Sunday, 3 February 2013

ATZ Campaign: The Cast

Introduction

For some time now, I have been promising/threatening to produce an "obituaries" page for my ATZ campaign.  When I sat down to the task, though, it seemed more appropriate to create a Cast List instead.  The difference?  Mainly this: the latter includes characters who are still alive as well as those who succumbed.  I can thus catalogue the appearances of all my characters.

Note that I've only listed player characters here.  This means that a number of other named figures do not appear in this list.  Left out for this reason are gamesmaster-controlled figures: a few gangers and quite a number of policemen and women (including the ever-popular Officer Columbo).  I'm still debating the wisdom of omitting them.  On the one hand it saves me a great deal of work, since most of these minor characters only appeared in a single episode.  On the other hand, this article feels incomplete without them.  Hmm.

At the time of writing, this cast list includes all my ATZ campaign games from #1 to #9.  I'm not sure if or how this list should be updated when further games are played...

The Cast List

Name Picture Appeared in game(s) Fate Notes
John
1: The Search for Gramps,
2: John goes shopping,
3: Help!,
4: Quarantine!,
5: The Battle of Golden Hills,
6: Evacuation,
8: Breakdown! 
Alive John and Bomber are the "star" characters in this campaign.
Darcy
1: The Search for Gramps,
5: The Battle of Golden Hills,
6: Evacuation,
8: Breakdown!
Alive
Lizzie
1: The Search for Gramps,
5: The Battle of Golden Hills,
6: Evacuation,
8: Breakdown!
Alive
Mr. Braxton
1: The Search for Gramps
Killed by zombies while trying to steal a car
Clancy
1: The Search for Gramps,
5: The Battle of Golden Hills,
6: Evacuation,
7: Rally!,
9: Return to Golden Hills
Alive Initially Mr Braxton's dog, later claimed by Bomber.
Rob
1: The Search for Gramps
Killed by zombies the moment he appeared
Dougie
1: The Search for Gramps
Ran from zombies and hid out in "Teenage Fiction" section of bookstore
Sam
1: The Search for Gramps
Killed by zombies in a bookstore
Willie
1: The Search for Gramps
Killed by zombies the moment he appeared
Albert
1: The Search for Gramps,
5: The Battle of Golden Hills,
6: Evacuation,
9: Return to Golden Hills
Alive Gertrude and Albert often need rescuing!
Gertrude
1: The Search for Gramps,
5: The Battle of Golden Hills,
6: Evacuation,
9: Return to Golden Hills
Alive Gertrude and Albert often need rescuing!
Chad
2: John goes shopping
Shot dead by gangers
Bomber
2: John goes shopping,
3: Help!,
4: Quarantine!,
5: The Battle of Golden Hills,
6: Evacuation,
7: Rally!,
9: Return to Golden Hills
Alive John and Bomber are the "star" characters in this campaign.
Captain Salty
3: Help!,
5: The Battle of Golden Hills
Bitten by a zombie, risen as one of the undead but immediately put down by Bomber.
Goofy
3: Help!,
7: Rally!,
9: Return to Golden Hills
Alive Taciturn and private
Nancy
3: Help!
Killed by zombies while being filmed by a TV News crew.
Terry
3: Help!,
4: Quarantine!,
7: Rally!
Taken by surprise and killed by a zombie
Laddie
3: Help!,
5: The Battle of Golden Hills,
6: Evacuation,
8: Breakdown!
Alive Initially a stray, now John's dog
Edna
5: The Battle of Golden Hills,
6: Evacuation,
8: Breakdown!
Alive
Abe
5: The Battle of Golden Hills,
6: Evacuation,
8: Breakdown!
Accidentally shot by Lizzie, then finished off by zombies
Lieutenant Costner ?
6: Evacuation,
8: Breakdown!
Left for dead near a mob of zombies
Corporal Van Damme ? 6: Evacuation,
8: Breakdown!
Alive Psychotic killer
Connery ? 6: Evacuation,
8: Breakdown!
Alive Injured by rioting mob
Dalton ? 6: Evacuation,
8: Breakdown!
Alive

Eastwood ? 6: Evacuation,
8: Breakdown!
Alive Injured by rioting mob
Iain

7: Rally!,
9: Return to Golden Hills
Alive Fit, but amateur
Pike

7: Rally!
Killed by zombies while trying to steal a motorbike.
Pavel

7: Rally!,
9: Return to Golden Hills
Killed by zombies whilst trying to flee from the horror

18 comments:

  1. I really like this, may have to steal in a future game, sorry.

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  2. He He I really like this list bit like a cast for a movie.

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    1. That's the idea - though I didn't go so far as to put in catchphrases or memorable quotes!

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  3. Lol I like this a lot,
    Had to chuckle at Corporal Van Damme being labeled as " Psycho killer"

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    1. "Psycho killer"? Just my opinion :-) .

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  4. Really good idea and a nice way to post links to the "episodes" thus far.

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    1. Thanks, Sean. I just hope I got it all correct; there's a lot of data here!

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  5. Excellent article and a good reminder of who's appeared, who's alive and who died. Regarding your decision to omit your GM-controlled characters, I think that was a mistake. Perhaps you could do a follow up article listing just them.

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    1. Hmm. OK, I hear you - maybe I'll produce more of this in the future.

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  6. Great idea well executed , i will be pinching that one for my occasional Cowboy campaign update..

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  7. How good is this post. Great idea. Well done.

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    1. I wasn't sure that this article would be of much interest to anyone not actively playing in the campaign, so I'm delighted that you enjoyed it!

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  8. Great reminder of the characters that could have main players and instead became zombie fodder and those who's adventures we still follow. (I had high hopes for Cap. Salty 'cos I lIked the figure - it's go Edna now !)

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    1. I think quite a few of us liked Salty. However, I can't see Edna going very far. Having said that, she did kill a zombie unaided. Who knows what the old bat might be capable of :-) ?

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  9. I think Edna has a bright future if we manage to secure some vehicle transport.
    Excellent little article - showing the benefits of stopping to take stock amid all the action and heroism.

    The little pictures of the characters really add to the short micro-biographies.

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    1. Yes, I think that acquiring some transport seems like a good next step! I'm not convinced that Edna will ever be anything other than a dependent, though!

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