SettingIt seems that some of my family have become interested in ATZ, at least to the extent of wishing to see their games made public via this blog. My brother visited us this weekend, so we played another game in my campaign series. I'm not at all sure that we can or will maintain this rate, but for now, here it is...
Introduction"But officer, our homes are over there!" Bomber explained to the cop. He, John and Terry had been out on a walk into a neighbouring district to look for food, only to discover when attempting to return that the police had cordoned off the area. There were roadblocks on all the streets and no-one was being allowed in or out.
"I'm sorry" replied the policeman. "Please go back the way you came. Our orders are clear: you may not pass!"
John tugged at Bomber's sleeve. "Come on" he said. Then, more quietly "There may be somewhere else where the cordon isn't so well established. We might be able to get through there..."
There are several PEFs (possible enemy forces) on the edges of the map and more may appear as the game progresses; the players can choose any one to be their group of characters...
|The north-western roadblock|
|The north-eastern roadblock|
Sneaking AboutJohn and Bomber chose to approach the abandoned garbage truck, whilst Terry investigated the garage a little further on. "Hey!" called Bomber. "Someone left the keys in this one! Do you think it still goes? Maybe we could use it to crash through the roadblock?"
"Um, I don't know" replied John. "I was hoping for something a little lower profile. I don't really want the cops to be shooting at me or chasing us. Let's see if we can find another way first; we'll come back to this if we need to."
Terry signaled urgently to them and mimed lifting up the garage door. "What's up with him?" queried Bomber.
"I think that garage is unlocked. Perhaps we could find a way through there" answered John.
Within moments, the vehicle was surrounded by angry policemen. "Get out of the car! Now!" Starsky yelled at the 2 passengers. "Dalgliesh - call for an ambulance!"
"Looters, maybe?" said Bomber. "Looks like they're up to no good, anyway". This was confirmed as the newcomers broke open the door to the bookshop and vanished inside.
As the family of looters ran past them, some of the civilians looked round. Most just carried on up the street, towards the police, but 2 of the least fit ones saw the zombies that were following the looters out of the bookstore. They both started to point and scream!
Man Down!Further up the street, near the quarantine barrier, the policemen were having a hard time. Initially, Starsky had refused to let any of the civilians approach the barricade, but officer Clouseau had more heart. "They're people, sarge!" he called. "We can't send them back - they'll die!" As the sergeant dithered, a stray zombie from the basketball court attacked one of the drunks and felled him.
At the junction, Lestrade called out "Columbo! I can't hold them - there are too many!" as more and more zombies poured out of the subway.
"OK, let's get out of here" answered the other cop. Both of them started to back up the street towards the barricade, gunning down any zombie that came too close.
Back at the Garage
"They sound pretty busy over there. Now's our chance; let's go!" shouted John. He and Bomber heaved up the door of the garage and rushed inside. There was an occupant, of course: a single zombie was clearly trying to get out of the other door, towards the noise. It was all too easy; John distracted it whilst Bomber felled it with his baseball bat. Terry grabbed several packets of cookies off the bench. "What?" he asked as the others stared at him. "It's not as if he needs them any more". John glanced briefly around; there were some car keys on the key rack, but they weren't labelled and it would have been difficult to figure out to which vehicle they belonged.
The Last Stand
At the north-western barrier, things were unraveling fast. Officer Columbo and Detective Lestrade formed a rearguard whilst the rest of the cops hustled the civilians along the road. Denis, the injured drunk was loaded into the ambulance, as was the driver of the blue car who had been shot by officer Starsky. The 2 passengers from the blue car were bundled into one of the patrol cars, handcuffed and under arrest.
The ambulance started up and began to reverse back along the road with lights and siren blaring. "Switch that off!" called Lestrade. "I think it might be the noise that's attracting them!"
"Leave it! He's gone!" commanded Columbo. "There's nothing you can do now - but I promise you we'll get even, somehow."
"Halt! You're all under arrest!" came a woman's voice.
"Naw, I don't think so" droned Bomber. "Just stand aside and no-one need get hurt".
"Put your hands where I can see them!" ordered officer Cagney.
"Err...Look out! Behind you!" called John, as he saw a couple of zombies approaching.
For a moment, the woman looked doubtful. Then she replied "Oh, come on! I'm not that stupid!"
"Come on. Let's give her a hand" John said to Bomber and Terry. He vaulted over the obstacle and attacked one of the approaching zombies.
The men easily dispatched the remaining zeds, before turning back to officer Cagney. She was visibly shaking as she tried to call for assistance on her radio, but there was no reply. Without saying a further word to anyone, Cagney stomped over to her car, started the engine and left the scene. The 3 men looked at each other, shrugged and walked on home.
AftermathAmazingly, John, Bomber and Terry all earned a REP increase from this game. I guess that sometimes hiding and skulking is the smart thing to do.
As the ambulance carrying the injured civilians sped across the city, Denis (the drunk) went into a cardiac arrest and his vital signs flatlined. "I think we've lost this one!" called the paramedic in the back to his driver. While his back was turned, Denis' body stirred again. There was a horrible moaning sound as Denis' arm reached out and pulled the crewman down so that he could bite his throat out...
Campaign Game 5 is here.