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Task Group Michigan – Campaign Notes #3: The Steel Crusaders, Bikers of Grand River Valley

December 21, 2015 2 comments

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The Steel Crusaders, are a large, heavily-armed group of Bikers, the primary “military” force of Southern Michigan. They might be encountered anywhere in Michigan, but are most likely to be found near the Grand River. The SC roam – at will – along the river valley; they prey upon the communities that exist between the ruins of Jackson and the ruins of Grand Haven.  The majority of the Crusaders are in their late teens or early 20’s.  Most of them are simply swaggering thugs – lording it over people who are too frightened or too weak to fight back.

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Task Group Michigan – Campaign Notes #2: Traverse City “Everything’s for sale, but only life is cheap”

December 11, 2015 Leave a comment

THIS IS A PLACE HOLDER.  ADDITIONAL DETAILS WILL BE REQUIRED

Background note: In this campaign, Traverse City (aka “TC, or “The City”) provides an opportunity for a different “style” of play.  Players can involve themselves in the intrigue between the City’s political/economic/military powers.

The City is a trading hub for Lake Michigan. Everyone comes to TC.  Everyone buys and sells.  Shipmen (of course), Truckers, Slavers, Wanderers and many others sell their goods and services.  Wines and fruits are the main agricultural exports, but the city also has a strong manufacturing sector.

At first glance, Maxwell’s Militia has the greatest amount of power.  The Overlord’s son is “Sheriff” and his M1 tanks have the most visible power.  The MM could close the port, or stop food coming into the city at any time.  However, that would remove all value from the city.

POLITICAL POWERS

The Sheriff – Maxwell’s Militia
The Lawmen – A group that traces its ancestry back to Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (and still call themselves “Conservation Officers”)
The Academy – Great Lakes Maritime Academy.  The Lakers’ university
The Medics – Medical professionals operating out of the old Munson Medical Center.  Emdees, with surprising links to Breeders and Inquisitors
The Lunar Convent – Psionic Nuns
The Vintners – Merchants in wine, spirits, maple syrup and other luxury foods
Dockers
Craft workers
Power Workers – the people who run the power stations and maintain the power transmission infrastructure