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Jack Darwid
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Hi all

I'm not sure about one thing: if the humans get the Car Keys item, can they go directly to the car (*) or should they complete the search first (search each search square at least once) ?

(*) if the humans can use the car keys right away, it means this can happen: the humans start the game on the side near the car trunk. Move, search the car trunk, and get the car keys as the first item in the game. Everyone enter the car then win the game in just a few turns!

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Disclaimer: unless it has changed in the last version of the rules (2013)...

You can use the car keys right away.
If you search in the car trunk at the beginning of the game, find them, and use them successfully (chances are slim, but still) ; just play another session, the setup will be quick .
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Roolz wrote:
Disclaimer: unless it has changed in the last version of the rules (2013)...

You can use the car keys right away.
If you search in the car trunk at the beginning of the game, find them, and use them successfully (chances are slim, but still) ; just play another session, the setup will be quick .

The newest official version is from Wargamevault, last updated July 2014. When explaining the car keys, it's just tell what to do. No explanation that all the search squares should be searched first, so maybe you're right that it can be used right away.

Then reading many variant versions (including Kwanchai's, squash, etc) no explanation about it too. Only one rulebook variant by Flytrap here tells that all search squares should be searched first before using the car keys.
 
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As I understand it, all search squares have to be searched by someone in the group.

Then the group barricades themselves in the house (with no zombies) to win, or can leave via the car if have the keys.
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wildcard wrote:
As I understand it, all search squares have to be searched by someone in the group.

Then the group barricades themselves in the house (with no zombies) to win, or can leave via the car if have the keys.
See, it's not just me who aren't sure about this
 
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Anyone can play as he wishes, but to me it makes not thematical sense to have to search all the areas to be able to use car keys.
In case of zombie apocalypse, a shotgun won't help me starting a car's engine and drive away (though it can help reaching the car...).
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As long as a player holds the keys they can attempt a car getaway at any time, even if all the areas are not searched.

It's all escape or fail though. No stragglers can remain.

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