The Walking Dead: The Board Game published by Z-Man Games is a board game based on the popular Robert Kirkman's graphic novel. The game puts you in control of one of the main characters from the series and usually takes about 2-3 hours to play.
Artwork and Pieces
The artwork on the cards, cardboard cut-outs, and board conveys the zombie genre theme: dark, bloody and utilizing earthy tones. It looks good despite some of the cardboard pieces looking cheap and the cards feeling flimsy. The dice are colorful and the labeling on them looks ok.
How Does the Game Play?
The goal of the game is to be the first player (or group of players) to find a safe place by successfully scout out three locations. So you can choose to work as an individual or band together to achieve the goal. Each person starts the game with a starting character card, a follower, a set of dice based on those cards, a token to represent your character and follower, and a secret location card.The set of dice are used to overcome the challenges you will encounter in the game.The location card that is just for you to scout in case you don't like the random one you draw on your turn.
Once everyone has their starting cards and such, everyone places their cardboard cutout on the board. Then everyone rolls their dice pool to see whoever rolls the most hat icons (actions) gets to go first. On your turn, you can move, recover from fatigue, and/or draw an encounter if possible.
Encounters require you to overcome a challenge consisting of either fighting zombies or performing an action. Success is determined by rolling your dice and getting the proper amount of the right icons to show up on the dice. You draw encounter cards for each resource on the location you land on. If you are on a location, you just do whatever the location card says. If you're fighting zombies, you have to kill as many zombies as the card states. You roll your dice and if you either have the same amount or more of zombie head icons on your dice than what you need, you survive. For each zombie you fail to kill, you place a fatigue token on one of your survivors (Either you or your companion). Once a companion reaches three fatigue, they will die. Once all of you and all of your companions die, your game is over.
In my instance, I had to draw three cards that were exactly the same: fight 6 zombies. So I had to kill them off with only 4 dice each time resulting in my exit from the game. Had I banded together with someone else, that might have come out a little better, but it still would have been up to the luck of the dice.
So Should I Buy This Game?
If you are a fan of the series and have a few people who enjoy playing 2-3 hour long board games, this will be the game for you. I would recommend if you do play, to play as a team and not try to make it out on your own.
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