Your RECON team has defeated some local enemies and now wants to help the local people. What are they going to do? They have limited gold and equipment but they have skills and knowledge . How do they apply these? What do they buy or build?
The following is a list that might inspire some ideas for the team’s specialists.
One of the new Encounter Groups in 4th edition is the “Cave Rats” or “Tunnel Rats”; these are the descendants of people who found or built underground shelter before the Wars and Asteroid strikes. They don’t have a very high technology (early 20th Century) but trade in “recycled technology, information, iron ore”. This article is an attempt to add a little more detail and suggest how a PD might incorporate them into a campaign.
The “Delphi Diner” is a relic from an earlier time – when America was mobile and the roads were safe. It is close to the Cave Rat community and is linked by power and phone lines. Warning: Following the pylons back to “Home” is discouraged. There are traps and even a few landmines on the route.
Fourth edition adds a few vehicles to the “later date” Morrow Project and there are now 2 variants of the HMMWV in the MP motor pool. This post will cover some details of the M1025 Armament Carrier, and provide a suggested load plan.
This is a suggested briefing for the Recon Team that will be involved in “Liberation at Riverton”
“OK, people. Thank you for coming”
“In case you didn’t know, I am the Regional Group Leader for Task Group Michigan. You’re here today so that you can understand my… and the Project’s…intentions for Reconstruction in Michigan. You’ll be doing Recon in the lower peninsula, so we’ll concentrate on that”
“First of all, I want you to remember the old Real Estate slogan ‘Location, Location, Location’. Michigan has a LONG shoreline and access to 4 of the 5 Great Lakes. This will be of major importance for communication and transport. So… we will need to know about surviving port facilities and any functioning shipyards”
“Second… we’ll want you to check out the economy and resources. Obviously, Michigan’s most famous for making cars and trucks – but it also produces a lot of timber products. Incidentally, your equipment will include details on producing Wood Gasifiers. You may find that this will be useful for areas that don’t have liquid fuel . ALSO… Michigan’s lower peninsula has several oil and gas fields. They’re not huge and mostly rely on the “Nodding Donkeys”. However, we’ll need something that produces fuel and lubricants. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that one of the Task Group caches is essentially a drill and small refinery. We need you to tell us where to operate”
“Third… surviving government. I’m not optimistic about Detroit’s chances but it might be worth a look in that direction – if only for scrap metal. Lansing…and the State legislature should also be investigated. I suspect that it’ll be a target. But, again, it might be worth looking at Remember… the Project wants to work with Federal and State government ”
“Fourth…surviving military and security. Michigan has several military bases. Some of them are pretty big. Maybe big enough to survive after being attacked. Camp Grayling, for instance. Lots of terrain. Dozens of armored vehicles and it even has some experimental ‘green’ power generation systems. Mostly solar, and wind . Even if the original garrison does not survive… SOMEONE is going to be poking around the place and we’ll need to know about it. I would also like to know the current condition of the Michigan State Police. They have a good reputation for dealing with Disasters”
“Fifth…surviving Educational and Scientific assets. By this I mean everything from people to facilities. For example, experts in training nurses or the Michigan University’s cyclotron.”
“OK. Those are my priorities. Any questions?”
or, “why the Kentucky Free State does NOT have access to the sea”
REAL- WORLD BACKGROUND:
The Mississippi River has changed course many times and – for several decades – has been likely to swing to the west (following the course of the Atchafalaya River which is a stteper and shorter distance to the Gulf of Mexico). If it did so, the river would no longer flow past Baton Rouge and New Orleans . Instead of discharging through the Bird’s Foot Delta into deep Gulf of Mexico water (a distance of 315 miles) the longest river in North America would flow into the shallows of Atchafalaya Bay (only 142 miles away).
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has been given the task of preventing this economic disaster. The Corps built the Old River Control Structure, a billion-dollar marvel of engineering. It is a series of dams built on a quiet, unpopulated stretch of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, a few miles east of the tiny town of Simmesport.
The Old River Control Structure suffered catastrophic failure in the first Spring after Death Day. This was the final blow to all attempts to rebuild.
Colossal amounts of water moved down the Atchafalaya River system , creating ten-storey-deep scour holes that migrated along the riverbed, undermining bridge pilings. The Interstate 10 and the U.S. Highway 190 bridges collapsed.
The gas and oil pipelines built beneath the bed of the River ruptured and spilled what remained of their contents . Floodwaters isolated and then destroyed Houma, Raceland, and Thibodaux. Morgan City was drowned and then buried by silt as floodwaters receded. Rotting bodies were trapped in buildings, snagged in tree branches and beached on high ground when water levels dropped.
At the Old River Control Structure, the Mississippi River’s bed is below sea level. The reduced flow in the Mississippi River downstream from the structure was overcome by the pressure of saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico. Seawater rapidly extended upstream from the Gulf, contaminating water supplies needed for drinking and industry, first in Port Sulphur and then in New Orleans itself.
The Mississippi River channel just south of the Old River Control Structure silted in, cutting off barge traffic and isolating what remained of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
The outlet of the Atchafalaya River (which allows ship traffic to move in and out of Morgan City) silted in.
Next entry will describe some of the group’s who live in the Marsh
Despite the Kentucky Free State’s attempts to portray itself as a high-tech nation, it cannot rely entirely on machinery. It makes extensive use of animals (specifically dogs) for military purposes . Some carry messages, some help in patrolling, some do guard duty, some are trained locate injured personnel , and others are draft animals – tasked with pulling or carrying supplies.
Several types of dogs are used. Not all dogs selected have to be large or strong – but all must be capable of being trained. The KFS has been fairly successful in establishing a number of breeds and the current “Military Dog” is a medium-to-large animal with good natural camouflage and an outstandingly loyal temperament. However, it is not the only type of dog used and some “Terrier” dogs are considered well-suited for “guard” and “first aid” roles.
For centuries, the waterwheel was civilization’s most important power source. It was used to grind grain, extract vegetable oil, power machinery and even generate electricity. In the world of the Morrow Project, this technology will be used again.
One variant of the “undershot” waterwheel is the Boat Mill: a waterwheel mounted between 2 barges and anchored in the river.
A simple and inexpemsive/crude wooden structure, the Boat Mill has a few advantages over a mill built on the banks of a river