A boson’s whistle whined as the
lean figure in Khaki stepped from the liner known as “The
Star of The Orient”. Andrew Merritt had to shake off
a palatable sense of wonder at the clash of the Chinese culture
as he began his exploration of Shanghai. Smells and sights
assailed him in a mixed bag of stimuli. Andrew caught brief
snatches of a myriad of conversations and struggled through
mental gymnastics to translate the staccato of Chinese language
into something intelligible to his mind. He chose some choice
words to convey his needs to a “Rickshaw” driver
named Fong. Two coins and a quick word of thanks landed Andrew
at his hotel.
The “Run Shaw Run Hotel” was not as extravagant
as the St. Francis on Union Square but no flophouse either.
Andrew tipped the bellhop and saw him out his door before
checking the bed to see that it was harder than his tastes
none the less. From his third story window, Andrew saw the
sights of the city through a more objective view and found
them to be both daunting and enticing at the same instant.
The horizon was beautiful with the setting sun shedding golden
light across a harbor teaming with ships of all manner of
shape and size. Andrew found no time to rest, Shanghai waits
no man and he wanted to drink in as much of her culture as
he could before he began his studies.
As Andrew waded through the ocean of the crowd, he thought
about the reasons for his visit, to study the mysterious
ways of Chinese medicine and take that wisdom back to
man to help mankind. Little did Andrew Merritt know,
that soon he would enter a world of adventure and
what he would
back to his homeland of America would be more powerful
than any medicine. Andrew was taking his first footsteps
path of justice!
Welcome to the exciting world of the Pulps. Using the Pulp
Adventure rules it can be you as the traveling adventurer
from the above example. Pulp Adventure is a role-playing
game wherein the players take on the roles of action packed
characters that mirror those who graced the pages of many
of the popular Pulp magazines.