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Lunchtime Lairs: MSH FASERIP Liverpool Legion Of Legends 2# Battle of Victoria

The Williamson phone sounds a blue figure is trying to destroy the Queen Elizabeth courts and must be stopped. (Boss Banana is out of town)

Danger Dan tries to glide jut gets stuck on the top of the strand shopping centre. The noise of the Triadcopter rescuing him fro its roof provides plenty of ammunition for community group Bootle Residents Againist Noisy Super Heroes (BRANSH)

Zipping too the town centre which is covered by storm clouds they see the curious creature on the Victoria monument bringing lightening onto the Courts.

The diety (for it is Doc Orlanth) brings down the triadcopter with a lightening bolt and it crashes in chevasse park. Danger Dan having already glided to the roof of Graham house launches himself at the gloranthan god striking him down with a drop kick!

Boreas fails to call his canine companions and Bugbear whacks the pompous psychopomp with her staff.

The battle rages with gloranthan fighting wanting to get to the courts to punish Mr Goose who mind controlled him & who’s trial had been moved from potion town.

The rampaging storm being has caused fire in a nearby cafe but Danger Dan uses his time powers to kill the blaze and rescue civilians.

As conflict continues with Bugbears faerie armour sucking up the magical damage, Boreas dashed into the court knocking out Mr Goose and ‘borrowing’ his power restrainers. Exciting the court he threw them to danger Dan who using his wrestling moves got them on the Doc. Reduced to his mild mannered runequest doctor form as he’s ‘ cut off from the gods plane’ he falls unconscious.

Of course Boreas contempt of court cannot be allowed to stand and he appears at Bootle police station. With the mitigating circumstances he is allowed to plea down and the god of the north wind must at as a security guard at the law courts every Thursday for a year. Complete with itchy nato jumper and peaked cap.

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Marvel Superhero Kids: defeating Doc Orlanth

Power Princess & Techno are relaxing in the Dolphin Palace, their secret headquarters when they take a call that Doc Orlanth is destroying all the ships in Potion Town harbour.

Doc Orlanth got his bum kicked by the heroes mainly through Power Girls water powers and Techno’s fighting ability this afternoon – Potion Town is safe !

However Techno’s battle suits psionic detection confirmed Doc Orlanth was under mental control and he locates the source to Portion Tower.

Racing there Power Girl uses water powers to hurl techno into the villan’s suite by riding a fountain spout. The mind controller is none other than the sinister Mr Goose.

While Techno battles Power Princess acquires bread and races to join him. Getting there she throws the bread down distracting the goose (the kids might like Professor Elemental’s Squrl rather a lot) capturing the villain.

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Virtual Grogmeet 19: Flashing Blades

Friday 12 April a chance to show the strengths of one of my favourite system FGU’s 1983 musketeer game ‘ flashing blades’ playing the Grand Marksmenship Tourney & Scavenger Hunt.

SPOILER WARNINGS I am running this at DevaCon 2019 & perhaps at Grogmeet 2019.

Dramatis Personae

I reused some PCs from the Grand Theatre run at DevaCon & Grogmeet.

A pair of gallant musketeers

  • Cassius a gentlemen scholar and religious fanatic played by Doc
  • Caesar, an amorous rogue played by Simon

A pair of hardy Cardinals Guards

  • Achilles a romantic soul played by Jeremy
  • Theseus, a sergeant and rash duelist played by Jon

Joined by their trusty manservant Bof/Crosh (who may or may not be the same person or his evil twin played by @comicbookevangelist )

Prelude the finale of La Rochelle

To warn players up we played the final stages of crushing hideous hugenouts & their perfidious English supporters at La Rochelle. Rolling on the random table Theseus had incurred powder burns and Cassius had a chance to fight a Protestant cavalier to capture a rebel standard.

Unfortunately he was rubbish based on the head & stumbled off stunned. Caesar took up the mantle wounding the revolting Protestant for a mighty blow in the left arm but stumbled off stunned in the chest. (With wiley Cassius picking up the fallen standard.)

The heavily armoured halberd wielding Guardsmen turn up and Achilles like his namesake smited the standard bearer – appropriately supervised by his Sergeant Theseus.

Lootwise Cassius acquires a wheelock pistol and Caesar got the armour off the same fallen general. Theseus acquired a draft horse but Achilles managed to secure a kings ransom in English gold. Bof/ Crosh knee his place.

The Grand Marksmenship Tourney

All but Cassius and the lackeys enter the Marksmenship tourney which celebrates the Royal victory after the parade, awards and Te Deum service which mark the rest of Grand Defile.

Theseus has a drink before hand with his chum and agent of the Cardinal the Baron D’lle de Batz who worried for the cardinal being in such an exposed position.

In the course of the parade some PCs notice a flash Spanish coach with Sergeant Lultzhausen one of the favourites for the tourney leaving carrying a purse.

At the ceremony in Tuilires Sergeant Theseus is decorated but fails to be allowed to kiss the kings hand (or attract flirtation from the Queen.)

The Te Deum allows the characters who are of insufficient rank to attend the service to place betters via their loyal manservant(s?)

Preparing for the tourney Cupid’s victims Achilles & Caesar see a competitors mask fall from their face to reveal an attractive madamoiseille De Roiseries the daughter of General Rolland confounding rules & society to shot herself the equal of any man. Both Guard & Musketeer pledge to keep her secret safe.

The first round of the completion privies devilishly hard only General Roland, the Swiss Guard Alban de Bergen & the nice but dim chinless birder the Viscount De Praz de Lys going through the second round.

Bof & Cassisus auspicious of the much vaunted Sergeant Lultzhausen crashing out early rail him and find him taking his arquebus through to a townhouse with excellent sighting on the royal box! No time to fight through the crowds to get guards they have to act!

Meanwhile the fallen competitors spot an attempt to damage Alban de Bergen’s musket (no doubt by a syndicate who betted on him losing.) They gave chase Theseus managing to fumble a tackle and end head first failing in a water but while Achilles managed to trip the scoundrel and get him arrested.

Over at the Rue St Honore Cassius climbs up the building and tries to shoot the assassin as he loads through a window with his new wheelock pistol. He misses and the German opens the window to skewer him with his sabre. A wild duel occurs with the musketeer clinging to the wattle and dawb houses frame while fencing trying to pull the Sergeant into a plummet.

Bof tried to help by grabbing Lultzhausen’s partially loaded arquebus, trusting and pulling the trigger. However he misses his intended target of the rectum – jams barrel up the gap between the marksmen’s backplate and doublet with the ramrod firing out the top but the powder starting a fire.

This is a surprise to Cassius when using his acrobatics he swings so he straddles the Germans shoulders. Unfortunately toasting his codpiece on the oven of the backplate. With an almighty push Bof swings the villains legs up and Cassius lands clear. The scoundrel is take into custody.

Alban and the Viscount go into a drawn out final round that Alban wins splitting his purse with the gallant soldiers who protected his musket. Cassius and Bof are sword to secrecy by the Cardinal the intended victim of the Spanish plot but he is in their debt.

Scavenger Hunt

Following on from the Great Marksmenship Tourney both Achilles & Caesar are courting the beautiful madamoiseille De Roiseries. Arriving on her birthday they find from her maid, the straight talking Fanny they find the only acceptable gifts are a dozen white Lilly’s, plumb wine & cherry bons Bon’s – the race is on!

The Guards

Head for the confectionary passing public brandings, Theseus getting into a duel with a Sublatern of the Gascony regiment (bloody Gascony) and bumping into a pipe smoker and spilling his tobacco.

Tracking down the sole supplier of bons bobs they find the last case has been bought by the Duchess de Nozze. While Crosh fails to steel the sweets Achilles tells his tale. It softens the Duchesses heart and other parts and he suggests the chocolates in return for a spot of sport with our Guardsman. While Acillies makes sacrifices the Duke returns and he has to hide under the bed while the Duchess welcomes the conquering hero – eventually leaving disguising as a maid with the chocolates trying to avoid the dukes amorous eye.

Rushing to the Fox & Vine for plum wine they lose Theseus who manages to step on the Gascon’a foot again – twice in a row. Leaving him to two more duels to the blood they get to the pub and find the owner passed out & plumb wine the only labelled bottle in the cellar – but the suspicious Achilles tests it and so determines it was a rouse. They sample bottles to find the right stuff and eventually though Achilles is finding life hilarious and Crosh is zilched they find it. The musketeer loads his man servant into a wheel barrow and trundles off thinking Lilly’s don’t see that important.

The Musketeers

Cassius and Caesar head off for the wine first, bumping into a man enjoying his tobacco pipe and spilling it – and Cassius alchemical studies enable him to spot the plum wine first time. The clever Caesar forged a label as a trap for any other paramours (see above.( They then get to the flower market find all lilies bought by a mobile flower seller. They track him down and secure the last supply though on route a bag on coal falls of a cart caking them in coal dust.

Finding the Bon bon route all dissipated them turn – again knocking the pipe of the (same unlucky) pipe smoker who’s found every smoke ruined by romantic idiots rushing around and announces he’s quitting the habit.

Epilogue

Between the sozzled Guard with his bon bons & wine & coal dust caked musketeer with his Lillies and wine the Mademoiselle regretfully informs both paramours she has found a real man to supply her needs. Stepping out from the shadows with a enormous bunch of lillies, box of cherry bons bons & magnum of plum wine is none other than the Cardinal’s own scoundrel Baron D’lle-de-Batz.

Wrap Up

I bloody love flashing blades me & it’s of the FGU site,drivethrurpg and many others in print. It’s a compact 56 page system with a scissor paper stone mechanic for dueling. It can be unforgiving – think the Richard lester musketeer films rather than Errol Flynn.

I was very lucky to share this game with a great bunch of players, it was a great laugh – hopefully we’re it was their first experience of flashing blades they are tempted to pick up a copy (and so should you.)

For those of you on Twitter – I’ll get me coat.

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Lunchtime Lairs: suggested battlecries for the Legion Of Liverpool Legends

I asked on twitter and Facebook

The avengers say ‘avengers assemble the teen titans ‘teen titans go!’ – what should the league of Liverpool legends battle cry be ?

I got the following suggestions* – which one while make print (play ?)

  • Wes dead boss like
  • Legends, gives it toes
  • Legends pile in !
  • Come ‘ed kiddas
  • Le’go
  • Pudjump
  • Oo are ya! Oo are ya !
  • Come ‘ed soft lads
  • Go ed arr kid
  • Geg in, laa
  • Ah G’wan la

Given the slangy nature of these we might need a new hero like Aldfella (a Wirral Odin?or Northgate Ninja to join the team ….

We also have a few more regional British (Yorkshire) superteams (heroes?) suggested by Tom on twitter

  • The Royal Rotherham Rollekers (to me, to you)
  • The Barnsley Badgers
  • The Strong Old Sheffield Steelers
  • Diago and his Donnie Dancers (Doncaster)
  • Ole abs his wheelers (by Stephen)

*more shockingly scousist suggestions have been missed out and names taken.

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Lunchtime Lairs: MSH FASERIP Villain Profile: Dimbyd Duck

International duck of mystery

Fighting: remarkable (30)

Agility: Good (10)

Strength: Good (10)

Endurance: remarkable (30)

Reason: excellent (20)

Intuition: excellent (20)

Psyche: excellent (20)

Health: 80

Karma: 60

Popularity: 5 (50 in Wales)

Powers:

Flight (good)

Swimming (good)

Water resistance (excellent)

Talents

Burglary, alarm systems,

Contacts

Criminal, Welsh nationalist

First Appearance Fly Half & Leek Lass 21#

Origin

Rumours abound about this welsh speaking malicious mallard. Is a mutant man cursed to look like duck ? Or a mutant duck cursed with the intelligence of a man ? All that is known for sure is that the dapper drake is responsible for a spate of burglaries with a nationalist tinge in Wales & the surrounding area.

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Lunchtime Lairs: MSH FASERIP Villain Profile: Doc Orlanth

Fighting: Monstrous (75)

Agility : Remarkable (30)

Strength: Amazing (50)

Endurance: unearthly (100)

Reason: excellent (20)

Intuition: excellent (20)

Psyche: incredible (40)

Health: 255

Karma: 80

Popularity: 0 (normal) 50 (runequest fans)

Powers

Weather Control (Amazing)

Matter manipulation (air) (amazing)

Energy manipulation (electricity) (amazing)

Flight (amazing)

Lighting sword (amazing electrical edged damaged)

Immortality (amazing)

Talents: medical doctor, roleplaying, Glorantha Lore (all excellent)

First Appearance: Grognard Gang 22#

Origin:

A ‘mild mannered’ medical doctor from provincial Scotland who delved too deep into the dangerous territory of roleplaying games ended up inadvertently heroquesting and becoming an avatar of the king-storm God Orlanth!

Trapped in the model world the confused psyche of chaos battling storm god and nerd battle for control leading to I’ll tempered rampages across Britain. So far he’s defeated a UNIT task force and Bolton based trio the Grognard Gang. Last seem heading towards Liverpool ….

(art photoshopped from runequest roleplaying in Glorantha cover by @dailydwarf )

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Lunchtime Lairs: MSH FASERIP Liverpool Legion Of Legends 1# A Day at the Races

After a few sessions in the triad danger room (to get used to the rules) which sent Danger Dan to his shelf of self-help books, the heroes got a call on the triad phone.

Boreas and Boss Banana stop using their powers to make snow cones and Danger-Dan puts down ‘ I’m ok, Your ok’ to say ‘ hello Mr Williamson’

The boss informs them supervillans are robbing the Grand National. Danger Dan glides in from the top of the Legend’sTriad HQ while Boss Banana Pilots the Triadcopter over.

Arriving Danger Dan spots the Ani-man robbing the joint. They’re rampages causing mass panic while they use a hovercraft vehicle with vacuum nozzles to suck cash off bookies stalls and race goers.

The Triadcopter is locked in an aerial duel with Birdman who shoots it down with his blaster dodging Boreas’ ice blasts. Boss Banana manages to crash it safely.

Danger Dan uses his light manipulation powers to create a flare up from al the spotlights blinding Birdman who crashed into a floodlight and unconsciousness.

As Boreas and Boss Banana ineffectually engage villains. Danger Dan – glide drop kicks at frogman. Catman slashes Boss Banana.

Boreas as the primordial master of all dogs gets all police dogs to converge on Catman burying him in the salivating furry fury of Merseyside’s finest.

Danger Dan uses his mystic time control to freeze time and handcuff the braggart bractarian that is Frogman at the wrists and ankles.

This leaves the pugilistic primate that is Ape-Man who brawls with our heroes claiming these two-bit Liverpool limeys are nothing compared with his normal noo York opponents.

Seeing the panicked crowd about to be crushed boss banana goes smashes fences and leads them to safety. Danger Dan gets a leg hold on the rampaging ape and locks him for Boreas to shoot and a returning Banana to pummel.

After posing for photos our characters return home to take a call from a radio Merseyside dial in with disgruntled Bootle residents complaining on the noise of the Triadcopter….

Lessons – we need nicknames for our heroes to make write ups more fun

The Legion Of Liverpool Legends is recruiting – if you can make Wednesday lunchtimes 12-2 at Justplay game come and join us eve if you can’t make every week.

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