All That Remains.....-Late May 2012:
All forms of contact Rockford U.S.A. are lost, the small American city seems to have fallen off the grid-June 7 2012:
The United State government announces an outbreak of 'an unidentified disease' in Rockford and the city's placement under full military quarantine -Late June 2012:
The quarantine fails, images of the events taking place in Rockford are leaked to the press and similar events are reported in several other U.S. cities. -July 2012: U.S.
Military assets are called back to deal with the situation on American soil. Reports of "Rockford class incidents" Begin to surface in Africa, Eastern Europe, and some parts of Asia. Australia declares a state of quarantine and bars all travel to and from the country. -August 2012:
Rockford class incidents have been reported on all Earth's continents including previously uninfected Australia, several governments have collapsed as the tide of 'infected' rises ever higher. The U.S. government establishes 'safety zones' across the country and encourages all citizens to flee for said zones with promises of protection and survival. -September-November 2012:
International politics has all but ceased to exist as each nation focuses on the events within its own borders, word from Europe, Asia and many other areas of the globe is no longer available to the average citizen. All but a small handful of the government safety zones have fallen. The U.S. Government has gone into hiding and cannot be reached by the press or its general population. -November 23rd 2012:
Fort Sam Huston in San Antonio Texas, the final 'safety zone' still broadcasting, goes off the air. -November 24th 2012:
You and those with you may very well be all that remains of humanityWhat we KnowWho We are
We're survivors. We used to be any and everyone, doctors, lawyers, cops, firefighters, secretaries, you name it. But now all we really are is survivors. We were part of a military caravan that was transporting us, and anyone else who would go along, over to Fort Sam Houston, one of the last few safe places on the map, back when it still looked like the safe places might stay safe. I wasn't part of the caravan from it's start so I don't know where it really started but I've heard people talking with a New England accent so I'm guessing it's been a long drive for some...Where we are
We're in Texas. You see that little green circle? Well that's us, we're currently holed up in the town of Caldwell, about half an hour's drive from the city of College Station and Texas A&M's main branch. We were headed for Ft. Sam, the green X on the map. But they stopped transmitting last night and now....well now going anywhere near there doesn't seem like such a hot idea anymore.What Happened
That's the big one isn't it? The big question that I'm sure is on your mind. Well to be honest that's where things get a little bit murky, you see dear reader. They didn't tell us 'regular folk' all that much. And by they I mean good ole Unkie' Sam...He kept his lips pretty tightly closed about the whole situation until he just disappeared one night and then no one could even find him to ask questions of anymore.
So anyways... without getting into too many of the details. Because there's no real point in doing so, and at risk of sounding like a bad B movie. We had ourselves a Zombie Apocalypse. What Are They?
What we do know, from the news, the internet, and the few people with us who actually know what they're talking about is that it's some kind of infection...well not really an infection more of a virus....
Anyways what happens is you catch this virus and it turns you into one of them
. But not at first, at first all you get is a little headache; kind of like sinus pressure or so I've been told(A doctor I talked to says that's the virus attacking the first of your brain cells). Then after a while you break into a fever(That's when the virus has hit the brain cells that control your body temperature). A while after that the real bad stuff starts to happen. You get edgier, and edgier, and even edgier until suddenly you snap! And then its POOF goodbye sanity, fun while it lasted(Supposedly that's when the virus has finished eating up your higher reasoning brain cells). Once that's happened you're not really human anymore you're just...you're like a rabid dog in a human suit if that makes any sense. You become hyper aggressive and attack just about anyone you see. And this whole time the virus is still burning through you like you're a forest and it's the fire.
After a few days of this you die.......But then THEN
it gets worse. The virus somehow brings you back. I'm not sure how it does it and I really don't want to know. But once you're back you've only got one thing on your mind. The fact that you've got the desire to eat every living animal around you.
We also know that the virus doesn't only effect humans, I've seen a few dogs with my own eyes that I definitely didn't want to play fetch with! I took a picture as the car I was riding in passed them by...You might not want to see it but here it is
anyways. That doctor I told you about, well he says that before the military rolled into his town and started to evacuate everyone he had a few samples of blood from a couple of infected people that he was looking at and trying to figure out what the hell was going on in them. Anyways...he said that the virus looked like it was mutating
one of the subjects! So yeah...zombie dogs and people might not be the only things out there anymore...What We Don't KnowWhat We Are Going To Do Now...
Well most of us know that we aren't going to stay a part of the caravan. The military troops already split last night. They didn't tell any of us or anything, they just left while we were sleeping. I can't really blame them I wouldn't want to have a shit load of other people slowing me down either. After they left we've kind of lost direction and have been staying here for the past few days. Each morning there are less people and cars then their were the night before. Seems the general consensus is that it's safer in a small group then in a big one.... Bye
And that brings us to the end dear reader...I'm leaving tonight, there's this guy who says he used to live two hours south of San Antonio. He says that he knows about some ranch house in the middle of the woods and that said woods are fenced in like you wouldn't believe!! Anyways he thinks that if a couple of us can sneak over there we might just be able to hide out at the ranch house for a LONG time. He says the place even has it's own livestock and gardens so we'd have food!
I feel bad just leaving everyone...but there isn't enough room for all of us and telling anyone would just make the whole idea a bust.
So yeah....goodbye dear reader...and good luck!OOC
Ok so basically this is my idea for zombie/infected/mutant monster creatures game done slightly differently then most of the ones I've seen on E. Rather than taking place during the initial outbreak this game takes place after
it. I.E. people know the basics about the basic infected, there is no hope of military protection/evacuation, and life is now about survival. This game would be primarily free-form with a few systemic elements(limitations on equipment, food, ammo, ect) and focused on the characters and how they attempt to survive. It should also be noted that doing things like finding food/necessities ect. would be a part of the game. I.E. running out of food would mean having to decide how to get more and then doing it.
SO here are the essentials that everyone will need to create their characters, and to know if this is the game for them! Character Sheet
Here is the character sheet that you'll need to fill out (in full) to have your character approved.
[b]Appearance[/b]: Do they have scars? Long hair short hair? (Image Required)Some Things To Consider1. I'm trying to get this game to be realistic....
[b]Personality:[/b] Is your character a nice guy? Mean? Wimpy? ect?
[b]Bio: [/b]What is their life history? (Please include a description of their life before the outbreak, as well as how they managed to survive)
[b]Previous Occupation:[/b] What were they before the outbreak? A soldier? A Cop? A stay at home mom/dad?
[b]Skills: [/b]What skills do they have? Do they know how to use a gun? Skin an animal? Cook? (this should be realistic and fit in with their background and occupation)
[b]Belongings:[/b] What things do they have with them? A car? A gun? Food? Gasoline? Ect? (More on the limitations for this part below)
well realistic in the sense that the characters should be real people placed in an extraordinary situation (rather than super zombie killing cheerleader Girl Scouts who shoot lasers form their eyes
). Here is a little bit of a guideline as to what I mean Jill
from the Resident Evil series...Probably wouldn't fit in that wellDavid King
from Resident Evil Outbreak (1 & 2) Probably would fit inRick Grimes
from The Walking Dead would fit in!
from Evil Dead wouldn't
If this discourages/disappointments you I'm sorry it's not my intention to do so, I just don't see this game working well with 'super' characters. 2. A word on equipment/tools/weapons/ect...
Once again I'm going for realism here so there are going to be limitations and I hope that doesn't spoil the game for anyone
. In order to illustrate what I'm talking about I've made a little list of groups of items that I think could potentially break what I'm calling the "realism barrier" and have put limitations on said items. That list(and the limitations) is as follows
In short not everyone is going to have one. There are several reasons for this but the big one is that it just doesn't feel right to me to have everyone driving their own car. So that having been said here's what I have in mind. If there are 2-4 characters in the game there can be 1 car and possibly 1 motorcycle(or similar Vehicles). If there are 5-8 characters there can be 2 cars and possibly 2 motorcycles(or similar vehilces). And so on and so forth. As far as what kinds of vehicles you can have goes. A good rule of thumb is that if Uncle Sam made it you probably can't have it. This means tanks, apcs, afvs, and military humvees are a no no. For the simple reason that the military still exists and is using them. And any ones that are not being driven by soldiers are currently covered by zombies. That having been said I'm not putting many limitations on what model civilian car you can drive. Though it may pay to put a bit of thought into your choice. Considering who ever gets a car is goign to be one of 1 or 2 people, and things like gasoline will come into play!
I can see how given the situation, everyone would probably want to have a gun/weapon to protect themselves. And I'd actually venture to say that it might be more unrealistic for someone not to have anything then for them to have something. BUT that something shouldn't be something insane/crazy. So things like rocket launchers, miniguns, flame throwers, ect are pretty much out the window. Tough a 357. Magnum is acceptable. Everyone can carry a handgun and/or a hatchet/club/ other sort of'hit the zombie on the head' weapon. BUT not every one of the characters can have some sort of rifle style weapon. Such as a hunting rifle, a M16, ect. And there should be a good reason for them having it. I.E. "ohh yeah she's a super model who just happened to take an M16 off of a dead soldier and just happens to be an excellent shot" isn't going to be accepted.
-Food, Gasoline, Bullets:
The group should always try to keep these things in decent amounts. Now specific numbers such as '50 more shotgun rounds' won't be necessary. Nor will it really be necessary for you to keep track of ammo/gas/food. I'll do that behind the scenes and alert you in the OOC as well as possibly IC when some sort of perishable gets on the low side. As well as alerting you when it runs out! Though you may want to mention these things in your character sheet given that if no one mentions they have food...well then your group starts with no food
If you're still reading and still interested then please feel free to cook up a character sheet and I'll either approve or disapprove/ask for some alterations. P.S. everything is on a 1st come 1st serve basis. Meaning if you want that car you have to get a completed character sheet including the car up and approved.