Dead Things : The Zombie Board Game (a review)

Wherein we avoid zombies and try to keep the group alive…

(oh, and I’ve got a sneaky bonus for you all towards the end of this review!)

You guys saw my post a few days ago where I was having a mess-load of fun listening to the Dead Things Audio Stories…  Well, those stories took place in the universe of Dead Things, a zombie board game.

Yeah!  I know!

Okay, so check this out..

To help promote the board game the designer came up with short stories about the events within the game, as well as stories about the characters within the game!  These tales are done in audio format (you can check them out on my link above) and it just adds more fun to the game itself.

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Dead Things is a zombie based board game, but it is oh so much more than that.

Listen, this game is beyond easy to learn, but don’t let that fool you, it’s damn difficult to keep everyone alive.

Okay, it breaks down like this..

You have several tiles (they are double sided so you can mix and match and create your own scenarios) that are placed together to make up the board itself.

What you see here is the basic game scenario all set up.  We are currently in Turn 4 of Phaze 0.

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Now that you have a visual, allow me to pause a moment and explain a couple of things.

The objective is to keep your group alive.  It’s an all or nothing, either you all survive, or you all die.

How do you survive or win the game?

That’s the easy part.  See those blue cars?  Those car cards are double sided.  On the opposite side is what is inside the car.  To win, you have to get into a car and drive away.  I told you it was easy!

Okay, so there is a catch..  The cars either have the keys in them, and no gas, OR they have gas in the tank but no keys.  Oh, and there might be a zombie in some of them (and it gets a free automatic attack on you).  SO.. you have to run around and search (you may also note there are some small tiles with a large ‘S’ on them – no, Superman does not swoop down and fly you to safety – that ‘S’ stands for stuff) for either gas or keys.  Once you have either the gas for the car that is missing gas, or keys for the car that is missing keys, the rest of you have to make it to the car and you win!  However, should even just one of you get overtaken by zombies.. you all lose.  That’s the deal, all or nothing.

Is it just a one bite and you are a goner?

Nope!

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Shown above are your character cards.  They also correspond to blue figures on the board itself.  What you can see on the cards are Luck tokens.  If you lose all 3, then you die.  That effectively means you can be hit by 3 zombies before you die.  You cal also take a turn and do nothing to regain a Luck token.  Beware, though, some of the Stuff tokens may cause you to lose luck, and some of the cars may as well!

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I tell ya what.. take a look at this video made by the designer of Dead Things, David.  He can much better explain the rules:

Listen, this game is beyond fun.  It doesn’t take too long to play, and if you are a fan of the zombie genre then you are going to LOVE this game.

To check out the official website and buy the game, check out: DeadThingsGame.com

Also, if you want to connect with them:

Hit their Facebook page: DeadThingsGame Facebook

or

Find them live (er.. dead…) on Twitter: DeadThingsGame Twitter

Now.. for that sneaky bonus…

The 3rd Audio Story was released today: Dead Things: A Small Deposit.  In this we hear of Clyde’s tale and how he came to be a character in the game.

Stay tuned, I’ve got a couple of surprises left still for Dead Things, so keep checking back, you never know what may dig itself up from the dirt!

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