Picking your team

Picking your Team #3 – If it bleeds, we can kill it.

by Honeybadger

Every team needs muscle. They can get you past the zombies into the abandoned
super market and cover your retreat, they can blow up alien strongholds, the can
set perimeter defences in the time it takes you to say it. They love anything that
goes ‘boom’ and when it comes right down to it the ‘sklurrk’ of a knife pleases them

Think Vasquez in Alien or Rodriguez’ character in Resident Evil. There are a couple
of considerations for anyone putting together a team when it comes to your gung ho,
kill ‘em quick ask questions later muscle types.

First is the high mortality rate. These are strong, tough, dedicated to the killing but
not always the quickest thinkers. Also, at the end of the day they are first in and
last out of every fight. If you have only one doctor it’s a worry, but if you don’t have
enough muscle to protect your doctor then you are a bit stuffed quite frankly. I’d
recommend more than one member of your team is a strong, good with weapons
type, because you are going to lose some of them.

It’s also worth considering who they are loyal to. You get a small unit together you
want them to be tight with each other, able to communicate and function well in
combat with zombies/aliens/terminators/etc. Outside of that environment you need
to be absolutely sure they will take order from you, otherwise you are going to find
yourself out of control very very quickly and if the whole enterprise is being run like a
battlefield over all the group are not going to live long.

If you are the muscle, you need to keep a few things in mind too. Bigger isn’t always
better. If you are covering a retreat you do not want to be encumbered by heavy
weaponry, we get you are bigger and stronger and tougher, but be smart. Plenty of
smaller arms will buy you the time you need to get in and out with your team intact,
it’s not always viable to stick around and actually kill everything.

Second, it’s not your job to be a scientist. Your team needs you so don’t go poking
around in ancient sacrifice chambers or get curious about alien life forms. Let
someone else worry about that. Anything you don’t know by name moves? Kill it and
get the hell out of there.

Picking Your Team #2 – Woman Down!

by Honeybadger

Ok so if this is the apocalypse, chances are no one is getting through it unscathed. This means you are going to need a medic. Someone athletic preferably because they are going to need to run fast to get to you before the enemy does. Strong is also good in case you need help getting away once you are injured. Mostly though they need to be the other really clear headed person in a crisis. No good having a medic that looses their concentration just because zombies/aliens/whatever are bearing down on you.

Cool, collected and in control. This may mean they are also a bit smug and annoying but necessary evils my friends. In fact if you can get two people who are competent with field dressings at least so much the better because your medic is not so likely to be a great warrior, too much time studying, so there is a good chance of them getting hurt at some point.

There are of course exceptions, Martha Jones was not only a capable doctor but when the going got tough she kicked serious world saving arse. And she’s British, so I love her even more. The Martha’s of this world are few and far between however, but my top tip would be, if you know one, an armed forces doctor, any experience of field surgery and combat will make them less likely to burst into tears and start knocking back their own drugs. Failing that find the ones that buzz off the big crashes and the near deaths, who are happiest in emergency wards with blood and body parts all over the place. If they choose gynaecology, children or palliative care, they are far too soft for your team.

Honeybadger out

Picking your Team #1 – Who’s in charge?

by Honeybadger

Although most apocalypse movies follow an ass kicking individual who survives again and again while those with her always die, Buffy has taught us the value of a team and i’m pretty sure the Firefly girls could hold their own anywhere.

Through this series I am going to consider the make up of a good generic team that should see you through most apocalypse scenarios.

It’s important for any group that they answer to one voice in a crisis. Pick your leader carefully, they need to be calm under fire, quick thinking and sure of themselves in the middle of a fight. Outside of an emergency they need to be able to maintain the group’s morale, identify individuals strengths and weaknesses and work out who can offer advice worth heeding. They do not need to be the best long term strategist, they just need to be able to listen to whoever is.

Good leaders are big picture people who identify the right people to deal with details. If this doesn’t sound like you, who do you know that it does sound like? Got someone? When the apocalypse happens, find them and make sure they know you have useful skills worth keeping you alive for.

Even the Princess of Power recognised the value of a team

If this is you, then you will have to make the hard decisions, who do you send on probable suicide runs? With limited rations who do and don’t you allow to take up room in your vehicle? It’s your job to shoot the infected before they turn and kill everyone, in the face of inevitable bleeding heart opposition. Treat it like a cult of personality, if one person questions you at a critical moment you could all die, so they have to believe in your leadership.

Remember, as tempting as it is, especially for these types, to go it alone, if you live any length of time you are going to need people around you to help build a life, so as the leader you need to pick your team with care and protect the most valuable assets. I’d also recommend getting some skills sharing going on, just in case your only medic buys it.

Honeybadger out