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Pulp Alley: Ski Pursuit

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A couple of weeks ago my son, Lewis came over to stay for a couple of days. We are both huge Pulp Alley fans, so of course planned to play a couple of new scenarios while we were together. I had just received the painted display miniatures back from the very talented Jon Atter for our new Ski Pursuit miniatures which are part of our Whiteout kickstarter which is running at the moment. The Ski Pursuit pack is based on one of my favourite Bond movies, 'The Spy Who Loved Me' which opens with some corny one liners and a high adrenaline ski chase.

 

 

 

Pulp Alley Spy WHo Loved Me Scenario

We flipped a coin to see which league we would play. I got 'Bond' who is a single miniature 'Extraordinary Character; League. This is a new concept in the 2nd Edition Pulp Alley rules, you pay 5 points for the character and then can spend your remaining 5 points on either supporting characters or in this case on additional skills.

Pulp Alley Spy WHo Loved Me Scenario

The KGB Assassins League was formed of four characters with the league perks 'Well Armed' and 'Tenacious'.

Pulp Alley Spy WHo Loved Me Scenario

As usual for Pulp Alley the game was played on a 3' square table. Bond starts at one corner and to win needs to exit from the opposite corner (this is the major plot point). Four minor plot points were placed on the table, these represent places that Bond can perform a stunt (turn, fire weapon and do a backward flip etc.). Only Bond can attempt plot points. At the end of the game the KGB earn all plot points that have not been taken.

Pulp Alley Spy WHo Loved Me Scenario

Lewis deployed 3 assasins at the top of the slope and the fourth at the bottom.

Pulp Alley Spy WHo Loved Me Scenario

Bond gets off to a good start and heads to the first stunt location which he performs with style.

Pulp Alley Spy WHo Loved Me Scenario

The assasins move into position and a fierce firefight breaks out, Bond returns fire and the first assasin bites the dust.

Pulp Alley Spy WHo Loved Me Scenario

A fortune card allows Bond to deploy an unseen ally in contact with the enemy. This was a nice characterful touch, the ally took one of the assassins down but his comrade turns, shoots and takes him down.

Pulp Alley Spy WHo Loved Me Scenario

Bond breaks away, and heads down the slope.

Pulp Alley Spy WHo Loved Me Scenario

One of the assassins barges into Bond (fights a brawl), although Bond is good the multiple combat actions soon build up.

Pulp Alley Spy WHo Loved Me Scenario

Bond makes excellent progress on the second last turn he even has time to do another stunt (resolve a minor plot point) and only has six inches to travel in the last turn to exit the table, picking up the major plot point.

Pulp Alley Spy WHo Loved Me Scenario

However, Lewis and his KGB agents pull out all the stops and throw everything they have against him and he does not quiet make it. Bond takes two of the assassins down with him but does not recover. The KGB has one agent left on their skis at the end of the game, so Bond is taken prisoner!

We were unsure how this game would play. Would it be unbalanced with an 'Extraordinary Character', or would it be dull with just one character to activate? We did not need to worry, as usual with Pulp Alley, the balance was spot on, we both had a really enjoyable game, it was very exciting, and the game could have easily gone both ways right up to the last turn.  Bond had gained two minor plot points which meant the KGB had the major and two minor plot points for a convincing win.

Links:

Click here to take a look at the new 'Ski Pursuit Miniatures' in our Kickstarter Campaign.

Click here to check out the Pulp Alley games system

 

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Pulp Alley: Albedo Away Team Mission

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Last Sunday (12th May 2019) Yorkshire was blessed with sunshine and light winds so we took the opportunity to take our gaming gear and set it up on the patio to top up the vitamin D while rolling some dice and having fun.

These circumstances do not occur that often, so we need to make the most of them.

 

 

I was joined by Mike Wilson and Doug Wright for another great game of Pulp Alley, using the new 2nd edition rules.

Doug and I are seasoned Pulp Alley veterans. It was the first time that Mike had played, although he had brough and read the rules last year.

Albedo Pulp Alley

The scenario was set in the world of Albedo, so each league was made up of Anthropomorphic Genetically Engineered Life Forms (or critters) for short. Since the critters developed memory and self awareness there society has been fixated on finding answers to the fundamental philosophical questions: Who are we? Why are we here? Who made us? For what purpose? This has been the catalyst for Albedo society’s quest for the stars. In this game three 'away teams' from competing factions have made planet fall on the planet Diazgon III to investigate a strange edifice from a departed civilisation, as sensors reveal that the most advanced life forms are primitive and aggressive Simians.

Albedo Pulp Alley

In Pulp Alley terms, the scenario played was 'Treasure Hunt'. Minor plot points were placed on the table to represent clues to how to unlock the doors to the mysterious tower where the ancient artifact was located. These were 6" in from the table and 6" away from other plot points.

Albedo Pulp Alley

The major plot point would be placed by the player whose character was the first to solve a minor plot point. To fit in with our story line, we decided that the Major Plot Point must be placed somewhere within the tower.

Albedo Pulp Alley

Scattered deployment was used to set up our Leagues on the table. Starting with the 'Director' each player takes turns placing one figure anywhere on the table (as long as they are at least 6" away from a plot point or enemy figure).

Albedo Pulp Alley

We decided that the large jungle areas, the rocky paths up the cliffs and the inside of the building were dangerous terrain which meant that they only became perilous if you ran (moved more than 6") through them. The patches of carniverous plants and the piranha infested river was perilous terrain, whatever speed you travelled through it!

Albedo Pulp Alley

The critters were surprised to find their investigations hampered by a tribe of belligerent simians. Although in the Albedo universe there are 165 species of genetically modified critters none of them are based on monkey’s apes or pigs. A little known piece of Albedo trivia!. The simians were played as wandering perilous areas. At the end of each turn a D8 was rolled to determine direction and distance for eacj model to be moved. If a character moved into or activated within a small blast template centrered on the model they had to pass a random peril.

Albedo Pulp Alley

My Otter heavy league comprised of Leader Kao Kazo, two Sidekicks Arka Chanlu and a cat character Felras Lacal and lastly another female otter ally called Aka Bowinmi. At the start of the game my league split with Felras heading to investigate a clue near the foot of the cliff and Kao and Arka heading for a clue at the front door of the tower. Not quiet sure what Aka is doing, but she seems to be attracting a lot of incoming fire from the other leagues.

Albedo Pulp Alley

Aka goes down, but she takes her assailant with her.

Albedo Pulp Alley

Felras turns away from the clue that he was investigating to return fire against the lappine who had opened up against him. Felras does not like to be disturbed. He uses his quick shot ability, sprays and prays with 5D6 and his prayers are answered. Bunny hits tyhe dust (and rolls down the cliff dramatically).

Albedo Pulp Alley

Meanwhile, the main action is going on at the front of the mysterious alian structure. Kao is struggling with the clue, he manages to get it half figures out. Arka moves up to help and to protect his back at Erma and some of her buddies are also trying to muscle in on the action.

Albedo Pulp Alley

At the far corner of the table, down by the piranha infested river Mikes Leader Charha (beret wearing fox) has discovered a clue and prepares to fend off a Simian attack. Dougs leader Zhdibo, unfortunately has got stuck in the Piranha infested river thanks to some mean Fortune Card play from Mike.

Albedo Pulp Alley

The action hots up outside the main doorway. As all of Mikes League (bar the leader, Charha) attempt to stop Kao from completing the clue.

Albedo Pulp Alley

Charha is assailed from all sides. Doug sends some of the supporting cast up to give covering fire to his leader as he battles with the piranha fish.

Albedo Pulp Alley

Felras had an unlucky moment... not only was the clue he had spent so long trying to solve a 'Red Herring', but Zhibo made it out of the river, joined forces with one of his followers Zhbo to gun down Felras in a hail of gunfire.

Albedo Pulp Alley

Felras pulled his act together and headed for the cliff where the new clue had appeared, taking out Zhbo for good measure.

Albedo Pulp Alley

However, before he could solve it Dougs Leader Zhdibo shot him in the back.

Albedo Pulp Alley

Meanwhile back at the tower, Kao had solved the clue, unlocked the door and ran up the stairs passing the perils on the way. The major plot point was in sight!

Albedo Pulp Alley

The closing scenes provided some unexpected twists. Mikes leader, Charnha proved to be a bit of a Ninja. pulling off a climb up the wall of the tower and squeeze through the window that stretched over two turns with accompanying perils. Charha was then blocking the route around the balcony to the plot point, so Kao was oblidged to leap across the gap. This peril was passed. A sniper also took a few shots at him before he eventually solved the puzzle to claim the major plot point, on the last activation of the last turn of the game!

Albedo Pulp Alley

Down at the entrance Arkha had been bravely defending his back for turn after turn, but was eventually felled im melee by the brutish Dean.

Albedo Pulp Alley

Here are the character cards for our Leagues. The top one is my League, led by Kao Kazo the Otter. The next League is Doug's led by a feline EDF officer, Zhdibo.

Albedo Pulp Alley

Mike's League led by the foxy ninja Charnha and co-starring the iconic Erma and Toki.

Albedo Pulp Alley

The character cards are all pre-generated Pulp Alley character cards. I took photographs of the miniatures, printed them and cut them up and then before we started the game, we drafted our leagues in a similar way that you would draught in a collectable card game. We started with leaders and went round the table in a clockwise direction taking it in turns to select a leader from the deck. We then draughted sidekicks going back around the table in an anti-clockwise direction until all the sidekick characters had been selected. This worked very well. As usual Pulp Alley provided a fun and exciting afternoons entertainment, with everything to play for right down to the last activations of the last turn.

 

Links for further information:

Pulp Alley Rules

All of the miniatures are from the Albedo Miniatures range.

The terrain boards are built using theTerra-Former modular terrain system.

Miniatures are based on Sally 4th clear bases.

The library / tower is 3D printed from a design available from Printable Scenery.

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Pulp Alley - Vice Alley Western Campaign episode 2

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Race Against Time

Click here to download a PDF of the Pulp Alley Character Cards for these Leagues

For the 2nd game in our Vice Alley Old West campaign we moved out of town to a small mining settlement down by the creek.

It was a race against time, following a tip off that illegal moonshine was being distilled down by the creek my vigalante leage were determined to gather enough evidence to close the operation down. It looked like they had arrived at just the right time as a large wagon was being unloaded in the centre of the settlement. T o gather sufficient evidence my leader Marshall 'Leather' Durham needed to overcome three sets of perils and challenges. My league was made up of four sidekicks, so Marshall Durham was nominated to act as the leader for this game.

 

Pulp Alley Western Gunfight

Four minor plot points were deployed around the table more than 12" away from other plot points. These included a nervous youth a fiesty old woman, a mysterious envelope and a leather bound journal.

Pulp Alley Western Gunfight

The settlement was home to a number of critters that provided some movable dangers. These included snakes, geese and dogs. Each random plot point moved D8" in a random direction each turn.

Pulp Alley Western Gunfight

The Marshall starts a careful investigation of the wagon and its contents while Wilson 'WIld Hog' Hurley, Ralph 'Wild Boy' Hicks, Bernard 'Glory' Barnes and a young fellow who said he was handy with a 6 gun that they picked up in a bar, fan out to provide a defensive perimeter.

Pulp Alley Western Gunfight

Once the lead started flying, the young lad from the bar was the first to take a slug. 'Aint it always the way, that the nameless minions die young!

Pulp Alley Western Gunfight

Hicks heads off towards the creek to have a word with the nervous youth, who seems to have attracted the attentions of a snake of truely epic proportions.

Pulp Alley Western Gunfight

The flock of geese head towards 'Wild Hog' Hurley, while the Marshall is struggling to make much progress on evidence collection. This is a tough assignment for a league made up of sidekicks without a leader level character.

Pulp Alley Western Gunfight

Down at the creek, Hicks is in good form, after beating the giant asp into submission he turns his attentions on the nervous youth who is all to happy to tell him everything he knows.

Pulp Alley Western Gunfight

Dougs criminal syndicate closes in, a fierce gunfight develops and his henchmen approach the wise old women (with the blunderbus) in the hope of some extra information.

Pulp Alley Western Gunfight

Despite using the tethered horses as cover, Hurley goes down in a blaze of glory.

Pulp Alley Western Gunfight

... and as if the assignment was not hard enough already both the gianst snake and the flock of geese are unexplainably drawn to the Marshall, the wagon and the clues.

Pulp Alley Western Gunfight

Six turns came and went and unfortunately the vigalantes failed to gather the evidence that they needed.One victory point was gained for solving the 'nervous youth' plot point, bringing there influence / reputation up to five.

However, as always Pulp Alley was a great game to play, however badly you do, it is always a lot of fun and it works very well in a western setting.

Links for further details:

The terrain boards are all made using Sally 4th Terra-Formers. These are 12" modular terrain tile kits with a wide range of profiles for hills, streams, roads and many more features together with strong rare earth magnets embedded in the sides to hold them firmly together. Click here for more information on Terra-Former terrain.

Pulp Alley is a set of skirmish rules that can be used for encounters between 2-30 figures per side in any enviroment from the stone age to the space age. Click here to find out about Pulp Alley.

Artizan have a great range of 28mm Western miniatures. Click here to take a look.

 

 

 

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The Goose gets to join 'Everything but the Goose'!

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Last year we added a number of packs of miniatures to our Classic Movie Miniatures range based on favourite films and TV shows. These were figures which we felt would work particularly well with Pulp miniature games such as Pulp Alley and 7TV. One of my favourite packs is 'Everything but the Goose' based on Tales of the Gold Monkey. The pack was named as it had all of the main characters, even a model of the Gold Monkey to use as a plot point but was lacking the main star of the show, 'Cutters Goose'

Tales of the Gold Monkey Cutters Goose Model

Cutters Goose was the Gruman Seaplane operated by Jake Cutter to run a cargo delivery service around the Pacific Islands.

Tales of the Gold Monkey Cutters Goose Model

On Monday I had a day off as compensation for working the weekend at Salute, so finally got around to building the kit that my good friend Buck Surdu had kindly brought over for me from the States when he visited us last year.

Tales of the Gold Monkey Cutters Goose Model

The kit went together very easily, the pieces were a good fit. I have given the model a basic paint job which is inspired by the 'Goose' from the show rather than a direct copy.

Tales of the Gold Monkey Cutters Goose Model

I think that at this point it is good enough to use in a game, so I now just need to put some character cards together for a Pulp Alley league based on Jake, Corky, Sarah and Jack.

I am planning to make some decals at the weekend for the registration number and the 'Cutters Goose' logo, and hopefully will be posting a games report based on 'Tales of the Gold Monkey' in my hobby blog very soon.

Tales of the Gold Monkey Cutters Goose Model

Further Information:

Tales of the Gold Monkey Miniatures

OA9 Goose Kit 1/48 Scale

The Goose Kit is the Lindberg OA9 Goose Kit

The Miniatures are 'Classic Movie Miniatures' Everything but the Goose pack

The Terrain is built using Terraformer 12" terrain tile kits

The clear bases are Sally 4th Clear Bases

The Pier is the Terraformer Quayside Pier kit

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Pulp Alley Fantasy Skirmish

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On Monday, as a bit of a change the Ripon RPG group came round for a miniatures based fantasy skirmish game. We normally play 'Fate' set in a Harn setting as a narrative game without the distraction of miniatures or other props. I've been playing Pulp Alley for the last five years in the 'Pulp Era' setting but also for a huge variety of other periods and genres including WW2, Pirates, Western, Judge Dredd, Star Wars, HP Lovecroft themed Horror, Post Apocalypse, Zombies, Scooby Doo, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and many more. One of the genres that I had not tried to date was Swords & Sorcery themed fantasy.

Pulp Alley Fantasy Skirmish

Over the last couple of months I have been busily working away converting a wide range of miniatures from Frostgrave, Perry Miniatures, Wargames Foundry and many more manufacturers to anthropomorphic fantasy miniatures using the heads and tails Critter Conversion Kits from Albedo Miniatures. I created enought characters for four leagues using the Pulp Fantasy rules from the Pulp Alley Rulebook and some renaming of abilities to make them fit better with the genre, so for example the 4th level ability 'Inspiring' became the 'Bless' spell and the 2nd level 'Burst Fire' ability became 'Fireball'.

Pulp Alley Fantasy Skirmish

The scenario that we played was 'The Four Faces of Dr Fang'. I've played it a couple of time now in different settings and it is always fun. The city, Kingsport is being plauged by a run of gruesome murders and the adventuers, being outsiders are under suspicion. There mission is to solve the plot to uncover who or what is behind the murders to clear there names.

Pulp Alley Fantasy Skirmish

The investigation is represented by solving the first four plot points. Each plot points gives the league a clue token (The Means, The Suspect, The Connection and the Motive). The investigation is hampered by the attentions of the City Watch'. These were represented by 5 spear armed rat soldiers in blue and white quatered livery. Until the suspect was revealed these acted as semi-randomly moving perilous areas.

Pulp Alley Fantasy Skirmish

If a character activated within three inches of a City Watchmen they had to overcome a 'Peril', if they failed they could not act that turn. If they took a wound and went 'Down' they were arrested by the WAtch and taken off the table into custody.

Pulp Alley Fantasy Skirmish

Unlike many scenarios for Pulp Alley a plot point stayed in play once it had been resolved to allow other leagues to attempt it. The first league to resolve it got the reward and a clue token but every league that subsequently resolved it also got a clue token. Once a league had solved four clues the last plot point became 'The Catch'.

Pulp Alley Fantasy Skirmish

As the adventuring leagues were under suspicion and the city watch were patrolling and paying particular attention to them blatent acts of aggression on other leagues such as combat were not allowed, how ever we allowed leagues to use other less tracable means such as playing Fortune cards to hinder the competitions progress or even the odd 'Spell' that was not tracable!

Pulp Alley Fantasy Skirmish

As this was the first time that the playres had tried Pulp Alley, there was a learning curve around considerations for plot point placement and subsequent league deployment. Some plot points were placed in difficult and perilous areas which made them very difficult to reach.

Pulp Alley Fantasy Skirmish

In fact, one player decided that looking for clues was going to be difficult so elected for his league to surround the last plot point, that was going to be the catch and to then link arms to prevent anyone else getting into contact with it.

Pulp Alley Fantasy Skirmish

Once a challenge had been revealed for a plot point, it remained the challenge for the whole game, but the peril that had to be overcome first was revealed by a card draw from the Fortune Deck and was a new threat for every attempt.

Pulp Alley Fantasy Skirmish

On the top of the ruins surrounding the sorcerors tower, the last clue is solved and the culprit is revealed. From the sewer grate in front of the ancient shrine a green vapour formed and took shape, revealing a foul many tentacled beast from the abyss.

This was a little disturbing for the characters who had linked arms around the shrine. The horror rules came into play, so any character of level 3 or below needed to take a horror check before activating. Many allies & followers fled screaming. However, in the end it was not as difficult as expected to dispatch the beast. Although tough in melee, a few well placed 'Fireballs' were played, The creature failed the associated peril and subsequent health checks. This weakened it, reducing it's health to D6. A number of Fortune cards were then played to add complications to the wound before it was finished off by a volley of bow fire.

Pulp Alley Fantasy Skirmish

It was an exciting game. I think everyone enjoyed it and are looking forward to playing another scenario with the same leagues in April.

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The terrain boards were constructed from Terra-Former modular terrain tile kits.

Figures were converted using Albedo Miniatures Critter Conversion Kits from original Miniatures from Copplestone Castings, Frostgrave, Perry Miniatures, Gripping Beast and Oathmark.

The rules used were Pulp Alley

 

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Pulp Alley 2nd Edition Playthrough - The 11th Guest

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Yesterday Ann & I visited Lewis at University across in Hull, after catching up on news and going for a walk we settled down for a really enjoyable game of Pulp Alley.

As we had received printers proofs of the new 2nd edition Pulp Alley rules a couple of weeks ago, we decided to use them and to play one of last years 'Scenario's of the Month', 'The 11th Guest'.

The 11th Guest finds visitors stranded in a creepy hotel in a thunderstorm while all manner of unpleasant events unfold. The central area represented the hotel, The area 12" in from the edges was an area of difficult terrain, so no problem walking up to 6" per turn, but if you ran over 6" you needed to pass a random peril. We used a Fothrington Hall kit to represent the hotel.

Pulp Alley Scenario 11th Guest

Each player controlled one level three (Sidekick) character and a scenario event deck was used to drive the storyline along. The game duration is 6 turns and the player with the most clues at the end of turn 6 is the winner. Some of the event cards such as old photographs and press cuttings gave a single clue, but most clues were saved as a reward for solving plot points. Plot points were various bodies, of guests who had come to a grizzly end at the hands of the 11th guest. One card is entitled 'Unexpected Twist' if you drew this card you were the murderer and the other guests could then attack you.

Pulp Alley Scenario 11th Guest

On the 2nd turn, Ann drew the 'Unexpected Twist' card, and her character, Beths secret was out. Knowing that she was now a target she hurried outside to try to destroy any evidence left on the bodies.

Pulp Alley Scenario 11th Guest

My character Baron WIlfred hurried out in pursuit and a protracted cat and mouse shoot out developed,, however, Beth somehow always seemd to find time between shooting to rediscover her victims and destroy any evidence remaining (i.e solve the plot point and take the clues).

Pulp Alley Scenario 11th Guest

As we were playing at Lewis's uni digs, we had to bring everything with us so we did not have our usual range of plot points and accesories, hence these Lord of the Rings Petrified Hobbits had to stand in for 'Drowned Lawyers' and other murdered guest plot points.

Pulp Alley Scenario 11th Guest

Lewis's character 'Davidson' had initially had some success nunting for clues at the back of the Hotel, but once he had heard the gun shots at the front he rushed round to try to help aprehend the murderer.

Pulp Alley Scenario 11th Guest

What ever we did, Beth stayed two steps ahead off us, dodging bullets and solving plot points. At the end of turn 6 Ann's character has a significant lead with 7 clues to Lewises 5 and my 2!

Pulp Alley 2nd edition is available to pre-order on Kickstarter until 24th March 2019

Sally 4th are running a 10% discount deal on Pulp Alley products until trhe kickstarter ends, click here to view our Pulp Alley Store. The discount code is 'PULPALLEYKS2', just enter it when you go to checkout basket.

Click here to take a look at Fothrington Hall kit

 

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Pulp Alley China Station Campaign - Scenario 2, Breakout

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Lewis and I recently enjoyed a great weekend playing some of our favourite miniatures games. Over the weekend we played two games of the new Pulp Alley China Station campaign.

The first scenario of the campaign saw our leagues shipwrecked off the coast of China, at night, searching for our missing companions.

When morning dawned, it became clear that our missing companions had been captured by the enemy and were being held in a military camp a few miles down from China Station. The day was spent planning and resting. As night fell the heroes crept forward intent on putting 'Op Breakout' into action!

 

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Pulp Alley China Station Campaign - Scenario 1, Enemy Patrol

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Last Saturday (16th Febuary 2019). Lewis and I got together for some exciting two fisted Pulp Alley adventuring. We've both been huge Pulp Alley fans for many years and have been looking forward to getting started with the new China Station campaign every since it was announced. We decided to dust off the original leagues that we had created for the first Perilous Island campaign and give them another outing. Lewis's League is based around Manfred (an occultist of some note) who is often accompanied by two witches Gwainor and Lillianne together with a pack of three hellhounds. My league is the Royal Archeological Society, led by the highly capable Professor Snow.

Pulp Alley China Station Campaign. Episode 1 Enemy Patrol

The starting scenario in the China Station campaign sees our explorers shipwrecked, at night off the coast of China searching for there comrades while attempting to evade the hostile patrols that have been sent out to hunt down survivors.

Pulp Alley China Station Campaign. Episode 1 Enemy Patrol

There were four plot points on the table. A Chinese Shrine, an abandoned camp site, a hut and a truck. Each of these could be searched, with the hope of discovering another member of your league.

Professor Snow decided to head off for the Chinese Shrine with the hope that he would find a friend before attracting the attention of the soldiers patrolling along the side of the stream.

Pulp Alley China Station Campaign. Episode 1 Enemy Patrol

Manfred decided to check out the abandoned truck first, so heads quickly to cross the bridge.

Pulp Alley China Station Campaign. Episode 1 Enemy Patrol

At first it looks as if there will be nothing of any interest, but on closer examination he notices a ring and some footprints leading to Gwainor the Witch. However the search alerts a guard, who moves closer to investigate the strange sounds in the night.

Pulp Alley China Station Campaign. Episode 1 Enemy Patrol

Down by the river, the manhunt intensifies as more and more soldiers join the hunt.

Pulp Alley China Station Campaign. Episode 1 Enemy Patrol

Manfred makes his way to the deserted shack, he sees a movement and shouts, it is his old friend Lilianne. Unfortunately a guard gets a bead on the witch and shes falls to the ground, (she is on her feet in no time at all, passing her recovery roll with ease).

Pulp Alley China Station Campaign. Episode 1 Enemy Patrol

Poor old Professor Snow is having no luck at all, everytime he thinks that he is on to something, his hopes are dashed as it is more enemy soldiers that appear rather than his friends. The scenario cards include a search deck, there is a 50/50 split of plot point cards that mean you find one of your comrades and cards that mean more enemy patrols arrive. Unfortunately for Snow, every time he completed a succesful search he drew an enemy patrol card, while every time Manfred completed a search he found a comrade....just not his lucky day.

Pulp Alley China Station Campaign. Episode 1 Enemy Patrol

..of course his luck was not helped once Gwainor had been discovered by Manfred and sent of in his direction to blast him with arcane energy at every opportunity.

The first blast caused a leg injury on top of other discomfort that stopped him from running for the rest of the game!

Pulp Alley China Station Campaign. Episode 1 Enemy Patrol

It looks like Manfred has found another of his league near the old deserted shack, but the braying of the Hell hound has brought an enemy patrol to investigate.

Pulp Alley China Station Campaign. Episode 1 Enemy Patrol

Even three success challenges did not slow Manfred down, the final result at the end of the game was that Manfred had found three of his league and Snow had not found any!

Pulp Alley China Station Campaign. Episode 1 Enemy Patrol

However, with Pulp Alley, the game is so much fun that you have a great time even if Lady Luck has completely abandoned you.

At the end of the scenario, we rolled for one of our league members who had gone down or had not been found. These had been taken prisoner, and our next mission was going to be to bust them out of prison.

The scenery is all made from Sally 4th Terra-Former terrain kits.

The plot points are:

Chinese Altar - Free Plot point of the month kit from Sally 4th

Abandoned Truck - This is a Fiat 15 Ter model from Sloppy Jalopy

Campsite - Sally 4th Tents

Deserted Shack - 3D Printed building from Printable Scenery

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Pulp Alley - Vice Alley Western Campaign part 1

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Last week Doug and I got started with our Vice Alley Western Campaign.

We had a trial game in this setting a couple of weeks ago, which had worked very well, so I decided to stick with my league, unchanged. As my league is made up of four sidekicks, I nominated Marshall 'Leather' Durham as there nominal leader.

Click here to download a PDF of the Pulp Alley Character Cards for this League

Click here to download the Pulp Alley Character Cards for my Western League

The rest of the league includes Wilson 'Wild Hog' Hurley, Bernard 'Glory' Barnes and Ralph 'Wild Boy' Hicks. Durhams boys are Vigalantes, intent of tracking down the Spectre and ridding the West of his unhealthy presence.

Pulp Alley Vice Alley Western Campaign

We rolled up the scenario to start the campaign, and came up with a standard set up, major plot point in centre of table and four minor plot points at least 6" away from any other plot point. There had been a murder in town, and Missy May (the major plot point) had seen it all happen. The various clues were scattered around town and icluded the murder weapon (a curious heavy metal statue, painted balack and shaped like a bird), a blood stained journal, a camera and mysterious package.

Pulp Alley Vice Alley Western Campaign

The town was also troubled by three wandering perilous areas, (a flock of geese and a couple of dogs). Doug rolled up a Bystander as his scenario event and I rolled up 'Danger' making the wildlife especially dangerous.

I split my team in to two teams of two, with the thought that one could attempt the plot point while the other protected his back.

Pulp Alley Vice Alley Western Campaign

Doug double checks the scenario set up and carefully deploys his league. I'll try to remember to photocopy his roster so I can describe it in better detail, however he did take the traditional approach of a leader, a sidekick and some 6-gun fodder.

Pulp Alley Vice Alley Western Campaign

Doug's sidekick heads for the camera plot point at the corner of the Red Hotel, comes under heavy fire and takes a wound.

Pulp Alley Vice Alley Western Campaign

Miss May is still stunned by events and stays put in the center of town while the dog and bystander wander off.

Pulp Alley Vice Alley Western Campaign

What's this? Looks like 'Ralph 'Wild Boy' Hicks' has found a blood stained ornament. Peril and Challenge overcome in relative peace and quiet.

Pulp Alley Vice Alley Western Campaign

Meanwhile competition to find out what incriminating evidence was captured on film heats up, and Marshall Durham gets the worse off it.

Pulp Alley Vice Alley Western Campaign

However, luckily for him, he has backup. A shot from across the street takes Durhams assailant down, leaving the path open for 'Wild Hog' Hurley to grab the camera. Two plot point to the Vigilantes.

Pulp Alley Vice Alley Western Campaign

This much evidence in the bag, emboldens 'Bernard 'Glory' Barnes to have that chat with Miss May. However, he's initial opening line was a little untactful and he gets nothing out of her other than a slap around the face (he failed the peril but saved the health check, ending his activation).

Pulp Alley Vice Alley Western Campaign

Next wound Barnes apologises and Miss May spills the beans (Major plot point peril and challenge passed). Durham pulls himself together, and between them they silence the rest of the opposition.

Pulp Alley Vice Alley Western Campaign

The final result was two minor and a major plot point to Durhams Boys, meaning that they gain 4 influence and rolled up a 'Bar' as a location that they can use in the next game.

Another great game of Pulp Alley. If you've not tried it out, you can find out all about it by clicking here.

If you could use a few gunslingers or outlaws to start your own Old West campaign click here to take a look at  Artizans Western Range.

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Pulp Alley Old West

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Last week Doug and I got together for another fantastic game of Pulp Alley

Pulp Alley Old West

We had not played Pulp Alley for several months so our trigger fingers were itching to give a western themed game a go as we have been talking about having another play through of 'Vice Alley' using outlaws and lawmen.

Pulp Alley Old West

As we had not played for a while, we decided to keep it simple, so we choose the 'Smash and Grab' scenario from the main rule book. In this scenario, all the plot points are on the table at the start of the game. The major plot point in the center of the table and the four minor plot points anywhere on the table that is at least 6" from another plot point or the edge of the table.

Pulp Alley Old West

We decided to have four movable perilous areas. These were represented by a dog and three horeses, who were obviously very spooked by the gun fire. At the end of each turn these moved D6" in a random direction projecting a 3" diameter periolous area around them.

Pulp Alley Old West

The stray horses, proved just as dangerous as the flying lead!

Pulp Alley Old West

For my league, I had focussed on quality rather than quantity. I took the 'Com,pany of Heroes' perk that allowed my league to include four sidekicks, Marshall 'Leather' Durham, the leader for this game (Quick Witted & Sharp), Bernard 'Glory' Barnes (a Deductive Veteran), Ralph 'Wild Boy' Hicks (a Daredevil Veteran) and WIlson 'Wild Hog' Hurley (A Quick Shooting, Eagle Eyed, Shotgun wielding SOB!), we also gained a Level 1 Brawler as a random scenario event, although he did not last the day, as is often the way.

Pulp Alley Old West

Doug took a different approach and seemed to field a cast of hundreds, (well quiet a few).

Pulp Alley Old West

In traditional style our leages deployed at opposite ends of the main street, my league split up heading for minor plot points hidden in the back lots and side streets.

Pulp Alley Old West

Doug's crew emerged from a side street between the Saloon and the Bank and a savage fire fight errupted that lasted several turns (but did not cause the off duty cow hands to spill the beer they were sampling out side the saloon).

Pulp Alley Old West

Here we see Bernard 'Glory' Barnes and Wilson 'Wild Hog' Hurley captured for Time Life Magazine by a passing photographer while taking cover behind some handy sacks and barrels while tradding shots with one of Doug's sharpshooters.

Pulp Alley Old West

Distracted by the photographer, they were very surprised when a stick of dynamite landed behind the crates!

Pulp Alley Old West

However, this low down trick was not enough to carry the day and Marshall Durhams boys slowly whittle down the opposition.

Pulp Alley Old West

Eventually Doug's leader goes down in a 'Blaze of Glory' leaving the Marshall in possesion of the major plot point plus two minor plot points.

Another great nights entertainment from Pulp Alley that has left us both eager to refine our leagues and get started with an Old West themed Vice Alley campaign.

For full details of Pulp Alley rules and accesories click here.

The game board was built using Sally 4th Terra-Former modules - click here for full details.

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