The Walking Dead – A New Deal
There are some problems you can’t tackle alone
I’ve always said that you should always be prepared to survive a zombie apocalypse alone because, well, there’s always the chance that you’ll have to. However, I’ve also said that things are generally easier if you have other people helping you. One reason is that other people can protect you when and where you’re vulnerable: If you have someone watching your back, it’s far less likely that zombies can bite you in it.
The other reason is that there’s strength in numbers, especially against other survivors. Fighting one-on-one, maybe even two-on-one, if you’re suitably armed, is one thing, but if you’re up against eight, nine, ten-on-one, or more, that’s a-whole-nother thing entirely. In that situation, you need backup to even the odds and not get overwhelmed by the numbers disparity.
Sometimes, this backup comes in the form of a group you have either joined or built. This is ideal. But, what if you were up against not ten or twenty or even fifty hostiles, but a hundred, two hundred, five hundred, or more? At that point, it’s unlikely any one group or community of survivors could compete, and you need to look for other groups to join you in standing up against a (Potential) shared threat, people who either share your values or, at the very least, aren’t hostile to you.
How would you get them to join you? However, you can. Some people might want to build a larger, more cohesive society with the groups around them, while others might want to build something more defensive, for just these sorts of situations, others might only be swayed by being given something in return, even if that’s as simple as the food they haven’t gotten since the outbreak hit, others can only be brought into the fold by being made to see that the threat is so big, no amount of isolationism will protect them, and others still might only be swayed by seeing that the only way to ensure they’re not enslaved by the threat is to stand against it. However you can bring these potential allies together (Short of lying to them, which will NOT go over well), and do it.