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175670 No.9322   [Delete]   [Edit

Fuck you guys, it's time for another one since I have some time before my last final.

There's one rule of survival horror you cannot break: extremely limited supplies. Once you have enough ammunition, it's not survival horror anymore. It's an action game. That's why zombies aren't scary any more. A monster is only scary if you have no way to defeat it.

Zombies have become nothing but bullet sponges in media. They aren't scary anymore. They're supposed to be fun. Unarmed, no tougher than the average human (if you remember to go for the head), perfectly acceptable to massacre in droves. When you pit a few superhuman action heroes with unlimited ammunition against a horde of zombies, there's no tension, there's no suspense. There's just mindless action.

So let's make zombies scary again.

Most of the prologue has been cut since it wouldn't work in prose (especially not in second person). I've contacted a guy to see if I can get him to pen it for me in comic format. If and when that gets done, I'll toss it up.

In the meanwhile, zombie text adventure RPG. Think The Sims + Fallout 3. Think Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. Think realistic to the point of frustrating and terrible gameplay.

Because we're going there.

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>> No.9436   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Find/Pack small or lightweight food. Canned goods are mostly ideal, but also weigh a lot. Perishables would be no good after a short time, so it should be wise to pick up a little of both.

You were supposed to go shopping this weekend. Almost no perishables left in the fridge, besides an old sandwich.

Canned foods are almost nonexistent. You only manage to find one can of questionably old Campbell's Chicken Noodle.

The rest of the pantry is filled with snack foods.

-Box of Pocky (2)
-Box of Pocky rip-off, several months old (5)
-Jar of Kirkland Peanuts, half full.
-Box of Chex Mix, stale.
-Box of Corn Flakes, surprisingly fresh.
-Empty box of granola bars. You hate granola bars. Who ate them all?

>> No.9437   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Take the Pocky, Corn Flakes, and Jar of Peanuts.
>> No.9438   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Take the Pocky, Corn Flakes, and Jar of Peanuts.

You take the bag of cornflakes out of the box and roll it up. The peanuts aren't fitting in the jar, might as well drop them in a sandwich bag. The box of Pocky's terribly shaped. You leave it on the table and stuff everything else in the bag.

>> No.9439   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Examine Current Room.
>> No.9440   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Examine Current Room.

Huh. There's a box of curry on the ground. It must've fallen when you were searching the pantry.

You are standing in Kitchen. The lights are on. The window is closed. The shutters are open. Nothing of interest is going on outside.

There is a Duffel Bag on the table. There are two wooden chairs next to the table.

The refridgerator is closed. The freezer is closed. The pantry is open. There is a box of curry on the ground. There are eight drawers and four cupboards. The sink is empty.

Hallway South is North.
Living Room is West.
Garage is East.

>> No.9441   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>9440

>Return the Curry to its proper spot, then go WEST to the living room.
>> No.9442   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Return the Curry to its proper spot, then go WEST to the living room.

You decide you have better things to do than put stuff back in its proper place at a time like this.

You are standing in Living Room. The lights are on. The windows are closed. The shutters are open. Nothing of interest is going on outside.

Various old magazines are lying on top of the coffee table. A picture frame stands on an end table. A love seat sits behind the coffee table. The TV is off. Underneath it is a DVD Player and a PS3.

Kitchen is East.
Front Yard is South.

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>> No.9454   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>9442

>Examine Picture Frame
>> No.9455   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Examine Picture Frame

It's a picture of you and Sill from her birthday.

>> No.9456   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>9455

>Examine Front Yard Via Window/Shutter
>> No.9457   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Examine Front Yard Via Window/Shutter

Nothing is going on in the front yard.

Across the street, one of your neighbors (never bothered to learn his name) is tying a covered bundle down on the top of the family minivan. He's having trouble with the knot.

Columns of smoke are rising from the west.

>> No.9458   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>9457

>Go to hallway
>> No.9459   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Go to Hallway South

You are standing in Hallway South. The lights are on. The window is closed. The shutters are closed.

Hallway North is North.
Study is West.
Kitchen is South.

>> No.9460   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>9459

>Go to Study
>> No.9461   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Go to Study

You are standing in Study the lights are off. A desk is turned set up in the middle of the room. The computer is on. A bookcase is in a corner.

The door is open. The lights are on in the hallway.

The window is closed. The shutters are closed.

Hallway is East

>> No.9462   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>9461

>Examine Computer and Bookcase for anything of value.
>> No.9463   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Examine Computer and Bookcase for anything of value.

There's nothing on the computer you can take with you anyway.

There's a collection of manga and comic books on the top shelf. Most of them are in good condition.
There's a collection of "books you need to read" on the second shelf. You haven't gotten to half of them yet.
There's a disorganized selection of required reading from your high school English classes on the third shelf.
There's a collection of your old yearbooks on the fourth shelf. You haven't touched them in years.
The bottom shelf has no semblance of organization.

>> No.9497   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>9463

>Go to Hallway North
>> No.9550   [Delete]   [Edit]

You are standing in Hallway North. The lights are on. The window is closed. The shutters are closed.

Dan's Bedroom is North.
Bathroom is West.
Hallway South is South.

>> No.9551   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Go to Bathroom
>> No.9552   [Delete]   [Edit]

You are standing in Bathroom the lights are off. The shower is off. The toilet seat is up. The sink if off. The medicine cabinet is closed. The window is closed.

The door is open. The lights are on in the hallway.

Hallway is East

>> No.9553   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>9552

>Go to Dan's bedroom.
>> No.9554   [Delete]   [Edit]

You are standing in Dan’s Bedroom the lights are on. On the wall is a diploma. The bed is unmade. To the right of the bed is a nightstand. The drawers are closed. On top of the nightstand is a digital alarm clock. It is 5:18 PM.

The TV is on a news program is showing. Underneath it is a bookcase.

The closet door is closed.

The door is open. The lights are on in the hallway.

The window is closed. The shutters are closed.

There is an exit South.

>> No.9558   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>9554

>Watch TV
>> No.9560   [Delete]   [Edit]

It's the same story that has been running since earlier. "Remain indoors, lock all doors and windows, evacuate these areas, etc." You don't need to watch it again.

>> No.9633   [Delete]   [Edit]
>I think I've double checked everything, so go to Garage.
>> No.9640   [Delete]   [Edit]
>I think I've double checked everything, so go to Garage.

You're not sleeping in your jeans like some westerner, are you? Better grab something from the closet.

Oh, and the cigarettes. Where did you leave those?

>> No.9642   [Delete]   [Edit]
 E
N S
W Garage
^
Dan's Bedroom <-> Hallway North <-> Hallway South <-> Kitchen
v v v
Bathroom Study Living Room <-> Front Yard

Is there anything useable in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom?

Do you remember there being any string, flashlights, batteries, radio, duct tape, or swiss army knife in this house? Pen & paper. A water bottle would be helpful.
If the duffel bag is running out of room, you don't really need three pairs of socks.

You don't have a gun or any ammo, right?

>> No.9643   [Delete]   [Edit]

Other storage locations which weren't explicitly checked yet:
Bedroom: Drawers, closet, bookcase
Kitchen: Eight drawers and four cupboards.
Study: Desk.

>> No.9646   [Delete]   [Edit]

To make it explicit: Money and medical supplies.
A lighter is good, but you don't need cigs. ;p
There's probably more gear to loot (like one or two pieces) in the car and the garage.

If you really aren't wearing any clothing, you might as well get dressed.

>> No.9651   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Is there anything useable in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom?

Besides aspirin, not really. Oh, and a toothbrush and toothpaste. You always forget those.

>Do you remember there being any string, flashlights, batteries, radio, duct tape, or swiss army knife in this house? Pen & paper. A water bottle would be helpful.

No string lying around unfortunately. There's a flashlight in the garage, as duct tape, but no radio. You're pretty sure you have a Swiss Army Knife, but you can't remember where it is. There isn't much time to find it, but if you could find a picture that reminded you what you kept it with, it'd probably turn up. Pens and paper are in the study. There should still be water bottles in the garage.

>If the duffel bag is running out of room, you don't really need three pairs of socks.

The socks really aren't taking up much room. The blanket, on the other hand, definitely is. There's still room to spare unless you want a towel, though.

>You don't have a gun or any ammo, right?

You have a prop gun from one of your projects a while ago. No good in actual combat, but you might be able to bluff somebody with it from a distance.

An actual gun...

>Bedroom: Drawers, closet, bookcase

Maybe you should take some extra clothes while you're here. You don't know how long you'll be away for. Maybe some reading material? Might get boring in the camps.

>Kitchen: Eight drawers and four cupboards.

You rifled through them quickly for anything sharp and pointy. The only things left are dishes, utensils, and cookware.

>Study: Desk.

You need that pen and paper, right?

>Money and medical supplies.

There's a first aid kit in the garage. You don't really have any money beyond the $60-odd in your pocket and a jar of loose change.

>A lighter is good, but you don't need cigs. ;p

Lighter and cigs are in the nightstand. And trust me, you need them.

>There's probably more gear to loot

Definitely.

>If you really aren't wearing any clothing, you might as well get dressed.

You are currently wearing:

-Light Jacket, white.
-T-shirt, black, small logo in corner.
-Jeans, dark blue.
-Socks, mismatched.

So where to now, captain?

>> No.9652   [Delete]   [Edit]

(Oh, also, if you're on IRC, this goes a lot faster. Just ping me when you're done writing turn.)

>> No.9676   [Delete]   [Edit]
>(Oh, also, if you're on IRC, this goes a lot faster. Just ping me when you're done writing turn.)

I'm not, and I don't have infinite time either, so a delay is fine.

Poor Dan Park has multiple personalities.
Some of them are trying to help him find his girlfriend, and some are just trying to get him creamed.

"See that guy across the street? Flash him! Nobody has time to do anything about it..."

sez a voice in his head. But no... you don't have time.

So your primary storage is in the duffel bag and your pockets. The most important gear goes in these.
Secondary storage is the car. You might have to abandon it, but you can dump extra clothing in there, and heavy stuff like books, and the canned soup and curry... and some spoons. Don't forget the can opener. The cell phone network is likely to be down later, but there's no reason not to put the cell in the car. Go light on the batteries, though.

Bag toothbrush & toothpaste, flashlight, duct tape, pen & paper, water bottles, and the prop gun. Fill the water bottles with clean water.
Aspirin might do for trade goods, but it doesn't really do much for your condition. It can impair blood clotting for up to 10 days after use, so I don't think I want to take aspirin today.

>>Bedroom: Drawers, closet, bookcase
>Maybe you should take some extra clothes while you're here. You don't know how long you'll be away for.

Sure, we'll look through all of these. Load warm & tough clothes into car, and the blankets from the bed. Grillfiend might need them too, if we ever find her.

>Maybe some reading material? Might get boring in the camps.

Spending time reading comic books while your men are getting killed is criminal offense.
Maybe there's at least one book with information you could use, if you had time to read it, in those refugee camps?

He wants to look at the bookcase in the bedroom, and...

>Study: Bookcase, second shelf.
> There's a collection of "books you need to read" on the second shelf. You haven't gotten to half of them yet.

Maybe one of these is good?

>There's a disorganized selection of required reading from your high school English classes on the third shelf.

These never ask you to read anything of material use, so if we're low on time...

>Lighter and cigs are in the nightstand. And trust me, you need them.

Okay, anything else in there?

>You're pretty sure you have a Swiss Army Knife, but you can't remember where it is. There isn't much time to find it, but if you could find a picture that reminded you what you kept it with, it'd probably turn up.

We already saw the picture in the living room. There are old magazines there that haven't been looked at, and DVD and PS3 game covers... or yearbooks, or 300,000 pictures on the computer, or every page of the mangas...

>>Study: Desk.
>You need that pen and paper, right?

Sure, we'll look through this.
Also some paperclips, or maybe even... a bobby pin?

>There's a first aid kit in the garage.

Good... we'll see what else is in there. A crowbar and a couple of extra knives are not a bad thing to have in your back seat; you can wrap them in a towel so they don't rattle.

>You don't really have any money beyond the $60-odd in your pocket and a jar of loose change.

the change goes in the car.

Study, bookcase, bottom shelf:

>The bottom shelf has no semblance of organization.

Worth a quick look.
I see scotch tape, a stapler, a pair of sunglasses, an ace of clubs, a map of the campus from several years ago, a dead mobile phone, some other random junk... another $2 in bills, ATM card (might be useful if you find one which hasn't been cleaned out, and if you have anything in the bank), and... maps of the city and state from only a few years ago.

I'll take the money, ATM card, maps, and sunglasses.

(or whatever you wanted to put there.)

Oh hey, there's a belt sheath for a knife.

There is probably a run on the shops in progress, but you might be able to find something useful if you got there early enough.

And you have a wristwatch?

Dan hears someone say, "Fuck, if he gets killed, we're all going down with him." "Speak for yourself, bro."
Another voice just laughs maniacally.

>> No.9711   [Delete]   [Edit]
>canned soup and curry... and some spoons

You drop a dozen Campbell's Broth and Noodles soup (now with "chicken!*"), the box of curry, and a couple spoons into one of

those Costco boxes and wedge it between the passenger and back seats.

>Don't forget the can opener.

You only have an electric can opener. You could've sworn you had one of those manual ones, but it must've gotten lost when you

moved.

>The cell phone network is likely to be down later, but there's no reason not to put the cell in the car.

You shove the phone in your pocket instead.

>Go light on the batteries, though.

Not that you have too many batteries in the first place. Just a pair of AAs laying in the packaging. You could probably go pry

a few more out of the remote controls if you really wanted to, but that's probably not worth the time.

>Bag toothbrush & toothpaste, flashlight, duct tape, pen & paper, water bottles, and the prop gun.

You shove the toothbrush, toothpaste, flashlight, and prop gun into the duffel bag. There's only have a roll of duct tape left,

but it's better than nothing. You managed to find an unopened 200 pack of paper, college ruled. You toss two pens in with it.

You could only fit two water bottles without reorganizing everything. It takes you a while to zip the bag up.

>Sure, we'll look through all of these. Load warm & tough clothes into car, and the blankets from the bed.

You toss an assorted pile of jackets, sweaters, and sweatpants into the car. You grab an overcoat, ski jacket, and a few extra

pairs of jeans when you go back for the blanket.

>Grillfiend might need them too, if we ever find her.

She might also be interested in some propane or propane accessories. (And a belt or two. Your pants aren't fitting her.)

>Maybe one of these is good?

Most of it's just classic literature your old roommate was always telling you to read.

>Okay, anything else in there?

An old notebook with ideas and notes and mindless doodles jotted here and there, three wristwatches your dad keeps buying you but you never wear, and a mostly-empty box of condoms.

>We already saw the picture in the living room. There are old magazines there that haven't been looked at, and DVD and PS3 game

covers... or yearbooks, or 300,000 pictures on the computer, or every page of the mangas...

Well, it'd be a picture you were in. Something relating to an old hobby or something. Better make it quick, though.

>Sure, we'll look through this. Also some paperclips, or maybe even... a bobby pin?

Ruler, digital camera, a dried up highlighter, pack of gum (really old), and a letter addressed to you from the mayor's office. You grab a couple paper clips and stick them in your pocket. No bobby pins, though.

>Good... we'll see what else is in there. A crowbar and a couple of extra knives are not a bad thing to have in your back seat;

you can wrap them in a towel so they don't rattle.

You put the crowbar, first aid kit, and jar of change in the back seat. There aren't any other knives lying around the garage, but there are is an old pair of oversized manual hedge trimmers (you don't even have a hedge. What the hell?), a shovel and spade, a car jack, a toolbox you've never touched, and a few bottles of engine-something-or-other the guy at the shop sold you. The washing machine and dryer are also down here, along with detergent and bleach. You don't have any of those fabric softeners, though. You keep forgetting to pick any up. A second refridgerator stands in the other corner.

>I'll take the money, ATM card, maps, and sunglasses.

Only because I like you.

>Oh hey, there's a belt sheath for a knife.

No dice. Well, there are dice. And the Housewife Diaries your friend grabbed for your birthday some time ago. 225 pages of uncensored hardcore in the original Japanese. Color too! You can't read any of it, but you do remember hiragana.

[+1 Language Skill: Written Japanese]

>There is probably a run on the shops in progress, but you might be able to find something useful if you got there early enough.

So are you going looting or damsel saving?

>> No.9714   [Delete]   [Edit]

Current Inventory:

Self - Wearing
-Sunglasses, Aviators, mirrored.
-Light Jacket, white.
-T-shirt, black, small logo in corner.
-Jeans, dark blue.
-Socks, mismatched.

Self - Pants Pockets
-Car/house keys, bulky Hello Kitty keychain
-Cell Phone (3 bars battery)
-Paper clips (6)
-Lighter
-Wallet ($67)
-Santoku (wrapped in handtowel, stuck in waistband)

Self - Jacket pockets
-Pack of Cigarettes, Winston 100s (17)
-Wristwatch, Tag-Heuer
-Wristwatch, Rolex
-Wristwatch, Swatch

Duffel Bag
-T-shirt, white, stylized black cross design
-Jacket, white, plain
-Jeans, dark blue
-Socks, mismatched, three pairs
-Boxers, blue
-Toiletries (including toothbrush and paste)
-Aspirin
-Bag of cornflakes
-Bag of peanuts
-Roll of duct tape (half)
-Water Bottles (2)
-Paper (200)
-Pens (2)
-Prop gun

Car
-First aid kit
-Flashlight
-Crowbar
-Canned Soup, Chicken Noodle (12)
-Box of Golden Curry
-Spoons (2)
-Cardboard box
-Box of Pocky
-Jar of change
-Pair of sweat pants (3)
-Pair of jeans (2)
-Pair of cargo pants
-Light jacket
-Hoodie
-Sweater
-Hooded sweater
-Overcoat
-Ski jacket
-Blanket, King Bed-sized
-The Housewife Diaries

>> No.9715   [Delete]   [Edit]

Current Stats: Allocate your points!

Dan Park, Level 1 Film Grad Student [+30]
Agility: 0
Endurance: 0
Strength: 0
Negotiation: 0
Intelligence: 0
-
Proficiencies: [+10]
First Aid: 0
Mechanical Knowledge: 0
Hand-to-Hand Combat: 0
Languages: 0
+Written Japanese: 1

You are warm.
You are full.
You are somewhat worried.
You are fully alert.
You are clean.
You are not aroused.
You do not have to use the restroom.
You need a smoke.

>> No.9767   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>9715
Stats: 6-8-8-5-8
Proficiencies: 4-2-3-0

>> No.9774   [Delete]   [Edit]

Community vote on stats, since they're pretty long-term affecting.

I'll wait for two more inputs to go.

>> No.9775   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>9767
These look good to me.

>> No.9787   [Delete]   [Edit]

I'd dock 1 from Mechanical Knowledge and stick it in languages instead, but the stats look fine to me.

>> No.9799   [Delete]   [Edit]

Well, two-to-one for first set. Proficiency points are a lot easier to come by, though, so no worries.

Also, you added too many points for stats, so I chopped them down 1 each to get 30.

You'll gain 1 more stat point per 5 levels. You gain 3 proficiency points per level, plus chance to gain throughout game by finding particular items/talking to particular people.

Dan Park, Level 1 Film Grad Student
Aglity: 5
Endurance: 7
Strength: 7
Negotiation: 4
Intelligence: 7
-
Proficiencies:
First Aid: 4
Mechanical Knowledge: 2
Hand-to-Hand Combat: 3
Languages: 0
+Written Japanese: 1

Anything left in the house? You can run back and grab one thing. Otherwise grab a pair of shoes and get going.

-Hiking Boots: +10 Climbing proficiency
-Cross-trainers: +1 Agility stat
-Wingtips: +1 Negotiation
-Something useless

>> No.9816   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>9799
Cross-trainers.

>> No.10462   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Cross-trainers.

You slip the shoes on and tie them extra tight. Where to now?

(orz. Was busy due to holiday season. Back now. Let's get this show on the road.)

>> No.10956   [Delete]   [Edit]

>>10462
Hop in the car and get moving! We've got girls to save and ass to kick!

>> No.10965   [Delete]   [Edit]

Pulling out of your driveway, your phone rings. Caller ID says it's Don Tran, old friend from class. Answer?

>> No.10993   [Delete]   [Edit]

Y

>> No.11043   [Delete]   [Edit]
>Y

"Annyeong haseyo," Don laughs. "How're you, man? Evac'd yet?"

"Hey, now's not a good time," you mutter. "Sill's still in the city."

"Eh? Didn't they clear everybody out of there an hour ago?"

"That's the problem."

"Shit, man," he digs through a bag in the background. "You have your gun?"

"I was going to get it next week," you answer. That's what you said last week.

"Dammit, man. I told you to get one when the Burma shit happened." You stop for somebody backing out of their driveway. They stop to let you pass. Both of you look at each other for a second, not sure who should go first.

"I was waiting for the lines to die down, okay?" You curse under your breath. "You know I wouldn't have gotten one by now even if I was there the first day."

"Man, if Scoutmaster Phil were here, he'd kick your ass so hard," Don laughs.

You mutter something noncommital.

"Here, come grab me, and we'll go get Sill, alright? You'll get yoru ass killed going by yourself."

Getting to his apartment's going to add another ten minutes to your trip - without traffic.

>Answer A: "Alright, hold up. Be there in a second."
>Answer B: "You know we don't have time for that. Meet me there."

+3 Wilderness Survival

+2 Spoken Korean
+1 First Aid
+1 Rifle Skill
+1 Drill Discipline

>> No.11066   [Delete]   [Edit]
>"Alright, hold up. Be there in a second."
>> No.11234   [Delete]   [Edit]
>"Alright, hold up. Be there in a second."

-

5:54. Sill hasn't called back the whole time. Service must be down.

You are standing in Living Room. On the coffee table is a synthetic-material shotgun and a wooden rifle, along with several boxes of ammunition.

A high-end gaming computer sits on a desk next to a TV. Both are off.

Don is in the office.

Kitchen is south.
Hallway is east.



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