|ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT TELEPORT DOWN TO THE STREETS OF MEGA-CITY ONE.|
This second simple game of “7TV” by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” is designed for us to get more familiar with the shooting mechanics of the core rulebook. As a result I’ll only be using a couple of Heroic Co-Stars against a number of Villainous Extras. All the Gadget and Event cards have been put to one side, as I hope there to be more than enough bullets flying around as it is.
The adventure takes place upon a 2x2 board, with a large walkway dominating the table, and some collections of barrels providing some additional cover. The objective is for Rocket Raccoon and Groot to ‘snatch’ a wanted criminal from out of Mega-City One custody and escape with him back to their teleportation site. The Senior Judge in charge of the prisoner will be calling in reinforcements and they’ll slowly arrive upon the table at a random edge once per turn. The Guardians of the Galaxy must therefore risk the firepower of the Judges in order to grab their bounty and escape with him.
“The story so far… Rocket Raccoon and Groot have time-travelled to the Earth in the twenty-second century in order to collect a bounty on an inter-galactic temporal trickster. Unfortunately their prize has already fallen foul of Mega-City One’s justice system and as a result been arrested on the street by a Senior Judge. Realising that they’ll never be able to claim their reward once the criminal has been placed in an iso-cube and is ‘doing five’, the anthropomorphic raccoon grabs his hefty rapid-fire blaster and begins a very unwise ‘rescue attempt’…
The game started with the (first) Judge appearing just north of where Rocket and Groot have teleported onto the street, causing the pair some consternation. Having won the Initiative Groot was immediately activated and started running towards the opposite corner of the gaming area. Whilst Rocket, utilising his sidekick special effect, opened up with his weapon on the freshly arrived Judge. A ‘Good offense’ and an ‘Audience Appreciation’ token later, the Judge was out of action for the rest of the game; probably destined for the Long Walk having been bested by a large mutant squirrel. Rocket then ran to a nearby ladder which lead to an overhead walkway.
|"POSSESSION OF AN ILLEGAL FIREARM AND A WALKING TREE IS TEN YEARS, CREEP!"|
Hearing the gunfire the Senior Judge, right boot still pinning her prisoner’s face to the pavement, spun round to see Groot fast approaching and opened up with her Lawgiver. Two bullets struck home but failed to penetrate the alien’s body armour.
Fortunately a (second) Judge appeared alongside her, doubling their firepower at the fast-approaching Monarch of Planet X. Six bullets whizzed towards the seemingly invulnerable sentient tree-like creature and none could penetrate its bark. In the meantime Rocket scurried up a ladder before racing along a walkway. Reaching a large gas tower the raccoon got ready to give his over-sized partner some covering fire once he freed their prize.
Behind Rocket a (third) Judge ran into the action and immediately started clambering up after the raccoon. Believing that they now had their targets in a crossfire the Senior Judge opened up on Groot but was again thwarted by his super-tough bark. Nestled beside the gas container Rocket launched a salvo of bullets towards the seasoned street judge, and took her down for the count.
|"I AM GROOT." MEGA-CITY ONE JUDGES DESPERATELY TRY TO BRING DOWN GROOT.|
Another (fourth) Judge appeared from the south and immediately broke cover from behind some barrels to chase after Groot, as the alien was fast-approaching the prisoner. The (third) Judge reached the walkway, unable to properly aim due to his weapon’s high burst of fire, sent a hail of bullets towards Rocket Raccoon. Fortunately not even the use of a couple of Audience Appreciation tokens was enough for the Lawman to wound the mammal.
Groot however was not as lucky as the (second) Judge guarding the perp finally got one of his Lawgiver’s bullets to penetrate the alien’s bark and the extra-terrestrial took a wound. With an “I’m comin’ Pal!” Rocket scampered down the gas tower’s ladder and brought down the (second) Judge with three bullets despite his lengthy range.
|ROCKET RACCOON GIVES THE JUDGES HIS BEST 'I'M A HELPLESS CUTE FURRY ANIMAL' LOOK.|
Another (fifth) Judge entered the fray from the north, and ran towards the action until he saw the towering plant monster charging towards him. With an “I am Groot!” the Flora Colossus flattened the newly-arrived Judge straight into the sidewalk. Meanwhile Rocket spun round to put a bullet or two into the (third) Judge on the walkway, partially clearing the way for his friend to free the target of all their endeavours.
Sensing his dire predicament, as Control reported there were no more available units to respond to his assistance call, the (fourth) Judge clambered up the gas tank’s ladder and started peppering the small furry mutant with his Lawgiver. One of the bullets struck home, and Rocket gave a startled yelp of pain.
|"I AM GROOT!" MEGA-CITY ONE JUDGES SCATTER AS THE MONARCH OF PLANET X GOES MAD.|
Having dragged the criminal to his feet and encouraged him to move towards their teleportation site with a fierce “I am Groot” scowl, the Monarch of Planet X rushed to his friend’s aid and clambered up to the top of the gas tower. Despite his -1 penalty, as the (fourth) Judge had the advantage of the high ground, the alien pounded down upon the Lawman, ending the Grand Hall of Justice’s threat long enough for the duo to ‘retreat’ back to their orbiting spacecraft…