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Sunday 8 December 2013

Golden Age Campaign Update (now with more Soldier Bear Hero!)

Last night we played for the first time in a month.  And quite a fun game it was!  First, the PCs heard about a new hero fighting the war for the liberation of Europe: Wojtek, Polish Soldier-Bear Hero!

I've written about Wojtek before; he was a real soldier bear, in the 22nd (free) Polish Artillery, who lived and travelled with the unit and to whom the Poles gave a rank (he made Corporal) and serial number (and he knew how and when to salute!).  But what's more, he WORKED for the Unit, helping to move heavy artillery shells in the middle of combat, including in intense battles like Monte Casino (where the Polish troops secured victory).  Its said Wojtek never dropped a single shell.  Here's Wojtek driving a truck:

 Note the little logo on the side of the truck: that's the 22nd Artillery's insignia.  They changed it in honor of their most famous soldier bear!

But it wasn't all just hard work and danger for Wojtek; he built up love and camaraderie with the men of his unit, a bond of friendship that lasted until the end of their days in Wojtek's case, he passed away in a British zoo in December of 1963, 50 years ago this month.

Wojtek also enjoyed off-duty time with the men, he enjoyed both smoking and eating cigarettes, and he enjoyed drinking beer:

So there you are, a true Golden Age hero and a Polish patriot!

As for the adventure itself, the PCs ended up facing both the Rag Doll (who is rapidly becoming the Joker-substitute of the campaign) and Brainwave again.  In the case of Brainwave, he was looking to use a stolen Olympian artifact (the Aegis) to restore his failing health and prolong his life.  In the end the PCs capture him but not before he succeeds at his primary goal, explaining why in the comics brainwave went from looking like this:

To looking like this:

Anyways, that's it for today.  The adventure was fun.


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