ALFIES antics – the story so far, Spies, Ernest Hemingway and Zeppelins

Due to the brand new real life adventure I shall call BABYGEDDON this campaign is currently on hiatus. However I thought I’d take this opportunity to pull together a summary of the adventures so far. The Game has run so far from New Year till December 2011. In game time May-Christmas 1938


In the world of a Very British Civil War Edward VII did not abdicate but appointed British Union of Fascists leader Oswold Mosley as his Prime Minister. The country has collapsed into various factions including a ‘Free City’ of Liverpool which opposes the Royalist-BUF Government. The player characters in the game are spies for the Free State in the Amalgamated Liverpool Free Intelligence & Espionage Service (for more see Briefing.)

The mission report tab on the upper right hand side contains all the mission reports tied together in catergories but her is just a taste of them:

Operation Aphid

This was a cold-war style adventure extracting a spy with vital information from Government held Manchester with aid of the Manchester resistance.

Operation Beetle

This was an ‘off camera’ mission to establish an escape line in enemy territory (Cheshire.) They’d been an aspiration to play it by email but time constraints got in the way.


Operation Cricket

From the information gained in Operation Aphid agents infiltrated a railgun base built into the side of Cheshire landmark, Alderly Edge,


Operation Daddy Long Legs

A raucous night providing inept security for visiting journalist and hell-raiser Ernest hemingway as he carouses his way across Liverpool accompanied by amongst others a chain smoking cynical Belgian journalist Tin Tin.

Operation Earwig

A long term plan to create anti-Government forces in the Lake District – still ongoing (though the politicians in Liverpool are likely to yank control of this operation off ALFIES freeing the characters for more ‘won and done’ missions.)

Operation Flea / Grasshopper

A plan to fulfil a promise from Operation Aphid goes unexpectedly wrong – with zeppelin warships and sinister submarines (in progress.)

Published in: on March 29, 2012 at 9:06 am  Leave a Comment  

An appeal for creatives & roleplayers

My game of Liverpool secret agents in the Very British Civil War 1938 has been running since January and I think it’s going pretty well. I think the players are enjoying themselves and I certainly am. I was thinking there might be an opportunity to do something to expand the game universe and add a richer deeper texture to it.

The Gentlemen’s Wargame Parlour forum has been a tremendous source of ideas and its members have been terrifically generous both with ALFIES and also the parallel war gaming I’ve been doing, it’s well worth checking out:

However, I just wanted to put an open offer out there:

  • If there are any other VBCW roleplaying groups out there which are fighting their own corner of the war and want to cross over NPCs, fiendish plots or bits of technology get in touch at or @A_L_F_I_E_S  on twitter.  Events in one campaign impacting on the other gives a broader deeper world.
  • Any writers, artists, or other creative who want to get in touch to add a bit more depth – creating a militia, a non-player character, suggesting a plot or similar get in touch at or @A_L_F_I_E_S on twitter. I can’t offer any renumeration (over some artwork I’m already committed too) so it would just be for fun.
  • If you’re a roleplayer, spy film or book fan or other and know of any resources on the internet which might be helpful for this or other campaigns or similar get in touch at or @A_L_F_I_E_S on twitter.

Finally I’d quite like to roleplay rather than GM in universe sometime so if anyone fancies running for a one-off game, that would be great. We play GURPS with 100pt characters on skype so geography is less of an obstacle than time-zones. Even if your just intrigued get in touch and I can tell you more about it.

Thanks for your time spent reading this and I hope to hear from some of you.

Published in: on October 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

ALFIES change how missions are now run

Changes are a foot in the Amalgumated Liverpool Free Intelligence and Espionage Service. Dr Nick Parkinson, noted Fabian, Anglican League commander and City Councilor for West Derby has suggested that ALFIES operations need more leadership in the field. The Mayor’s Office has noted the suggestion and ‘C’ has reluctantly agreed.

In future each mission brief will specify which ALFIES agent is the mission leader. They will be personally responsible for the mission outcome and in event of any disasters it will be them who answer to ‘C’ and possibly even the relevant City Council Sub-Committee or Soviet. Mission Leadership will be rotated to ensure that no one miltia or faction has undue control over the conduct of ALFIES in the field.

 Report from the Liverpool Echo 5th May 1938

Published in: on May 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Henry Walpoles 1938 New Years Speech

Speech delivered New Years Day from the steps of St Georges hall to assembled Free Liverpool Forces and broadcast on Radio Free Liverpool

It is some months now since through the selfishness of a rapacious Monarch and the guile of a foreign inspired tyranny our great City, was forced to separate itself from a Kingdom which had fallen into disunity. Though the forces ranged against us are many and the threat of invasion is ever present we have made good cause in protecting freedom’s flame.

Since then defending of our liberty has fallen on many. Anglican and Socialist, soldier and sailor, Wacker and Woollyback, Jew and Gentile have joined together to give their blood, sweat and tears – nay even their lives in defence of our Liverpool home. From across the Seas and from our own shameful slums all shades of humanity has answered freedom’s call from Iberia to Siberia, Ireland to India, Jamaica to Canada whatever the cost maybe.

And what of our allies – from the wallets of American benefactors to the workshops of the Soviet Union our forces shall not lack for equipment. Elsewhere in this green and once pleasant land the forces of progress stand shoulder to shoulder with us, if not in body then in spirit. From the Regiments of the Scottish Republic to the Copplestone Cossacks, the Somerset Freedom Fighters to East End Émigrés, the forces of York to those of Canterbury, the nationalists and socialist of Wales all stand to the same firing step are our own dear city in order to repel the foreign germ spread by cads in dirty shirts.

Turning once again to the question of invasion, many are the tales that are told. We are assured that novel methods will be adopted, and when we see the originality of malice, the ingenuity of aggression, which our enemy displays, we may certainly prepare ourselves for every kind of novel stratagem and every kind of brutal and treacherous maneuver. I think that no idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered and viewed with a searching, but at the same time, I hope, with a steady eye. We must never forget the solid assurances of sea power and those which belong to air power if it can be locally exercised.

I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our Liverpool home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of The City Council — every man of them. That is the will of our allied towns and the Trade Unions linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.

Even though large tracts of England and many old and famous counties have fallen or may fall into the grip of the BUF and all the odious apparatus of Mosley rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in Lancashire and Cheshire, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, and we shall defend our Merseyside, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight in our avenues and alleyways, we shall fight on our parks and playing fields, we shall fight in our homes and our mills, we shall fight in our docks; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this City or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then the believers in freedom beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, new world powers, with all their power and might, step forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

Published in: on December 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm  Leave a Comment