The Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers rang in the new year with two games New Year’s Eve. The first was a large Star Wars game with Combat Patrol (see a previous post on my blog). The second was Duke Morrison Saves Christmas. Duke Morrison is the character I use in most of my Pulp GASLIGHT games. he is a steely eyed, barrel chested, tough as woodpecker lips, man among men. He is usually accompanied by his trusty sidekicks, Ensign “Boats” Morgan and Sergeant “Wrench” Web, who can fix anything mechanical. Often Duke is involved with rescuing Seraffini Nannini, expert on all things scientific, and his beautiful daughter and assistant, Gianna Nannini. In this scenario, however, Seraffini and Gianna stayed home, but Santa was flying around in his magical zeppelin preparing to deliver toys to good boys and girls. The Nazis, however, had other plans, so Duke, Boats, Wrench, toy soldiers, Christmas elves, characters from favorite Christmas cartoons, and others had to defend the zeppelin against Nazis, the Wicked Witch of the West and her mechanical flying monkeys, evil snowmen, and other baddies.
The game was scheduled to end at 2355, in time to watch the ball drop on television, have some flaming figgy pudding, and a champaign toast. The good guys had to gather the “treasures” from the movie A Christmas Story and get them on Santa’s sleigh before 2355, when the sleigh would magically disappear and begin its delivery journey. Items of interest were the Red Ryder BB gun, the leg lamp, the “fragile” crate, bunny slippers, the “old man’s” turkey, and a blue ball and can of Simonize.
The zeppelin was moored to the aerial dock near the North Pole. Most of the bad guys began the game outside on the dock or hanging onto the nacelles. The bad buys initially had trouble getting into the zeppelin, but eventually it became a major battle — suitable for a major award.
This game was a play test. Chris and I will adjust slightly and run this game again at Cold Wars in March.