"It will be fine Allen." Mark replied. "Let's just get there first, then we can work out sleeping arrangements." The group jogged past several wrecked cars, and a burned out house.
"Looks like there was some action here." Dawn said, absently checking her SMG. "Let's keep an eye out for more gang members."
"Hopefully we can avoid the zombies." Larry added. "They don't seem too active, if we keep moving I bet we can sneak by them."
"We're gettn' close!" Allen said, clearly happy to be almost home. "There aren't enough zombies to stop me now!"
The group is approaching Allen's family home. This is a special scenario, and has a few special rules. First, the situation at Allens house is unknown. Once he can draw line of sight, within 12", of the special PEF marker at his house, the situation will be revealed. Until that time, the 3 PEFs and the initial zombies will stay in place. If the team moves within 6" of a zombie, or attacks it in any way, it activates and stays active until killed. A group of 5 zombies will move 4" onto the board behind the survivors (basically blocking their immediate escape) but otherwise will act as the other zombies.
When Allen triggers the special PEF, I will roll a d6, with a chance of 'exploding' meaning if I roll a 6, I will roll again and add the results. This can continue indefinitely. From the previous missions, I have an 8 point bonus, which in this case is subtracted from the roll. The group has 2 luxury items that can be 'expended' for a 1 point bonus each (if I am close I'll use them for a better result).
The group enters the neighborhood, and proceeds to move towards Allens house. There is a small group of zombies I have to fight through to get to Allen's home. Hopefully they won't be a problem.
|The team is a few homes from Allen's house|
As an homage to Project Zeke Miniatures, I present a soundtrack for this recap:
Allen takes off to start, and the whole group spreads out behind him. Allen stops short of charging the zeds, and shoots at them instead. He misses both shots (summoning 2 zombies). This does give the group a chance to catch up. The next turn, the group gets initiative, and they charge into melee, keeping Allen on his mission.
|Allen Takes one down|
|Mark and Dawn move in and finish off the rest|
"We're almost there, just hold on Allen!" Mark yelled as everyone gathered in front of the ruined house. "We have to stick together."
|Everyone back together|
|Allen gets home.|
The roll comes through...
Allen ran to the side gate for his yard, just beyond the gate he could see Olivia. "Livia! I'm home baby, I'm home!" Tears ran down his cheeks, and he reached out to open the gate. "I was so afraid..."
Allen's words choked in his throat. Olivia turned around, her lifeless eyes seeking out the noise. Beyond her, a small girl reached out, her pallid skin looking ugly in the sunlight. A low moan escaped from her ruined throat, answered by other zombies nearby.
|Allen finds horror at home.|
Mark saw Allen freeze, he knew the worst had happened. "Everyone, we're going to need to head back. Let's try for that car lot, get some wheels and get out of here." Mark directed. "I'll get Allen."
Dawn looked at Allen and saw the horror in his slumped shoulder. "Get him Mark, let's go!"
|Mark tries to get Mark to move|
|Not the best shooting|
|Zombies swarm Allen and Mark|
Allen grappled with the withered husk that had been his wife. "No! No! No! No!" He kept saying, acting in a daze. His machete hung from his belt, forgotten. "Please God, no!" Allen wept, but managed to twist and turn with the zombie. He didn't pay attention to small girl moving closer...
|Mark clears out some zeds|
|PEF moves out to contact|
|Great, more zombies.|
Kelly sprints off, not quite making the board edge. I plan on moving the group more or less that way, if I can get the space, they will loop back towards the entrance area, so I can get the car. Mark can't help Allen any more, so I have him charge to try and get to the exit area. There are plenty of zombies on the board, so no lack of targets.
|The group watches Kelly run off|
|Mark leads the way|
Moving forward the rest of the group kills the zombies that could chase down Kelly. I have them group up, just in case the zombies get too close.
|Not the preferred exit path|
|Circle the wagons|
Mark smashed the bat into the zombies head. He glanced over the ruined pickup truck and saw the rest of the group following Kelly. "Come this way! If she wants to run away, let her go!" Mark backed up to the truck, seeing a wave of undead coming from all over the neighborhood. "We have to get out of here!"
Mark holds out against the first wave to hit him. Meanwhile, the rest of the team is ready to move.
|Mark fights the zeds|
|More zeds appear|
Zombies win the initiative the next turn, and swarm all over Mark and the rest of the group. Kelly makes her escape off the side of the table, and into the streets of Minneapolis.
|Is it a monster mash? (sorry that was pretty bad...)|
|Zombies have the right of way...|
Zombies groaned, seeming eager to get at the living. They poured out of the ruined homes and stumbled through the dead lawns. Larry leveled the shotgun at the approaching mass of zombies. Waiting as long as he could, Larry fired a barrage from the large gun. Zombies disappeared, crashing to the ground. One staggered through the hail of lead and Larry wrestled with it's deathless grasp.
"I'm having trouble here!" Larry yelled as he narrowly avoided being knocked over. "Maybe a little help?"
Dawn kicked the zombie down in front of her. "When I have a chance. We need to move!"
Larry killed 2 of 3 zombies charging him, and ended up locked in combat with the third. Nadine shot and killed the zombie charging her. Dawn killed one zombie, and knocked the other down.
|Effective shooting, now melee|
|Mark is carving a path|
Zombies spawned from the gunfire along the street that Kelly fled down. I saw an opening for the group and decided it was time to go for it.
|I just thought it was a cool pic|
Dawn slashed at the downed zombie as she turned and ran. Bringing up her SMG, she sprayed bullets into two zeds near the pickup truck, bullets shattering their skulls. Nadine sprinted past, spotting more zombies lurking behind the house.
"We have more company!" Nadine shouted. "They're everywhere!"
"Don't panic! If we stick together we'll be fine!" Mark yelled, turning to face more zeds moving up.
Larry ran next to Nadine, shotgun at the ready. "We're faster than those dead-heads, we just need to keep moving!" He said, breathless.
|The group gets closer to escaping|
|The horde closes in|
Larry was calm. "We'll be able to run away, just hang on Nadine!" He watched Mark smashing zombies to the ground. "Just be ready to move."
A swarm of zombies crashed into Mark, but he could see the way clearing ahead. "Just a few more and we run for it!" Mark's bat was slick with gore, and bodies littered the ground around him like fallen leaves. "We'll be fine..."
|The street clears a bit|
|One last zombie|
Mark swung his bat in fast arc, but glanced off of the zombie's raised arm. Suddenly the zombie had grabbed Mark, it's foetid breath escaping its jaws as it snapped just in front of his face. Mark twisted, wrestling with the inhumanly strong creature. Mark heard a crunch and saw a spray of bright red hit the street in front of him. His strength went out of his arms, and he dropped his bat to the pavement as he slumped to the ground on his knees. Looking up, he saw the zombie's jaws working on a chunk of flesh and his shirt.
Dawn screamed "NO!" Not believing what she was seeing "Mark, No!"
Larry paled, looking on in shock. "I can't believe it..."
"It's over! We're all gonna die!" Nadine shouted.
|Mark's Luck runs out.|
It was bound to happen, but it still made this a tough bat rep to write up, and still finish. Mark was a hero, so I gave him at least one small action - he throws his pack to Larry (he's going to need the supplies.)
Dawn passes 2d for the man down check, Larry passes 1d and both carry on (there is still barely more survivors up than down) but Nadine has had enough - she passes 0d and runs away.
The next turn the survivors win initiative, for what its worth.
|Nadine runs away|
|Dawn takes matters in hand|
Choking back tears, Dawn aimed and fired. The zombie's head blossomed in a spray of red and gray matter, and it dropped next to Mark. "Tell me you're okay!" She cried.
His vision was fading, Mark felt like he was on fire. He could see the blood pool in front of him, and agony on his left side. He shook his head slowly, loosing the straps of his pack. With what was left of his strength, he hurled the bag towards Larry. "Take it...you'll need it."
He looked at Dawn, vision blurring as his life ebbed out. "Stay alive. I know you can..."
Dawn's gun barked once, and Mark was gone.
Grabbing the pack, Larry ran alongside of Dawn. "I'm sorry. He seemed like a good man."
"He saved me. He saved a lot of us." Dawn wiped tears away. "Let's find that car and get the hell out of here."
Dawn glanced back up the street at the horde falling behind her. Mark was back there, slowing down the zombies for her one last time. "Goodbye." She whispered and wiped tears away, and concentrated on the road ahead. "We're going to need supplies, that hatchback should get us out of the city, I may know of a place to go..."
|Mark's final location|
I am considering continuing the campaign with Dawn as my star. She certainly has earned it.
Do I keep going, or start a new campaign?