Monday, April 28, 2014

Metamorphosis Alpha with the kids!

I ran a short MA game for my Daughter and her friend. It was the first time I've actually run the game Rules As Written. Prior I have always run a MA/Gamma World/ Mutant Future mash-up.

My wife joined in at the last minute so our party consisted of:
Chuck Norris - Human - Astronaut (11 yrs old)
Unna - Mutant flying squirrel  (11 yrs old, my daughter)
Astra - Mutant Thistle bush (Wife)
Chuck Norris, Astronaut
Unna and Astra found Chuck high up in the mountains after he fell from an explosion in the sky. He was groggy and suffered memory loss from the dent in his helmet. The mutants decided to escort Chuck back to the round houses in the valley by the lake, as it is rumored that others of his ilk live or lived there.
They first run into a group of Jawed plants near the riverside that almost eat Chuck! Then a Piercer is put to sleep with the Gas Ejector that Chuck carries. An uneventful night passes in the forest.

The next day they reach the lone round-house. Chuck thinks it looks familiar and they force their way in. After a few moments a Robot HU-318 (Household Unit) approaches and apprehends Unna while stating "Unauthorized animal in Domicile!" Chuck convinces the HU-318 that the animal is his pet, and to let it go. The Robot will only comply if the animal is cleaned and penned.  After a quick sonic-shower Unna is placed in a Pet Containment Unit and then HU-318 tries to "pot" Aster, the plant wants none of this and entangles the Robots wheels with tangle vines. Chuck tries to reprogram the HU-318 and triggers the security mode. HU-318 brandishes a Stun ray pistol and fires on the Astronaut shouting "Intruder Alert!" as sparks and smoke spew out of it's clear dome head.
The Robot is eventually dismantled, and the party loots the house for some food paks, a camp stove, and 1 gray/ 2 brown ID bracelets.

The next day the party decides to head to 3 tall towers the mutants know of nearby to seek clues of the Human's origin. Halfway there they encounter a golden Bearoid in battle with a large Black One! Aster fires a thistle spine arrow to draw the mutated spiders attention away from the Bearoid. Chuck gives the spider a face full of Gas Ejector to no avail! Unna creates a force field to protect her friends and lets loose with her radiation eye-blast frying the arachnid to a crisp!

Pooh the Bearoid thanks them for their help and offers a jar of honey and info about the 3 towers. It seems by day the area is ruled by the Two-Heads tribe and by night the Bino's roam for prey! The Two-Heads can be dealt with but the Bino's are evil pure and simple!!!

Reaching the 3 towers the party is greeted by a group of blue-skinned, four-armed, two- headed mutants. The leader Jan-Jan reveals they too saw the sky explosion over the mountains and since then the Bino's have been attacking harder at night. Jan-Jan says the Sky-Column to the north is where the party should seek more of those like Chuck. After trading some fish for a Movement tracker that Jan-Jan could not figure out how to use the group returns to the round house.

The next day they cross the river and head north to the Sky-Column. Upon reaching this massive mirrored tube that reaches from the ground to the clouds in the sky above, Chuck has a flash of memory about working feverishly in a metal tunnel full of tubes and wires that were sparking and smoking.

They discover a panel on the Column and open a hidden door with the gray bracelet as a key. They entered a small white room ans began their ascent into the Sky!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Metamorphosis Alpha Returns!

INFO UPDATE! 4/20/14
see ** below.
So, there has been a bit of cool activity in the Gaming World for MA. I see this blog still gets a hit or two so I thought I should throw this up for people who may not know:

Goodman Games, the makers of Dungeon Crawl Classic RPG, have Kickstarter going right now to bring out an Awesome Big ol' Book of Metamorphosis Alpha 1e  goodness! They are also going to produce 4 modules (the first of which is pictured above) made in the DCC style!

**This Kickstarter is really going great: If you ump on at the $80 level not only do you get the oversized deluxe Hardcover but you also get:
Hardcover backers ($80 level+):
--------------------------------------Original Metamorphosis Alpha Rulebook .pdf
- GM Screen
- Starship Warden Deck Plans poster map
- Monster & Device Guide (32 pgs.)
- New Adventure in DCC format
- 6d6 radiation-theme custom dice
- Illustrated Player Handouts (16+ pgs)

And they are very close to breaking the next stretch goal. If you were holding out I would say now is the time!
If this interests you at all, get over to that kickstarter and get in on this!