Saturday, January 25, 2014

'Dead Stop' A Gothic - Post Apocalyptic OD&D Game - Actual Play Part II


Part I

I had a full house with the PC's being a full crew of nine cut throats, thieves, adventurers, and scalawags all caught in a cross fire war between the powers of two Death gods.
Most of tonight's action included a ton of sword play and some gun battles. We lost two of our group to the forces of darkness tonight! 
This inter-dimensional undead brush fire included the following:
These included the infamous Zatch Brothers ( two dandy assassins, these two are not brothers but a  pair of homosexual partners who pose as brothers while robbing and killing. They have a taste for jewels, adventure, and the finer things in life. They are played by the husband and wife team of Paul and Nancy. The Zatch brothers were taken directly out of Jack's Gothic Earth dandy class and have appeared in several other games I've run).  The Zatch brothers are murderous SOB's with hearts of gold, really.  
Sir Halrux Lector - A down on his luck royal and spiritualist with  a knight ancestor as his ghostly familiar. Armed with two pistols Halrux is out to recoup the family fortune. Played by Peter Sir Lector was jailed for quite some time after a near fatal run in with the authorities over a matter of honor. The victim of this duel still haunts him. 
Doc. Ho Sing - This seemly oriental wizard from some unidentifiable far East country is actually, Paul Riley. An actor who stumbled into a treasure trove of occult books and knowledge one night by mistake. Paul became a warlock after almost becoming the vessel for an ancient guardian demon. He adopted the Doc Ho Sing persona for both stage and professional reasons. Paul has effected this persona for so many years there are those who are beginning to believe he is becoming the good doctor. 
Major Lothar - Adventurer, big game hunter, explorer, and man of action, Lothar is a very driven paladin traveling in disguise as he deals with the forces of darkness. Lothar however has some dark secrets of his own. Lothar is played by Brian. 
Chief Red Smoke - Scout and Ranger extraordinaire, Red Smoke is traveling with this party of cut throats as a performer and second story man while pursuing the lycanthrope mercenary who murdered his family. He knows the bastard has served several masters across the planes but always seems one step ahead of Red Smoke.  Played by Tom. 
Little Kelly Tomlin - Little Kelly Tomlin is as cute as a button and the second you turn your back on her she might stick you with a hat pin, knife, or other sharp implement. Kelly is actually a little person of age twenty two. She's a thief, con artist, pick pocket, second story woman, who happens to be an adventuress in her own right. She passes herself off as a little girl, sally wag pick pocket, wizened old man, or other disarming disguise as needed. She's hooked up with the crew after the horrid murder of her estranged brother.
 Dr.James Kimbal - The good doctor is a servant of the 'Lady in White' and a surgeon of the highest order who happens to have a gambling problem. A very, very, bad gambling problem that causes him to throw in with this lot many, many, times. He has served with this group to many times. May the Lady in White have mercy on his soul. The good doctor hates undead almost as much as he like cards. Played by Mary. 
Jacvk The Slayer - The Fey blooded hood from the dark reaches of the Dolemite mountains in Italy. This Italian seducer of both men and women is making his way across the world and those who cross him cross his silver stilettos and pistols better beware. He has a taste for jewels and danger. He also has crossed steel with several vampires in his time. Fighter/thief played by Ryan. 

 We lost Little Kelly Tomlin to a gang of skeleton warriors in one of the cemeteries after a long fight with over twenty skeleton warriors. 
Kelly sacrificed herself so that the group could escape by locking a gate behind her so her comrades could flee. 
The skeletons took great delight in finishing the little thief off.
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The group managed to break into the high rise lair of a necomancer who had managed to secure the chalice that the group was looking for. The bastard's minions managed to poison 
Jacvk The Slayer with a cursed arrow. Despite the best efforts of Doc. Ho Sing and Dr. Kimbal. Jacvk died. 
The group moved into the building throw the service entrance and managed to take down a very nasty 
lycanthrope mercenary who Chief Red Cloud had been hunting for.
It took the combined efforts of Red Cloud and Major Lothar to bring the beast down.

The party made it past multiple undead horrors including the former occupants of the building who were turned into zombies, wights, and shadows. The shrine of Orcus proved to be quite troublesome.


 They've also switched from fire arms to swords now. Ammo is running low, black powder is starting to look thin, and everyone is resting on the fifth floor of the building. 
 The PCs managed to free a bunch of prisoners from the clutches of the necromancer and his cult. Had to wrack my brains to figure out who these folks were until I remembered this.

You can get that right

100 Individuals To Run Into In The Post Apocalypse, Set 2
So the players are wandering through the wastes of the post apocalypse and a random encounter roll has determined that they have stumbled upon the presence of another traveler/group of travelers. So just who are these people anyways? With a handful (1d8 perhaps?) of rolls of the percentile dice and a bit of consultation of the chart below, the GM will always be prepared. Notes provided on the chart include the character’s first name, gender (M for males, F for females), age (listed as a number), and descriptive “role” of the random character.
Sample Rolls Include:
08- Blake (M, 19, Young biker punk)
30- Elizabeth (F, 36, Goth blade master/sharpshooter)
44- Janet (F, 41, Wasteland scientist and teacher of the young)
50- Jessica (F, 31, Botanist)
64- Mandi (F, 23, Scout with keen senses but poor memory)
75- Naomi (F, 48, Toothless settlement bar wench)
88- Stacy (F, 38, Solar technology specialist)
Author: Dave Woodrum
Page Count: 1 page.
 Its a nice little list of material for just such an occasion. 

With this handy little list and a prayer the party is still in the thick of it. They've got twelve more floors to get through and hordes of undead things to get through. 
Its not going to be easy at all. 
They've got a hell of a climb. Those who are left went up a level tonight after some extensive role playing over dealing with the death and dismemberment of their comrades. They'll be a replacement next week as well. 
May I highly recommend Jack Shear's Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonsque III : The Final Chapter. The damn book is indispensable for creating some horrific situations and  really cool items as well.The steam driven undead horrors were a welcome addition to tonight's game.  There's a bit of Carcosa nastiness in there as well.
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