The Agony of Defeat
by David N. Searle
HTML conversion by Michael P. Owen, April 2000
Let's hear it for USC! State Combat Football champions for the fifth time running! Poor UCLA is slightly upset about that . . .
In this two-player scenario, the USC Trojans are heading back
to campus for at least a week of victory celebrations after
viciously trouncing the UCLA Bruins in the California State
Combat Football championships. A few of the Bruins' team members
aren't willing to let them get away with that, and are
intercepting the Trojan convoy with intent to destroy.
The Trojans are being hauled back in a Camel bus (see p. 14). The passenger compartment is full of wounded and unconscious football players; out of 14, 7 are at 2 DP, and 3 are at 1 DP (the rest are fine, at 3 DP). The Camel driver is Trucker+2, Gunner+2, and the gunner is Driver, Gunner +3.
A Bingo ten-wheel bus with five perfectly healthy USC cheerleaders and the team equipment is following the Camel. The driver is Trucker+2, Gunner+ 1, and the gunner is Trucker, Gunner+2. The crew of both vehicles wear standard body armor. The team equipment in the cargo bay can take up to 23 DP before being scattered to the four winds.
The USC player has $7,500 to spend on personal equipment for
his crew and passengers.
The Bruins are out for revenge, and the five Combat Football survivors have grabbed five Division 25 cars from the UCLA Autoduel Team and given chase. Each driver is wounded (2 DP), has body armor and is Driver+l, Gunner+2. The USC player should choose his cars from a published source, or local stock vehicle list -- the Bruins didn't have time to run to their local Excalibur dealer and order up some custom bus-killers.
Following the convoy is an Excalibur Deluxe (see p. 15) carrying 6 perfectly healthy cheerleaders. The van driver is Driver + 2, Gunner+2. The UCLA player also has $7,500 worth of personal equipment for his crew and passengers.
Starting the Fight
Set up two straight road sections and put the USC vehicles in the front one, and the UCLA attackers in the second one. USC starts at 60 mph, and the UCLA cars are at 75 mph.
For each road section coming up, roll one die.
On a six, roll again. On a l-3, nothing happens. On 4, a USC
fan merges onto the road between 55 and 80 mph (roll 1 die x 5
mph and add 50 mph), and falls under the control of the USC
player. On a 5, a UCLA fan merges on as above, and on a 6, a
commuter merges onto the road and rolls 1 die again. If the
commuter rolls 1-4, he stays cool and doesn't enter the fight
unless fired upon, and leaves the road at the next exit. On a 5,
he goes berserk and attacks the nearest vehicle, always firing on
the closest target. On a 6, he panics; his HC drops to 0, and he
attempts to speed
past the battle to safety. All highway entrants wear body armor, carry an SMG and 4 explosive grenades, and have base skills.
The UCLA team will not fire on the Bingo (killing cheerleaders
isn't cool), and the USC team will not fire on the Deluxe for the
same reason. The cheerleaders are free to shoot at each other and
the other teams. The random entrants won't realty care either
way, and will fire on the most convenient target if hostile.
Easy enough -- whichever team has the most survivors is the
winner. All of this action is being broadcast live by BGN
TV copters, so any prestige gained during this scenario is
doubled. The winner may not salvage the loser's vehicles (these
are football players, after all -- no one has the proper
equipment), but gets the adoration of both combat football and
autoduellmg fans nationwide.
Camel -- 40' bus, x-hvy chassis, 2 regular truck plants, 10 solid tires, driver, gunner, 14 passengers, 2 linked RRs in back turret, 4 MGs (RF, RB, LF, LB), SD back, fire extinguisher. Armor: F40, RF40, RB30, LF40, LB30, B50, TF30, TB50, UF30, UB30, 6 10-pt. wheelguards. 25,125 lbs., $88,250.
Bingo -- Minibus, x-hvy chassis, small truck power plant, 10 PR tires, driver, gunner, 5 passengers, 4 RLs (w/incendiary ammo F, R, L, B), 3 HRs on rocket platform, large DSP under, 2 targeting computers, 5 spaces cargo (1,150 lbs). Armor: F45, R45, L45, B50, T20, U35. 12,400 lbs., $39,430.
Deluxe -- Van, x-hvy chassis, super power plant, hvy suspension, 6 PR radial tires, driver, 6 passengers, 2 linked MGs in turret, SG and SS back, fire extinguisher. Cargo: 1 space, 189 lbs. Armor: F15, R15, L15, B15, T18, Ull, 10-point CA around each of driver, power plant and SS. Acceleration 5, HC 3; 7,011 lbs., $19,070.
To find random vehicles for commuters and fans, roll 5 dice and turn to that page in one of the two Vehicle Guides or the Combat Showcase, and roll among vehicles on that page, discarding anything obviously silly.