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Pone McPoneface
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My firefighting game group is composed of my two girls, a friend of theirs, and myself. My girls are 11 and 9, with the their friend being also 11 in this session. My girls and their friends have been play tester for Flash Point: Fire Rescue from the beginning and have enjoyed the game in all its forms as it developed. The idea of having their friends participate was a welcome idea and they have enjoyed the game as much as my girls have. The spirit of conversation and team work really has made for enjoyable game play and we continue to play test and enjoy our sessions together. We look forward to the game being published and hope that you will support Indie Boards & Cards with their kick starter project at;

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I have tried to express a narrative feel to the session report while staying true to the actual flow, events, and mechanics of the game in the turn order. I hope my efforts prove effective for this session report and hope you enjoy reading it.

In this game session we played the veteran level with 4 players, 3 initial explosions, 4 hazmat markers, 10 victims, and 6 false alarms. We started the session playing, in turn order, the Generalist, CAFS, Hazmat Technician, and Imaging Technician. Nine hotspots were initially placed on the board and 6 additional were set aside to be added when flare ups occurred.

The alarm at the fire house sounded off on a Saturday night just before the team was about to eat a late supper. Dinner was forgotten as the team scrambled and raced to the fire with sirens blaring. An initial look at the fire showed the fire spread throughout the building and up to 10 victims inside needing rescue. A quick assessment was made and the team split up to tackle the fire from two different directions. The Generalist and CAFS took the south entrance with the ambulance parked nearby as an explosion had just occurred in the room and spotters reported a victim near the entrance close to the fire. The Hazmat Technician and Imaging Tech took the east entrance leading into a large room where two areas of hazardous materials were detected and both close to smoke and fire. The Imaging Tech stayed with the fire truck to identify victims and radio locations of victims in need of rescue to the team.

The Generalist quickly entered the south entrance putting out a fire near a victim only to discover that it was a pile of clothing. The CAFS followed close behind and moved to the central hallway towards a heavy area of fire in a south central room adjacent to a long central hallway. . Smoke continued to slowly build in the far north room near some hazardous materials piled in a corner.

The Hazmat Technician moved through the east entrance and made his way to an area of hazardous materials south of the entrance, clearing a section of smoke dangerously close to the flammable material. The Imaging Tech quickly identified the three points of interest in the building and found 1 victim and ruled out 2 others as false alarms.

The Generalist at this time began moving north toward the central hallway clearing smoke and fire along the way. The CAFS moved down the central hallway and into the south room.

The Hazmat Technician cleared the hazardous materials in the southern section of the room and began to move north to the next section of hazardous materials. Smoke covered the area ahead and tension began to raise about the possibility of an explosion. The Imaging Tech identified the next two points of interest and radioed the team that she has found two more victims in the building.
Imaging Tech to Generalist, "I have a victim prone on the west end of the central hallway. Be careful as the area is covered in smoke and may erupt into fire. Get to that victim, clear the smoke and secure the victim. I also have a second victim in your area in an adjacent west room near an exit. Once you make sure that your first victim is out of immediate danger move immediately to the west room and clear that area of smoke and fire. Be prepared to carry that victim out if the situation warrants it." "Copy that." came the reply.
The Imaging Technician then calls in the Paramedic to proceed in and get the victim in a north central room mid-way down the central hallway. Fire erupts in the southwest corner near the Generalist, but there was no time to double back to the fire with two victims in danger nearby.

The Generalist makes her way into the central hallway clearing the smoke that was blanketing the room. The victim was alive, but unconscious. The CAFS reaches the south central room and enters, battling fire at every step. "The whole room is on fire, will need a few minutes to put this one down."

Without warning a flare up occurs setting an explosion off in the southwest corner of the room filling the area recently cleared with fire. The Generalist radios the CAFS, "Need your assistance with the south west corner as soon as you are able."
"Copy that," replied the CAFS, "heard the explosion, take care of the victims, I'm almost done here."

The Hazmat Technician moves north through the smoke and clears the second area of hazardous materials from the area, hoping the building smoke would not ignite and cause a detonation. Another flare up occurred causing another explosion in the southwest room shattering sections of wall and spreading the fire across the entire room.

The Paramedic makes her way down the central hallway, reaches the north central room and quickly treats the unconscious victim. The Generalist, leaving the victim in the west central hallway, moves into the north room and immediately turns to a door leading back south into the west room. Upon opening the door she finds her second victim and clears the smoke in the immediate area. Smoke builds again in the room just north of the Generalist around the unattended hazmat. The Generalist wastes no time and picks up his victim and exits through the west exit. "Cleared the building with victim, will wait for ambulance." A flare up occurs and detonates an explosion in the northeast corner of the building dangerously close to the Hazmat Tech.

"Whoa that was close," radioed the Hazmat Tech to the Paramedic, "Don't slow down, get that victim out and I'll make sure the fire is out of your way."
"Copy that," replied the Paramedic.

The CAFS cleared the fire in the south central room and moved back into the central hallway towards the unconscious victim in the hallway. Once again the fire coming dangerously close to the victim. "I'll clear the fire and smoke around the victim, but I need you back as soon as can."
"Copy that," responded the Generalist.
Two flare ups set off a second explosion in the northeast section of the building, flames killing a victim in the blast radius. "I've lost one." radios the Hazmat Tech. The flare ups cause smoke to once again fill the west end of the hallway as the CAFS tries to press forward to the endangered victim.

The Hazmat Technician stays in the east end of the building putting down the spreading fires that he is desperately trying to control. More smoke appears across the large room. "Need you to clear that as I have victims I'm escorting through that area." radios the Paramedic, "Copy that," replied the Hazmat Tech, "I've got you covered. Both explosions are north of your position and if you head straight for the exit you should stay clear of them." The Paramedic begins to move the victim into the central hallway and heads for the east exit. Fire again erupts in front of the Hazmat Tech from an area he just cleared of fire, "Damn, hot work." He mutters through clenched teeth.

The Generalist calls over the ambulance from the south side of the building to the west entrance. With the victim safely being cared for he immediately jumps in the front seat and orders the driver back to the south entrance.

The CAFS clears the smoke around the victim and removes the immediate danger, but upon reaching the end of the hall with the victim sees the north room is almost completely filled with smoke and the south room a near total inferno. "Where are you?" radios the CAFS to the Generalist unsure which side to attack.
"I'm with the ambulance and getting ready to enter the south entrance," came the reply, "move to the north and clear that room."
"Copy that, moving north, victim still stable but unattended."

The Hazmat Tech reduces all fire in the northeast section to smoke. "Almost have this area cleared." he reports. Smoke begins to fill the central north room near some hazardous materials. "
The Paramedic escorts the victim out the east entrance and calls the ambulance over to the east side. Smoke erupts into fire in the west room trapping an undiscovered potential victim. The CAFS comes across the radio, "I'm closest and moving toward the victim from the north room."

The Generalist moves straight into the fury of the south room immediately removing fire closest to the victim still in the hallway. More smoke dangerously spreads in the northwest room where the CAFS is located. The CAFS immediately acts and puts down a majority of the smoke in the room and positions herself next to the door adjacent to the west room and the undiscovered victim or false alarm.

The Hazmat Tech sees the fire spreading across the east exit and sees the smoke billowing from the central north room, unsure of his best action he radios the Paramedic, "Where do you need me?"
"There may be another victim in the room I just came from, go down the central hall and check the north room," came the quick response, "Clear the hazardous materials and check the room for a victim. I'm bringing the Engine around to the west side and riding with...we have two victims over there."
"Copy that." and the Hazmat Tech moves down the central hallway to the doorway leading to the victim. The Paramedic rides with the Fire Truck to the west side of the building leaving the ambulance on the east side for now.

The Generalist continued to battle the fire in the southwest room while the CAFS enters the west room discovering a victim and puts out the two nearest fires in the area. "The way is open for you to come in," the CAFS radios to the Paramedic, "Have a victim here in need of assistance."
"On my way." responds the Paramedic.

The Hazmat Tech enters the north room and clears smoke from the entryway and from the hazardous material. "Can't see anyone with all the smoke, will clear the hazmat first and clear some of this fire and smoke."

In the northwest section of the building, smoke erupts into fire killing another victim and bringing the fire dangerously close to the hazardous materials. The CAFS turns to see the spreading fire, "Damn, we lost another one!"
"We still have one to save," radioed the Paramedic, "leave the victim and get back in there and keep that fire away from those hazardous materials!" The Paramedic moves immediately into the west entrance, treats the victim, and assists her out of the building as the smoke begins to build once again in the room.

The Generalist clears the rest of the smoke and fire from the southwest room and moves towards the central hallway to recover the victim he found earlier. Another series of flare ups sets off another series of fires and kills the third victim who had been undiscovered in the south central room. A momentary sense of panic shot across the group as the realization of our losses hit home.
"We can't lose another one!" called out the Paramedic.
"Stay focused and continue to focus on the fire." responded the CAFS.
The CAFS moves back into the west room and clears the fires that had re-ignited just after the Paramedic cleared. Fire begins to spread in the south central room waiting for an opportunity to go out of control.

The Hazmat Tech neutralizes the hazardous materials in the central and begins to move toward the entrance when he stumbles across a prone child behind a chair. "Found one!" and immediately carries the victim outside into the central hallway when the smoke in the northern half of the room erupts into fire! A flare up in the northwest corner of the building pours smoke over the hazardous materials near the CAFS and a reported point of interest. "You may have a victim in the north room." radioed the Paramedic to the CAFS. "Clear the way for me and I'll check it out."
"Copy that."
The Paramedic moved quickly into the north room to discover that the point of interest was a false alarm. A series of flare-ups fills the west room with smoke again as the exasperated CAFS continues to battle for the room and control of the fire.

The Generalist carries the victim out of the south entrance and calls for the ambulance. Smoke once again spreads slowly in the northeast corner of the building. The CAFS puts down the smoke in the west room and prepares for the next flare ups.

The Hazmat Tech opts to put out the fire in the north central room and then turns to ready the victim for evacuation. Smoke continues to build in the east side of the building. The Paramedic discovers a child in the small adjacent room behind a door. She quickly treats him and begins to assist him out moving south towards the ambulance. Another series of flare-ups occur filling the west room with smoke again. "Stay on top of that and don't let it get out of control." radios the Generalist to the CAFS.
"Copy that, you need to get over to the south central room and check the spread of the fire over there." replies the CAFS.
"Copy that." the Generalist replies as she moved back into the southwest room spotting a point of interest and checking it turned out to be a false alarm. It was at this point that a small fire in a bathroom adjacent to the south central room exploded spreading fire and wall damage.

The CAFS continued to put down smoke in the west room when a new series of flare ups causes a second explosion in the bathroom knocking out two sections of walls and blowing out the door. Smoke billows into the south central room and spreads into the hallway where the Hazmat Tech has his victim placed. He contemplates just moving but the amount of smoke and the danger of fire setting off a chain reaction got the better of him. Standing over the unconscious victim he begins to clear smoke from the entranceway of the south central room and in the hallway. "I need help here!" he radios out when he spots a small heap in the corner of the room miraculously devoid of fire. "I have a victim in the room near the two explosions. I need assistance now as the fire is very near the vic."
The Paramedic sees the Generalist as she is escorting the child out of the building, "Take the child to the ambulance, I'm going to get to those other victims." Leaving the child with the Generalist the Paramedic moves immediately down the hall and enters the south central room where the last victim is laying unconscious.

The Generalist immediately escorts the victim to the ambulance. She then immediately returns to the southwest room ready to assist the next victims to safety setting up a human chain to move victims faster. The CAFS moves north and clears the remaining smoke from the northwest room and works her way back to the west room. Fire erupts at the north entrance, but fortunately away from the immediate area of rescue as the Hazmat Tech carries the victim down the hallway towards the Generalist. The Paramedic moves to the last victim, treats him, and escorts him into the central hallway lucky that the fire didn't spread further in that room.

The Generalist meets the Hazmat Tech as he labors to carry out the victim. "I'll take him from here." the Generalist says and takes the unconscious victim and moves toward the exit giving the Hazmat Tech a few moments to catch his breath. The CAFS checks the area, gets the all clear, and moves towards the west exit. The Hazmat Tech immediately catches up with the Generalist and helps carry the victim out of the building to the waiting ambulance. Smoke continues to spread throughout the building, but we were lucky another series of explosions did not occur during these last tense moments. The Paramedic escorted the seventh victim out of the building and scores a win for the team! We played two more turns to see if we could evacuate the Generalist and CAFS safely which we accomplished successfully.

At veteran level we managed to rescue 7 victims, removed 3 hazmat markers, and safely evacuated all firefighters. We had 7 damage remaining to the structure before collapse. A good evening though we all regretted the lose of 3 victims to the fire.
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Now *that's* a session report. Talk about a hard-fought win...
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Exciting session report,sounded like a pretty chaotic game. A question though in the beginning you listed a character as an imaging technologist, but then you just stopped mentioning that character. But then a paramedic was mentioned a lot, so were they the same person?
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dmassek wrote:
A question though in the beginning you listed a character as an imaging technologist, but then you just stopped mentioning that character. But then a paramedic was mentioned a lot, so were they the same person?

In Flash Point you can use Action Points on your turn to switch roles with a currently unused role, perhaps that is what happened.
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Great report, I have already supported and will be picking it up at Essen and hopefully playing a few games.
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Fantastic session report. I am really looking forward to this game.
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dmassek wrote:
Exciting session report,sounded like a pretty chaotic game. A question though in the beginning you listed a character as an imaging technologist, but then you just stopped mentioning that character. But then a paramedic was mentioned a lot, so were they the same person?

Yes, the Imaging Tech used 2AP and switched roles to the Paramedic. It was part of our strategy to have the Imaging Tech stay with the Fire Truck until we had 3 victims identified on the board. Didn't mention the switch directly as related to the rules, but hope it was at least somewhat implied. Thanks for reading!
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