GURPS Deadlands Campaign
This page is for the Deadlands campaign I am running in GURPS 3E.
Please include these items on your character sheet, even if you put 0 CPs into the skill for quick reference during play.Skills
GURPS Character Assistant
When using the GCA please load the following GCF files in order.
Present: Margret June Maxwell “Max” (Jessica), Jhin (Ryan), Dave Buckler (Robby) and Jim Kestler (Drake)Biting Heads in the Junkyard
Tombstone Epitaph / Lacy O'Malley
This reporter finds it hard to believe, but after multiple reports is seams denizens of the Junkyard are being attacked by quote “walking heads”. Clarence Walker was returning to his apartment in the Junkyard after work at Plant #22. When three human heads dropped from the maze of overhead pipe-works and attacked him. He has several bites to prove it an attack did take place. Clarence claims his assailants were disembodied human heads. For locomotion each head had two to three human arms directly attached. Two other Junkyardians have made similar claims, but Clarence is the only one willing to be identified by name. The Salt Lake City marshals’ office say though they do not believe the outlandish claim as to the attacker, they do take attacks seriously and are investigating.Dark Flares! New, from S&R
Deseret News / Advertisement
Smith and Robards once again prove we are always at the forefront of invasion with our new Dark-Flares®. These flares are easy to light and burn for 30 minutes just like our Hand-Flares, but instead of visible light Dark-Flares® emit Dark-Rays® shrouding an area in darkness. Portable shade for the well-equipped traveler.Somewhere in the Rocky Mountains
Jan 12 (Wednesday)
The posse checks the perimeter and find stilt-walker tracks all around the camp. During the night Abel left camp to urinate and was drug away by whatever is making the stilt tracks. The posse and Aloysius follow the tracks. About a mile from camp they come to a spot where the ground is all churned up with lots of stilt-walker tracks. They move in to investigate and see a human hand lying in the soil. They start clearing the dirt from around the hand. The soil is loose, so even with bare hands its easy work. The hand starts moving, they keep clearing the soil. Then the body sits up. It’s Able. Aloysius is overjoyed, then Able bites Jhin’s neck and another body climbs up from under the dirt, it’s the bandit they killed the day before.
Jhin starts punching and the rest of the posse start shooting. Its mayhem. Shoots that miss the “zombies” narrowly missing friendlies. Max accidentally shoots Aloysius in the leg. The zombies keep ripping and tearing at the posse with their hands while bullets and Jhin’s spear hands tear away chunks of their flesh without phasing them. Wounds that would kill a man don’t even slow them down. The posse finally put the zombies down, but they aren’t sure what exactly “killed” them. They take some time to patch up their wounds and burn the bodies.
They see two sets of pogo tracks leaving the burial site and follow one. Dave loses the trail after a couple hundred yards. They check the trees and find scratch marks going up a nearby trunk. Dave climbs up and slips, bounces from branch to branch on the way down and lands squarely on his head. Jim climbs up and looks around. After a bit they find where the stilt-walker jumped to another tree, and from there to another, and so on. After climbing a few more trees they decide it will take too long to track these things moving through the tree-tops. They return to the burial site and follow the other set of tracks. Those tracks take to the trees as well.
The posse gets back to camp in the early afternoon where everyone is gathered around two campfires keeping warm. Jim and Dave go hunting, but game is scarce, they find a few rabbit, wolf and stilt-walker tracks, but no game.
Laura asks Jhin what happened. He says nothing much, Max was loading her gun and accidentally shot Aloysius. She asks why they heard at least half a dozen shots. Jhin, just kind of looks at her with no idea what to say. Max decides to tell everyone exactly what happened, people listen, but when she gets to the part about zombies there are a few sniggers and some heckling. This group doesn’t seem to believe in zombies.
That evening watches are set in pairs. Jim is on first watch and though not on watch Laura stands with Jim for a while asking more of what happened. She’s very scared and concerned. She urges Jim to do something, they can’t just wait here while whatever is out there picks them off one-by-one. Then she starts sniffing the air and asks Jim if he smells something odd, almost tangy. They both keep sniffing, but Jim smells nothing. Laura retires, and the evening passes without incident.Jan 13 (Thursday)
No one went missing during the night. The posse go to the caboose and take another look around. There’s nothing new, so they follow the drag marks. They lead to the northeast which is roughly the same direction as the burial site they found the day before.
About half a mile from the crash site they find another spot where the ground has been churned up. They cautiously probe and dig. It’s not long before something starts moving under the dirt. The conductor, the female crewman and the “museum-man” transporting the statues climb out of shallow graves. The posse starts shooting as the zombies start clawing. The posse’s adrenalin rises when they see the museum-man clutched his Gatling pistol, and wonder if he is smart enough to use it. He moves toward Jhin, raises the pistol, and swings it like a club. The posse blow and tear chunks from zombies who are unphased just like the last group.
After a few seconds of battle something about the size of a baseball whizzes by Jhin from behind. Max notices it too and turns around. A few yards away there is a spider with a body the size of a medium dog and legs about 3’ long and is covered with fur-like bristles. It is dark brown and with cream colored stripes on its legs and a blotchy pattern on its back. She shoots and misses, the spider jumps a good 5 yards into a rocky outcropping and nestles into the rocks.
One of the zombies hits Dave in the groin and he goes down rolling on the ground. The zombie moves in, but Jhin knocks it aside at the last moment. Max is fighting zombies again and is hit from behind with a sticky web. She’s wrapped up and unable to move her arms or legs. She struggles to free herself, but the webs are strong. Finally, the last of the zombies are put down. The spider is nowhere to be seen. It is no trouble to cut Max free with a sharp blade.
The posse still isn’t sure how to kill the zombies other than keep hitting and the eventually fall. This fight was a lot harder than the first, much harder than one additional zombie and the brief encounter with the spider can account for. They wonder if it was just luck, or where they tougher because they were probably the first taken or is it something else? The posse spends some time patching up wounds, no one is seriously injured. They search the bodies and find the museum-man’s Gatling pistol, extra magazine and gun belt along with the conductor’s pocket watch. While the bodies burn, they talk about what to do with the loot. They could keep it, but even though they are dead it’s still robbery, their property should go to their heirs.Bookkeeping
01. Commin’ ’Round the Mountain I Jan 11, 1876 • IRL Date: 2/23/2019
Present: Margret June Maxwell “Max” (Jessica), Jhin (Ryan), Dave Buckler (Robby) and Jim Kestler (Drake)Bat Boy Born!
The Tombstone Epitaph / Lacy O'Malley
Nancy Gilbertson, a Creston, Wyoming working girl claims to have given birth to a half-bat half-human baby. By all accounts the consummation - by an unidentified father, the pregnancy, and delivery were normal in all respects. Several days after the birth bat wing like membranes formed under the baby boys’ arms and he died several days after that. As strange as it seems it appears to be true, multiple sources have seen the body and confirmed the strange tale.Somewhere in the Rocky Mountains
Jan 11 (Tuesday)
The posse is on a DPRR train bound for Salt Lake City to begin their assignment as undercover DPRR agents posing as a firm if private detectives. The posse gets to know one another. Margret June Maxwell “Max” is a bit of a tomboy who’s a skilled healer and dabbles in new science. Jhin is a traditional marital artist from Tibet. Dave Buckler grew up hunting and is a dead shot with a rifle. Jim Kestler was badly burned as a child and covers himself head to toe to hide his scars.
There are about 20 passengers on the train, the posse meets a few including Penelope Brown; an attractive red-haired mail-order-bride on the lookout for better prospects. She flirts openly with many of the male passengers including Dave who is not receptive.
Gregory Dawson is a gambler from back east who has migrated to dryer climate since contracting the consumption. After a short stay in Salt Lake he’s headed to the maze. Most of the posse play poker with him a bit and win a small amount, when he suggests they up the stakes they decide its best to take their winning and go. Later they hear him discussing a treasure map, he can no longer pursue due to this health. After a bit of haggling the posse buys the map for $500.
Laura Giles, the daughter of a wealthy cattle baron from Texas, is a on a tour of the west. She wears a fine green dress and caries small beaded purse.
Abele and Aloysius Squatpump are trappers and twin brothers relocating to the west. Dave makes fun of their name and Abele punches him in the face.
The posse notices a finely dressed man with a Gatling pistol on his hip head back to the off-limits baggage car accompanied by the conductor. They ask about and find he’s from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and a couple times a day he checks on the “priceless” statues he is transporting .The Robbery
The train starts decelerating quickly but smoothly, then an explosion is heard up ahead and the passengers are jolted as the breaks start to squeel. Then the train slams to a stop, passengers are thrown about. A few moments later shots come through the windows. Someone is robbing the train. The posse and the bandits exchange fire. After two of the bandits are wounded and another is killed, they retreat.
The bandits dynamited the bridge and train couldn’t stop before the first two cars went over. The locomotive is at the bottom of a ravine near a stream. It is damaged far beyond repair, the two crewmen are dead, the firebox is broken open and the ghost rock inside is still burning. The fire is contained, but the ghost rock scattered about the crew compartment and the broken timbers from the bridge all about the locomotive are an inferno waiting to happen. The sleeper car’s front is resting at the bottom of the ravine and the back at the top. The caboose and baggage car with most of the posse’s gear are missing. Leaving the two passenger cars and the dining car relatively unharmed.
Jenny Wilson has a broken leg and Penelope Brown a broken arm. Everyone else got off with bumps and bruises. It may be as much as a week before another train comes along, they have food for one day and most of the passengers are not dressed for the subzero temperatures in the snowy mountain pass.The Caboose
The posse searches for the missing train cars and find them about three miles back. They rolled back down the slope and overturned at a bend. The posse told Laura Giles, to stay at the passenger cars, but she followed the posse anyway and shows up at the second crash site few minutes after they do. There are lots of tracks around the cars like someone was walking around on stilts. Based on drag marks and blood found in the rail cars it looks like two to three people died in the crash and were drug into the woods by “stilt-walkers”. There is one body in the caboose. It looks like its head was smashed against the wall in the crash, but now it is a desiccated husk with puncture marks on the neck.
In the baggage car the posse finds their gear, some U.S. mail, the Squatpump’s survival gear, animal traps and rifles, food, clothing and blankets. They load up and head back to the passenger cars. Laura, the, spoiled debutant, surprised the posse by pulling her weight carrying gear. One the way back she takes a keen interest in Jim surprising the posse again. His crude manners and not exposing a bit of skin drive most people away but seems to be attracting Laura.Nightfall
Back at the passenger cars they tally the food and determine with rationing they have about 3 days’ worth of food. While they were gone the only surviving crew member, the cook, has organized everyone and they’ve made some crude defenses from rocks and branches in case the bandits return and built a fire. They set some of the Squatpump’s traps in the tree line, set watches and retire.
In the morning they find stilt-walker tracks all around the camp and during the night Abele left camp to urinate and was drug away by whatever is making the stilt tracks.Bookkeeping