Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Traci Situation (Part 2)

Heat was starting to rise as the day wore on.  Traci watched as rising heat from the road made the air shimmer.  Behind Kevin she saw a business-suit clad zombie shamble past a car wreck.  Gunfire was attracting more and more zombies to the area. 
Traci started to say something when Kevin whirled around and blasted the zombie with his shotgun.  “We should get off the road, or at least out of the open.”  He said, watching the zombie tumble to the ground.
Nodding, Traci agreed.  “Chad!  Let’s move towards the building!”  She yelled, and started jogging down the road, not even checking to see if Chad followed.
 
Kevin blasts a zed in the street
This is part 2 of the Traci side story.  The group is moving towards the office of the RV dealer, hoping to find a working RV they can use as a base.  At the very least, if the building is empty, it will make a decent camp until they can get an RV working.  Chad has been bitten and infected; he will see the infection spread on each doubles that come up for initiative, succumbing to the infection when the level of infection equals his Rep (3).  It’s been a bad day for Chad.
They are getting closer to the building
Traci fired a burst from her SMG, killing the construction worker zombie as it crawled from the wreck in the road.  She braced herself against the low brick wall, waiting for Chad and Kevin to head for the door.  Chad was lagging behind, clearly feeling the effects of his zombie bite.  She was worried he might just die right there in the road.
As if he could read her thoughts, Chad yelled "I'm still okay!  Just keep moving and I'll catch up!"
Kevin gave Chad a hard stare, nearly imperceptibly shaking his head.  "Yeah, let's keep moving."  He replied.
Zombies keep appearing as the survivors keep shooting
The group keeps moving, getting close to the building, shooting as they go.  Chad is basically just a zombie magnet, he can't hit the broad side of barn thanks to poor rolling and his lowered Rep.  Doubles come up on the next activation, Chad is now one step away from dying...
Of course.
Luckily (?) Chad is the one who has to check.  In theory, it should kill him outright, but I roll a 6, his full Rep is 3, and he would have normally been okay, so I keep him going.  Hopefully he can still die well.  I should try and minimize shooting, even with a 6 for zombie spawning, they are showing up much too often.  Traci is okay, but the guys are not going to just drop their guns, so I guess we'll try and shoot our way through this.
The survivors attack
Kevin's shotgun thundered next to Chad.  A zombie in the road shredded from the buckshot at close range, slumping to an ugly pile in death.  Kevin swore and struggled to reload, pulling shells from his pockets.  Chads vision blurred and snapped back to clarity as he wiped his brow with a nearly black left hand.  Traci ran past, stopping and firing her SMG at an unseen zombie.  Her reaction told Chad she had missed.
"Chad!  Just hang on!  We'll get these cleared out!"  Traci yelled, checking her aim.
Chad looked from Kevin to Traci, his body felt like it was on fire and his arms ached, although frighteningly he couldn't feel his left arm any more.  Chad lurched upright, bracing his rifle and ran around the corner into the road, firing at a zombie he could see trying to cross the street...
Zombie charges Chad
Chad is in bad shape, I admit I don't want him in the middle of Kevin and Traci, it's just going to be trouble when he turns, so I am going to move him out as much as possible.  He fires and misses (Traci does as well, apparently the delivery zombie is hard to hit) and misses his shot as the zombie charges him.  Going into melee, Chad has a decent chance - he is still alive, so he does get one bonus success and rolls 2d6 (1 for rep and 1 for brawler) and gets two successes.  The zombie only gets one, and Chad kills it!
Kevin reloads and zombies get closer
Traci spun around, hearing a crash from near the building.  Zombies were stumbling from around the side as another zombie stood up near the fence across from her.  It seemed they were coming from everywhere!  She took aim at the closest zed, firing a tight burst that smashed it's head.  "Stay close to me!  Shoot those zombies by the building!"  She yelled.
Kevin glanced behind him, seeing the undead coming around the front of the nearby sedan.  He didn't need any further encouragement to move.  Stepping next to Traci he turned and fired his shotgun, getting a couple of shots off before it clicked empty again.  One zombie was down, it's leg shredded from the blast, but the last zombie was still on its feet.
"YAAAHH!"  Chad yelled, running past Kevin, stumbling to a crouching position, he brought his rifle up in a solid firing position.  His rifled fired and the second zombie spun around and crashed to the ground.  Chad coughed and spat out a blackish bloody chunk of phlegm.  "I ain't dead yet!" he yelled at the zombies writhing on the pavement.
Chad gives it his all
It's a mediocre turn for the survivors.  Traci kills one zombie, Kevin hits one, knocking it down and going out of ammo (again!), leaving just Chad.  I have him move up, so he is closest and fire on the last standing zombie.  He rolls 3 sixes, and I just can't help but give him a chance, so I treat his shots as 'pathetic shots' and he gets a chance to hit - which he does with one.  It just knocks the zombie down, but I'll take it.  Chad at least hits something!

Unfortunately, doubles come up again, we get a random event and Chad expires from the zombie infection.  At least he went out fighting.  Apparently he hit more than the zombies when he last fired...
Not exactly a PC car, but it makes sense...
Traci watched in horror as Chad spat out another bloody mess.  Echoes from his rifle shots still sounded as he doubled over in a coughing fit.  With a gurgling scream he half raised up, and suddenly fell silent as he fell face first to the pavement.  Blood slowly pooled around him as he gave a single shudder and fell silent.
"Damn."  Kevin said, pausing as he reloaded his shotgun.  "Tough way to go."
Traci shook her head slowly, shock hitting her.  She watched as the two zombies slowly stood near the car, their arms still reaching for her and Kevin.
Those are some fast zombies!
You know, when things go good, you hardly notice, but a couple of turns of bad dice can make a whole game change.  The zombies get a free turn and then manage to win the initiative on the next turn after that.  The two stand up and charge Kevin, who can't shoot due to his shotgun being out of ammo.  I wish the bad luck stopped there.
Yeah, that's a bad day.
Traci felt like she was underwater, unable to move quickly enough to help Kevin.  She watched him swing wildly, his shotgun bouncing off the shoulder of one zombie.  Before he could recover, a zombie in a tattered camouflage slammed into him, bouncing with Kevin on the road.  Almost immediately, Kevin was unconscious.
The two zombie turned almost simultaneously towards Traci...

To be Continued...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Traci Situation (Side Mission part 1)

Bright buttery yellow sunlight was bathing the road, making it a sandy color to Traci’s eyes.  The overgrown fields, trees and shrubs normally trimmed by this time of June showed how quickly nature was reclaiming the world.  It had been a long night of walking, but Traci kept moving forward, Chad following just a few steps behind.
Splitting away from Dawn and Jack (why didn’t Jack come with her?) had been tough, but Traci was sick of Dawn always wanting to keep moving.  They had stopped at plenty of farms, homes or even roadsides that would make for a good place to wait this out.  Any day now, the army was going to sweep through and clean this up.  Traci just wanted to go home.
“Hey, is that what you were talking about?”  Chad asked, walking up next to Traci and pointing at a billboard.  “It says next left, that can’t be too far away.”
Traci nodded, glancing at the sign for an RV dealer.  “This must be the spot I saw, there should be a camper or RV we can use for a home for now.”  Traci was a lot less sure than she sounded.  She was tired of walking and hoped this was going to be a worthwhile stop…

Traci and Chad have left Dawn and Jack and are looking for a place to stay.  They have been walking through the early morning and have put some distance between them and Dawn.  Traci at first just wanted to get away, but convinced Chad she had seen a dealership on the drive yesterday that had campers.  Whether or not this is the place she saw, there is a chance for them to find a useful camper or RV.

It is morning of Day 72; this is a rural area with an ER of 3.  There are three PEFs and 5 zombies on table.  I am using the ATZ:FFO rules, with the modified melee rules and tight ammo.  I will use normal searching/looting with draws from the risks and rewards deck.  Traci and Chad are on foot, entering along the main road, looking for a place to stop.  Both of them have packs, as they took half the supplies with them when they left.  They are both ‘grunts’ with Traci the leader.  I am giving Traci some star powers – she can react as a star, but doesn’t get a second attribute (yet?) and can be killed normally like a grunt.

Traci – Survivor Rep 5, Pep 4/ Sav 3; SMG and Machete (BAP as backup); body armor.  In her pack she has an assault rifle, shotgun, BAP, baseball bat, one unit of food and 2 luxury items.
Chad – Survivor Rep 3, Pep 1/ Sav 2; Assault rifle and Baseball bat (BAP as backup); no armor.  In his pack he has a shotgun, BAP, one unit of food and 2 luxury items.
Chad is fully loaded, Traci can carry a little more and both are anxious to be able to stop and rest.

Traci and Chad approach the RV dealer

The first couple of turns are uneventful, as the pair walk towards the dealer.  One PEF gets revealed as 'something is out there', increasing the ER to 4.  Things start to come apart when I get doubles, and a random event.
Traci swears something is out there
Traci was leaning against the SUV, watching the road and trying to shield her eyes from the harsh morning sun.  Several zombies shuffled around the area, some attracted to the pair as the moved along the road.  In the lot with the campers, Traci could hear the metallic scrape of the fence being attacked by a zombie.
"We should keep moving."  Chad offered, looking towards the small garage near the SUV.  "Let's check the garage and then keep heading towards the shop."
"Yeah, that's a..." Traci trailed off as she was looking at a zombie that had wandered from behind the nearby billboard.  She dropped her arms to her side, nearly dropping her weapons.  "No..." she mumbled.
This is going to be a bad day...
A random event comes up, and it's "Loved One" meaning a nearby zombie is a loved one and requires a 'Zed or No Zed' check.  Of course, Traci is the one who gets hit with this.  Somehow Beckie has managed to wander here after turning.  What a bad development for Traci!  She manages to pass 0d on her check as well.  At least the zombie is too far away to charge.
Beckie returns!
Chad decides they need to get into the garage, he is going to have to take care of zombie Beckie for Traci...

Chad heads into the garage

Chad tried the door, finding it unlocked.  He threw open the door, stepping into the must dark garage.  Garbage and junk littered the small space, looking as if it had been hastily searched or emptied before.  As he stood just inside the door, two forms rose from the junk, zombies!
Chad shoots one zombie
Chad isn't surprised by the zombies, and manages to shoot one, knocking it down.  His Rep of 3 is going to be a challenge.  The next turn the survivors go first, and Traci rushes in to help out.
Traci finishes off the last zombie
Chad is okay in melee, as he has the brawler advantage and a bat.  His shooting is pretty poor, the assault rifle gives him 3 shots, but he is missing more than hitting.  So far the noise hasn't been an issue.
Beckie gets closer to the garage
The zombies miss a turn, and the survivors search the garage, finding a luxury item.  Now if they can just find a working RV or if the car is functional, that would be good.  The next turn Beckie slams into the door, which holds, but two more zombies are getting close...
Beckie attacks the door
Traci placed the whisky bottle in her pack, tinkling with the vodka and tequila she had found with it.  Kicking around the box they had come from, she sent broken glass across the floor.  "At least these couple bottles survived, we can party later!"
Chad grinned, he was looking forward to being alone with Traci and no zombies trying to eat them.  "Sounds great!  We can have some fun."  Chad said.
A thud and shudder came from the door.  Through the window Traci saw undead Beckie pounding on the door, trying to get in.  Immediately he mood changed and she nearly wailed in sorrow.  "We have to get out of here!"
Chad watched the door buckle as it was slammed by zombie Beckie.  "Not this way.  Out the front!"
Traci leads the way out the front of the garage

Chad moves to take care of Beckie
Traci shoots and kills one zombie, Chad shoots and misses Beckie.  The next turn is all zombie, with two zombies getting to Chad in melee.
Chad faces down two zombies
An undead jogger flopped over the low stone wall to Chad's left as he tried to draw aim at the undead woman in front of him.  His hands were shaking from the fear of the dead so close and his shot went wide, missing Beckie as her undead arms reached out for him.
Chad Takes down the first zed
Chad has the brawler advantage, and facing two zombies, is in good shape - he is using his rifle, so no weapon bonus, but rolls the same number of dice, 4, in the combat and has a bonus success.  He wins the first melee by 1, leaving just Beckie.  This is always where my luck seems to go sideways, and this time is no different.  Chad looses the next round, but isn't killed or OOF, and fights another round down 1 rep.  He manages to win, but doesn't get the 6 needed on the infection check.  Chad is infected.
Chad wins, but is infected
Chad brought his rifle down on undead Beckie's head, splitting it open and finally killing her.  He took a deep breath, feeling a burning feeling in his left arm.  Looking at it, he was horrified to see the bloody bite mark.  Quickly tearing away his sleeve, Chad could already see the black tendrils on his arm of the spreading infection.
"NO!"  He yelled, knowing this was a death sentence.
Traci gaped at Chad, she never thought this could happen...
The next PEF moves forward
Traci stood stunned, looking at Chad.  She didn't even hear when the man with a shotgun stepped around the SUV, reacting only when he spoke.  "Do you need help?"  He asked.
"What?...  We, uh We're looking for a camper or something."  Traci looked around, quickly recovering when she saw the lean man standing there.  "Be a sweetie and give us hand?"  She asked with a smile and flounce.
We meet Kevin, a fellow survivor
The second PEF moves forward and reveals as a lone survivor.  We meet Kevin, Rep 4, armed with a shotgun and the medic advantage.  Traci scores amazing with her meet and greet, scoring 5 successes!  Kevin only manages 2, and joins the group!
Time to head towards the dealership
Kevin couldn't believe his luck!  Meeting someone living who didn't just want to kill him, and a hot chick at that!  Too bad for her friend, Kevin had seen plenty of those bites, he knew Chad might not last the rest of the day.  While part of him would miss another gun around, Kevin could tell Traci would be more fun one on one.
"My arm is killing me!"  Chad growled.   "Let's get inside and see if there is anything we can do."
Traci gave Chad a smile, encouraging him to continue.  "Good idea, sweetie.  Let's check in the building, maybe we can find keys.  At least get off the road."
Kevin finally took his eyes off Traci's legs when she mentioned the building.  "I went in there, but didn't get a look around.  There's something or someone inside."
After a hacking cough Chad managed to say "Well, let's be careful, but get moving!"

To be continued...

Monday, May 28, 2018

Paradise!

Sorry for the delay, but my wife and I took a trip for our 10 year anniversary, and went to Hawaii.  We arrived on the big island, but stayed most of our trip on Oahu.  I figured I would share a few pictures and let people know why things have stopped for the past few weeks.
Sunset at Waikiki
As you would expect from a trip to Hawaii, it was wonderful.  We went snorkeling with sea turtles, which was the first time my wife had been snorkeling.  We had a nice cruise around Diamond Head the rest of the day and then wandered Waikiki.
The picture does not do it justice
Diamond Head from the Waikiki gazebo
We spent several days on Oahu, and visited Pearl Harbor as well as the North Shore and wandered the island.  It was great weather and we had a great time.
Arizona Memorial with USS Theodore Roosevelt (I think) in the background
Where WWII ended, with the surrender of the Empire of Japan
Honolulu at night

Statue of King Kamehameha
Hula Pie at Duke's on Waikiki - thumbs up!
So, it was a cool trip.  It did, however throw everything into chaos for the past month.  I'm planning on getting some gaming posts going again soon.

Stay safe everyone and Aloha!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Gas and Go!

"I don't care what you guys do on your down time, but if we have to guard prisoners and watch out for the dead, I'd like to think you're standing watch or resting if you need, not screwing in whatever bed is handy."  Dawn said from the back seat as she watched the road going by.

Jack stammered a reply as he drove swerving slightly "I uh...well we..."  He swallowed hard and blushed at Dawn's accusation.

Traci punched Jack's arm.  Turning to Dawn she replied,  "If you had wanted, you could have joined in..."  Laughing at Dawn's shocked look, Traci continued "Don't be such a prude, we're alive, we should all have fun while we can!"

Dawn shook her head, blushing slightly at the suggestion.  "I don't care what you do.  Just make sure  it doesn't take the place of what your supposed to be doing."

Jack laughed nervously "Let's not fight, ladies."  As both women shot Jack dirty looks he continued "It looks like that gas station is just ahead."
Entering the area

It is afternoon of day 71, the group has left the farmhouse and gangers behind.  They are stopping at a small country service station, hoping to find gas.  For this scenario, I am increasing the ER to 5 (from 1 for a rural scenario) but there are 2 units of fuel placed near the middle of the table.  The team can gather these just by searching where the red gas can is placed.
Gas Can Objective

There are three PEFs and 8 zombies on the board to begin with.  The gas can is located in the back of the silver pickup truck parked next to the gas pumps.  The group enters on the road, Jack driving.  My plan is to drive as close as possible to the gas station and grab the fuel and drive off.  Easy peasy.
Just a short drive in the country
Things start quiet, I just keep moving towards the gas station.  The first turn the zombies don't activate, and I decide on the next turn to stop a bit short and start clearing them out.
Time to get into action!
Dawn hopped out of the car, pulling out her machete as she ran towards the zombies.  "Let' get at 'em!"
Jack stepped out of the driver's door, firing his SMG at a pair of zombies in the road.  One fell as a bullet tore through its rotten head.  "Ha!  One down!"
Traci started to follow Dawn, but had her shot blocked as Dawn sliced the head off of the first zombie she attacked.  Shaking her head, Traci turned and fired past Jack, killing the second zombie in the road.  Looking back at Dawn she snorted "Showoff."
The first PEF moves closer
The survivors get off to a good start, killing three zombies.  When the zombies activate, the first PEF moves closer and resolves.
Who is this guy?
"Hey!  Don't shoot!"  The bedraggled young man in hunting camo yelled as he ran from the nearby tents.  "Just stay cool!"
"We're kinda busy!'  Dawn yelled back as the nearby zombie shambled towards her.  "If you want to help we'd be glad!"
Traci cocked out her hip and tossed a wave at the man.  "Come on honey!  I'd love to play!"  She gave him a come hither look.  "What's your name?'
With a big grin her answered "Chad!"  Raising his assault rifle, Chad started jogging towards the group.
Chad joins the team
We meet Chad, a survivor, Rep3 armed with an assault rifle and the Brawler attribute.  His rep is a bit low, but he will make for a good addition once he gets a little experience.  Even without, he is a welcome addition.  Things continue to be exciting as the zombies get a free turn, and we get another PEF reveal.
Now what?
A sudden crash of shattering glass and the thud of bodies broke the silence on the road.  Four zombies tumbled out of a broken window from the service station.  As they stumbled upright, they started towards Dawn and Traci.  At almost the same time a corpse stood up between the two women, rising from a pile of leaves, neither had seen it earlier.
"Well that's just great!"  Traci yelled as she saw the zombie.  "Are you just going to run past these?"
Dawn took aim with her pistol on the mass of dead.  She snapped back "What is you problem?  Just deal!"
The last PEF moves in
Well, great bring on the last PEF!  It actually turns out to be "Something is out there" and the ER increases to 6.  The spawned zombie between Traci and Dawn charges Traci, but she easily wins the charge roll and shoots it before it gets to her.
Traci shoots the zed...dead.
When it rains...  Next turn starts with doubles, so we get a random event.
Zombies everywhere!
Now zombies appear on 5+.  Not too bad, but it will make a difference if I keep shooting so much.  When initiative is finally settled, the zombies go first.  Great.  Just great.
At least Dawn is closest...
Dawn shoots one zombie as they charge and easily finishes off the remaining three in melee.  I want to be quiet as possible, so after Jack shoots the last zombie near him, I have Dawn split off to take on the zombies moving along the barricade.  Everyone else will go after the gas, so they can split if we need to.
Dawn clearing up zombies in melee
One more zombie arrives from Jack's shooting, the zombies shamble towards Dawn and she kills them one at a time.  It's not the most efficient, but it is quiet.  Eventually, Dawn faces the last zombie and I have the rest of the group grab the gas.
Dawn finishes off the last active zombie
 Dawn shook her machete clean as she kicked free of the undead farmhand she had just decapitated.  Turning around she jogged towards the wreckage of a Subaru, and a lone zombie office worker.  "Grab that gas and we'll get out of here!"
Traci lowered her SMG, shaking her head.  "Whatever you say queen bee."  She said and walked towards the pickup truck near the gas pumps.  Jack and Chad jogged past her and started grabbing the gas cans they found in the truck bed.

Jack and Chad grab the gas
So the table has no zombies, they have two units of fuel, which is enough to travel further east.  Mission successful!  Of course, there are a few buildings I could check out... 
Time to go find trouble
I decide to check the various buildings and cars that might have some loot.  I know I should just leave, but with an additional survivor, it helps increase the chances of finding something, and really, the risk is pretty low.
The store is clear, and empty
Traci dumped out an empty cardboard box, dumping some paper and a few empty beer cans on the floor.  "This sucks."  She said, disappointed.  "This place has been picked over."
"We can check that garage and the cars around here."  Jack offered.  "Maybe there is still something in one of cars."
In the garage they find some food!
Chad lifted the garage door, the springs taking over as he lifted it over his head.  The garage looked mostly empty, a few crates and pallets littered the floor.  As the group looked through the debris, Chad found a small box filled with protein bars.  "Bingo!  It's not great but there's a bunch bars here!"
Traci clapped and flashed Chad a smile.  "Great find there honey!"  she said and giggled as the group moved on towards the car wrecks.
A ruined SUV and convertible are empty
Jack and Dawn rummaged through the trunk of the red convertible.  Aside from some soiled clothes, there wasn't anything of interest.  Even the spare tire and jack were missing.  "Nothing much here."  Jack offered.  "You guys find anything in the SUV?"
Chad stepped out from the back, looking around nervously.  "What?  No...nothing."  He stammered. 
Traci giggled as she walked into the road behind Chad and said over her shoulder "I thought I found something...Maybe not though."
Dawn was not amused.  "Pay attention you two.  If you're going to play grab-ass wait until we stop for the day and someone else is on watch."
Traci harrumphed, giving a pouty look back at Dawn.  "We're just having a little fun.  The damn SUV was empty." 
Time to go to church
The small country church opened easily.  It was empty, but someone had used it as a shelter and left in a hurry recently.  Jack found a backpack with bottles of water and some cans of soup and vegetables still stowed inside.  He held u his find as the rest of group finished their search.  "Hey, at least it's not beans!"
Chad gave a short laugh, but was quiet when he saw the cool looks Dawn and Traci were exchanging.
What about the camp?
Chad pointed at the tents, leading the group towards the small camp.  "I was just checking these out when I ran into you guys."  He gestured at the parked minivan and some of the scattered debris of the camp.  "There's bound to be something here."
After a few minutes, Traci pulled a cardboard box out of a tent, the rattle of glass jars echoing from it as she opened her find.  "Sweet!  We got some jam and pickles!"  Traci giggled and gathered up the jars.
"Well, it looks like we've picked this place clean."  Dawn said.  "Let's get moving."
Back to the car
You know, things went very well, I found 3 units of food and no threats.  The turn after they start the car, we get a random event.  Looks like it's time to pay for the easy searching!
A dog?  Really?
I randomize the direction the dog approaches from - of course straight ahead!  At least the car should be able to just plow through the undead!
Bad dog!  No biscuit!
"What the hell is that?"  Jack said and stopped the car before it rolled forward very far.  Loud barking echoed in the street and a large brown dog ran up to the car, jumping around the front and the passenger door.
"Wow, somebody's dog!"  Chad said.  "Looks like he's being chased!"
Traci opened her door and waved at the pooch.  "Come on boy!" she yelled, trying to coax the animal into the car.
"Are you nuts!"  Dawn yelled.  "That thing could be diseased or dangerous!  Leave it alone!"
Traci ignored Dawn and tried to get the dog to enter the car.  "Come on!  Come here boy!"
Dawn looked at the zombies wandering closer and yelled "Jack, punch it and get us out of here!"
Jack speeds into the zombies
The dog wouldn't join the group and he moved off.  Jack speeds ahead and crashes into the zombies.  Somehow, he manages only one success for each zombie he crashes into - and they match his successes, meaning all the zombies dodge!  It's then the zombies turn and they charge the car - and we repeat the whole process, with one zombie falling under the car and being killed.  Icouldn't believe it...
Zombies can dodge?
Zombies charge the car!
The final charge doesn't stop Jack from driving away the next turn.  I expected one of the zeds to somehow disable the car at the very last second...

Jack drove for the rest of the afternoon, taking country roads and avoiding towns.  As the fuel gauge approached empty and the sun was getting low, he asked "Any plan for where to stop?"
Dawn looked ahead, they were near a construction site, it looked like there was some utility work being done on a wayside stop.  She pointed towards the wayside "Pull in there.  We'll look for a supervisor shack and hole up for the night."
Jack parked the car near a small mobile home looking shack, after a quick check the group settled in for the evening.  As everyone found a spot sleep, Dawn offered "I'll take the last watch.  Traci you start, then Chad and Jack.  We should all get plenty of sleep."

As the half moon cast it's pale light through a small window, Traci shook Jack awake.  "Shhhh.  It's late and I need you to listen."  Jack looked at Traci with concern but nodded.  "I can't keep this up.  She is going to get us all killed, and I'm not convinced she has a clue where she's going."
Jack started to answer but Traci put a finger on his lips.  "Just listen, love.  I'm not saying she's that bad, but I'm cutting out of here.  I've got my share of the food, a couple of guns and my stuff."  She ran her hand down Jacks chest, knowing the reaction she was getting.  "We've had soem fun, come with me and we can keep playing..."
Jack glanced at Dawn sleeping nearby, her deep rhythmic breathing confirming she was still asleep.  He thought for a minute, but shook his head at Traci when he turned back.  "She saved my life more than once.  She'd never bail on us - you're a fool to leave."
Traci smirked and shrugged.  "I figured you might want to stay.  Chad and I are leaving."  She stood and Chad joined her from the shadows.  "You watch out for her,"  Traci pointed at Dawn "She is getting bossier and bitchier.  Don't put up with it forever, you deserve more."
Before Jack could answer, Chad and Traci had slipped out the door and into the night.  Tomorrow was going to be a long day.

The keeping it together check was a disaster!  Dawn only gets two successes, Not great, but it shouldn't be too bad I figure.  Jack only gets one success, as long as the dice keep this up, no problem!  Traci gets four successes and leaves, poisoning Jack and Chad!  To add insult to injury, Chad rolls three successes, I figure he splits with Traci.

This was tough to write up, the group was looking pretty good and then it all fell apart!  I will split up the gear the group has and Dawn and Jack will have to continue on their own.  At least they are about half way there...