"The sign says approach by foot only." Cindy said as she adjusted her pack. "It looks like plenty of people heading that way. Hopefully we're home free!"
"I don't like leaving my truck, but I would rather not get eaten by those things." Allen said, a bit grumpy. "Everyone remember where we parked..."
The check point loomed ahead, the normally busy highway overpass silent and still, just a few lonely wisps of smoke climbing from dead vehicles. Hasty barricades, vehicles and tires formed a defensive perimeter around a generator and some lights. They could see police sorting people into lines and searching them.
"Looks like they mean the no guns order." Mark said. "Let's see if we can talk them into letting us keep them."
"No way! I don't want any trouble when we get to the check point. Let's drop them and run through there." Cindy argued. "I want off these streets!"
"Whoa. Let's wait until we are sure we're safe before we ditch the guns, okay?" Mark asked back.
|The police barricade at the highway|
If a gang shows up, there will be a 1 turn break, and then only zombies will show up (at 1+d6/turn) until the board is cleared of zombies. If its cleared, the rolls for start of turn arrivals resets.
In addition, I randomly determined one model to be 'fighting' with Mark, the leader. Cindy won the roll, and each turn they would argue about ditching their guns to go through the police stop. Once either model had 2 more successes than the other (each rolling rep) the fight would end with that model 'winning'. If anyone in the group has to fight, it ends the argument, but may affect the stay or go roll. This is going to be a judgement call on my part.
Whew, enough already - time for some action!
To start, two more citizens run past the group, heading to join the large crowd waiting to get past the barricade. One of the PEFs moved close on the left, so Mark and Allen split off to investigate, while Cindy, Ben and Dawn move right to try and investigate a second PEF.
|More citizens heading for "safety"|
|Citizens enter the alley|
"Cindy might be right. As much as I don't want to drop my pistol, this does seem safe." Allen hesitantly added. "Hey, did you hear something?"
|Mr. Zed arrives, down the soon to be named 'Alley of Doom'|
|Meanwhile, at the aid station|
|Sorry Ma'am, you need to see the medics.|
|This doesn't look like our group...|
|The sniper perch|
Dawn fell with a thud. "Ow, son of a..." She got up, limping from a pot hole. "Keep going, I'll be okay!"
Doubles came up, and Dawn ended up with a twisted ankle. So this is how its going go...
|Well, it could be worse|
|All that firepower and you knock over one zed?|
|The group gathers with Dawn|
As the undead shambled towards the group, a rhythmic thumping echoed through the streets. "The police must have a helicopter for back up." Cindy said.
"Hehehe. Oh no, its not a copter. That's a chopper!" Allen laughed.
The next turn started with a gang entering the board. The random roll indicated it would be my biker gang. 5 bikes roared onto the table...
Yep, down the alley.
|The riders of doom! (Cheesy, but why not?)|
|The bikers roll into the barricade|
|Shoot the zed|
|Ah, more fun!|
|The thin blue line...|
"Let's take care of the zombies, then get the hell outta here!" Mark yelled as he squeezed off a shot at a nearby zombie. "We won't stand a chance between the gang and the dead!"
The next turn, the gang goes first, and the police will activate just after them. Seven zombies entered on the main street approach (at least it wasn't the alley!) It's another active round, plus I get to see the police dog in action!
|Detective Simpson and another officer down!|
|The Sheriff sends in reinforcements!|
Two SWAT officers joined the fray, although one went out of the fight during the melee. Ultimately, the last ganger was overcome.
|The zombies are unimpressed|
|This seems familiar|
|Back to the van folks!|
|No lack of targets I guess.|
Over the next few turns, zombies pour onto the board. (Yep, down that same alley!) Mark and team keep shooting, and with some sniper help, the horde of zombies gets whittled down.
|Zombies keep coming down the alley|
|Finally some come from the opposite side!|
|Ben takes care of them, but runs out of ammo|
"They're getting closer! Do we run for it?" Cindy asked, shaken. "It looks clear now behind us..."
"Keep firing over there! We'll help cover you to the barricade!" Sheriff Dawson yelled, punctuating it with a shot. "Let's clear them out!"
The sheriff and deputy finished with the crowd, and moved to the barricade. the medic and last SWAT trooper moved up as well, adding fire to the team. Well, they would, if they could activate. Another mass of zombies entered along the main road, and Mark's group could only watch them shamble forward.
|More for the party!|
|The zombies close in|
The police opened fire, opening a gap in the zombies. "Now's our chance! Make each shot count!" Cindy aimed a burst into a nearby zombie's face.
|The streets are about to be quiet again...|
It had been a long game, and I decided the sheriff (a bit more down to earth than the city police) would at least listen to the group. I rolled a people challenge, and passed 2d (Mark let Allen do the talking!) and the group was allowed to pass.
Mark advanced to survivor, and while a success, I chose to not try and advance anyone. It was a long scenario, but the group actually didn't do very much. Besides, having a mix towards the low side for rep has been fun. For keeping it together, I penalized Mark 1d, but he still kept the group together.
The highway fell behind them as they trudged up the road, passing a closed grocery store. The occasional burst of gunfire echoed from the roadway behind them. The day was hazy from the smoke, and clouds gathered overhead. Surprisingly, the streets were empty compared to the carnage of the city they had just left.
"We need to find a place to stay." Dawn said, still limping. "I don't want to draw any attention from the police."
"Cindy will help us out there." Mark replied, smiling at Cindy. "Any good homes you want to show us in this neighborhood?"
Smiling back, Cindy pulled out her cellphone. "Sure, let's see what I can still find..."