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Blackmore 4(04): Zombie POV
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This is a Pro-Zombie version of Blackmore:404, a historical event that took place during August, 2010. This article has been both heavily edited and propagandized for maximum survivor cattle-killing fun. Less than 1% is probably true.

If destroying small groups of feral zombie children with howitzers and tactical nuclear strikes and/or reading actual, factual history is more your cup of tea, head over to Blackmore 4(04) for a factual description of this historical event.


Blackmore X: The Search for Curly's Gold

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Date: August 19th, 2010 - August 31st, 2010
Place: Ridleybank, in and around the Blackmore Building, where nothing every happens.
Result: Zombies massacred survivors cattle.

Combatants
Cattle x Zombies

Groups
- Cattle : 404: Barhah not found,

The 4-H, 82nd Airborne Division, Axes High, The Big Prick, Blackmore Bastard Brigade, Channel 4 News Team, CORAM, Creedy Defense Force, Cult of the Stuffed Crocodile, Damn Yankees, Dr. schwan’s Research and Development Team, Earletown Rangers, ~EVIL~, The Fortress, Glitch, Holy Order of the Pint, Judgewood Vector Control, The Kilt Store, Malton College of Medicine, Malton Civil Defense Unit, Malton Forensics Unit, The Malton Zookeepers, Order of the Black Rose, POLNGOAK, Quartly Study Group, RCDC, Soldiers of Crossman, The Spanish Inquisition, The Umbrella Corp, More and More Dual Natured people, and Various other breeds.

- Zombies : RRF (specifically the DOHS), Ferals, Feral Undead

Commanders
- Cattle : 404: Commanders not found
- Zombies : Globule13 (Papa of the RRF, Irishmen (leader of the Constables strike team), TexasXDork (leader of the Team America strike team) and the War Council of the RRF

Strength
- Cattle : Twister, Christmas Decor
- Zombies : Lack of pants

Casualties
- Cattle : Very low initially; increased exponentially with the arrival of the Ridleybank Resistance Front.
- Zombies : Disco may die, but zombies live forever.


Blackmore 4(04) was a failed, grass-roots initiative to develop a renewable, free-ranging, human herd in Ridleybank, and to show the rest of Malton that small-scale, sustainable local harvesting could overcome the city’s rapidly-dwindling food supply. The ill-fated project took place from August 19, 2010 to August 31, 2010, almost four years to the day after the first, failed attempt to bring affordable, fresh-food to downtown’s starving zombie population.

Initial seeding of the Ridleybank area began on August 19th, with the introduction of several breeds of human into carefully selected release points around Ridleybank. Researchers initially hoped that a sustainable, robust human herd would finally be able to graze in the desolate downtown wasteland. The project ultimately failed thirteen days later on August 31, when zombies from the Ridleybank Resistance Front, The Feral Undead, and the Minions of the Apocalypse gave up on all that hippy, tree-hugging, renewable crap, and killed every man, woman and child in the Greater Ridleybank metropolitan area.

Overview

Prologue

On August 9th, 2010, humans from 404: Barhah not found, selected for the unique, buttery marbling of their flesh, were released into Ridleybank. Researchers initially held out high hopes for the project. Indeed, the zombie community applauded the effort for its originality, creativity, and overall ambition to accomplish something that has never been attempted before, and most likely, would never be attempted again.

By the 14th, it was clear to researchers that something profound was happening in Ridleybank. Something was different about this breed. Perhaps it was that most of the 404: Barhah members refused to walk around Ridleybank carrying 70 fire-axes, 40 shotguns, and twenty DNA-extractors. Perhaps it was that 404 members actually had an idea in mind before entering the suburb. Or perhaps it was the romantic setting of being in a boarded-up wasteland, surrounded by filth, trash, and starving zombies, the kind of setting that makes one stare deeply into their loved one’s eyes, and say “Baby…take me now. Take me right now on these empty syringes.” Or perhaps it was something else. Whatever it was, it was working. Over the next couple of days, survivor numbers increased rapidly in and around Ridleybank.

By the 18th, most buildings in Ridleybank had been transformed from pristine, historic landmarks into barricaded, fire-death traps. Those buildings that weren’t guaranteed death sentences for the humans too stoned to put out their matches and too drunk to realize that they were in a fucking zombie homeland were quickly being repaired. Unfortunately, even the best laid plans can go askew. Around the same time, JustinBronze began publicizing 'Project Operation Let's Not Get Our Asses Kicked," an attempt to bring a different kind of social justice to Ridleybank. Shotgun justice. The kind spelled with a “T” and ending with a “coat.”

Fearing cross-breeding between their delicious, buttery, carefully-grown 404:human-stock and these new, stringy, tasteless interlopers, project leaders decided against free-ranging methods, and chose to cage their prized cows in the most unlikely of places: the Blackmore Building.

Initial Hope

By all accounts, the initial results were promising. The herd was growing and flourishing. They were given every comfort a boarded-up survivor could expect: barricade-button smashing, profile-changin’, radio-listenin’, and advanced profile changin'. The lead researchers watched as their stock grew fat and lazy, their muscles slowly wasting away into buttery, fatty goodness, the kind that melts slowly in the mouth, and slides down the throat.

However, by the 21st, the first hints of trouble started to appear. The Constables showed up, and smashed open the Blackmore cages, eager to get at the buttery-goodness inside. Humans not killed immediately were dragged away into the darkness. The survivors, who now included a few members of The Order of the Black Rose, Soldiers of Crossman, and The Big Prick, began to wonder if, you know, being in the middle of the fucking zombie homeland was no longer the great Malton dream that 404 promised.

On the 22nd, the Constables renewed their feeding, forcing project leaders to redouble their efforts in protecting their valuable livestock. Human was finally being grown again in Ridleybank. But would the zombies be patient enough to let a sustainable, renewable crop reach its full potential?

The Herd Grows

By the 24th, five full-breeding lines were established at Blackmore. By the 26th, herd numbers inside Blackmore had reached over 100, and smaller outposts were developed in the surrounding area to both diversify the flock and relieve overcrowding. Researchers were impressed with both the stability of the population, and how individual humans managed to stave off shear boredom. Those not searching for that elusive 57th fire-axe, stared blankly ahead at the wall, eternally wondering who the hell Streets was and why he was watching then. A stable, robust population was finally in Ridleybank. The project leaders smiled. Soon, they would be able to release their livestock by the ones and twos into Ridleybank. No longer would the horde have to hunt for food. No longer would slash and burp harvesting be necessary. An appreciation of resource management had finally come to the zombie homeland.

As numbers continued to increase in Blackmore, several of the project heads looked toward the future. Could a renewable effort finally be established in Caiger? Or even Dunell Hills, long considered the red-headed poster-child of the dangers of slash-and-burp harvesting? Yes, their project was finally taking off, and the future never seemed brighter for these survivors of summer. Losses were heavy but sustainable, and every day brought more songs, more cheer, and more survivors.

Selective Culling Begins

By the second week, herd numbers were well over a hundred, a level high enough to support timed, human releases to the now eager zombie population. In their ones and twos, survivors from Blackmore and other outposts around Ridleybank were given pistols, told to do their part for humanity, and instructed to attack surrounding revive points.

But it was never enough to satisfy the hunger of resident Ridleybank zombies and ferals now attracted by groans and bellows to Ridleybank. St George's fell to the Constables on August 24rd. The outpost at St. Luke's was culled on August 28th, 2010. The Eugene and St. Simon holding pens were destroyed on the 29th. By August 30th, most of the processing factories and feeding centers in Ridleybank that supplied the main holding pen of Blackmore were firmly in zombie hands, with zombies from the Feral Undead, the DoHS, and the main RRF horde now joining their brethren in gorging on survivors trapped in the ruined buildings outside Blackmore.

Massacre

With the loss of the surrounding infrastructure, project heads became worried. After an 18-zombie break-in on the 26th, 404 leaders became concerned. Generators and other critical supplies necessary to maintain Blackmore were becoming scarce, and break-ins were becoming more frequent. Still, herd numbers continued to grow, reaching 125 on the 30th before finally peaking at 140 on the 31st. Spoiled by regular feeding, zombies continued their attacks on the main facility, slowly wearing down the defenses of the building.

Lured by the abundant availability of fresh meat, the bulk of the RRF, Minions of the Apocalypse, and the Feral Undead turned their attention toward Blackmore. Strikes by AU10, the Constables and Team America on the 31st established a firm foothold into the building. As zombies poured in and cages were opened, project leaders panicked as their prized livestock were gutted and left to rot in the labs around Blackmore. By 8:00 GMT, survivor numbers had dropped to 50. As their comrades were torn apart around them, those not dying from infections were left to wonder if being slowly digested inside a zombie's stomach would be their life's greatest accomplishment. By the end of the 31st, the hordes had finished ravaging the remaining survivors, ending efforts to establish some form of a renewable, human presence in central Malton.

Aftermath

As are typical of most human efforts to bring aid and food to Ridleybank, the event showed the danger of underestimating both the ravenous appetites of feral zombies in the downtown area, and the coordination of hordes like the Feral Undead and the RRF. The targeted destruction of the TRPs in Ridleybank placed enough stress on the Blackmore defense that the main building itself rapidly collapsed in less than a day following one coordinated strike. While certainly the motivation of 404 and other survivor leaders is in the right place -- bringing food daily to the hardworking zombies of downtown -- one has to question whether Ridleybank was the best test suburb, rather than, let's say, Old Arkham or Buttonville. A less ambitious area in Malton would have given the project more time to grow and survivors more time to prepare, improving their chances of finally fulfilling their lifelong dream to provide food on a long-term basis to the friendly zombies of Malton.

It's too soon to say if such a long-term, reclamation project is actually feasible in Malton. This is not to say that such efforts should be discouraged. Given the rapid collapse of most buildings and suburbs in the current Barricade Blocking era, survivors leaders must be at least open to new ideas, especially with the current decline in human numbers. Anything that helps survivor groups improve their ability to fulfill their role as a renewable food source would be most welcome.

Frontline: Blackmore

Editor's Note: Following the battle, a series of interviews were conducted by Red Hawk One. Below is a transcript of the original, unmodified interviews for your reading convenience. Unlike the sections above, this section is actually true, and makes for a fun and entertaining read.

Shortly after the siege ended, Red Hawk One interviewed several of the major players on their opinions of the event. These are their stories.

Frontline: Blackmore

Survivors: Rolfe Steiner · Dante Bosch · Diana Warren · Harv117
Zombies: Irishmen · Globule13· Agent Sandman


Rolfe Steiner

Rolfe was the main instigator of the event. He was the one to commission the ill-fated pinata of Blackmore, who acted as a sort of leader to his fellow 404, and who helped bring order to the survivor side.


<Red> So who's idea was it to 'pinata' Blackmore?
<Rolfe> It was mine. I rounded up Mike Hutley and Dante Bosch to help.
<Red> Care to comment on what gave you that idea?
<Rolfe> We were going to pull out of Ridleybank that night, expecting imminent arrival of POLNGOAK and DEM, and I told the guys, "There's 1 zed in Blackmore, lets pinata it to fuck with POLNGOAK." Since we viewed their entire movement as fucking up our project in Ridleybank, it was pretty much the perfect time to practice what we had in mind, what with the RRF all spread out.
<Red> yet you ended up staying. Why?
<Rolfe> The pinata failed, Blackmore was up. We figured reinforcements were coming any day, so why not stay and fight? Why let POLNGOAK take the glory and the credit for something they didn't do?
<Red> When did you realize that this was going to be more than a one or two day thing?
<Rolfe> Day three, definitely. Why? We had almost 20-30 zombies outside, 20+ survivors inside, and we kept pushing out the Constables
<Red> What would you say the survivor's biggest strength was during the fight?
<Rolfe> Our around the clock coordination. Without that we wouldn't have lasted more than a couple days.
<Red> And their biggest weakness?
<Rolfe> Not enough people coordinating with us. Out of the almost 150 survivors in Blackmore, maybe about 20-25 made an effort to actually work with us.
<Red> I understand AP shortages were also a problem. Without the AP problems, how long do you think you could have held?
<Rolfe> Possibly indefinitely. We had a very dedicated band of caders here watching around the clock. If there was a dip in cade levels we usually got on that instantly and patched them.
<Red> I see. On a more positive note, what was your favorite experience during this fight?
<Rolfe> That's a difficult one. I'd say its a tie between killing the TKer, making Justinbronze shit his pants, and combat reviving some of the RRF top brass.
<Red> Such as?
<Rolfe> Irishmen, the leader of the Constables, Michael Barnaby, one of the leaders of Team America, and the big cheese himself Globule
<Red> What was your impression of the RRF as opponents?
<Rolfe> I thought the RRF were extremely worthy opponents. They're the oldest horde still active, and the biggest. They didn't let up for a second.
<Red> What was your overall impression of the event? Do you see anything like it, or better, happening in the near future?
<Rolfe> The event was pure accident and happenstance, we had no real intention of it turning into an entire epic siege situation. It just snowballed into one. I had a lot of fun during it, met some great people like the guys from SoC and MCM, and thought it was very well fought on both ends. Do I see anything like it happening in the near future? Not likely but anything is possible. We've showed that after the failure of Escape, survivors DO still have what it takes to make an effective stand against the zombies.
<Red> Well, Rolfe, thank you for your time.
<Rolfe> No problem. It will be nice to see my words immortalized in the event history I suppose, as one of the guys who made it happen.

Irishmen

Irishmen is the leader of the Constables- a major home-guard RRF squad that was the first to face the survivors in Blackmore.

<Red> So, you are the leader of the Constables, correct?
<Irishmen> Oh yes. :3
<Red> After hearing that survivors were in the Blackmore, how long did it take you to realize that it wasn't just a bunch of trenchies?

<Irishmen> Well, about a day.
<Red> What were your thoughts when you found out you'd be squaring off with 404?

<Irishmen> Well, the immediate need was to bring the horde to Blackmore, at least in my mind. I've dealt with zergs and trenchies since 2005. A group of 30 of them is nothing; a group of intelligent players is very different. I knew that a group of 5-7 zombies wouldn't bring it down and started to advise we move in a bunch of zombies now before humans start to bandwagon. That didn't happen, but I think it actually worked out better it didn't in terms of fun.
<Red> I think we can all agree on that. During the siege, the survivors relied heavily on combat revives to maintain control. What is your opinion on that tactic?

<Irishmen> It’s valid. I'm not against combat revives. I think it’s a useful tactic. That being said, it still can be confounding to counter at times, at least if you don't take a step back and exploit the inherit flaws in the tactic.
<Red> Such as the need for generators?

<Irishmen> Well that and AP dripping.
<Red> Anyways, what was your favorite part about the siege?

<Irishmen> Oh, breaking in to ruin those damn Christmas lights!
<Red> And your least favorite?

<Irishmen> Eh. Well, one of the 404 members accidentally idled in the RRF channel during a strike. It got me pretty pissed when I saw them combat revive someone and then exit the channel. It was an accident but really bothered me at the time. It was a minor thing really, any other time I was having fun.
<Red> I see. Overall, what was your impression of the opposition, specifically 404?

<Irishmen> Actually intelligent. And fun. A rare combination for survivors.
<Red> And your impression of the siege in general?

<Irishmen> A hilarious battle of attrition. And naked twister. And Christmas light destruction.
<Red> Do you see anything of this scale happening in the near future?

<Irishmen> Never can say. It’s a distinct possibility. After all, we didn't see this coming until it happened.
<Red> Well, thank you for your time, Irish.

<Irishmen> No problem. :3

Diana Warren

To many of the survivors in both the Blackmore and 404 war room, Diana's whimsical shenanigans were a welcome relief from the stress of the siege.

<Red> So, tell me, Ms. Warren, what role did you play in the siege?
<DianaWarren> I think combat bartender
<Red> Bartender?

<DianaWarren> Well, everybody does everything better drunk, it seems. Including 'cading and combat revives. And play Naked Twister
<Red> Ah yes. the infamous Naked Twister. I was going to ask what your favorite part was next, but I think I already know.

<DianaWarren> What happens in Blackmore stays in Blackmore
<Red> Right. Ummm... So, what was your LEAST favorite part?

<DianaWarren> Least favorite part? Not nearly enough time to ruin Blackmore with a rock star party. Humanphagia and Globule were the only two zombies who got their dance on.... And hell yeah there was not nearly enough naked twister! I think the zombies needed to party more.
<Red> Yes, they do seem a little... Stiff at times. *ba-dum cha!* What was your impression on the other participants, Diana?

<DianaWarren> um, everybody was great and did plenty of drinking, so I was busy. Rolfe is six sheets to the wind, Fiffy is wanted by everyone, And Red is my kind of crazy.
<Red> *Blush* Would you like to see something like this happen again in the future?

<DianaWarren> Would I like to see something like this in the future? How would you top this? Hmm… Hell if I know, but you can bet I'll be there if it’s big.
<Red> Thanks for your time, Ms. Warren.

* DianaWarren pours Red a Dark N Stormy, winks at him, and heads out.


Dante Bosch

Another major combatant with 404, Dante had the honor of being with Rolfe Steiner from the very beginning.

<Red> Alright, Mr. Bosch . Your turn.
<Bosch|rest> We can try, but I'm tired and high <.<
<Red> All the better, my friend.

<Rolfe> Haha

<Red> So, you were there with Rolfe when he decided to piñata the Blackmore, correct?
<Bosch|rest> Yes, there was Rolfe Steiner, Mark Hutley and myself
<Red> What did you think of the idea?

<Bosch|rest> The idea wasn't perfect - I felt it a shame that POLNGOAK was bringing too much attention to the suburb and that we were cutting and running after resetting many of the repair costs. But, of course I understood and wanted part in playfully building a piñata in Blackmore to keep the likes of justinrbronze out
<Red> It sounds like you may have been a it relieved when the piñata fell through and you ended up staying.

<Bosch|rest> I was up for a siege.
<Red> Well, when the siege started, how long did you think you would last?

<Bosch|rest> Five days? A week if we played it intelligently? That was the expection with the numbers we had early on. My expection anyway, maybe I'm an optimist... or deluded.
<Red> How do you feel about lasting just under two weeks in the heart of Ridleybank?

<Bosch|rest> It's tiring but satisfying, chance, characters and circumstance have conspired to make this both highly entertaining and hopefully re-energising for survivors who haven't had more to cheer about and/or still have their heads up their arses regarding appropriate tactics in this interference era, and could do with being shown how it's done.
<Red> So, what was your favorite part of the event?

<Bosch|rest> Live fights involving dropping, fuelling and fixing generators, combat reviving rotters and clearing them out - done well, it's a beautiful sight, all that new life <3 And break-ins that make your heart beat like fucking crazy when you're caught off-guard
<Red> And what was your least favorite?

<Bosch|rest> Dealing with zergs, and griefers with little or no class.
<Red> Alright. What would you say the survivors strongest point was (Not including the IRC)?

<Bosch|rest> Inhibition.
<Red> Inhibition?

<Bosch|rest> Inhibition to combat revive like crazy. To stay up all night. To play the game how it's supposed to be played and not run like the game would like you to.
<Red> I see. And what would you say the survivor's greatest weakness was?

<Bosch|rest> Lack of strong, purposeful resource management? That you can't get everyone to coordinate through the same channel? The need to stay awake on watch for hours and hours also is a massive weakness of survivors under siege.
<Red> I see; that's a pretty good point. Well, final questions; what were your overall impression of the event? Do you see something like this happening again in the near future?

<Bosch|rest> The siege was fantastic, but circumstantial of its time and probably won't be bettered for a while. And engaging events like this are inevitable so long as there are creative players feeding each others imaginations with exciting ideas about what is possible within Malton's parameters
<Red> Thanks for your time, Dante.

<Bosch|rest> >.>

Agent Sandman

Agent Sandman is the leader of Team America, the strike team that, along with the Constables, finally established a beachhead in the Blackmore.

<Red>What role did you play in the siege? (include group and profile link)
<Sandman>Leader of the Team America strike team of RRF. Also helped lead the final attack on Blackmore. http://urbandead.com/profile.cgi?id=1330430
<Red>How did you hear about it? What were your expectations?
<Sandman>I was in the RRF IRC channel listening to Irish report the difficulties the Constables were having. I was expecting glorious, glorious feasting!
<Red>What was your favorite part of the event?
<Sandman>I had SEVERAL favorite parts of the siege. First of all, TA pulled what I compared to Patton at the Battle of the Bulge from coming from the far western edge of Malton and running strikes in the Greater Ridleybonk area in under 24 hours. Then of course the final attack, which as I predicted to TA and the Constables prior, was to be one of the RRF's finest hours, so I channeled Winston Churchill and totally ripped off the end of his "Never Surrender" speech as we prepared for our final push into Blackmore. Oh, and eating the RRFers who had forsaken the BARHAH and were on the harmanz side was pretty fun too.
<Red> What was your least favorite part of the event?
<Sandman> I didn't really have a least favorite part after TA arrived, but I'd have to say the same as Irish when the 404ers with RRF alts were accidentally in the RRF channel while the Constables were attacking.
<Red> What did you think of the opposition?
<Sandman> They tasted like beef. Mmmm..... beef.......
<Red> What was your overall impression of the event?
<Sandman> What Escape was hyped to be, instead of the Epic Fail it turned out to be.
<Red> Do you see anything of this scale happening in the future?
<Sandman> Yes. There will be future sieges of Blackmore and we shall eat their brains again!
<Red> Any closing thoughts?
<Sandman> BRAAAAIIIINNNNNZZZ

Harv117

Having never seen a major siege before, Harv117 was unsure what to expect when the Soldiers of Crossman announced plans to visit Blackmore. As he reveals, there is still a chance for relatively newer players to experience the glory days of old.

<Red> So, Harv, what role did you play in the siege?
<Harv117> well towards the end there I was a fueler and then sacrificed myself to get some key revives in
<Red> And which group where you with?

<Harv117> Soldiers of Crossman
<Red> Around when did the Soldiers show up?

<Harv117> a few days into the siege Aichon posted on the forum that a top secret operation was underway and that we should all stage is the barrville area. a day later, he gave us the objective.
<Red> What was your impression when you heard you'd be in Blackmore?

<Harv117> I was pretty excited, this was the first big thing I've been a part of
<Red> What were your expectations?

<Harv117> I really wasn’t sure, I've never experienced anything like it before
<Red> Well, as your first time in a major siege, what did you think of your fellow survivors?

<Harv117> well I thought that it was amazing how well coordinated we were. We had people on irc 24/7 and for a while could repel major attacks. I was disappointed that more of the people didn't join irc, and just more or less sat there
<Red> And what did you think of the zombies?

<Harv117> they were as coordinated as we were, they played very well and made this siege so much fun
<Red> What was your favorite part of the battle?

<Harv117> hm honestly that last battle was pretty damn fun we all had such little AP left we had to super coordinate and be extremely active
<Red> And what was your least favorite part?

<Harv117> my least favorite part? Well I am kinda of sad its over because it was so much fun but really, there wasn't a terrible part. I love how we all played with good character, like beyond the game were all friends and mess with each other
<Red> Now that you've experienced a siege, would you like to see something like this happen again in the near future?

<Harv117> absolutely, it was so much fun
<Red> Thanks Harv.

<Harv117> you’re very welcome

globule13

The leader of the RRF, globule13 has seen it all. But the fighting at Blackmore gave him something he hadn't seen in quite a while: a decent fight on his own ground.

<Red> As the leader of the RRF, how did you react when you heard 404 decided to crash in the Blackmore?
<globule> I was happy you were coming. It's been ages since our compatriots who patrol the bonk day and night managed to get a decent meal delivered. There was a little confusion as to why you guys were working with that organization that wanted to take back Ridleybank. You guys strike me as being a little too clever to work with DEM.  :p
<Red> Technically, we were never with DEM. All coincidence.

<globule> I kid. What was the name of that failtrain again?
<Rolfe> Project Operation Let’s Not Get Our Asses Kicked
<globule> That's the one. Poor bastards.
<Red> In my interview with Irishmen, he said he asked for help relatively early but it took time to arrive. Do you have anything to say on that?

<globule> I wanted to see what the Praets could do against an organized group of survivors. They're tougher than they realize and I thought this would be a fun trial by fire. Unfortunately, I underestimated the sheer volume of harmanz who were coming and their coordination. It's rare to find a group that can actually cade a building keep it caded. I am quite pleased that the Praets got that big break in though.
<Red> Overall, what was your impression of the survivor opposition? Were you surprised?

<globule> Yes and no. I'm always pleasantly surprised when harmanz fight back because it's not as common as it used to be. Most burbs just roll over or run away screaming. Then again, I know a few of your members and have had many opportunities to work with them in the past. I know they're smart and capable of running a tight crew.
<Red> In your opinion, why did the final attack succeed, while all of the ones before it failed?

<globule> I like to think there were a few factors that worked in our favor in that last attack. We had strike teams working to cut off your supply lines, especially those damn generators. I'm not sure how much of an impact it had but we were gearing up for a protracted siege and wanted our bases covered. We also had the entire horde there instead of just one or two teams. The Praets, Gray Guard, and scattered DoHS members fought hard, but small break-ins just weren't cutting it. Our members started thinking and talking through plans instead of mindlessly bashing the cades, which is always nice for a Papa to see. The major factor was simple beachhead tactics though. We had a sizable force hovering and waiting for a chance to pile in when the opportunity presented itself.
<Red> What would you say the survivor's best strength was?

<globule> Well you guys were needle fiends and never slept. It's tough to get a foothold when you guys CRed us at every opportunity and watched the cades 24 hours a day. I recall one night when the horde was just starting trickle in to Ridleybank and Murray and I decided to pop into Blackmore and take a look around. The cades were at VSB so we were pretty sure we could take them out with little trouble. Turns out we couldn't. Not only did we fail to break in, but the cades were at EHB within 30 seconds of us bashing. That kind of coordination and vigilance is the best weapon you guys had.
<Red> And what would you say the survivor's greatest flaw or weakness was?

<globule> Setting up shop in Ridleybank is usually not the greatest move for any survivor group looking to actually survive. :p Aside from that, you were pretty solid. You did start slacking on the gennies toward the end and I noticed that a lot of you were low on HP when we broke in.
<Red> You kinda beat us on the AP war, my friend. So, what Part of the siege did you enjoy the most?

<globule> I actually had the most fun when we were still just in the skirmish stage.
<Red> And which part, if any, did you least enjoy?

<globule> You guys revived me and I spent a night babbling nonsense with you guys. I even handed out the last of my Halloween candy to one of your members. Well, bashing away 50 AP and not accomplishing anything is a pretty lousy way to spend a night.
<Red> Overall, what was your impression of the event? Would you enjoy seeing something like this occur again in the future?

<globule> I would be happy to fight you guys again. Let's have the next party at your house though, all of the cleanup here is going to take ages.
<Red> Alright, thanks for your time, Glob.

<globule> Anytime.



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The Blackmore Building
Day 10 11 of the Infestation. Several more groups have joined in with 404's folly, most notably the MCM with several members arriving in the last 24 hours. Also representatives of many of Malton's oldest groups are now present. The new survivors represent amongst others;

The other groups still present;

They aren't all friendly, but they are all welcome.

95 standing zombies outside, it appears the RRF has been recalled to Ridley, a similar number of survivors face them from behind the barricades.

Hopefully an enjoyable siege is being had by all. Christmas lights have now been installed again.
--RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 11:45, 29 August 2010 (BST)

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The Blackmore Building
Blackmore is returned to its normal state, with almost 100 zombies inside. 404 would like to thank both the RRF and its survivor allies for their songs, dating tips, drinks and truly classy attitudes throughout.


Ron would be proud.


--RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 10:40, 31 August 2010 (BST)
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