Walking Dead Board Game
by Thomas Riccardi
Walking Dead Board Game
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Z-Man games has made a board game based off the hit comic, but is this one game you should pick up, or avoid it like a pack of walkers?
The game and gameplay
In 2003 I was living back with my parents in Las Vegas, NV when a comic book show came to town. Nestled among the various booths there was a small set up for a comic I had never heard of.
The comic was called The Walking Dead and instead of the book being just about zombies it dealt with how characters reacted to the world around them. This is the board game of the same name!
The game starts out with you selecting one of the iconic characters from the comic. You can choose to be Rick, Glenn, Shane, Dale, Tyreese or Andrea.
Once you choose who you want to play you draw a follower from the deck and four location cards (3 public and one private). Then determine your dice pool by adding up the die of your character and your followers.
You also start with one food, gas and ammo each and this is important as you will need all of these to survive the game. You can scavenge for supplies by landing on a resource space however, you must draw an encounter card for each resource on that space (for example if there are gas and ammo at a space you would draw two cards).
Ammo is used for taking out more zombies but it can also create noise which can draw more zombies to your location. Gas allows you to travel farther than you would on a regular turn (which is to move up to 3 spaces) or can be used to bypass zombies.
And food reduces the effect of fatigue on your followers (if any of your followers gets 3 fatigue counters they lose that survivor and if you lose all of your survivors you lose the game).
How do you win the Walking Dead game? You do this by scouting locations as you are searching for a safe haven for you and your party to rest. But this is easier said than done as you might have to forage for supplies needed for that location or gain enough followers to take out zombies that are gathered at that location.
Combat is resolved by rolling the amount of die in your dice pool and tallying up the results. If you gain equal to or more zombie heads then you successfully defeat the zombies. But if you fail then you must place one fatigue marker for each zombie you failed to defeat.
Pros and Cons
What I love about the Walking Dead board game is that you can play this any way you want. If you want to be cooperative and assist your fellow players you can do so. If you want to play an every man for themselves type of game you can do that as well.
There are even rules for playing this game solo and that’s VERY rare in board games nowadays. I actually played the game solo and I can tell you that is as much fun to play this game solo than it is with a group.
The only complaint that I have with this game is there are no trays included to store the various components. I would have loved to see something like that included with the game but you can use rubber bands to wrap up the cards and small ziploc bags for the pieces.
The game itself looks gorgeous and for fans of the walking dead it comes complete with new art done by Charlie Adlard! The game costs around the normal price of a board game of this size and you get a full color game board, 13 dice, over 300 markers and around 140 cards! That is a lot of stuff to be packed in this little box!
Games are relatively quick lasting between 30 to 60 minutes and I can tell you if you are a fan of the comic this is a no brainer.
Pick up this game and start playing in the world of the walking dead. You’ll love it!
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