Friday, February 21, 2014

Zombicide



I’ve been into RPGs a lot more recently, but I’ve always got some time for Zombicide. Zombicide was created by Guillotine Games, who has information published about it on their website. It currently has many expansions out and a variety of playable characters. I have to say, Zombicide is one of the best zombie apocalypse board games that I have ever played. It’s full of action, critical thinking, and, of course, zombies.
So what do you need to know about Zombicide? First, it’s a cooperative game. You and your team are fighting off a zombie horde and trying to complete some objective. Sometimes this means that you have to gather food, and other times you need to kill a certain number of zombies. Most of the time, not all of your players have to survive, but occasionally they do. One particularly brilliant aspect of the cooperative game play is that no one is stuck playing mindless zombies. They are generated by drawing cards each round and follow certain rules that are well defined in the rulebook.

The second thing you should know is that you can make your own missions, or you can go on preset ones. The preset ones include goals, tile placement, and placement of other markers such as zombie spawning points or vehicles like cars. What are these tiles we speak of? Well, the board is made up of tiles that are double sided. They make up a city and include streets (which you can drive police cars and pimpmobiles on) and buildings that you can search and are possibly filled with zombies. This makes it so that each map can be very unique from the others, making the game more fun.

Okay, let’s get down to what you really want to hear about - zombies. There are four types of zombies in the basic game: walkers, runners, fatties, and the abomination. Walkers are your typical zombies - dumb and slow. They pose the least threat but are annoying when they move in hordes. Runners are my least favorite kind of zombie. They get extra actions so they can move fast or hit multiple times. You don’t want to get stuck in a spot with them, so I recommend killing them as fast as possible (preferably by running them over in your pimpmobile - yes, that’s a real thing). Fatties are exactly what they sound like, fat zombies. When they spawn, they spawn with two walkers. Aside from not being able to run them over, they aren’t too bad unless you have a lot of them. Then there’s the abomination, a superbuff zombie that’s hard to kill. My daughter thinks that an abomination is what the Hulk would look like if he turned into a zombie. Surprisingly, they aren’t as bad as runners, they’re just a pain to kill. On the plus side, you can only have one on the board at any time.

For the most part, this game only has positive sides. There are two things I should tell you about, however. The first thing is that there are a lot of little rules you are bound to forget. Some rules that we kept leaving out were the ones involving the sewers, moving through spaces with zombies, generating zombies in buildings. That’s true with many games, but I just felt like pointing it out anyway. The second thing is that it says it will take 1 hour on the box but so far we have yet to play it that fast. Make sure you’ve got time planned out for this, especially if you are new to the game.

Killing zombies is really fun. Killing zombies with a chainsaw is even more fun. Luckily, you can do these, and many other things, in Zombicide. I could probably go on for hours about all the things you can do in this game, but it’s probably best if I just leave it up to you to figure out when you start playing. Hopefully, you’re interested. If not, I recommend giving it a shot, because why not?

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