't get a clear shot at him.
|Eder rounds the corner & stops dead, rats why did it have to rats he thinks.
|Yes I know the man your looking for, try the inn around the corner he's found of the drink.
|She tells Hess before going inside
|Fritz see's Brown go down & moving up shoots Grace who goes down.
|I don't know who your talking about, the man tells Collins,
|before moving off
|Helga you wouldn't hit a lady would you ?
|Collins no so pushed her down the steps, as Muller moves back & fires at him.
|but gets hit in the return fire & goes down
|Gloup slips on the steps.
|Hess heads for the old man but stops at the sight of the rats.
|Brown & Fritz make their way up the street towards the sea front.
Hess moves down the step to where the rats are, Fritz & Brown run. Recovery Collins past Health d10, Helga pass Health d6 Gloup pass, Muller fail out of the game.
|Helga gets back to her feet & says that wasn't very gentleman like of you.
|Gloup tries to get back on his feet & slips again.
|Hess walks carefully around the rats to the old man & asks about the sailor, I'll help you if you help me get rid of these rats he replies.
|Brown & Fritz arrive just as Collins downs Helga with a sharp right, I guess that's ungentlemanly to he says
|Both Brown & Fritz fire on Collins but he drops both of them with return fire, playing the part of the hero with aplomb.
|Helga staggers back to her feet & tries to claw Collins, but he's to fast for her, Brown & Fritz heads for the PP.
|I'll tell you nothing until the rats are gone.
|Collins faints a blow at Helga & moves away from her saying this dance is over sweetheart.
|Collins now in full hero mode braves the flames to to rescue the woman.
|Brown unable to get a shot at Collins tries to make his way through the inferno but is beaten down by the flames.
|Fritz does however manage to make it to Collins
|but Collins floors him with a quick one two.
|Helga runs after the man who'd come out of the customs office, but her womanly charms have no effect on him, might be something to do with the black eye & thick lip she got from Collins.
|Well if your not going to do anything about the rats I've no more to say to you the old man tells Hess before wondering off.
|The sailor staggers down the steps
|& Collins runs towards him but just as he reaches him.
|The sound of a shot rings out & the sailor falls to the ground, here my logbook take it the old sailor says to Collins with his final breath .
Harrowing escape Muller fails & loses his league 1 reputation, Moore passes so BB roll d8 in the roll off at the start of the next game.
Designers note, well after the events in the last game & with Collins the only one of the BB's left after two turns I was fearing the worse, but Collins turned into the kind of hero that makes price of the ticket worth it, you did pay on the way in :)
The game ended 1 vp each so a draw, the little bit at the end with the old sailor like the bit at the start with Harriet gone missing was just added to help build the story, so four games in & what is called act 1 over things are fairly close with the Germans slightly ahead by 8 reputation to 6.
I have to say that so far the solo rules have worked very well & still give things the right kind of feeling, also been able to play the games so close together is great as it keeps everything feeling fresh.
Well that's it for this post, my thanks to Dave https://store.pulpalley.com/ for the script & as always to you guys for dropping in & if you'd care to leave a comment it would be welcomed. :)