Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pulp Alley Batman

A few months back, I got ambitious and stat'ed out some Batman leagues for Pulp Alley. Adam West's death a week or so back gave me reason to finally get my superhero project out to the club.


Bruce and Dan took the roles of the Joker and Riddler respectively. Their secrete objective was to get as many phone booths to the park in the middle of the board and then call into the Joker-copter to get away. Scott and Terry played the good guys and their job was nab the various costumed villains.


Batgirl spent a lot of the game ob overwatch, using her shooting skills to rain Batarang hell down on anyone in her corner of the board. Meanwhile, Penguin and some of his goons tangled with Batman and Robin.


Across the table, the Riddler grabbed a hone booth (jokster he is, he also seems to have turned it upside down). Much of Dans evening was battling it out with Gotham's finest and trying to keep Commissioner Gordon bottled up. Of all of the characters, Catwoman seemed to play the best--no umph in a fight but she was able to avoid almost all damage.


Here, some of Scott's better coppers emerge from an alley and spent the game inning down the Joker from cover. Bruce had great luck passing health saved but no luck passing peril checks to get the phone out of the booth.


The Penguin and Robin mixed it up for several turns before the Boy Wonder took an umbrella to the nads and dropped, allowing Penguin to grab his phone booth and head towards the LZ.


Poor Joker (and later Harlequin) just couldn't get a break (one imagines phone booths in Gotham would be pretty sturdy).


Batgirl pretty much sealed the game for the Joker with a Batarang.


With the Joker, Penguin and Harlequin in rough shape, the Riddler muttered, "well, I'm a villain so I'm out here", successfully called into the Joker-copter and made it off board with one phone booth.


In the end, we called it a draw based on pointing out the victory conditions. Thanks to everyone for playing and to Bruce for bringing the tokens, rules, and helo as well for walking us through the rules. I didn't get any good shots of the three (!) other games that ran.

7 comments:

  1. Very nice setup you have there and an interesting write up of the game.

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    1. Thank Lee--I worked on the buildings for a long time!

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  2. Definitely had fun in this game, hope to see more of it! I think as far as superheroes go, Batman is likely the best candidate for a Pulp game, using gear more than powers!

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    1. Thanks--I agree, low-powered heroes are the way to go. I think the scenario could have had a touch more interaction between the sides (basically we had three un-related brawls in the corners). But that reflects my first outing with the rules n terms of scenario design. I'll do better next time!

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  3. That's a very moody looking table! Perfect for Gotham!

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    1. Thanks. I think I need to matt seal the table top--the streets have quite a wet glare to them!

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  4. Holy gaming terrain, Robin! That is one beautiful table set-up.

    Great work!

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