Thursday, March 1, 2018

GURPS: Recovering the Flame Banner

Our first game of our Viking campaign in a while.
This time EJ GMed and the Mooreshed clan was tasked with recovering a holy relic to combat a dark magic being created by a misguided group of renegade priests.
 Pipin and Candice talk their way into the Arian fort.

 They are offered several tests of worthiness to enter the crypts.  Candice climbs a tree to rescue a child and prove her bravery.
 Pipin fights a champion to prove his might.  Hakkon burns a cross,  to prove his mania.
 (A cool ruined tower scratch built by my friend Nick- his first home made terrain- well done!)  The fairy of the hold is met, and the party is sent in a dream state to the dungeon of "trails"

 The first test, beams of light that a humble man may pass.

 The old centurion, keeper of the crypt.  The Flame Banner is kept in his pool of acid.
 The statue of the cow.  Its milk will neutralize the acid, but it needs wheat.
 Searching the other rooms for wheat.
 A crypt, with the puppet master.

 The puppet master summons Draugr and a giant skeleton.
 A draugr criticals on Hakkon,  grabbing him by the throat.

 The giant skeleton sends its blade plunging down towards Candice..."Noooo...." shouts Pipin, throwing himself in the way, the blade pierced deep into his torso.
 Candice scrambled through the melee and sent her boot through the puppet master's spine, shattering him into several pieces (a double critical result!)
 Finally the wheat! Guarded by a golem.
 With the giant skeleton bone, the wolf of Loki was tricked into fighting the golem.

 While they fought the wheat was recovered.
The puzzle solved, the banner is recovered.

Thursday, December 15, 2016


1st game of Saga.
3 way 4 point battle.  2 Viking warbands and 1 Anglo Dane.
 Initial set up.
Set up in a triangle fashion, the Viking lord Magnus, the viking lord Halfdan and the Angle Garreth faced each other.
Perhaps intimidated by the unit of levy archers (he needent have worried), Halfdan set out against the Anglo Danes first.
Blows were traded but the Angles came out slightly better in the exchange.
The lord Magnus views the carnage, wondering who to engage.
The decision is made for him as Halfdan sends a unit of hearthguard against a similar unit of Magnus hearthguard.  Halfdan kills all 4 while losing 2.
Lord Halfdan goes down in personal combat with Lord Garreth.

A unit of Halfdan's warriors battles Lord Magnus and his hearthguard.
Magnus sends his hearthguard in to kill Earl Garreth.
The numbers have dwindled to almost nothing by the last turn.  Lord Magnus is the last warlord standing.  But this scenario is decided kill points.  When the are calculated,  Halfdan comes in first.  The skalds will sing of his pyrrhic victory for weeks to come!

Monday, November 14, 2016

The seige of Northwik, November 869 A.D.

Ireland had been a tough nut to crack, and the Vikings left to find a softer target.  They turned their attention to East Anglia.  They had been here a few years back, and the weak king had paid them to leave.  This time they came to stay.  Ivar set his sights on the city of Norwich.   He tasked Clovis with seizing the Eastern gate.
Originally a Roman town, the city had a stout stone wall.  Clovis used suprise and a ruse to grab the gatehouse.

The Anglians reacted swiftly, sending forces to block the gate.
A great shoving match ensued, Clovis men trying to get in and the Angles trying to push them back.

Suddenly the Angles broke and ran.  The Vikings had entered the city through the North.  Clovis had been a distraction, tying up the defenders while the viking ships sailed upriver and flanked them.
The Angles surrendered to Ivar and his brothers.   This time there would be a Norse King.  For his service Clovis was granted land and a manorhouse.  He spent the winter pacifying his new holdings. 
While he was here, his old companion Hakkon tracked him down.  He had returned from the North lands.

The Incident at Black Pool, summer 869 A D

Clovis and company wintered in North Umbria into 869.  In the summer he travelled with Ivar to Ireland.  The vikings planned to raid the Irish country,  but the sons of Erin had united and their army kept the norsemen bottled up in their port of Dublin.
Ivar devised a plan to fracture the Irish alliance.  He sent Clovis to the north to attack Irish holds to draw off their forces.
Clovis target was an Irish hold called Blackpool.

Clvis led the charge through the front door.

Candice secured the family as hostages.

The raid was a success.  The Irish lord reurned and negotiations begun to ransom the family. Clovis stalled for time, his mission was to keep these men away from the main Irish force.  But his scouts returned with dire news- the Irish were stalling for time too- they had sent a flanking force across upriver and they were preparing to fall upon Clovis company in the night.
The irish sorcerers had also summoned some foul magic air from the village well and it had put one of the camp folloers into an eternal sleep before Clovis discovered it.
The company abandoned the village beore the trap was sprung.  They returned to Dublin on their ships, giving the hostages to Ivar.