Announcing The Runner's Guide
The Runner's Guide
We’re really happy that so many people have gotten into the world and characters of Zombies, Run! and so we’re starting to build out that world in a lot of ways.
The first way is through The Runner’s Guide, a 75 page book that explores the origins of the zombie apocalypse, with writing by Doctor Myers on the medical background of ZN1 and a Field Guide written by the Head of Runners, Runner 7, and it’s filled to the brim with drawings and illustrations. That’s not all, because we have have a ton of behind-the-scenes material in the book including art sketches, playlists, and the entire script of Mission 1, with extensive commentary from the writers and designers.
How much does it cost? Nothing at all. No catches, no DRM, nothing.
The Runner’s Guide is totally free, for everyone (including non-Kickstarter backers). It’s not every day that you get to work on a great game, and it’s only possible because you’ve all supported the game.
You can learn more about The Runner’s Guide at our in-depth blog post and see lots more screenshots there.
And if you have an iPad, you’re in luck, because we made a special multi-touch version that extra content including embedded slideshows, quizzes, presentations, and listen-along audio for the Mission 1 commentary. It’s also going to be FREE! Just tap this link on your iPad to download it directly (46MB).
Don’t have an iPad? Sick of our love of Apple? Don’t worry. We plan on making a web-based version as well, with all the same content.
About that Discount...
You may have noticed that Zombies, Run! is on a 50% sale from Friday to Sunday. We’re doing this because we want to keep adding more features and content to the game - along with more things like The Runner’s Guide - and that requires people and time and resources. By discounting the game for just three days, we can reach those people who desperately want it but just haven’t been able to afford it yet.
We have no plans to permanently discount the game any time soon, so sales like this will be very rare - and bear in mind that it’s been six weeks since we launched as well!
Beginner and Interval Training Packs
As Kickstarter backers, you’ll be receiving all paid add-ons made during Season 1 for free.
The first two updates are for our Beginner 5k pack and our Interval Training pack, and things are coming along excellently with them - we’ve completed the design work and will be recording them in just three weeks time, so if you’re getting anxious about not having enough time with Sam, Jack, Eugene, Runner 8, and the rest of the Abel Township crew, don’t worry - more is coming!
We’ve also begun design work on the third add-on, codenamed “The Lab”. We’re really excited about this one because it’s going to offer something that a lot of people have wanted for a long time...
How's the Android version coming?
Still on target for May/June! When we have more information, we’ll let you know!
Stay safe and keep well,
Six to Start and Naomi Alderman
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