Finally, after months of work (on and off) with the Soerabaja Harbour. We got to use it!
Using the clues from the At Death’s Door scenario our heroes have landed in the Dutch East Indies and Soerabaja on the hunt for Lord Darrow. Enquiries into his activities gave directions to an Old Sailor that seem to have known Darrow and also to have actually been on the island we are all seeking.
He is known to frequent the docks of Soerabaja Harbour and our heroes tries to find him there when they suddenly see both cultists and Belgians. The race is on. Who will find the Old Sailor first… and survive long enough to bring him into safety (and interrogation…).
There are five different locations where it is possible to find the Old Sailor (i.e. Plot Points). Each league have to unlock at least one of these before they can unlock the Old Sailor himself and then they must hold on to him. The league in control of the Old Sailor at the end of the game is the winner (giving three reputation points and also a slight bonus next game) and having other Plot Points are also worthwhile (each giving one Plot Point).
If you're unlucky you might find a Red Herring, meaning you found a false clue and another plot point is set up close by.
|The bouncer at the House of ill repute might know the whereabouts of the Old Sailor. Awful lot of sailors there...|
|The Old Sailor sometimes slept at the shanty. Better ask the locals if they know anything of value.|
|The Old Sailor enjoyed the view from the crane. There might be a clue up there, or maybe the Old Sailor himself.|
|He was known to often talk to Miss Nisrina and take boat trips with her.|
|Sometimes he helped out with the boiler in this wreckage of a boat. Something could be learned there.|
|The game started with the cultist moving towards the plot point in the river boat.|
|Two of the four men went down!|
|Padre Sicario felled another with a well aimed shot.|
|The Belgian League set their sights on the cultists and started to shoot at them to make it difficult to take the Plot Point.|
|Two Belgian 'gentlemen' close in on the shanty and that Plot Point.|
|Soura jumps into the moving boat and the Plot Point there.|
|At the same time cultists crowd the bridge from one side while a lone priest, newcomer Padre Scuro, waits at the other side, his shotgun at the ready. A shotgun places a blast and that is really nasty against low level scum and cultist.|
|Next round starts with the cultist trying to find out if Miss Nisrina knows anything.|
"Teresat anda babi bodoh besar!" she says.
Where in the name of Ra did you put that dictionary... now let's see...
|Another local catholic follower is down and out after a well placed shot from one of the Belgians. He stood right out in the open for far to long (I had totally forgotten him and didn't move him into cover in round one... )|
|She said what? Right... how do you pronounce this gibberish? "Dimana pelaut tua?"|
|Yep, that was the right question to ask. Miss Nisrina provides a photo of the Old Sailor and the cultists have a valuable clue and their first Plot Point. They can now find the Old Sailor.|
|Soura finds an old book belonging to the Old Sailor in the boat. A couple of scribbled notes about his preferences gives the CSSS the valuable clue they need and now they can also find the Old Sailor.|
|The Belgians are also successful in their talks with Mr Creosote who walks his dog among the riff raff. They now know that the Old Sailor often hides in a nook at the top of the crane.|
|Miss Mayhem climbs up ant tries to find him, but she cuts herself rather severely on the rusty ladder (she encountered a Peril and missed it)|
|Cultists swarm over the bridge.|
|Brave Padre Sicario is jumped by a cultist|
|...and another one. He retreats from combat in an orderly manner...|
|Padre is attacked on all sides by members of the Cult of Ra. Things look grim indeed as he falls.|
|Other cultists attacks Suora and she fells one but is wounded herself.|
|Monsignore makes a tactical withdrawal. The loyal Catholic follower prepares to defend his master. Trading his blood for the success of the Church.|
|Catastrophy. Soura is attacked from all sides as the evil Belgians shoots into the melee. She falls.|
|End of round and she recuperates.|
|Only to be knocked out immediately. But she held up the Cult leader, making her sacrifice worthwhile.|
|Monsignore and his henchman are attacked by the Belgian league and they hold their own without problems.|
|Padre Sicario did also revive at end of turn. He is driven back by attacking cultists and has to jump down on a boat behind him. Only to be attacked by Miss Mayhem and her sledgehammer.|
|He is wounded and is easy prey to Miss Mayhem. He falls knowing he has succeeded in his mission of stopping the opposition as long as possible.|
|Cultists swarms forward and starts to shoot into the melee. No effect!|
|End of turn and both Soura and Padre fail their revival rolls, meaning that they are out of the fight for this time.|
They did make a great contribution, though, as they functioned as very successful speed bumps, slowing the opposition.
|Cultist everywhere, but not close enough to Monsignore to make any difference.|
|The local Catholic starts the round taking a beating from the two Belgian thugs attacking him...|
|...and he falls and is out of the game as he is only a mere follower.|
He did his job excellently as he protected Monsignore very efficiently.
For once my simple plan worked
1. Unlock the first plot point with Soura - Check!
2. Unlock my second plot point with Monsignore - Check!
3. Let the second plot point be the Old Sailor - Check!
4. Use all resources to protect monsignore - Check!
As you can see, my superior tactics won the day. I'm especially impressed with how easily I succeded with point 3!
Now we are off to the Perilous Island and the next installment in the ongoing saga that is the CSSS.
This board will see more action....
... one club member said 'we' would need a whole 4x6' table with this stone paving, essentially growing what I had already done. WWII he said. Other periods... Endless possibilities.
... other gaming buddies talked about commando raids in WWII and Operation Seelöwe.
... somehow I have ordered a big submarine-kit. How on earth did this happen?
To be continued, without a doubt.