So a while ago I posted an article detailing my first foray into Zombicide, since then I have only managed to play one further game, which was the first scenario to use 6 players. If you can remember (or have just read the article) you will see I was a bit scathing of Samson and his
Mystical Missing Skills with his axes, lo and behold even with someone else controlling Samson he was still useless!
So now I have had two games of Zombicide Black Plague and I can safely say its world wide popularity is deserved, Cool Mini or Not have hit on a brilliant formula, incredible simplicity and still a good range of depth to a game that can get stupidly crazy in the blink of an eye.
Zombicide: Black Plague takes the zombie apocalypse into a fantastical medieval setting! The arcane powers of the Necromancers have unleashed a zombie invasion in the age of swords and sorcery, and it\’s up to your group of straggling survivors to not only stay alive during these dark times, but to take back the realm and punish those responsible for the apocalypse! It allows you take control of paladins, dwarves, knights, and magicians, wielding powerful swords, crossbows, and even magic spells to defeat the zombie hordes and its Necromancer overlords. The classic Zombicide rules have been revamped for this new incarnation of the game, while still retaining the nonstop action, tense atmosphere and easy-to-learn rules that made Zombicide a classic. Equip your survivor with equipment like chainmail armor or shields to defend against the undead, pick up spell books to perform fantastic enchantments, or light up a pool of dragon bile to create an all-consuming inferno of dragon fire!
Take on the zombie invasion from the medieval streets to secret vaults that create quick passages through the citadel (and often hold special artifacts). Chase down the elusive Necromancers to keep them from multiplying the zombie masses. And tackle a whole new set of missions through which your group of survivors will become the heroes of the land (or the last victims of the zombie massacre).
So what do you get int he box? 6 charactors with a lot more available separately a necromancer and an abomination (again necromancers are available separately) and almost a metric ton of zombies, runners and fatties, The charators come with there own card stat sheets and a cool tray to put them in which also has pegs which can be put in various places to represent health skill levels etc and what equipment each charactor has, so it keeps the sideboard area of the game somewhat tidier than your average game. Then you also have the tiles for the base and associated counters to actually play the game as well as a few D6 to go with it!
The basic premise of the game is keeping your team mates alive whilst trying to achieve objectives, it may be to get to a certain point on the board or just collect all the objectives, but in the missions I have played so far have always had a catch, in the first one you had to get to an exit but to get there you needed to unlock a door which meant you had to search all the objectives to find it, my luck was never going to allow me to find a key on the first one, before you can unlock the door and proceed to the exit and ‘win’, the second scenario in the rules state you need all the objectives but one of them releases a necromancer or an Abomination (hint run like mad) but every game has been great fun!
A basic turn runs along the lines of each survivor takes upto three actions, then the zombies move towards either sounds made during the survivors actions or towards the nearest survivor they can see, once this has been done zombies randomly spawn on the zombie spawn points, then start again, so really quite quick and easy the fun comes when you have to move 25+ zombies around the board as it can get a bit hectic, but a clever survivor can realise when a good time to make noise to distract the zombies and thus keep them running around in circles out of the way (well in theory anyway), I haven’t managed to keep them in limbo long but have occasionally managed the odd distracting door smash to allow another survivor to grab an objective before and it can be quite satisfying watching the impending horde just turn around and shamble off.
All in the base game is great I shall be cracking open the copy of Wulfsburg very soon to have a look and share my thoughts on that.with an RRP of 92.99 its a very hefty buy in to a game if you don’t know if you will like it and yes there are many alternative cheaper zombie games out there Mantics The Walking Dead and Prozect Z by Warlord are two of the newer additions we have looked at but there are many others. All of which are worth playing, but there is something about Zombicide that is intrinsically easy to get! The reokay value alone would make this a very worthy buy to be honest but there is so much available for these games that you can never really have the same game twice, I have just brought the door set, just to give it a bit more of a 3D look but the expansions and the add ons add so much more to the game, that I believe I won be getting bored off anytime soon.