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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Scaring up Zombie RPGs

by Ken Newquist / January 11, 2013
Cover art for Zombies!!!, a popular zombie board game by Twilight Creations. Credit: Twilight Creations

The release of the trailer for World War Z inspired me to read the book of the same name before the film's version could burn its way into my brain. It was well worth it; the book's a fantastic read that provides a wide-ranging, highly personal view of the Zombie Apocolypse. It also inspired me to see what the current state of Zombie RPGs is for a possible Knights of the Dinner Table column.

I'm looking for more suggestions, so please post them in the comments or email them to me at nuketown@gmail.com

Published Games

  • All Flesh Must Be Eaten: The classic UniSystem-powered zombie game
  • The Shotgun Diaries: John Wick does the zombie genre.
  • World of the Dead: Part of the "War of the Dead" universe and a sequel to the chapter-by-chapter "War of the Dead" PDF zeries.
  • Hot War: The Cold War goes nuclear in the 60s, and all manner of horrors are unleashed upon the world.

Fan Creations

Zombie Inspiration

  • Zombies!!! Board Game: A long-running Zombie board game, now in its second edition.
  • Zombie Run!: Not an RPG, but a running app for the iPhone in which zombies pursue you on your daily job.
  • The Zombie Survival Guide: Written by Max Brooks, author of World War Z.
  • The Walking Dead: The Game: I've heard nothing but good things about the iPad game for the Walking Dead, which forces you to make the same sort of gut-wrenching decisions as in the TV show and comic book. Also available for Xbox 360 and PS3.