The human party currently consists of Steve [Q3+ C3, Champion, sharpshooter, pistol, SMG], Keith [Q3+ C3, Champion, savage, NBC suit, flamethrower], Alex [Q3+ C2, HtH Specialist, frenzy drug, poison antidote, shotgun] and Wanda [Q3+ C2, Savage, laser pistol]. They have 12 food points and 2 energy cells (after consuming last week's upkeep.)
The mutant party this time was: Maniac [Q4+ C3 Danger sense, psychometry, photon grenade], Kobra [Q3+ C3 Leader, slippery, superior touch, electrical gun], Hawk [Q4+ C4 Champion, flying, hero, laser rifle], Kreep [Q4+ C3 Forester, phobia (humans), shotgun], and Backup [Q4+ C3 Doppelganger, steadfast, pistol]
|The opposing forces. The mutant combo of a flying hero and a doppleganger made a tough team.|
The strategy for the humans was to have Steve, Keith and Wanda spread and fire their weapons from a distance. Alex would act as a backup for Wanda, since she would be more exposed. The mutants would move in three groups: Kobra and Maniac advancing on the left, Kreep trying to launch an ambush from the forest on the right and Hawk and Backup (copying Hawk's abilities) would fly around, trying to find targets.
Keith entered the other patch of woods and forced Hawk to hit the ground to avoid getting burned. [I did not want to complicate things but I wonder if there was a risk of Keith setting fire to the entire patch of woods...] Before Alex could get up, Kreep fired again, but this time since Wanda was nearby, she was also hit -- and the shot killed both of them. [This caused a morale check for the rest of the humans.] Keith was horrified by the screams of his companions and ran away, leaving Steve alone.
|Kreep takes aim at the knocked down Alex, also hitting Wanda!|
This is the fourth game of the campaign, and now the humans have two victories and two defeats. This was a dreadful setup to fight in. I guess I really stacked the odds against me with the forest patches, since most of the mutants could ignore them, thus having an advantage in numbers and mobility.