«ZOMBIE! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!»
A NEW BOARD GAME FROM RUSSIA
Did you know people celebrate World Zombie Day?
For example, in San Francisco it has become an annual tradition for a flash mob.
Russian “zombies” aren’t sitting around either. Inspired by the now-deceased king of pop music – Michael Jackson and his video “Thriller” organized their own flash mob in Saint Petersburg in 2010.
Around two hundred people came to the “Copper horseman” square downtown to do the “Thriller” dance.
The Rightgames LLC project couldn’t stay out of this global zombie epidemic. And so in January 2012, Zombie! Run for Your Lives! was released.
The author of the game is Danila Goryunov – you may already know him from his The Kingdoms of Crusaders series. Art designed by Denis/YuanDen/Voronin.
Boo! You and your friends are suddenly surrounded by hordes of very aggressive zombies. But do not fret, we have some good news – one of you will definitely get out alive. How can you become that lucky person? It’s very simple!
This game is recommended for 3 or more people.
During the game your loyal and friendly team is running away from zombies.
Remember the main rule of the game:
«When running away from zombies it’s important to run faster than your friends!»
There are 2 types of cards in the game: different types of zombies and helpful items that protect you from them.
Certain items save you from certain zombies. Zombie-item pairs are of the same color and have an identical symbol on the top left corner of the cards.
The good old «Rocket launcher» a great weapon against the «Zombie bus».
Size does matter
Victory conditions – be the first to collect 5 safety items before yourself or be the last to get zombified.
At the beginning of the game each player receives 4 cards from the deck. Players take turns clockwise. A players turn consists of drawing a card from the deck and playing a card from your hand. You can get a helpful item for yourself or send a zombie after one of your team mates.
If a player gets an item and zombie card, with the same symbol before him, both cards are placed to the discard pile. Also players can’t have two identical item or zombie cards before them.
As soon as a player collects 5 different item cards he is saved and wins the game. But if the player gets 5 zombie cards he loses and obviously becomes a zombie. A zombie player discards all his cards to the discard pile. Compared to his warm blooded and lively friends, a zombie player has a very limited ability. A zombie player during his turn takes the top card from the deck and plays it on any living player. (card type doesn’t matter).
These rules are simple enough. But do you think you have enough time to think when there’s a horde of living dead breathing down your back who want to add you to their undead ranks?
For all the quick witted and careful planers we have a set of special rules that will make the game more diverse and unpredictable.
The important part of the game is that the more people are playing, the quicker it’s played.
There’s always someone in a big team who’d gladly push a team mate in to a hungry zombie just to save his own neck.
The game first saw light in November 2011 where it was presented to the participants of “Zilatcon 2011” Kazan city Russia, where it received lots of positive feedback.
Number of players: 3-7.
Game type: party game.
Ages: 8 and up.
Game time: 15-30 min
Contents: 63 cards, game rules.
This game is available for order on Ebay.
The game will be presented in Essen 2012 at the Rightgames LLC booth.
Get going – the Russian zombies are near!