"Hey! This looks like it could be interesting." Dawn called out. "The TV is showing the governor in Chicago, I figured that city would have been overrun by the infected days ago." In the background the television continued to blab about the governor making an announcement concerning the current "crisis".
"Well, they must be going to show us things are getting better." Allen said hopefully, wandering into the room with the remains of a sandwich. "It would be great if I could get back on the road. No offense guys, but I'd like to see my family again."
"We all feel the same, Allen. With some luck this is over and we can all go home." Dawn replied, fluffing up a pillow and sitting down. "It looks like they are getting started."
On television the helicopter had landed, and the governor, his wife and two state patrolmen had walked to a small stand in the plaza. The announcer had given way to the on location reporter who was narrating the governor's planned speech. "This is Trisha Davis reporting live from Chicago where moments ago Governor Webster landed at Memorial Plaza. He plans to address the small crowd gathered here and comment on the ongoing crisis." Cameras panned the crowd, showing only a few police officers manning the barricades holding the crowd back. "We expect him to take a few questions as well, hopefully there will be answers for our biggest questions."
This scenario is a little bit different, as it does not have anyone from the group involved, they are watching it on TV. The governor is addressing a crowd, trying to appear to be strong and gain political points by appearing in public during the crisis. Unfortunately, he has ignored the advice of law enforcement, and has minimal protection. His helicopter arrival has attracted a pack of zombies who will attack after the first round.
The police all all rep 4, with the state patrol captain rep 5, the governor is rep 5 and his wife is rep 5, they are joined by a priest who is also rep 4. The civilians are all rep 3 and armed with improvised weapons, with the reporter Trisha Davis being rep 4 and unarmed. The governor will not leave until forced by the state patrol captain, or a zombie attacks him or his wife. There is a pilot in the helicopter, and it will take 1+d8 turns for the helicopter to be ready to leave. If a zombie approaches within 8" of the helicopter, and it is ready to fly, the pilot will take off, with or without any passengers. Any gunfire will alert the helicopter to begin prepping for take off, and any breach of the barricades will make the state patrol captain force the governor to retreat.
Each figure must pass a 2d check to identify the zombie threat, and react accordingly. Once any police officer sees a zombie attack, or is attacked, they will begin to act aggressively. They have all been ordered to not use their guns, but will unless they pass a 2d check. These officers have been fighting the apocalypse for days and are not very reliable. The patrolmen will jump in their cars and leave after the zombies arrive on any turn they do not pass 2d to start. The riot police will only leave if zombies pass the barricades, then they will make for the most convenient open board edge. The governor, his wife and the two state troopers will stay together and try to get to the helicopter, and if that fails, then run for the nearest board edge.
Hopefully that is enough to understand what is happening.
|The speech begins|
"We're dying man!" someone shouted, and it was just caught by the audio pickups. The crowd shuffled a bit, some people starting to yell in agreement.
The crowd seemed to be shifting, Governor Webster had hoped for more reaction than this. He saw more figures moving in to join the crowd, no doubt some late comers. He continued to give his speech, talking over the few hecklers that tried to speak up.
|The zombies enter|
|He keep on talking|
|Officer Adams fires and misses.|
Screams cut through the crowd, as the undead began their killing spree. Like a wave, the crowd surged forward against the riot barriers. Trisha could sense the crowd change, and turned one camera to catch the action.
|More zombies enter|
|Officer needs assistance!|
|The crowd reacts|
Anyway, the civilians start attacking the barricades (they are not very strong, something like a def 2 structure, so a couple of hits in melee will break them down.) The zombies keep moving in. I use the downed/dead markers to note zombie spawn points, each turn 1-3 more zombies appear on those locations as well as the d6 zombies entering the board.
"Good people! There is nothing to fear, the government is here to help you!" Governor Webster was lost in his remarks, and growing annoyed that his spectacular photo-op was turning into a screaming riot. "Calm down! There is no need to panic. I'll be answering questions in a just a minute!"
Trish had changed the angle on one camera and was focused in on a riot cop. She could tell he was nervous, and ready for violence. Checking her shot, she could see the barricades starting to give way - just about the same time the riot police saw it also.
Before they could react, there was a crash, and the center barricade fell, spilling people into the plaza. The shouts of the panicked people blended in with the moans of the undead as they continued to attack. The camera caught all of the action in beautiful 1080 high definition...
|Gotta frame the shot...|
|The barricades fall, and the police react|
|The police attack the crowd|
|They can't stop the flood|
|The Reverend Thom tries to calm people|
|Rev. Thom again calls for calm|
|The last patrolman makes an exit|
The mob flooded past her, knocking over one camera, she tried to ask people to stop and talk, but soon saw the zombies. "I don't know if you can see this, but it appears a large group of infected have attacked the crowd! They are coming through the downed barricades and are biting and clawing at everyone!"
|Zombies pass the barricades|
|The zombies flood forward|
|The barricades fail|
|Great close up on the zombie from camera 1|
Trisha started jogging to the van, abandoning the heavy cameras. "This is Trisha Davis, signing off from Chicago!" The video feed continued to show the zombies attacking, several stopping to tear apart a few victims.
With a thudding beat, the governor's helicopter lifted off, flying over the zombie attack. One of the cameras caught the helicopter as it flew over head, showing a zombie pulling down a young man as the helicopter flew away. Governor Webster didn't get quite the photo-op he had planned.
|The governor's chopper flies away|
|The dead storm the stage|
|Final broadcast from the plaza|
"Wow. That was a mess." Allen shook his head and walked out of the room.
"I guess its not that bad around here after all." Dawn said as she shifted position on the floor. "We may want to reinforce our barricades on the windows and doors after seeing those fail so easily."
"How do you suppose people are going to react after seeing that?" Mark asked. "Nobody is going to think that this is contained or isolated or whatever crap they are spewing on the news about this now."
That concludes day 10, the world gets a good look at an attack, live on film. I ran this as a bit of a break from the normal campaign, and to see how something like this could play out. It did show how much security is needed, which was woefully inadequate in this scenario.
After this, police forces are going to be pretty well overwhelmed, and national guard and army units are going to get deployed. The remaining population will react to the images in the next few days, I suspect things can only get worse.