Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 1: "Splattercon!!!"


Day 1


“Man, I hate lame conventions…”


Matthew sighed dramatically and took another drink of rum and coke. This round, was it the fourth? Fifth? He couldn’t remember…was more rum than Coke he figured. Still, what else do you do at the hotel bar at possibly the worst attended Horror convention in North America.


His companion just nodded sagely. “True dat.” He threw back his own drink and glanced with a gimlet eye at the television running the local news channel. It was posted on the ceiling, almost at the opposite end of the bar. The chipper blonde on there seemed to be smiling while informing the public of a new celebrity faux pas, a new terror attack, just about anything and ms. ‘Tee Hee’ chick wouldn’t change her delivery one jot. He turned back to Matthew and asked “Where the hell is CJ anyway?”


“Still in his room I think.” Matthew’s reply was dour, but he’d been that way as soon as the attendance became apparent. Granted, this was the first Horror con in Tyson City, “Splattercon!!!” had been all over the papers in Chicago a few years ago. Well, this sequel in the semi-boonies didn’t seem to be making a splash. Or a splatter. Or anything.


Connor shrugged, and gestured to the barkeeper for another scotch. “Well Matt, I can’t but think he might have the right idea. Or is he still sick from dinner?”


The other man just shrugged. “He’s your brother, how should I know? Though it is funny, an internal medicine doctor getting sick from Taco Hut burritos.” He chuckled, an expression not shared by Connor.


“Well” the brother of the aforementioned doctor grumbled. “It could be worse.”


With a far off crash down the street, there was heard the pop of electronics and all the lights went out in the bar.


In the pitch-blackness, Matt sighed again. “You just had to say that, didn’t you?”


*          *          *




The player characters will start inside the Victorian mansion that Tyson City remade into a convention center back in the 1980s. It is 1am in the morning, with a partly cloudy sky. All power in board sections 4-8 are out, and sections 1-3 are spotty, with the warehouse in section 1 lit but not the auto body shop.


The goal of the player characters (PCs) is to leave the center and get out of the “dead” area. Exiting via the road going west off board in section  1 or the road leaving the board north on section 2 are the only obvious ways out of the blackout area. Other might or might not work…as encounters may show. All PCs came to the con by taxi, so they have no cars themselves. However, hotwiring may be possible, as are chances police will show up and arrest carjackers (see Day 1: rules in ATZ: BDTZ for details).


The Board


Section 1: Auto-body shop, warehouse, road west.

Section 2: wood

Section 3: North road, clear/Hill

Section 4: Electrical Transformer

Section 5: Retail Store

Section 6: Hamburger Hut

Section 7:  Road west, clear/Parking Area

Section 8:  building***Con center

Section 9: Offices, road east


There is one wreck, a car into the transformer at 4, killing electrics on most of the board


There are 4 starting zombies:

1 in 7 between parked cars

2 at 4, Transformer wreck and ambulance

1 at 8, on the Far East side of the convention building


There are 3 PEFs (Potential Enemy Forces) along the north endge of the board, sections 1-2. Visibility is down to 8 inches on sections 3-9, but are 12 inches on sections 1 and 2.


Special Rules:


* Even though all PCs are in the convention center, the center can still be “searched” for useful items or encounters. Searches count as Suburb instead of Urban in the center due to lack of light.


* Game starts with Matthew and Connor, though others who are currently out of town (no names!) may join in as they wish. If there’s no post in a given week, then we assume that the PC is holding in place…no doubt terrified!


Your move, guys!


Zombie Chow



Zombie Chow said...

I'll post photos later tonight. No worries!


Zombie Chow said...

Day 1 pt2

Ok, Connor fumbles around for a bit in the darkness and suddenly sees a light. The bartender shakes a glow stick and mutters something about going to see about the hotel’s generator. He hands Connor a zippo lighter and tells him to stay put. He leaves, the glowing green light fading into the lobby.

Connor’s determined to search though (as you noted) so looks around the bar. Unfortunately, other than liquor or draft beer there’s not much here.

Zombie Chow

Chancetarget said...

CJ stared forlornly at the ceiling.

"Why the hell did I eat that crap?!?"
Since stopping for Taco Hut Burritos before arriving the convention, CJ's belly had been doing somersaults…the unfortunate result was that the aforementioned burrito has since revisited this world via the porcelain throne out both ends. Luckily the belly flips had calmed down and there was no further urgent need to urgently hurl. CJ was starting to think joining his brother, Connor and his friend Matthew at the bar might not be a bad idea.

"Now if I can just move from this bed…"

At about that time he hears a loud crash and the lights pop and go out.

"Of course….thats my frickin luck!!!"

**CJ will feel around the room and see if by any luck/or chance any of our bags have a flashlight or other useful item. Failing that, I will move to the door and see if I can holler down to Conner and Matthew.

Zombie Chow said...

CJ stumbles into the blackness of the hallway, and orients himself toward where he rememberd the stairway being. He bumps into someone in the dark, who lets out a muffled curse, then a quick apology.

As CJ and the unidentified fello turn back towards the stairs, they see the thin beam of a blashlight coming down a side corridor. The light shines into their eyes, momentarily wrecking their night vision.

"Oh sorry." The bearer of the light says. "Um. It appears to be a power outage..."

"No shit" the guy next to CJ grumbles.

" the hotel staff will take care of things. We've got a generator in the basement and should have lights back on soon. Please return to your rooms and everything will be taken care of."

Before anyone can speak, the person with the light disappears down the opposite corridor and closes a door to a side room.

"I'm not staying here in the dark." CJ's obscured companion says. "Not after all that talk of rioting on the news. Damn phones aren't working either! I'm outta here."

The figure stumbles away and nearly trips down the stairs. By the sounds, CJ can follow him to the top of the grand staircase. Looking down, he sees someone in the main lobby with a zippo lighter lit, slowly examining the room.

Tell me what Connor and CJ do, then I'll start a new post.


DocBennie said...

"hey, Matty...I found a if I could just figure out how to keep it on without burning myself...damnit!!!"

"Nothing much here, unless you want a free beer? The bartender just left..."

Connor will suggest that Matt and he leave the bar and make their way to the main lobby, so that they can find CJ's room.

Chancetarget said...

Cj will try to head down the stairs to the zippo's light, if possible, knowing Matt and Connor down there somewhere.

Chancetarget said...

I will call out slightly "Connor? Matt? Where are you guys?"