As well as the potential spy game I have also been thinking about roleplaying/skirmish scenarios based around the aviators helping defend Free Liverpool (& associated areas) from Government forces in the Very British Civil War 1938.
I enviasge a set of player characters best being part of a ‘Flying Circus’ mad eof up of different pilots and their planes acquired from dubious sources. They may well all have sympathies or membership of different militas and political groups but are united by their hatred of the enemy and love of flying. I think I’m goign to have them flying off Birkenhead Park – isnpiration for New Yorks Central park and large enough to act as an aerodrome. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birkenhead_Park
As well as the player character flying circus there should be some other aviation forces will I will detail in thumbnail form here:
LIVERPOOL’S AIR FORCES
Liverpool People’s Fleet Air Arm (Air Crew on LFS Arch Republican) – the former Ark Royal in Birkenhead dock is flying old Fleet Air Arm craft – piloted by a mixture of renegage officers and promoted mechanics, flyign as Petty Officer pilots it’s squadrons are divided by aircraft type and frequently spilt on politcal grounds. Commonly seen about town in their mixture of Naval rating & officers dress and red silk neck scarves they are close enough and have enough swagger to form a ‘cardinals guard’ type rivalry with the player characters’s group as the ‘musketeers.’ They are united in their loyalty to the good fight but that doesnt stop them trying to embarrass each other or the occassional freindly punch up in the bars and bordellos of Liverpool and Birkenhead. Surprisingly the ‘wet’ Navy will often take the PCs side such is the arrogance and success with the ladies of the ‘People’s Fleet Air Arm.
People’s Volunteer Squadron
Equipped with Soviet lend lease squadron this unit of Spanish Civil War veterans, Soviet volunteer advisers and hand picked Communist Party of Great Britain youth flies out of Speke airport. Dour and deadly serious the unit is very ideologically pure staffed with decided Moscow-line following Communists. It does have a reputation for hard partying but in the environs of the air port – any visits to the City are escorted by it’s poltical officers who are Soviet trained. There uniforms are mainly soviet with the occassionaly local touches such as red liverbird cap badges.
Wild Geese Squadron Linked to the Wild Geese Battalion of Irish Free State ‘Volunteers’ fighting in the Celtic Tiger Division this is an force of mainly Irish Americans a smattering of Australians and Irishmen flying aircraft funded by donations from the US Irish community – namely 12 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_P-30. They fly from Croxeth park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croxteth_Park) – dashing in their seagreen tailored uniforms, garrison caps at a jaunty angle and often exotic they have a good natured rivalry with the Navy & Flying Circus but for ideological grounds are suspicous of the PVS.
The Good Ship Bette Davis a wild card in all this is the Bette Davis a ‘liberated’ US Navy Catalina flying boat with a diverse crew who are invovled in agent drop offs, escorting convoys in the ‘Battle of the North Sea’, hunting ‘pirate’ submarines and riasing hell. Much more on them a later date.
Pirate Island the Betty Davis has discovered on it’s patrol flight that ‘pirate’ submarines (Italian, German or Super-villian) attacking convoys to Liverpool are using a base on the Isle of Lundy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lundy . Teh players are invovled in planning an operation with the fractious Bette Davis crew and possibly other factions pilots in the few aircraft with the range for the mission. It may be the Bette Davis has to land and disembark ground forces to finish the job – PCs without kites might be called upon to help.
A Hard Day’s Night In a romantic interlude following anights carousing a PC finds himself in a compromising position – criminal elements use this to blackmail the PC. He can be honest and gain an enemy (his paramour’s usual lover is a leading politican/militia leader) or turn to his friends to turn tables on the criminals who want money, petrol or intelligence off him. Throw in some run ins with the LPFAA, other militas & the odd tit bit on goigns on in the Second City of Empire and you’ve got some fun times ahead.
Working Class Hero France has requested an representative from Liverpool to discuss possible support. The pilots are pulled together to escort his plane to a position where the France were they can secretly refuel. On landing there’s a problem perhaps the airport is attacked by BUF sympathetic terrorists of Action Francaise or a conservative French airforce officer arrests them and impounds their planes. It’s either a battle to the death on the ground or a great escape scenario in minature.
Carry that Weight liverpool comes under fire from an enormous railway gun endangering the City and the Fleet – perhaps after a spy scenario – it will discovered this is sheltering in a tunnel in Lancashire or The Lakes well defended by A-A guns and the local terrain. The PCs under politcla pressure to act quickly much plan a complicated and dangerous mission well aware the RAF knows how tempting a target it is.
Blackbird a deadily experimental new aircraft appears over the skies. Painted all black it dispatches known aces in a different factions – the PCs must find out what the aircraft is, and its weaknesses before the Government decides to build more of them.
Day Tripper the PCs escort a transport flight to the Isle of Man. On route they are jumped and one of their number shot down (deally the most liked one,) over BUF held beaches. On landing they’re informed of the BUF’s shoot to kill policy against downed pilots – always murdered at dawn. Tehy needs to formulate a plan to rescue their friend and quickly.
Well its late and I’m fit for bed. I’m open to suggestions for more.