Monday, January 17, 2022

From JeremyM: Drumph Grimderp Campaign - Act 1

Hi All, Jeremy here,

Earlier this fall I started a campaign using the OnePageRules Grimdark Future ruleset Curt rolled in with his Battle Sisters, and fellow local gamer Stacy brought out his Tao Coalition troops, and I acted as the force opposing both of them with my Human Defense Force troops and later Havoc Brothers Plague Disciples. Obviously none of these names and figures should be confused with those of a certain other popular game system, and nor should the setting and theme of the campaign have anything to do with any other popularly known individuals….nothing to see here…move along…move along.
Stacy and Curt deploying before a 2 part mission

The setting that brought the forces of the Sisters and Tao together is ‘Merika Prime. The Tao had been making inroads with the locals trading with them to bring them into their coalition. The Sisters were dispatched to investigate the disappearance of a local official, Inquisitor Mueller, who had gone missing. My Human Defense forces turned out to be traitors as they supported a coups under the new Planetary Governor Donoldium Drumph who was installed in "the most legitimate way ever with…no collusion…no collusion.” His rise to power also coincided with a mysterious plague affected the local populace Drumph dubbed the ‘Gyna Disease.’ 

Stacy's Tao ready to shoot up some traitor guardsmen

The Sisters and Tao found themselves unlikely allies, cut off on the planet facing the traitor guard. Their first mission was to destroy some traitor guard artillery and make contact with the local loyalist forces. After their success they basically linked up as a unified force on a hostile planet. 

Curt's Sisters of Battle after destroying a Traitor guard tank

The next mission saw them hot on the trail of the Inquisitor following his path of investigation. The Tao wanting to do so to try and cover up their secret trade arrangement, the Sisters wanting to simply discover the great heresy Inquisitor Mueller had warned of. They moved on into the outskirts of the planetary capital city Swampington and started by investigating the storage centre near the local spaceport. They discovered clues linking Governor Drumph to a recently nationalized group of fast food companies. Drumph now controlled DFC (formerly ‘Merika Fried Chicken…although the word chicken was conspicuously replaced on their menu to be just ‘DFC’) and McDrumph’s a similarly nationalized franchise burger joint. Strangely Drumph was insisting DFC and McDrumph burgers could cure the Gyna disease....likely all that horse dewormer in the secret sauce and spices.

Our hero’s next decided to look into one of the restaurants themselves. They attacked a local McDrumph’s in a residential area. They found further links to the food and the Gyna disease after investigating some of the local hab blocks. The Tao also discovered a gang, the Miller Boys, and managed to trade some Tao brand axel grease with them…which I’m sure won’t have any consequences in the future at all…as they seem like such ‘nice boys.’ Inside the restaurant they discovered that the food for both franchises was supplied by ‘Bigly Industries.’ This mission also had my favourite campaign moment with one of the loyalist tanks remaining parked in the drive thru of a McDrump's for the entire game as I failed to pull a chit to activate it. We ruled they had been apparently waiting on the milkshakes for their order and only got them after some of Curt's sisters burned the building to the ground, perfect timing!

Stephonius Miller and two Miller boys, 3D model scaling isn't great at times.

They next mission they noticed large convoys of vehicles moving towards Swampington. They stopped and discovered a notice that the “Greatest and largest inauguration will take place at Four Seasons Landscaping with catering by DFC.” They decided to ambush one of the convoys to seize some traitor guard vehicles so they could sneak into the inauguration ceremony…which “is clearly the biggest ever with 10 billion people attending from our planetary populace of 1 billion….biggest ever.” They also encountered “Rocket Boy Jefficus Sessionius” who could damage a unit to activate it again.

Drumph inauguration stage complete with big video screens

Curt's flagellants 'seizing' a traitor truck

Stacy's Tao shooting from the inauguration parking lot

Rocket Boy Sessionius

Our hero’s drove Sessionius away and seized several trucks. They used them to sneak infantry behind the inauguration ceremony. As they started to attack the traitor guard they discovered a Gyna disease side effect….zombies! They managed to fight off the guard and zombies and even torched Donoldium Drumph himself with melta blasts leaving the ceremony in a shambles….but it was still the greatest ever.

Chainsaw Sisters vs Zombies!

Drumph leaving the stage to attack!

Melta Sisters readying to fire.

Donoldium Drumph

Stay tuned for Act 2 the conclusion of our epic Grim Derpy Future campaign!

- Jeremy