PGA: World Tour Z
Sometimes you just have to go for it. We'd been enjoying Ed of THW fame's excellent Zombie Golf supplement to All Things Zombie. But we kept wondering, what would it be like to play a game of golf in the middle of a city just after the apocalypse strikes? Not on an actual golf course, but on the streets. You know, take the game to the Zeds and all that? We decided we'd have to procure some of those indoor putting mats to represent the cup. It would be pushing it too far to grab the nearest pneumatic drill to create them because that might attract a few too many Zeds...!
We mused about this. And then mused some more. Even when we were supposed to be gaming a more natural zombie golf experience. What would happen, we pondered, if you misjudged your shot and the ball hit an abandoned car? What do you do if your shot flies wide and ends up inside a shop? Well, we figured out a whole set of rules for these kind of circumstances. And then, just for the heck of it, we decided to start playing with our ideas BEFORE I went and put the rules together into a PDF. Oh well, I suppose it saved some editing time. You know, because we had to change so much!
This is the story of the consequences...
So here's my team, fresh out of the tour bus. Well, RV. The golfer is kinda obvious. Gus was standing in as the marksman, and Pam took on the role of caddy. As you can see, Alec jumped out the bus brandishing his cricket bat as in the good old days. You may recall them too. The fun times when he used to whack and thwack his way through Zeds. At least he did until he saw Jenny get eaten alive by a posse of Zeds. Now he's a gibbering idiot. There's nothing worse than that. Except perhaps for a gibbering idiot with a cricket bat. Without further ado, the Bazinator was immediately put on overwatch duty, and would spend the better part of the next half hour trying to bundle Alec back into the PGA tour b.. oh who am I kidding? It's an RV.
We had decided very quickly that each player should have a golfer at Rep 4, a gunner at Rep 5 and a caddy at Rep 3. Largely, this turned out to be a GOOD IDEA. We were playing the Riverside Golf Course distances laid out in the original Zombie Golf supplement, but decided that the golfer and caddy figures had to reach the cup once the hole had been played before the next hole could be set up. This would make the whole Zed movement much easier as we were having a lot more of them on the table for this one. Oh, and we decided we had to let the golfers run without incurring the normal one stroke penalty. After all, we were going to start the game with 1D6+6 Zeds on the table, 24" from the tee. And the chance of attracting more Zeds would be a 4+ on shots fired, and a further 1D3 at the start of each hole. Perhaps you can already see where all this was heading...!
Both golfers managed to earn a birdie on the first hole. The second looked like this. You may notice my poor golfer on her lonesome ownsome. Perhaps this Urban Golf thing wasn't such a good idea after all?
After all this, we decided it was probably A GOOD IDEA to write up all of our changes into a PDF, and carry on next time. I dutifully did so, and we arrived at our next game full of excitement, and sure that we were onto a winner. Despite some deliberations, we agreed to carry on where we had left off, even though it meant I had only the golfer to use. And having completely failed to note where the Zeds were, we simply re-rolled. This is how the second phase of the tour began...
This was okay until the activation dice instructed a giant hand to move the Zeds in closer.
We agreed we had enjoyed the game immensely, but needed to tweek the rules further, making Zeds appear on a 5+ and creating 1D6+3 Zeds at the start of the game. The reason for this was that the game of golf got a little lost in the middle of trying to survive. Which may sound a little odd, given that it's staged in the middle of the apocalypse, but there you.
Another upshot though is we have a nice set of house rules that allow us to take things one step further into the insane world of Urban Golf!