At the end of part 1 we left the three police officers having met and 'killed' (?) their first zombies and saved their first civilians from the area. This was no case of rowdy drunken behaviour!!
Although a few zombie had fallen, the noise of the guns had attracted the attention of another zombie who was approaching undetected from the rear!
PC Sam Ford moved forward to the corner of the shops. Two Zombies could be seen shambling towards him. He braced himself against the kick of the shotgun as he blasted them and was gratified as the closed crumbled to the floor. The other, partially hidden by a car, staggered but still came on
"Well, if there are more of these creatures about," thought Harry, "they certainly know where we are now!"
"Oh,god!" She thought as she squeezed the trigger, "I've left the keys in the ignition. I hope none of those civvies decide to pinch the car!" Almost without conscious thought, her eyes drifted to the left, trying to see behind towards her ride. The bullets both went wide.
10 dice rolled for noise - no zombies! That was good
"Pull yourself together!" she silently berated herself. "It's coming!"
Harry Mcguiness again fired off two rounds, probably quicker than he should have. He had seen many thing in his years on the force, but something about this situation had him on edge. Both shots slammed into the car's bodywork. Seeing this, Sam braced himself again against the kick of his shotgun. The zombie fell dead to the floor.
I had moved Officer Riche out of command radius and could activate on her own rep so she stood and watched the zombie move towards her.
"But it's the only gun that seems to take them down!"
"It's to noisy! Use your hand gun. That's an order!"
I got a set of Colgar-6's cards for xmas. I really love them but I chose to ignore the ones I felt didn't fit in with day 1. I thought the argument was a funny card!
"There's the van, Sarge," Said Sam. "We should check out if there are any others there."
Harry nodded grimly. "Lets keep it tight, people."
It easily kills the first civilian and starts to feed. Both of the other two fail their 'see the feast' test and run to hide.
"Easy, people." Ordered Harry. "No one home."
Using the risks and rewards deck I turn top card - no zombies in rural. I am counting day 1 as rural for generating zombies working on idea that there would be fewer of them.
"Roger that." Agreed Laverne. "I'll go in first." She paused and let out a loud sneeze!
"Jesus, Laverne!" whispered Harry loudly.
"Sorry. Must be these bushes playing up on my allergies!"
Another random event card! coughing or sneezing.
"Upwards." Said Harry, indicating the stair with his thumb
The others nodded silently.
No zombies generated by risks and rewards card.
Risk and rewards deck - 2 zombies!!
"Watch out!" screams Officer Riche, as the figure moves into contact. She just has time to shot as they charge but her haste to do so causes her to miss. The zombie lashes out and contacts with her chin and she slumps dazed to the floor.
In fear for his colleague, Harry smashes his nightstick down heavily on the head of his opponent, grunting in gratification as it falls to the floor not to rise again.
They both leap to the aid of their stricken friend, but too slowly. In horror, they see the victorious figure drop down and sink its teeth into her unprotected neck, tearing bloody flesh and start chewing.
Sgt. Harry Mcguiness let out a horrified wail. "Nooo!!!"
Harry only passed 1 die on his see the feast, although he passed the man down test easily. He will have to reroll next time he sees a zombie feasting. Sam passed both tests with 2 dice.
"Sod this!" exclaims Sam. He quickly switches back to his shotgun. His lip snarled in revulsion, he blasts the feeding creature, the blast blowing it away from his friend.
Sam quickly walks over to Laverne. He doesn't need to check for a pulse, the damage to her throat evidence enough of the efficiency of her killer. "Time to go!" decided the Englishman.
He went back into the hall to check on Harry. "Look Sarge, " he started, "this is no rounding up of drunks. Laverne's gone and we need help getting her body back. Lets lock this door and go back to the patrol car. We will come back for her when we have help."
Wiping the vomit flecks from around his mouth, Harry agreed. "What sort of madness is this, Sam? Did you see what he did to poor Laverne? How am I going to tell her husband?"
"Lets figure that out later. For now, lets just try and survive ourselves!"
Using the shotgun now became an issue as 6 dice generated 2 new zombies!
"Company, Sam." Whispered Harry in warning. He fired two shot to the chest. Still shaken from all that he had witnessed upstairs, his shot went wide.
Sam had no such problem, his shotgun being much more efficient. With e deafening boom, the pellets threw the zombie backwards. However, much of the blast was taken by a chair and the zombie lived on enough to try and stand.
"This one's mine, Sam." Claimed the senior Officer. "My gun makes way less noise than yours does!"
He aimed again for the head. Upstairs had removed any unease he had with dealing harshly with whatever monsters they were facing. The rounds found their mark and the figure fell to the floor.
"Fancy a bit of a jog?" Asked the older man. "I want away from here as soon as I can,"
"Fine with me!"
"All clear this way, Sam. Come on!"
For the first time in a while, the noise generated no extra zombie. The board was clear.
That was quite a long adventure for my first story and I didn't even finish all that I thought I would. I hoped that they would search all the building but with an Officer down I figured that they might call for help as help would be readily available on day 1.
I have read many places how things go from good to crap in the space of a couple of dice throws and there were times where I saw this. At the start of the game they were generating loads of noise but no zombies, then when they were in the pub they were making much less noise but I was rolling 6's regularly. After the officer fell my confidence in their ability to deal with threats was reduced!!
Hopefully you enjoyed reading the report as much as I enjoyed playing it. I am already thinking about the next installment. I think as far as the hero (Sam) goes, he had an ok baptism of fire, as although he was the star, he wasn't the senior officer. So although losing Officer Riche was not good, checking the van out fulfilled their main goal, and Sam has passed his 'see the feast ' test.
well on to the next thing....