Mark Kaiser
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With the many variations of zombie related board games looking to cash in on the 'zombie craze' caused by the hit TV show "The Walking Dead", and our erosion of global societies as a whole, a few in-house rules and additions can 'spice up' your favorite flesh-eating, voodoo drumming, bullet and arrow slinging, shambling corpsefest-related board games.

1.) Set the tone, bring players into that apocalyptic world of reanimated corpses. Turn the lights down just a little, but not too much, battery operated candles do the trick quite nicely, and no wax to fall on your investment. Have a cd soundtrack playing from films like "Zombie", "Dawn of the Dead" or "Walking Dead" etc. It will add an audio aesthetic to the game, and drawn in the players to those dark misty backyards and forests.

2.) Use 3d models in conjunction with your miniatures. A Hot Wheels police car, or Army Jeep, a cotton ball dressed up to look like smoke, or a fire, etc. Don't be afraid to use your imagination, it pays off in fun!

3.) Hit Location Dice, one of the most overlooked and underused dice in any game, and I can't think of any game where it could be more important than in a zombie game. An example, in LNOE, a zombie is killed on doubles rolled, nothing else, dice wise. Well, how about ANY HIT to a zombie requires a location roll? Using a machete or chainsaw and hit a leg? Ok, that zombie loses the leg and moves every other turn (marked with a token or red piece of paper). Hit the head, that zombie is toast. Rolling doubles can grant an extra roll of the location dice or whatever, mix and match the rules to fit your style of play. Hit an arm, that zombie gets a -1 to attack, torso=half movement and attack. It adds a little bookkeeping sure, but with a handful of red markers to place on the zombies, it can add something visually by use of imagination.

4.) Create your own heros or villains to play as. Using a cut out, a photo, a printer, some paper, or whatever, make up some game stats, a little backstory and laminate the card or page protecting your creation. Find a miniature that closely resembles your hero, and paint them accordingly. Personally, since i'm a huge fan of the Walking Dead, I use Mcfarlanes construction miniatures to recreate my heros, villains, and zombies. They come pre-painted, look great, and with a little base attached, work great! The vehicles and locations are available as well, put them at the edge of the gameboard to represent a camp, or entrance/exit, destination, goal, whatever.

5.) Killing zombies, and being killed by one, is gory business. Represent that on the board with red beads, etc. When someone or something gets it, show it. You could also make players do a fear check upon entering those spaces for the first time. If they fail, they lose a turn.

With some thought and a little ingenuity, even the most tedious game can become a great little romp! laugh
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Andre Luiz Fuzaro
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Nice add...
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Mark Kaiser
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Thanks Andre!
 
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