If you were a follower of my previous Barrier Peaks Play-by-Comment gameblog, you may remember a post where I describe the introduction of my young nephew to Mutant Future. Well, he was visiting again this weekend for a taekwondo tournament and requested another session.
I thought you might be amused by his further adventures, this time fending off hordes of meteor zombies…
My nephew (now nine years old) took the role of a futuristic soldier. Although I didn’t notice it while gaming, we completely forgot to name his PC. I let him have a laser rifle, some body armour, and a robot sidekick. He was probably some sort of cryogenically-preserved commando, recently reawakened. The Nameless Commando was a wanderer of the wastes, searching for adventure.
His first encounter was with a mutant sorcerer, and his two beastmen goons, who were waylaying travelers along the crumbling remains of an Ancient highway. The Nameless Commando and his robot made quick work of the beastmen, but the sorcerer turned invisible and escaped.
Somewhat annoyed by the outcome of this battle, my nephew suggested that I try something ‘cooler’, preferably with the countless zombie miniatures from my game of ZOMBIES!!! Also, he recommended that it somehow involve a gigantic meteor.
Thus was born the Attack of the Meteor Zombies.
On the road to the next desert town, the Nameless Commando witnessed a fireball descend from the sky and impact some nearby foothills. Radiation from the meteor obviously had a necromantic effect on those who were killed by the blast, as they transformed into flesh-eating zombies.
Over the next several hours, the Nameless Commando rallied survivors in a makeshift ‘base’ protected by earthen ramparts (constructed by the robot). Many pitched battles were fought – at one point my nephew’s PC faced certain death, only to be saved by his robot ally (who was then ripped apart by a giant mutant zombie). An alliance of convenience with vicious mutant raiders and snake-headed beastmen allowed eventual victory against the zombies – and enabled the Nameless Commando to loot the now-deserted town which was his original destination.
Laden with swag – and apparently unconcerned about the fate of the peaceful survivors who were left unprotected with the raiders and beastmen – the Nameless Commando returned to the road, searching for adventure.
(If you read about the earlier session, such behaviour is pretty typical from my nephew’s characters.)