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[GURPS] Patrol Beta-Gamma: Zombies, Mutants and Cops

chitzk0i

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Out of curiosity, what SMGs do the National Guard issue?

What is life in Indianapolis like? Comparable to pre-collapse? Or is there power and water rationing? Have to queue up to trucks to fill your water jug?
 

Victorian

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The Guard mainly uses the old MP5 but some SWAT-like units in the city use B&T APC9. The city is designing its own guns though and in the future you may be able to field-test them.

The city is a bit crowded, housing about 10 million people on just 60% of the pre-apocalypse city territory. There is enough food and water but slums are a problem, with about 50,000 people in terrible poverty - with no welfare and barely any charities, poor have to work hard to survive - usually in communal projects like clearing the sewers off mutants or sell their bodies. Some even sign shady contracts allowing hospitals to experiment on them - many never came back. Though citizenship is not transferable, some sell their documents to rich wastelanders, usually criminals - the only punishment for that is death. The middle class lives relatively comfortably, and the rich live like kings, surrounded by the modern technology. Apocalypse means that there is now a much smaller population and a much smaller market. Consequently, people don’t have to work as hard and most middle class people work as technicians, supervisors, planners or managers. With growing population, however, there is a slow but steady rise in unemployment which will likely cause problems in the future, unless something is done about it. Lower class life is not very bad either - they have enough food and water, most can afford old VR sets and their fear of the outside world keeps them very docile and conservative. Crime is an issue but the streets are overall safer than before, thanks to brutal police and police drones.

Social structure looks something like that:
2% - very rich
2% - quite rich
7% - upper middle class ($5-8k per month)
21% - middle class ($4-5k per month)
34% - lower middle class ($3k-4k)
12% - upper lower class ($2k-3k)
17% - lower class ($1k-2k)
5% - below $1k per month, struggling

As technology skyrocketed just before the apocalypse so healing people is much quicker using specialised robots, VR rules the world with multiple different games, usually violent, and ultra-efficient recycling allows scarce resources to be re-used without significant shortages.

The city had a lot of resources as once the government designated Indianapolis as a safe-zone, it transported a lot of steel, concrete and other construction materials to fortify the perimeter. The government also continues to buy scrap from the scavengers and conducts its own scavenge operations with drones delivering scrap metal straight to the city foundry.

Food production is quite high but many have to eat a food-paste, containing all the nutrients but no taste - this paste and water is also what wastelanders officially trade scrap for.
 
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Tartan

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When are we going to start our campaign? When Lamellar and chitz create their characters, we will have our 4 person team.

Also, are there going to be any NPC patrol members?
 

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Meet John Flanders, a 28 year old Combat Life Saver with several years of experience in the Guard. Born rich, he was supposed to become a lawyer and work for his father's firm, but young John had other plans. Fascinated with the outside world and obsessed with rebuilding it, he joined the Guard at the age of 19 and was trained to be a Combat Life Saver. He served in several patrols, and learned a lot about wilderness and the area surrounding the city, but after his patrol was wiped out by zombies, he was transferred to a military hospital. There he was able to practice as a surgeon's assistant and learned how to operate most modern medical drones and bots. He was also briefly in charge of a field hospital in the shantytown, during a local epidemic. He was appalled by the terrible living conditions there and has a soft spot for the outsiders ever since.

PTSD nearly ruined his life as he turned to gambling and drinking, but Terence Moe, a friend from school and a young psychiatrist helped him overcome his addiction. Quiet meditation, classical music and pre-apo literature shaped a man who is now more confident and tougher.

John put his past behind him, and is now ready to venture into the wild once more.







P.S. - Hope the chart is ok. I tried to follow the pattern set by other players.
 
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Tartan

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Great! A good medic will no doubt prove indispensable.

Victorian Victorian - Are we operating as a standard combat patrol or are we going to be a more commando-type force? Personally, I don’t mind either.
 

chitzk0i

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My wife’s laptop is not booting up, so I have no way of running GCS. Here’s what I’ve got:


Kaylen O’neil grew up on the streets of Indianapolis, tinkering with engines to earn a living. He jumped at the chance to get regular meals in the National Guard. He’s a large-framed man with tanned skin and dark hair.

It seems wealth is not a factor right now, though you indicate there will be resources outside the military’s purview.

I guess the MP5s are sourced from police inventory since the US Army has never issued them.
 
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Victorian

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Your character looks great, I’ll post the in-character post soon and we’ll be ready to go.

Wealth became less of an issue with robots and cheap labour in the shantytown, but there’s still some poverty. Joining the Guard will definitely elevate a poor man’s status though, improve his diet and general well-being.

MP5s are mainly used by the police units of the guard, indeed sourced from police arsenals. MP5 were used by the military though, by various spec ops units.
 

Victorian

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Our first assignment:

 
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