|Tropical Tuesday Knights: (from left) Pete, Clare, me, Simon, and Erica|
As this month's Top Secret adventure was destined to end up in Maui (that's where the breadcrumbs from last month led), the Tuesday Knights went all out to make last night a "themed event".
There were an array of loud of Hawaiian shirts sported by all the men, Erica had a Barack Obama mask (famous Hawaiian after all), Rachel had got us all flowery leis to wear and - loving a good theme and a chance to decorate - decked the halls with appropriate balloons and bunting (as well twizzle sticks and little umbrellas for our drinks!).
She also wore a rustly grass skirt - that stupidity I forgot to get a picture of!
Once the pizzas (not Hawaiian) and chocolate cake (an extended birthday celebration) had been consumed, we got down to the serious gaming - while staying 'in costume' all evening, of course.
Our secret agents are still on secondment to the American arm of ORION, and we're currently based out of their California office.
Picking up from last month's exploits, Bruno (Kevin's character) is hospitalised because of his leg wound, and Barry Flynn (my character) is limping from his injury, but cleared for active duty.
We returned from our operation with a prisoner for interrogation, the duplicitous secretary Heidi Buenos.
So our three other colleagues, all trained - to varying degrees - in the art of interrogation, decided to triple-team the suspected spy, aiming to psychologically manipulate her into spilling the beans.
However, Hermione (Clare's character) soon went completely nuts - scaring us (as players!) more than Heidi - and it was Ivy (Erica's character), calmly coming in late in the proceedings, who managed to persuade Heidi to give up the fact that she believed Tatyana (the missing agent we were looking for) was being held in a warehouse adjacent to the Oceanographic Institute in Hana, on the island of Maui.
Heidi also claimed to be working for the KGB, which made Ivy wonder if maybe Tatyana is actually a double-agent!
According to ORION files, the Institute is run by a Dr Lloyd Henström, an oceanographic and computer genius with a spotless record, including a term in the US Navy and published papers on marine mammals.
Our team flew - via Honolulu - to Maui, then drove a hire car to Hana before scouting out the warehouse, where we hoped to find Tatyana.
Very quickly - and surprisingly - it became clear that Bruno had been the calming influence on the group, as, abandoning any real efforts at spycraft, we swiftly formulated a plan to storm the building (after spotting a half-dozen thugs in there, sloshing petrol out of jerry cans, clearly about to torch the place).
Big M (Simon's character) and Barry entered the warehouse from one end, Ivy and Hermione from the other.
And mayhem ensued.
From my end of the warehouse, I couldn't really make out what was happening to the ladies, although I discovered later that Ivy took a bullet in her gun hand and had to retreat to the toilets to try and patch it up (she's a trained nurse, after all).
It took Barry, braced behind some metal shelving units, five shots to take down the thug he was trading bullets with, while Big M ended up accidentally starting a fire (which quickly spread) and being charged by the man he was fighting.
But they don't call him Big M for nothing - the guy ran into him and crashed down onto the floor, in a heap, where M was able to finish him off with a bullet in the back.
A pair of goons emerged from a closed room behind Hermione, dragging an unconscious scientist (who we soon discovered was Dr Henström) from the warehouse.
Hermione and Ivy chased them, while Big M and I raced out of our end of the burning warehouse, and round the corner to see the group at the other end of the car park.
The women took out one of the thugs, and the other made a run for it, having let the scientist collapse to the tarmac.
With the last remaining bullet of his clip, Barry took the fleeing goon down with a single, long-distance, shot - redeeming himself for his poor gunplay inside the warehouse.
Ivy and Hermione moved in to check on Dr Henström, who could just be heard to say a cryptic phrase that sounded something like "poo-y-nee-how" before he passed out.
What could it mean? Barry's trivia knowledge and Hermione's military experience both latched on to the fact that 'ni hao' is 'hello' in Chinese, but I thought it was more likely to be something Hawaiian.
To be continued...
|Fun Times: (left to right) Me, Erica, Rachel, and Pete|
- Next month: it's our annual Christmas event - so expect seasonal attire!