The Game: The Walking Dead
The Publisher: Cryptozoic
Time: Half-hour or so
Players: Me, +Michelle, Al, Will
Game Play: This is actually pretty interesting. Up to four players can play, you start off choosing a character (from the show, which I've not watched past the pilot and this rap battle, so I don't know these people, really). Each character has a special power that they can use once per game. I played Rick Grimes, and mine was that once a game I could reroll for a fight and add 2 to the result.
At the start, it's a competitive game: you've got four locations on the board, in the corners, and you need to visit them, have two encounters, and then you get a little token that gives you a special bonus or an item. Spaces on the board might be well-fortified, giving you a bonus to fight zombies, might let you draw a Scrounge card, but mostly they're blank and you draw an encounter card.
Encounter cards are usually zombie attacks, and you need to match or beat the zombies' Strength with a d6. That's awkward because I do believe 6 is the lowest Strength you find. You have to make up the difference with Scrounge cards, which are typically weapons, mostly one-use. If you lose, you lose an Ally token (you start with two and can pick up more on the board). If you have no allies, you dead.
Yep. Just like that.
|Will, becoming a walker.|