The Dean of boardgame design, Jim Dunnigan, once admonished acolytes, “There must be movement!” That is, players enjoy games where things can and will move around the board.
In Dawn of the Zeds, however, movement is an Action, and Actions are precious, so moving your heroes around is not something done lightly; the pros and cons of each Action spent on moving instead of foraging or some other useful purpose must be weighed carefully.
Enter the new animal Hero, General Lee.
His free Movement Action, 6 movement speed, and ability to have a rider mount or dismount for free make him the perfect taxi to the front lines, an ambulance back to the hospital for the wounded, and then again a ride back to the front. Providing one Hero at a time the opportunity to mount and gain the strength of cavalry combined with the wisdom of horse sense,
General Lee races around Farmingdale with urgency as only a true thoroughbred can.
Here is his bio:
Sired by Light Horse Harry through Fleeting Moment, General Lee was destined for a thoroughbred’s life: bred for racing and retired to stud; but that was not to be.
When Mrs. Hauser settled with her husband Otto into retirement at Lefty’s Pass, they inherited this magnificent stallion from a new friend, “Rocky” Rhodes, who was fading from a terminal illness. May cared for Rocky and his horses during his waning months, and Rocky left her General Lee in his will knowing that the two had greatly bonded.
May Hauser broke and trained him (in much the same way she did with Otto, with great love, determination, and strength).
General Lee was prepared for the Marine way of life in a way that would make famous war horses of history salute. Sarge and General Lee would often ride together into town and through the mountains and trails, jumping obstacles and practicing the cadence of a cavalry charge (walk, trot, canter, and gallop; starting at a slow pace and gradually increasing while approaching the enemy, and then reaching its highest pace immediately before engaging).
When the Zeds appeared, Sarge and May went out to the barn and lovingly talked to their animals giving them a “sitrep” (situation report). Interestingly, Pickles was there that day visiting the Hauser’s dog, a black Labrador named Reveille, and also received this briefing.
Soothing their brood and explaining directly to each what would be expected in the days ahead, the animals sensed a change with the Hausers and anticipated something coming.
For his part, General Lee stoically accepted the saddle and bit, giving his best under any circumstance of tumult, and rode fleet-footed to bravely charge down the Zeds.