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26 May 2014

Secret War III: Missed Rendezvous

Following the ambush in out last episode (Link), Eight Ball Command attempts to link up with Ambassador Sophie and transfer Sulla Tigh to her ship the KCS Passereaux.
En route, Eight Ball has landed at the Ferraso Landing Field to refuel the dropship. They move to set a perimeter.
 Just as they get to their positions, they come under attack...
..from an IMPERIAL Naval Strike Team
This is the standard Pulp Alley scenario. The Plot Points are:

The Dropship (destroyed by attaching an explosive charge)

Sub-Ambassador Tigh
Dropship Fuel Supplies
Eight Ball Drone (undergoing maintenance)
Landing Field Sky Control Officer

The Imperials seem to go for the dropship, and Maj Guiscard and Sgt. Mannesmann move to stop them.
Meanwhile the second group of Imperials scoop up the drone and attempt to capture Sulla Tigh.
The fight in front of the Dropshop goes very poorly for the Imperials, but one Naval Infantryman breaks through and detonates a charge.
On the other hand, Cpl. Alkamade comes down out of the control tower then frees Amb. Tigh and the drone.
With the Dropship disabled, the main Imperial mission has been accomplished. The surviving Imperial characters withdraw.
Maj. Guiscard: Specialist Bont, tell Admiral King to prepare a courier drone. We have just been attacked by Imperial troops, and we will not make rendezvous with the Passereaux. Ambassador Sophie and her team need to proceed to Krellborne IX without Sulla Tigh.


Ambassador Sophie is concluding her visit to The Hatirki Free State.
Amb. Sophie: Thank-you Prime Minister, the Hatirki hospitality has been wonderful. I hope to visit again very soon.
When the Ambassdor's Dropship departs, it does not head for orbit. It flies to a remote site with ancient ruins.
The team that debarks looks a little different. And diplomatic deportment gives way to tactical drills.
As Maj. Guiscard pointed out:  "Agent" Sophie brings a full spectrum of skills to a problem.
The Passereaux breaks orbit from Hatirki and makes for the transition point.  It is a long transit to Krellborn IX, and Agent Sophie's team will use all of it to prepare.

So many questions:
What was that creature in the Boria System?
How did the Nazi's find out about Imperial Sub-Ambassador Tigh's movements?
Why are Imperial troops attacking an Imperial Diplomat?
What ties all this together? How is the Imperial Canoness involved?

Stay Tuned to  for the next episode!
Now the Flat Stanley part of the campaign begins!  The miniatures are in geographic transit to cheetor's home in Ireland and virtual transit to cheetor's blog in cyberspace:
Be on the lookout for the next episode in that awesome corner of the web!

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Major Thomas Foolery

14 May 2014

Secret War II: The Trap

ODECO Drilling maintains a mining complex in the asteroid belt of the nearby Boria System. Three days ago a distress call was received at the capital on New Cypress indicating that the facilities had come under attack. A reaction task force was immediately dispatched. It included Eight Ball Command as a landing team and Sub-Ambassador Sulla Tigh as an observer. As feared, when the task force arrived the action was long over and the facilities were destroyed.  We pick up the action as Maj Guiscard and Sub-Ambassador Tigh are landed at the main building of the complex to investigate…

Dropship Pilot: Dustoff, returning to the Helena
Sgt. Mannesman: Major, the team will be ready aboard the Dropship. Just give a call and we’ll come a runnin’

Guiscard: Acknowledged…
So Sub-Ambassador, let’s look around…
This will be the “I’ve Got You Now” Scenario from Pulp Alley. So, Maj Guscard and the Sub-Ambassador Tigh both start on the table totally surrounded. The Dropship will be classed as a Vehicle from the PA expansion

Eight Ball Command

Maj Guiscard, SA Tigh, Sgt Mannesman, Dr. Xaden, Sgt. Q’Taupa, 3 Shooters, Dropship

Turn 1
Reich Automs and unknown troops burst from cover and shots fly in all directions.
Maj. Guiscard: Eight Ball, Eight Ball, bring the team! We are under attack!

Turn 2
SA Tigh: What is that!
The “Unknown!” rises and joins the fray!

Eight Ball running to the rescue

Turn 3
The Reich Troops may be no match for Maj Guiscard and SA Tigh, but the Unknown is ferocious. He is almost unstoppable, and the fight turns very one sided.

 Maj Guiscard: Fall back to the Dropship!

Turn 5
Maj Guiscard: Dropship Away!

Dr. Xaden: What the hell was that thing???

Our heroes got away, but not all members of 8 Ball were so lucky. 3 shooters were taken out during the escape, and no other plot points were recovered. With "the Unknown" in sole possession of the battlefield, he collects the other plot points, making the final score 5-4. 

Aboard the Helena

Maj Guiscard: So, Sub-Ambassador, does THAT convince you that the Reich is violating the cease fire?

SA Tigh: Probably, but the real threat is twofold:
 1. That was a prepared ambush. It was set up by someone who knew “I” was going to be there.
2. That creature. It seemed to be un-killable. I have never seen anything like it.

There is an Imperial agent, Inquisitor Verhoeven, who sent me a secret message from Krellborn IX.  His operation has encountered a being with similar characteristics, and more alarming, there is evidence connecting this formidable xenos to Canoness Quintilla. Considering this assassination attempt, that connection seems even more likely.

Adm. King: The KCS Passeraux with Ambassador Sophie has scheduled Krellborn IX for a diplomatic visit on its next stop.

SA Tigh: I will transfer over.  With the attention being on the Diplomatic functions, I should be able to secretly make contact with Inquisitor Verhoeven. We will gain information about that creature and find out if Quintilla has been involved.

Maj Guiscard: I will send a message to Ambassador Sophie and her team advising them of the situation, and to provide you any assistance you require.

SA Tigh: Major, I may not have my usual entourage, but I do not need the help of a team of diplomats.

Maj Guiscard: Oh, they won’t be offering diplomatic help.  They can bring a wide range of talents to a problem…