Vienna 2033

//Post apocalyptic Ironsworn campaign in the underground tunnels of Vienna. Heavily influenced by Stalker, Metro 2033 and Necromunda.


House “The Triforce”:

The gangers that fight in the name of “The Triforce” are brutes. The church of Triforce was founded in the underground shopping center of the Hauptbahnhof station and preaches the life of three truths: Nike the godess of good wear, Monster the god of good drink and Nintendo the God of good play. A good Triforce soldier needs to flaunt their strength wherever they go and wear an air of brutality like a mantle. The soldiers of the Triforce, if not pumping weights at the Hauptbahnhof gym are usually raiding, the surrounding stations, for new clothes, energy drinks or games.

Leader: Max Power

  • tattoed and scarred, awkward, drug addict (monster energydrink)
  • Edge: 2, Iron: 3, Heart: 2, Shadow: 1, Wits: 1
  • Health: 5, Spirit: 5, Supply: 5, Momentum: 3

Headquarters: Hauptbahnhof

Riches: +2

Wealthy: Any mundane item can be found for sale. Most kinds of
skilled labourers are available, but demand is high for their time.

Population: +1

Steady: The population is in line with the current size of the steading.
Some slow growth.

Defense: 0

Militia: There are able-bodied men and women with worn weapons
ready to be called, but no standing force.


Ambulance: A friendly doc has made Hauptbahnhof his home. He offers to patch your fighters up at favorable rates in return for blood and tissue donations. If your crew lost health and your gangers have some time to rest you might trade one spirit for one health. Loss of a few pints of blood is nothing for a fit ganger, in return he will treat the injured gangers of your crew.

Scrapmine: In a secret location your gang has discovered an enormous pile of scrap metal. The excavations yield valuable metals and tech. Juves and elderly are working there tirelessly. +1 Riches 

Guilder contact: A trades guild has set up shop in your hive. A share of the proceedings goes to your gang, increasing your income substantially. +1 Riches, +1 if you are looking for gear

Old ruins: There are old ruins of a shopping center above. If a ganger has time to search them for goods, he might find something valuable. +1 Riches if you command a ganger to search

Settlement: The families of your gang fighters own holes and workshops inside your hive. These holdings help to support the gang by providing food and shelter.

Spring 2033

Traders report of some emnity building in the community of Landstraße Wien Mitte station. Max Powers sends a group of gangers to scout out the way and ascertain the situation.

Dangerous quest: Find out what happens in Landstraße station. Deal with it if possible.

Progress: 0

Undertake a troublesome journey to Matzleinsdorferplatz. +1 wits. 5/1,5. Strong hit.

Arriving in Matzleinsdorferplatz the gangers, while poking around in the seemingly abandoned station, discover a concealed entrance into a network of ventilation shafts. When the gangers need to defend the station their knowledge will allow them to surprise the attackers.

:: Matzleinsdorferplatz

: Vents: concealed entrance into a network of ventilation shafts. When the gangers need to defend the station their knowledge will allow them to surprise the attackers.

Undertake a troublesome journey to Landstraße. +1 wits. 6/8,9. Miss. Pay the price. A person or community is exposed to danger.

As the gangers shuffle on towards Landstraße a machine gun starts to roar without warning. The leader, leading his crew from the front as customary, is hit right into the chest.

-1health(4). Endure harm +4health. 3/3,4 Strong hit. Embrace the pain +1momentum(4)

Even before their leader hit the floor, the gangers charge in reckless abandon unloading their guns on auto while sprinting forward.

Enter the fray. +1wits. 5/3,3. Strong hit. +2momentum(6). Strike. +3iron. 2/6,9. Miss. -2health(3). Endure harm: 2/3,5. Weak hit.

As they charge two more gangers are brought down by the surprisingly effective gun fire, when suddenly the first of them aprubtly stops his charge and yells “Retreat, its a drone.” As he yells he is riddled with bullets.

-1health(2). Endure harm 2/10,10. Miss. -1momentum(5). Face danger. +2edge. 4/7,8. Miss. Pay the price: You are separated from something. -1supply(4).

Realizing that they are charging a robot, the gangers drop their weapons immediatly and sprint back into safety as fast as possible. Battered and broken they make their way back to Headquarters.

Max Power: “So these buggers placed a machinegun robot on our connecting tunnel. This is war! A war we cannot take the offense in it seems.” He leans over his old map of the underground network and sighs. “Well, time to move into Karlsplatz and get at them from the other side.”

Milestone reached (important intel discovered), Heal: 1/4,9. Miss. Aid is ineffective. Use ambulance. +1health(3), -1spirit(4), Make camp. +4supply. 5/2,6. Strong hit. Recuperate +1health(4). Focus +1mometum(6). Relax +1spirit(5)

Health: 4, Spirit: 5, Supply: 4, Momentum: 6


Dangerous quest: Find out what happens in Landstraße station. Deal with it if possible.

Progress: 2


A long and bloody battle

Mild, overcast, drizzle. Marching order 1st to third batallion. Enemy far.

Keen observation revealed to me a slight depression which would allow us to move into range mostly unseen.

Face danger +3 wits. 5/1,10. Weak hit. The depression turns out to be quite muddy. -1 spirit.

First of the men already started moaning as the march turned out to be rougher than anticipated. Once in range we formed line.

Face danger +2 edge. 2/6,7. Miss. Pay the price – a new foe is revealed.

The regiment Normandy, we had recognised their uniforms by now, had brought with them 2 small 3pounders. Hitting 1st batallion with grape while we formed line.

-1health to 1st batallion(4). Endure harm. +4. 1/3,7. Weak hit.

The men pressed on even though their comrades fell left and right, falling back on the automatic movements impressed into them during drill. By now 2nd batallion were ready for their first volley.

Enter the fray. 2nd batallion. +2heart. 1/8,10. Miss. Pay the price -1momentum(2).

Even though 2nd batallion had shown good performances on the shooting range, the muskets of the enemy cracked first.

2nd batallion -3health(2). Endure harm. 2/4,7. Miss. -1momentum(1).

The answer from 2nd batallion was already markeldy weaker in sound than what they had received.

Clash. +2edge. 3/1,2. Strong hit. +1momentum(2). +2progress(2).

It turned out, that the training did have it’s effect after all as many bullets found their mark.

While all of this was happening 3rd batallion traded blows on the other side of the line.

Enter the fray. +2heart. 3/9,10. Miss.

They too were beaten to the punch by the French.

3rd batallion -3health(2). Endure harm. 1/2,6. Weak hit.

They released their muskets.

Clash. +2edge. 3/3,4. Strong hit. +1momentum(3). +2progress(4).

Finally 1st batallion finished forming firing line.

Enter the fray. +2heart. 3/2,6. Weak hit. Strike. +2edge. 6/4,6. Strong hit. +3progress(7).

2nd batallion was already reloading frantically as the volley from 1st hit.

Face danger. +2edge. 4/3,6. Weak hit. -1supply(4).

They immediately send their second volley, handidly beating the French, who are still fumbling their muskets.

Strike. +2edge. 1/2,8. Weak hit. +1progress(8).

The French volley hit shortly after.

2nd batallion -2health(0). -1momentum(2). Endure harm. 4/7,8. Miss. -1momentum(1).

2nd batallion was struck hard. The few soldiers who were still standing were on the brink of panicking and fleeing. We had to get them out of here. We ordered 3rd batallion to charge immediately.

Turn the tide. Strike. +1iron. 6/1,6. Strong hit. +1progress(9). +1momentum(2). End the fight. 9p/4,7. Strong hit.

The charge is decisive as the regiment Normandy reels back in panic leaving the field.

Aftermath first battle:

  • supply(4). Momentum(2).
  1. 4h, 4s. EF 1F. SC 1P.
  2. 0h, 4s. EF 1F. EH 2F. SC 1P
  3. 2h, 4s. EF 1F. CF 1P

Evening in camp. We tried to compel the quartermaster to assign extra recruits to us.

Heal. +1iron. 4/3,8. Weak hit. +2health(2). -1supply(3)

He complies but forces us to give up some supplies in return. Next we resupply at the makeshift warehouse.

Resupply. +3wits. 6/8,9. Weak hit. +2supply(5). -2momentum(0).

Finally everyone just breaks down and falls asleep.

Make camp. +5supply. 4/8,10. Weak hit. Recuperate +1health.

Aftermath evening after:

  • supply(5). Momentum(0).
  1. 5h, 4s. EF 1F. SC 1P.
  2. 3h, 4s. EF 1F. EH 2F. SC 1P
  3. 3h, 4s. EF 1F. CF 1P

Anatomy of a firefight

What do we know about infantry fights in the 18th century?

  1. First volley was most efficient
  2. After first volley most infantry started firing uncontrollable and without much effect – officers couldn’t stop them anymore
  3. That’s why many “good” infantry armies stressed the importance of charging after first volley
  4. Effect of fire generally was absymal – smoke, stress, fear, soldiers weren’t taught to aim, just to point muskets at enemy
  5. Officers generally lost control of their troops rather quickly.



  • I need to plan my next action in advance, if I have to cancel it I suffer -1momentum. This models how hard it was to keep unit under control.
    • kinda works. but don’t know what it really achieves yet.
  • I roll 2d12 as challenge die and add officer ability and troop ability to the action die(d6).
    • idea behind this is, that different battalions perform better/worse. Leading to a situation where some are rather messed up while others are still ready to fight. This should provoke some hard decisions (do I “heal” now, or shoot another round). Kinda works. Looking up the ability of each battalion, for every action is cumbersome.
  • Pay the price always applies to the entire unit, while “smaller” effects only affect the battalion.
    • definitly doesn’t work. supply is global stat, only strike/clash work with battalions
  • If a new foe appears I set a timer (Imminent danger) by rolling a d6. After the timer reaches zero the danger manifests.
    • works ok. need to define what happens. maybe i need a timetrack to track what the enemies are doing when?


Momentum: 3.

  1. battalion, health 4, spirit 5, maneuver 1, volley 0, reload 1
  2. battalion, health 3, spirit 4, maneuver 0, volley 1, reload 2
  3. battalion, health 5, spirit 3, maneuver 2, volley 2, reload 0

March into range of enemy. Undertake Journey. +1 wits. 6/9,10.

  1. battalion, health 4, spirit 5, maneuver 1, volley 0, reload 1 MISS
  2. battalion, health 3, spirit 4, maneuver 0, volley 1, reload 2 MISS
  3. battalion, health 5, spirit 3, maneuver 2, volley 2, reload 0 MISS

Pay the Price. 65. some men get confused by cannonball hitting around them. -1momentum(2)

/PA Form Line. Face danger. +2heart. 2/4,5.

  1. battalion, health 4, spirit 5, maneuver 1, volley 0, reload 1 MISS
  2. battalion, health 3, spirit 4, maneuver 0, volley 1, reload 2 MISS
  3. battalion, health 5, spirit 3, maneuver 2, volley 2, reload 0 MISS

Troops are getting frightened by the imposing look of the enemy infantry. They refuse to move into line. Pay the Price. 48. On the flank a troop of curassiers is forming up. Imminent danger (1).

/PA Volley – canceled due to not forming line. -1momentum(1).

Prepare for incoming cavalry charge. Secure an advantage. +3edge. 4/4,6.

  1. battalion, health 4, spirit 5, maneuver 1, volley 0, reload 1 Strong hit
  2. battalion, health 3, spirit 4, maneuver 0, volley 1, reload 2 Strong hit
  3. battalion, health 5, spirit 3, maneuver 2, volley 2, reload 0 Strong hit

The men form square in no time. Take control. We greet them with a crushing volley.

/PA Volley. Strike +3edge. 1/3,5. +1harm due to first volley

  1. battalion, health 4, spirit 5, maneuver 1, volley 0, reload 1 Weak hit 1+1harm
  2. battalion, health 3, spirit 4, maneuver 0, volley 1, reload 2 Weak hit 1+1harm
  3. battalion, health 5, spirit 3, maneuver 2, volley 2, reload 0 Strong hit 1+1+1harm

End the fight. 7progress/4,11. Weak hit. The curassiers are mown down by our volley. As many as 10 to 12 of the 200 attackers are seemingly hit. The rest flees in complete disarray. With a second to take a breath the troops are suddenly overcome by the severity of the situation. -1spirit. 1st Milestone reached.

/PA Reload. Face danger. +1heart. 5/4,5. Strong hit. +1momentum(2)

/PA Volley. Strike. +3edge. 5/1,8

  1. battalion, health 4, spirit 4, maneuver 1, volley 0, reload 1 Weak hit 1harm
  2. battalion, health 3, spirit 3, maneuver 0, volley 1, reload 2 Strong hit 1+1harm
  3. battalion, health 5, spirit 2, maneuver 2, volley 2, reload 0 Strong hit 1+1harm

/PA Reload. Face danger. +1heart. 1/7,10. Miss. The enemy infantry pours a devastating volley into us.

  1. battalion, health 2, spirit 4, maneuver 1, volley 0, reload 1 Weak hit 1harm
  2. battalion, health 1, spirit 3, maneuver 0, volley 1, reload 2 Strong hit 1+1harm
  3. battalion, health 3, spirit 2, maneuver 2, volley 2, reload 0 Strong hit 1+1harm

/PA Volley. Canceled. -1momentum(1).

Turn the Tide. Compel to charge. Threaten them with eternal shame if they don’t overcome this lousy opposition. +2iron. 3/2,6. +1. Weak hit. We have to bribe them with an extra ration alcohol after battle -1supply(4). +1momentum(2).

/PA Charge. Strike +2iron. 6/7,10. Weak hit. We inflict +3harm for a running total of 8harm.

End the fight 8progress/5,12.  Weak hit. The enemy infantry flees, but their second line troops immediatly step into place, greeting us with a volley. +2harm

  1. battalion, health 0, spirit 4, maneuver 1, volley 0, reload 1 ROUTED
  2. battalion, health 0, spirit 3, maneuver 0, volley 1, reload 2 ROUTED
  3. battalion, health 1, spirit 2, maneuver 2, volley 2, reload 0

Reduced to one batallion we fall back.

Manouver. Undertake journey. +1wits. 4/6,10.

  • battalion, health 1, spirit 2, maneuver 2, volley 2, reload 0  Weak hit. supply(3)

Compel general to appraise our achievement of beating back the cavalry postivily. Compel. +1heart. 3/3,6. Weak hit. The general is quite impressed. He sends us a few recruits to fill the ranks and some liquor from his personal supply(4), but urges us to march right back into battle.

Systems Test: Colonel Proprietor – the game

//What is this? This is a systemtest for a Mouse Guard X Ironsworn hack, with which I wish to simulate Age of Reason wars at the regimental level.

One of my fascinations is battle in the Age of Reason. Soldiers usually met in long lines and started a deadly but formalized duel, seeing who could demoralize or kill faster. That’s really incomprehensible to me.

To bring just one example. At the battle of Fontenoy individual french regiments were routed just to go back in for another round a little later. WHAT? How did one motivate humans to do something like that:

“Ok guys so the english are very good at shooting us. We just fell back, because so many of our comrades dropped dead all along the line. I propose, we should go back in and find out if we are able to shoot faster this time. To make it fair though, we will just stand in line again. No ducking allowed.”

I want to try to explore the drama of war from the perspective of one little regiment, somewhere in the battle line, no manouevering, just shooting and shouting.

In my first test Infantry Regiment 37 “Von Eisenhut” will do some training and go to battle.


Volley, +2 Edge. 3/2,4. Strong hit. +1 volley to all

Advance, +2 Heart. 6/8,9. Miss

Volley, +2E. 4/3,7. Weak hit. +1 volley to one batallion.



A battle in the mountains. Early morning. Weather: chilly, cloudy, downpour, windy.

Von Eisenhuts regiment is positioned in the center. The regiment to the left is renowned for its prowess, the one on the right is middling at best. Von Eisenhut will have to keep an eye on its performance.

There are earthworks very close just to the front and difficult ground can be seen far to the other side of the valley.

The enemy is still far.

Order: manouver to the earthworks. +3 wits. 1/7,10. Miss. The enemies artillery starts hitting us immediatly. They too discovered the strategic importance of the earthworks. -1spirit

Order: form line. CANCELED -1Ouvre(4).

Order: Press on. +2heart. 4/7,7. Miss. Von Eisenhut’s speech is interrupted by more cannonballs bouncing all around him. His men don’t move. Enemy prepares a cavalry charge.

Order: Dress Ranks: -1Ouvre(3) +2heart. 1/1,5. Weak hit. +1 spirit(4) for Batallion 3.

Order: Receive. 5/4/10. The cavalry charges all along the line. Von Eisenhut’s regiment is ready to receive them. Weak hit. +2harm(3). Prepare to act. As the cavalry is thrown back in some disorder. Von Eisenhut gives the order to fire.

Strike. +2 Edge. 4/1,5. Strong hit. inflict 9progress on cavalry.

End the fight 9progress/8,6. Strong hit. The cavalry are scattered by the volley.

Battle Milestone X X X _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 

A quick glance left and right along the battle line shows von Eisenhut, that the cavalry is repeled everywhere. Some of the first line regiments seem in bad condition though. Let’s secure an advantage position now.

Order: Advance to earthworks. +3wits. 1/4,10. Miss. The enemy used the time we spent with the cavalry to occupy the earthworks himself. We are greeted by a volley of musketfire. +1harm(2).

Order: Form line (canceled) -1Ouvre(2).

Order: Assault: +1iron. 2/1,2. strong hit. 9progress on enemy infantry.

End the fight: We throw the enemies infantry out of the earthworks. 9progress/3,4. Strong hit. Enemy infantry routed.

Battle Milestone X X X X X X _ _ _ _ 

Call up artillery to pound the enemies battery. Compel. +2heart. 5/3,4.  Strong hit. The general acts immediatly on Von Eisenhuts proposal. A battery of big guns is brought forward and starts hitting the enemy positions almost immedialty.

Battle Milestone X X X X X X X _ _ _ 

A short glance left and right shows von Eisenhut that the line is holding. What does the enemy do?

Fulfill vow. 7progress/2,8. Weak hit. The enemy is falling back, but in good order. As the sun is setting Von Eisenhut realizes that tomorrow the battle will start anew. He has one night to tend to his battered regiment.





Summer 1493 (4)

Weather: Mild sunny breezy.

Miklos surveys the work being done in Vapaanki. Other mice are way better than him at planning and working on land. His fur is itching to get on a boat again. Well enough, he thinks to himself, time to explore the rivers eastward.

Undertake Journey: 3/2,8. +3wits. Weak hit. -1supply (4)

At a fork in the river, Miklos spots some Ferrets to the north. He decides to follow the other river upstream to stay clear of the ferrets.

Undertake Journey: 6/3,9. +3wits. Weak hit. -1supply (3)

Undertake Journey: 6/3,9. +3wits. Weak hit. -1supply (3)

after crossing a large swamp, where the flow of the river isn’t clear at all times, as the arms crossed cross like a labyrinth, Miklos finally reachs a hill on which a giant statue of a bushel of brain is built. It seems to be effected by the same ancient mouse civilization on whose ruins Vapaanki is built.

Undertake Journey: 1/7,7. +3wits. Miss. The weather worsens. Seems like rain is coming.

Miklos decides to make camp at the statue.

As the rain clouds are approaching, Miklos inspects the giant statue. At it’s pedestal stories of mice are engraved. Mice differently clothed, coming together and sharing all kinds of goods. It seems like this statue was a meeting place. As the sun sets Miklos finds an entrance into the statue. He decides to wait until the next morning before exploring further.

Make camp. +3 supply. 6/4,10. Weak hit. +1momentum (4).

Next morning Miklos is awakened by the first sun rays and immediately starts exploring. To his surprise what looked like a statue from a far turns out to be a giant building. From the way the corridors and rooms are laid out it reminds him of the warehouses in the old world, but probably 10 times the size. He starts climbing up some old stairs.

Face danger. +2edge. 2/4,8. But as he does a ferret suddenly charges at him, from upstairs.

Enter the fray. +3wits. 1/2,3. Strong hit.

Miklos reacts in an instant and counter charges the ferret blazing fast. Secure an advantage. +2edge. 3/5,9. Miss. The ferret inflicts its harm -2 health(3).

Pay the price. First roll 2 – roll again and make it worse. 88 – it requires to expend ressources.

Miklos flees through the hallways losing all of his supplies(0). He is running for his life trying to get away from the ferret.

Face danger. +2edge. 6/9,10. Miss. Ferret does its harm -2 health(1).

Pay the price. a new threat complicates things.

Suddenly another ferret emerges in front of him.

Enter the fray. +2edge. 1/10,10. Miss.

Pay the price. 52, a new foe is revealed.

Miklos glances another ferret to the right. He needs to get out of here.

Clash. +1 Iron. 3/5,10. Miss. Ferret does its harm -1 health(0). -1 Momentum(3)

Endure harm. +1iron. 1/8,10. Miss. -1 Momentum(2)(wounded). Battered but still standing

Secure advantage. +2edge. 5/8,9. Miss. Ferret does its harm -2 Momentum (0).

Endure harm. +1 iron. 5/6,10. Miss. -1 Momentum (-1). (maimed).

The wounds are mortal.

Face death. +1heart, 2/4,9. Miklos is dead.

Vow for Merenranta fullfilled.

RIP Miklos.

Character asset: Miklos

Nature reset: 4

Occupation: captain

Physical Appearance:

Personality: easygoing, relaxed

Quirk: naive/idealistic

Background: Life of servitude, broke free his chains

Instinct: avoid danger or punishment



boatcrafter – can make a variety of boats

cartographer – creates and interprets maps

captain – well versed in steering any boat

scout – adept at spotting predators on the prowl



Summer 1493 (2+3)

//this is just a really short summary, as I played the last sessions mostly “offline”.

Vilppus party is scattered by a ferret hunting party. Vilppu himself, badly wounded and maimed, drags himself through the mountains, in the broad direction of Merenranta.

Miklos Thema Sailor decided to establish a city in the fields of gold. And tries to find a way north to Merenranta overland, meeting the newly built mine on his way.

Viktor the master builder from Elesett organised the villagers for the construction of the mine and went on his way. I have more details on that adventure. Although very brief as well:

Secure advantage. With precision +2. 3/1,10. Organising the materials takes longer than anticipated. -1 spirit.

They try to make a path to the mining site. Face danger. +3 wits. 2/4,9. They lose their way a few times. -1 supply.

Undertake journey. +3 wits. 5/7,9. Weak hit. -1 supply. +3progress

Undertake journey. +3 wits. 3/4,5. Strong hit. +3progress

Undertake journey. +3 wits. 4/2,4. Strong hit. +3progress

Milestone reached.

Reach destination. 9/1,8. Viktor immediately orders a wooden elevator to be built into the mouth of the cave.

Face danger. +1. +3wits. 3/6,6. Strong hit. Extra good through matches. Everyone considers this a milestone. Milestone reached.

Build a few small houses. 3/3,9. Weak hit. -1supply.

Check jewels. Gather information. +3wits. Strong hit. Viktor immediately discovers that these sparkling stones are not jewels after all. They may have looked that way from far away and too a greedy mouse even more so. No these stones are something completely different. He throws one of them to the ground and it explodes, throwing small stones everywhere.

Milestone reached.

Build the mining facility. +3wits. 6/1,9. Weak hit. -1supply.

Close off the mouth of the cave and build a doorway to be safe from predators. +3 wits. 2/1,2. Strong hit.

Build an inn. +3wits. 2/1,9. Weak hit. -1supply. Supply is now at zero.

Milestone reached.