|The X-Mansion: 1407 Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York state.|
A year to the day since we lost Stan 'The Man' Lee, the Tuesday Knights gathered for their second memorial game of Marvel Super Heroes.
Simon was running the classic Jeff Grubb-penned module, The Breeder Bombs, which pits The X-Men (us) against their arch-nemesis, at the time, Magneto and his plan to use stolen nuclear technology to create more mutants - at the cost of thousands of innocent human lives.
I was playing Wolverine (originally I was going to be Nightcrawler, but then Erica - the original Wolverine - had to pull out, so I swapped characters, thinking Logan would be more useful to the squad).
Pete was Storm, Clare was Rogue, and Kevin took the role of Colossus.
We're back in the 1980s and the adventure began with Colossus preparing a meal for us at the X-Mansion, while the rest of us were training in the Danger Room.
|Colossus in the kitchen of the X-Mansion|
The mansion was attacked by The Fixer - a tech-based villain, recently escaped from Rykers - who, it turned out, blamed Wolverine for the apparent death of his partner, Mentallo. He had a VHS tape of security footage showing Wolverine slicing up Mentallo on a New York City rooftop that Wolverine recognised from last year's Octodroid encounter.
Our heroes went to investigate the rooftop of Minski's Cannery and walked right into a trap set by Magneto. It turned out he'd faked the video using robots of Wolverine and Mentallo (because everyone could build perfect Replicant androids in the '80s).
After a dramatic scuffle with the faux Wolverine and Mentallo, we discovered the real Mentallo strapped into a large machine inside the derelict factory.
|On the roof of Minski's Cannery|
Back at the X-Mansion, Professor X was able to get information from the brains of the destroyed robots, which conveniently revealed Magneto's scheme to plant four "breeder bombs" around the globe (North America, South America, Asia, and Australia), using the nuclear material he'd stolen earlier, that would send radiation into the atmosphere, creating more mutants but killing thousands of humans as collateral damage.
We hopped in the Blackbird and flew to the nearest site, an abandoned military reservation in the west of America.
Of course, his shotgun pellets were useless against Colossus's metal form and the Russian superhero simply strode up to him and bent the barrel of his gun.
The prospector ran for the hills as we went into the barracks to check out the bomb.
It was around this time that we realised our little quartet weren't exactly the brains of The X-Men, so it fell on me (and my vast resources of Karma - the game's 'luck' mechanic) to try and figure out how to diffuse the bomb.
It was at this point that EIGHT sentinel robots showed up to try and squish us!
While the others ran defence, Wolverine furrowed his furry brows and got down to the job of disarming the massive nuclear device.
|A sneaky giant Sentinel robot|
Heading to war-torn Arganistan, on the Russian border, the Blackbird was shot down with a laser blast, but Colossus managed to land the plane safely near the location of the next "breeder bomb".
However, our way was blocked by Crimson Dynamo and his team of armoured Soviet Super-Soldiers.
Colossus took on Crimson Dynamo, with the notorious Russian smack-talk: "I'll hit you so hard your mother will be eating beef!", while the distaff X-people tackled the other Iron Man-wannabes.
Thankfully, they weren't much of a match for Rogue, Storm, and Colossus, and I snuck around the side to diffuse the second bomb.
Job done. We were back in the Blackbird and off to Australia.
Upon arrival though, we discovered the bomb had already been dismantled... and someone had made off with its plutonium core!
To Be Continued...
Next month, the aim is to wrap up this adventure - hopefully with Erica taking the role of Kitty Pryde, so we have some brains in the party, and then do all the levelling up for our Ravenloft adventurers, who have just hit sixth level in our main campaign.