Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 4 posts
 Plotting your demise
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 20:12
Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
The desert is so vast that no one can know it all. Men go out into the desert, and they are like ships at sea; no one knows when they will return.
         -JEAN-MARIE GUSTAVE LE CLÉZIO


August 20th, 1942
11:25


It's been several hours since you left Cairo.  You're on a lesser-traveled road that's mostly used by the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) to travel into Libya without risking being seen on the coast road.  The LRDG has outfitted you with a jeep and a truck, the jeep out front.  Both are open-topped with no windshields.  http://www.1zoom.net/big2/95/187322-stranger.jpg

The road went from macadam, to packed earth, and now the packed earth is giving way to a dirt track that's more uniform than the desert on either side of it, but not by much.  The dust is incredible, billowing even when there's seemingly no wind, but luckily the LRDG gave you tinted goggles and shemaghs.  You wiped the dust of your goggles for the first few miles, washed your mouths out regularly with water, but now you've given up.  This is the first of many times you will yield to the desert.  It's sun hammers you and the hot wind blowing in your face over the windshield offers little relief.

You passed a platoon of British tanks about ten minutes ago.  They waved politely, but one or two whistled once they realized there were women in your team.

The road enters a narrow valley, with maybe room for three trucks to pass abreast.  Scrub clings to the steep sides of the valley, its needles and leaves the dusty color that passes for green in this country.

Probably an hour or two to Bou Saada, if the road holds.




You're currently going 25"/round, or ~15MPH/22KPH.  (Note that this will impose a -2 on any Driving rolls unless you decelerate to <15"/round.)

The jeep has room for a driver, gunner in the front passenger seat on the double Bren Machine Guns, and a passenger in the back, crammed in between jerry cans of gasoline.

The truck has room for a driver, a passenger in the front seat, a gunner on the Vickers machine gun in the truck bed, and 2-3 passengers in the truck bed amongst the supplies.

Who's driving each vehicle, who's on the guns?  What are the others doing?


Jeep
Acc/Top Speed
10/40

Toughness (Front)
7(1)

Weapons
2X Bren Guns - 2X100RD Drums (4 spare Drums)
RangeDamageRate of FireArmor PiercingSpecial
40/80/1602D8+2RoF 3AP 2Auto

Chevroley 30CWT Truck
Acc/Top Speed
10/25

Toughness (Front)
12 (1)

Weapons
Vickers Machine Gun - 250RD belt (3 spare belts)
RangeDamageRate of FireArmor PiercingSpecial
30/60/1202D8RoF 3AP 2Auto

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:42, Fri 01 Apr 2016.

Cpl. Mukhtar Khatti
 player, 3 posts
 The Lion
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 21:17
Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
"Cursed Desert, my land is full of life and rain. It rains nonstop at times, there is nothing of life here, not even death. It is just empty. I will be glad when we have more people around. A desert is more then just dry, it is ...alone."

 Khatti is sitting in the back of the truck manning the heavy machine gun, it would be difficult to not see a threat coming in the open desert but he found close proximity to the weapon to be comforting.

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:31, Thu 31 Mar 2016.

Victoria Ramos
 player, 3 posts
 Vic-Vic
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 21:21
Re: Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
Cpl. Mukhtar Khatti:
"Cursed Desert, my land is full of life and rain. It rains nonstop at times, there is nothing of life here, not even death. It is just empty. I will be glad when we have more people around. A desert is more then just dry, it is ...alone."

 Khatti is sitting in the back of the jeep manning the heavy machine gun, it would be difficult to not see a threat coming in the open desert but he found close proximity to the weapon to be comforting.

Victoria looks up and smiles
"Ah you should come and see our jungles and sea."
"It is far better. I shall never get this sand out of my hair"

Cpl. Mukhtar Khatti
 player, 4 posts
 The Lion
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 21:29
Re: Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
"Hah, or my own."

*rubbing at his full beard his hand comes away sandy, but he can't be sure if it's sand he has cleaned from his beard or just some that was on his hand already as it seems to cling to everything anyway*

"Your homeland it has much fruits and vegetables?"
Sgt. Wendell Fong
 player, 3 posts
 Sarge
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 21:39
Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
Sarge sat behind of the truck's wheel and laughed at the corporal's comment, "Ha, son, this ain't nothin'!

"Back home not only is it hotter than a honeymoon hotel, but it's so dusty the dam' rabbits dig holes six feet in the air!

"This shit's nothing!

"Now, quit yer bellyachin' and keep those fiddles ya got there in tune!"

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:31, Thu 31 Mar 2016.

Josephine Chevalier
 player, 3 posts
 Codename Sparrow
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 21:50
Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
Josephine, comfortably ensconced in the truck's passenger seat, smiled at Sarge's colorful turns of phrase. "At least it's a dry heat," she noted wryly. "Where I'm from, you'd be broiling and drowning at the same time." She missed the bayous of her native Louisiana, beautiful in their strange dark way, but she certainly didn't miss the people -- at least, not the society types.

Softly, she began humming under her breath, a Cajun lullaby half-remembered from her childhood. She was in a surprisingly good mood, all things considered. She was with good company, had just had all the whistles and catcalls needed to soothe her ego a few minutes ago, and was on her way to see an old, old friend.

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:32, Thu 31 Mar 2016.

GM
 GM, 8 posts
 Plotting your demise
Thu 31 Mar 2016
at 22:26
Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
OOC:  Since this RP and conversation is all awesome and between Mukhtar, Victoria, Josephine, and Sarge, I'm GM fiat-ing all of them into the truck, since that's where they'd all fit and putting Israel and Nancy in the jeep.  I've edited some posts to reflect this.  I apologize for this, I'll try not to make it a habit.

Jeep:
Driver-Israel
Passenger Seat Gunner-Nancy

Truck:
Driver-Sarge
Passenger Seat-Josephine
Gunner-Mukhtar
Truckbed-Victoria

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:32, Thu 31 Mar 2016.

Israel Rodriguez
 player, 3 posts
 Dizzy Izzy
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 03:56
Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
Israel scanned his surroundings slowly, watchful for any signs of trouble. Rough wrinkled hands were firmly planted on the wheel and a silver cross hang from his neck. He breathed a sigh of relief after finding nothing out of the ordinary before turning to Nancy with a smile. "So, how do you feel about being the vanguard eh? Any problems and were the first to hit it, or get hit by it. Heh." Israel gave a small laugh but his smile disappeared as he thought more about the implications of being attacked. He quickly smiled again however when he remembered the best way to cheer up a conversation. Jokes! "Hey ya wanna hear a joke? it'll help brighten the mood up at least."
Cpl. Mukhtar Khatti
 player, 6 posts
 The Lion
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 05:46
Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
In reply to Sgt. Wendell Fong (msg # 5):

"Someday you will have to learn to speak English my friend, or I must lern to speak Texas!"

Mukhtar laughs heartily but is only part way joking about his ability to understand what Sarge is saying. He had heard Texans preferred their tea cold, initially he had thought it impossible but the more he found out about Americans the  more he saw anything as likely.
Sgt. Wendell Fong
 player, 5 posts
 Sarge
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 16:00
Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
Sarge almost growls, "Texan, son, is the only dam' language ya gotta know."

Then barks a laugh and nods towards Josephine without taking his eyes from the road, "But I know it ain't easy for some folks, 'cause we're so dam' sophisticated.

"Hell, that's why I know we're well-led, 'cause the Chief here understands it and she's from the land of drunk Cajun wackos!"

Victoria Ramos
 player, 4 posts
 Vic-Vic
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 18:11
Re: Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
Sgt. Wendell Fong:
Sarge almost growls, "Texan, son, is the only dam' language ya gotta know."

Then barks a laugh and nods towards Josephine without taking his eyes from the road, "But I know it ain't easy for some folks, 'cause we're so dam' sophisticated.

"Hell, that's why I know we're well-led, 'cause the Chief here understands it and she's from the land of drunk Cajun wackos!"

Victora looks at Fong and just where does that leave we people of the Pacific may I ask?
"Our cultures were old before Texas was taken from the Mexicans and they were still young then"

Sgt. Wendell Fong
 player, 6 posts
 Sarge
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 18:34
Re: Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
Tex shrugs, again without taking his eyes off the road, "Hell if I know, Vic-Vic."

Leaning back in the driver's seat he looks over his right shoulder. His grin is hidden by his shemagha, but the wink he gives is visible through his goggles, "'Cause, while my people came to Texas a coupla thousand years after my culture had established itself in Asia."

Turning back to the road, "My people kinda get around, eh, but I guess you sorta know that?", he finishes with a barking laugh.
Victoria Ramos
 player, 5 posts
 Vic-Vic
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 18:48
Re: Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
Sgt. Wendell Fong:
Turning back to the road, "My people kinda get around, eh, but I guess you sorta know that?", he finishes with a barking laugh.

Victoria looks serious
"From the land of the wall has come much wisdom, it is arguable as which of the ancient cultures is the eldest of that area". "But truly what ever we face is older still"
Bdr. Nancy McNeil
 player, 1 post
 Bombie Lass
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 18:55
Re: Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
"Rather 'ave a good bit o' longer range." Nacy replied to the driving priest. Why she was on the guns in a jeep she wasn't sure, but here she was. "One o' those tanks woulda been nice." She continued, her eyes scanning out in front of her. "Somethin' that'd crack some armour yeh know?" Her gloved hands gripped the weapon in front of her as she tracked it across the ground, waiting for something, but hoping for nothing. "An' really, I'd much rather be back somewhere green. All this lack o' colour is irritatin'."
Sgt. Wendell Fong
 player, 7 posts
 Sarge
 Come hell or high water!
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 19:19
Re: Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
Vic-Vic's words remind him of a few things he wished were different in this moment. To begin with he wished he did not have to have the shemagah wrapped around his face, not only for the missing comfort of his old El Paso Texans ball cap under his helmet, but because he misses the cigar that ought to be in his mouth.

Most importantly, however, was the thought about what they are probably facing on this mission, which sent a chill down his spine that he desired to convey even less than the first two complaints. Instead, Sarge simply shrugs his shoulders, "Yup!"
GM
 GM, 9 posts
 Plotting your demise
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 19:22
Re: Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
The valley turns north here and the road follows it, the high walls creating a blind curve.  As you clear the curve you spot a vehicle on the right shoulder of the road, 200 feet away.  (61 meters for anyone but Americans) It's a German kubelwagen, with the Afrika Korps logo painted on the driver side door.  http://rctanksaustralia.com/im...lwagen___awm__26.jpg

Two soldiers in the mustard brown uniform of the Afrika Korps appear to be changing a tire on a small trailer attached to the vehicle.  An officer watches from the backseat of the kubelwagen while smoking a cigarette.  He spots you and shouts an order. The men scramble for weapons.




I'm not going to map this one out, but let me know if you need more info on locations. You are currently 40 inches/squares from the kubelwagen and the German soldiers. You are currently moving 25 inches/squares per round in their direction.  Vehicles move on their drivers' turns. Each character gets an action and a move, driving is a free action (staying at same heading and speed requires no action) unless the driver pulls a maneuver (Hard Brake or Ramming, for example).  Driving rolls are at -2 for your current speed.

Note that the range increments on your weapons are in inches and each square/inch is 5 feet in the game (house rule).  Shooting from a moving vehicle imparts a -2 shooting, except for Mukhtar. Shooting at medium range is a -2 and long range is -4. Both German soldiers are in the open, but the officer has partial cover, for an additional -1 to hit.  The mounted machine guns don't suffer recoil, so no penalty there.  Your Target Number for success on any roll is always 4, but I will impose penalties to your roll based on the situation.

Her's an example: Sarge decides to fire his Thompson over the dashboard. He gets a -2 for shooting from a vehicle, -2 for auto fire, and -2 for being at medium range. His rate of fire is 3, and he decides to fire 2 times at one soldier, and 1 time at the other. He rolls his D10 Shooting and his D6 Wild Die 3 times. His first roll his highest is 6 on his D10, with a -6 means he misses. His second roll is a 9 on his D10, but with a minus 6 is still a miss. His final shot he gets a 6 on his Wild Die, an Ace, so he rolls again and adds the 4 he gets for a tota of 10. With a -6 penalty, he gets the Target Number of 4 and hits the second soldier. He rolls his 2D6+1 for damage.

Here is the initiative order:
Queen of Spades: Father Rodriguez (Jeep moves)
Queen of Diamonds: Afrika Korps Officer
Ten of Diamonds: Victoria Ramos
Seven of Diamonds: Nancy McNeil
Seven of Clubs: Josephine Chevalier
Six of Clubs: Sarge (Truck moves)
Two of Hearts: Afrika Korps Soldiers
Two of Clubs: Mukhtar

Father, it's your move.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:49, Fri 01 Apr 2016.

Victoria Ramos
 player, 6 posts
 Vic-Vic
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 19:30
Re: Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
<quote GM>
The valley turns north here and the road follows it, the high walls creating a blind curve.  As you clear the curve you spot a vehicle on the right shoulder of the road, 200 feet away.  (61 meters for anyone but Americans) It's a German kubelwagen, with the Afrika Korps logo painted on the driver side door.  http://rctanksaustralia.com/im...lwagen___awm__26.jpg

/quote>

Victoria aims at the officer, aiming to shoot him centre mass,
GM
 GM, 11 posts
 Plotting your demise
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 19:44
Re: Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
In reply to Victoria Ramos (msg # 17):

Please wait to post until your turn when we're in initiative order.  Thanks.
Israel Rodriguez
 player, 9 posts
 Dizzy Izzy
Fri 1 Apr 2016
at 21:15
Re: Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
Israel's gaze focused back onto the road, listening quietly as she spoke. "Yeah i'm not much of a fan of this climate either, to be honest..." he cut himself off as jeep cleared the curve and the kubelwagen came in sight. "Germans there! I'll try to get you closer." Israel yelled urgently, his hands tightening on the wheel and body ducking down trying to make himself a smaller target as the jeep closes in.

OOC:

Israel continues to drive forward at the same speed.

GM
 GM, 17 posts
 Plotting your demise
Sat 2 Apr 2016
at 00:03
Re: Scene 1: The Road to Bou Saada
In a fit of hubris or stupidity, the German officer takes a shot at the oncoming jeep with his Luger.  The bullet doesn't even come close. He yells something in German to his men, though over the noise of the engines and rushing wind, you don't know what.



16:58, Today: GM rolled 1,2 using 1d6-2,1d6-2, rerolling max with rolls of 3,4.  Afrika Korps officer shooting his Luger at the jeep.

Victoria Ramos, you're up!