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...