Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust. Unfortunately, those recently laid to rest are not staying within the Earth’s crust. The dead are rising from their graves and there’s only one thing on their rotting minds: to consume the flesh of the living. These ghoulish monsters are what the harrowed Survivors must face off against in George A. Romero’s horror classic, Night of the Living Dead. Soon, fans of another popular undead franchise, Zombicide, will be able to place themselves in the shoes of the classic characters from the film in Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game. This stand-alone expansion to the board game franchise hits store shelves on October 30th, just in time for any Halloween gaming sessions you might have planned.
Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game has several new mechanics that set it apart from other entries in the franchise. First, there’s the dual nature of the Survivors. These characters, taken directly from the classic film, have double-sided character ID cards. One side is Romero Mode, representing the characters as they huddle together in fear, unsure of what’s happening around them. The other side is Zombicide Mode, where the characters realize that only by acting against the ghouls will they be able to survive the night. Survivors may start to think they’re big and badass after cutting a swath through the undead in Zombicide mode but, encountering a former loved one now shambling among the hordes of walking dead can quickly remind them how bleak their outlook truly is and revert them to the grim survival of Romero mode. Characters will continue to flip back and forth between these two modes as they progress through the scenarios that make up Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game.
The game’s scenarios also recreate scenes from the film, letting players work their way through the film’s plot. For example, the game begins with the Survivors unsure of what is going on as the ghouls descend upon the house, forcing those still alive to barricade themselves in. Then, they must look to find a way to run the fuel pump and procure a means of escape. What will they find if and when they finally escape into the city?
The farmhouse from the movie, as well as the surrounding countryside have been lovingly recreated on the modular game tiles. Much painstaking detail went into making the tiles as accurate to the film as possible while still making for a playable space. The figures, too, were sculpted to accurately recreate both the Survivors and ghouls from the movie, bringing them right to your tabletop.
Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game is the perfect game for a dark Halloween night. Fans of the film will appreciate the level of detail that went into recreating the movie on gamer’s tables. Fans of the Zombicide series will find all-new challenges as they learn to deal with the alternating Modes and the limited resources in the farmhouse.
Will you be able to make it through the Night of the Living Dead? Head on down to your FLGS and make sure they have a copy ordered for you.
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