Duke Morrison and the Great Zeppelin Adventure

The calm before the storm

Chris Palmer and I ran a GASLIGHT game on my 7-foot long zeppelin.  The scenario involved Professor Serafini Nannini transporting his rocket sled in Duke Morrison’s zeppelin.  (Duke Morrison is the hero of my pulp games using GASLIGHT.)  Nannini and his daughter Gianna had hidden six components of one of his fabulous inventions around the zeppelin for security reasons. As Nazi rocket troopers and hired gangsters attack the zeppelin to seize Nannini, the rocket sled, and the six components, Duke Morrison (and his soldiers), “Boats” Morgan (and his sailors), “Wrench” Webb (and his soldiers), the Nanninis and their lab workers, MacDuff (and his police), and “Crash” Corrigan (and his rocket troops) work to gather together the components and move them to the rocket sled.  The game was to end at exactly 1130 (wall clock time).  If the good guys had gathered the components and had them in the rocket sled at 1130, the sled would launch, and the good guys would win.  The sled could not be launched until 1130.  Oh, and only five people could drive the sled, so one of them needed to last that long.  The five people who could pilot the sled were Duke, Boats, Wrench, Prof. Nannini, and Gianna Nannini.

Two gangsters have taken control of one of the McGuffins and moved to to the rear of the zeppelin

With eight players worth of figures, the game came down to three figures at 1128.  There were two gangster minions left and Boats Morgan, who was in the rocket sled.  Everyone else had gotten killed during the three hours of zany shoot-em-up.

Crash Corrigan gunned down by some of Horseface Harry’s gang

The two gangster minions shot at Boats with just two minutes left to play.  One of them scored a hit, and Boats failed his Save.  The bad guys had all the components (five of which the good guys had conveniently carried to the rocket sled) and the sled itself.  And they also possessed Duke’s zeppelin, as none of Duke’s men survived.

Some of “Boats” Morgan’s sailors take up overwatch positions

Below are some pictures of the action at various points of the game.  I think the players all had a really good time.  The fact that the game came down to the last three figures two minutes prior to the game’s end contributed.  All the players got into the light-hearted spirit of GASLIGHT.

The action is becoming intense
Three gangs of evildoers gun down the police guarding the entrance to the zeppelin on the docks
The rocket troops take up positions and prepare to look for some of the McGuffins
Duke Morrison and two soldiers on the bridge
A view of the battleground
Bonnie, a gangster, is gunned down by rocket troops and Duke Morrison
A view of the hold as “good guys” occupy professor Serafini Nannini’s rocket sled
Bonnie’s gangsters take up positions behind the soldiers and sailor blocking the zeppelin entrance
The gangsters race past the blockade