A few weeks ago we played a little game of Rogue Trader. The set-up was a simple; a classic objective. One player had to get a transport across the table while the other had to capture or prevent the transport from getting out. To spice thing up a bit we planted two groups of so-called Floaters on the table. They moved randomly D8 inches each turn but were otherwise identical to the Floaters described in the Deathworld Flora of the Rogue Trader rulebook. Having jungle and swamp terrain handy at the moment due to our Isle of Dread campaign the scenario took place in a somewhat similar setting.
The background narrative, feeding into an ongoing story, ran something like this:
The enigmatic gang leader Krulak has had a series of victories recently, not in the least after having dealt a group of orks a severe blow at a confrontation deep within the industrial jungle of Rustville. Krulak’s usual strategy is to take a cautious role rather than actively seeking confrontations, but it has come to his ears the renegade scientist Dr Kitchener is in the process of smuggling some off-world eggs from a rare species down on the planet of Kenwah III. The habour for the eggs is the illegal spaceport, position close to the small rural community of Dusty Meadows. Once on the planet the eggs are placed in a small transport vehicle. The smugglers Dr Kirchener has hired for the job is a group of space nomads from the now destroyed planet of Delborh. Since the destruction of the planet the Delborhrians have travelled the galaxy and earned their living as traders and smugglers. The group of Delbohrians Dr Kirtchener has hired is led by Fylaz.
When we entered the scenario Fylaz and his group of Delbohrians were on their way through the swamps to Dr Kitcheners secret lab in the wilderness. At the spaceport the Delbohrians were met by Dorffs, an ogrynn henchman, who is to accompany them on their way and keep an extra eye on the shipment.
All of this has caught the ear of Krulak’s spies and despite the fact that he has no real knowledge as to the use or nature of the illegal eggs, Krulak has decided to steal them from the Delbohrians. He has thus equipped a small raiding party for the mission, led by his right-hand man The Nazz.
The fight was a close one. The Nazz and his gangers almost succeeded in capturing the eggs, but in the end the Delborhrians succeeded in delivering the eggs to Kitchener. The game was fast and tremendously fun to play because it was so close at all stages. I had actually had the opportunity to playtest the scenario with Thorbjørn, AKA Dr The Viking, two days before, and he helped me fine-tune the scenario – especially concerning the Floaters (Thanks for the lesson in probability calculations!). The Delbohrians also won the first time the scenario was played, but the two games were very different, which in itself is quite fascinating.
Oh well. Good times. This is what the game looked like.