"What if they were killed or turned?" Dawn said as she looked around the cluttered highway. "We seem to be attracting attention of the locals..." Shambling figures were moving down the road towards the idling truck. "If we're going to cross, let's get going!"
"You're right. Let's move!" Mark hopped up onto the running board. "Allen, let's get out there."
Allen drove around the wrecks on the road, and onto the bridge crossing the Mississippi.
It is afternoon of day 28, the group is trying to cross a major bridge across the Mississippi. The setup is special, there will be one of three groups on the bridge. Either the military, a gang or zombies will have control of the bridge. The middle of the bridge has 5 PEFs, four marked as a 6, one marked as a 5. Depending on the group that is revealed, each PEF will be something different. The Encounter Rating is 6, and zombies will appear on a 5+ from noise. Zombies will not pop up 12" from noise, but instead will enter the middle of a randomly determined road (1-4).
The group needs to exit the opposite side on the bridge, either roadway, just opposite where they started. Anyone going over the long sides of the bridge is lost, plunging into the river a hundred feet below. All vehicles are looted, and have no fuel and no chance to start. Any not 'wrecked' can be pushed by models, up to 2" per model per turn.
|In the middle of the bridge|
|What do we have to deal with?|
"What's the toll?" Dawn yelled out, scanning the barricades ahead.
"Just an hour of you time sweetness!" Laughter echoed out. "Wit each of da boyz!"
"That's not going to happen!" Mark yelled back, checking his SMG.
"Dead or alive, we'll take you shit and you honey! Get 'em!"
|Great, a gang.|
|Ganger in sights|
|The team doesn't score too well.|
The in sight checks don't go very well for the team. However, on the plus side, only the gang leader with the SMG is in range to fire. He and Dawn were tied, which led to some fun shooting.
|Dawn kills the gang leader|
|He returns fire, but she manages to carry on.|
Allen also fired, but didn't hit anyone. The gang co-leader passed the man down check, and the gang moved out to attack. The new leader picked up the SMG from the ground and moved forward to cover. The rest of the gang moved up and commenced firing. Lower rep figs, even in numbers have a hard time hitting, especially after fast moving and if their targets have cover...
|Lots of fire, not much result|
The gang rolled 8d, and got no hits. Too many of them had fast moved, and everyone was in cover. The group moving to flank was still out of range, and they made sure to spread out to avoid being caught in a burst from an SMG. I had one group stay put, they were out of range, but if Team Mark moved forward, they would be in range and cover. From all the shooting, only 4 zombies appeared, one behind the team, where they entered.
|Zombies start to arrive|
The zombies go first, followed by Team Mark, then the gang will get to go.
|The situation looks bad|
"Stay here, and follow up when you can!" He yelled and jumped onto the car wreck, running right at the gang.
"What the hell man!" Allen yelled. "There's too many of them! We'll find another way!"
|Mark move forward in cover|
Mark ran forward, pulling the hand grenade from his belt. This seemed like the perfect time to use it. As he ran forward, it seemed all the guns were trained on him. Pulling the pin, he let the handle fly and tossed the grenade over the car.
Allen stepped up and shot at the gang leader (second one) and hit twice. He managed to knock her down, and she only passed 1d, going out of the fight. A couple of the gangers decided to make a run for it and broke and ran (runaway on the man down check). Dawn elected to let the zombie charge her next turn, I figured she could handle it in melee...
|Some gangers run for it|
|They keep shooting|
|2 zombies block the fleeing gangers|
|3 more follow up behind the team|
The next turn starts with a random event. Turns out one zombie is not what it appears.
|Not a Zombie!|
The closest zombie turns out to be a person hiding as a zombie. I am going to randomize between ganger, survivor or civilian. I should double check, but it seems this has happened a few times for me. Maybe I need to better shuffle the deck...
|A new person appears.|
"Look out!" Allen yelled and fired. "That's not a zombie!" His shot dinged off the hood of the nearby car wreck.
"Hold your fire!" Mark yelled out.
"I'm not with the gang! There's zombies right behind me, and I'd like to get across the bridge..."
Team Mark wins initiative, and fires on the gang. The grenade really did change the game...
|Mark kills the first ganger|
|Dawn takes one down|
|Allen takes another down|
|The last ganger decides to run for it|
|Juan kills a zed|
|One ganger doesn't move as fast...|
|Zombies move on the team|
|Zombies charge Dawn and Allen|
|Rather than help in the fighting, the next ganger decides to run for it!|
|Next turn, Dawn and Allen finish off the zombie|
On that note - I get lucky and zombies appear on the other span, for the gangers to deal with!
|Another zombie blocks the ganger|
|Zombies move on the downed gangers|
The wind picked up and the sun disappeared behind the clouds. Dawn looked around the bridge, and could see only one zombie lumbering close. In the distance she could see the signs of rain. "Great, the weather is turning." She said to Allen. "Mark, let's get a move on!" She yelled.
The start of the next turn is a random event. Looks like rain is heading into the area.
|Rain starts in 4 turns|
So I need to move a bit faster if I don't want to deal with the rain. This is okay, as the zombies have gotten close to Mark, and he starts fighting through them.
|Zombies attack Mark.|
|Mark and Juan clear the way|
|Dawn and Allen take care of the zed|
The ganger finally managed to win and knock down one zombie. finishing it off, she then passed her break away from melee, and made good her escape. The last ganger tried the same course as the previous ganger, but couldn't quite make it this turn...
|Finally gets a break|
|Not quite fast enough|
Mark charged forward, knocking down zombies as the sky continued to darken. The cool wind carried the smell of rain and the first few drops were already starting to fall. "Juan, get over to this truck, let's get it moved!"
Juan pulled a pistol off of a ganger, pushing the body to the side. "On my way!"
|Mark continues to attack|
|Ganger keeps fighting|
|Mark finishes the zombies, Juan gets the truck ready|
|With no buildings no real effect|
|The truck is moved.|
|Allen drives forward as zombies feast|
|Just before the rain starts|
|The ganger is victorious!|
Juan grabbed the side of the pickup truck and hauled himself on. Hitting the side he yelled "I'm on - he's clearing the road!"
After the crash with the SUV, I wanted to make sure everything would be fine with the truck. Mark ran forward, but didn't get to the zombies.
|Mark comes up a bit short|
|Truck vs zombie|
"Thanks for the help! Where are you headed?" Mark asked. "Maybe we can travel together..."
The truck plowed over the zombies and sped off the board the next turn. The team had managed to cross the biggest river they had to worry about.
With the successful mission, I checked for keeping it together. Mark got 3 successes. Allen and Dawn each rolled 2 successes, and Juan gets 4 success. Apparently Juan didn't want to go to Minneapolis, so the group stays as Mark, Allen and Dawn.
The group is entering the outskirts of the city, and have burned a portion of their fuel reserve. It is decision time, if they try and head straight for Allen's home, find a 'base' and scout the city a bit, or if they try and find any sort of functional authorities. Hopefully things go well, whatever they choose...