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Situation Report – Session #6 – An Unparalleled Weapon

August 20, 2017 By: John Taber Category: Games, Godlike News

Tracked Remote VehicleAuthor’s Note: This is the situation report for the 6th session of the Godlike Hero campaign. This is my take as to what happened during the session. Please let me know if there are any comments or corrections.  ]

8 January, 1944 – After defending Monte Majo from a counter-attack by two deadly half-tracks the talents of the FSSF get no reprieve. Over the next two days of freezing cold weather the talents are subjected to over 20 counter-offensives by the German’s. It seems that the Nazi’s highly value Monte Majo. On the morning of 8 January 1944 the Talents are elated to see their that they are getting relieved by the 133 Infantry. As they march down the frozen hillside they inspect their replacements. The men are green. They are either overconfident or too scared. Their canteens slosh around giving away their positions. These are soldiers which are new to the Front.

At the FSSF bivouac the group gets warm showers and a hot meal but their stay is cut short by a visit from General Frederick’s aide. They are ordered to meet in the command tent immediately. At the command tent they are told that Monte Majo has fallen and must be retaken. They are also informed through the intelligence service that a group of cold and winter based Ubers known as “Überkommandogruppe Thor” are working in their area. Tap is given a briefing on the Nazi Ubers. Grabbing their gear the talents and roughly 50 of their brethren in the FSSF return to the hillside.

As they make their way up they see a strange fog surrounding Monte Majo. Once inside the fog they find bails of staked out rusted barbed wire. This confuses them as there is no way the German’s could have setup the barbed wire so quickly. A few yards forward they find a series of trenches lined with sandbags. It looks like the Vimey Ridge?!? With that the talents jump into action. Tank jumps into a machine gun nest and knocks out the Nazi soldiers with his ferrous metal fists! Sparky takes down another with a well place shotgun blast! As they approach Tap uses the eyes of a soldier who happens to be an Uber! He uses this to direct the attacks of the other talents. Butcher derps some soldiers giving tank some needed cover. As the battle rages a dense snowstorm approaches giving cover to an Uber who is throwing deadly icicles. Sparky blast three Ubers with 6 sticks of dynamite then takes a blow from a water blast. Tank approaches dowsing the three Ubers with a flamethrower! Behind Butcher derps the icicle Uber. To his surprise the snowstorm clears and the Uber is shot from behind by one of his compatriots! Turns out that the Nazi Uber doing the snowstorm is the man Abrianna mentioned wanting to defect. Once the Ubers are down the FSSF cleans up the hillside.

10 January, 1944 – After two days of rest advance scouts report that they need the help from the talents. Apparently there is a large half-dome of ferocious snow and wind heading down the mountain toward the camp. Inside one recon squad is trapped. After doing some investigation the talents decide that the best course of action is to man one of the half-tracks and take it into the globe. Sparky fixes one up then does the driving. As it hits the globe it rocks but he keeps it on course. Inside the team finds a FSSF soldier who needs help. They take him into the half-track. After some investigation they find that under the storm is a tunnel. With powerful blows Tank digs out a hole to the tunnel.

Jumping down the group finds a strange scientist manning a small remote vehicle with tank treads. The vehicle appears to be producing the dangerous globe upstairs. In front of the device is an Uber who is making a tunnel for them to advance. Tap does some recon by entering the vision of one of the guards. After some brief talk the talents attack. Tank leads off with the flamethrower blast followed by Tap and Butcher. Quickly the Nazi’s surrenders when Butcher explains the situation to them. To their surprise inside the device is not functional. Apparently the Uber scientist was willing it to function using some type of superpower.

Just another week in the lives of the Black Devil talents!

Situation Report – Session #5 – An Unparalleled Weapon

July 08, 2017 By: John Taber Category: Games, Godlike News

Half-TrackAuthor’s Note: This is the situation report for the 5th session of the Godlike Hero campaign. This is my take as to what happened during the session. Please let me know if there are any comments or corrections.  ]

5 January, 1944 – After taking Monte Majo the talents of the FSSF find little reprieve as the Germans immediately retaliate. This time they send three squads of veteran soldiers and two half-tracks. As the Nazi soldiers start their advance up the vineyard terraces the heroes move into action. Tap takes out one of the half-track drivers sending the vehicle off course. Skeet and Tank shoot out one of the front tires of the other half-track disabling it. Sparky advances up the center then speeds forward and blows up a commander and machine gunner with a drop of dynamite. Butcher takes down Nazi commanders and machine gunners. As the troops advance they press the talents who take several rifle shots. Shadow runs up then jumps into the half-track with the dead driver. He wrestles control of the vehicle then drives it into several Nazi soldiers. Butcher tends to wounds on the heroes. As the last of the Nazi force reaches the crest of the hill Tank charges forward putting his metal fist through a soldier sending him flying back! The remaining soldiers fall back when they realize that the tides have turned against them.

Monte Majo stays in the able hands of the FSSF and their talented heroes!

Situation Report – Session #4 – An Unparalleled Weapon

April 27, 2017 By: John Taber Category: Games, Godlike News

Echo BlastingAuthor’s Note: This is the situation report for the 4th session of the Godlike Hero campaign. This is my take as to what happened during the session. Please let me know if there are any comments or corrections.  ]

22 December, 1943 – The FSSF fights for control of several smaller hills without Ubermenschen involvement. The next important hill is Monte Majo.

27 December, 1943 – Later in the week the Talents are visited by three journalists form the States including Ernie Pyle. At first the Talents decide that they should probably lay low so that information about the team does not leak out. Tank decides that he wants to be in a newsreel and speaks out.

4 January, 1944 – The Talents are summoned to the temporary command post at the foot of Monte Majo and Monte Vischiataro. The talents are introduced to Cpl Kaito “Jack” Kusaka who will be a new member of their team. Cpl Kusaka is currently a member of the 101st, a group of Japanese American soldiers. The Cpl will lead the team on a mission to eliminate several fortified positions at the base of Monte Majo. After getting their orders Col Frederick takes the Talents aside and explains that the Cpl is a Talent code named “Shadow”. The Col then lets Cpl Kusaka explain that in times of need ghosts of his ancestors appear and come to his aid.

After carefully moving across the snow covered terrain Shadow moves slowly towards a foxhole. A derp from Butcher and an arrow from Skeet fell the sentries leaving the sleeping guards for the other PC. Next the Talents make easy work of a machine gun next. The final target is a fortified bunker. After some scouting by Shadow and Skeet the commanding Nazi officer is derped by Butcher. This signals Tank to rip off the steel door on the back of the bunker letting the rest of the Talents rush into the room! Sparky disconnects the land line then uses the cord to strangle one of the sentries. Shadow takes out another waking soldier then the ghost of his relative, some type of Asian gangster sporting a Tommy Gun, appears to help! With an uncanny knife shot Skeet takes out another guard. In seconds the bunker is taken.

5 January, 1944 – The assault on Monte Majo begins that morning. After fighting past several foxholes a Ubermenschen appears but is quickly derped by Butcher before he can act! As the Talents advance they spot a mentalist then a strange telekinetic weight lifter. The final Ubermenschen uses a powerful sonic blast. Skeet and Sparky take shots from Echo but push forward taking the hill. As the sounds of battle fade the Talents take a moment to catch their breath. Tank sets down his Johnson LMG on a rock wall then wipes his brow. His head turns to the other side of the Monte Majo when he hears a noise that he has not heard in some time…tank treads!

Situation Report – Session #3 – Operation Raincoat

April 02, 2017 By: John Taber Category: Games, Godlike News

Exploded German HelmetAuthor’s Note: This is the situation report for the 3rd session of the Godlike Hero campaign. This is my take as to what happened during the session. Please let me know if there are any comments or corrections.  ]

6 December, 1943 @ 0100 – The super soldiers of the FSSF are awoken by a courier. The courier kindly asks them to report to the field HQ for an immediate briefing. FSSF command has cleared the saddle between their current position and Monte le Remetanea (Hill 907) through aggressive patrols. The plan is to take the hill that morning using 2nd Battalion as a flanking force for the 1st Battalion. Even though the Germans have higher ground their numbers are estimated to be very low. A thick fog has surrounded Hill 907 which should aid the Forcemen.

At 0430 the super soldiers and Forcemen get into position. At 0500 the attack begins. The super soldiers led by Tank rush up the left side of the main defensive position. Sparky and Skeet follow close behind; Skeet picks off a target while Tank crushes another under his powerful metal blows. Tap takes out enemy soldiers in a methodical fashion. Butcher derps a critical machine gun nest near the center of the battlefield. After taking out the first bunker the soldiers clear the next wave of defenses. Sparky dashes up to the next bunker in literally the blink of an eye dropping a C-2 charge. To his surprise a sniper in a flanking position gets a luck shot on his leg. As the explosion goes off rocks and German soldiers go flying into the air. The concussion stuns Sparky but he is covered by other super soldiers.

As the group readies for their next advance a white ghostly figure emerges from the rocks. Tap recognizes the power of a German Ubermenschen known as The Apparition. His form appears to be talking to someone back with his host body. The next second mortar shots fire off! The ghostly form appears to be directing mortar fire on the super soldiers! With some fancy shooting Skeet shoots the incoming mortar rounds out of the air! With that Tank sprints up the left flank then through some thick bushes just to the left of the first mortar bunker. As he rounds the corner down the hill German soldiers exploded by Sparky rise up and start to march towards the bunker! Tap knows this to be Phalanx a German Ubermenschen who can make the dead rise.

Again Sparky speeds up to the bunker wall. This time the plan is to drop a bundle of dynamite into the bunker with Phalanx. To his surprise, The Apparition’s host body is in the same sanger. He thus sees Sparky and orders troops to shoot him. Two soldiers reach around the walls and shoot at Sparky. He quickly stands then detonates the explosives. Although getting hit he manages to shield himself from the force of the explosion. Phalanx and The Apparition dive away from the dynamite but Phalanx is caught in the blast. Tank makes quick work of Phalanx with a blast from his trusty Johnson LMG. Skeet approaches throwing grenades on a radio operation and company commander. On the far side of the hill Butcher spots a soldier peeking out from behind a rock and derps him. This gives Skeet a chance to advance and finish him off. Tank rushes forward and finds a cave mouth. He spots a German Ubermenschen and chases him down the winding tunnel. The man eventually surrenders to Tank.

After a brief interrogation the FSSF supers discover that the man Skeet killed was a new Ubermenschen known as Domino. The man in the cave is known as The Miner. Under interrogation from Tap and Tank, The Miner reveals that he met with an Ubermenschen leader known as Paralysis who is near Monte Mojo to the north.

8 December, 1943 @ 0100 – After the battle at the Camino Hill Complex the group returns to Santa Maris where they are debriefed then given two day passes to Naples for some I&I (Intercourse and Intoxication). Several members of the team regale locals and other soldiers with their exploits from the last few days getting drunk in the process. Butcher talks about the FSSF Forcemen to a large crowd then attempts to get opera tickets but they are sold out.

10 December, 1943 @ 0100 – The group returns to Santa Maria packs up their gear and moves to their new bivouac near the town on Ceppagna. They are staying with various local families until shipping out to the front.

While resting in their house there is a knock on the door. A Sgt from the FSSF explains that there is a local girl who says she needs help from someone with super powers. The super solders agree to see her. The petite and pretty Italian woman is known as Camella. She explains in very good English that her friend Abrianna needs help and asks the soldiers to join her. The group does down a few blocks to a small house. Inside they meet a taller shy Italian woman Abrianna who appear to be 5 months pregnant. Using Camella to translate Abrianna explains that she met a German soldier…one with ice powers…named Karl. She says that Karl and her are in love and that he has to leave for the front. Abrianna insists that Karl is not a killer and asks the group to please not kill him if they encounter him on the battlefield. She knows her Karl would not fight if given another option. Butcher asks about Abrianna’s care and discovers that she has not seen anyone out of fear. The persuasive Major convinces Abrianna to get medical care and recommends a doctor. The group leaves with a picture of Abrianna and a description of Karl who Abrianna says can cause snowstorms. Tap has not heard of this Ubermenschen but vows to check with his superiors.

Situation Report – Session #2 – Operation Raincoat

February 20, 2017 By: John Taber Category: Games, Godlike News

Carry Out The WoundedAuthor’s Note: This is the situation report for the 2nd session of the Godlike Hero campaign. This is my take as to what happened during the session. Please let me know if there are any comments or corrections.  ]

3 December, 1943 @ 0630 – The session begins halfway through the assault on Monte la Difensa. The Talents of the FSSF are making their way systematically through the German defenses when they hear a low rumble. With a cloud of dust SS Ubers literally roll into a nearby foxhole. As the Ubers get their bearings the US Talents press their advantage. Butcher quickly derps Ricochet leaving most of the Ubers undefended. Tank lets loose with his light machine gun taking down the deadly Abattoir. Skeet advances on the left flank taking down a sangar then the Uber named Beacon. Tap takes down enemy soldiers clearing the way for others to advance. Sparky drops dynamite into the Uber foxhole then speeds away. The explosion takes down Landslide and hurts the others. After Quicksand gets Sparky’s legs caught he uses his shotgun to take him out.

With all of the Ubers down the firing slows. FSSF commander Col Fredericks assess the losses. Thirty Foremen died, around 100 are wounded, and one of their beloved Majors has lost his leg. Fredericks orders the Forcemen to hold their positions, resupply, and tend to the wounded.

Later than night Col Fredericks pulls aside the Talents. The men are shaken after their first real combat and the loss of the Major. He puts them on the important mission of getting some hooch from the 26th regiment under Clark. After briefly rebuffing the Col the group leaves the Camino Hill Complex. On the way down the steep hillside the Talents are asked to carry down a wounded soldier named Bernie Bernstein. Bernie took some shrapnel to his side. After a brief examination Butcher suggest that they might want to go double time if Bernie has any chance of surviving. The group takes him down the hill to a mobile surgical center that has been setup at the base. At the center Butcher questions the doctors then decides that he better conduct the surgery. The rest of the PC continue on their mission.

Tank comes up with a plan of trading cigars from Col Frederick’s personal stash with Clark’s supply depot for booze. After convincing a young aide that the cigars are for the Col he reluctantly gives them up. The group then heads to the suppler depot where they trade with the Supply Sgt Buchannan for two cases of whiskey. During the trade Tap observes some strange behavior between Sgt Buchannan and one of his guards. He also notices a tent lace itself up after the whiskey is removed from the tent.

4 December, 1943 @ 1100 –The whiskey changes the mood on the top of Monte la Difensa. The Forcemen now seem ready to tackle their next objective in the Camino Hill Complex Hill 907. It takes two tries for the Brits to take a hill to the south but once taken it means that the flank of the FSSF will not be exposed. They are ready to move forward early in the morning on 6 December.