How would you have run the following scene? Here’s how I think it would have gone.

Mike is playing Marty.
Chris is Playing Emmet.
Robert is running the game.

Unknown to Mike, Robert has talked with Chris about the coming session. Something is going to happen in this early chapter of the campaign.

The session starts at the local mall, in the car park.

Emmet has told Marty all about his latest invention, and is about to put it into action when his dog Einstien barks out a warning.

Robert: Out of the darkness a pair of headlights comes into view. The shape of a battered VW van grows more distinct and you get a spooky feeling that this is trouble. Out of the sun roof pops a gun wielding terrorist.

Chris: “They found me Marty… I don’t know how but they found me. Run for it Marty”
Mike: “Who?”
Chris: “Who do you think? The Libyans.”

Robert: The van rushes towards you. Roll for initiative.

Both Chris and Mike Roll well.

Mike: Marty ducks behind the car.
Chris: Emmet draws their fire at the back of the science truck. Firing his revolver out across the car park. [rolls dice] I’m firing blanks or some kind of lousy shot. I rolled a critical fail.

Robert: Ok let’s say you forgot to load the gun.

Chris: Ha! Yeah that’s in character for Emmet.

Robert: The Libyans fire a burst of shots from a distance. [rolls dice] but their shots only hit the science truck. The driver of the van pulls up with a screech of tyres. The gun man looks menacingly at the gun in Emmet’s hand.

Mike: I hold my action.

Chris: I toss the gun away. Hopefully they will talk.

Robert: They dont seem interested in talking. The gun man empties another burst into your chest. Throwing Emmet backwards to the ground.

Mike: No way!!

Robert: Is that in character?

Mike: Yeah and then some. WTF? Chris are you ok about this?

Chris: Let’s play this out Mike I’m ok with the way it’s going.

Mike: ok Marty foolishly stands to head over to try and help with Emmet’s wounds. Is he ok?

Robert: Well the gun man notices you as you see Emmet motionless on the tarmac. The Libyan turns the rifle on you and opens up another burst. What are you doing with your held action?

Mike: I use the science truck for cover, [rolls dice] oh yeah critical success on my dodge.

Robert: Ok noted. The driver of the Camper van pulls around after you. But as the gun man pulls the trigger I’ll have his gun jam for your critical and the van stalls. Giving you chance to act again.

Mike: I run back to the car while he un-jams his weapon, and get it started up.

Robert: Ok make a drive check to get the car going under stress.

Mike: [rolls dice] Just but I pass.

Robert: Cool but the Libyans are on the move again and giving chase. The rifle is working again too. I’ll need a drive check every round to stay ahead. And a dodge check too. Both to keep them from side swiping the Delorean and to make shooting at you harder.

Mike: [rolls dice] ok successes. If the van is trying to come along side I’ll put my foot down and pull ahead. Then use the parking lanes to try and put barriers between us.

Robert: [rolls dice] the driver keeps up and manages to pull into the same section of the parking lot. But keeping up with you is shaking the shooter too much for him to get a good shot at you. Oh make a spot check.

Mike: [rolls dice] hmm passed the drive check barely but the spot check not so much. I’m gonna really build up speed with the next long straight bit.

Robert: You notice that the gun man is still having trouble with his rifle, but you don’t have time to pay attention to the lights and noises in the car. [rolls dice] as you turn into a straight and start pressing down on the gas you spot the gun man raising the tip of a rocket launcher out of the sun roof.

Mike: Holy shit! Ok I floor it. I’ve got to be able to go faster than a camper van. [rolls dice] oh yeah. I shoot off at high speed.

Roger: [rolls dice] yup you peel away accelerating into the high end of the speedometer. Pushing past 85mph, the car starts lighting up like a Christmas tree just as you get dangerously close to driving through a ticket booth.

Mike: I…

Roger: Hang on. The windscreen fills with a shock of blue light. The booth disappears and you’re driving over rough ground. A body bounces off the bonnet, it’s only a scarecrow but before you know it a barn comes at you out of nowhere…