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"Lieutenant Klizpicks, I see you are firing up the simulator. What's going on?"
"Yes, Captain Firstname. A new recruit wanted to try it out. An Ensign Keggy."
"Oh good. I love to watch the newbies get blown out of the sky. Is he a head-of-the-class hotshot?"
"Not really. He has only briefly skimmed the piloting manual and, frankly, seems a bit dull in the head."
"Pity. What about the rest of his team?"
"He's going in alone. He'll be giving orders to the sim team through the computer. "
"Sounds like a waste of time. I won't bother watching. Let me know when he is slag. "

The mission was simple. An enemy ship was blockading a friendly planet. It must be destroyed, captured, or chased off. Keggy didn't plan on capturing anything so the only question was how to destroy the enemy before it got away. 

"Launch missiles!"

The enemy returned missile fire. Keggy flipped through the manual to determine standard procedure for missile defense. Shooting them down with the cannon or using the tractor beam were the two preferred methods. 

"Computer, is this ship equipped with a tractor beam?"
"- Tractor beam negative"
"Then send the marine to the main cannon."
"- Error. This ship is not equipped with a cannon."
"What? Then how... Computer, prepare to ram missile."
"- Error safety override prevents obvious suicidal maneuvers."
"Then have marine launch a missile at incoming missile."
"- Error. Missiles cannot be launched at missiles."
"Bullshit. Why not?"
"- Probability of missile to missile interception is point zero two seven seven seven seven seven ..."
"I get it. It's unlikely. Then double the odds and launch TWO missiles."
"- Error missiles cannot ... "
"Just shut up and launch missiles!"
"- Affirmative"

"Captain Klizpicks, has Keggy been destroyed yet?"
"No, but it should not be long. He's been launching his missiles at the enemy missiles."
"How? The computer shouldn't allow that."
"Keggy seems to be very persuasive."
"He obviously needs assistance. Send in Ensign Trillian."
"Trillian? She's greener than Keggy. At least he has skimmed the pilot manual. We are unsure if Trillian can even read!"
"Yes indeed. This should be fun to watch."

"Accelerate! Turn to starboard! Ready missiles! More power to shields! Woooo, this is great! How's it going in the science lab Trillian?"
"Bored"
"Why? Oh hey, we are getting close to the enemy. Why don't you scan their ship?"
"Good idea. Computer, scan enemy ship."
"- Scan lock acquired. What would you like to know?"
"Um... Are any of the crew dead?"
"- Negative"
"Really? We've been pounding the helm. Isn't the pilot dead?"
"- Negative"
"Are you certain? All that damage and nobody is dead?"
"- Negafirmative"
"Negafirmative? What does that mean?"
"- One crew member is unconscious."

"Hey Trillian, I've got a great idea. Let's jump into one of those boarding missiles and hijack their helm. You take this blaster and keep them busy while I steer their ship into a planet or something."
"Um, steer the ship into a planet... I'm not so sure... "
"It'll be great. What do you think computer?"
"- Negative"
"Why negative?"
"- Reason one. Simulation ends in twenty five minutes. Insufficient time for satisfactory boarding party action. Reason two. Enemy helm must be hacked before it may be engaged and you do not possess sufficient hacking skill."
"Damn. I think the computer just called me stupid."

"Trillian, how's that scan look?"
"Reacquiring right now. Computer, scan enemy ship."
"- Scan lock acquired. What would you like to know?"
"Um... Does my husband love me?"
"- Error. Please repeat request."
"Does my husband love me?"
"... Affirmative"
"How could you know that?"
"Illogical queries are responded to in the manner most likely to promote mental stability."

Meanwhile, Keggy pondered how best to finish off the enemy. 

"Computer, accelerate to ramming speed!"
"- Error safety override prevents obvious suicidal maneuvers."
"This is not 'obvious suicide'. Our hull is relatively intact. We have a good chance of surviving. This is more like 'possible suicide'". 
"- Affirmative. Acceleration engaged. Suggest brace for collision."

The enemy ship buckled and broke under the impact. Keggy's ship was dented and hurt but still intact. 

"See, that wasn't so bad. Now where's my medal? Where's the champagne?"
"- Explosion detected from enemy ship. Brace for impact."

"What happened? Lieutenent Klizpicks, why did the lights go out?"
"Keggy, your ship was destroyed. You and your crew died along with it."
"But the enemy ship was destroyed too, right?"
"Yes it was"
"That seems like a fair trade."
"I can't argue with that."
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The downtime in phases 3-6 kinda bogged the game down. Maybe having higher stats to compensate for used tokes would help.
 
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You can prepare for an action as an action. This gives you +1 on your roll. If you've only got 3 engines, and nothing to repair, it may be a good idea to prepare before pumping each to give you a better chance of success.

Another way to spend your extra time is to assist others with their actions. Make a skill check of 8 in the skill they are using to give them a +1 on their check.

Finally, if there is nothing happening in a phase, it should go by quickly. Move the ships, the players probably brace as their actions and then move on.

Thanks for posting the story!
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Well done!

Congrats on this getting second place (Bach Prize) in the Excellence in Session Report Writing Awards!

 
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