"Kelly, with me," SWAT Trooper Johnny Vincenzo ordered as he moved next to the door leading to the evidence room and the stairs down. "We need to check out those deadheads downstairs. See how many there are. Have you heard from Tybald and Markowitz?"
"Not a thing," SWAT Trooper Gemma Kelly replied as she prepared to re-enter the police station.
"I'll stay on watch here," Patrolwoman Sally Gibson said as her two colleagues disppeared inside.
I rolled 4d6 for zombie reinforcements and a couple appeared by the basketball court entrance.
The zombie mini-horde in the police station began to move upstairs to the second floor.
His suggestion must have put Vampifan off his aim, as he only hit once out of his three shots. He was hoping to bring down the three remaing zombies clustered around Detective Brandt but just killed one of them.
"Because it would be wrong," he announced, trying hard not to get angry. Big Sil had changed a lot since the death of his girlfriend, Angie. Cynicism had replaced compassion. The hairy biker's easy-going, friendly, and happy-go-lucky attitude had deserted him. Choosing his words carefully, Vampifan continued, "these people need our help. They have treated us fairly under the circumstances and we will not abandon them. Okay?"
"Hmph, I'm just saying, that's all," Big Sil replied sullenly.
Another double indicated the appearance of another PEF. This one was Rep:3 and appeared in Sector 5 at the side of the blue-grey Folding Structure Unit.
I rolled 5d6 for zombie reinforcements and just one turned up at the SE corner of the police station.
Vincenzo made a snap decision to flee instead of fight. He scooped up Kelly in his arms and headed back the way he'd come.
"Gibson, get over here," he shouted when he reached the exit door. "Kelly's been bitten."
"Oh, my God!" Gibson shrieked. "Did you see Ken or Ryan?"
"No, but I can't believe they're still alive," Vincenzo answered with honest appraisal. "The place is overrun with deadheads."
"And then there were none," he said wryly.
"Hah, you wish!" retorted Big Sil.
I rolled 3d6 for zombie reinforcements and for the first time in the game, none appeared.
Vincenzo carried Kelly outside and laid her down beside one of the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) units.
"How badly was she bitten?" Patrolwoman Cibson asked.
"Bad enough," Vincenzo answered sombrely. "We both know that any bite is usually fatal."
"Did you miss one?" Big Sil asked sarcastically.
"Nah, I got her," Vampifan replied smugly.
(Note that the zombie in the dressing gown was hidden from his view by the porch columns.)
I rolled just 1d6 for zombie reinforcements. I wasn't surprised when none turned up.
PEF:6 passed 1d6 on the PEF Movement Table and moved one sector towards the closest PEF, which was PEF:5 in sector 7. PEF:5 passed 0d6 and thus remained where it was. I placed PEF:6 at the side of a police patrol car. It was in cover and in sight of Vampifan. I rolled on my PEF Resolution Table, hoping for a 2 or a 3. I rolled a 3. Oh, joy!
Lieutenant Ulysses Catweazle Rep:5 Star with Brawler and Nerves of Steel attributes and armed with Assault Rifle, Machine Pistol and Combat Knife.
Gap Rep:4 Grunt with Fear of Clowns Phobia and armed with Assault Rifle, Combat Knife and Body Armour.
Jamie Vaughn Rep:4 Grunt with Brawler attributes and armed with BA Pistol and Medi-pack.
"No, I've got this covered," the SWAT Trooper replied with more confidence than he felt. He must have known his time was up as he added, "Just go. Get out of here! You're free to go!"
He fired a three round burst at the two zombies on the roof in front of him. His first shot hit the zombie who had bitten Gibson, killing him with a shot to the centre forehead. Then to his horror, his SMG clicked on empty.
"Oh, for fuck's sake!" he cried.
"The cavalry's here, big man!" Vampifan said cheerfully.
"About bloody time!" Big Sil replied.
And another two at the SE corner of the police station, close to another zombie.
Another double and the seventh PEF of the game arrived. It was Rep:3 and it appeared in Sector 3 in front of the grey medium sized FSU. It was in cover and out of sight of everyone.
The zombies on the second floor charged en masse at Johnny Vincenzo. He instinctively knew he was going to die but was determined to go down fighting and to take as many of the bastards as he could. He passed 2d6 on the Being Charged Test and he swiftly drew his BA Pistol. He fired two shots in rapid succession and scored two hits. Alas, they were only Knockdowns, not outright kills. Not being able to use the Easy To Hit rule against charging zombies made a big difference.
Catweazle drove the black pick-up truck through the car park and pulled to a halt by the red pick-up truck, where Vampifan and Big Sil were waiting for him.
Vampifan and Big Sil climbed into the back of their pick-up truck, carrying SWAT Sergeant Connors with them.
"Take us home, driver," Vampifan said with a huge sigh of relief.
"It'll be a pleasure, sir," Catweazle replied. "I bet you guys have a story to tell."
"Ain't that the truth," Big Sil responded. "Along with a few apologies I need to make."
From the second floor window of a red brick apartment that faced onto the front of the police station, a white skinned male with a large red nose and a clown's costume viewed the departure of Team Vampifan with keen interest.
"You may have escaped this time, Sillito" Sunny the Killer Klown said through gritted teeth, "but I'll get you next time!"
Total number of zombies appearing in this scenario = 115
Oh! My! God! Sunny is back! In case you don't know, Sillito is the surname of Big Sil, the man who almost killed Sunny when they first met. Sunny has never met Vampifan and so knows very little about him, other than he is a friend of Big Sil.
I really hope you enjoyed that as much as I did playing it. I can tell you quite honestly, that was the best game of ATZ I have ever played. It all worked out so brilliantly but I was quite surprised at how many defenders died. This was a massacre on a scale I've never witnessed before. The Dice Gods were exceptionally cruel at times. The police failing to win Activation in turn 4, meaning Marquez couldn't switch the engine of the Klown's pick-up truck off. Markowitz running away from his partner, Tybald. SWAT Trooper Kelly running out of ammo twice and having her SMG fall apart. Detective Brandt and SWAT Sergeant Connors sacrificing themselves to switch off that blasted engine. Brave SWAT Trooper Vincenzo almost defying the odds when he was last man standing on the police station roof.
On the flip side, Vampifan and Big Sil survived unscathed. I rolled to see if either of them were rewarded with a REP increase, just for surviving but neither were successful.
Which brings me to the fate of SWAT Sergeant Wayne Connors. Thanks to young Jamie's help he made a full recovery. But, he still had to take the "Harry, Are You Okay?" Test. Being Rep:5, if he rolled 4, 5 or 6 on 1d6, he had fight off the infection. If he rolled less than that, he'd be infected and would turn into a zombie. Obviously, Team Vampifan wouldn't allow that to happen. Vampifan would put a bullet in Connor's brain before he turned. So did he survive? Well, to be honest, I never did roll for him. I want you to decide his fate. Please leave a comment saying whether he should live or die. If he lives, he will join forces with Team Vampifan. If he becomes infected, he'll be shot in the head and given a decent burial. His fate is in your hands, my friends. I'll abide by the majority decision. If it does end up in a tie then I'll roll that d6 and let the Dice Gods decide.
I ran a competition just before I posted this batrep, in which I asked you to make a guess at how many zombies would appear in the scenario. The answer was 115 and one person guessed correctly. Congratulations to Charles Salley, who was bang on the nose with his guess of 115. Charles, if you can e-mail me your postal address I'll send you your prize as soon as I can. Click on My Profile at the top left corner of my blog to get my e-mail address. If you're wondering what the prize is, I can tell you it is an Armorcast wrecked car - the one with the girder on the roof that I reviewed not so long ago.
Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who has left a comment about this batrep. Your support and appreciation inspires me to strive for the best in this hobby that I love so much. Of course, the big question now is, how do I top that?