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Subject: I saved the dog, didn't care about losing the cat... rss

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Mark Judd
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After a few family games with others while trying to learn to play Flash Point, I've recently decided to give solo-play a go, progressively advancing in difficulty as I try to improve my firefighting skills. I won my first attempt at the veteran level a few days ago and decided to give it another go last night to make sure it was not a fluke. While the first attempt at veteran level seemed somewhat of a walk through the park - enjoyable but nothing dramatic, last nights attempt was crazy! Good thing I decided to take a few notes along the way for a session report.

Location: Beach House (the side with 4 exterior doors)

Fire Situation: All 3 explosions occurred relatively close to each other with one fire engulfing almost the entire NW living room, a second in the kitchen, and the third in the north bathroom

Hazmat Situation: One Hazmat was located in the north bathroom surrounded by fire, two more a reasonably safe distance away in the NE bedroom, and the fourth in the SW dining room

Potential Victims Situation: There were possible signs of life in the corner of the NW living room, just on the other side of the bathroom door from the Hazmat and surrounded by fire - a very dangerous situation. There were also reports of someone struggling to get out just inside the exterior west door, also surrounded by fire. Occasional noises were also coming from the piano in the dining room - possibly a victim or just debris banging into the piano.

Initial Plan:
- Have Rescue Specialist and Hazmat Technician pair up to create an entry point in the gap between the two fires in the northwest - north central part of the building, rescuing the endangered victim and removing the at-risk Hazmat
- Captain will be stationed by the west entrance, try to save the victime just inside, and bark out orders as needed
- Driver/Operator will initially focus on the NW corner to clear out as much fire as possible

Things start out well as the Rescue Specialist created a new point of entry and successfully located and rescued a young girl. The Hazmat Tech followed her into the building and was able to clear out the first Hazmat with no difficulty. But before the Captain could enter the building, all hell broke loose. A hotspot next to the victim in the NW bedroom went nitro and exploded, killing the young boy just feet from the Captain. Cries for help could be heard coming from the dining room. Smoke also appeared at the location of the dining room Hazmat, putting that at extreme risk. The Captain opted to order a clearout of the NW quadrant to prepare for the truck's deck gun instead of entering the building, and directed the Rescue Specialist towards the waiting ambulance to aid the first victim. While being resuscitated she said that there were actually two people still in the kitchen close to the fire. The Driver/Operator jumped into action trying to suppress a major part of the NW fires and especially trying to focus towards the kitchen. Unfortunately, the strong headwind threw off his aim and he only managed to extinguish 4 squares of fire around the perimeter, leaving the interior of the building ablaze.

Score - Firemen 1:1 Fire

Phase 2 - Focus on South, Central Part of Building:
- Have Rescue Specialist and Hazmat Tech ride ambulance to south entrance to focus on at-risk Hazmat and victims
- Captain will continue directing the operation from outside
- Driver/Operator will continue with NW fire suppression

Upon re-entry from the south, the Rescue Specialist discovered a victim and the piano but continued towards the kitchen to get the others away from the fire. The Hazmat Tech needed additional commands from the Captain to drag the Hazmat to a safer spot. The Captain then sent the Rescue Specialist into the kitchen to discover that the previous report was mistaken - there was only one female victim in the kitchen instead of two victims. Before the Driver/Operator could fire his cannon, another explosion ripped apart the building in the north bathroom causing a large amount of structural damage. The explosion must have scared someone because an odd scream was heard right next to the Rescue Specialist in the fire-engulfed kitchen. The Driver/Operator's aim was again thrown off by the explosion, removing a small amount of fire and smoke - none of it next to the victims.

Score - Firemen 1:1 Fire

What is more important? Man or cat?
- Rescue Specialist and Hazmat Tech to continue their current assignments
- Captain to continue barking out orders
- Driver/Operator to relocate to NE quadrant to assist with victims and fire spreading towards NE Hazmat

The Rescue Specialist investigated the strange cries and discovers a terrified cat. They move it, biting and clawing, away from the fire, but get scratched one too many times and abandon it to focus their rescue efforts on the woman. Meanwhile, the Hazmat Tech did their thing and dismantled the second Hazmat - two to go, both in the NE bedroom. The captain then ordered everyone clear of the NE quadrant and personally drove the engine that direction so the Driver/Operator could focus all of his efforts on fighting the blaze. The Driver/Operator successfully cleared fires near the cat, but was unable to control the blaze near the Hazmat.

Score - Firemen 1:1 Fire

Forget About the Cat!
- Rescue Specialist to focus on female victim
- Hazmat Tech to rescue male victim
- Captain and Driver/Operator continue doing their thing

The Rescue Specialist drags the female victim towards the east entrance, completely abandoning the darn cat. The Hazmat Tech is able to drag the male victim to the waiting ambulance and is informed that the victim's friend had gone back into the kitchen to find the cat, and is probably in trouble with the expanding fire and smoke. With this news, the Captain orders the Rescue Specialist to leave the female in a safe location in the east game room and check out the kitchen one last time where she does find a man right next to the cat. Showing the victim the scratches on her face from the cat, the Rescue Specialist convinces him to let the cat go and drags him away from the fire. The Driver/Operator finally gets his head in the game, is able to eliminate all of the fire adjacent to the Hazmats, and radios for the ambulance to take the Hazmat Tech to the east side of the building.

Score - Firemen 2:1 Fire

Someone is Still Trying to Save the Cat???
- Rescue Specialist to continue with victim rescue efforts
- Hazmat Tech to enter from north to clear final two Hazmats
- Captain to keep bossing others around
- Driver/Operator TBD, focusing on fire suppression

The Rescue Specialist was able to save the third male victim at the east entrance, only to learn that there still might be one more person in the kitchen trying to save that darn cat! The Hazmat Tech rode the ambulance to the north side of the building and ran inside to eliminate the final two Hazmats. The Captain ordered the Rescue Specialist to save the fourth female victim before heading back towards the kitchen to find the newest victim and radios the ambulance to attend to the 4th victim at the east entrance while he drives the truck to the SE quadrant of the building. And good thing that he positioned the truck there, because another violent hotspot explosion in the SW quadrant yielded 9 spaces in that area ablaze and the smoking SE bedroom ignited in flames. A new potential victim was discovered just inside the east entrance. The Driver/Operator continued his good luck/skill by wiping out the newly ignited fire in the SE bedroom and drove the truck to the inferno in the SW quadrant, leaving the Captain near the east entrance.

Score - Firemen 4:1 Fire

No, Seriously - Forget About the Cat!
- Rescue Specialist to take care of newest victim in kitchen
- Hazmat Tech to continue Hazmat disposal
- Captain to assist/boss Rescue Specialist
- Driver/Operator to focus on SW inferno

For the umpteenth time, the Rescue Specialist ran into the kitchen to find another man focused on trying to save the kitty. She convinced him it wasn't worth it and began dragging him towards the east entrance, just as the house was shaken apart by another explosion in the SW quadrant, causing massive structural damage and leaving 10 of 12 spaces in that quadrant on fire. The Hazmat Tech was able to eliminate the third Hazmat, and a chain of fire spread in the middle of the kitchen, creating a wall of fire between the cat and it's potential rescuers. Sorry, kitty. Looks like you are doomed. The Captain cleared a path for the Rescue Specialist and ordered her to drag the fifth victim to the safety of the ambulance. As the fifth victim was being treated, two more hotspots near the south entrance exploded causing further structural damage. Possible cries for help were heard coming from the NE bedroom. The Driver/Operator's good luck continued as his pair of shots from the deck gun quenched 7 fires in the SW corner, greatly reducing that threat, but another explosion in that quadrant leaves just 4 damage tokens left before structural failure of the home.

Score - Firemen 5:1 Fire

False Alarms!
- Rescue Specialist to investigate nearest potential victims
- Hazmat Tech to eliminate final Hazmat, clear the building
- Captain to direct Rescue Specialist's efforts
- Driver/Operator to try and hold the building together for a few more turns

The Rescue Specialist ran to the possible sounds of a victim in the game room, only to discover it was the groans of the building about to collapse. Then they dashed into the NE bedroom only to find another false alarms. Fortunately, sounds were heard in the opposite corner of the bedroom - the victim might have crawled over there to distance themselves from the fire. There were also reports of another possible victim in the SW bedroom. The Hazmat Tech removed the final Hazmat and ran out the north entrance to make way for some additional firefighting support. As he exited the building, he could hear the horrific cries of the abandon cat as it was finally overcome by the flames. Serves it right for scratching the Rescue Specialist! It was reported that there might actually be a second victim in the SE bedroom. The Captain ordered the Rescue Specialist to investigate the sounds in the NE bedroom, where she discovered a cowering puppy. Meanwhile, the Driver/Operator refocused his efforts to the SE quadrant to make sure the two victims were protected and a path was cleared, eliminating another 4 flames in the process. On the opposite side of the house, another explosion engulfs the north bathroom in fire, bringing the house to the verge of collapse.

Score - Firemen 5:2 Fire

It All Comes Crashing Down
- Rescue Specialist to save dog, head towards SE bedroom victims
- Hazmat Tech to switch off with a better fire suppression expert (CAFS or Generalist)
- Captain to assist Rescue Specialist and/or fire suppression expert
- Driver/Operator to try to hang on for just a little longer

The Rescue Specialist is able to bring the well-mannered puppy to the waiting ambulance and rides the ambulance with the Captain to the south entrance to try and save just one more victim. Unfortunately, a chain of explosions in the SW dining room and in the kitchen is too much for the house to handle and it comes crashing down.

In the end, the Rescue Specialist was trapped in the collapsing building as well as two other victims. The game ended with 27 of the 48 spaces on fire - the biggest inferno I've seen yet. Maybe I should have spent a little more effort on fire suppression instead of focusing as much on immediate Hazmat removal. But the last several turns, with fire spreading almost unchecked while I was coming close to saving enough victims, sure made for an intense finish.

Final Score - Firemen 6:4 Fire

But at least I saved the dog and not the cat!
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Rowell Ilog
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Awesome session report!
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Speaking of dog, we are almost there for the rescue dog on kickstarter! laugh
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Garry Rice
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Great report! Although in my house, my son drops everything when the cat comes out to rescue the cat The house can fall down around him as long as he gets that cat to safety
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Really nice post.
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Dr Edward Locke
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Great report.

I've been considering house-ruling the cats and dogs to count as one extra rescue, simply because I like animals more than most people.

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Arjen Schouten
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Great report, but poor cat!cry
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Darrell R
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Just got this game, first play through: saved the dog, killed the cat. Wife cried.
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