Having pressed pause on our long-running 5e Dungeons & Dragons campaign, the Tuesday Knights jumped feet-first into a new game this week, a 1950s-set Atomic Horror-themed GURPS campaign being run by Pete.
Although we're still (obviously) playing via Zoom, Pete had before him a 'battle map' of the building the adventure took place in, and a standees for all our characters and foes that he moved as the adventure progressed, so he could always convey to us where we were and what we could - or couldn't - see.
|Team In Miniature: (l to r) Freya, Fr. Timothy, Buck, Onyx, and Dick|
Pulling the night shift on New Year's Eve was never going to be fun, but our group made the best of it with a small party in the The Theoretical Science Foundation HQ in Carson City, Nevada.
But then, in the first few minutes of 1957, the air was rent by the cacophonous wail of the civil defence siren, and we suddenly discovered the building was surrounded by a horde of "the infected" ('zombies' to you and me).
|Headquarters of The Theoretical Science Foundation, Carson City, Nevada|
While Freya (Clare's journalist character) tried to tune the radio to find out what was going on, Dick (Kevin's G-man) and Onyx (Erica's cat burglar) raced down the stairs to the foyer, while Buck (my explorer) and Fr. Timothy (Simon's priest) headed down the other staircase to the garage area.
Having no luck with the radio, Freya soon joined her colleagues in the foyer where a couple of security guards were fighting off the mob of mindless flesh-eaters that smashed through the glass front doors of the building.
|A pair of security guards bravely take a stand|
|Our heroes gather in the foyer to fight off the zombie invasion|
With the keys one of the guards had tossed them, the heroes got into the armoury to retrieve their weapons and joined in the fight, making use of the reception desk as cover.
Meanwhile, in the garage Buck had hopped into the cab of a military truck and was firing up the engine, while Fr Tim continued round towards the armoury from that direction.
By the time, Fr Tim returned with an armful of weapons for Buck, the headstrong adventurer had rammed the garage doors - behind which could be heard more moans of the undead - reversed and was slamming the truck forward again.
|Buck in a truck!|
Fr Tim tried to jump into the back of the truck, but missed. Picking himself up he saw a handful of zombies were now walking in through the large hole Buck had made in the back of the building with the vehicle (as well as a couple of smears on the tarmac left by the zombies he had run over).
The priest decided discretion was the better part of valour and returned to the back of the foyer, where his colleagues were taking out zombies left, right, and centre with well-aimed head shots.
Freya had paused at one point to snap a photograph of the battle scene, as one of the security guards fell to a zombie bite, while Onyx fired crossbow bolts and 'deadeye' Dick Tate was popping .38 revolver slugs in zombie brainpans.
|Our heroes take down 'the infected' with bullets and bolts|
|Buck-in-a-truck to the rescue|
Outside, Buck skidded the truck around the building, at full-speed and with the headlights on full beam, eventually hitting the steps at the front of The Theoretical Science Foundation headquarters.
Leaning on the horn for a Dixie Horn blast, he launched the vehicle through the front of the offices, landing it on top of three zombies (and pinning one of the remaining security guards to the wall).
|In The Foyer Now! Buck lands the truck on top of some zombies|
To Be Continued...
The Theoretical Science Foundation - The Cast:
- Buck Hannigan - played by me
- Dick Tate - played by Kevin
- Father Timothy O’Flaherty - played by Simon
- Freya Larson - played by Clare
- Onyx Jones - played by Erica
Showrunner - Pete