Scenario 1 – The Old Church
The rival Zombie-hunting teams have stumbled across an old church that has hidden Treasure items, and also seems to be a source of Zombies.
In the centre of the 3’ x 3’ table is a church. Each side of the church has a spawning point, where Zombies can appear from. Each corner of the church has a cache of Treasure. The remainder of the table is dressed with graves and tombs and a cemetery wall, as well as some buildings in various states of (dis)repair.
Before the game begins, players each place caches of (lower-valued) supplies in the usual manner. Players then each place two Zombies in the same manner as the supplies.
Players deploy their teams from jump-off points in the corners of the table in the usual way, and they will also activate using the card-driven sequence dictated by the rules.
The Round ends.
Random Occurrence Card
At the end of each round, one Zombie appears randomly at one of the Zombie spawning points.
Each of the Treasure tokens captured from the church is worth 5 Victory points. To gain the Victory points though, the figure acquiring them has to survive the game.
The game began with the deployment of items of interest (supplies), according to the campaign rules, and then with deployment of Zombies and the Treasure items according to the scenario rules.
Henry and Alan had each spent 8 of their initial 10 points on characters and equipment, so they rolled off for Initiative. Henry won, and opted for the Northwest corner of the board as a deployment point; Alan took the Southeast corner.
Martin had opted to spend all his 10 points, so he was obliged to deploy last. He chose the Northeast corner.
No one was allowed any skills in this first scenario, but it immediately became apparent that some different strategies were being adopted by the different teams. One of our reasons for selecting a Victorian-era setting was the expectation that teams might be less inclined to load up on firearms.
Nevertheless, Martin’s Bow Street Runners had a shotgun, which they would later use very effectively; the remainder of his armed figures were assumed to have their police truncheons. Two of Henry’s Butcher Street Boys had pistols and another had a billy-club, while three of Alan’s Society of Africa members had opted for melee weapons.
By the campaign rules, two or each team’s members had to be unarmed in the first scenario, and we had agreed that all subsequent new team members would start out that way.
Fig 1: Henry and Martin examine the terrain from its West and North sides
At the start of the game, the Zombies were all roaming around outside the churchyard. This practically guaranteed early encounters with the humans, who started out by locating and acquiring the items of interest which were laying around for the taking, between the buildings.
Fig 2: Dr Somerfield and her team collect an item of interest and run into a Zombie
All three teams quickly encountered Zombies – the Society of Africa on the Eastern side of the churchyard and also near its Southeast corner, the Butcher St Boys in an alley on its Northwest corner, and the Bow St Runners near the churchyard gate on its Northern side.
Fig 3: The Butcher St Boys run into several Zombies in the alleys beside the churchyard
Fig 4: The Bow Street Runners seize the cemetery gate from the Zombies guarding it
Fig 5: Lord Dunce and Rev Green from the Society run into another Zombie
Fortunately for the human players, all of these encounters went badly for the Zombies, with the Bow St Runners, in particular, commencing a run of Zombie kills which would become truly impressive by the end of the scenario.
After dispatching most of the Zombies outside the churchyard, all three teams advanced towards the church, with a view to grabbing as much of the Treasure items as possible. The Bow St Runners could use the gate which they had captured, but the other two teams had to resort to scaling the cemetery walls.
Fig 6 - The Butcher St Boys scale the cemetery wall
As it turned out, the Butcher St Boys almost landed right on top of a Zombie which was lurking in the shadow of the wall. They were also quickly attacked by a second Zombie, which wounded one of their pistol-armed members, and was promptly shot for its trouble. Fortunately, their wounded team member did not roll an “Infected” result, so he had a chance to recover after the scenario.
The rest of the team achieved a quick “Knock Down” combat result against the first Zombie, but then they left the wounded member of their team to finish it off, while they moved deeper into the churchyard. Their wounded team member spent a number of actions unsuccessfully trying to finish off the “Knocked-Down” Zombie with a pistol at close range.
Fig 7 - The Butcher St Boys knock down one Zombie but are wounded by another
Meanwhile, in the Society of Africa’s deployment area, Rev Green carried an item of interest back to their deployment point to leave with their leader, Dr Kate Somerfield, while Lord Dunce watched his back and fended off a series of unsuccessful attacks from the Zombie they had “Knocked Down” but failed to eliminate earlier, by the South cemetery wall.
Fig 8 - Lord Dunce defends the Society of Africa's deployment point
Eventually, this Zombie was despatched by the Rev Green moving back into melee range and giving it a solid whack with his heavy Bible. This led, incidentally, to a lengthy debate about how we thought multiple-figure combats ought to work, since they were not well-covered in the rules.
The teams’ various assaults on the church, with the intention of grabbing Treasure items, was now well under way. All Zombies at the Northern end of the churchyard had now been dealt with, allowing the Bow St Runners and Butcher St Boys to grab Treasure tokens with little risk. At the Southeast corner, the Society of Africa also sent two of its members over the cemetery wall, intent on making a quick grab for the Treasure marker located there.
Under the scenario rules, grabbing Treasure tokens triggered Zombie spawnings, however, and at that point the card-driven movement sequence came to the Zombies’ aid as well. Suddenly the churchyard was full of fresh Zombies, and all three teams were under attack.
The Society of Africa suffered worse, perhaps because they were the only team at the Southern end of the church. As they tried to escape with a Treasure item, one of their number was attacked, wounded and “Infected” by a Zombie.
Fig 9: The Society of Africa grab a church Treasure, but one of them is wounded and Infected
The Zombie is successfully despatched, but as the wounded team member tried to limp off the board, he was overcome by the Zombie “Infection”, and “zombified” before his horrified team-mates’ eyes.
At the North end of the church, both the Butcher St Boys and the Bow St Runners also found themselves under attack, but were able to finish off the fresh Zombies with their guns. The Bow St Runners embarked on a veritable Zombie killing-spree, even going so far as to take out the Zombie “Knocked Down” earlier but not finished off by the Butcher St Boys. To add insult to injury, they did it with an almost impossible long-range shot from their shotgun, right under the nose of the wounded Butcher St man, who had spent several turns futilely trying to finish the Zombie off at close range with a pistol.
The Butcher St Boys meanwhile, looked like getting themselves into trouble at the Southwest corner of the church. The card-driven movement sequence resulted in yet more Zombie spawning, and the random placement resulted in two members of their team being all but surrounded by Zombies. Deciding that discretion was the better part of valour, they wisely retreated, rather than make a grab for the last-remaining Treasure token.
At that point, the Society of Africa also decided to call it a day. Their remaining team members gathered what they had collected and retreated off the table next to their jump-off point, thus ending the scenario.
Tallying the Adventure
The campaign rules allow for wounded humans to recover by dicing for their wounds, after a scenario ends. Failure to achieve the needed score means they will carry their wounds into the next scenario.
The Butcher St Boys wounded member successfully recovered from his wound.
The Society of Africa had a member who was not only wounded and “Infected”, but had actually “Zombified”. After some discussion, he was allowed a recovery throw, and he promptly rolled a 12 on 2D6! This provoked some debate on how recovery should work, and we did not really resolve that, but it was agreed that the 12 should allow him to survive for now, despite his “Zombification”.
We want to re-visit this before the next scenario, with a view to creating some definitive rules on Recovery; at this point the “cure” of the “Infected” SoA man will not be regarded as permanent, if we can think of a fun way to work it into a scenario.
Under the campaign rules, Victory Points were awarded for gathering Treasure and other items of interest, and for killing Zombies.
Each team had successfully gathered a Treasure token, and a few of the lower-valued items of interest.
Martin’s Bow St Runners had killed far more Zombies than the other two teams put together – no less than 8!
This alone gave him the victory in this scenario, and plenty of points with which to grow his team for the next one, subject to the rules restrictions, of course.