There were zombies after us. And possibly other survivors who looked like zombies; I don’t know, it was shoot first and ask questions like ‘are you a zombie?’ later. But it was okay; I didn’t know who the betrayer was, but it wasn’t me. It was the Dead of Winter.
We had the challenge of collecting a gun for every non-exiled player, and enough spare food to last us until Spring. It was going pretty great, honestly; my objective had been the doable task of saving 2 extra medicine cards, which I now had. We had a healthy 5 morale left, and no betrayer had revealed themselves. Going into this round, which would turn out to be the final round, 3 of us 5 had weapons and no additional food was necessary. Good news!
This wouldn’t be a very good story without a betrayal, would it?
3 of us openly had finished our objectives, and two were privately trying to run the game longer to finish theirs. We couldn’t end without finding the weapons, so they had time.
During the turns, one extra gun was found, putting us closer, before it reached Russell. Who decided to exile me – the only ‘non-exiled player’ without a gun. Exiling, of course, is where you throw someone into the wilderness to fend for themselves like the animals they are – they’ll get a new objective, and you no longer need to feed them. This helps you get rid of traitors, or in Russell’s opinion, friends who are no longer useful to you!
Ending the game by exiling poor ol’ me was only a good thing for him and Eszter; however, the colony was occupied by the three of us and it was clear from the discussion that I would be outvoted 2-to-1. God freakin’ damnit, the selfish turds were betraying me despite none of us being the ‘betrayer’. We were a team! I had contributed so much!
There is a happy ending to this story, as it was a chance to hang out with Eszter more and eventually led to us dating.
Wait, what?! Backstabbers are not the sensible choice for partners! No dating guide says, “Find someone who, when running from zombies, will make sure you trip!”
The story has a ‘real’ happy ending, because after my expression of horror, Russell said, “Fine, I have one spare action,” and found a weapon for me and begrudgingly decided not to exile. Like, that was something he could have done first but didn’t.
There actually was a designated traitor in this game. But sometimes, your real enemies are your friends.
This has been cross-posted to Reddit.