Well from my last session of starship troopers rpg the guys seemed to have picked up the basics quite easily. Then this session we had another player turn up who missed the first session, so I thought to myself there’s four of them, that should make it a bit easier so lets give them a real mission they can work towards or not as they decided.
Operation : FARM LIFE
“Right apes this should be simple enough . We got a small group of colonists planetside that are right in the path of a bug swarm . We need you to go in there and pull them out (as I explained to the guys not literally cus that would be, silly didn’t stop them coming up with ideas tho, moving on ) Get them all grouped together for the viking to come and take them away. But I forget ,this planet ain’t part of the UCF , and those ingrates got no love for troopers . keep an eye out.”
Much moaning from group about babysitting and why the hell are we helping people that don’t like us etc., but then onto the mission and once I start I cant stop….
So the guys travel down in a Viking and as they approach the landing site they see the small village through their viewing holes. The building are like concrete prefab houses in the middle of a dessert, the viking touches down and the guys exit out, the ship takes off and says to give them a call when their ready to evac. So Newton (the newbie) decides the scout around the village. The other guys decide to start knocking on doors and asking people to leave, well this is how it went .
Steve knocks on door :
“Who is it?”
“Troopers to help you leave.”
old man opens the door : “Oh, your the nice fellows they sent down to keep us safe.”
Steve : “Yes sir, will you come with me” (Steve rolls and gets a really good score on his DC)
Old man : “How about this I’ll come out and give a hand to round up the rest of the villagers.”
Steve : “Yes, that would be nice. Thank you”
Well this was a very good attempt from Steve, so how did the others get on……well here goes
Pigeon knocks on door
Villager : “Go away!“
Pidgeon : “OK !” just walks off
Chris knocks on door
“Go away! We don’t want your help.”
Chris : “I’m here to help and I need you out the building so we can get you somewhere safe.” (throws his DC and fails)
Citizen : “Don’t care!”
Chris : “Well if ya don’t open up, ill have to break down the door.”
citizen : “Go on, try hard boy.”
Chris: “Fine, bring up the grenades and I’ll blow the door in.” (this was a good solution for my group cus they don’t have grenades, but as the guys pointed out the citizens don’t know that)
Citizen : “OK! OK!, We are going out just don’t kill any of us.”
Well they got the job done but not quite the diplomatic route. Newton, after scouting for a bit, decides to try a door
Newton knocks on door
Citizen : “Go away!”
Newton screams at the top of his voice : “Oh my god, the bugs are everywhere, they have just taking your next door neighbours and you got ten seconds or I’m leaving”
Citizens couldn’t run any faster out there door
Job done but now the citizens need a new home and change of underwear .
As this is going on pigeon decides to try his jet pack to get up on one of the neighbouring houses at the end of the street. He takes a perception test and passes. In the distance he spots three BUGS heading their way from the east. He radios all the guys and informs them that bugs are on the way, but finds out not all the citizens have left their homes and 20 are missing. So are we ready for a dramatic fight to the death to save the citizens and not let the bugs thru?
Well, in my groups case the first thing they do is call for evac. I said “What about the citizens still trying to get on the shuttle?” they all just looked at me. OK! OK! I got my answer but as fate happens their evac couldn’t land due to the amount of air traffic picking up the citizens. WHAT A SHAME, WA HA HA HA!
This is where it got interesting because they couldn’t run they had to fight. So Pigeon, Newton and Steve take positions on the nearest building where the bugs are going to come in. Chris stood between the bugs and the citizens if it came to that. So that’s the plan, all good, but I know my group. Here goes nothing! So everyone rolls initiative, the guys get really good rolls except one, my bugs go second to last. The bugs are currently 400 meters away. Pigeon holds his turn until they are within 300m Steve does the same but at a distance of 200m. Chris is down with the citizens so cant see that far, then its the bugs go. They run full pelt and when they close to within 300m Pigeon lines up and fires but the bullet bounces off the bugs armour. So then the bugs reach the 200m mark and Steve shoots and gets a hit straight thru the armour. So now the bugs are within 200m its Newtons turn. With another hit things are going well so far .
New round, Pigeon lines up…fires putting a bullet thru the bug ouch! Steve and Newton both fire and miss oops! Again Chris cant see anything but now the bugs can run which puts them right on the outskirts of the city. In the next round they they would be inside the town . The guys decide to go full auto on the bugs to see if they can really do some damage. A nice couple of hits but nothing that’s really going to kill the bugs. Now the bugs run in to town. One runs to the rooftop Steve is on while the other two run towards the feast down the other end of the street, the only person in their way is CHRIS .
This round is where things got interesting. Chris decides he doesn’t like bugs and jet packs up vertical and hovers there and unloads into the bugs running towards him. This causes a couple of wounds HU RA. Now there is no one in the way to stop the bugs getting the civilians but have no fear pigeon is here and jet packs in front of them shooting all the way causing another wound and then swings his rifle round to his back and pulls out his combat knife and pistol ready for the onslaught. Newton comes screaming in on a trail of fire and lands next to pigeon and fires but misses . They both look at each other and a understanding crosses between them THIS IS THE DUMBEST THING WE HAVE EVER DONE, KISS YA ASS GOODBYE. As this is happening Steve shoots at the bug looking lost on the other side of the building. It was wondering where his meal went and Steve shoots him and wounds. The bug on the roof turns round and chases Steve to the other building, maybe this time he will get him the other two charge in and attack Pigeon and Newton but do no damage.
Pidgeon stabs the bug , problem is his knife went in to far and he cant pull it out, its stuck. DAMN but have no fear pigeon is here whilst holding onto his knife he leaps over the bug and lands onto its back riding it like a cowboy, YEE HA . He then fires his pistol point blank range into the bugs head and finally the bug slumps to the floor dead. Chris decides if Pigeon can do it, so can I, so drops down and attempts to ride the bug while shooting all at the same time but well……he’s just not that good and misses, fires his weapon and shoots poor Newton in the shin and cracks his armours. He then falls flat on his face at the feet of Newton OOPS! Well newton is thinking ow what the hell was that and then looks down at Chris at his feet with a smoking pistol in his hand. With a sly smile and a wink in his eye he fires at the bug to distract it but bends down and as he was a car thief in his younger age he knows how to hot wire things, just cross these two wires, simple. So he crosses two wires on the back of Chris’s jet pack and fires him off bumping along the ground heading for a house. Steve jet packs in the air and shoots the bug below him on the roof top and the bullet passes straight thru him , the bug doesn’t quite know what happened but his legs don’t work, then everything goes black and it dies. Well the last bug has just seen this tasty meal fly off without even getting a nibble so chases Chris.
So after dismounting his ride pigeon decides to shoot the bug chasing Chris and wounds, Newton does the same and wounds (bugs nearly dead) so Chris decides flying at a rate of knots across the ground with your face eating dirt ain’t nice so tries to get his legs under himself to push off the ground . But fails so he pushes and starts to roll, then takes off and flys straight thru a window and hits a wall and slumps to the ground moaning .
Steve lines up aims and fires at the last bug and hits clean thru the nerve point and the bugs falls over and skids until it hits the wall of the building that Chris is in, it then dies, what a way to go. Chris at this moment isn’t feeling to well then he hears a voice its saying ” Rocket come in can you hear me Rocket ” Chris releases that’s Newtons voice and responds with ” What what did you just call me ?” Newton says ” Well Rocket you flew just like one so you deserve it, HA HA HA ”
AS the guys are HU RAin and generally laughing at Chrisy’s new nickname Rocket I make Steve take a perception test and as he turns his head round he sees another two bugs heading in OH-CRAP.