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Gunner & General Spaceman Required for armed free merchant 

Gunner wanted for small transport vessel MV Scattergun Approach operating in the Crazy Diamond sector.


Applicant must not be a xenophobe, due to racial diversity of established crew. 


Ability to think on feet is a distinct advantage, as is previous experience of dealing with different factions and interstellar superpowers.


Please send CV (and D6 Space character sheet to dissectingworlds@yahoo.couk)

(Game played via Skype 2030-2230 Wednesday nights)

(Good art by Peter Hammerson, deck plans by wedge doc – awful art by me) 

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Episode XI Point me at the Sky 

The Scattergun Approach delivers medical supplies to a the besieged rebel city of New Nanking  on the planet of Taiping. Thelonius spots a ground crew putting an explosive device on the ship. He draws and the saboteur takes a another ground crewman hostage.

The spaceport militia head over – but don’t want to execute the sneak because of visiting interaetellar press. Eventually the villain called Tsi Hsiu admits her was hired by ‘the Pride’ (the same pirate gang as the Sher Khan .) the charge would explode and the pride ship Sabor , hidden in the asteroid belt, would attack the crippled Scattergun. 

However he claims to know where the Pirates stash their treasure and offers to give the location in return for his life.

Managing to out manoeuvre the Sabor in the asteroid they set course for the moon of Nueva Esperanza where the pirates keep their stash in the D’acconian highlands in Galtania .

After and rough and ready dogfight with the Pride guard ship the Scarface Claw which does extensive damage to the Scattergun (and lasers keep jamming from Mongoose hair) they land. Thelonius doing an amazing job of damage control.

The base is in the invasion path of invading Chinese communists & defending Galt Mech. They load up the following treasure and make their escape: 

1 twin mounted anti ship plasma cannon & fire control system (needs a turret) (handy as the ship has a suitable hole in it.)

2 scrambler motorbikes

3 dozen Silurian slime weasels 

4 scuttler general service bots (think red dwarf)

5 Niptish Wyen (Weyland-Yutani Enfield) L4B6 (Special Naval Landing Forces variant) pulse rifles with under slung grenade launcher, advanced sights & bayonets. (Power pods / grenades & bayonets provided.) these have a non bull pup configuration & folding stock so are more assault carbines than actual rules. 

6 apparently human females in stasis

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Episode IX: Merry Christmas Song 

The crew are shipping presents donated by the SANTA Cotporation  to a children’s orphanage but Thelonius is contacted by a mildly psychic taking Mongoose with large hand like paws calling himself Gef.


The cheeky ferret is an Evolved Life Form (or ELF) who are held as slaves by the SANTA corporation. He offers the crew money & psychic training if they assist a revolt. He babbles a form of revolutionary Marxism with a all the attending process, procedure and  ideological purity.

However it’s Christmas so they decide to help him. After delivering the presents to the orphanage.

Landing at a friendly world the crew score weapons and to find things sell Gef to touring vapid orange controversial dodgy haired United American presidential candidate Brian Fart. Gef escapes from the Fartitator and they head back to the SANTA corp  

Approaching under cover of wanting further work they are offered a job escorting biological warfare assets – ELFs! Gef lied to them.

Geff gets paranoid – hides in the bowels of the ship disabelling sensors. Thelonius confronts him in the engine room and after a stand off there is fire fight – resolved by Al the alien (effectively a raptor type dinosaur) following his instincts and biting the head off Geff.

(For future adventures Gef may or may not have comrades called Buck or Brown Jenkin…) 

(Original inspiration for Gef came   Here

& Marxist revolting elves Here 

Check out hypnogoria it’s ace) 

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Episode VIII:Horses

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Episode VII: Biding my time (Part 2)

Debating how to infiltrate the Princip City Spaceport recover their ship the Scattergun Approach and escape the planet and it’s Blackhand masters (and the nefarious psionic grise behind them Fernando Mulch) the crew mates decide to craw up the sewer that runs beneath the southern Air Defence Tower and into the Terminal and take control of the air traffic control enabling them to escape.

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George and Al stay with the ship. Theolonius sneaks into the narrow sewer but the rogue pilot Beiang  Xiang is spotted by a VTOL technician and decides to create a diversion by legging it to the Ministry of Exchange vessel. Doing his best Forrest Gump impression he manages to find shelter in landing gear housing of the Christo-Communard vessel before the technician can get the MG crew on the terminal building to spot him.

Thelonius struggles up the sewer narrowing missing being deposited upon by a toilet under in the AD bunker. He blocks the urinal, flooding the downstairs loos. This gives him privacy, so he manages to chip his way out the sewer, into the Terminal Building toilets. Sneaking out he manages to surprise two guards who due to their heavy smoking to not smell him and knock them out with a fire extinguisher.

Beiang to being searched for my the Princip APC and it’s squad – he runs them a merry dance – eventually getting to the Tendulkar and breaking in to exchange fire with the APC from the Tendulkar chin turret. He then escapes the Maphilindo ship leaving the guards boarding it while he bides his time.

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Princip APC

 

Thelonious changes into an unconscious guard uniform and manages to take the temporary ATC over which has been moved into the Temrinal building for safety and control. Securing the Air Traffic Controllers who surrender without a fight he goes on the roof takes the MG gunners prisoner and shoots up other MG positions around the port before going down and trashing the ATC.

At this point George and Al from the boat start to shoot up the APC and guards who were racing back to the terminal to deal with Thelonious. In the confusion Beiang gets on board the Scattergun Approach powering up the engines. The rest of the crew join him and the Niptish ship the HMIT Tracy Ermin starts to drop orbital impact weapons on Princip positions in the spacesport.

Their offer of intelligence to the Niptish is dismissed and they find a Princip Starfighter ont heir take but thanks to Thelonious boosting the systems and Beiangs piloting lose it in an asteroid field. AFter some discussion and with a heavy heart they abandon the system and potentially the ship’s Captain Artemis Brown to the chaos as the Niptish proceed to rescue their sailors from the interment camp and in so doing leave Princip open to it’s neighbour’s revenge.

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Pendragon PBEM more thoughts 

I really want to run a Pendragon PBEM… or do I ? Here are my thoughts I welcome yours on Facebook, twitter or comments 


Format 

I think the end of year, battles & set piece events lend themselves to play by email play. Responding to Aggravaine accusing Lancelot is a nice clear issue – likewise the battle/estate sub systems seem to work well.

Where I fear things would fall down is quests and adventures – the more conventional side missions a knight undertakes. But I think there is a third way.

Everyone involved rolls up a knight for the initial era. Yearly events happen on a set timescale (say monthly) adjudicated by the PBEM GM(s) however between times anyone can run an adventure for any PCs other than there own via Skype, text or face to face play. Adventures are reported in to the PBEM forum but mutual enjoyed and to develop the story. There would have to be usual round robin rule that you can’t directly contradict something said in an earlier chapter. 


Setting & Era 

A quick survey on twitter brought out people would like to start with uther and have characters from all over the country. For me there is a fundamental contradiction there.

Uther (and the subsequent anarchy) is post Roman apocalypse – might makes right. As a result people stay close to their neighbours and blood relatives and would not adventure with Knights from enemy or potential enemy kingdoms. There is no glue of chivalry to keep things civilised. 

There I would rather nights started together in either Cheshire or the established lands detailed in the books Logres/Salisbury/Lyndsey. Cheshire lends itself to a variety of Knights Cymric from the countryside, Roman citizens in chester and as a major port a frank, occitian, Saracen, Irishman or anyone else (Jew or instance) could be there even in the bad old days. The established lands would make life easier however. 


Depending on numbers we could cut players and have a party in Cheshire and one in Logres leading to fun when the boy king is crowned and they eventually after the wars are united under Arthur. However it may be an unwarranted level of complexity. 

Furthermore starting with Uther means it takes a long time to reach the properly Arthurian period & chivalry. I think I’d prefer to start with the Pre-Boy King period and get into chivalry a bit sooner. 

Conclusion 

Id really like to hear what you think on both the mixing PBEM & f2f and the era/geography issue. 

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PBEM Pendragon – blog post pending 

Following a discussion on the latest dissecting worlds were We talk Gary Gygax v Greg Stafford with @theGROGNARDfile Dissecting Worlds Series 11, Ep 4: Gygax vs Stafford http://geeksyndicate.co.uk/podcasts/dissecting-worlds-series-11-ep-4/

I’ve come to the conclusion I want to run the Great Pendragon Campaign as a Play By EMail game (PBEM.). There’s a lot of thinking to do …

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