So today is the day, I'm ever so slightly ahead of schedule, but once I get home from work I'll be uploading the 'manuscript' to the printer, inputting payment details and pushing that all important 'print' button!!
What this also does is give me a very short moment of breathing time to think about Book 1.5, yup the previously mentioned Incident at Rapture Farms story scenario that connects Book 1 with Book 2.
So originally Rapture Farms was going to be just a single mission, something to play for a bit of difference. It now occurs to me that I can really jazz this up by making it a 3 mission story pack!
This has gotten me quite excited, as it allows for me to really play around with some mission objectives and bring out the fun side of the Infected.
I've had some chats with people, and it has been pointed out to me that my previous plan of fast Zeds may not be for the best, and that slower building Zeds can be just as, if not more terrifying.
- It then occurred to me that not only was this person correct, but also as Rapture Farms is intended to be an introduction to a mechanic in Book 2, it should give a different side to that mechanic. Book 2's big nasties are supposed to be fast, so making the Infected slow creates a very different dynamic.
And so work has begun in the back of my fevered brain on a 3 mission story scenario involving Rapture Farms.
This of it this way: mission 1 is discovery. Your forces arrive to investigate the blackout, to begin with it is just you two, your missions are to extract the black box and get back to your base of operations. However the moment one of you do so, you wake something up, it's not happy and so in no time at all your position is surrounded by Infected. Each one is the same as the next and they slowly advance on your position. You receive a radio transmission! Your extraction point is cut off! The Infected are everywhere and you need a new site, queue having to run to the other side of the board to reach a new extraction zone.
Bonus points for getting the black box, but most of these rewards are for each force member who reaches the extraction zone by turn 6.
Mission 2: you've regrouped but now it's time to get a sample of this infection. You've tried with the shamblers, but they are just too far gone. You need a fresh sample, something from someone recently turned. The problem with these is that they are a lot faster than the shamblers, plus they like to hunt.
The Hunters are your objective. Find one, take it down, and then out within melee, then return to your extraction zone for analysis.
Hunters are essentially sprinting objective counters, but be careful when you get close to them as they are lethal up close.
Last but not least - Mission 3: Patient Zero
Yup, it has been determined that all of this began from a single person who was bitten by 'something' and has been spreading the contagion. The only way it is possible to even begin working on a vaccine or cure for the Infection is to get a sample from Patient Zero. Here's the thing; Patient Zero is not an easy customer, and will be hard coded to be next to impossible to bring down by yourself. We're talking a single unit with more Wounds than your entire force put together, MF Armour due to it's mutated hide, and of course ranged and melee attacks that would knock a veteran Kratel warrior onto his ass in one swoop!
How you bring down Patient Zero is up to you, and once done the facility is ripe for demolition with extreme prejudice, burning whatever is left of the Infection, but they can't do that until the sample of Patient Zero has been obtained.
In mission 3 there is no one winner. Either you win together, or you loose together, bring that beast down with coordinated attacks and you are looking at a hefty reward, which is perfect just before the dropping of Book 2's scenarios.
And that is my first pass at the scenario pack! Should be fun to play through.
Of course this does ask the question about what is the story of Book 2 about? We know it is dealing with big nasties in a doomed city, but surely it can't be just more infected?
Until next time; stay safe and be excellent to each other!
- Your friendly neighbourhood Doctor Loxley