This page should answer your questions as you create your Items, Locations, and People (NPCs).

Questions on Items

In the spreadsheet I was assigned an Item category that I don't understand. What do these categories mean?

In order to guarantee we have a diverse set of Items, each student has been assigned four Items that must be within a predetermined category. The categories are:

Melee Weapon - a non-projectile (i.e. hand-to-hand) weapon.
Small Gun - a projectile weapon that can be held and fired easily with one hand
Large Gun - a projectile weapon that is usually held and fired with two hands
Explosive - a device that provides a sudden and violent release of energy, commonly used in demolition or as a military weapon
Food (clean) - pre-apocalypse packaged foods; think of canned or other hermetically sealed goods
Food (dirty) - a post-apocalypse food; think of the kinds of foods available that do not rely on manufacturing, refrigeration, or freezing to keep from spoiling
Armor (Light) - protective clothing not intended for combat; more like sporting or industrial equipment
Armor (Heavy) - protective clothing specifically intended for conflict; standard issue for police and military
Transportation L(ight) - any transportation device that can be lifted by a single person
Transportation H(eavy) - any transportation device that cannot be lifted by a single, or even multiple, people

Questions on Places

In the spreadsheet, you were assigned five specific Places each with a category. The categories with examples are:

Agricultural - Barns, sheds, stables, mills, silos, etc.
Commercial - Banks, bars, casinos, coffee houses, gas stations, grocery stores, hotels, offices, restaurants, retail stores, stadiums, etc.
Residential (sm) - single family dwelling, etc.
Residential (lg) - apartment complexes, dormitories, mansions, estates, etc.
Educational - schools (elementary, high school, colleges), libraries, museums, etc.
Government - courthouse, police station, fire station, post office, jail, etc.
Industrial - airports, factories, foundries, harbors, power plants, etc.
Military - barracks, bunkers, camps, citadels, forts, towers, etc.
Religious - churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, etc.

Remember that our post-apocalyptic world is Greater Milwaukee about 100 years in the future. You may choose to depict real-life locations in the Milwaukee area or create fictitious ones, or invent fictionalized versions of real-life locations. Keep in mind that your Place might later be edited in order to fill out the map evenly; if there are two Whitefish Bay High Schools, the name may be changed, or it could be relocated completely to service gameplay.

You also might want to check out the map.

Place Name: This should be the page name as well and can be general (Broken-down barn) or specific (Sendik's)
Place Size: Determine if the Place is Small (a few rooms on one floor), Medium (several rooms on two floors), or Large (multi-roomed, multi-floored
Place Type: Enter the Place category

Place History: Give a brief pre-apocalyptic description of the Place and how it was used; then describe what has happened to the Place after the apocalypse, including its current use and state

Inhabitants: While you won't have control over the exact details (descriptions like "five squatters live here, two men and three women..." will likely be ignored) you can still explain that certain types of people frequent the Place (e.g. "Due to its proximity to the main road, squatters often stop here for a night and several consider it to be a permanent home of sorts") or determine that it's often abandoned.

Inventory: The game master will determine whether any loot is available in the location by random dice rolls, so no need to write that a high-powered rifle is hidden in a safe upstairs; that kind of detail will be discounted during gameplay.

Questions on NPCs

In the spreadsheet, you were assigned five specific NPC numbers, each with a corresponding race, gender, and age range. Note that both the gender and age of these characters is based on current Milwaukee demographics. Here are the steps to follow:

1) Use the "People" template. The page name should be your NPCs first and last name, e.g. John Doe.

2) Image files have already been created for your NPCs. To insert the image into your NPC page, click on the bust in the template and it will turn blue. In the menu bar above the image, click the File button. In the search bar, type in the three digit number associated with your NPC (e.g. 004, 091, 103). Click on the image in the box beneath the search bar to insert it into your page.

3) Fill out the form completely.