Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z is for Zombie Cinema #atozchallenge

Today's post is about Zombie Cinema, one of my favorite role-playing games.  Zombie Cinema is a GM-less game that takes place during a zombie apocalypse.  Character creation is super easy and involves drawing a few cards that give you some basic characteristics about who you will be playing.  The game comes with a board that represents the increasing threat level of the zombie outbreak.  For example, at the beginning of the game zombies appear as rumors or news stories, but as the game progresses zombies come out in full force and can start to develop new powers.

They're coming to game night, Barbara!

The game is GM-less so every player narrates what they want their character to do in the game.  Whenever two characters' actions are opposed to each other them the players roll six sided dice to resolve the conflict.  I find this mechanic ingenious because it focuses on what makes a good zombie story compelling.  It is not about the zombies, it is about the horrible things that people do to each other to survive.  There are more rules to the game but those are the basics.  If you are interested in learning more you can read my review on boardgamegeek or order a copy for yourself.

This game is great as a filler game, a Halloween one-shot, or a game to run when the regular group can't meet.  There is no prep time and the zombie stories that are told are always memorable.  This was my first GM-less game and it is on my top five list.  I highly recommend it.