Keep on the Borderlands – Game Session 001

Game summary for August 25, 2011, In Search of Adventure campaign, Keep on the Borderlands adventure; present characters included Grey Mouser (thief apprentice), Illithor (elf veteran-medium), Lucian Zieroff (fighter veteran), Nicholae Dragos (cleric acolyte), and Theobald Goblinbane (dwarf veteran).

Five young heroes gathered at Castellan’s Keep seeking adventure and fortune within the nearby Caves of Chaos.  They began their journey within the Hearth and Road Tavern inside the keep by talking to some of the individuals gathered within.  They asked half-a-dozen individuals their rates to hire on to an adventuring party to get an idea of the needed investment.  They spoke to Arathorn the elf, Archibald Baker the halfling, Katarzina Markhov the guardswoman, Quintinus Metelko the archer, Ursula Botsaris the arcanist, and Wuldric Mineshield the dwarf.  After determining they lacked sufficient funds, the five set out on the two mile trek to the caves.

Lucian used his wilderness skills to study the terrain and tracks around, and they sought out a less frequently entered cave.  Nicholae and Lucian ignited torches in preparation.  As Lucian moved into the cavern, eight kobolds shimmied down ropes from a large tree and attacked with their crude spears.  Illithor and Theobald suffered minor injuries but helped put the kobolds down quickly.  After looting the bodies and binding wounds, Lucian charged into the cave.

Within, more kobolds awaited, with several readying weapons while two fled down a side passage.  The party moved in, and as Lucian advanced, he found himself dumped ten feet into a flip-lid pit trap.  A brutal fight ensued, and Grey Mouser tried to get within the pit to disable its workings.  He accidentally triggered the trap and crashed into Lucian from above.  The rest of the group eliminated the remaining kobolds while Lucian exacerbated his injuries trying to heal himself.

After rescuing their allies from the pit, Lucian moved into a side chamber filled with trash and debris.  Numerous giant rats swarmed up from the heap and attacked.  The brave fighter went down beneath a gnashing horde of vermin teeth.  The party bought themselves a few moments of reprieve, slaying several rats and dragging Lucian’s body free.  With more kobolds just out of sight to the right and a dozen more rats bubbling up from bolt holes to the left, the team fled back to the keep.

Gathered around the body of their fallen companion, Nicholae attempted to perform his first funeral ceremony.  He was very nervous and got some of the rituals wrong.  Lucian is now at rest but may be married to his casket.  It was all a bit confusing.

Bolstered with a few gathered coins, the equipment from their fallen friend, and some knowledge of the caves, the team plans to launch a second foray better prepared.

The above summary is for a game session of Dungeons & Dragons BECMI / RC edition played by the Phoenix Gaming Club.

Shadowrun – Black Ops: Bogota – Game Session 012

Game summary for August 11, 2011; present characters included Bernsen (dwarf combat mage), Network (dwarf drone rigger), and Vessel (troll brawler).

Within the compound, Team MACHETE moved to the first door and kicked it open.  Within was a science lab with several scientists and technicians as well as four armed guards.  In glass tanks along the rear were two cybertooth tiger drones.  The team plunged into the room, bullets flying.  Scientists and techs went down in a hail of stray gunfire as the team opened up in full-auto mode.  The guards fought back viciously, also in full-auto.  The sound of brass hitting the tile floor tinkled quietly between the booming thunder of indoor gunfire.  Blood sprayed the walls as the team moved in and took down target after target.  Bernsen unleashed a devastating Power Ball to help seal the deal.

Using one of the living scientists, the team started a download of the system science data.  Network took control of the biodrone cybertooth tigers, sending one back toward the extraction point on remote along with his GM-Nissan Doberman drone.  The other, Network “jumped in” and controlled directly.

Just as the team started backing into the first room when the barracks doors opened and more metahuman troops poured through.  Network charged through to the attack, and Feast and Razor lobbed and launched grenades.  The effect on the furthest foes was best described as “chunky salsa.”  With two soldiers down and another injured, Feast moved in with a katana while the combat mages started lighting people up.  Unfortunately, one the elves proved especially dangerous, dropping the cybertooth tiger and several of the MACHETE team with a number of point-blank long bursts of APDS ammo.  With most of the team down, things looked bleak until the elf’s modified Colt M23 went dry.  Suddenly the team was upon him, and he died in a hail of blades and bullets.

Using first aid and Heal, the team was quickly patched up.  Demolitions charges were set throughout the building, and the team extracted.  Once a safe distance, Bersen clicked the remote to blow the place to pieces.  Team MACHETE slipped quietly into the jungle and disappeared, mission accomplished.

The above summary is for a game session of Shadowrun: 20th Anniversary Edition played by the Phoenix Gaming Club.

Shadowrun – Black Ops: Bogota – Game Session 011

Game summary for August 4, 2011; present characters included Bernsen (dwarf combat mage), Network (dwarf drone rigger), Tango (ork tank), and Vessel (troll brawler).

The MACHETE team spread out around the entrance to the science base, protected by a number of soldiers and CorpSec, including a bunker.  The team decided to sneak close and use launched grenades to take out the guards.  Unfortunately, the guards were alert and noticed them coming.  In moments, long bursts of bullets ripped through the jungle.  Several of the guards went down from a distance to grenades and bullets.  Feast moved in with his katana and tore through the opposition as well.  Vessel found himself on the receiving end of several bursts, as was Napalm.  Bernsen set several of the enemies on fire, and the team cleared the area in a few moments.  A set of shaped charges later, and the team was in the base entrance.

Within, an assault team blasted away firing from behind crates, barrels, and other items.  Network’s drone lead the way, followed closely by Tango.  Feast and Razor moved in to work some disaster with their blades up close and personal.  After a brutal few moments, the gunfire died down as the last opponent fell.

Now within, the team needs to recover the cybertooth tiger data and examples of the technology!

The above summary is for a game session of Shadowrun: 20th Anniversary Edition played by the Phoenix Gaming Club.