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Subject: A dad and two of his kids....... rss

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Rich Charters
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A Dad and Two of his Kids....
Flash Point Fire Rescue session Jan 13, 2013

We hadn't played Flash Point for quite a while. We've been on a Settlers kick lately. But the kids said, how about "Flash Point" so we gave it a go.

We started with 3 explosions and 4 hazmats. To simplify things (since we hadn't played in a while), we randomly picked roles and made a house rule.....you stick with your role unless you die.

My 11-year-old daughter got the Hazmat specialist. My 14-year-old son got the generalist. I got the rescue specialist. My son was bummed that he didn't have a "special skill" but I told him the 5 actions would be handy. My daughter didn't resonate with "hazmat" and really liked the look of the rescue specialist, so I traded roles with her. Then we began the game.

Note that we never used the driver role in this game....we fought the fire the old-fashioned way.

What happened?

My son entered through the kitchen and aggressively fought the fire that was spread throughout the kitchen and first bedroom. I went right after the hazmat (don't ask me why they were storing gas cans in the living room?! ). My daughter went for the POIs and was excited to discover that the first thing she came to was the kitty. Of course my son gave her a bad time for saving the kitty before the people.

The game progressed. One interesting scene is when my daughter had 2 victims just 4 spots away from the front door. As she was carrying one to the door, smoke appeared between her and the door. She plunged through the smoke and delivered the victim to the ambulance. By the time she turned around to save the next guy the smoke had turned to fire and she was looking through the flames at the other victim cowering by the wall.

Other events: An explosion blew a hole into the bathroom. We had a bedroom closet full of smoke with the possibility of a person traped in the closet. We had the back bedroom filling with smoke and with with hazmat in the corner of that bedroom. We dashed for the back of the house and for one brief moment all 3 of us shared the space at the back of the hall....we called it a mini-meeting for the fire fighters. Then my son entered to bathroom to try to control the fire, my daughter went for the victim in the closet, and I went after the hazmat in the back bedroom. I removed the hazmat and then faced the fire (smoke had turned to fire). I took a risk by stepping next to the fire to try to remove 2 instances of fire on the next turn, but was killed by an unlucky roll which spread the fire to the dangerous space I had chosen to stand on.

Based on another random draw, I came back as the CAS fire-fighter (3 action points, and 3 add'l action points for fighting fires). I had to come in from the far side of the house, so I headed slowly for the back rooms again (just 3 spaces per turn) putting out small fires as I walked past. My son and daughter were still fighting fires and rescuing people in the other back bedroom and bathroom)....also my son had to re-extinguish the fire in the kitchen which had flared up for a 2nd time.

The hot-spots (or as we call them re-roll markers) were getting pretty much out of control by this time. Every advance of smoke was likely to result in an explosion.

At last I reached the exact same spot of the exact same bedroom that had killed the hazmat guy. Instead of playing it safe, I took the exact same risk and stood next to the fire to set me up for a productive next turn. I was frustrated at how long it took me to get back there, so I figured I'd take the risk. Again an unlucky roll killed the CAS firefighter! Yikes!

So dad had managed to kill 2 firefighters, while my son and daughter were going strong with their initial firefighters.

At that point in the game we had saved 6 victims, discovered 4 false alarms, and lost 2 victims to flames/explosions.....we were only 1 victim away from victory.

My daughter finally found the last victim we needed for victory. However, when she rolled to advance the fire, it caused an explosion and the house collapsed. My daughter quickly grabbed the dice and cried "re-roll!!" my son and I just laughed and said...."too late, the game is over."

My 3rd firefighter (the imaging specialist...pulled by random draw) never had a chance to enter the house he was standing just outside the front door when the entire structure came crashing down.

So we had a fun experience, and reconnected with an engaging game. Final score: firefighters = zero Housefire = one.
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Jamie Specht
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Great report on that. I love how you talked about your daughter looking at the cowering victim through the flames! This game has so much theme that even for someone without much any imagination, it isn't a far jump to see that! Thanks.
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Keith Textor
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Nice report. I might have to pull my copy out again.
 
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