Introduction[B Team-4 is this way <==]
It's been almost 3 months sine I played a game of All Things Zombie, so I reckon it's high time for another!
When we last saw the B-Team, they were running down a street in panic after 2 of their members were attacked by a child zombie. Are they infected? Nobody seems to be sure, so maybe finding some medical assistance quickly would be a good idea. The trouble is that the way to the nearest emergency centre is on the far size of an area of town with a reputation for gang violence. The B-Team aren't exactly hard men and they also have a woman and a small child in tow, so how will this work? Read on to find out...
The ScenarioThis is a straightforward search for assistance. The party must find someone to help them (either a doctor or little Lucy's father, or both). Failing all else, they must exit the far end of the table. Not a very clear set of goals, but life isn't always fair!
At the moment, the B-Team and allies consist of:
- Ernie: REP 3, golf club. Sometime leader.
- Bob: REP 3, hammer. Dumbass. He'll be fine as long as a leader tells him what to do.
- Sid: REP 3, crossing sign on pole (improvised 2-handed weapon), bottle of antibiotic pills.
- Michelle: REP 3, bow, expensive handbag. Slow
- Lucy: REP 2, big-ass pistol (it's her daddy's gun and she won't give it to anyone else!), 2 large knives (she found them; they're hers). If Lucy fires the pistol without bracing it first then she is automatically stunned.
Ernie started: "Er, hello. Are you lost?"
"No, I'm not. Are you?" replied Kitty.
"Well, we're looking for someone. Have you seen a tall, kind man in any shops?" (this was the only description they had managed to get of Lucy's dad).
"Sorry, no. Look, I've got to go now, or else I'll be late for tea"
"Er, wait a moment. It's dangerous out here; wouldn't you be safer staying with us, just until we can get you home?"
"What, with a bunch of losers like you? No, thanks!" With that, Kitty skipped down the road and off the table. [This was something of a relief to me, as I had visions of the B-Team becoming a magnet for every little girl who is out alone in the zombie apocalypse. Why are there so many of them and so few gangers or police?!]
As she passed the party, Kitty looked over her shoulder and called out. "I wouldn't go that way if I were you. You'll be sorry!" [the REP-4 PEF in the school bus was also resolved, but as a heightened sense of danger/encounter level].
Now came one of those fateful moments on which a game can change completely. The players had basically 3 choices:
- Run for it (i.e. down the street)!
- Attack the zombies before they moved again. At least the party would have had the initiative.
- Retreat into the book store and barricade the door.
|Sadly, the inside of my book store model isn't detailed. At least it has flooring!|
Michelle was the only one to react. "Get off her, you monster!" she yelled, as she lunged at the zombie. She tripped and fell, but the zombie's attention was now on her instead of Lucy. It stooped over the prostrate woman and tore a gaping hole in her throat.
This was too much for Sid. With a whimper, he fled up the stairs to the next floor of the building, leaving Bob and Ernie shocked and motionless [failed "brown pants" rolls]!
"Oh, man!" exclaimed Bob. "What do we do now? I'm not a doctor; I don't know any first aid".
Ernie continued "I dunno. Maybe we could wash her wound, or something like that? There's a McDooms just up the road; there must be some water in the toilets there."
Bob and Sid both stared at him. He realised that they were looking at him oddly and then he blushed. "The restrooms will have sinks, guys! They'll have taps with clean water. What the heck did you think I meant?"
|My McDooms building doesn't have a detailed interior either...|
"I've got this" exclaimed Ernie, as he pushed past his friends and strode up to the zed. He swung his golf club hard onto its head and the creature slid beneath the table, crushed.
The B-Team found some water (in the kitchen) and tried to wash Lucy's wound with it. Sid also found a first-aid kit on the wall; he squeezed out most of a tube of Germoline and rubbed it over the girl's shoulder, hands and face. It didn't seem to do much good, but "It can't hurt, can it?" was his attitude.
"You mean Mrs. Danvers?" replied Bob. "It could be...I'm not sure. I guess she's past caring about her appearance now!"
Sid had been somewhat withdrawn since the action in the book store. He chimed in, rather harshly "Well, if you want the pearls then why don't you go and take them? She won't mind - all you have to do is crush her skull, you know!"
Ernie looked at the older man, but since he couldn't think of an appropriate response, he just shrugged.
Within moments, 3 fresh zombies (ex-hobos and gangers, by the look of them) had appeared on the flank of the party. Sid wasted some time trying to shoot arrows at them, but he missed. "Dang, this isn't as easy as it looks!" he muttered, as he jogged down the road after the rest of the party.
The other 2 zeds ignored this distraction and closed in on the man in the dayglo uniform. Sid gave a little shriek as he felt them clutching at his coat, but with a short sprint and a kick he was clear.
AftermathThis was a failed mission by any standards: the B-Team didn't recruit any more help and didn't find a doctor (or even someone with first-aid training). Not only that but they lost one team member and had another one bitten by a zombie. Not good!
The ATZ:FFO rules say that REP can go down after a failed mission. Each character rolled a dice: Bob and Ernie are OK, but Sid decreases to REP 2. I guess his nerves are shattered; he can't take much more of this!
Then we come to the part that I was dreading: what happens to Lucy? We rolled a dice to see if her zombie bite is infected and it came up as a natural '6'. Lucy's bite wasn't contaminated and she won't turn into a zombie - at least, not on this occasion! Of course, she's still injured and won't be fully effective (!) for a while.
I think I've finally decided that the wounds taken by the men from a child zombie in Game 4 are not infected. It just seems too harsh to do anything else (and it was a strange situation); the B-Team have enough troubles without this as well!
So, what next? These guys are stumbling from one crisis to another, just about surviving. Should they continue looking for Lucy's dad, or for a doctor? Or should they hole up somewhere and try to recuperate? The 4th member of their group, Sam, is still in a hospital somewhere after being shot by the police (Game 2), so maybe they should try to find him? I'm not sure...
Sometimes the dice just goes against you. Still a good read and nice battle report mate!ReplyDelete
I think the players sometimes forget how even a single zombie can be a real threat, if you roll low and it rolls high...Delete
I really like the B team, it's like an expisodes from a carry on film.ReplyDelete
They need help for Lucy and a mate in hospital - so oft to the hospital I'd say!
Well, I'd like to think it wasn't *quite* slapstick :-) , but I know what you mean. Off to hospital, eh?Delete
That could have gone a lot worse. I thought the team did well to come out of the book store at all. I really did think it was game over in there. Another very good batrep, Hugh.ReplyDelete
I think that any of the 3 decisions (run, fight, hide) could have worked. They just got very unlucky being surprised by a particularly feisty zombie in the shop; it just went downhill from there...Delete
Another great batrep,ReplyDelete
I think the hospital is a solid choice for them, either way they need a bit of luck and some new friends! I can't see them doing too well alone for much longer
Thanks, Dave. I agree that they need some luck; at the moment every game that they survive seems like a surprise!Delete
I like the B-team for they are not so powerful and they have to be careful or they will get killed quickly.
They're certainly not very powerful! Being REP-3 means that they miss 50% of activations - the same number as the zombies. And moving 8" instead of 6" plus the 1 automatic success in melee isn't much of an edge over the zeds.Delete
Everyone has got to love the B team. Bumbling Heroes they may be, But I doubt in all seriousness I would do any better. It really is the human face of the Zombie Apocalypse. They may need a bit of luck but they do deserve a break and be able to reach the Hospital. After all It Can't Hurt can it!ReplyDelete
Well, I agree with "bumbling", but I'm not so sure about "heroes" :-) . Unless you count still being alive, against the odds, as heroic?Delete
The B team is very much average joe in a zombie apocalypse. Nobody can tell if they will make it or not. I hope they do.ReplyDelete
The B-Team was created as something of an antidote to all the gun-toting, skilled survivalists! I also hope they survive, but I fear for them in every game :-( .Delete
We all like to think we'd be Clint, Arnie, Indy or Lando when the chips are down. But let's face it, many of us have seen better days, spend 40 hours a week behind a desk and travel everywhere by car.ReplyDelete
We have a lot in common with the B team.
The nice ting about this episode is that it portrays the 3 survivors as bumbling nice guys, with a lot of luck on their side. They've walked through some tough challenges without much of a plan, but got out the other side intact.
With luck, there's no limit to what they could do.
You're quite right: we cannot all be movie heroes. I'd like to think that I was a bit better than the B-Team personally (at least a bit smarter, if maybe in much the same physical shape), but let's hope I never have to find out for real!Delete
Another fantastic report, Hugh. I agree with others, it's nice to see some ordinary people trying to survive. And poor, poor Sid... :DReplyDelete
Thanks, Mathyoo. While the others seem to be coping (just about) with the world collapsing slowly around them, Sid is cracking up.Delete
An interesting turn of events for the B Tea. I wonder if this will be a slippery slope as the group gets weaker or will they find some help in the next game? Great report mate.ReplyDelete
Well it's not the worst mission result they've ever had (that would be 1 dead, 1 in hospital, 1 in prison!), but it certainly wasn't good. Can they recover from this setback? I don't know - we'll just have to wait and see...Delete
Great batrep. Love the inept B-team, real regular guys in unreal circumstances. Tense yet funny.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Bob. My goal with the B-Team is definitely to see how far a group of "ordinary" guys can go. Any humour in their story is a bonus :-) .Delete
The B-team is a great read! I love the down to earth/normal feel to the characters. This was another good read, keep them coming!ReplyDelete
Thanks, N667! It's been too long a gap between games; I really need to play some more...Delete
Cool Batrep, Long live Lucy!ReplyDelete
Thanks. I'd like to see Lucy survive too :-) .Delete