Well, yesterday we actually played a session of Astonishing ACKS! I ran it as a “character funnel”, starting with eight 1st-level PCs (two per player), and whittling that down to four by the session’s end. (Plus one maimed survivor.)
The party began in the Chieftain’s Hall in Calford, which is a small hill fort/village in Brigand’s Bay. Calford was built near a river crossing and a navigable fjord, to control the local trade routes (which were heavily-traveled before the Green Death).
At sunset, Bird-Men were spotted circling far overhead (out of bow-shot). Soon afterwards, the alarm was sounded as Lizard-Men mounted on Giant Geckos scaled the walls of the hill-fort! The PCs joined the fray to defend Calford, but a second wave of Vhuurmis suddenly attacked from the opposite direction.
Vhuurmis, Bird-Man, and Lizard-Man
A vicious battle ensued, and the PCs joined in the defense of the village. Many brave heroes fell (and I got to try out the Mortal Wounds tables), but they managed to repel the first wave of attackers!
However, a third wave of reinforcements appeared (combined Vhuurmis and Lizard-Men). As his village fell to the beastmen, Chieftain Delmar called upon our heroes to ride forth and send news to Bjorn Skullcrusher – the local Brigand King in Türas Tem (Fort Türas) – of the attack.
As the PCs fled on horseback, they spotted the silhouette of human figure in the distance – a tall woman garbed in armour – conferring with a Vhuurmis, a Bird-Man, and a Lizard-Man…