This one's crazy.
I was bored this afternoon, and began to think about how it would be awesome if I had someone to play Panic Station with. But that didn't get me anywhere, so I just played the game with myself.
Billy Jr, Nina, Raven, Doc and Ramirez all went down into the compound. I shuffled the host into something like the top twenty cards to add a little extra unknown to a game that will pretty much all be known. (I do play as all of the Characters) I dealt out the cards and didn't look at them, at least my first few turns will feel real...
Billy Jr doesn't have the host card as a check, I explore, explore again to reveal the cargo room, so I move in and take three items. But to keep the suspense high (er than it would be), I didn't look what cards he drew.
I continued all around until I got to BJ again, checked the three cards and found them to all be useful, but not alliance changing. Best explore a little more. Each character I discovered was not the host.... until I got down to the last: Ramirez. I hear there's something about the purple guy that isn't trustworthy. He wasn't the host, but his search that turn pulled down the Biohazard.
I had actually been thinking about placing the rooms in ways that would lend itself to proper exploration, and I got results. When I drew the host, I realized I would have to leg it if I was going to get some infected allies before the hive card comes up. I move into an unsearched cargo hold and wait. Someone will have to come, they want items too much...
So in comes doc, that mystery wrapped up in a bandanna and aviators.
He trades with me... gas can... yuck.
Fortunately I gave him an innocent item, drawing no suspicion while leeching away his protection.
I follow Doc in the turn chain, so I explore some with my trooper, and then as my last action, move into a run room and back in with doc for one action. Beforehand I told him I needed something in a trade... not that it matters if he trusts me... he's all out of gas.
Doc turns to my side, and the hive draw ever nearer. By a great bit of luck, on Nina's next turn, she moves into Doc's Trooper's room... and comes down with the parasitic flu. Ramirez has no tools at his disposal other than his 2 infections, and he's far from the other humans, so he must let others do his work. Doc, armed with a heavy gun, eight bullets, and a sniper rifle opens fire on Raven, who he claims deserved it. Unfortunately for Doc, he's a terrible liar, and Billy Jr slays his trooper where he stands.
Raven puts up a fight, but she has no gas, and Nina quickly infects her. Just as Billy is making a mad dash for the hive through a corridor filled with his enemies, keycard in hand to make it behind the security door to the hive. He realizes he is on his own. With only two gas cans.
Ah! But the draw deck is still pretty full, he can still do some good here! he rationalizes, even though he knows he's parasite food. Billy's Trooper is off on his own, and begins to search heavily... and finds him an ace of spades: The Antidote.
"Hmm, my options are Doc, who is armed out the wazoo, but he only has his Android left, thus making him nearly immobile, dangerous though he may be. Aha! Ramirez! He's tried to infect me a twice already, so I know he's bad, and he has full health!"
Billy moves into a room with the Ramirez and Doc: "Hey Ramirez, it would be really smart of you to give me a gas can." His alien eyes flash with a look of recognition. He does as I ask, and I pass him a syringe.
So now Ramirez has one of those "uh oh" moments where he realizes that all those people he infected so nicely are now going to slaughter him.
But he makes the most of it. Doc takes the brunt of Ramirez's Wrath and is killed off for good. Billy tries to run for the exit with his three gas cans but the two ladies block the way. They start to leech his gas cans before Raven shoots down Billy's Android. Ramirez retreats to the reactor room where he plans his course of action by radio with Billy.
Their time is cut short by eminent danger: Here comes Raven, brandishing a pistol, and parasites are roaming the station unchecked. Ramirez's Android takes one damage from Raven, but they both escape, and begin to search the northeast for goods, namely gas.
The stage is set, Billy will use come up, trade with Ramirez and give him a keycard, and Ramirez (who now has five gas cans) will brave the corridor and reach the hive. But lady-bad-luck, also know as Raven swoops in and infects the ever resistant Billy junior.
It is finished, Ramirez cannot get to the hive without getting past two of Nina's Characters, and now he doesn't even have a keycard. Raven and the now infected Billy guard the south where the open terminal is found.
All the parasites are on the board, and two are adjacent to Ramirez. They come down and he's going to be severely crippled in his quest. *rollll...
It's a one! Yes! They don't harm me!
Then I looked at the rest of the board. Two Black parasites are directly below Billy and Raven's room.
Two Black Parasite's are directly below Nina's Android.
In one parasite phase, the little boogers took out three infected characters, and completely finished of the red player (me).
Ramirez takes a breath of fresh air... five gas cans, two bullets (bullet's not magazines), a health pack, a heat scanner, the Host card, and an empty syringe. What a hand.
Ramirez's Android goes down to the terminal, preparing the way to the hive. But Nina stands in Ramirez's way. She is not armed, but she has two infection cards. The Ramirez opens all the security doors, and moves past her, losing one of his precious gas cans along the way. Stands at the hive entrance. Because he is player one, the doors will remain open for his next turn. Nina moves in and makes a final feeble infection attempt and is met by another gas can.
Ramirez moves into the hive room and burns that sucker to the ground.
Wow, a solo-game of PS. Wicked!
- Last edited Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:20 am (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:38 am
"Oooh oooh...I already know who the traitor is!"
Lol. I had to scratch my head when I read the title.