Overgrowth Apoc: Session 2

We played the second session of our campaign on February 26th, 2016. We introduced a new Character; the Gunlugger Jin played by John. I also brought a map this time.

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This is an edited screencap of the Google Maps of Newfoundland. So, the map is not mine (but it was cool to alter).

Open of Session

We introduced Jin the Gunlugger! Who is terribly awesome we learned shortly after we started playing. Also swapped around some highlighted stats.

Jin is a B.A. They (gender nuetral) loves guns, they likes to fight, and they beats the heck out of people when they doesn’t get where they is trying to go. Rastl left Jin to die. Jin thinks Smoky is pretty darn handsome.

Jin

The Gunlugger played by John.

Stats: (+1)Cool, (+2; highlighted)Hard, (-1; highlighted)Hot, (+1)Sharp, (0)Weird.
Rastl Hx-2, Smoky Hx+3, Jon Hx-1
Moves: Bloodcrazed, NOT TO BE DUCKED WITH

Weapons & Armor: Silenced Sniper Rifle (3-harm far hi-tech), Shotgun (3-harm, close, messy), Grenade Tube (4-harm, close, area, reload, messy), Many Knives (2-harm, infinite), 2-barter oddments, prosthetic arm.

Highlights

  • Specialist Johnson, Jon J. (Quarantine); hard, sharp. We also swapped a stat so that he has (+2)Sharp and (+1)Cool.
  • Smoky (The Maestro D’); hard, sharp.
  • Rastl (The Faceless); cool, weird. Switched stats so (0)Hot and (-1)Weird is a thing.

Session Proper

Where we last left off, the group had just decimated some drunk bikers. They have demanded that Dix (the biker that kicked his buddy dead) take them to “Pretty Bill” the gang leader and most likely the insurance salesmen that was trying to scam Toyota and Camry’s group. Dix is on his feet after just executing the guy who was wheezing through his chest hole. Telling the group that Pretty Bill is well guarded and that they will be wiped off their boots on the mat if they step inside. 

Coming up to the one level bar (the one they passed last session with the bikes), there is about 25 heavy metal motorbikes out front and the lights dance between the cracks in the windows. Smashing of bottles and hoots can be heard from the street. The neon barely flickers and it hasn’t been blown over just because tall buildings are on both sides. Back of the building has a ladder heading up to the roof allowing people access to the vents above.

Rastl upon seeing all these bikes just starts cutting all the spikes in the wheels for each and every bike there is (just in case a safer getaway is needed soon).

Jon is trying to distract Dix so that he doesn’t notice exactly what is going on with the bikes, but also to fish for some info; hardcore bikers like to gloat and all. Jon rolls to manipulate and doesn’t do too hot. But it is pretty easy to get Dix to talk a bit but he doesn’t seem to care about the bikes getting wrecked anyways…

  • Dix has a right hand named Butcher who currently rides in a wheelchair due to no longer having any legs. Brags that Butcher one time hooked a guys head to the back of a rollercoaster and started it; because he smiled at him in a weird way.
  • Tells them that Pretty Bill is more about conning people and that is shoot. Tells them that Bill gets it all, attracts everyone, and is able to get you buy your own socks right off your feet. Dix reveals to them a mark under his scratchy beard, a small round scar like the end of a shotgun was heated up and pressed against him hard.

In the Biker’s Bar

Smoky and the crew walk in seeing a guy nearly passed out on the ground on top of a broken table. Above the man is a very upset Jin pulling splinters out of they’s knuckles because they punched the table instead of the man. The place is filled with big men drinking big drinks. Behind the bar is a man wearing a patchy suit and taking long sips from a small cup, watching everyone do what they do. A hush goes over the place as everyone turns and takes notice of Smoky and crew.

Smoky rolls and figures out that the man behind the bar is in charge and heads up to it. Rastl recognizes Jin but doesn’t exactly high five (Rastl – Jin history being Rastl left Jin for dead); all but Smoky stay at the door.

“FOR THE LAST TIME! KEEP YOUR FILTHY HANDS OFF ME!”
-Jin to the man on the ground as he stands above him

Smoky sits at the bar and asks for a drink and starts chatting with the patch-suit man.

  • Smoky says that he is a businessman who is trying to change location. Mentions that this area is pretty dangerous and so suit man asks where he can find these gangs and bad people that Smoky is scared of. Smoky also mentions that there is a well-known insurance man around this area;the suit man looks exactly like the description that Smoky reads aloud and Pretty Bill says he has seen only one other person that looked just like himself. And Pretty Bill can arrange the two to meet up. Using one of his hold he learns that this means that Pretty Bill wants to have them go far out to meet someone and be taken away; he will set them up for an ambush.
  • suit man gives Smoky the address for a gas station where he could meet up with the insurance man. Bill offers to send two people to protect them as they go over to the gas station, Smoky chooses the big muscle man (Emmanuel; deaf) chewing on a pool q and the guy cutting his fingers with a knife (Skinny Frank; knows sign language). Bill says specifically to lead them out to the gas station to take care of some terrible wickedness that has been happening around these parts.
  • Suit man asks what business Smoky owns and says his name is Billy and wonders if the food truck could come up so everyone could have a warm lunch.

Smoky heads out towards his truck. Rastl speaks a bit to Jin saying that he wants to talk to him at some point, that he wants to apologize to him. Jin isn’t too happy about it: “No. I have nothing to say about it”.

Broken Bikes and Killstreaks

Frank and Emmanuel go outside with everyone and as they are saying that they will follow them on their bikes they notice that the spokes are ripped apart. Emmanuel makes some hand signals and Frank says they should go inside and that they weren’t very happy about this. From outside the entire group can here the knocking over of chairs and some yelling as people shuffle about inside.

Jin points the grenade tube towards the door. Smoky is going to his truck. Rastl stands near Jin shouting that Smoky move to safety. Jon readies his rifle and hops onto his bike.

Jin asks if they can trust them to give transport out of here and Rastl asks if they can still smash faces. A shout is heard from inside “DUCK HE’S GOT A GRENADE TUBE!?”. The trigger is pulled and it goes in through the door blasting the bar and doing massive harm. Girly screams of fear and terror are heard as a boarded window flies into splinters and smoke pours out. As the smoke is going down bodies are seen all over the ground from through the window.

“That’s why you shouldn’t push me to the ground, you idiots”
-Jin as the smoke clears and bodies are on the ground

Some people are alive still and moving quick, all four of them duck out. Pretty Bill and Dix duck out the back door to the parking lot behind the bar. Jon thumps his fist on the door to the truck motioning to Smoky that it is time to leave. Smoky doesn’t know what that means so he starts up the truck to make some shawarma for Jon.

Rastl chases around the building after him. On the ground with heavy breathing and a throat slit twice is Pretty Bill. Our Faceless speaks to him as he drags him across the ground…

“Not so pretty now, huh?”
-Rastl to the all but dead Pretty Bill as he gurgles on blood

Jin walks through the bar and stabs out the eyes of a couple of guys. No one seems to notice this really. Rastl drags Bill across the road to Jon and Smoky at the truck leaving a streak of blood on the street. Bill isn’t looking good and will be dead in seconds unless stabilized with some sort of medical care (making his life last a couple minutes longer). Smoky holds him and asks who did this to Bill; his question answered by the sounds of choking on blood.

Smoky closes his eyes, and they violently open wide and he shakes then stops moving. Smoky closes his eyes again. It is now the early hours of the morning and Smoky says he needs some gas so they should all head over to the gas station. Pretty Bill’s body is left on the sidewalk, Jin carves his name into the guys forehead and a small heart underneath.

Gas Station

While everyone discusses where to go and when to rest. Smoky is still up for going to the gas station, but everyone is quite vocal that sleeping there is NOT a good idea. On the way over to the station, Jin reloads the grenade tube while in the shawarma truck listening to music from a mp3 player taped to theys gun. Smoky blasts arabic rap music as they move through the early morning.

Smoky levels up and adds 1 to his Hot while driving over to the gas station. No one else is at the point to level up yet, so the Maestro d’ is in the lead.

They come up to the gas station, the lights are out and it looks pretty abandoned. Everyone can see dirt behind the pumps that was dug up and in long rectangular piles about 3 inches tall. One of the pumps has a sign dangling that reads “Out of Gas…” and a frowny face drawn beneath it. Jon reads a sitch and should be on the lookout for any advantageous position, his enemies would most likely be on the roof behind the sign taking cover and grabbing high ground. Finally, Jon remembers that behind most gas stations and directly behind that back door is a ladder that gets you to the roof.

Jin sees some boot tips sticking out of the dirt all over the place.

Stepping back a moment, Jon is able to ask Smoky two questions about his character because of his sex move from eating the shawarma from earlier (since shawarma counts as sex for maestro d’).

  • Smoky wants to have more customers. But he wants to go across the ocean to where his ancestors lived to sell shawarma the old way.
  • Smoky misses the man who taught him how to cook the most. This short order cook also raised Smoky. Sadly, the man died in a firefight and will not be returning.

Smoky asks Jon some questions.

  • Jon feels beautiful when he is helping other people.

Rastl heads around out back to where the ladder is that Jon mentioned. The back door is cracked open, pretty dark, no noise, cracked blue checkerboard tiles line the walls. The shelves are tossed, the food is gone, a busted cash register is on the ground and rolls of lottery tickets sit untouched. To the side near the bathroom is a small cola cooler that has a glass mexican pure cane sugar cola on the bottom shelf. Continuing the search, Rastl sees in the back of the wall freezer a chipped hunting knife (the blade dinged all over) and a revolver with no shots. This is obviously execution equipment, the knife being what must have been the first to use, and if it went downhill a shot was used. Looking the items over there aren’t any identifying markers or symbols for any gangs, but on the walls of the freezer are carved in tally marks, around 50 of them (it is assumed that that means 50 people are buried here). Jin while inside is stuffing his pockets with lottery tickets and scratch offs (it makes him think of the rumors of the old world for a moment or four).

As that occurs Jon is on top of the truck keeping an eye out for trouble. Nothing happening in sight. Smoky goes to fill the tanks and sees that they are dry or at least no longer functioning. So no gas here. But Jon mentions to Smoky that the bikes at the bar still have gas! And there are over 20 of them there!

Demon Holes

While Jon takes the first watch he sees a break in the sky, a tear of a hole with wisps of light and apparitions spewing out of it to the ground.

Demon Holes rip open in an instant (of about hundred or more meters) and slowly close over the period of a number of hours. If a demon hole closes before a demon can take control of a person, the demon ceases to exist. But to take control of a person, it forces the previous soul within out. Jon thumps his fist on the roof and says they got to move.

Smoky starts up the truck as the others sleep in the back and turns on a track that he only plays in these instances. They drive away to a safer distance (at St.Phillips) and head back to sleep.

At St. Phillips

St.Phillips is a smaller community. Everyone goes to sleep and flips the sign to closed.

As they all wake up they can see that the demon hole is closed and go about their morning routines. Jin checks the guns and knives then begins to scratch off some of the tickets. Jon is inspecting around the truck and his bike. Rastl is wiping off his mask while still wearing it and cleaning his machete.

Outside and within sight is the Zak’s Cellular Corporate Tower, a tall building draped in vines. Nearby it is the repurposed retirement home community where Camry’s (Toyota’s mother) friend Louise lives.

Back to the Bikes

The group decides to head back to the bikes to claim that gas. Jon goes out ahead to make sure all is safe and sees two small kids siphoning gas with tubes in their mouths, they wear ragged clothing and are very young (pre-teen). Jon rides up and tries to look as mean as possible and sees that one kid has bruises across his neck and the other an eye that is swollen closed. He reaches for his rifle and the kids flinch; the gesture is made for them to move on and one limps off with his jug in hand. They had only drained two bikes so far.

Jon looks around a little more after motioning that it is safe for the truck to pull up. He sees that Pretty Bill’s body on the sidewalk is now only wearing his boxer shorts, his suit and clothes were taken. A few of the bodies inside the bar are missing large patches of hair.

Smoky starts taking all the gas and looks around him speaking aloud saying that they have not made the place safer. That they have killed the insurance man and his gang, but what of the gang that vandalizes the local neighborhood? The gang that would act and destroy whether or not the insurance man was about (info from Camry during the hookah scene in session one).

Back to St. Phillips!

After siphoning all the gas, Smoky drives everyone back to St. Phillips to open up shop. Looking for information from people.

A college girl with dreads approaches and says she doesn’t have enough to really pay, but that it is okay to share. Because we are a collective as a species and we all share everything together. Smoky disagrees and the girl says that there is a community at Flatrock where everyone lives together in peace and tranquility. Smoky replies that that place is a cult of demon worshippers, people who invite the demons to take over their bodies. She walks slowly away and bumps into a friend, saying that they should head to Flatrock right away; the people out here are crazy and think that demon cults exist!

Rastl asks for shawarma and carefully eats it by lifting his mask slightly while attempting to be where no one can see them.

Across the street is a gun shop whose owner Jin is friends with. So Jin goes in to see Teddy Blackwell to see what is new in stock and to catch up a little.

  • Blackwell has heard that the island to the west has been buying up a lot of tactical weapons and firearms. Having them driven by truck from the university just north of St. Johns to the docks on the shore opposite of Freshwater island.
  • Blackwell mentions that if Jin were to “acquire” this truck full of weaponry. That he would be willing to buy half of what is there and allow Blackwell first pick. Specifically, he wants some tank rounds (since Jin probably doesn’t need them).

Someone asks for a refill on their coffee from Smoky. Smoky then describes to the old man how he gets the good coffee beans. By feeding the coffee beans to a lynx and waiting for it to be “processed” then he collects them and brings them back to make good coffee for people. Upon hearing this the old man waddles away from the food truck.

After a bit, Rastl is surprised to hear someone calling out his name. It is someone from the gang he was in! A punk kid in his 20s, he was a runner (messenger) for the gang; name’s Tum-Tum for his belly.

  • Tum-Tum asks Rastl if he has met up with anyone else from the gang after the big fight. He mentions that Pierre is beyond p!ssed at Rastl. Pierre and DeadGaze got away during the fight, rumors going around say they are at the University.
  • Namedrops Red Arshole who was gunning to lead the gang.

Smoky’s motivation for going to the University as of this session’s conclusion was to check out the food courts and see about expanding, or finding more customers. So getting that dough to be able to retire someday. This was just talked about during play, but not in a scene of any traditional sort.

The group rests for the night and decides to head out in the morning.

To the University

The University is on a plot of land with some space between the buildings. Out underneath one of the trees is a hatch that resembles a storm cellar and a man walks down into it. The campus itself is surrounded by a tall rock fence. The main gate that must be entered to go down the drive to the gymnasium, dorms and offices have a gate and small shack for security.

On the roof of the shack is a mad dressed in brown uniform holding a light machine gun. The man sitting inside the shack operating the gate has a heavy revolver in one hand and a magazine in the other.

As the truck pulls up they are motioned to come to a stop and one of the guards walks up to the window.

  • He asks why they are here. Smokey tells him that they are heading to the food court to see about selling shawarma there.
  • He asks if they have any weapons with them and what they are. Smoky tells him that they have a sword, a rifle, some knives, and one has multiple guns. He notes it on a blank page of paper so that it can be kept track of who has what.
  • The guard then says that they have men on the roofs and that if there is an emergency to stay calm and move in an orderly fashion until the situation can be taken care of.
  • Overall, this place is really professional.

Notes

This is where our 2nd session ended. It was really cool to see the hints of Rastl and Jin’s history start being revealed and how they deal with eachother.

Next session soon!

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Note: after posting I forgot that Jin was gender neutral. So I think I switched most of the words back. It makes it slightly confusing, but just keep in mind that Jin is neutral.

Overgrowth Apoc: 1st Session

On Friday, February 19th, 2016; I ran Apocalypse World (that cool tabletop RPG by D. Vincent Baker) using the 2nd edition Kickstarter preview pages alongside the copy I have of the first edition of the rules. If you haven’t heard of this game before, go check it out. Or you can just keep reading. This post is long as heck and broken into two parts: [Characters and the Apoc] and further down the page [Session Proper].

Characters and the Apoc

We had (3) Players for this first session (more people will be joining most likely); so we had the Maestro D’ (played by Isaac), the Faceless (played by Maria) and a Quarantine (played by Chet). While we went around making character together and connecting those dots, we talked about what were stuck with in the dirt.

We ended up going with St. Johns in Newfoundland, Canada. We came to this conclusion, not because we knew a lot about Canada, but because Newfoundland is a cool name and Google Maps proved to amuse us. St. Johns is a city, sitting in ruins and currently being reclaimed by nature; buildings are draped in vines and are barely being held together by the green. So, nature is reclaiming civilization, dense forests sit around scrapers and the city itself.

Then we brought up the Quarantine. A soldier cryo freezed in a secret gov facility in a certain mountain in the Avalon Wilderness Reserve, he saw the fall when it happened then is around to see what happened later, but he missed the in between (so shock was probably a part of defrosting). He had awakened alongside a fellow soldier, Jackson (Tammy, M.) who was not shielded to the effects of the Psychic Maelstrom. A bright flash of light, and Jackson saw something that Jon (Quarantine) didn’t see. Jackson becomes paranoid in the time after defrost in the stasis facility with Jon; couple days later she starts babbling incoherently and strikes out at Jon. A brief altercation occurs and she is thrown over the railing, she plummets into the dark below of the facility and Jon is left to wonder. Jon runs off and wanders towards the city, wandering into a parking lot with a parked food truck; owned by Smoky (Maestro D’).

Smoky has a respectable establishment and a smart setup. He owns a shawarma truck called Gyropa where he sells shawarma, coffee, and hookah. A stocky barrel of a man, Smoky makes rounds with his truck, stopping in various lots across the city within/nearby settlements for a couple days; you can tell he is coming by when you hear the loud Arabic rap music blaring from the stereo (he doesn’t know what it is or means, but it IS his heritage). You hear that sound, and you know kindness, and delicious shawarma is nearby. You can’t be sad when you are eating good food, and you can always chat while you eat. So how would Smoky react to Jon J. Johnson? With some hot food and a job. Jon acts as security for the truck along, but Rastl (Faceless) bounces them off if needed.

With a scary as all heck mask, Rastl is as scary as he is big. He looks like a pile of shredded tires, chains, and scrapped metal; he is a terrifying mass of armor (also he has a machete). Rastl is a mothfro who comes at you charging ready to rip you to pieces, you can shoot him up but he’ll just keep coming at you. But he isn’t just that, he used to have a gang, he used to lead a pack. But that petered out and he had to move fast; he needed some cover and Smoky was there. Rastl (pronounce as Rast-il) visited Smoky and liked that shawarma, they became buddies and Smoky helped him out in his time of need.

So that is who we got for now, but we also have the Psychic Maelstrom which ripped apart Jackson. We discussed this briefly and came up with tears in the sky that demons come through. That’s where we are with it right now, and what else comes for it depends on what happens later. Just calling them demon sky holes for now.

Specialist Johnson, Jon J.

Quarantine played by Chet.

Stats: (+2; hightlighted)Cool, (+1; highlighted)Hard, (+0)Hot, (+1)Sharp, (nil)Weird.
Smoky Hx+2, Rastl Hx-2
Moves: Combat veteran, Leave no one behind, Eager to know

Stasis: Emerged from stasis a few weeks ago, which is securely hidden in the wilderness reserve.
Stasis Facilities: Armory (6 assault rifles, 6 suits of military body armor; he is loaded at the base),

Gear: assault rifle, 9mm sidearm, military body armor, fatigues and scrounge, no jingle, and a sweet mototrike (two wheels in front, one in back, a military motorcycle that is a beefed up version of the motorcycle from the bat-tank from the new Nolan movies).

Smoky

The Maestro D’ played by Isaac.

Stats: (+0)Cool, (+1)Hard, (+2; highlighted)Hot, (+1; highlighted)Sharp, (-1)Weird.
Jon Hx+2, Rustl Hx+3
Moves: You call this hot?, Everybody eats, even that guy

Establishment: Easy food (shawarma), coffee, drugs (hookah)

Gear: heavy tanned leather apron kind of deal, oddments worth 2-barter, and the traditional knife. Oh, and of course the food truck.

Rastl

The Faceless played by Maria.

Stats: (+1)Cool, (+2; highlighted)Hard, (-1)Hot, (+1)Sharp, (+0)Weird.
Smoky Hx+2, Jon Hx+0
Moves: Rasputin, Juggernaut, As one

Without the mask: Afraid and Irresolute.

Gear: A brutal machete, heavy armor (2-armor), oddments worth 2-barter

Session Proper

Smoky has set up the Gyropa in the parking lot of a ruined Tim Hortons (where the only thing that still stands intact is the sign). Jon is patrolling the area directly around the Tim Hortons to make sure it is still safe and secure. Meanwhile, Rastl is leaning up against the back of the truck; looking cool as heck.

Toyota (Smoky’s best regular; 15 years old, male, black) is sitting on a bench with a hot shawarma in his hand. Smoky notices that he has barely nibbled on his food. Rastl and Smoky see that Toyota is sitting in a guarded position, closed and obviously distressed.

As Jon is returning from his patrol, Smoky starts speaking to Toyota; trying to get him to open up.

  • They learn that Toyota has a girl that he is sorta-kinda interested in.
  • Toyotas mother, Camry, is pushing him to hand over his car (it’s a Toyota). The reason being he says is a salesman came by; but he thinks it was some kind of pusher.
  • That he impresses his friends with his car. It’s what makes him feel cool. He worked hard to get this car to work, the spoiler was especially difficult to find; but it was worth it because it makes the car go faster.

“You know what they say Toyota, you can be sad before you eat and after you eat. But while you eat… well, no one can be sad.”
-Smoky to Toyota

Toyota’s Place

Since it is later in the day, Smoky starts to close up shop so that the group can have a chat with Camry about the salesman. The group follows Toyota to where he lives; Jon on his mototrike, and Smoky and Rastl in the Gyropa. Which blasts Arabic rap music over the loudspeakers.

On the edge of where the vines in the city go from loose density to heavy density, there is a small building that is partly collapsed which is held in place by the vines. The group parks in the parking garage beneath the building. Up the stairs, there are apartments crammed with people and makeshift homes, with clothes lines in the wide hallway.

They enter Toyota’s place. He calls for his mother, Camry (older, stiff hair filled with product, slightly wrinkled face), who enters the room and has a brief mention with Toyota about surprising her with guests then welcomes Rastl and Smoky (Jon stayed down stairs to protect the truck).

  • Tells Smoky that Mimi at the other community is jealous that the food truck hasn’t come by there setup lately. Everyone sits down, Smoky onto the couch which is made of piled up down jackets.
  • Smoky says he wants to move the truck, but that there are rumors about bad people about. And that he asked Toyota what he has heard about this (Camry says he got his smarts from her). Camry is in disbelief that there are dangerous people and says this place is wonderful and no bad folks are about. Rastl reads a person (gains XP; full success) and holds 3; asks at the moment “what does your character intend to do?”, response was that Camry is trying to convince the group that there is nothing wrong here and that Toyota is lying about the problem.
  • Smoky convinces Camry to speak about it, she leans in to whisper, saying that she can’t talk about this topic right here otherwise Toyota may hear (loud music blaring from his room). Smoky was not concerned that Toyota would even be able to hear it. Rastl spends a hold to ask another question, “how could I get your character to tell us about the bad people?” response: you need to take her somewhere where no one could overhear the conversation (the walls are thin). Smoky offers a bit of hookah and invites her down to the truck.

Jon finds some Clues

The scene changed back to Jon down in the crumbling garage, it is getting dark but light pokes through the cracks in the concrete. Jon has had time to poke around the place while on guard and takes notice of some motorcycle skid marks (3 to 4 sets) that look like some kids with bikes just peeled out of the place. As he paces around he walks close by a garbage can with a broken flap, he notices a slight shimmer of something reflective coming from within. He looks and finds a greasy cloth (lubricant) wrapped around a bloody pistol (a sharp and cool looking gun; super shiny).

  • The pistol is loaded, 1 in the chamber, safety off. Jon flicks it on.
  • The gun is covered in blood and definitely has a bit of meat and hair on it (like if someone pistol-whipped a guy upside da head).
  • Jon puts the gun back where it was in the garbage can (he picked it up carefully leaving no marks).

The group meets up. Smoky takes Camry to the food truck, and Jon gestures discretely for Rastl to come take a look (without alarming Camry). Rastl sees the gun, Jon points out the specific incriminating elements. The first questions that come to Rastl’s mind are: where is the body? And why hide the gun? The gun is placed back where it was, Jon and Rastl then proceed to investigate the parking garage.

  • Rastl checks out the other garbage cans, tosses around the garbage he only finds (of notice) cigarette butts and a bottle of black liquid (a “spit bottle”).
  • Kicking around the rubble there isn’t anything solid, no bodies.
  • A blood trail is found starting at the skid marks then leads to the stairs. Jon asks for Rastl to keep an eye on Smoky so that he can run upstairs and investigate.

Camry talks about the Salesman

Rastl looks in on Smoky and Camry as they smoke that sweet hookah. Camry tells Rastl and Smoky about the salesmen who wore a dark blue jacket and wanted to talk about some sort of insurance.

  • The salesmen said that he was from one of the settlements. That some kind of hoodlums have been going around wrecking places up, and that he had polaroids (pictures) of rooms that were completely destroyed and implied that the hoodlums do this kind of thing to people like the nice people here.
  • He offered that if all the residents pitched in and paid monthly that they would be guaranteed a new place to live (furnished, pretty and everything) if anything happened to their homes.
  • Smoky sees that Camry is about to cry and attempts to calm her down using seduce or manipulate (big miss), she says that she was handling the situation just fine and doing right by her boy. She says the way to peace is to just get the rest of the money for the next payment.

After Camry leaves Rastl fills Smoky in on the gun situation.

Jon Investigates

Jon follows the blood trail up to the same floor as where Toyota and Camry live. He walks down the hallway and passes by where the what looks like the last of the residents are set up. Along the walls hardcore rap and rock posters are setup (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson poster and a young Will Smith poster). A kid hangs around the corner, he blonde hair black tips with a sleepy eye stare looks to Jon (who sees that the trail continues past him).

Jon sees spray paint on the walls, more posters, and a large wire spool setup as a table with boxes and stools for chairs. The kid says that this is where the kids hang out and that Jon can’t shouldn’t be here. Done with this punks sh!t, Jon rolls going aggro (gains XP; rolls “okay”) with a stern face and the kid backs off calmly around the corner.

  • Looking at the table Jon sees that blood is on one of the chairs and that with the motion, it looks like someone could have been shot in the leg sitting down. The gun was missing about four shots, so there’s one (possibly who got whipped too).
  • Tossing over papers and some rank rags, Jon sees in the wall bullet holes at odd angles. These shots were fresh. And they look like someone shot wildly as they turned around to escape or while fired while swinging the gun.
  • A silver flip liter is found on the group beneath the table, scratched deep into it is a hashtag symbol (or pound sign; “#”). The liter is left where it was.

“Jeeeeez, what a skeever…”
-Punk Kid as he backs off from an Angry Jon

Done there, Jon heads back downstairs and bumps into Camry and say their farewells and talk to you laters.

Gathered and Stuff

Smoky is preparing the truck to move as Jon walks back to the truck. Jon while looking in all directions tells Smoky and Rastl about the den; that a struggle occurred and a blood trail leads all the way down to the skid marks of several motorcycles that left in a hurry.

A sharp clank is heard as the door to the stairwell closes and a surprised Toyota is seen. He says that he has come down to check that he locked the car, glancing back to the group he says that he did lock it before, and he leaves going back upstairs. It was kind of suspicious how he wasn’t facing the direction of his car when he walked out the door; he only started to the car once the group saw him.

The decision is made go to the address Camry gave for the insurance salesman’s office.

Insurance Offices

The group drives down the streets heading to the address Camry gave them. They pass by a short building (one floor) that has windows that are boarded up with wooden fencing; only slight flickers of light can be seen through the cracks. In front of the building is a bunch of motorcycles parked in front of the dive bar.

They continue forward, Jon pulls up to the side window and gestures towards the bikes “Do you know anything about them?”. Rastl saw while they passed that most of the bikes had bent nails on the handlebars (for putting your fingers between as you ride through the apoc like a B.A.).

Coming to the address there is a building covered in vines, big thick roots crack through the concrete, the glass windows shattered but the doors still intact. It was an upscale clothing store (more like tailored suit place) couple years over 50 ago. Broken bottles and intact empties are all around the floor littering the corners of the store floor. The counter is the only thing without broken glass or mess on it like it was wiped off purposely, there is a stack of papers on the counter which read like very badly written contracts that were penned by scammers wanting guns, ammo and money. A blue suit sits folded up on the chair behind.

This place seems pretty empty currently. It’s a middle address (come here, not our hideout). So Smoky heads up a couple floors (six story building) looking through the rooms to see if anyone lives here. Not finding anything though.

Drunks and Bikes

Jon is watching the truck in the side parking while Smoky is upstairs and Rastl on the base floor. They hear the squealing of tires and the hooting of some riders. Jon pulls out his rifle and stands watch crouched behind his bike.

Four bikers ride up to the building, most in leather, one with studded metal knuckles (like, studs on the hand), another has a chain over his shoulder, one with a spike on a helmet. They yell out into the building and two drift then drive their bikes through the glass doors. One has a chain to swing and the other with a pipe, they are coming towards Rastl. But Rastl runs forward like a huge mothfro and swings his machete at them (rolls a miss; so harm is exchanged). Smoky is back on the base floor as Rastl gets hit by a chain and pipe (but he is terrifying so that damage is weak), the two bikers are knocked down but the fight must continue!

The guy with the chain has it wrapped on a part of Rastl’s warped metal armor and is pulling. The other guy is on the ground with one arm cut off, blood sprays all over and Rastl’s machete is drenched.

Jon, who is behind his bike taking cover, can see what is going on through where the glass used to be. Opening fire Jon hits the chain guy in the chest, he flops to the ground and a squealing noise is heard as air escapes his chest. Two bikers with guns stand in the doorway, Rastl runs to them flailing his arms and machete in the air. They don’t want to fight on but Rastl wants to! Shotgun guy is on the ground pleading and pistol guy flees driving off on his bike freaking out.

“FRUCK DAT!”
-Freaking out Biker who flees

Let’s Chat

The guy on his knees pleading says he will chat when Rastl, the crazy mothfro, is away and on the stairs. Smoky comes close to the guy to chat as Jon flicks on his laser sight to be directly on his chest.

Smoky says he can go get an iron from the stove, heat it up and cauterize the wound. The guy with the lost arm passes out on the ground. Smoky introduces himself as the owner of the shawarma truck Gyropa; he brings shawarma to the guy who had the pistol.

Smoky offers to kill the squeaking man or let him kill him. He says he’ll do it, leaving the gun on the ground he walks over and lifts his foot (which on the back of the heel has a spike-knife, like a spur) and backs the heel into his buddies skull. Takes a bite of shawarma. And drops the rest on his now dead friend. They then have a quick chat.

  • Gang confirmed. These guys were drunk and riding and are gangers. This guy only runs around places, hasn’t heard of the insurance bit really. He’s just muscle. But there is a guy who bosses them around who wears a tie and takes pictures.
  • These four weren’t the only people in the gang. The leader “Pretty Bill” likes to have a ton of people around.
  • The guy says he can lead everyone there on his bike. He mentions his name is “Dix” and doesn’t do anything about passed out and 1-arm; he honestly doesn’t give a shot about him.

Note

That is where the 1st session of our Apocalypse World campaign ended. At the time of this posting (starting writing it after I ran it), we have already played session two. Hopefully next weekend I’ll have the next play report up.

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