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GURPs Afternath Tenerife: a concept and an appeal

My GMing docket is full with ladies cricket & the 17thc-musketeer-1980s-game that shouldn’t be named but deserves a grognod.

HOWEVER if have a long standing desire to run a post-apocalyptic game set on the island of Tenerife. I think the fraught ecological balance of a holiday island, the tourist attractions – absorbed or changed into survivor communities and the varied terrain & climate of the island have a lot off potential. It would NOT be a gonzo SF more Aftermath style but using GURPs and tactically hard edged though the emphasis would be on community & exploration 20 years after the disaster.

I’d do a ‘pre-game’ with potential survivors during the actual disaster (I’m thinking club / hotel entertainers) till they get to a place of safety.

I’m being vague about the disaster as I’m going to get player input into that. I favour a limited nuclear/biological exchange & super computer virus collapsing the internet myself. I don’t want anything magical or SF.

Then fast forward 20 years & they play their communities kids reaching out to the island.

THE APPEAL

Two parts

Who’d be interested in playing (just an expression of interest now.)

And I’ve done research on potential communities for the island – would anyone like to be given one (for example the internationally ran mount tiede observatory ) and write up in a couple of paragraphs what it might be like as a community 20 years after a disaster ? Major NPCs, how it survives, defences, Adventure seeds

worried be bit samey if I did them all

Thanks and regards – offers to my email, social media if you know me or pick up in the comments

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Pink Gins & Googlies 3:2 Columbo Cocaine Adventure – KMT Leg Theory

Following from their disgrace and investigations Mavis and Mags find themselves at dinner sat with Hettie and Petra Rebecca Lomax, a throughly modern woman. Both are up for helping with the investigation into Shun Wu’s curious Cocaine and the Italian espionage.

Determine to make an early morning constitutional part of their training and set off before breakfast to peer at Shun Wu’s radio transmitter. Whoever they notice the shop and by extension they are under observation by a young Chinese man in western dress outside s neighbouring chai / coffee house.

They too take up residence on the terrace outside the chai house. They note the man has a KMT (Chinese nationalist) star on his cigerette lighter. Hettie with her characteristic subtlety strikes up a conversation. The man whose name is Duong believes Shun committed a crime in Shanghai – if she repeats it here he’s to take her back for Chinese justice.

After some evasions and wheedling by the girls it seems the banks of Shanghai simply gave away money belonging to KMT generals. Their officials thought to be users of Shun Wu’s Cocaine. As it’s just after tax collection time I Ceylon Duong expects it to be her next target.

Mags disappointment in the pedestrian use of a world conquering technology gets sharp glances from her team mates.

Parting allies and having exchanged contact details they rush back for breakfast and nets.

They are tailed by middle class local man in western dress. He continues to observe them at nets. Mavis and Hettie propose a plan where hettie will bowl a blinder and Mavis flick it over so another girl can challenge him when retrieving the ball.

However disaster – rather than take the ball on the back foot and slog it Mavis goes forward for an ambitious sweep, misjudges it and it connects with her chin knocking her out cold for several hours (0 HP she could have died but if you will fumble.)

After practice while most of the team go on to visit an elephant orphanage. The girls head to question the Civil Servant Wilkes who Mags and Mavis met at the Ball. He works at the board of education. They are still followed by their ‘shadow.’

In suds he doesn’t understand their concerns thinking they are talking about misplaced exams or marking scandals however two things happen

  • Mags feels funny but manages to keep control of herself
  • Walked answers become very stock and as the ladies talk of going to the authorities he goes for a letter opener in his drawer.

Fortunately Hettie has an eye on him and smashed the draw close on his fingers causing him to pass out. Examining his eyes his whites have a bluish tinge an affliction that hasn’t affected Mags despite her sampling. Mavis on the other hand is still recovering in the hotel sick room.

Next week – is Duong an agent of justice ? Is Shun Wu’s plot so pedestrian ? Can the party animals resist the pull of blue cocaine …

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Pink Gins & Googlies : Tour Match 2 : Shiekh Mumabrak’s Harem

A trial broadcast from Lieutenants Beaunt & Boycott of HMS Thunderchild on the recent match.

“Good morning everyone and you join us at a very exciting days play at a somewhat makeshift pitch put on by Shiekh Mumabrak for this tour Match.”

Cranford Innings

“Well Captain Agatha has won the toss and put the Cranford Old Girls XI in to bat. They made steady progress but it was Gwendoline Devonshire who really made things come alive with a pantherish 31 until DJebar adjusted her length and drew both Devonshire and Carstairs-Lomax out their ground for a stumping in short order. ”

” It was just terrible batting my Grandma could have blocked that with a stick of rhubarb. No excuse for the lapse in concentration and dashing down the pitch like that. Just silly.”

“Well quite. The Arab bowling was very disciplined not a wide or no ball given in the whole match. 109-8”

Harem Innings

“Despite the heat and her having been bating to the end of the over Captain Agatha opened the bowling with Hettie Larwood paired with Mavis Winthorpe – two wickets falling to Mavis and catches in the slip cordon in the fourth over.”

” diabolical”

” perhaps though the locals rubs dried up into ex-Cranford old girl Jane Southerby made some rapid runs in the 15th and 16th overs includes a beautiful 2 off a short ball of Flashard rotating herself on strike before being caught in the 17th over”

” well it was just daft – she was set in nicely and then it all goes to her head – and it was a waste – the bowler Lady Lilly Bouchet was rattled had bowled two no balls and then she just thick edges it to Devonshire at silly point . Daft.”

“Rather. Well Stirling works by the home side tail was put in by Azar Saadwi within 18 runs and Fatima Nafisi on 16 the former deceived by the leg break of Edith Tremoux and the later by a long hop by Lady Bouchetz”

“Daft”

” perhaps – all in the locals scores 92 all out 15 runs and 2 wickets within the Cranford total with 4 overs to go which seems excellent for their inexperience.”

” I think we say something about the umpiring the RAF lads umpiring only gave no balls and wides against the visitors – I’m not saying they were intimidated but-”

” yes so moving swiftly on the game was very well played by both sets of ladies in the best spirit of the game. Lady of the match must be Kady Bouchet with 7 wickets ”

Scorecard

Cranford Innings

Abigail ‘smasher’ flashard 8 bowled Khalifeh

Agatha Graves 15 bowled DJebar

Mavis Winthorpe 15 bowled Kachachi

Gwen Devonshire 31 stumped Djebar

Carstairs – Lomax 12 stumped Djebar

Mags Hebblethwaite 4 stumped DJebar

Petra Harvey 13 stumped Saadawi

Contessa Lemichello 3 not out

Hettie Larwood 8 bowled last ball Saadawi

109-8

Harem XI

Jane Sotherby 20 caught Devonshire off Bouchet

Ghana Ashar 2 bowled Winthorpe

Radwa al-Sauman 0 caught Hebbelthwaite off Bouchet

Ahlam Djebar 9 caught hebbelthwaite off Bouchet

Assia Kachachia 1 bowled Larwood

Inaam Khaliefh 2 bowled Bouchet

Salnar Mornissi 5 bowled Bouchet

Fatema Nafisi 16 bowled Bouchet

Azar Saadawi 13 bowled Larwood

Maryjane Al-Shaukhn 18 bowled Bouchet

Hanan Satapi 2

2 wides 1 leg by

92 all out

Cranford win by 2 wickets

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Pink Gins & Googlies 3:1 Columbo Cocaine Adventure – Let’s have a Ball

Arriving in Columbo after their march against Sheik Mumabrak’s harem XI (results ) and Aden Adventure the girls of the Cranford Old Girls XI arrive for their match in Columbo. However that evening they are guests of honour at the Ceylon Civil Servants Ball at the Governor’s residence.

However Mags & Mavis soon her up to mischief noticing that many of the civil servants appear very animated – outspoken even. A bit of ferreting away to a long suffering wife Gladys Wolks reveals that many have been taking Cocaine to cope with a long hours – a special brag game procured from a Chinese apothecary Shun Wu in the Docks. In the ladies they find a flapper Holly Myers and Mavis and Mags after peer pressure from Mavis try some. Though mags notes the drug is cut with galena – radio crystals.

Under the powerful influence of the drugs the girls don’t cover themselves in glory

  • Mags harassing a crowd of youngesters with the joys of mathematical proofs
  • The pair starting an impromptu cricket game / food fight with a salmon tray and orange
  • Mags singing obscene sea shanties
  • Mavis attempting to seduce the governor & vomiting on his shoes
  • Mags attempting to rationalise the residence’s plumbing causing a flood

The pairs banging heads the next day are awoken by Captain Agatha who admonishes, advises them they won’t by playing next tour, are expected at nets and on 9 o clock curfew. Only their heroic efforts in Aden is stopping them being sent home.

After an exhausting nets session they wander the docks bumping into Flávio Bucci, the irascible Italian outfitter from Aden, following carefully they see him take photos of Royal Navy ships in harbour and them his film collected by an employee of the Italian Consulate. The surmise Bucci is an Italian spy.

Swiftly before dinner curfew they check out Shun Wu’s shop – it has a top of the line radio transmitter disguised as an old receiver and insider has many sundry bizarre nick-naks. The image below gives an idea.

Shun Wu proves to be a lithe well muscles diminutive Chinese woman with a pig tail. When asked about cocaine she asks what was the ‘ Fifth vice of the jade emperor ‘ and unhappy with the guesses shuts up shop.

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Lunchtimelairs B&B2 Manifest Destiny !

Lunchtime Lairs is a regular Wednesday lunchtime game 12-2 at justplay games in tithebarne street, Liverpool

Rapscallions Jirad Priest of Yerlot, Thief Seneca of the Streets, Moloch a fellow thief of exhausted temperament & chocomancer conjouer Farqual Neely having arrived in silver rush town of Promise City get a further insight into the election politics by grilling the batman of the Gay lady saloon.

They decide to leverage their fame and Farqual takes to the stage and tells a nearly truthful account of the vanquishing of Hershey and heroism of the party to a standing ovation.

Then Jirad decides he wants to sneak back stage. Seneca decides to make a distraction by lashing a beer mug into the crowd killing Dorota Figueres an owner of the el Parador Cantina. In the resulting bar fight the hardy adventurers are able to control things and Moloch ‘ knocks out’ Seneca in a sham fights. Farqual finds a knife on the lady and fast talks she as a open faction member was trying to kill the bar man a floating voter bar man as an act of political terrorism.

While Jirad woo’s Lilly Von Poop, the rapidly fashioned tale of Farqual works on Marshal Hollister who investigates the death. As a member of the civic association & the law & order faction he recommends they speak to Cassidy of Cassidy lumberyard the law & order mayor candidate about work.

Cassidy greats them enthusiastically but it’s clear the kind of work Cassidy has in mind is either menial or brute squad stuff. The player characters aren’t renown for their morals but it does strike them if they’re going to be taking the moral low ground they may was well do for themselves and lure out the KFC assassins at the same time.

Therefore back at the Gaylady they get enough votes to register for candidates Jirad as Mayor, the test as councillors and finding other PCs Hector the hoplite, Blegrim and Romulua as Marshal. The ‘ money for everyone’ party is born !

Meanwhile it turns out Dorites had a husband Pedro and sundry friends at the Cantina – Seneca better watch his back

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Lunchtimelairs B&B1 Go West crushers of the chicken industry

Lunchtime Lairs is a regular Wednesday lunchtime game 12-2 at justplay games in tithebarne street, Liverpool

The story so far after sundry adventures the adventurers got to the town of Celebration found it was a cunning trick of Farqual’s evil brother Barqual unwittingly released the chocolate Kaiju demon Hersey – Hesse’s to the Guy Farm made an alliance with giant chickens such a Cluck Norris & Attila the Hen – tide them into battle against the infernal confectionary behemoth saving Thieftown…

The resulting fame and fortune means Farqual the chocolatier conjurer, Moloch the thief & Jirad the Cleric of Yerlot of the party ended up sharing digs doing the celebrity circuit of being wined and dined by the great and the good. The wine, the fine clothes, the groupies taking their toll.

However they are accosted after one night of debauchery by elite assassins with poison daggers they defeat them though Moloch is badly wounded & Farqual hurt. Through turning poison on a captive and providing the antidote they find the assassins where from the Deep Spies, the secret arm of the Konsolidated Farmers of Chicken (or KFC.) guild.

See the Colonel, leader of the guild despatched them as the new temporary governor as banded the consumption of chicken or eggs as a thank you to the giant avian saviours of Thieftown. The guild wants revenge on our ‘heroes’ for the sudden poverty of its membership.

After allowing the captive to die of poison and a nights rest the trio are awoken by hecklers in the street. With the discovery of silver in the Sulphur Spring Valley (over West beyond the Pavel Ranch) cavarans are advertising for the poor to ‘go east’ to mine silver. This includes many chicken farmers.

Deciding this may be a way to find ‘the colonel’ our three amigo’s blag their way onto Bantam’s Caravan which means drinking, eating and bullying peasants. It seems Jirad in particular has let his VIP status rather go to his head. This leads to a confrontation when they reach the caravan end ‘Promise City’ and it turns out Bantam thinks food & drink & transport is payment enough for their ‘services.’

The part head to the Gay lady tavern where Jirad becomes awestruck by the chanteuse Lilly Von Poop

Moloch meanwhile notices the games of chance in the house are fixed by the thieves guild. Talking they find out an election is coming with an ‘open party’ for the little guy and free market ( thief’s guild & open rangers ) v a ‘law & order party’ (big ranches & big mining companies.) The PCs are already suspicious of the big mines having seen Dwarfs signing up tenderfoots to the Silverbell mining company on dodgy terms.

A town open for the taking ? Could our celebrities leverage their fame to a political career ? Or their talent for thuggery ? Time will tell in Ballots & billyclubs

Yes I’m adapting classic boothill scenario ballots & bullets to blackhack should be interesting.

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Pink Gins & Googlies chapter 2: Aden Adventure Episode 3 Assault on Precinct Aden

Following ‘ Detective Constable’ Jones taking Inspector Reswick prisoner Mavis back into a shelf and a vase falls off knocking her unconscious.

Pacewoman Hettie Larwood keeps him talking as he backs towards the office as Mags Hebbelthwaite sneaks through the shutter abs tries to ambush him. She fails but distracts the false policeman long enough due Larwood to wallop him with her handbag full of cricket balls.

Meanwhile outside Gwendoline Devonshire recovered from her sherbet poisoning racing down the road in response to the pistol shot notices two Bedouin bandits unwrapping rifles. Dashing across the road and round the back street he ambushes them as they deploy. There is a savage shootout with Gwen dispatching one, seeing further Bedouin riding into the town and then sprinting to the police station making pistol shots over her shoulder as she’s flees.

With the team united and Constable Jones handcuffed the team formulate a plan having found the phone lines cut.

  • Hettie lifts a Greene police shotgun fro the armoury and covers the south and east corners from the first floor dormitory windows.

  • Supplementing her automatic with a police Webley Gwen goes ‘John Woo’ watching the north and east from the ground floor cell windows.
  • In the Inspector office clever clogs Mags works on putting together a two way radio from the inspector’s leisure radio, bits of phones and odds and ends with Inspector Reswick’s stunne

Claude Slyvian Belgian archeologist and Aunt Agatha’s archenemy gives them a chance to surrender but they refuse.

Batswoman and fast bowler take out some attacking bandits as they rush the police station. Both take mild wounds from a fusillade as over 20 brigands are attacking.

Grenades are thrown in the windows to the cells. Gwen in cell 2 puts her slip fielding to good use gathering ‘ the ball’ palming it to her right and pitching it back out the window like she was trying a stumping. She then rolls under a bunk to escape the other explosions.

She then rolls out and taking cover behind the desk engages the criminals storming the main entrance.

Hettie seeing a cluster of warriors forcing the door leaps into the awning above the porch hoping to collapse on them. Unfortunately her resolutely sensible hobnail boots tear through the cloth leaving her to land flat in the porch shotgun in legs in front of ten bandits with ” err… hello lads.”

So Gwen and hettie shoot it – Hettie is a furry but exposed abs taking injuries so smashed through the bandits like a rugby forward vaulting the counter. Then her and Gwen work backwards with Gwen working back to the office and Hettie works from the desk. Beavering away in the office Mags hears folks climbing the east wall so sends Reswick to tell the girls but he’s shot down in fusillade by the banditos.

Mags gets through in turn to a HMS Compass Rose in the harbour, the Balouchi Garrison and the SS Kirby Seegston to get a message to Sergeant Kumar in the hotel.

Gwen flanks the attack’s from the inspectors counter and with Hettie’s impressive fire they drive off those attackers. Hettie turns to face a party led by Claude and Marvel Lupocevic down the stairs blowing the shifty Belgian to kingdom come. Sergeant Kumar and Indian police relic are first on the scene followed by the Navy, sepoys of the Balouchistanis and even some RAF planes.

The official story gives much credit to Inspector Reswick but Luvky Wilson is told the truth and promises the whole team accommodation at her mansion when they play Hollywood.

Pink Gins & Googlies Will returns in the Columbo Cocaine mystery

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