|BATMAN AND ROBIN BATTLE THE RIDDLER AND TWO-FACE ATOP GOTHAM CITY|
This test game was played essentially using the “Pillow A-go-go” ruleset, which I believe was originally made available as a free PDF by Australian-based company “Fiendish Fabrications”. However as we’re planning on using it as the basis of a superhero verse villain ‘Gotham City High-rise’ campaign, a few modifications were made in order to start to give the “brutal pillow combat” more of a “DC Comics” feel. The battle took place on a rectangular 7” x 9.5” rooftop created using some of the resin scenery from the Streetwise: Flatroof range by “Ainsty Castings”.
“The story so far… Accompanied by Commissioner Gordon, the Caped Crusaders have been chasing the Gentlemen Ghost across the Gotham City night skyline. Having trapped him on top of a tall high-rise building however, they’ve discovered that Jim Craddock was actually just luring them to a deadly confrontation with the Riddler and Two-Face. All bets are off as the masked vigilantes realise only one side shall rule this night, whilst the losers will plummet to a grisly ‘splat-sounding’ death…”
|THE TABLETOP - A 7" x 9.5" ROOFTOP MADE FROM "AINSTY CASTINGS" RESIN SCENERY PIECES|
As per the “Pillow A-go-go rules” each of the combatants’ three attributes were allotted points in order to represent their appropriate ‘fighting style’. Of note both Robin and Edward Nygma were each awarded one point of Attack, Defence and Agility, whilst Harvey Dent was given three points of Attack to represent his vicious all-out offensive mindset. The Gentlemen Ghost was actually bestowed with two points of defence and one point of Agility to better embody the phantom’s spectral intangibility. In addition instead of being armed with pillows our participants were (still randomly) allocated weapons such as Batman’s batarangs (two attacks), the Riddler’s question mark cane (knocks back opponent by 2 inches” and Two Face’s pistol (+1 to hit).
|THE RIDDLER RETURNS TO CONFOUND THE DARK KNIGHT AND BOY WONDER YET AGAIN|
The fight started with Commissioner Gordon rushing towards the Riddler, whilst Batman, preparing his Nth metal knuckledusters, moved towards the Gentleman Ghost. Robin leapt towards Two-Face, and using a ‘dirty trick’ pulled the gangster into him, thus preventing the disfigured district attorney from moving until they broke free (by winning a combat contest). Realising that his fellow criminals had been somewhat slow off the mark, and perhaps more importantly had their backs to the south edge of the rooftop, Jim Craddock moved between Batman and Gordon and attempted to hit the Dark knight with an ‘Over Head Stunner’. Unfortunately for the undead villain, the Caped Crusader managed to get a punch in first, knocking the apparition back an inch. Elsewhere the Riddler missed the elderly policeman with his can. But watched with satisfaction as Two-Face angrily ‘round-housed’ the Boy Wonder on to the edge of the rooftop’s eastern wall…
|OBIN CONFRONTS TWO-FACE. BUT SOON FINDS THE CRIME BOSS IS A TOUGH NUT TO CRACK|
|BATMAN DISPATCHES THE GENTLEMAN GHOST AS TWO-FACE ATTACKS JIM GORDON|
Having dispatched the Gentleman Ghost, Batman confronted his quizzical arch-nemesis and gave him a taste of ‘The Hammers of Justice’ with a ‘Double Whammy’. Nygma was not only knocked back an inch but also stunned until the end of the turn. However as a house rule it was decided that being stunned not only meant that the model was unable to make any attacks until the end of the turn. But that they lost any points allocated against their defence attribute for the turn as well. Sensing the forces of good were in ascendancy, Two-Face got behind Gordon and automatically shoved him south an inch between Batman and the Riddler. Meanwhile Jim Craddock, because he could fly, was allowed to float four inches around the edge of the rooftop, looking for an opportunity to grab any hero foolish enough to within touching distance (one inch).
|DEAD BUT NOT DEFEATED. GENTLEMAN JIM CRADDOCK REMAINS DESPITE FALLING TO HIS DEATH|
Realising the battle could soon be won Robin pushed the Riddler back onto the southern edge of the rooftop with a blow from his stave. But then grunted in frustration as Nygma swiftly leapt behind the youth and pushed him two inches towards a plummeting death himself. Was this really going to be the end of Tim Drake? Batman meanwhile started to try and trade blows with Harvey Dent. But neither combatant hit with any of their attacks.
|THE RIDDLER LURES ROBIN INTO A PRECARIOUS POSITION AS BATMAN BATTLES TWO-FACE|
Jim Gordon decided to wrestle with the Riddler. But having failed to strike the green-costumed villain suddenly found himself reeling sideways as a result of a blow from Nygma’s question mark cane. With a cry the veteran policeman realised he going to be sent sprawling three inches southwards and was suddenly over the edge of the rooftop and hurtling downwards as fast as gravity could take him. With a triumphant yell Two-face launched an attack upon the Boy Wonder, and automatically (as he attacked from behind) forced Robin forwards over the southern edge of the rooftop. However the fiend had left himself dangerously close to the stone-capped brick wall himself and with grim determination Batman pushed Harvey Dent over the rooftop edge as well.
|ROBIN FALLS TO HIS DOOM, FOLLOWED BY TWO-FACE AND THEN... THE DARK KNIGHT HIMSELF|
Realising everything now boiled down to him and the Riddler, the Dark Knight launched an attack upon Edward Nygma and forced the villain back an inch. But moving swiftly the purple-masked criminal recovered and using his Agility to slipping around the Caped Crusader, pushed the hero two inches south with his cane. Tottering on the edge, with his back to his enemy, Batman had a brief opportunity to look out across Gotham City, before he was sent tumbling by another blow from the Riddler’s question mark walking stick…
This battle was a lot of fun, and although the slightly larger arena (as “Pillow A-go-go” is designed to be played on a 6”x6” “Supra-King Size bed”) meant that at times models were reasonably safe stood in the centre of the rooftop, it still took less than an hour to game. In addition this contest was played with a completely clear rooftop, so the addition of a chimney stack and perhaps some debris should dramatically alter the dynamics of the fights.
For those interested in the comic book exploits of Edward Nygma, then my review of the “DC Comics” 2013 one-shot Riddler story “Solitaire” can be found here: