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Gulik2303 Jan 2017 9:22 a.m. PST

My kids and I played a test run of Ghostbusters vs. Scooby Doo game using Pulp Alley. Everyone had loads of fun! My six-year old ran the Mystery Inc. (Scooby Doo) league, while my 12-year old took the Ghostbusters '84 league and I GM'd.

Here is the layout. Most of the buildings are still WIPs. They are all MDF models from TT Combat (really nice, pretty inexpensive, very detailed!). The Ghostbusters' HQ was the only one I actually finished, seen here along with the Ecto-1 (slightly modified Crooked Dice model with home-made decals; the GB figs are from Crooked Dice as well).

A few of the perils awaiting our leagues:

(Slimer causing a traffic snarl, and something unsavory crawling up out of the sewer)

(Apparently the city planners only moved the headstones when they turned the cemetery into a park—THEY ONLY MOVED THE HEADSTONES!)

(An ex-someone is making its way out of the dumpster)


The Ghostbusters grabbed the first minor plot point after capturing the ghost girl; Venkman knocked her down with his proton pack while Egon tossed the trap out:

(That's Ray against the wall on the right—after easily vaulting over the car (succeeded a Finesse roll), he failed to notice the window of the garage was closed and ran right into it (failed another Finesse roll trying to dive through it).)

Scooby and the gang decided not to go after whatever was coming out of the gas station's toilette,

and instead lured Slimer into Freddie's trap:

While both teams secured their minor plot points at about the same time, the Ghostbusters ended up closest to their major plot point (the Terror Dog) and defeated it before those meddling kids could confront the mad scientist who was trying to scare everyone out of this part of town.

(Under the conditions I set for the game, each team had to secure 2 minor plot points, one of which had to be a ghost capture, and then the opposing player could place that team's major plot point anywhere on the board.)

I know it's been said a hundred times, but it bears repeating—Pulp Alley is a wonderful game. It is so flexible it can cover most anything with a little creativity. Even though this was the first game for all of us, we had no problem using the slight modifications I introduced to adapt the rules to this theme, and my kids (especially my D&D fanatic 12-year old) really enjoyed the roll-playing/story-telling aspect of the game. Can't wait to play it again!!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2017 11:49 a.m. PST

Great fun. I just purchased Frostgrave because my daughter (11 years old) is a Harry Potter fanatic and said she would be interested in a game with wizards and spells, so I am hoping to do some fun games with her (and her little brother, if he wants to join in). I applaud you.

Gone Fishing03 Jan 2017 12:35 p.m. PST

Very inspiring! I too find the system's flexibility very attractive. For well over a year now I've been mulling over how to use PA for my Greek mythology games, but always get distracted. That, and the fact that I'm lazy.

Thank you for the great report! (Love the cut-out ghost in the window, by the way.)

D A THB03 Jan 2017 2:46 p.m. PST

Looks like lots of fun. I must check out those buildings.

Gulik2303 Jan 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

Thanks! @Gone Fishing, that's actually a 3d ghost--my first attempt at sculpting out of green stuff. The way it's silhouetted it does look like a cut-out! I always joke it's the ghost of Charlie Brown after the Great Pumpkin got him.

JMcCarroll03 Jan 2017 6:28 p.m. PST

Would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for you meddling kids!

Gone Fishing03 Jan 2017 6:33 p.m. PST

He still looks wonderful – just how ghosts should! ; )

Rogues104 Jan 2017 11:15 a.m. PST

Wonderful terrain and figures for a great looking game. I'm jealous that you can get your kids to play in games. Still trying to get my son to put down his Xbox 1 controller and come back to gaming. Someday.

Karl von Hessen06 Jan 2017 6:45 p.m. PST

Great "Parent & Child" time PLUS it gets them using their imagination…something video games will never encourage.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2018 10:49 a.m. PST

The Thing in the Gas Station Toilet is truly inspired modelling!

Gulik2302 May 2018 10:57 a.m. PST

Wish I could claim it as my own work, but it came from….someone…who I can't remember. I got lots of great horror themed scenery from whoever it was though….

Gulik2302 May 2018 11:58 a.m. PST

Found it! The possessed toilet came from Black Cat Bases.

billthecat03 May 2018 6:25 p.m. PST


Cloves16 May 2018 10:01 a.m. PST

sorry for the necro post but does anybody make those weird demon dog statue things in 28mm form? You know..the ones Lewis says "ok..who brought the dog?" about? :)

Redmenace16 May 2018 4:48 p.m. PST

The Cryptozoic Ghostbusters boardgame produced both terror dogs in 28mm, resin, they pop up on EBAY as Vinz Clortho and Zuul.

Heresy Miniatures also make a set of Hellbeast miniatures

Cloves17 May 2018 4:54 a.m. PST

oh the Heresy ones are great!! Thanks Redmenace

Redmenace18 May 2018 5:21 p.m. PST

Glad I could help.

Here are a few pics of them next to the Crooked Dice, Paranormal Exterminators.

Cacique Caribe19 May 2018 9:34 a.m. PST

Wow, that looks like a fun game!


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