March 5th, 2007 was when the world's end started. It was possible that no one would ever really know how it began, that was not what was important. The priority was survival.
The day before the tenants meeting seemed like just another usual day, albeit one with some weird stories in the news. Patients in hospitals going crazy and attacking the staff, a heart attack victim suddenly coming back to life in the ambulance and tearing out a paramedics throat, and a cop pumping bullets into a man who did not stop until, finally, the policeman shot him in the head. It was all dismissed as gossip, magazines and other forms of media making stories up to get publicity using sensationalism. Although soon all would realize what was really going on, but all too late. Somehow it had spread quickly throughout the United States and most of the world, maybe an airborne virus started it all?
It took FEMA 5 days to get water to the Astrodome in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? No government was ready to respond to something of the magnitude that was happening. Your dead loved ones could rise and eat you in less than an hour, people had to fend for themselves. But when people live together under a roof, people who aren't united, what happens then?
This game begins at the Platte View Apartments. Characters must be tenants in the building or family/friends to a tenant that is close enough to them to place them at or making their way to the apartments at the beginning of the game. The scope may go above and beyond the apartment complex, but that is the beginning.
Kevin Platte, a retired accountant for a chain of restaurants in California, had recently bought up land and placed the first Platte View Apartment Buildings there. Mr. Platte wanted to have high quality living at low quality costs to provide comfortable living to middle class families and afford lower class families a chance at a better lifestyle. Knowing that low rent apartments can quickly attract the wrong crowd, there was a tough vetting process for tenants. Some called him a hypocrite over this since his nephew Thomas was a convicted sex offender, but he argued that he had to look out for his family since all of Thomas's family was deceased. Kevin Platte hoped to see the Platte View Apartments become a successful investment. Not successful financially, but emotionally. He wanted to give back to the world he felt he would be exiting in the next few decades.
Kevin Platte was a very charismatic man and he wanted the apartments to be more than just a home, he wanted them to be a community. He wanted to provide entertainment so that families could have access to good old fashioned fun and bonding within their reach instead of having to make plans. That is why the Platte View Apartments have a swimming pool, playground, fully stocked bar, pool tables, arcade games, a poker room, and more. In fact he had already set up a weekly poker night with a few of the men at the apartments, because he too lived on site.
Many of the tenants gathered for the meeting after their first week of living at Platte View on Saturday morning. The complex had plenty of vacancies but word of mouth had already been spreading as Platte had many prospective tenants lined up. It was then that Ambrosia entered the common hall and turned the TV on to show everyone the breaking news about the coming apocalypse. Everyone wrote off zombies in the past as if it was something fantastical, a geeks imagination running wild, but it was reality now. Some of the tenants took the news surprisingly well, while others like Teddy and Marissa Alvarez were worried because one of their daughters was at volleyball practice.
Alex Compton, a freshly retired police officer, just beginning to live off his pension and savings while working as a private investigator on the side for the better half of the last decade to remain useful. In fact he was such a workhorse that he had become the de facto security guard at the complex.
Theodore and Marissa
Teddy, an IT consultant, and Marissa Alvarez, a nurse, with their twin daughters Abbey and Kelly.
Ambrosia Thorne, the oldest tenant at 64 years old, and her grandson Tyrone, who is a recovering meth addict.
The tenants formed a melting pot that Kevin thought would work out magnificently. No one knew the death that was waiting around the corner. Not just waiting for them, but for the whole world. Against all odds they would try to band together and survive. Could people from different walks of life come to trust each other and band together for survival? The Platte View Apartment's would certainly provide a chance to test this.
More details on the actual layout/buildings of the complex in the coming week. Vander, I expect your Renaissance guy to appear here.
And please express all the interest and discussion that you want but do not bother fully creating a character until the new rules or up. Feel more than free to post a character application with back story inside though, I'd love to see what you guys come up with. I strictly mentioned the vetting process for the apartments because I didn't want anyone trying to bring in any PC psychos, gangsters, or felons (I have a game full of them so why would I want more here, lol). Assume the game is in California for now, no need to specify city.
ALSO since the people have just recently moved in, unless you are a survivalist nut, you would not typically have a ton of accessories/items. Along with the character application I will want an inventory for you/your family belongings. Obviously I do not need you to go down to every last detail like describing every one of your child's toys, but I do want a little more micro-management here than in typical game applications. If in the beginning people do at least try to survive here and guns won't be immediately available in a massive way, I want an inventory of all the items around for consumption and use. This is the concept that was originally proposed to be my first (failed to come about then due to me being busy) so I want to do it right. In conjunction with this I would like to stress that while there are 1-bedroom apartments most of the apartments are actually 2 and 3 bedrooms. Platte's view was a family-friendly apartment complex, he wanted to get people with families or couples aspiring to create families. Feel more than free to introduce NPCs to the story as your significant others or children or family.
If you want a straight up action-zombie game this probably will not be it, but we'll see.