Friday, April 18, 2014

Defense With The BoomStick

(Disclaimer: This post is an ongoing story set in a world where zombies have taken over and people are fighting to survive anyway they can. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight to survive and to keep on living.)

Year 5. Week 35.

We’ve made it. Finally, after the long trek we've all made it back to the northern California camp. They have their base up in the mountains near the Modoc National Wildlife Preserve, giving us plenty of fresh water and game to hunt. All in all, it's a pretty nice setup and the fact that they decided to take all these new folks in just makes it that much sweeter and safer. Now it comes down to sheltering and branching out the existing fortifications for all these new people.

The government forces we had along the route have continued on back towards Washington State to their base to rearm and reload it all. They plan on swinging back down this way to help resupply us as well as bring in material to create new walls and get more housing built. With all the prisoners we saved from the zombies in Carson City and all of us who were at the camp in Reno, space is a bit tight now. Expansion is the only option so we won’t be at each other’s throats after a few weeks like this. If we fall to a state like that we won't need the zombies to kill us as we'll do it for them.

The plan is to build out the wall by extending it around cleared areas and begin to build up houses. They've used old shipping containers as houses around here, as they're a lot more secure than normal houses with windows and wooden doors. Plus, they can be stacked to save space and are pretty damn good living. I got one set up a day or two ago and it's pretty damn comfy, plus they've got them ready to include running water and a toilet. I gotta say running water and a functioning toilet are two things I've missed.

With building out the walls we also have to work on reinforcing those walls. By digging out large pits out away from the main wall and surrounding it like a moat we can use the dirt behind the wall to help reinforce it. That dirt also gives us a stable platform to walk on and see over the wall, allowing patrols and eyes to be see what might be coming our way. Then with the moat we dug out we're going to line the side closer to the wall with ropes and markers so nobody falls in. It'll be planning and traps that will help keep this place safe; the further away we can stop zombies from getting here the better.

All the infrastructure work around here notwithstanding it's mostly busy work until folks from Colorado and some bigwigs from the government group in Washington meet here. The goal is to hash out a new plan of attack and where that attack will go down. Beyond Carson City, I don’t know of any big build-ups of zombies we can strike at and any of the larger cities such as San Francisco or Los Angeles might be too big to take on right now. Way too many side streets and little neighborhoods that will have to be swept to make sure.

This fight against zombies is definitely turning, but it still feels we're risking it all to succeed.


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