Monday, November 2, 2015

'Strange Aeons' Halloween Game - 'The Spanish Caverns'


As it was Halloween this past weekend I decided to put on a 'Strange Aeons' game for the boys. Here's the scenario I cooked up for them:
Spring 1937, Spain. 
Your teams have been dispatched to war-torn Spain to investigate reports of a strange atmospheric phenomenon witnessed along the coast of Asturias. This disturbing anomaly, which seems to manifest itself as a type of fog, is causing perfectly good aircraft to crash with no pilots in cockpits and ships found adrift without crew. If this is not perplexing enough, the only ones affected are those sympathetic to Republican Spain...

!No Pasaran! 
!Fhtagn!
The four Agency teams first flew into Portugal where they met a sympathetic priest who served as their guide into Asturias. He ultimately led them to a series of caverns set within a cliff-faced shore. Caverns where the strange fog has been seen to emanate these past few months... 


One member of the team taking a smoke break at the entrance to the caverns.

From all this we spent the evening drinking Spanish wine, having a few laughs, while dispatching rogue Guardia Civil troopers, Cultist Nazis, extra-dimensional tentacles and a wide assortment of creepy-crawly baddies. True to form, the heroes ultimately emerged triumphant, but it must be said that the sanity of a few their number have been severely frayed by the experience. 

The cavern terrain tiles are from a Kickstarter from Dwarven Forge. Both Stacy and I harvested non-essential body parts from local teenagers to get a bunch of the pre-painted sets. They are made of a very high quality plastic/resin material and are ingeniously designed so as to fit together in a bewildering variety of designs. 

Lady Sarah seemed a bit skeptical when I was unpacking the boxes ('You paid HOW MUCH for this?'), but it only took a few minutes of her fiddling around with the pieces and she was hooked, madly putting together her first dungeon. In fact, the cavern layout for this scenario was designed by her the night before. Yes, m'dear, it's a slippery slope. Mwhaahaa!

'...and, see, in here we'll install a jacuzzi and solarium to help hydrate the resident undead. You know, some creature comforts...'
The tabletop with the entrance layer lifts up and fits over the other surface, hiding the final showdown from the players.

Below are a few pics of the caverns along with some artistic re-creations of the evening's action. 


The lower level cavern.
The final showdown in the upper cavern which, in the scenario, overlooks the Atlantic.

'Gee whiz Willickers, what could possibly be down this passage?'
The final battle. A poor team-member (Sylvain) getting drained like a malted milkshake by the Daemonic Mist.
'Schluuurp! Burp! Oh my, pardon me...'
Recognize the villain Nick?
For those who are curious: The nasty pumpkins seen above generated an eldritch shield around the main villains that the heroes had to deal with first. Trick or Treat!!

Thanks for visiting and have a great week!

47 comments:

  1. Nice to see you having fun with the hobby again. Fun looking game and a great table. I recognize Nicks figure-it looks great!

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    1. Thanks Anne. It was nice to sneak in Nick's figure - he had the perfect pose for the setting.

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  2. That looks a fun game, very nice dungeon too

    Ian

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  3. Nice game! Where did you get the inspiration to put it in Asturias?

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    1. I always enjoy using my SCW collection and I thought the north would be interesting, what with its Carlists and Guardia units. Also there is something inherently mysterious about the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic.

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  4. Brilliant. Superb figures and dungeon!

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  5. That looks the business Curt, used to own some Dwarven Forge, excellent stuff!

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    1. Cheers my good man! Why am I not surprised that you had some of this kit?!

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  6. Great looking game - I also got the Dwarves Forge cavern sets but like an idiot, got the unpainted ones. Yet another thing on the painting list. If only terrain counted for the challenge.......

    Speaking of that approximately one one to go

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    1. Yeah, we were thinking of the unpainted sets but I'm inherently lazy and knew I'd make ANY excuse not to paint them before working on figures.

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  7. That looks like seriously good fun! The caverns look amazing Curt, clearly well worth the sacrifice. ;)

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    1. ...and seriously, what's a few dismembered teenagers amongst friends... ;P

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  8. Fun game on some lovely terrain - it looks great!

    Never trust the Commissar...(but I'll deny having said that!)

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    1. My lips are sealed. Enjoy Fall In Paul!

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  9. Fantastic! Looks like great fun!

    Another Friend of mine bought into the dungeon and cavern kickstarters from Dwarven Forge - said it was the best money he ever spent on a kickstarter... mind you he has two boys (7 and 9) and they play with it EVERY DAY - I think they play with it more than lego!?

    I played Arkham Horror on Saturday afternoon and then also ran a halloween horror skirmish game on Saturday.

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    1. Thanks Tim. Yeah, the Dwarves Forge stuff is brilliant. Realistically I'll never get my money out of them like your friend, but it was too nice a set to pass up.

      Arkham Horror is a great game. Have you tried Eldritch Horror yet? It has the same level of fun as AH but is faster-paced and doesn't have the time-intensive setup and takedown.

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    2. I have not played Eldritch Horror yet - but I desperately want to! It is at the very top of my "Games to Get" list. I actually went to the Dragon's Den to pick up the copy they had during their anniversary sale a few weeks back, but someone had beaten me to it.

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    3. I don't think you'll be disappointed. It has largely supplanted Arkham as our Cthulhu boardgame of choice.Another other favourite is Elder Sign which we also really enjoy. It's more of a dice game but the mechanics are spot on and still gives a good evening's play.

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    4. I do have Elder Sign. As you say - good fun for an evening's play (when you don't have time for a full game of AH!)

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    5. Have you played either Arkham Horror or Eldritch Horror with any of the expansions? If so are there ones that you like better than others?

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    6. Yes! Being complete Cthulhu fanboyz we have all the expansions. Typically I've found the AH card expansions easier to integrate than the board add-ons. I love the extra boards but in reality it just adds more complication to the game. I think my favourite card expansion is The King in Yellow.

      As for EH the Mountains of Madness expansion is great but it significantly adds to the play time - make sure to give yourself at least 4 hrs to complete. We're really looking forward to trying out Strange Remnants and Under the Pyramid.

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  10. Curt
    It was a great game, with some fiendish looking vegetables. I still maintain that the critter with the Orb looked like a demonic kohlrabi (http://www.harvesttotable.com/2007/03/kohlrabi_kohlrabi_tastes_like/)

    However, I was more scared of Sylvain's repeated threats to use dynamite in the caverns (who brings dynamite to a cave fight?)
    Cheers
    PD

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    1. Yes, Sylvain was the real wild card in that game. One more turn and I think he was going to run in with a mitfull of sweating sticks to meet his Maker. Too bad one of his team was made into a psychic Slurpee...

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  11. Every magician needs a lovely assistant. Good to see you have one of your own hard at work!

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    1. Indeed! She usually keeps a pretty low profile regarding my geek-activities but she can be coaxed out from time to time. :)

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  12. Loads of spooky dungeon fun complete with Pumpkins...ACE!

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    1. Thanks Kiwi - Yes, the evil pumpkins nicely capped the scenario.

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  13. What?! No crazed, anarchist, Canadian fur trappers? ;) Great looking game.

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    1. Dont forget rogue bloodthirsty mooses.

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    2. Ah, a future scenario begins to formulate... :)

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  14. Sounds like a boffo adventure full of wine-fuelled fun. Excellent. The dungeon is quite lovely, and the final shots of tht chap in brown seemingly suspended in air while he gets his soul sucked dry is almost as icky as that giant spiderweb visible in some of the chots. Giant spiders ... ick.
    Bravo.

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    1. Yes, a wonderfully icky time was had by all. To add insult to injury the fellow who was getting slurpeed ended up getting electrocuted when Jeremy hit the beastie with his Tesla Rifle. Owwie!

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  15. This looks as a great game, full of fun! Fantastic terrain too. I need to find time to play with this ruleset...

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  16. Excellent terrain and very nicely painted "horrors and denizens of the deep"!

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    1. Thanks Sander - I hope the guys found them suitably creepy.

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  17. Great looking stuff Curt! Really sounds like an awesome scenario. Nice to see the good (or not so good?) General Suvorov having a night out ;-)

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    1. He made an awesome villain to be sure. The team captured him but I think he may have a few tricks up his sleeve yet...

      BTW your figure should be making his way to your home soon! (Says the Great Procrastinator)

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  18. Hey Curt, not to be a pest, but are you going to be running a Painting Challenge this year? I've been unable to participate in your past challenges, but my schedule finally opened up and I was hoping to join the fun (if there's room) this season. Thanks!

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    1. Patience John. All will be revealed... :)

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