Our new adventure: Highway Holocaust!

I wanted to try something in a different genre from our Lone Wolf adventures, so I decided we'd go for a post-apocalyptic Road Warrior scenario!

You are Cal Phoenix, the Freeway Warrior, champion and protector of Dallas Colony One. A murderous gang of HAVOC clansmen, led by the psychotic Mad Dog Michigan, are bent on destroying your fragile colony as it crosses the wastelands of Texas on the first stage of a life-or-death exodus to the California coast. These bike-riding clansmen are a formidable enemy: armed, cunning, and extremely dangerous, capable of launching a lightning raid at any time, day or night. You will need all your wits about you if you are to defend your people and reach your destination intact!

Ironically, my wife's last name is Phenix, which is darn close. I'm going to start calling her Freeway Warrior, I think. And we come from Texas! It's fate, I tell you.

This adventure comes to us courtesy of the awesome folks at Project Aon. The original material is copyright © 1988 Joe Dever (text) and copyright © 1988 Melvyn Grant (illustrations).

Before we can officially get started, we have some "bidness" (that's how we say "business" in Texas, which I'm pretty sure not even the Apocalypse can change) to resolve. I went ahead and rolled our combat skill, getting an AWESOME two (out of ten), and an even more awesome ZERO out of ten for our Endurance. So, go me. But we have to decide what skills we wish to pursue, so I put together a poll. Vote for your top four and then vote for how you want the points to be allocated:

Now we have to decide what we want to take along on our adventure. I think my favorite entry is the flexible saw, because I can totally foresee a page that tells us "If you have a flexible saw to hack off your own leg and crawl to safety, turn to section 90. If not, you die of exposure while pinned beneath the fallen tree. Thanks for playing!"

We start with only one close-combat weapon, a knife. Which, given our abysmal combat skill and absolute minimum END, is probably a good thing. I'd hate to slice ourselves to death before getting behind the wheel. However, we also get our choice of one missile weapon:

I'm inclined to go with a shotgun, because as long as you can point a shotgun in the general direction of the bad guy, you have decent odds of hitting him or her or it. But the final choice is, of course, up to you.

Feel free to make your case for what we ought to choose in the comments!

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