This is the first adventure of the new campaign.
The adventure started off with me describing Professor Enigmatic’s ship. It looks like the ship from Prometheus. Ben asked if the university provided any techs or assistants; they did, 2 student research assistants (guy and girl) and a mechanic.
The players (Jeff hadn’t got there yet) discussed how they knew each other and how they got to be on Enigmatic’s ship.
After figuring that out, they decided to look for the Spice Melange. I decided to price it as a Luxury good and give them a price for small quantities of the stuff. I used the Maze Rats Ethereal Forms table to describe the drug’s effects. In some cases, a bad trip resulted and I used the Mutations list to describe the nightmare that the character was suffering. The characters decided to buy a whole ton and a half of the stuff to try to sell on the new worlds they discovered (great stuff!!).
From there, I describe Professor Enigmatic’s overall mission of exploring the Vertiti subsector, but first they need to go to the ice moon of the gas giant in the Tellus system and see what happened to some scientists there.
The scientists were researching the strange anomalies on the moon.
The players made it safely from Brietz to the moon and landed at the scientists’ base camp. Throughout all this there was drug use and lustful behavior towards the females on the ship and general horrible treatment toward the male research assistant.
On the surface at the base camp, the guy assistant was exploring the base camp under the direction of professor enigmatic. It was then that Jeff’s character was found as a stowaway in one of the crates of spice. While Jeff’s character was trying to warn the male assistant about how crazy the other characters were, Neal’s character ran up and bashed the assistant in the head, nearly killing him. The assistant is currently in the medical bay on the ship dying.
This freaked out the two women who tried holing up in the mechanic’s room. When their door was forced open, the mechanic shot at Enigmatic but missed. She was then shot by Dave’s character, but not harmed greatly. The mechanic is now locked up in a stateroom. The girl assistant is being drugged out of her mind in an other stateroom to keep her calm.
The characters decide to still continue the mission though, and follow the leads from the base camp to where they think the scientists went. When they get to the area, they notice that is like a communications and sensors blank spot, with none of that equipment working.
They find the scientists’ wrecked research vessel, and see a painted sign towards the rocky hills. They don’t do any more searching and head up there. They then see a 4-eyed monkey and try to scare him off with a laser blast from the ship’s weapons.
They find the path up through the rocky crag to the cave where the scientists are hiding. Jeff’s character tries to distract the ice apes by throwing some spice at them; they throw a rock at his head in return. Jeff’s character and Neal’s character run up to the cave and meet the surviving scientists. Ben’s character, Enigmatic, is wheelchair ridden and so stays behind in his ship. By this time, David had left; so we don’t know what happened to his character.
Next time, re do introductions and see how they handle all the scientists and the ice apes.