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I'm a fan of horror games, and I'm a fan of free. If I had money, I'd buy a bunch of nasty pre-painted zombies and ghouls and devil-spawn-monkeys, but I don't have money, so I print off little zombie counters instead. That, and I design games with zombies, because they're super fun. One of my games is on this list, Zombie in my Pocket.

I'm always looking for more, so I made this list. If I'm missing something, please add it.

Requirements:
Web-published (makes it easy to find)
Free (makes it easy to buy)
Horror (makes it bloody)
Findable (files must be easily found via BGG, ie. no dead links)

I've sorted the games by all-time plays.
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1. Board Game: Zombie in my Pocket [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2431]
Jeremiah Lee
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138 plays per month since first posted on this list.

Plays : 124

If you're looking for a quick-to-build, quick-to-play solo zombie game, this appears to be the one.

My game has benefited from a lot of great comments, and a lot of people talking about the game. I appreciate the effort of others, and I'm happy people have enjoyed my game enough to make it the #1 most played game in this rather narrow section of BGG.

I actually didn't know my game would be the most played when I started making this list, and now I feel like I should sort it differently because of this. But, I'm too lazy to re-sort by something else, so here you go.
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2. Board Game: Zombie Plague [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:3227]
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My favourite zombie themed game ever.

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3. Board Game: Dead of Night [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:5013]
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3.6 plays per month since first posted on this list.

Plays : 43

This is the next game on my to-print list. I can't believe I've waited this long to play it with as good of reviews as it has. It has a 7.8 rating after 38 ratings, that's fantastic.
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4. Board Game: One Against the Dead [Average Rating:6.09 Unranked]
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1 play per month since first posted on this list.

Plays : 20

10 of these plays are from me. I like this game, and I need to get my printed weapon cards back from a friend (who I'm sure isn't playing anyway).

You need a big table for this one.
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5. Board Game: Miskatonic Madness [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:11935]
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.24 plays per month since first posted on this list.

Plays : 21

Lovecraft. Looks like a good game for two, although BGG user Reprint says it solo's well, so I might print just because of that.
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6. Board Game: Death Angel [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:10850]
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1.3 plays per month since first posted on this list.

Plays : 7

This game looks fun (although a bit drab, in all black and white), with a good slasher-movie feeling.
 
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7. Board Game: Grave Digger [Average Rating:4.25 Unranked]
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.3 plays per month

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The printable components look great in this game, even including a tuck-box for the game. Nice art, but no plays, maybe too much to cut out?
 
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8. Board Game: S-P-O-N-G-E: Fight the Evil [Average Rating:6.17 Unranked]
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No plays per month since first posted on this list.

Plays : 5

Customizable card game in the Lovecraft mythos. I'm not a big fan, so...unlikely I'll print this, but I'd like to hear other's reaction to the game. Looks like it could be quite fun.
 
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9. Board Game: Burial Ground [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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I think the thing holding this game back is the number of counters needed to cut out. Makes it hard to get players over the time-to-build vs. play-fun threshold.
 
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10. Board Game: Uncontrolled Squid [Average Rating:4.17 Unranked]
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No plays per month since first posted on this list.

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A trick-taking game. Only two ratings to go on here, the designers 7, and a 3.5 from an avid free-game-player.
 
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11. Board Game: Midnight Banshees [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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A great looking game from the same people as Grave Digger (below). Looks like it could be a lot of work to assemble.
 
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12. Board Game: Cthulhu Boardgame [Average Rating:4.94 Unranked]
Jeremiah Lee
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No plays per month since first posted on this list. In fact, one went away. Must have been eaten by a Great One.

Plays : 1

A hex-and-counter Cthulhu game. Wacky.
I was never really into Lovecraft, so this one has yet to be printed.
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13. Board Game: Zombie Chow-Down [Average Rating:2.33 Unranked]
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Any game with a name this great is worth printing to play. Bah! It looks like some of the rules are left out!
 
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14. Board Game: Phantom's Vortex [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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The Ravensblight people make beautiful games, but I'm sensing a pattern of too-hard-to-build-for-what-they're-worth. The comment for this game is very negative, so I'm unlikely to put in the effort.
 
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15. Board Game: Zombie Rancher [Average Rating:5.04 Unranked]
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Another with a great name on this list. I'll print this too.
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16. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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I created a print and play expansion for Puerto Rico called Haiti. It involves creating and using zombies as workers. It didn't get its own entry in the Geek, but can be found in the Puerto Rico files and links.

You can get to it from here http://www.interactivitiesink.com/cardgames/index.html and clicking Haiti, or using this direct download link: http://www.interactivitiesink.com/cgi/download.cgi?id=28
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17. Board Game: Dawn of the Dead [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:7066]
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The boardgame Dawn of the Dead is based on the movie with the same name. It was released in year 1978 and is no longer being sold in any version. The game map represents the shopping mall from the movie. The game is usually played by 2-5 players but you can also play it alone, by using the solitaire rules. The game is won if the zombie player kills three of four human characters, or if the human player(s) manage to secure all four doors to the mall and eliminating all zombies.

http://www.witchmastercreations.com/dawn.php

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18. Board Game: House of Horrors [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:11844]
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A card game based on Avalon Hill's Atlantic Storm in which players explore a Haunted House. Each turn players can either play an explorer card (and appropriate items) or a monster card (and appropriate items). This creates two teams: explorers vs. monsters. Whichever side has the most points in the chosen combat category wins. After each victory, the spoils (room card and cards from the losing side) are divided up among the winners. The player who has the most hourglass symbols on the cards they win wins the game.

http://www.thalcos.com/house.htm
 
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19. Board Game: Shaun of the Dead Card Game [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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I have no idea what this one is actually like, but it seems to fit all the criteria you laid out there. I imagine it's probably of little interest unless you've seen the film it's based on, though.
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20. Board Game: Incursion [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:2541]
David Ausloos
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Think: A hardcore version of Space Hulk set in a gritty underground tunnel-complex packed with mutant Sturmzombies, german chicks called Gretel von X and lots tactical tension and you have: Incursion.
This is one of those rare professionaly produced games that
are free to download.

Play first, thank me later.
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