Friday, November 22, 2013

Another Round with the Kraken!

The tide is in on this Secondhand Lion's beach party.  The intrepid adventurers that explored the Annic Nova ghost ship on Halloween are now rowing to shore as the evil ship sinks behind them in their wake.  They made it out with their lives and some rescued sailors and killed the undead witch king pirate in his lair and destroyed his ship.

Now they head back to port in their dingy with the survivors in tow only to land on a shoreline that is in an uproar.

Lean in close and double click the images for up close piratey-ness right in your eye.....
Port L’antre de Lion, the scene of our evenings revelry and the Flashing Steel narrative you are about to see recounted. 

The band of adventurers has rowed through the wee hours of the morning to regain land and arrive tired and a little disconcerted over who actually is in control of the group and whom shall represent the team in front of the governor for the reward promised.  Thus begins
Act I
"Who Elected You The Brains of This Here Outfit"
A Flashing Steel Swashbuckling Rumble through the port docks of L'antre de Lion.
All confrontations were suggested to be non-lethal as a push and shove match of who could find the governor the quickest. This was to teach the mechanics of Flashing Steel by Ganesha Games and the nature of the combat that has more of the cinematic flair.

The pirates and their second must find and secure the reward from the governor.  The town however is all abuzz over the recent seizure of the "Huntress" and the imprisonment of her Captain William Azure.

The Admiralty offices and shipyard square.  Scene of some bloody conflict as you can't keep pirates civil the whole evening.  We saw the assault of crew members from the Hotspur, an attack on the person of the chargé d'affaires , a ferocious midget go psycho on a port guard, criminal murder of longshoremen in the streets , trespass on His Majesty's ships and properties and other occurrences trivial to mention.

Death from above.  Crouching Tiger Chung-King and his midget companion kill the first watch guard on board the Hotspur.

They make it aboard the ship and will have to fight their way off as the bell sounds the second watch up on deck...

Captain Conn meets his demise in the Admiralty building.  Why so violent?

What is the governor hiding in the stockade and what does a roll of six mean?

The locals are ready for revolt and want any way off this island that they can come by...

The local gentry and some more plot points to grab.

The map of the port...
The Halloween Game Played as Heroquest Pirate conversion.  Which in turn lead to the Flashing Steel Version of the same story you just read.
Included here for completeness and archival records of the game.

Quest at Port L'antre de Lion
Your quest opens on the island of Port L’antre de Lion in the Caribbean Sea. Originally under French control, but now run by the British after a reasonably mild skirmish, it is home to a vast array of natives, settlers, militia and naval personnel as well as swashbucklers, pirates and scallywags.  The events on the island are usually run of the mill – an occasional shanghai, hanging of a pirate or two or your average hurricane.  Things were pretty uneventful until a couple of nights ago when a ship sailed into port and anchored just outside the harbor.  At first it was thought that the vessel was hostile, but no attack was issued.  In fact, in the daytime it appears that the ship has no crew onboard at all.  At night however, you can hear noises and voices on the deck and see lanterns burning across the bay.  It’s also strange to point out that during this time the population of undesirables on the island has diminished, even though most people haven’t noticed.
As adventurers, you start off in the Cochons Pour la Vente tavern on the wharf sitting around a table enjoying the evening’s festivities.  A messenger from Governor Adolph Oliver Knepples enters the room and proclaims:
“The Governor has inquired if anyone here is up to the task of rowing out to the vessel anchored outside the harbor and investigate the goings on there.  He would like to know what their purpose is here and if their intentions are truly hostile and if they plan on leaving any time soon.”
A gruffy old sailor in the back of the room barks out, “Aye, maybe.  What be in it for me?”
“The Governor has offered 5,000 gold to the party that brings him the information he requires” replied the messenger.
“Why doesn’t he just send soldiers out there to do it?” comes another voice in the room.
“The Governor doesn’t want the military to leave the island because the natives appear to be restless and ready to fight.  He believes a small group has a greater chance of success, especially if they don’t appear to be military or hostile and if they go in just before sunset to board the ship and use the cover of darkness to investigate while the ship seems to have activity.”
“5,000 gold, eh?” the old sailor pipes up again.  “I definitely could use some of that.  By the way, what be the name of this ship so I can tell everyone where me money came from?”
The messenger looks down at the log book held in his hand.  “We don’t have a record of this ship ever being at port or in these waters as well.  Our lookouts have reported the name is the Annic Nova.”  With that, the messenger turns and walks out of the tavern leaving the place buzzing with talk of the ship and the prize!
Are you up for the quest?  Would a share of 5,000 gold feel good in your pockets?  Can you beat the other misfits in the tavern to the prize?  Are you wearing your brown pants?  It’s time to decide!
SET UP – The Tavern
The players set up around a table towards the back of the largest room on the game board.  There will be other figures placed around the tavern numbering 1 ½ times the number of players participating.  There is one door that leads outside; with at least enough NPC’s to block most of the exit and one or two really nasty looking fellows blocking the door.
FOR THE PLAYERS (read this section to the players)
There is one door that leads outside.  If you can’t make it out of the door on your movement roll, you will have to brawl your way out of the tavern in order to start the quest. 
Combat is resolved as normal, except no weapons are used.  If you lose all your hit points you’re knocked out instead of killed.  If a player is knocked out, his comrades can drag him out of the tavern.  Roll 1D6 for movement instead of the normal 2D6 for each player (no more than two) attempting to drag their unconscious friend.  Combine the movement rolls for distance if two players perform this action.  Dragging a player is considered their action for the turn.  If the players can exit the tavern before the same amount of patrons, they have won the first stage and do not have to compete with other scallywags for the prize.
Now for the “kicker”, every player rolls 1D6 before the game turn begins.  Players that roll a 1 have enjoyed the evening festivities a little too much and have become intoxicated!  Subtract 1 combat dice from their total dice number for all attack and defense rolls and halve the total of the dice roll for movement (rounding up).
Players making it out of the tavern without being knocked out will receive 2D6 x 10 gold (rolled by the player) reflecting the opportunity to pilfer booty during the scuffle.

Patron Details – the rabble
Attack Dice
Defense Dice
Patron Details – the rough (blocking door)
Attack Dice
Defense Dice


Any player searching for treasure that finds a Wandering Monster will be immediately attacked by the closet patron. 

One randomly selected player (players roll 2D6, high score wins) will find a piece of what appears to be some sort of map dropped by one of the patrons.  There is wording that reads:  “Este es la propiedad de Capitán Vitalinous de la Annic Nova.  Precávase a usted que ve este mapa para la muerte y despare le acontecerá”.


After the players row out to the ship, they have 4 turns to board the ship and search before the sun completely sets and darkness befalls the harbor.  On the first turn the players arrive, roll the number of combat dice related to their BODY points.  If a player gets more successes (skulls) or white shields than the amount of black shields, they have boarded the ship with ease and may search the ship.  Any player that fails will miss the first turn, but may board the ship on the second turn and continue normally.  The players may pick any point along the ship’s hull for an access point.

Any player searching for treasure that finds a Wandering Monster will be immediately attacked by a Pirate with a skill level equal to the lowest monster skill (i.e. Goblin).  There will also be a rush of additional pirates with this attack!  Roll 1D6 to determine the number of additional attackers.  The additional pirates will move to randomly attack the other members of the group.  Randomize placement using a D6.  Also, roll 1D6 to determine the number of squares the pirate is placed from the non-searching player(s).  The additional pirates DO NOT attack after they have been placed, but may proceed as normal after the player’s next turn.  All Pirates are equipped with cutlasses (short swords).

Once the sun goes down, things become a little ghastly!  Wandering Monsters are now Ghost Pirates!  Any player fighting a Pirate after the 4th turn is now fighting the Undead!  Replace the Pirate figure with an appropriate undead figure.  Use Skeleton or Zombie stats for game mechanics depending on the figure put in play and equip as the figure is equipped.


Captain Vitalinous

The scourge of the Seven Seas!  Use the stats for the Gargoyle for his skill set.  He’s armed with a Cutlass (+1 Attack dice) and 2 pistols (+1 Attack dice per weapon).  Give him 3 Chaos spells (GM’s choice).  If will be placed in the Captain’s Quarters on the middle deck.

If a player kills Vitalinous in combat, he does not die!  Instead, there is a blinding flash of green light that fills the room, blinding anyone inside or entering the Captain’s Quarters for 1 complete player’s turn (they cannot move or perform any actions).  Once the turn has come back around, the players will notice that there is no trace of Vitalinous or his treasures within.  The player that performed the decisive blow will notice a piece of paper on the floor, it is part of the treasure map! 

After Vitalinous is gone, the remaining Pirates disappear randomly (1D6 – 1st turn; 2D6 – 2nd turn and so on) on the GM’s turn.  Pirates will continue to fight until they vanish.  After the last Pirate vanishes, the Annic Nova starts to shake and rock!  The players now realize that the ship is starting to sink!  They now have 4 turns to get overboard before the ship disappears below the surf. 

If a player is on the upper deck and cannot make it off before the ship sinks, they lose all booty acquired from the ship, but can swim to safety.  If a player is caught below deck, they are lost!  Actually, the magical properties surrounding the ship, transports them to the island on the map where they must fend for themselves until they can be rescued or figure out a way to leave.  But that is for another time and adventure to be had!



  1. Very nice looking pictures and post, great work...

  2. This looks like a lot of fun! I like those sea-going caymans/alligators/crocodiles waiting to be fed in that last picture.

  3. This was a hoot to play! I can't wait for episode II!