Thursday 30 August 2012

ATZ - Final Fade Out AAR - Daybreak

Here's a Bat Rep of a solo game I played with Jim Bob Joe, a Rep 4 Grunt. Played by the new rules and no Star Advantages were used. Enjoy!

Monday 27 August 2012

Win the Painting Contest and She's Yours!

Okay, so actually win a book with her on the cover. But it's a cool book. Okay, win a copy of Red Sand Black Moon by displaying your painting prowess.

Here's the low down and good luck to all!

Painting Contest

Wednesday 15 August 2012

Panama - All Things Zombie - Final Fade Out

"So, uh, what's so different that you have to do an update for ATZ - Better Dead Than Zed?"
Weelllll, let's go over some things - presented as the first half of this AAR - Panama.

We start with Billy Pink and Carolee cruising down the open road.

Push the button. You know you want to!

Billy Pink and Carolee are cruising along in a rural area when they spy a semi and what appears to be a wreck. Slowing down they approach the scene. There's six zeds wandering about and three PEFs - Possible Enemy Force markers - unseen by the duo.

First up, we've overhauled the vehicle rules. Vehicles are always moving both when active when inactive. Word of advice, as you're going to be moving just as fast when inactive you'll do well to plan your move and learn how to drive.

As the car moves on the Zed activation portion of the turn the PEFs also move, staying out of sight.

PEFs. What's become a staple in THW games isn't in ATZ-BDTZ. We've got four different PEF contact tables in FFO to be used at various times during the game. All are time and area sensitive to better reflect the differences between the first 30 days. And yes, we've also included the PEF contact table for after 30 days.

 Billy and Carolee activate and roll to a stop. A zed appears from behind the Walmart truck just in time to get popped.

In ATZ - FFO you start life as a Citizen. That's right, a Citizen. The Police show up the first week, then the National Guard. By the time the Army shows up you'll have to decide if you're a Ganger or Survivor as the Citizens slowly disappear. By the 30th Day the zeds are out in force and that's all that's left as the authorities pack it in and choose sides as well.

The zeds start to move closer as Billy and Carolee turn back to handle the suddenly increasing numbers of undead. When the zeds activate  two PEFs reach the truck, still unseen.

Carolee has got it right. Zeds can be PEFs now and even more interesting, zeds are rolled for and placed as the event happens. So if you pop off three shots at some zed head you roll three d6 to see if you generated zombies. No more rolling at the end of the turn
Hoping to stop attracting zeds Carolee melees the last one. She wins the melee but it's closer than usual.

"Yes Carolee, they are a bit tougher." Good news is you can only fight one zed at a time now and no longer have to split melee dice. Bad news is they're tougher in melee.

 As the zombies activate again one PEF comes around the corner and into Billy's sight. A quick resolution results in nothing "but something is out there". The Encounter Rating rises to 2. When active Carolee pulls open the trailer and Billy shoots the lone zombie inside. A quick search finds some Food but nothing else as the truck has been picked clean.
Many tables have been dropped and replaced with quick dice mechanics. No more paging through the book to find the table that tells you who's waiting inside that building or what you found.

Another zombie activation and another PEF comes into view. A quick roll resolves it as three women. They immediately begin to negotiate. They tell Billy and Carolee that they want to barter for items but Carolee isn't interested. do (failed Meet & Greet Test). Being a bit of a lady's man I figure Billy will try a People's Challenge with Carolee (another Star) to get her to agree with him to ask the three girls to join them. Carolee isn't interested in adding three more women to the group so that stops that idea (failed People's Challenge - success would be let's ask them to join and the failure was  Carolee saying "I don't think so.".


With the PEFs wandering on the table you'll run into other humans now and not just in when buildings like before. Now you can be in the open and run into friends, neutrals that you can interact with and of course, enemies.

 The three girls and the two Stars part ways. They head off towards the ambulance (?).

Sometimes the NPCs will join you, barter with you for items, or in some cases just exchange pleasantries and go about their business. We've added two new skills to go along with your Rep. People Skill for interacting with NPCs and Savvy Skill for those mental challenges that may come up.

 As the trio leave Billy and Carolee have a bad feeling about the whole experience and with good reason. I always try and stock my games with recurring NPCs complete with motives, etc. These three girls specialize in setting up fake accidents on lonely highways. Then when others come by and stop to check it out they rob or murder them. Just an example of what you can do with the ATZ-FFO campaign system.
But things may not always be what they appear to be. In FFO a neutral can turn into an enemy the next time you run into them. Or a pre-planned enemy waiting for the right time to spring a trap!

As the girls and our Stars head in  opposite directions I already have my next Encoutner planned.

Final Fade Out is a mechanically smoother game yet still provides more tension than before...and that's a good thing, right?