As I mentioned in an earlier post, here is your first Homework assignment for Tactics. The purpose of these posts is to help you get a better idea of what the thinking process behind good leadership is, and hopefully help you apply it after TEOTWAWKI.My goal here is not to turn every reader into a Special Forces Commando, but to give you an edge that many of the “bad guys” might not have, and bring your thinking to a level where if presented with these problems, you have thought of them before, and could either lead, or provide suggestions to the leader.
To add a level of realism to these exercises, each person has different skills that you, as leader, need to take into account when planning. Each person is represented by a cross hairs with each quadrant a area of skill that is applicable to the scenario. Each skill is measured like school grades, i.e. A-F. Preppers usually have some access to firearms training and range time, but that is no substitution for live-fire experience. One stat needs some explanation, Combat Mobility, where the stat is split if the person has a pack equipped with quick-release straps.These statistics are based on short-term, limited scenarios, an ‘A’ on alertness here doesn’t mean they are good at guard duty, it means they notice things better than the average person in the rush of combat or flight/fight.
I am not attempting to create the “prepper role-playing game” here, (use Cyberpubk, GURPS or Twilight:2000) but give you some additional curve balls to have to think about.
Without further ado, here is your team:
The names are stolen from Norse mythology — I was going to use characters from movies, but it would get distracting.
- Thor: Ex-army in his late 30′s, went to the Gulf War, but wasn’t on the front lines. Still fit, and has a FN FAL with all his old gear, including his combat webbing and ruck.
- Hiemdall: Mall security guard who is a great shot on paper targets, but has trouble with moving targets. Armed with a AK variant.
- Sif: She’s a local cop who’s tough as hell, used to work in the big city, but moved out to the country after the birth of her first kid.
- Freya: the “Mom” of your group, she’s over 50 and rather doughy, but has a big heart.
- Loki: Most of the time a pain in the butt, although, his pranks and Friday night comedy skits keep everyone’s morale high.
- Odin: Grandfather to one of the people back at the retreat, was a cook in Viet Nam, and lost his left eye to a BB gun incident when trying to kill the squirrels stealing his bird feed. Works hard, but he’s pushing 60.
Something really, really bad happened <take your pick> and society has collapsed. your group is tucked away at your retreat safe and sound. You all made it through the winter, and have begun planting crops. Word has gotten around that there is to be a trading fair in the next town over, but the bridges were heavily damaged from the winter storms and heavy spring rains. Due to fallen trees, and the washed out bridges it is impossible to use vehicles, and too treacherous for the one horse you found in your fields after one snowstorm.
There have been attacks on small groups of travelers, between the two towns, but no one has figured out who has done it. Most people travel openly armed, and the only talk of government has been to try to hold local and county elections in July. No one has bothered you at your retreat, but to be prudent you have been maintaining patrols and a 24hr watch.
Your group has decided to try to trade some stuff at the fair to get some items that are desperately needed, and Thor, Loki, Freya, and Odin are carrying most of it, but everyone has some stuff. This leaves you enough people at home to hold the retreat, but this is the only people who can go.
Everyone looks to you as the leader of this trip, and does what you say with minimal bitching.
The shortest route is a mix of country lanes (dirt), roads (pavement), forest and fields. Except the brush at the edge of fields, the route is fairly easy, with only a few hills. A large tract of state forest has to be crossed, and it is a old secondary growth forest with no underbrush under the tree cover, except occasional meadows or where a tree went down during Irene a couple years ago.
Print out the picture and cut it up with scissors and place the people in a marching order. (Another option is to open it in Paint and cut and paste then into a new picture. Some hints:
1) What is each persons responsibilty?
2) How is communication handled?
3) How far apart are people walking?
Add more detail as you see fit. Might be a good idea to practice this at your next meeting.
Please let me know if you like this concept or not. Also let me know ways I can improve the blog, or information you folks would like to know.