4 December 2000 0700H. Taj Mahal Hotel Tower, Atlantic City, NJ.
Today’s update will be entirely out-of-character. This was the most hair-raising fight we’ve had in a while. Usually, the party tries to pick its fights to be on their terms. This was not one of those times.
I took a bunch of screenshots throughout the session. Note that they are from my perspective. My brother, the player, cannot see any areas shaded gray. They are black to him.
Orange pins represent The Indian’s gunmen. Here on the 1st level, the casino floor, they’re his guards, and have a higher morale.
Blue pins are The Indian’s captains. Sub-bosses.
Gray pins represent non-combatants. I told my brother that some may actually be gunmen.
Maks has a white pin, Wojciech yellow, and Linda the Hammer is red.
Most of the fighting occurred around banks of slot machines and attached seats.
Both the party and adversaries made use of the Movement and Fire Rules. Walking and shooting imposes a -1 STR penalty for Recoil purposes. Trotting halves STR for Recoil.
Despite the map being bright white, the casino floor is not well-lit. There is some sunlight coming through the entrances, and torches and lanterns. Overall, the light level is dim, with lots of shadows. I had PCs and NPCs making a lot of Observation rolls to acquire targets.
The result was quite a bit of chaos, as the combatants were stumbling into fights.
Wojciech went down like a folding chair, writhing on the ground.