Gathering with the others in the kitchen, the group had a short breakfast of peanut butter and crackers. "We need to check the neighbors out. They will see us here eventually, and we don't need the cops coming here looking for looters." Mark said between bites.
"That's a good idea. Maybe some folks will be willing to trade for some stuff. At the very least, some information." Cindy said to the group. "Hopefully the neighborhood isn't hostile to newcomers. Before... whatever this is, this was a great place to live."
"Well, let's see if anyone wants to be our neighbor!" Allen chuckled. "Its early, but some people are bound to be up by now."
The group has found a house for sale that was sitting empty. It had nothing of value, as far as loot. The utilities are still on (I am rolling each day - pass 2d means things on, after day 10, if they go off they will stay off) so at least everyone could get cleaned up, and get plenty of water. The local neighborhood consists of 6 other homes:
|Pleasant Hills Neighborhood|
A successful scenario will be contacting each house and nobody being killed. As a bonus, I am placing newspapers at various places (including 2 at each house) any team member can try and pass 2d and pick up one of the papers. If I can collect 6 different papers I will get a free piece of loot (random draw). Just something to make things interesting.
Board set up has 5 vehicles (all wrecks) and 6 zombies. I am only using 2 PEFs, this is supposed to be a quiet suburb. The encounter rating is 2, but random events will occur only on double 6's. No zombies will be attracted by gunfire, they will only appear from the PEFs or from finding them in homes (or cars - they will be searchable as well.)
Okay, that about covers the rules I am using.
|A new day dawns|
|Zed comes towards the group|
Allen and Dawn trigger the first PEF, which increases the ER by one to 3. The next turn Team mark wins initiative and Mark charges into the mass of zombies. I want to try and do this quietly, and this fits in perfectly so far.
"We'll check the house!" Cindy cheered as she and Ben ran past Mark as he caught his breath. "It looks clear from here!"
|Hey! The street is clear!|
A hollow electronic two tone doorbell rang as Cindy pushed the button. The pad of footsteps came to the door. A small face peeked out the side light next to the door. "Hey there! Are your parents home?" Cindy waved at the child as a thump sounded upstairs.
The sudden crash of broken windows and the sound of raining glass shattered the quiet. The dull thump of something heavy landing next to Cindy startled her. Disoriented, she didn't realize the zombies had broken out the side lights as well. Five zombies began pawing at Ben and Cindy.
"Gahh! Look out Ben!" Cindy cried as the first zombie staggered upright and lunged at her. Without thinking she fired off a burst from her SMG, spraying bullets into the roof of the front porch.
Melee started out very scary. Cindy got an evenly matched on the first zed, with 4 successes each. She managed to knock down the other two, but didn't get any kills. Ben killed one zed and fought to an evenly matched with the other.
The next turn started up and the team gained initiative. Mark charged in and took out two zombies, Cindy won her melee against the last zombie she faced, and Ben knocked down his last zombie. When the zombies activated, Ben finished off the last zed in melee.
|Well, it seems clear...now.|
As Dawn ran through the yard, a sudden thumping sound echoed through the neighborhood. A black helicopter flew overhead, and the zombie in the street stumbled back to the intersection.
"Let's get inside!" Dawn waved towards Cindy as the sirens got closer. "Head for the back! The cops might not see you!"
Two squad cars roared down Springfield Road. The lead car clipped the zombie in the intersection, not even pausing. The police continued through the neighborhood...
|The penalty for jay walking...is DEATH!|
So I rolled double 6, and drew a black helicopter random event. It moved only one zombie (the others were beyond 12" from the nearest survivor). As the police entered the board, they failed to activate for three turns. Ridiculous! I figured the cars would follow the road, not just drive forward and crash. I know the rules say they can turn to avoid obstacles, etc, so I figured this was okay.
Meanwhile, the team entered the backyard, with Mark charging the zombies. Once again, he pretty much destroyed the zombies without much trouble.
|There should be a grill out here.|
The police rolled down the street, just missing the wrecks and finally activated long enough to stop outside the house where shots were fired. Four policemen jumped out to investigate the scene.
|The police have arrived.|
I stopped at this point, I have no interest in fighting the police, it won't end well.
My plan for the next step will be to continue the same scenario - still have to visit each house, etc. However, now I have to get the successes on the news (6 different locations, pass 2d) or Mark will have a -1d on the keeping it together roll. I will move the time to daytime, same day. Instead of any starting zombies, I will have 3 PEFs, and the first doubles roll under the ER (which will start at 3) will cause 1+d6 zombies to enter from a random board edge.