Conflicted: EMP, Pistol and Cash – What Would You Do?

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Conflicted is a Survival Card Game.  Each card in the deck has a scenario that will stretch how you would respond in an SHTF situation.  What would you do?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

SCENARIO – An Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) went off and you have about two weeks worth of food and water in your pantry and 200 dollars cash.  You also have a handgun and about 300 bullets and 4 more family members to look after.  What would you buy with the 200 before total chaos took over?  Why?

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17 thoughts on “Conflicted: EMP, Pistol and Cash – What Would You Do?

  1. mark haney

    with only 2 weeks of food and 300 bullets $200 isn’t going to save you and the 4 family members with you are going to be part of the 90% of the population that is going to die.

    1. Novice

      Silver would be of value after the chaos has passed but I don’t know how much good it would do during the crisis. There are plenty of stories of people in desperate situations who couldn’t trade gold or silver for the food they needed.

  2. anonymous

    Inexpensive food and water containers. Because $$$ in EMP will be deemed useless without any medium of reliable exchange. Water and food is needed to live regardless of any catastrophe of what occurs.

  3. Robinson

    Why do i only have two weeks of food and water. I would buy rabbits or crickets since they are edible too and a barrel to catch rain. Otherwise I would go to the pet store since I don’t keep antibiotics on hand.

  4. Just wow

    Wow, I was really underprepared. If I found myself in this position just wow, I mean I am not even sure how to process this because I wouldn’t be in this position. Okay lets change this a bit, lets say I was on vacation with my family in Antigua and Barbuda, I was there this summer in July for a 2-week vacation, so this scenario is more likely I only had about 2 weeks of food because we were only going to be there for 2 weeks, I had more cash on hand, but was without my EDC sidearm. So I would have made sure to get supplies from the store, Basics – foodstuffs, We were staying in a villa so we had a Berkey water filter there! bonus. We had the ocean so I could fish. One of the things i noticed about Antigua and Barbuda is they import everything. I mean, I saw hardly any gardens anywhere! I even commented to my wife how unprepared these people were for something, oh like an EMP or a little cat five called IRMA.
    So, I travel alot and so as soon as I am on the ground I am making local connections, befriending the people who I note live right around where I will be for anygiven period of time. You can and should always make steps toward being prepared for the unexpected no mater where you are. You will not survive without people, you will not survie without food, water, shelter,

  5. Jay

    For $200, I would buy white rice, beans, chicken and beef bouillon and a way to filter water. Whatever money is left over, I would buy water bottles.
    Shelter and secure in place.
    I would find items in my house that I can barter and trade for food. Find a way to cool or heat my shelter.

  6. Michael McKenzie

    I’m with Jay on this one…large bag of rice,beans,canned protein and dried flavorings,water filtration or boiling method that’ll extend your survival… and seeds.for both sprouting and growing…if you don’t have a secure garden grow in polystyrene boxes indoors or on the roof.
    If you can, work on supplementing your food by bartering, fishing or foraging at every opportunity as you’ll have plenty of time on your hands !!!

  7. Mr.Eman

    Water filters and more ammo. Non potable can be filtered and traded for other needs. The gun and ammo will help you keep it.

  8. Conundrum 99

    Three body bags, then I would have 8 weeks worth of food and 297 rounds. Seriously who has only 2 weeks worth of food and 300 hundred rounds.

  9. Todd Sepulveda Post author

    The point here is not to focus on the preparedness flaws. It’s not to come from a perspective of where you are currently at in your preparedness either.

    The goal of Conflicted is to use the scenarios to critically think. Given your level of knowledge, if you were put in the scenario, how would you respond? What would you do?


  10. Ben Leucking

    I can’t imagine having only $200 in cash and only two weeks worth of food and water, or only one firearm and 300 rounds of ammo after a SHTF EMP event. That doesn’t imply personal wealth, it merely means that I’ve been prepping for a long time. So, where to begin…

    First, you won’t be able to buy anything from any business that relies on electricity to make a sale, or pump gas. Grocery stores will be closed and (probably) will have a guy with a shotgun sitting out front.

    Whatever I could purchase with $200 would have to be hand carried to my home. Firearms and ammo? Already have that in numbers that far exceed your scenario. Medical supplies and antibiotics? Already have that. Water? I have my own well. Food? Unless they are idiots, why would anyone (who probably has less food stocks than me) be willing to sell their food for cash when their own survival is uncertain?

    Your “Conflicted” question is a good exercise for people who haven’t thought about prepping. Unfortunately, they aren’t reading your post. For the rest of us, it’s a good reminder that we’re on the right track.

  11. poorman

    You are wasting your time trying to explain what the game is for Todd. if the morons don’t get it they won’t get your explanation either. The concept of using their brain is not available to them .

  12. Kregg

    Pine boards, hammer, nails and a shovel. Because you failed to plan and you and your family will be dead within the month. Dig 5 graves immediately and build 5 caskets, so that later in your weakened state you don’t have too.

    If this was me, I’d by $200 worth barter items like liquor and tobacco, since I’m stocked with over a year’s worth of supplies.

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