JOE’S APOCALYPSE: Choose Your Path

JOE’S APOCALYPSE: Choose Your Path


This is a story that takes place after the end of the world. It’ll have survival, gunfights, MREs, and one badass Marine. And you get to decide where it goes. Each month, the story continues, guided by YOUR votes. Here’s a few things to know:

  • No, it’s not a zombie apocalypse. (Too cliché.)
  • No, ISIS, North Korea, or Russia didn’t take over the world. (Ha! I’d like to see them try.)
  • No, there wasn’t a nuclear war. (Pretty unoriginal.)

So, you ready to do this? Let’s go:


No one thought the asteroid would cause any serious damage.

Experts knew most of it would burn up in the atmosphere, but a small fragment of it would make it to the surface. Coastal cities took precautionary measures for the water impact. But no more than a strong hurricane or tropical storm might require. People boarded windows, sandbagged doors, and took down nice glassware and packed it away carefully.

The rock lit up the sky, trailing a scorching arc through clouds. Pieces broke off and sputtered out, like unmotivated fireflies, leaving a small, suicidal ball of incandescent fire determined to extinguish itself in the waves.

But the asteroid’s molten fragments now comingling with the ocean sediments and saturating beaches carried a passenger: A pathogen which no earthly microscope had ever examined.

Within three years, nearly 90% of humanity was dead. Only a fraction of the global population was immune to the disease. Nations crumbled as their leaders perished and governments and economies collapsed. Resources, now morbidly abundant, were of little comfort to the scattered survivors.


SSgt Joseph Langley and his Marine brothers watched satellites burn up in the atmosphere, as their orbits decayed with no mission control to maintain them. Joe and his platoon, one of the last combat-effective units out of Camp Pendleton, had been assigned to the USS Carl Vinson for protection duty. The nuclear carrier had been underway for a whole year in the Pacific, loaded with dignitaries, academics, and scientists. Everyone the US government hoped could rebuild a dying nation.

Only after most of the ship’s crew, everyone in his platoon, and the passengers were dead did Joe realize he was immune.

Before he died, the captain ordered the ship back to California. With no navigation officers to guide her, the Vinson would run aground. Joe gathered weapons and ammo from the armory, raided the mess hall for stores of food, and packed supplies into his seabag. He joined a small cadre of survivors on the life boats and made his way to the coast.

Joe joined a commune of immune survivors nestled against the mountains of the Northern Coast Range. Society simplified itself into basic division of labor. As a Marine trained in survival and combat, Joe joined a small group of skilled people as a scavenger and hunter. The people back in camp worked to prepare meals, collect and organize supplies, and attempted to reconnect with a decaying, lawless world.

Survival became a matter of adaptation. Those able to grow food survived. Those who relied exclusively on commerce and agriculture did not. With no government to keep order, criminality became far more common. Where most people viewed cooperation and community as the way to move on, others saw survival-of-the-fittest as the only way to stay alive.

What is Joe carrying? See what he grabbed from the carrier.


Northern Coast Range, California. Five years later.

Joe stamped out the campfire, and mounded dirt over the embers to hide the smoke.

They’d found him.

They hadn’t noticed his exact location yet, but they were close. He gathered his things, cinched his pack tight and slung his rifle over his back. His heavy, mud-caked boots squished into the terrain as he relocated to a better vantage point to get an angle on his pursuers.

He glassed the slope to the south with binoculars. The lens focused through the latticework of dense forest on three men. One of them looked barely 16 years old, a feeble mustache on his upper lip. The other sported full beards—one grey, the other a rusty brown—unkempt and filthy. The kid carried a bolt-action as scrawny as he was. A .22 by the looks of it. The men were more heavily armed; the distinctive profile of AR-15s. They walked in formation, the kid bringing up the rear as his elders scanned ahead.

This was the first time Joe had laid eyes on them. He’d never seen any of them before, and he knew the faces of everyone back in camp. He still didn’t know what they wanted. They were probably a raiding party. He’d noticed a wispy column of campfire smoke three days ago, and then closer the day after. Either they were just headed in Joe’s same direction … or they were hunting him.

At this range, he could’ve shot all three and called it a day. But something about the kid gave him pause. He looked, well, as you’d expect a kid to look in this world. He looked scared. And the men, imposing as they were, carried their rifles with a lack of the deftness Joe had learned in the Marines. Greybeard kept his finger tensed on the trigger. Rusty kept his barrel too low.

Joe looked up from the binoculars. The early morning chill blew in from the west. In the distance, the Pacific was a ribbon of muted grey enveloped in thick mist. He would need to return to the commune by midday.

And the men were in his way.


A. Fire a warning shot at Greybeard and Rusty.

B. Leave a non-lethal trap for the men.

C. Leave a message for the men as a warning to stop following him.

D. Nothing. Joe leaves silently and hides his tracks.

Voting has ended and the story continues! Read the next part here.

Leave a comment:

David A.

8/31/2015 10:27 PM

C. Joe can communicate a warning without them actually seeing who he is. Giving the scared kid a chance to live and the men. Then if the same situation was to present itself. Eliminate the threat.

Scott C.

9/1/2015 1:06 AM

I have to go with Davids comment on this one. warning shot and if that dont work shoot to kill.

Gene B.

9/1/2015 6:33 AM

C. Give them the opportunity to turn around knowing that they have been spotted. If they show further intent or aggression drop them like a mule deer.

David I.

9/1/2015 6:35 AM

Leave a message for the men as a warning to stop following him.

Calvin O.

9/1/2015 9:40 AM

My vote is for D quietly leave, hide or mark a different route away from the direction he needs to go

Stacey M.

9/1/2015 9:46 AM

C. Leave a message for the men as a warning to stop following him.

Neal F.

9/1/2015 10:02 AM

D. Leave silently and hide his tracks.

Brannon G.

9/1/2015 10:15 AM

D. Nothing (for now). Leave silently and hide tracks. Make a mental note of the men and situation.

Joseph T.

9/1/2015 10:21 AM

D - Leave silently, hide his tracks and circle back around to their 6 O'clock. This way he is able to either subdue them one at a time or stop any offensive they plan with the commune.

Christopher P.

9/1/2015 10:46 AM

C. Leave a message for the men as a warning to stop following him. He's better trained and might be able to use them to clear any other dangers that wait.

Samuel W.

9/1/2015 10:55 AM

D. Leave silently and cover his tracks. Cover and concealment 101. Always better to be the hunter over the hunted.

Patrick J.

9/1/2015 10:57 AM

C. Communicate to survive. This might be a chance to find some allies.

Michael H.

9/1/2015 10:57 AM

Nothing at this time. Leave silent and hide tracks as not to be followed.

Carmen S.

9/1/2015 11:35 AM


Brandon M.

9/1/2015 11:38 AM

D. They may just be headed in the same direction. With the lack of discipline these three have by the sounds of it, if they are indeed tracking him they will not be too difficult to neutralize later if need be.

J O.

9/1/2015 11:42 AM

C. leave a note and ask why are they following him to see if they in fact are following him, or maybe they are looking for him for a different purpose.

Blake H.

9/1/2015 12:11 PM

A. It's a dog eat dog world so let them know who's the boss

Bobby B.

9/1/2015 12:23 PM

D. He will run into them later in the story.

Rayford N.

9/1/2015 12:58 PM

D. Leave silently and hides his tracks.

Joseph T.

9/1/2015 1:25 PM

C. Leave a message for the men as a warning to stop following him. This will allow Joe to observe their reaction without giving away his position or seeming hostile. He may benefit from establishing a dialogue with the others.

Zachary C.

9/1/2015 1:28 PM


Joshua S.

9/1/2015 1:31 PM

D. Leave Silently

rene s.

9/1/2015 1:40 PM

D. Do nothing to give his position away. Joe becomes the "hunter". Joe has the upper hand right now. Utilize this position to his advantage. Joe is in a better position to neutralize any threat if they actually become a threat. Patience & observation are key factors here.

Aaron S.

9/1/2015 2:08 PM

Give them a chance to turn around. Joe already got the drop on them once, he can do it again.

James K.

9/1/2015 2:19 PM

D. Could be chance that they are in the same area and maybe headed in the same direction. Why take the chance that they might know of him and remove all doubt by doing any of the other options.

Clinton C.

9/1/2015 3:11 PM

C. Joe is obviously adept enough to handle himself and has the upper hand, and he knows it. Although the men may be decent enough shots, they are not tactically trained. Joe's note should communicate the desire to become allies as well as forceful and brutal consequences if that doesn't happen.

Merardo A.

9/1/2015 4:25 PM

Quietly leave.

Doug L.

9/1/2015 4:32 PM

B. Find out what they want. Never destroy a potential positive opportunity.

wayne s.

9/1/2015 4:48 PM

Evade and follow them home to gather intel and assess the threat

William L.

9/1/2015 4:50 PM

D. These guys have made it 5 years somehow. If they're really that scared and "unprepared" then that means they have been in an area that was relatively safe, and have only recently had to move. They probably knew of Joe's commune, and are going there for help, or possibly to warn them of whatever happened to their location. I say bug out, and pull overwatch on them until they tip their hand to what their intentions are.

William S.

9/12/2015 10:31 AM

I like your analysis of the situation as the best. Knowing their motivation and purpose determines the outcome.

Jerome M.

9/1/2015 5:33 PM


Daniel B.

9/1/2015 5:47 PM

D leave silently, however this is not the last time they meet

Douglas r.

9/1/2015 7:17 PM

D. Need more Intel before Joe exposes himself.


9/1/2015 7:25 PM

D, Joe should evade, observe the men, then follow them back to their base camp .

James R.

9/1/2015 7:33 PM

D. Nothing. Joe leaves silently and hides his tracks. Observe and gather intel.

Jay H.

9/1/2015 8:47 PM

Leave silently, but don't cover your tracks. Take a more circuitous route to confirm if you are being tracked then, if you are, try to communicate. Allies and community are the only way to survive.

Eric N.

9/1/2015 9:58 PM

D, leave and hide tracks. Remember them and their direction, get back to camp and see if anyone else has seen them. Try to learn their intentions before you confront them.

Bryan R.

9/2/2015 12:15 AM


Nathan R.

9/2/2015 3:51 AM

C - Tell them to stop following you or you'll defend yourself as necessary. Watch their reaction when they read the message through the scope to see if they're hunting him or just going the same way.

Jeff C.

9/2/2015 5:18 AM

D. Gather information to make an informed decision.

Joseph F.

9/2/2015 5:22 AM

D, Joe leaves silently and hides his tracks.

Teddy S.

9/2/2015 6:36 AM

D nothing yet... If he fires a warning he will give away his position for sure. If he leave a trap or note & it's just coincidence he might stir up a hornets nest. Better to be covert, observe and aware as he walks away.

Damon R.

9/2/2015 7:06 AM


Carlos A.

9/2/2015 10:18 AM

Do nothing...IF they are following him, they are just headed in his direction...they have no clue where he is at the moment or where he is headed....let them keep guessing as Joe continues to make distance between him and the group.

Steven H.

9/2/2015 10:46 AM


Justin P.

9/2/2015 12:33 PM

C. Joe doesn't know if they are following him or just traveling in the same direction; whether they are friend or foe. Leave them a message letting them know that he and his three friends have been watching them. Joe should add a description of the three men to drive the point home that he knows more about them than they know about him.

Justin P.

9/2/2015 12:36 PM

And Joe should make sure he can observe the three men when they discover the message and watch their reactions and demeanor as they talk to each other about the message.

Christopher K.

9/2/2015 2:03 PM

D. Watch their movement from afar and try to determine if they are hunting him, are a recon unit for a larger group, or simply passing through. Make note of their speed and direction in the event him and others need to hunt them later.

Robert S.

9/2/2015 3:39 PM

E. Build a rocket ship out of wood and shrubs in the forest. How do you build a rocket ship out of wood and shrubs in the forest you ask? Turns out Joe was actually not human and an alien for the planet Zargon. The wooden space ship is actually not a space ship but a collection of forestry that Joe sits on with his real power of flight. Once Joe returns to his home planet of Zargon he starts a family with his alien crush that he had dreams about. PLOT TWIST it was all a dream and Joe wakes up and realizes he is really Michael not THAT Michael Jordan, rather Michael Jordan the steel worker in eastern Ohio. He hates his life because everyone makes basketball jokes at his expense because in real life he is a sub par athlete. Michael had dreamed all of this up because he has an imaginative spirit and really enjoyed the movie Inception.

Brent H.

9/2/2015 3:42 PM


Justin S.

9/2/2015 7:52 PM

Well you win

John F.

9/2/2015 5:55 PM

D No reason to confront them at this time. use your skills and slip away.

Richard A.

9/2/2015 6:57 PM


Justin S.

9/2/2015 7:50 PM

D. Don't give them any more information than they already have. They may not know if they're following one person or five and Joe doesn't know enough about them yet to reach out people that could pose a potential threat.

brenda k.

9/2/2015 8:36 PM

D. Track them, let them make the first move to reveal their intentions, then respond accordingly.

Mark R.

9/2/2015 9:07 PM


Sean A.

9/2/2015 9:22 PM

D,live to fight another day.....unk persons might have friends in the area!

Joseph L.

9/3/2015 1:46 PM

D Joe should stalk them for a wile, see what they do. Take them out if he has to.

jeffrey p.

9/4/2015 5:33 AM


Ryan S.

9/4/2015 9:17 AM

D hide the tracks and plan a proper egress back into the woods

Charles F.

9/4/2015 9:27 AM

D. No need to take action at this point, perhaps in the future he might need to take action, but at this point there is no need to alert them to your presence

Yamil M.

9/4/2015 12:50 PM

B. trap them. The men took the path of the predator and deserve to be eliminated (either by execution or leave them to die) but the kid is unable to survive alone in a dog eat dog world so he needs to find the continued life alternative which Joe represents while the other men represent the dark side of man. In order for human life to continue, life must be preserved, additional perils, stopped.

Brent H.

9/4/2015 2:45 PM

Good lord, man.

Edward T.

9/4/2015 4:45 PM

C. then hide out nearby and watch and listen to see what they do.

Derek F.

9/4/2015 6:25 PM

C. Kid lives with second thought in his head about what he might be doing and same for men. He knows they're scared like boy and not experienced. It's a rough time but world needs growth not anymore death.

michael J.

9/5/2015 6:02 AM


Ryan M.

9/5/2015 1:04 PM

I agree with David as well. C is the right choice.

Ryan T.

9/5/2015 4:48 PM

C. They're in his space now, and he needs to address the situation. They don't seem to pose much of a threat so far.

Derek P.

9/7/2015 6:10 AM


Keith C.

9/7/2015 7:08 AM

D. Keep an eye on them and their location/direction of travel. While tracking them, he should be able to ascertain their intentions. Return back to camp and if need be, get reinforcements. Strength in numbers to subdue, then let the group decide their fate. They could be lawless thugs that take what they need from weaker survivors or they could be assets to the camp that have survived this long just like Joe has.

A C.

9/7/2015 7:50 AM


Zachary L.

9/7/2015 8:23 AM


Toni A.

9/8/2015 10:55 AM


Travis A.

9/8/2015 4:46 PM


David G.

9/9/2015 9:11 AM


David S.

9/9/2015 10:23 AM

Nothing at the moment. Joe leaves an obvious but intentionally bogus route to see if the men are indeed tracking him. Keeping his eyes on the men Joe follows and waits for them to set down for the night. Joe then infiltrates the camp leaving a message for the scared kid to decide how to respond. Joe maintains the advantage and takes a calculated risk to communicate with the fearful and impressionable kid.

Milton P.

9/9/2015 5:12 PM

C Their inexperience shows....

Shawn C.

9/9/2015 6:55 PM

C. If they are hunting Joe let them know your aware and if need be lay in wait for them if they need to be "talked to" about it later.

jason p.

9/10/2015 4:46 AM

D. Cover your tracks, double back and follow them , recon their activities, and see what you might be up against .

Richard M.

9/10/2015 5:23 AM


Ward S.

9/10/2015 9:48 AM


Erin H.

9/10/2015 9:54 AM

C - This is about building a civilization from the brink of extinction, a note for them to stop following him with information on where they can be interviewed to join the commune.

Stephen M.

9/10/2015 8:24 PM

D. He hides his tracks and follows them. Recon the enemy and find out how many more are part of their group.

Gregory W.

9/10/2015 10:22 PM

C. Message and warning...may add instructions to help discern their intentions.

Destry W.

9/12/2015 7:43 AM

D. In a world that has collapsed, death is an inevitability. Leave these men to their own devices. Evade, return to camp, take up the trail the next day if he sees fit to know their business. In all actuallity, movement is life. Besides, it is human nature that if one wants to harm others, set up in a place that your chances are better. Not wander around in the middle of the wilderness, hoping to come upon something or someone to take. If they have made it this far, they could be potentially vital assets to Joe's cause.

Mark E.

9/12/2015 7:43 AM

C. I agree with David A.

Charles M.

9/13/2015 1:53 AM

C.Best give them a clear sign that everyone can part peacefully first. If peace isn't an option, there's always plan b.

William M.

9/13/2015 3:31 PM

All of the above I'd continue to see if they follow or break off if they continue pursuit I would leave a message of some kind with a warning a few yards I would set a non lethal trap for both so I could communicate face to face with them if a resolution can't be met then end it there no need to waste ammunition if not needed

Reid W.

9/13/2015 4:26 PM


Mark M.

9/13/2015 6:20 PM


Steven W.

9/13/2015 11:24 PM

D. Best to keep the element of surprise. Cover tracks and instead keep a watchful eye on them. If they pose a threat. He eliminates and restock of their gear. If non hostile leave them alone. No reason to add more unneeded mouths to the community

Brandon T.

9/13/2015 11:36 PM


Ivan B.

9/14/2015 8:40 AM


Elizabeth F.

9/14/2015 9:19 PM


Jason R.

9/15/2015 5:11 PM

I say D he should leave and hide his tracks as a trained marine he should be able to slip right by the guys.

Patrick K.

9/15/2015 5:47 PM

D. Leave silently and his tracks. He should maintain eyes on tangos and eliminate the two older men and subdue the kid to take back to camp, if they are a threat at all.

David S.

9/15/2015 5:52 PM

D. Move to a more secure tactical secure position and wait.

Douglas W.

9/15/2015 11:54 PM

D. Leave no trace!

Joe V.

9/16/2015 1:06 AM

D.. Joe leaves and hides his tracks.. recruits a small fireteam to go out and recon for the 3 suspects...

Micheal G.

9/16/2015 7:13 AM

D. Nothing. Joe should leave silently and hide his tracks. Their actions after this will dictate their intentions. Any other action would potentially create attention which could have otherwise been non-existent.

Joshua W.

9/17/2015 1:08 PM

D. Take a mental pic of them and watch your 6. They could be useful in the near future.

Roger P.

9/18/2015 2:22 AM

D. Better to be not seen and heard at this time. Keep an eye out and take action later if necessary. They could be an advance party or belong to a larger group.

Paul J.

9/18/2015 2:28 PM

I say leave quality no reason to let them know he is aware of them following him if they are.

Mike D.

9/18/2015 4:53 PM

D - Preserve options and don't make enemies unless it's necessary. Joe still has the element of surprise, which affords him the advantage if the three prove to be threats.

Patrick M.

9/19/2015 6:17 AM

D. Nothing. Joe leaves silently and hides his tracks.

Timothy S.

9/19/2015 9:18 AM

D: keep your options open, observe them try to determine their intentions if you have to take action against them look for a spot that favors you, somewhere that limits their ability to flank you.

clifford y.

9/19/2015 2:54 PM

U would say D Avoid confrontation until absolutely necessary. If there scared they will be unpredictable. Remain ready and watchful.

Ryan T.

9/19/2015 6:56 PM

D. Probable lack of ammo, 3 to 1 odds, and his ability to E&E as a marine, should determine that conflict should be avoided unless necessary. Further recon into a possible threat should be done. If they are willing to give away their position by a fire, then a night camp raid would be easy.

Jeremy H.

9/20/2015 3:46 PM

D. Keep his presence unknown, recon their direction and possible intent. At this time they may be more on the take down side of action if they are any threat, but they may be a resource...but that needs to be observed and decided on.

Benny C.

9/20/2015 9:44 PM

D. Leave silently

Jeremy M.

9/21/2015 7:39 AM

C- leave a note making sure they know it's for them. You can write: "To the 3 guys heading North, if you're reading this, then you are surrounded. If you wish to talk, lay down your weapons, and take 10 steps back, if not, head East and we'll go our separate ways."

Bryan G.

9/21/2015 9:04 AM


James W.

9/21/2015 2:58 PM

C leave a message. Gut shoot Rusty so the kid and Greybeard have a new priority. First responders.

Timothy U.

9/22/2015 4:01 PM

Firing a warning shot shows aggression and gives your position away. He may hit one but the others will surely take cover and possibly fire back. They may actually be friendly and useful but now think they are being hunted. NO. Trapping three men in a non lethal manner is not as easy as it sounds. Would take days to plan and put in place a trap for three grown men, if it worked at all. NO. Leave and do nothing is a wasted opportunity. They will eventually find the commune especially if they light fires to cook. If they have bad intentions they will act out of desperation. NO. I say leave some sort of message and observe their reaction. If they are friendly they will be glad to have found others that have survived as they have up til now.

Joseph M.

9/23/2015 9:58 AM


Michael D.

9/24/2015 5:49 AM

Joe's a marine, he never killed a bug if he didn't have to cause he may use it to his advantage and these 3 may also be useful. Cover his trail, let them continue, find out there purpose.

gabrielle a.

9/24/2015 9:16 AM

d, keep an eye on them. they may be friends

Steven S.

9/24/2015 10:18 AM

A combination of B and C. The trap disarms those tracking Joe giving him ample time to slip past them. Leaving a message warns them that he didn't have to spare them, but chose to do so. It is "I could have killed you. I chose to let you live. Leave me alone, or next time I won't be so nice." with the evidence that he is not being a braggart, but he genuinely could have ended them. If they don't respond favorably to non lethal deterrents and a message, then he takes out the threat. Start with the older two, IF the kid then continues to press the issue, eliminate him last. Then take their supplies (sounds crude, but it is a survival situation) and return to camp.

joel n.

9/24/2015 12:00 PM

Oh man Definitely B there's like no one saying B.......A. would give away your location, C. a message would just let the men know to be extra cautious and more aware that you know they are there and D. wouldn't do anything, they'd keep on tracking him (if that's what they were doing) and then Joe would still be left with the same decision unless they found him. So aside from giving him more time but maybe not the same opportunity then definitely go with B!!! B means warning, and a message and the opportunity to find out what the heck they want and still potentially not be seen at all. Orrrr as Robert S. said E. make a rocket ship.

joel n.

9/24/2015 12:02 PM

I like Timothy U. 's point as well with c.

Michael F.

9/25/2015 10:37 AM


Leonard H.

9/25/2015 2:45 PM

c see if they obey

Starlyn W.

9/26/2015 8:34 AM

B. I think plan b has potential for the greatest advantages. He could still stealthily hide his tracks, set up a non-lethal but slightly wounding trap for them which could also act as a warning to stop following him.

William P.

9/26/2015 9:25 PM

A shot, trap, or message would only give away his location. Like a ninja, Joe leaves silently and hides his tracks.

Courtland R.

9/27/2015 10:42 PM

D. Never give up something without getting a greater advantage in return. What does he gain by exposing himself (his awareness and methods, his distance, etc.) to a potential enemy or, alternatively, creating fear and paranoia in neutral nomads?

Kyle E.

9/29/2015 8:36 AM

D. If they dont know where or who you are, we hy alert them to your position.

robert b.

9/30/2015 8:04 AM

D. There is no immediate danger. Joe has advantage, eye's on. Assess, peel off and flank them if they are not following clear path back to camp.

Thomas B.

9/30/2015 1:26 PM

D. Leave quietly. He now knows what they look like and their weaponry. Warning shots are just a waste of ammo. Attacking with 3 on 1 odds has to many variables. And leaving them a note will only let them know you see them and put them on the defensive; losing Joe the element of surprise.

Jennifer I.

9/30/2015 4:55 PM

D. Leaving silently and covering his tracks. By doing this he gives the boy the chance that he thinks he should give, now if the men turn around and Joe sees them again then he can escalate the situation if need be. This way Joe has the advantage.

Scott W.

10/1/2015 1:51 AM

D. He has the upper hand now, no need to interact until he has more information on what they are up to.

Ricardo M.

10/1/2015 6:21 AM

Stay silent, keep watching, set up alternate spotting positions until they tip their hand

matt c.

10/1/2015 10:43 AM


James S.

10/1/2015 1:17 PM

D. Nothing. Joe leaves silently and hides his tracks. If they keep following, then do something. I would like to give people the benefit of the doubt, then it is action time if they continue in the same path.

Daryle E.

10/4/2015 2:19 PM


Mark S.

10/4/2015 3:51 PM

D. Nothing. Don't start a conflict if there's no need, conserve ammo and resources. No need to give them more ways to track him if they are a threat.

Samuel C.

10/5/2015 7:11 AM


Eric A.

10/5/2015 9:22 AM

C. Leave a message for the men as a warning to stop following him.

joseph s.

10/5/2015 10:20 AM

Fire a warning shot. Play it aggressive, they may not be looking for trouble but if they are, Joe Has the advantage.

Nicolas V.

10/5/2015 1:18 PM

D - Do nothing now. At this point the only thing you know for sure is that they are going the same direction. If they have a timid look to them they may be the ones with someone on their tails for all you know. I would hide my tracks and keep an eye on them to see what they do. If they look like they would have something to offer the group then think about communicating with them. If not let them fade from existence like the rest of the world.

Andrew S.

10/5/2015 3:32 PM

B. Leave a non-lethal trap for the men. If they are a threat, you've eliminated it. If they are not a threat, you've let them know you have superior skills but may find that they have skills the commune can use. If nothing else, you get some nice weapons and hopefully clean gear out of it too. Keep in mind the boy is young and impressionable by the looks of it. He may be persuaded to be of assistance.

Joseph F.

10/6/2015 2:08 AM

C. But stay within ear shot to listen for what the men are really after.

Mark K.

10/6/2015 4:31 AM

C. This lets the men know that they are in his sites but they do not know where he is or what he might be up to. Leaving a non-leathal trap might make them angry if they are trailing him and firing a shot might get him into a fire fight where it is three to one. Even a good Marine knows there is strength in numbers plus he might get flanked or hit by a lucky shot why take a chance? This now gives him time to plan an ambush in case their intent is hostile.

david C.

10/6/2015 7:26 AM

d and then double back and follow them and see where that brings you find out if they can help or hurt you

Richard S.

10/6/2015 11:03 AM

Joe does several things. First thing Joe does is erase any and all traces of himself from the area and backtracks out of the area. Once in a secure location, Joe begins over watch one the party in question. Leaving the area and covering his tracks keeps the party from stumbling across his tracks accidentally and Joe retains his unknown presence. Performing over watch on the party allows Joe to monitor the situation more closely without the need to alert the party to his presence. By covertly observing the party, Joe is able to learn numerous things such as; names, total numbers in the party, their behaviors and mannerisms, weapons, as other assorted things. By watching and observing, Joe can make the determination on his own schedule as to weather or not they are a potential threat or a potential asset. Besides, as a Marine, Joe knows better than to tip his hat when its not needed.

Brandon B.

10/12/2015 7:44 AM

D. Continue observing, assessing. They might be hostile, but don't give up the fact that you're watching them.

Jesse S.

10/15/2015 8:25 PM

D. In a post apocalyptic world, resources are everthing. Including ammo. So your not going to be looking for a gun fight...

Matthew K.

11/8/2015 2:09 PM

D. No tracks means you weren't there. Make it back but keep an eye out and post an LP/OP when you get back.

James R.

11/8/2015 5:11 PM

C. When the elder men are busy scanning; Joe should follow up and tactically snatch the kid bringing up the rear. Joe can then interrogate the youngster; relieving him of any useful gear. Tie and gag the kid leaving him on the trail to easily be discovered by the returning patrol. LOL

Jake M.

11/8/2015 5:39 PM

D. Nothing. Joe leaves silently and hides his tracks. Change course and see if they still follow your direction. If they follow, drop them. If they continue on away from you, they never knew you were there. The less they know the better. Or you can circle around and follow them, see where they might lead you and maybe you get some good intel...

Edwin S.

11/9/2015 2:23 AM

D Leave quietly, hide tracks and shift direction and see if they are truly following him.

Raymond F.

11/9/2015 10:13 AM

D - They 'might be' following him or they may not. hide your tracks and follow them to gain intel on what they are about prior to announcing your presence.

Jordan A.

11/22/2015 3:48 PM


Troy G.

1/5/2016 8:21 AM

I'd go with D. They've not done anything threatening to him yet. There's three guns against one and you don't know how skilled Gray and Rusty are. I know what the story says...but underestimating your opponent is the mother of all f***ups. I'd leave silently, hide my tracks, change my course, and see if they still pursue. And then act accordingly.

Gabriel S.

1/5/2016 10:34 AM


Keith J.

1/5/2016 8:18 PM

D as they seem to offer no real threat.