Wednesday, July 12, 2017

James Hawkins and his Archaeological Adventurers

I'm starting a play through of the Pulp Alley Perilous Island campaign. It looks like a great story with a variety of settings and styles - adventure, noir and a little bit of pulpy fantasy.

For my league,  I wanted a team of classic pulparchaeological adventurers, inspired by the old serials or the more recent Mummy movies. I have also been reading a bit about T.E. Lawrence lately, and he may be the primary inspiration for my protagonist.




From left to right: . Rory McGory, Harry Hickman, James Hawkins, Desh Bataju and Miles Hawkins. 




James Hawkins - like most pulp archaeologists, he is more of a treasure hunter than an academic, though he does have enough books published about central Asian history to withstand criticism of his credentials. The Great War interrupted his university studies, but after he returned to the classroom he found his taste for adventure unsatisfied. He gathered together his friends and associates and set out to solve history's great great mysteries.
Leader
Health
Brawl
Shoot
Dodge
Might
Finesse
Cunning
James Hawkins
d10
3d10
2d8
3d8
2d10
3d10
3d10
Inspiring
Once per turn, a colleague within 12” gains a +1d bonus for a challenge
Rugged
Reroll one Health check when brawling
Deductive
As an action, draw one Fortune card





Harry Hickman - an American friend of James from his wartime service. Harry, a Texan through and through, is a expert rifleman, but don't count him out of a fist-fight either. 
Sidekick
Health
Brawl
Shoot
Dodge
Might
Finesse
Cunning
Harry Hickman
d8
3d8
4d8
3d8
2d6
2d6
2d6
Marksman
Increase Shoot by +1d (included above)
Crackshot
Targets of shooting do not benefit from cover



Sgt. Rory McGory - a friend of Harry's father, the late Sir Malcolm Hawkins, from their time in the Boer War. Rory was, and occasion still is, a powerful brawler. He now makes sure their supplies and baggage are in order and keeps a watchful eye on young Miles.
Ally
Health
Brawl
Shoot
Dodge
Might
Finesse
Cunning
Rory McGory
d6
2d6
1d6
1d6
2d6
1d6
1d6
Noblesse
If failing a recovery check when down, may attempt a Recovery in subsequent turns




Desh Bataju - a Nepalese tracker and guide. His motives for James were purely mercenary at first, but he has since bonded with James and the other adventurers.
Ally
Health
Brawl
Shoot
Dodge
Might
Finesse
Cunning
Desh Bataju
d6
1d6
2d6
1d6
1d6
1d6
2d6
Eagle-Eyed
Close range is up to 12” and long range is over 48.”



Miles Hawkins - James' son, who normally attend boarding school in England. James lets Miles attend his expeditions, providing they are during school breaks and/or have "educational" opportunities. He's under strict orders to stay away from trouble, which Miles interprets as "shooting bad guys with my sling shot is ok."
Follower
Health
Brawl
Shoot
Dodge
Might
Finesse
Cunning
Miles Hawkins
d6
0d6
2d6
2d6
1d6
2d6
1d6
Sly
Add +1d to Dodge and finesse, No brawl (included above)
Slingshot
Receive a +1d bonus to Finesse when attempting an ambush, a -1d penalty for targets over 12”… (see Weapon kit rules)


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