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Topic: Zombies in Chicago
Subject: Bet you've never worn one of those before...

Amber had stood up in order to head out of the hardware store when the others were ready. In her head the thoughts of small children in horror films kept flashing through her mind. Around her she knew that things were happening, people moving and speaking, but she had lost her ability to currently focus on it too much. Standing while she considered the possibility of her son’s death was enough for her to worry about right then.

It was not until the curses ran out through the air that she even tried to consider any of the people she was traveling with. Reality dug into her like a shard of glass with the curses. She had turned toward them just in time to witness Jake burying an axe into Mac’s chest.

That feeling of being in a fish tank returned just as the soft fleshy thud of the impact hit her ears, and she was grateful for it this time. Somehow the slow swimmy feeling where noise was filtered out was comforting. The sounds of breaking glass, distant inhuman screams, familiar human commands, and finally gunshots came to her but from another dimension.

We should have killed him… we should have killed him. We are in a Triple B, and I don’t know who the hero is. Sometimes there wasn’t one… sometimes the point was simply to kill all the characters off gruesomely… we should have killed him, but it won’t matter. We’ll all die…

But Mac, it seemed, was not dead, even after the violent hit from the axe. He had gotten up, kind of, and was making his way to the back of the hardware store, a trail of hot sticky blood following him as he went.

The gun Jake had been carrying was on the ground now, hadn’t Emily wanted a gun? Mac was bleeding, he needed help, he wouldn’t be able to stop that bleeding alone.

Terrible luck really… that axe coming out… it was holding his arteries closed. Arteries? Or veins? Capillaries? No capillaries were the little ones, where oxygen and nutrients were passed from the blood to the cells, bathing us in life… they were important though… and they could bleed…

She stood frozen there where Tom had left her momentarily considering an anatomy class she had taken in college.

Then again… maybe he was lucky. He hadn’t been bitten, just wounded. Perhaps the merciful thing was to simply let him crawl into the back, into the shadows and disappear.

What if he doesn’t want to die?

Who wouldn’t want to die in this?

If this was what constituted as life now was there really that much of a difference anyway?

What else do you have to do until you die though?

Almost blankly she turned her vision from the trail of blood to the front of the store. There were more of those creatures coming, the others were working on trying to kill them off with gun power. If she waited here they would be upon her, they would eat her and she’d end up like Jake. If she was going to go she preferred to go like Mac, from a weapon, or a pill, not from those teeth. So with nothing better to do she followed Mac back, moving through the wet atmosphere slowly but deliberately.

When she reached the point where he had stopped moving she dropped heavily to her knees and began to move almost mechanically. Opening her bag, spilling a few items across the floor as she did. Blood loss was her first concern.

A plastic bag with little pink flowers on it got her attention first. She ripped it open, it nearly exploded in a pile of smaller packages each wrapped in a soft cotton wrapper again covered with flowers. Two of these were opened up quickly and she pressed the absorbent sides of the feminine pad to the gash. Holding them down with one hand she searched for the medical tape she had grabbed. The effort was no doubt clumsy, but she hoped it would help slow the bleeding.

However, even as she worked her eyes were slightly glazed over and there was no frantic urgency in her.

I’ll do my best… but if he doesn’t make it he’s probably better off than the rest of us…

((okay… she’s kind of trying to stop the bleeding as described above. I leave her position to the fray at the front of the store up to the GM, she would have likely found the best position around Mac instead of trying to take things like her own defense into much consideration))

Posted on 2010-09-10 at 14:32:31.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: ;)

I mentioned I was a Borden enthusiast right? I kind of understand hatchet/axe wounds... but they can vary depending on the length of the axe head and how they hit so I just wanted to verify before I worked up a 'treatment plan'

Think I have something in mind though.

And I'll give King the credit he deserves for helping me pick out the correct items back at the drug store

Thanks Boss!! Post in the works btw.


Posted on 2010-09-10 at 14:05:43.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: Game Question

About how long is the gash on Mac? Just trying to figure out what the appropriate medical supplies to use out of Amber's bag when/if she ever makes it to him.


Posted on 2010-09-10 at 13:48:40.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: Ohhh! Ahh!


I almost cried again it was so pretty... I think I'm a little emotionally unbalanced today.

But... so excited to have you with us Grugg, that was just beautiful. Teddy will be an interesting addition to our little group that's for certian.

Very lovely work with the Bible quotes too.


Posted on 2010-09-09 at 20:03:05.

Topic: Last one to post wins - Part II
Subject: Wow

that was one really long win... I'm impressed.


Posted on 2010-09-09 at 18:08:19.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: Oh my!!

Posted on 2010-09-09 at 17:43:48.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: You totally should!

It's one of my favorite board games.

Our favorite card is the 'Last Night on Earth' card... the zombies can play it on the humans. We've only managed to use it once... you have to have a male and female character sharing the same space (the preist is exempt ), and when played they loose their turn. It's amusing.

Here it is

But you can of course find it any any 'geeky' store that sells games. Has a few expansions that are good too.


Posted on 2010-09-09 at 15:55:20.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: LOL

Ohhh... btw... has anyone else played the 'Last Night on Earth' board game?

If not I'd highly recommend it to any zombie fanatic.

I always play the 'I'm cute card' in order to play the zombies. There is nothing more fun than sitting around plotting how to eat your friends brains.


Posted on 2010-09-09 at 15:38:55.

Topic: Loaded Dice #56: Of Bravado and Stupidity...
Subject: Yummm...

Can I get that with a side of mustard please?


Posted on 2010-09-09 at 14:13:07.

Topic: Loaded Dice #56: Of Bravado and Stupidity...
Subject: I'm first!


You got my vote.

This actually reminds me of the 4e game my husband is running right now. I'm a cleric and I've focused all my powers on healing to keep the party alive. The last few nights we've been fighting in a dungeon and I've had two fellow players dissapear down hallways (opposite hallways even), out of range and even sight of the cleric.

It's amazing no one has actually died yet.

I keep yelling at them 'Don't go down there! Not until I have a chance to follow, and stop going opposite directions, there is only one of me! I can't follow you both!!'

But they won't listen.


Posted on 2010-09-09 at 14:04:21.

Topic: It's time to hand out the pink Shirt now
Subject: :(

I find it sad that you haven't had good experiences with couples in your games. My husband and I have been playing together for years, he actually got me started on my first game.

We have a few married couples here at the Inn...

And while it doesn't always work out great sometimes it can.

I'll admit once or twice over those years we've had little tiffs over a game, but honestly they have been nothing compared to the arguments that the guys have had with each other game play. But then I suppose it comes down to the people involved, some people can make it work, some can't.

((and you know now that I think of it we've only had one time when our characters were involved with each other romantically, most of the time we either have unattached characters or they are hooked up with other players or NPC's... never been an issue though))


Posted on 2010-09-09 at 13:25:54.

Topic: It's time to hand out the pink Shirt now
Subject: I like the shirt idea...

Of course I always play the coward character on purpose.

I once built a cleric (she's made small appearances on this site), who grew up completly sheltered and was terrified of violence. To the point that the first time I ever used her on the battle field she ended up crawling around on her hands and knees to get to fallen patriots. When I used her model for Tek's game she fainted during the first encounter. What was great was that on the table top game I had given her every vow I could that would protect her from being touched, when the orc did try to hit her his weapon simply shattered, so she had no real reason to be so terrified, but she was.

And my latest character, Amber, froze and peed herself when Olan threw the first batch of zombies at us.

But hey... I look good in pink, although I prefer a soft baby pink to the hot shocking pink, works better with my hair I feel


Posted on 2010-09-08 at 19:34:46.

Topic: Last one to post wins - Part II
Subject: I am an opera singer...

I stand on painted tape
It tells me where I'm going
And when to throw my cape

I've sung for Kings in Europe
And Emperors in Japan

Posted on 2010-09-08 at 17:37:03.

Topic: Last one to post wins - Part II
Subject: Cake or Death?

I'll have the cake please...


Posted on 2010-09-08 at 16:49:07.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago
Subject: How will this end?

Murph hunkered down beside her on the floor, and sometimes she was amazed how well his proximity seemed to soothe her, “How ya doin’, Amber?”

"I'm still here..." she said quietly.

Haven't slit my wrists or drowned in the candy I picked up...

“Gettin’ closer, baby,” he murmured softly as he tugged on the sheathe of the machete he’d just lashed to the pack and ensuring it would hold without a problem, “We’ll get us a few more supplies, get hunkered down in this place that Steve’s talkin’ about, and then we’ll go get Josh. You just hang with me…” He flicked her a wink, then, but, otherwise, didn’t wait for her to reply.

She was glad he had not spared her another look, but had instead looked back into the shadowed bowels of the store, because suddenly she waivered again.

Getting close to what exactly?

We aren't getting anywhere Tom. And every moment I spend sitting here taping things to my bag I could be out looking for Josh.

And what if it's too late?

What if I waited too long?

What if he ends up like that kid in that movie about the pets? Cute little kid... running up and down the halls with that syringe... just wanting to play. And he did, with a nice lethal injection into his mother.

Or that other one... up in Alaska... that little girl hiding in the shadows just waiting for a meal.

No more playing patty-cake for those children.

Or worse yet... what if he was just gone? Laying out in the yard like those bodies were laying in the car wreck... rotting slowly in the elements?

Or if the shadows simply ate him... ate him like they would eat the rest of them one by one...

The world began to spin around her, and even though her stomach was empty she felt she might vomit. Shadows that dipped between the aisles stretched out blood encrusted tentacles toward her like some Lovecraft novel come to life.

Her fingers reached out toward her bag, knowing almost instinctively that the means to stop all of this for awhile, or permamently if she choose, were buried inside of it. But before they dissapeared into the bag a shred of sanity came flittering back. Roughly she grabbed the zipper pull to the bag and yanked it closed.

Still needing something to do they then reached for the tails of Tom's blue work shirt and tied them into a knot at her belly, pulling the shirt closer to her and further wrapping herself up in him and his scent.

Hold on to that Amber... and know that Phillip will do everything he can to protect Joshua... that you'll go find him safe and sound as soon as it is reasonable to.

As she stood up though, slinging the bag over her shoulder and letting the hatchet hang at her side she could still hear that little boy's voice in her head from the movie, 'Want to play?'

“C’mon, folks,” Tom urged, “if we’re hopin’ to do any grocery shoppin’ before we find us a hotel, we need to wrap this up!”

Posted on 2010-09-08 at 02:25:10.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: :)

I was jking. I wasn't actually planning on having the crowbar accessible in an instant. Amber is certianly planning on carrying said crowbar for a longer distance than a few floors in an elevator so would put on more tape... it's also taped to a bag instead of a pretty sexy sweaty bare back... heavy canvas likely bonds better with duct tape than sweat... oh... and that was also christmas mailing tape not 300 mph tape... and yeah... I'm not Bruce. Just giving you a hard time


Posted on 2010-09-07 at 18:27:51.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: But but...

Bruce Willis quick drew that hand gun!

Then again... I guess I'm not Bruce Willis.


Posted on 2010-09-07 at 18:18:30.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: Well there...

To get us moving...

I can edit/backpost as needed but figured that moved us forward.

Also addressed the weapon issue. Let me know if I stepped out of line anywhere Olan.


Posted on 2010-09-07 at 17:59:12.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago
Subject: Lizzie didn't do it... but if she did this would have been one sweet weapon...

Amber followed Emily (Little Miss Goody Two Shoes) to the back, she tried to make small talk about the girl’s medical training as she went.

“Harvard Medical eh? Must have made your parents proud…” etc…

Mostly just to try and get over the creeping fear of the shadows that leered at her in the pharmacy’s aisles of candy. When they got there and began to stock up she paused before one of the bottles she recognized from her days with Daniel. It looked much like the others around it, however she knew it was something special. Something that before all of this went down would go for a decent price in the right parking lot.

When she had played around with these things she had stuck mainly to the drugs that came in perfect little pill forms, with numbers, letters and lines imprinted on them. Knowing they were designed by scientists and put together in laboratories approved by the FDA made her more comfortable than the mysterious powders put together by some stoned out kid in his parent’s basement.

Making sure Emily was looking the other direction she had reached out and grabbed the bottle, quickly shoving it into her bag.

What would the future doctor have to say about that? What would she have to say about you in general come to think about it? Sure I’ve cleaned up a lot… (if you ignored the bottle you just secreted in your bag) but some people still can’t look past what you were… although does it matter much now anyway? She continued to think along these lines as she passed down the aisle, tipping two or three other bottles that she thought might be nice for personal use as she went.

Up front she could hear the men talking again, discussing their supplies. Hurriedly she took the book bag with her stash and gathered up a few other items she thought would be useful before joining everyone up front.

As she slung the bag over her shoulder she happened to catch a flicker of ‘Murphy’ written on the patch over her heart. Almost guiltily she raised her gaze through her dark lashes and found him standing amongst the others, directing them out of the store.

And more importantly what will he think? Will he want to stick around when he finds out you spent a year taking your clothes off for other men? Will he want to carry you around when you get yourself doped up?

You’re a mess dear.

She took a deep breath, passed Murph a weary smile and then stepped out into the sunlight again. It felt good to be back in the light to be where she could see everything. The feeling would not last long, for soon their little band wound their way into the shadows of the hardware store.

A quick survey of the building brought on one level of disappointment. No pants. The tiny little black skirt would have to continue to suffice for now. However there was a shining hatchet hanging off a peg in one aisle. Gathering it into her hands she went back to the front of the store, waiting for the men to figure out the more complicated weapons.

She sat down on the floor a decent distance from any windows and the darkest of shadows and began to better arrange her pack while she waited, including strapping the crowbar to the back of her bag with a roll of duct tape she had swiped from the checkout counter. Now and then she glanced up to look out the window or down the rows of tools at her companions.

Posted on 2010-09-07 at 17:58:16.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: Ohhh...

Clear Plastic Coveralls... sexy

Um... wait this is PG... nm

Hatchet please.

Domo arigato.


Posted on 2010-09-07 at 16:33:34.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: Hardware Store

Thanks for moving us on...

And lets see... shopping list for hardware store.

Well although it makes me sad to let go of the 'Hollywood' look Amber's got going on a real pair of pants would be good, painter's bibs, coveralls, jeans... whatever they might have that would protect her currently rather bare legs...

Ohhh... and an ax... or perhaps a smaller hatchet (she's not that big/strong, flexible yes... strong no).

She'll leave the rest of the 'tools' up to the boys.
She got what she needed in the pharmacy


Posted on 2010-09-07 at 16:12:55.
Edited on 2010-09-07 at 16:13:48 by Merideth

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: You know...

Eol's post count wouldn't be nearly so high if he could finish a thought in a post instead of using three posts to get his point across.


Posted on 2010-09-07 at 14:31:07.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: be patient Gruggster

I realize you live up in the frigid north... but here in America it's a holiday weekend. We've been busy stuffing our faces with braut's and drinking down soda and beer.

We'll get the plot moving again soon.


Posted on 2010-09-06 at 20:13:54.

Topic: Hi Hi
Subject: Well hello!

Good to finally met the prodigy child. Here is an official welcome to you. Hope you enjoy reading all of our work and maybe get brave enough to post some yourself.


Posted on 2010-09-05 at 17:01:49.

Topic: Zombies in Chicago Q&A
Subject: Oh!

I know weekends are usually slow with this game... but thought I would mention I'm taking off tomorrow, so for the next four days my time will be spotty. Got a big furniture move planned (don't worry... I'm just supervising for the big stuff, I can carry blankets and such until I get too tired).

I'm pretty caught up though right now... so all should be good


Posted on 2010-09-02 at 20:46:42.


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