Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Infinity Thingy - a Super Pulp Alley Game

For a while now, the boys have been eyeing off a selection of superheroes in my miniatures cabinet. I painted them ages ago, but they haven't seen action in for a long while. Anyway, we dragged them out for a game of Pulp Alley, super style!
At 10am this morning, a tenement in downtown Corkville went up. Firefighters were on the scene quickly and but struggled to extinguish the blaze. They and police were investigating when a strange device began emitting ear-piercing sonic pulses. The police rapidly evacuated everyone in the area. Meanwhile, no less than three separate heroic HQs picked up the pulses: tell-tale signs of a rare and powerful cosmic device, an Infinity Thingy. Each super-heroic squad is determined to be the first to grab the Thingy. In addition, they'll be looking for evidence as to who left the device here.

The boys made up their own leagues, but I can't remember what they named them, so I'll provide my own! The Glorious People's Revolutionary Vanguard Movement. Microspy (ally), the Siberian (terror!) and Commissar Grigorivich (sidekick).
The New Kingdom Sentinels. Osiris ( ally), Ra (terror), Pillar (Sidekick).
The Guardians. Starstrike (leader) and Nightwatch (sidekick).
The Infinity Thingy in the middle of the ruined building.
Ra lines up a body slam for Grigorivich. Grigorivich lines up a .45 to the crotch.
Pick on someone your own size!
Meanwhile, Osiris and Pillar make for the Infinity Thingy.
The Guardians are headed for the same objective.
Checking for clues. Microspy scruffles in the dumpster, while Nightwatch cases the crates.
Ra and the Siberian continue to trade blows, while Pillar attempts to stomp on Microspy.
Meanwhile, someone actually remembers what the main objective is. The two flyers swoop on the Infinity Thingy.
Starstrike takes care of Osiris and avoids the attentions of Ra (shoo! shoo!). The Infinity Thingy is hers!
A fun game, but I think some mods will be in order for next time. In particular, I think a knockback rule would be useful (I remember this from my Supersystem days). Perhaps: For every hit you land on your opponent above the first, they are driven back x inches.  I think this would introduce some more dynamism into the brawls. They did tend to lock down a bit in this game. The boys tend to flit from thing to thing, so it might be a while before I get to try that out!


  1. Love the set up & it's always get to see how kids will go at it, most times they just want the punch up .

    1. Thanks Frank! I built this stuff years ago, so it was nice to dust it off. And yes, the kids do tend to get distracted by the prospect of the biff!

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    1. Thanks Gordon. I reckon urban environments always make good looking tables.

  3. No matter the game or the ambientation, I simply fall in love with every scenario of yours...

    1. Cheers Suber! I enjoy seeing them come to life, and I'm glad others do too!

  4. That was a fun read.
    Love all the superhero faction names..
    ...and "The Infinity Thingy, LOL

    1. Thanks Major! The Soviet one is my personal favourite. And I do feel that a certain degree of silliness is permitted with superhero gaming!

  5. wooo!
    It really has to be awesome to play in such a piece a scenario!!
    looks pretty fun! hahaah