On some unnamable planet, our hero, Nyland Smith, has finally found it!
He could only hope that this really was it, and that his competitors hadn't beat him to it!
Making their way through the narrow passages, the party come upon a decidedly aftificial construction. He had been right, the treasure must be here!
"Let me see." Nyland checked over the panel, touching a few symbols he recognized. Somewhere, a power-cell hummed and the blast door suddenly shot open.
"Ah, Mr Smith, we meet again." A pirate clad in copper-colored armor stepped out.
"Jagar, I'm afraid I beat you to the punch" Smith smiled as he said this.
"Yes, but I have more guns, so I believe that what was yours is now mine." Jagar shot back, the smirk in his voice evident.
Not wanting to give up his newly aquired treasure that he had worked so hard for, Smith got ready to fight for his life.
Charging through a hail of gunfire, leveling his shotgun at the pirate with a pulse-machinegun, the follower in green fire, knocking over his target.
He is quickly forced to duck down by the crate next to him as Jagar sends a torrent of energy from his weapon towards the follower.
Running to his ailing comrade, the follower in blue helps him up on his feet, dodging fire from the two pirates closest to them.
Back on his feet, Smith's shotgun-toting follower charges into the injured pirate, slaming him into the wall. As the big pirate got his bearings, he swiped a power-assisted arm. Swatted like a fly, his attacker falls back, injured but still in the fight.
To stop Jagar taking any cheap shots at his local men, Nyland Smith fires off a few shots, forcing the pirate leader back behind the pillar.
As he runs across the open space, he suddenly senses danger...
..For he'd forgotten about the last pirate, hiding behind the barrels! The sub-gun barks a sharp burst, knocking the wind out of our hero!
At the same time, the local in blue pins down the last pirate.
Charging ahead like a bull, the big pirate faces off against Nyland, who just got his wind back.
Ducking, blocking and trading punches, the pirate is eventually forced back, earning our hero a brief reprieve.
Seeing a chance to overpower his foe, Jagar charged from behind. Still out of breath, Smith manages to keep from being knocked out, but is pushed back!
Aiming his gun, Smith dents and damages the armour of Jagar, forcing him to run for cover.
Deciding that his best chances lay in escape, one of the pirates take off, running for the door.
"You win this time, Smith, but I'll be back, these treasures will be mine!" Jagar boasts as he falls back, careful not to turn his back to the victors.
So what did I think of FiveCore Pulp?
A solid addition to the existing lineup, with the addition of the Cinematic move, an extra 3 dice you can use to make suitable pulpy moves like swinging on ropes and jumping across rooftops, is the most iconic thing from this particular set.
Like the earlier titles, Fivecore has the same simple and fast playstyle with all the bits and pieces that I've come to expect from the NWG titles, lots of tables for generating characters, scenarios and situations as well as a comprehensive set of campaign tools.
The focus on more terrain and interaction with it was welcome as well, allowing for some more focus on traps and overcoming obstacles with exploration rather than just shooting bad guys. Mind you, there's plenty of that too if you are so inclined. It just makes it possible to recreate situations from movies and games like Indiana jones, the Uncharted and Tomb Raider series, which makes sense since it's all about pulp!
The only thing I found a bit lacking was the amount of pre-made items in the book, and the lack of any form of vehicle rules, for those fights on top of moving trucks or air-plane wings, but these are minor complaints and really doesn't detract from the game itself.
Racking my brain trying to decide what to do next, I've not touched any of my 6mm fantasy stuff in what seems like an age. That realization, combined with a healthy bit of Skyrim mixed in have got me in the mood for some dungeon crawling. So watch this space and you are likely to see lasers replaced with broadswords for some time to come.
Til next time!