TJOTMS: Ep.8, Not This Time, Princess

Location
Xuachua, Inner Orbit Departure
Private Courier, CS Century Pidgeon

Background
Since the attack on the KCS Daphne, (Link: HERE) the Colores fleet is taking extra precautions. One way to reduce risk is to use several private couriers (with a lower profile) on contract to deliver message traffic, personal correspondence and low volume/value supplies.  The CS Century Pidgeon is working one of those contracts. She has just completed a refueling stop on Xuachua on her way to the KCS Mary Shelley at K’Tusk Free Station (see previous episode, Link: HERE).

SITREP
In order to make the transition to Warp, the Century Pidgeon is following the departure corridor to minimum safe distance from the planet. As she approaches the limit, the Growler and two Orxwings from the Jeauxvienne Pirates, jump into normal space almost directly into the Pidgeon’s flightpath.


The Battle
The Century Pidgeon was already accelerating, but now the pilot, Hans Toyourself, pushes the throttles to the wall and arms the guns.


The attack window is very narrow, so the Growler hangs back to get a better angle, but the lead Orxwing grabs his chance at glory and zooms in …
The guns bark and the Pidgeon is holed in several places, while Orxwing is barely scratched.


Hans Toyourself
“Just a few more seconds and we’ll make transition!”

The Growler makes her move, and lets fly a full salvo from her massive weapons load.

…and just as the Centruy Pidgeon looks like she weathered the storm of shells from the Growler, her right engine cuts out…

Hans Toyourself
“ohhh, sh**”

The drop off in acceleration allows the second Orxwing to complete its long turn and get directly behind


…and mere moments away from the transition limit, the Century Pidgeon explodes



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“Somebody back east is sayin’, “why don’t he write?’”
-Timmons
Dances With Wolves

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A short but very suspenseful fight using the dogfighting rules. I was the courier and airbornegrove played the part of the Pirates. The Pidgeon really looked like she was going to make it, but the Growler scored a critical hit against the engines of the Pidgeon. When she had to slow down, it left her on the table for an additional turn.  …and even then it was just one dice roll difference.

The Pirates have become a true menace, and our heroes are going to have to devote time and effort that they may not have to deal with this threat….

How do you like the mat? It's a $14 tablecloth from amazon. 8'x5'.

Thanks for looking!

Comments

  1. Sometimes a nice little game is just the thing to get the juices flowing. Good report. Looks like you two had fun. And fourteen bucks is a nice price for a star mat. :)

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    1. Can't beat the price on the mat...
      The game was everything we were looking for when we were working on the rules. Fast and with enough detail that we aren't just recording damage points. Things break.

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  2. Damn! Those pirates are really turning out to be rather... piratical? But if the Growler was able to take out the KCS Daphne, can Colores really risk a full on battle with the pirates? hehehe (evil laugh)... the stakes have been razed...

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    1. Look, when they cut off the cookies from Grammy... it's on!

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  3. That Crit hit was the deciding factor. It was nice to blaster her out of the sky. ;)

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  4. Pirates tend to complicate things ! Nice mat what's it called on Amazon?

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    1. Ambesonne Space Decorations Tablecloth
      Type that in and a bunch of variations show up. My specific one is now listed at $30, but I bet they all go through price dips, you just have to catch one at the right time.

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  5. For a second there, I imaged that you had found smaller versions of your ships. But it was just the mat. Great little game, but the Pirates need to work on their boarding and looting. Many a care package with lickies and chewies went up with that postage ship...Unless the beasts have a thing against treats, socks and messages from loved ones.

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    1. Yes, capture would be preferable, but as they are on a payroll, not essential.
      Although the captain of the Growler may not be sharing his windfall equitably either...

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  6. Another nice little report Will, Eight Ball is going to have to deal with these scum, may be a little infiltration mission that is if they can find the location of their base .

    The mat looks great & a no brainer at that price : )

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    1. Hmmm... stopping them through indirect means...
      Great minds think alike.

      Thanks Frank

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  7. What's the courier vessel? I feel I should recognize it...

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    1. It's the "Ghost" from the animated "Star Wars Rebels". They've also snuck it into some background shots of the most recent movies.

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  8. That mat is great! Now you just need to figure out how to mark it with hexes...

    And the battle looks like it was fun too, too bad that the courier got zapped at exactly the last second.

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    1. If I can find it again at $14, I'm definitely going to hex it.

      Stupid dice ;)

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