Tina looked out the passenger window as Dawn drove onto the road. "It looks like there are some homes scattered around out here. Farms too."
Dawn paused and glanced at the sky. "It's going to be dark soon, we should find a place to crash for the night. Maybe find some gas and rest a bit."
Tina checked the pistol Dawn had given her, glancing out the window at the scene ahead. "Maybe we can find some more people. Maybe there aren't as many zombies here."
Dawn considered what Tina had said for a moment before responding. "Let's be careful. If we can find a place without many dead maybe we can stay for a while, rest up for the trip across the state."
|Dawn drives into the area|
As it's getting late, the first turn that has doubles for activation will trigger night fall. That will reduce sight to 24" and then by 2" every turn until it drops to 12". Dawn and Tina are looking for a place to spend the night, they can clear any buildings that are intact (not ruins). If they empty them of any hostiles (living or undead) and there are no zombies with 12", they can consider it secure for the night. Note that they do NOT have to trigger all the PEFs.
I will be using the scarce searching rules, finding anything requires a matching card on a second draw from the risks & rewards deck. If the group secures a place to stay, they can spend the next day doing a thorough search, which will give normal search results once for each room in the building they stay in. After a thorough search, the area will be 'fished out' and further searching will result in nothing.
I will also be using slightly modified new melee rules from Two Hour Wargames. For the most part, it will work as written in the update. I am adding an effect that when a melee has rounds that exceed the rep of the living character, they will need to check for infection (the "Harry are you okay?" rule) the next time they activate. However, they will slowly loose rep, losing one point every time doubles come up for activation. Once their Rep drops to 3 (or if they are already 3 or less, at the first doubles) they turn into a zombie.
On the first turn, the survivors win initiative.
|Zombies close in|
"There are several of those things around here." Tina replied, readying her pistol. "Let's hope we can stay in one of these places."
Not much happens to start. The survivors park their SUV near the small stone cabin, turning off the engine. There's no combat this turn, the zombies stroll closer, and the turn ends with one more zombie appering from the engine noise during the turn.
Next turn, Dawn charges the zombie nearest the cabin. Tina is still a citizen, and suffers from the "Brown Pants" rule, so I don't want to expose her to much chance of melee. It's going to be tough when they enter the buildings though.
|Tina leads the way to the cabin|
|Small one room cabin|
Dawn pulled open the door on the cabin, stepping into the dim interior. The earthy smell of wood and stale air greeted her. Pausing to let her eyes adjust, Dawn slowly scanned the single room.
"Whew. This must be someone's hunting shack." Tina said as she poked a blaze orange jacket on the floor. "Looks like its been empty for a long while."
Dawn relaxed slightly, looking at the dusty floors and furniture. "Take a look around, I'll watch the door."
Resolving the PEF results in a nothing result, not even an increase in the ER. Dawn and Tina swap places, and the next turn, Tina searches the cabin.
|Zombies move towards the cabin|
|Dawn covers the door while Tina searches|
|Zombies swarm the door|
"I can't find anything!" Tina yelled back. "Come on, they don't have anything here?"
Dawn swung her machete through the air, preparing to face the undead. "Get ready, here they come!" She yelled.
|Dawn faces three zombies|
|Round 2, a tie|
|Round 4, Dawn wins|
On the next turn, the survivors go first, jogging out to the road. Tina takes a pair of shots and kills the last zombie in the road before it can charge.
|Tina shoots the last zombie|
"Let's check that house up there." Tina pointed with her pistol a ways up the road. "I bet it is more comfortable than that cabin."
Dawn looked up to the rapidly sinking sun. "We need to find a place to camp for the night. Let's go!"
Dawn and Tina have eliminated all the active zombies on the table. The sun hasn't started to set yet, and instead of just staying in the small cabin they found cleared, they are checking a bit larger house nearby.
|Jogging to the next house|
I didn't model out the whole house, and while the toy I am using on the tabletop has an interior, it's just two open rooms, not very exciting or realistic. I have drawn out a floor plan on some card stock, and I'm using that for the house layout. I think it works out okay, I do need to paint some more of the dollhouse toys I have for furnishings though!
|Entering the house|
"What do you think this means?" Tina asked from near the front door of the house. "It's like one of those markings from Hurricane Katrina."
Dawn stepped up next to Tina at the front door. A black spray-painted 'X' had some letters and numbers marked around it, across the whole door. "I don't know. It does look like some sort of emergency marking though."
Shadows grew up the side of the house as the sun began to set. Dawn tested the front door, finding it unlocked. "Let's check this place out in a hurry. The sun is setting and we won't have light for much longer."
|Family room clear|
|Nothing in the dining room|
Dawn passes her check with 2 successes, and the charge test as well. She moves right to melee, rolling 8d6 (rep 5, two handed melee weapon, protected) versus 4d6 for the zombies.
|Dawn wins by 1 the first round...|
|...And wins the second round easily.|
Leaving the bathroom, Dawn leads the way to the living room attached to the dining area. They find a lone zombie stumbling over the furniture and Dawn charges into melee.
|Dawn faces a lone zombie|
Dawn kills the single zombie easily. After the combat Tina and Dawn search the kitchen and head into the basement, before going upstairs. Having to draw to find the last zombie lends some tension to the game, and it takes me quite a few turns to move around, checking room by room until the last zombie appears.
|Last zombie in a bedroom|
The last zombie is another child, and Dawn misses her Zed or No Zed check this time, and counts as unarmed for the first round of combat. Her rep of 5 carries the day easily though, and she kills the zombie on the first round.
|The house is cleared|
Keeping it together goes well, Tina gets 2 successes, Dawn gets 3 and they decide to stay together for another day at least.
Dawn leaned against the door, facing Tina laying in the bed. Bluish light from the moon filtered through the bedroom windows, giving a ghostly hue to the room. Tina sat up on one elbow, looking at Dawn over the edge of the bed. "Do we keep moving tomorrow?"
"We'll see what the day looks like. Maybe we tear this place apart, see what we can find and then decide when we want to go." Dawn said as she considered their position.
Tina laid back down, staring at the ceiling. "I hope we can stick around a while. It would be nice to sleep in a bed every night."