HERE IS A VIDEO OF ME AND SOME FRIENDS PLAYING SOME OF THE GAME!
GET TO THE QUARANTINE ZONE
Greetings fans of table-top games and zombies, I present you Get to the Quarantine Zone. This is my second game I've made and based on the lessons learned from the last game, I'm proud to say this will be a game worthy of your time and backing. REMEMBER: shipping is included.
Get to the Quarantine Zone (QZ) is a part card game / part board game RPG set in the mid 1800's in a place called Cherry Creek, Colorado. The mining town it is set in was quite wealthy and bustling with business until one day people started getting sick. After the sickness, many died. After they died, many got back up and started eating the living! It wasn't long before word spread that this was happening all over the country. Quickly, everyone left town as fast as they could heading toward a "Quarantine Zone" they heard of in Boulder, Colorado. You and a small group of other survivors got the last wagon in town and headed to Boulder. It wasn't long before the wagon broke catastrophically and you were all stranded. You set up a basic camp and decided to make missions into town to get supplies and parts for the wagon. Once fixed, you will be ready to Get to the Quarantine Zone.
This game has been rigorously playtested and we think you'll have a lot of fun. The structure is tight in the game and flexes between the 2 play forms seamlessly. It really is like 2 games in one box.
Here is a video on how a CAMPAIGN MODE round might look like
The basic game comes with the following:
1 -"Camp" mat (10x10 play mat); 9 - "Player" Mats (One 4 x 10 for each possible character); 2 - 6 sided dice; 1 - Counter Clip; 2 - "Blood Drop" Tokens; 40 - Tokens; 1 - 50 card ZOMBIE DECK; 1 - 50 card MISSION DECK; 1 - 110 card LOOT DECK; 1 - 10x10 box.
The game is fairly simple with 2 MODES OF PLAY: Campaign and Survival.
Campaign Mode is the main form of Play in which players will assume the role of a survivor. You need at least 3 people to start the game as there is a steep level of difficulty to the game. (NOTE: You CAN play single player if you don't mind playing at least 3 characters yourself) Each player has a perk and/or comes with Loot which will help you complete Missions. Missions are listed on cards which you will complete the task or kill the prescribed amount of zombies (or combination thereof) to get Loot and Parts. Parts are the resource you need to fix the wagon and leave to the QZ. Loot are items and weapons you'll use to make killing zombies and completing tasks possible or easier. There are a lot of moral decisions to make in the Missions. Sometimes you may be asked to try to save someone's life and although it may make things very hard, there are rewards for success and punishment for failure. The karma system in this game makes the game harder for you each time you do something that might weigh in on your soul negatively. Sometimes you just have to make a tough decision and this can impact you. Other times, Missions might require you have a certain Loot card or complete some task with a certain ability and if you don't have them, you may have to just do things a certain way because it is the only way. This can cause you to accelerate the amount of zombies attacking you by gaining negative karma.
The central player mat
The central player mat
This is the camp (show above). This is where you keep extra loot and keep count of the parts you have on the right side (clip counter included). At the top you'll see a series of boxes with numbers in them. You get a red blood gem with the game that progresses on these boxes from left to right, top to bottom, once each round and once for each karma point you take. The number in the box is the additional amount of zombie card you draw when it is time to fight zombies. The clear motive here is to win quickly. The green box is where you start if you are playing 3 player, yellow box is 4, and 5+ players start on red.
Below are a few of the character mats
Survival Mode allows players to load out their character however they choose and take on wave after wave of zombie madness. Each round the players draw more zombies making survival that much more unlikely. The object isn't really to win, just see how long you can last. You do this by placing the blood drop gem on the first red square and each time every player has taken a turn, you move the gem forward and draw that many zombies. This happens until everyone dies or until you reach the end. This is a great way to train yourself on how best to use the characters, their skills, and the Loot.
What are the basic gameplay mechanics?
Simply put, you will use the loot in your hands and the skills on your character mat to roll dice in order to kill zombies or achieve goals. Strategy comes into play when certain character skill enhance the likelihood of success or failure given a criteria. Loot will constantly come into play as there are many dynamics of the game that change based on what kind of Loot you have picked up along the way. Certain missions will be dark and if you don't have a lantern in the party, you may get penalties to dice rolls because you can't see so well. Sometimes you'll encounter other survivors and since they aren't as dumb as zombies, they may require convincing, trading, or beguiling to avoid dangerous conflict. The threat of dying in this game is very real and each player is given the ability to respawn once as another player. Once all respawns are gone, you lose.
You win when you have fixed the wagon AND fought the boss battle at the end. The boss battle includes fighting a zombie card known as The Blight, which is very tough. You fight him along with as many zombies as you have racked up on the blood gem counter in the center of the table. Again, your choices and timeliness catches up with you.
This game has a theme about choice and fate.
Combat is very simple. If you see the SKELETAL zombie card above, you'll notice the bottom two numbers "6" and "3" The yellow number on the left is the dice roll number the zombie must make to hit you (pretty puny eh? but if you have enough of them around, the odds catch up with you) and the number on the right is the number of successes you need to make in order to kill it. Successes are determined by dice rolls and modifiers based on your Loot and/or abilities. It's simple enough, but the game will punish you if you get too cocky.
Show me some backer reward goodies.
If you back at the HOMAGE TO THE FLESH level, you get a canvas print of a zombie card art of your choice.
Why not just wait until it hits retail?
Good questions like this deserve good answers like this: Retail will cost $50 for the base game PLUS shipping. You get shipping included with this KS backing. Also, you're privy to the stretch goals, backer rewards, exclusives, etc. that you WILL NOT GET when this goes retail.
How ready is the game?
It's ready to print TODAY. You can see it in the video above. We've done a lot of play testing and demo testing to make this the best it could be. This is a lot of hard work and pride in this game.
What makes me believe you'll deliver what you say?
This is my second game and after the issues we ran into with the last, I've learned a lot about making games and whom you can trust to produce what you need. We are proud to announce we will be going through TheGameCrafter.com for our production means. ALL of our production will stay in the USA to avoid the problems we faced with the last game.
Speaking of the last game, if you were a previous backer, let me know and you will be given a special upgrade on the dice and if you order the game with ONE of the expansions, you will get the other free. This is my way of saying "Thanks for giving me a second chance." This offer is only good with previous successful backers and upon the successful backing of the $50 game or better.
We are also proud to be sponsored by Sign Art Etc. As you will see in our video, we have a wonderful backdrop, courtesy of Sign Art Etc. This team of graphic artists and production masters make banners, signs, big checks and, of course, step and repeat backdrops. They were quick to help us out and help make this as fantastic as possible. If you need a backdrop for a birthday party or a banner for your event, these guys are the best. Go to www.signartetc.com
Shut up and take my money! When can I have it?
While it is not a promised date, our goal is to have the game in your hands for the Christmas holiday. We are using The Game Crafter, which has a great reputation for completing these tasks in a timely manner. The game is READY TO GO. We have already printed a copy that is fully playable. When the Kickstarter is completed, we will simply place the bulk order for all of the copies with necessary backer rewards.
OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE YOU PLAYING THIS GAME BY CHRISTMAS! This would make a killer Christmas gift (or whatever holiday you might or might not celebrate).
Tell me about the add-on expansions!
In the backer rewards, you'll see us tempting you with these mentioned add-ons: ENRAGED and STEAM PUNK packs. Each pack comes with extra character mats, zombies, loot and missions (respectively) to expand the game. While these may be offered in the future, they are currently Kickstarter exclusives. As the name implies, the ENRAGED pack has a lot of very angry, very strong zombies and players all dealing with their rage issues. Expect the zombies to be able to power up as the more you beat them, the tougher they get. There will be characters with this feature too, so at least it isn't one sided. The STEAMPUNK pack will feature STEAMPUNK themed players, loot and missions.
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Risks and challenges
While The Game Crafter is very good about delivering their products in a timely fashion, it will be the holiday season and we cannot eliminate the possibility of a delay. This is why we are pushing to have all orders funded by Nov. 1st.
There is nothing more serious than zombies and not buying the game isn't going to kill them. Why $50? Well the game isn't actually $50. Shipping is about $8 bucks and change of that. I can't make shipping companies bend to my will yet, but thanks to your generous support, I'll be that much closer to supreme leadership and then I can make them charge what I say.
Think of the pricing this way: it's 2 modes of play, which actually is like 2 games. So it's 2 games for about 20 bucks, but they share the shipping charge. Not only that, but any backer rewards or stretch goal upgrades benefit BOTH games. So it's really quite a deal. The game will retail at $50 PLUS SHIPPING and have no backer rewards or stretch goals since it wont benefit from this bulk order.
If I haven't been too clear, forgive me. Each expansion will have extra Loot, Character Mats, Zombies, and Missions that are unique to the theme of each expansion.
ENRAGED is a lot of fun because the more you beat up any of the RAGE zombies, the easier they can hit you. They become seriously evil if you don't clear them out quick. You get a character with the same effect, which is fun.
STEAMPUNK is, well... steampunk. How can you have a victorian era wild west world and not throw in some steampunk?!?!? Loot includes goggles, jetpacks, and more!
HOMAGE TO THE FLESH - With this backer reward you get the game, both expansions (previously listed) AND your name with picture AND a canvas print of one of the zombie card art images (see the left area for details).
TOP HAT - You get made into the game. We use your likeness to make a custom player mat that will be put into the game. You can choose to share it with the world and it be permanent in the game OR keep it for yourself as a one-of-a-kind. You get the game, both expansions, a canvas print and yourself IN THE GAME. Your game box comes signed by Dave Holland, the creator and primary artist.
HAT UPON A HAT - Get the TOP HAT rewards PLUS you get your zombie print can be a zombie version of a person of your choice (painted by Dave Holland) which will be a one of a kind. You get 2 copies of the game with this tier as well. BOTH with the exclusive expansions.
A FULL WAGON - Get 100 copies of the game WITH both ENRAGED and STEAMPUNK packs, you get a canvas print of EACH zombie from the zombie card art (including a zombie from each of the expansions), you get 10 Armor Classy Games shirts and we will send any of these to whatever combination of addresses you choose to. Best idea from us: send 100 copies to congress to teach them what a real crisis is and how to survive it.