DANGER PATROL ALPHA URGENT MESSAGE *stop* NEW EMPIRE MONUMENT SKYDOCK IS UNDER ATTACK *stop* ZOMBIE KONG AND A HORDE OF LIGHTNING ZOMBIES ARE SCALING IT EVEN NOW *stop* YOUR SERVICE IS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO KEEP ROCKET CITY SAFE ONCE AGAIN *full stop*
I like writing down my conflicts and placing them on the table. It feels tangible and the act of writing them out just helps flesh out the scene's framing. It is also neat to be able to take home the conflicts in neat piles, each pile a scene's worth of conflicts.
The first scene started with them flying a Hawk 5000 into the midst of the New Empire Monument Skydock (the locals call it the N.E.M.S.D.). The conflicts are as follows:
The NEMSD will collapse due to Zombie Kong's eldritch lightning emissions (countdown, 2).
When Zombie Kong was done in, I just took this conflict off of the table when I should have let the energies by their own beast. Ah well, live and learn.
A careful combination of Doc Cannon's sharp shooting and Mr. Vanish's daredevil driving did the big undead ape in.
Lightning Zombies scaling the building.
They joined Kong in doom. I threw them in with him as his minions.
Lightning Zombies on the docks, about to devour a little girl.
Scarlet Blood swooped in and saved the girl along with her stuffed bear (a teddy bear in the shape of an Albino Barsoom Bear to be exact).
Lightning Zombies crawling on Air Yachts
FLAT! Especially after the previous batch attempting to devour a little girl!
And a conflict created due to the rolling, only one because I didn't grok the conflict system in the first conflict:
Careening towards Mars...gravity strikes!
When Zombie Kong landed on the hood of the Hawks 5000 it was only Doctor Cannon's fast thinking and gadgetry that saved him and Mr. Vanish from a crashing doom.
Little Girl: Can I be like you when I grow up?
Scarlet Blood: Yes, you can...if you stay in school.
Things to think about:
Conflicts that inherently threaten something other than just the PC's generate real weight and bad guys stumbling around are just kind of flat. I will notice this again and again tonight.
I asked them each to say where they were when, back on pre-Atomic Destruction Earth, King Kong fell from the Empire State Building and was killed. The responses did not generate the kind of feedback I needed and I ran the next scenes out of little things they said during chargen and when introducing their characters.
I should have just done Last Time on...Danger Patrol, rather than trying to get fancy and tying them all to Zombie Kong. I think Last Time on...Danger Patrol would have been more fruitful.
Speaking of which, the characters are:
Dr. Thaddeus Cannon a.k.a. Doc Cannon, two-fisted professor: inventor of, among other things, the Cannon Calisthenic Regimen, an academy drop-out who is known for "taking science by the throat."
Agent Scarlet Blood, psychic agent: mysterious secret agent who changed her name so none would know of her shameful family, the prominent Crimson Republic clan whose name is simply - Red.
Mr. Vanish the Fantastic, mystic daredevil: when his on-stage dealings with the Prestidigitation Guild turned ugly, Mr. Vanish turned to the Danger Patrol for the thrills he craved, turning his love of the mysterious into heroism.