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Planet Fall: Regina

Posted in: Play,Serenity by Ariel on July 27, 2010

We agreed to help Fox get Hawks down to the planet. We had the ice and we knew that Bailey Sackett was our contact for delivery.
“I know old Bailey!” Fox was expansive over dinner. “Runs the finest hardware store in this part of the ‘verse. People comes from miles and miles to rummage through his wares.”
Miss V could sense me fidgeting. “Yes, Swei. We’ll stop and let you look around. Draw up a list for me to authorize. A reasonable list of necessary parts and items to stock pile against the Black.” I scrambled off the couch and scurried to the engine room. She needs lots a little things, does the D-VA. And I would not be caught unprepared for a trip to a hardware store!

I was working on my list when I had a thought that brought a possum right acrost my grave, as they say. I grabbed the comm. “Miss V? Come in. You there?” Her voice crackled. “Yes, Swei? What’s wrong?”
“I uh, I just remembered something. I need to see you for real. Can I meet you in the bay?” There was silence. “If this is about the hardware budget….” “No! No ma’am.”
She came to the bay. I was staring through the port hole at the ice. “Miss V, did you know that it is illegal to bring ice to Regeena?”
“‘Ra-jEYE-na’ Swei. And what are you talking about?” I grabbed her hand. “It’s the Alliance, those damned…. bastards! They keep a noose around Regina’s neck and it’s made a ice. We ain’t getting through there with this ice. They’s check points and customs and the like.” I realized I still held her hand. I dropped it quickly.

Before she could speak, Maggie’s voice was on the comm. “We’re getting hailed by Alliance!” Miss V swore softly. “Get Roark and you two grab that Fox. I want to see him on the bridge. Now!”

Roark can be a persuasive guy. He stepped into the mayor’s cabin and spoke a few words too low for me to hear. Next thing I knew the mayor was on the bridge.

“Mayor Fox, I need you to talk with the fine Alliance folk and make sure that we’re cleared through customs and get our landing chitty. You know that we can’t be boarded. Not with this cargo.” The mayor nodded silently. He cleared his throat. “Quite. Quite right, madam. Where is your communication station?”

Within a few minutes we had our landing clearance. “Won’t you join us for dinner, Mayor Fox?” Miss V poured on the charm like it was cane syrup.

Later, after our guest was back in his bunk, we had a chance to talk further about how we were going to unload this contraband and get our payday.

Prudence figured that the mayor was our key to getting the ice unloaded in the smoothest way possibly. “He says he’s purt-near engaged to Miss Scarlet, so he’s gonna want to make sure it’s a clean hand off.”

The Doc frowned. “I don’t entirely trust the mayor. There is something…. cagey about him. He sweats too much.” Miss V waved her hand. “Glandular.”
“All I know is I’ll be happy to have that damned ice off the ship. Damn, I wish I’d remembered before we took this job. I’m supposed to know stuff like this.” I turned to Miss V. “I’ll get my stuff together and be ready for planet fall. I ain’t saying you’ll find a good mechanic on Ra-jEYE-na (I glared at the Doc), but you’ll get someone who can keep her in the air.”
There was silence. “Swei, what are you talking about?”
“I failed you and the crew, ma’am. We took this job and I shoulda remembered that ice is illegal out here. It’s minin’ and that’s my thing, my specialty. I think I was just damned glad to have something to do. I’s bored stiff at that lake house. It clouded my judgment, as the politicians say.”
“I am not accepting your resignation, if that is what you’re trying to do.”
“Well, but –”
“No buts. End of discussion. Get back to work. Or sleep, or something. Go!” She shooed me away. And I was relieved. I like my work and I love the old girl…..  D-VA, not Miss V. She ain’t old.

Little did I know that I was about to get some quality time with D-VA. But that, as the old folks say is another story.

[Meta] Want Legos! Want Legos Now!

Posted in: Fluff,Meta-gaming by Ariel on July 24, 2010

Legos. I had no idea how much fun I would have with them. I never played with Legos as a kid. We had Lincoln Logs. And an erector set, but I thought that was boring. I had friends with Legos and I played some at their houses but usually we played race cars or cops and robbers instead.

It wasn”t until we started playing Serenity that the Legos really got their place in our gaming. Before then Michelle would often use Legos to make props our to denote NPCs, but of course the scale was all wrong for our D&D miniatures. That made the pictures look funny sometimes as Indira or Sadi would be going up against a giant who wasn”t supposed to be a giant. And a yellow giant at that! Visit the World”s Biggest LEGO Shop!

LEGO Castle Trolls” Mountain Fortress (7097)

$124.95

Includes the Good King himself,  3 knights, 2 giant trolls, the Troll King himself, a troll sorceress, 2 troll warriors and a horse. Oh and an AWESOME castle.

LEGO Castle King”s Battle Chariot (7078)

$22.95

This battle chariot comes equipped with cross bow, spears and banners flying high, or it will, after you put it together. Sigh. I miss D&D.

LEGO Brickmaster: Castle (Lego Castle)

$15.29

Comes with a hardcover book. Full color photos and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on how to build the castle. Even I can make a great castle with these instructions.

LEGO Star Wars Rebel Trooper Battle Pack (8083)

$7.99

Perfect to adapt these pieces to our Serenity campaign. The ice cutter has 2 flick fire missiles, a rotating gun and a cargo box. Perfect for smugglers like us. Er, business people looking for exciting and unusual opportunities… That”s us.

LEGO Star Wars Echo Base (7749)

$19.99

If you can find this set, it is so cool! Includes 5 figures — 2 snow troopers, 2 Rebel troopers and Han Solo in winter gear. I wish I could find a way to introduce Tauntaun to the Serenity universe…..

LEGO Indiana Jones Temple Escape

$109.99

Indiana Jones Legos convert to Serenity pretty well. That dusty, dirty barroom brawl vibe translates very well. You can play around with the plane design and get a passable space ship.

LEGO Indiana Jones Jungle Cutter Set

$38.99

There are some fun jungle pieces in this set. The cutter is fun and like the plane in the previous item, the cutter can become something more Serenity-like with a few changes. I love the ivy and greenery.

These are a few of the Legos I am saving up for, have bought or borrowed since we started playing D&D and Serenity. The possibilities are endless and I love just messing around with the standard designs. I hope you might find a Lego set to get your imagination fired up, too!

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