"I'm just glad to be out of that hell hole you found me in. Another day and I was dead for sure." Issac said. "Seriously, what was up with those people?"
"They had to be messed up before this happened." Dawn added. "No way could they have gotten that bad in just the past month, right?" Dawn looked at Allen, who was absently rubbing his shoulder and staring at the countryside going past.
"A lot can happen in a few weeks." Allen said quietly. "The whole world can end."
Silence followed his pronouncement. The SUV rolled through the countryside, past empty farms and fields, finally coming over a rise on the outskirts of a town. Smoke still hung in the air, and large portions of the town were little more than smoldering ruins.
"Looks like we missed a bad time." Mark said, slowing down to look over the area. "I can see the factory that is for sale. It seems in decent shape, there is even a low wall around the property. Looks like there could be a storm brewing." Dark clouds hung in the sky overhead.
"It's not getting any closer by us sitting here and I'd rather be inside if it's going to rain. Let's go." Issac said, and Mark moved the SUV forward.
The group added Issac, freed from the basement of the 'family' in the previous encounter.
The group is trying to find a place to rest, after the ambush by the "family" in the previous scenario. Mark and Allen are wearing body armor (looted from the family) Mark has the grenade that Horace had found, and Issac picked up a shotgun. Otherwise, the group is still equipped as they have been for some time. Due to their injuries, Allen is at Rep 2, and Dawn is Rep 3 for this scenario.
It is afternoon of day 24, and the group is approaching a suburban area, the encounter rating is 3, 3 PEFs and there are 15 starting zombies. The goal of the scenario is to find a building, empty it out, or find it empty (no zombies/hostiles) and spend at least a turn inside with no zombies within 6" of the building. The initial plan is for the large "abandoned" building (Stoelzel's Structures Derelict Commercial Building) but any intact (not burned out) building can meet the criteria for success.
|Approaching the town|
"I have started seeing a few of the zeds out there." Issac said, gripping his shotgun, and removing his seat belt. "I will cover the side as we drive, and when we get there, I'll stay on this side."
"Be careful Issac, you never know what we'll run into." Dawn said. "If we all stick together, we should be good."
Mark drove into the town, passing empty cars and damaged buildings. "Anyone want a burrito?" Mark joked as they drove past a Taco Bell. "It's been a while since I had a taco..."
"We may want to check that later. There's bound to be food there still." Dawn said.
|Moving into the town|
|Silly zombies, crushed under the SUV|
The next turn, I roll doubles and get a random event.
I randomize the buildings and find out that the Taco Bell catches fire! Seems the hot sauce is a little too hot. Another PEF moves forward, and another 8 zombies appear.
|Gives Fire Sauce a new meaning|
As the SUV moves forward, they spot the first PEF, as well as a horde of zombies in the road.
|The road is blocked|
The PEF turns out to be nothing, but the zombies in the road make a very fine target...
|Not a pedestrian crossing!|
|Another PEF revealed|
Driving forward, the group revealed another PEF, which also turned out to be nothing. I'm not complaining, I don't need more zombies to deal with. Vehicles make an effective anti-zombie machine, which I suppose is a bit of an understatement.
The zombies go next, and charge the vehicle. Luckily the SUV is moving, and charging a moving vehicle is not good for anyone's health.
|Zombies attack the SUV|
|Dawn and Issac shoot as well|
Zombies crashed into the SUV. Mark swerved the SUV around, and the dull thudding of the corpses being crushed under the wheels echoed through the cabin. Issac fired his pistol out the window, dropping one zombie before it could reach the SUV. "Hell yes! Take that!"
Dawn let off a burst from her SMG. A zombie staggered and fell as a bullet shattered its skull. "Maybe we should find a place further away from the town!"
"Keep going! We're almost there!" Issac yelled.
|Time to turn the corner|
Turning the corner, I lined up the zombies between the group and the gate. Smacking the zombies with the SUV seems like the safest plan.
|Zombie smackin' machine!|
"Get 'em!" Issac yelled and cheered.
|Zombie go squish|
"Maybe this is the way to clear these things out!" Mark yelled as he hit the last zombie.
|One more to go|
As the last zombie disappeared under the front wheel, Mark felt the steering wheel jerk in his hands, and the SUV wouldn't turn. Panic started to grab Mark, and he hit the brakes, only to find the SUV didn't slow at all.
"Hang on everyone!" was all he could yell as the SUV crashed into the gate and wall. Airbags slammed into Mark, and he felt the seat belt wrench him back into his seat.
So I am cruising along, bash 5 vs bash 1 as the SUV piles into the zombies. Then I roll 0 successes and the zombie manages 1. Wow, that sucks. The SUV finishes its move, flips and is destroyed. Everyone on board takes a hit against a ranged impact 3 attack. Mark passes 2d, and is protected, so can carry on. Dawn passes 1d, and is Out of the fight. Allen also passes 2d, and being protected, can carry on. Issac, oh poor Issac, is killed outright by the impact. He should have worn his seat belt.
|Mark attacks the zombies|
"Allen, get Dawn out of here! I'll hold off the deadheads!" Mark levered himself out the driver's door, grabbing his bat before jumping down to the street.Allen unbuckled, and moved to the front, kicking out the shattered remains of the windshield. Grabbing Dawn's unconscious form, he dragged her from the SUV, past Issac's still form. "Damn, sorry dude." Allen shook his head as he moved towards the nearby buildings.
|Allen moves away from the wreck|
|Mark fights in the street|
|Allen heads for the warehouse|
|Zombie horde gathers at the burning Taco Bell|
|First he knocks one down|
|Then attacks another|
Mark looses his melee by 1, and is knocked down. He passes 2d for the check, and (thank you!) can carry on as he has body armor. This is especially important, as the zombies move next, and another charges Mark as he is on the ground.
|Zombies go for a Mark snack|
"This is it." He thought. "Not without a fight though." Mark scissored his legs,twisting with the zombie over him. Reversing positions with zombie bought Mark enough time to grab his bat, and start smashing the head of the first zombie, even as the next grabbed at Mark. The two struggled with the bat between them, Mark kneeling on the ground as the zombie slowly forced him down...
|Mark fights for his life|
Meanwhile, Allen and Dawn look for a safe haven.
|Allen leaves Dawn by the corner|
|An empty warehouse|
"Empty." Allen said as he looked over the cracked concrete floor and a few barrels. "This will work."
Allen found and empty building. At least he and Dawn have a chance to survive if Mark gets eaten...
The next turn starts with doubles. It seems Mark isn't out of trouble yet!
|Was Mark bitten?|
|Mark gets up and attacks!|
|Playing chicken with the zombies|
|Here they come!|
|Allen makes sure Dawn is safe|
|A bolt from the blue|
|Alone against the horde|
Being completely surrounded, and with several zombies with enough movement to carry past Mark, I ruled he could be swarmed over and dragged down. I rolled 1d for each zombie in melee and each that could actually reach Mark. This gave the zombies 9d6, Mark rolled his Rep, or 5d6. The zombies scored 4 successes, and Mark scored all 5. Bam! He stays on his feet, and we move to hand to hand.
Mark must have been energized by surviving the surge. He kills 3 zombies and knocks 3 others down. I swear Mark moved into Hero mode! It was his turn to act...
|Stop the zombie horde|
|Finishing off the prone zombies|
|Charging the next zombies|
|Knocking the dead down|
|Finally something good|
|Dawn gets back up, ready to go!|
"We crashed. Mark is still out there, but I dragged you in here to be safe." Allen said as he checked the door. "I figured you would be out for a while yet."
"Mark is out there alone?" Dawn said, getting up and checking her SMG. "Let's get out there and help him!"
I'll continue this in part two...