Again this is pulled from notes years and years ago, specifically 2007-10-22, and captures some details of one of my early Drylands sessions with a friend. I’m always grateful to my various dedicated friends who will try my games. We played this campaign off-and-on for about 3 months before it sort of faded away.
His character, who tended towards melee, had been graduated from medical school in Rapid City, SD, and worked at a lucrative job there for a few years (his age was 30-something). When the economy started to fail and the fabric of the USA unravel, he decided to try to meet up with his parents, who had moved to Canada. So the short term goal is to trek to Sioux Falls, SD, and hopefully catch a train northwards, to a larger city that may even have planes still flying.
Right now I started him outside of Rapid City, in a little town called Scenic, SD. I just sketched up a map for the location, but now that I looked it up I realize I wasn’t far off in the size and layout of the place. I put in a home area, a parking lot with a few horses and one or two cars, a Walmart that had been converted into the mayor’s office, a hovel tent camp in another parking lot, a strip mall and boat store.
He started in the hovel camp, the idea being he took shelter when a huge duststorm rolled in. He had been taking subhighway 44, since I90 heading west out of Rapid City was still jammed with cars trying to flee during the initial days. A younger doctor aid who had assisted him in his old job came along too (named Ed Downs), safety in numbers and all that. I started his character (named Thaddeus) off with a bolt action pistol, a crossbow, a spear, and a dagger. Then the usual mix of armor, a few tins of beef stew, and we were set to roleplay the future.
After making a little money and talking to the locals by healing up folks inside the “sick tent” of the hovel camp, he was set to head out of the city. One of the people he healed (a one armed war vet who’s head had been hit with an axe) was named Wyatt, and said having a doctor along his next trip would be handy.
With some deliberation and negotiation, Thaddeus decided it was worth the slight detour to be able to get ahead quickly (Wyatt had an old van). The plan was to all drive down to Rockyford, inside the Indian reserve (which had violently expanded it’s territory). Wyatt was running a few things down there (his previous “paycheck” came from 80 pounds of cigarettes delivered to Rapid City), and after Thaddeus helped any wounded, Wyatt agreed to drive him to Cedar Butte, a town west of the Indian reserve.
Wyatt is in good standing with the Indians, and as I mentioned has a vehicle, so the detour should speed things up. I believe my player had plans to cut back onto the Interstate at that point.
The van Wyatt drives had taken some damage when it was rolled by a roadblock (and ended in his ear being cut off by the axe, a wound which Thaddeus healed). So they waited until a friend showed up with a new tire, a few engine parts, and tools to punch the roof back out. His vehicle is converted pretty heavily for the road, with a cargo area, slit windows in a few key locations, a gunner chair, a fold down bunk, etc.
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