Inspired by the threats of riots just before the US Presidential election, I decided to play one out for myself. I used primarily the rules
5150: New Beginnings from Two Hour Wargames, and thanks to THW owner Ed Texiera, I added in the mob rules from the All Things Zombie supplement Haven.
This is Jerry Rivers reporting for The Wolverine News Network from just outside the Aquaport Hotel in downtown New Hope City where we are awaiting the arrival of the controversial Governor of New Hope, Barry Kony, here to deliver his victory speech following his unexpected re-election. The crowd is quiet, but there is a heightened police presence following threatening Tweeter messages from suspected members of the Coffee Clash movement.
The motorcade is arriving, interrupting the entrance of spectators to the speech.
The Secret Service is leading in the Gubernatorial party. Governor Kony and his wife Michelle, followed by Lieutenant Governor Clinton Kerry and his wife Hillary. The crowd's reaction is rather mixed between cheers and boos.
As the Governor enters the building, a section of the crowd surges forward! Special Agent John McClain is the first casualty as the crowd approached, he drew his weapon but it was out of ammo. As McClain was piled on by three rioters, an improvised weapon penetrated his rib cage and he fell, 'Obviously Dead'. At the same time, Second Lady Jill Clinton was knocked down by rioters attempting to attack her husband and she fell 'Out of the Fight'.
At this point, I realized that a crowd of 72 potential rioters against 18 law enforcement officers is a load of bookkeeping, even with the simplicity of the THW reaction system. I don’t particularly recommend using ‘immersion game’ rules for this scale. YMMV.
Simultaneous with the southern indoor crowd erupting into violence, the northern most crowds outside also went into action, attacking three police droids. Failing their reaction tests, none of the police droids were able to offer resistance to their attackers.
Special Agent McClain's final moments.
The remaining Secret Service agent activates first, sweeping the Governor and Vice Governor both towards their transportation for a quick escape. The police react by firing tear gas towards the outside crowd. The rioters react to the tear gas by showering the escaping politicians with a mix of verbal abuse, beer bottles, bricks, rocks and anything else at hand. Clinton Kerry is struck on the head, falling 'Obviously Dead'. Special Agent William Foster is unable to protect the Governor and both fall 'Out of the Fight' under the barrage of improvised missiles. The indoor crowds begin to chase the politicians outside while the northern crowds move to attack Police Support Droid 0U812 to prevent it firing more tear gas.
The indoor crowd overruns the police droids inside the hotel and tramples the Governor to death. Police support droid L33TZ0R is faced with a dilemma in his programming between 'Justifiable Force' and 'Lethal Force'.
With the Governor and Lieutenant Governor both dead and my character, reporter Jerry Rivers, a non-combatant, I decided to call the game and let Jerry finish his live feed.