Friday 1 November 2019

Terror of the Red Empire, An Astounding Tales Game

Returning to my Pulp world and i have started a serial set of games using the Wonderful Astounding Tales from Howard Whitehouse, played them many times and the perfect game system for my ideas. I have for the first episode used the Astounding adventures  scenario book and the first  part of the "White slaves of the Red Empire" wrote by Matt Kelland. The  Serial will be  of my own mad worlds and characters. Jasko Stone Fear Agent. Hero and void adventurer. 
I played the game and took pictures as always then laid out the  whole game below
 The cast good guys, left to right. Raj bodyguard and all round top fellow, Jasko Stone Fear Agent, Trent Conway Detective and Jaskos best friend and  last but not least Lucy Law Adventurer and Doctor of physics ...
The Bad guys , Turk Shambles,  nasty piece of work, Red Queen/ Psycola psychotic killer and the mighty Grunt strong man and enforcer
"La La Bucks" singer 
Episode one: 
"Bar of Doom"
 The Episode take place in the shady bar of Corpse end.
 La La is on stage singing  to the clients, 
 A full bar of ruffians and  dames.  
 Jasko and Raj watch the performance Notice Trent and Lucy also in the crowd
 Turk and Grunt wander in and see there  prize
 Grunt  not even bothering pushes his way to the stage
 He jumps and shoves the girls aside grabbing La La "You come With me  lady" La La screams and the music stops..
 Jasko in a flash  dives onto the  Stage, as Grunt looks he is meet by a punch to his jaw
 He is dropped like a tent peg, Jasko looks around and  takes LaLa hand "come with me if you want to live".
 The Bar client decide a better view of this situation?
 Trent jump on the stage assisting Jasko, What the devil is going on Jasko?"
 Jasko leads the singer off the stage, "Call for help Trent!"
 A flash and bang red garbed  figures drop from the roof and charge down the stairs
 A cowed woman screams  at the  red  Coweled attackers. "Get her you fools |
 Trent is suddenly surrounded, he dives inot the attackers
 A fist fight  starts on the stage
 La La in hand Jasko is suddenly  ambushed by 2  attackers
 Raj sees  Lucy being stalked he  charges and  blocks the path of the  red man.
 More attackers appear, shoving aside the client and making for the  fist fights
 Trent  knocks off the stage one attacker
 Spins to face the red garbed woman who seems to be in charge he grabs for her
 pulling off her hood after a struggle revealing an old foe and  dangerous individual " Psycola what the hell". Treant is stunned for a second
 Lucy and Raj scuffle as the clinet still flee the melee
 Lucy  head butts then drops on attacker charging her
 Turk swings but misses Trent "You are not wanted her Cop" Psycola  yelling, "Get the girl"
 the bar is almost empty apart for the  heroes and attackers

 Jasko punches and  fells the two attackers in a short but brutal  punch up
 As he tries to grab La La one rises and hits him head on
 Trent is not  taking this  light he bashes Turk out as Psycola smashes a bottle over his head from behind
 they struggle  on the stage
 Raj engages more Attackers he is floors another
 Trent  slaps Psycola down"Stay there you Crazy Bitch!"

 there is a green flash inside the bar and the heroes blink to find  the attackers have risen, diving merciless at the heroes

 Tow  fell the mighty Raj,
 As Jasko still stunned blows land in on the floor
 Turk smashes Trent on the back of the head, Psycola jumps off the stage grabbing La La, "get the hell out and deal with these vermin".
 Struggling she  pulls La La to the stairs.
 Lucy still standing punches an attacker but Turk  slams his shotgun stock inot her head she drops  down out..
 the Attackers smash the  alcohol barrels as the leave
 Psycola reaches the top of the Stairs escaping with her prize.
 Turk run to the top of the stairs and turns, he smiles and drops a match on the  alcohol stain floor, 'Enjoy hell", he runs out.
 The heroes all unconscious  are at the mercy of the now spredding flames
 The Bar ignites and the building is engulfed in fire
it burn  and then falls in on its self. 

Are the heroes fate to be burnt alive?
 the Villains victorious ?
the fate of poor La La unknown? 
who is behind this vile act?
Next episode soon more adventures of Jasko Stone Fear Agent.....


  1. I thoroughly enjoyed that, so much so I'm now following your blog. Really inspiring set up.

  2. Brilliant stuff. Set up looks great!

  3. Now this was an exciting episode! Can't wait for more. ;)

  4. Great battle report Tony. It looks awesome.

  5. That's a proper looking Pulp game, that is!

  6. Really enjoyed that & as someone who owns the rulebook & the book the scenario is based upon you've given me ideas as to how I might stage this game (pun intended :)

    I've a couple of questions if I may.
    1 did you play it out solo ? & if you did did you make any changes to the rules.

    2 how big of an area did you use for the game ?

    1. Solo yes easy, the cards dictate who moves etc the enemies control is always either A: shoot, charge,fight or objectives in game also I use the civilians card for lots of things , the table will 3x3 or 2X2 works depending on your scenario.

  7. Outstanding report and pictures!

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  9. Can you tell me who makes the Lucy Figure? I think I can identify all the others. It's a very nice sculpt!