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Zombies as PCs, trust issues, cinematic rules, betrayal, shotguns, fast or slow zombies, hiding zombie bites -- it's all here. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on June 2, 2012.

Zombies as PCs, trust issues, cinematic rules, betrayal, shotguns, fast or slow zombies, hiding zombie bites -- it's all here.

About this project

You run past the living dead and into the abandoned convenience store. Michael shuts the door behind you, and together you barricade it as best you can. The zombies gather outside, relentlessly pounding on the door. Michael says he has an idea, but can you trust him?

The humans blocked the door, cutting you off from your food. The hunger drives you to pound on the door, but soon you remember a piece of your former life; stores have back doors. You shamble around the corner, hoping to catch your food unawares. Can you get there in time? 

What kind of game is Outlive Outdead?

Outlive Outdead is a unique tabletop roleplaying game. You begin by creating a setting with humans and zombies. Then you play as humans surviving in the zombie apocalypse but, if you die, you join the GM and play zombies trying to kill the other players' humans! Players have told us it makes you feel like you're in an episode of a certain zombie TV show that we probably cannot name for silly legal reasons. 

You can read a playtest version (i.e. an incomplete edition without formatting or art) by downloading it here for free. 

Game Features

  • Play a human, and when he dies, play zombies!
  • Character attributes based on what’s necessary in a zombie apocalypse, such as Flee and Scrounge.
  • Fast and easy rules for fluid, cinematic gameplay.
  • Roll high for success, but if you roll too high, your human snaps from the stress.
  • Create a human character with unique motivations and abilities.
  • Create a zombie character type to hunt down the other players’ human characters.
  • Get infected and try to hide it from other players.
  • Unique karma mechanic allows players to activate powers and flaws-for a karmic price.
  • Setting creation system provides unique settings for one-shots and campaigns.
  • Optional scoring system to turn up the competition!

Customized Rewards

All of our rewards are listed on the right, but some deserve special mention. The game includes an introductory adventure that can be customized with place and people names that you give us! Not only that, but if you send us a picture of yourself, we will zombify it and include it in your game! This works if regardless of format: PDF, softcover, or hardcover. Here's a sample of what your zombie picture might look like:

Who are you?

Three people are working on this project. The lead designer is WJ MacGuffin, who runs Happy Bishop Games and worked on Paranoia, The Laundry, and his own game, Triune. The other two designers are Paul Baldowski, who also worked on Paranoia, and Jason Jarvis, who is new to the field. All three are huge fans of zombies and felt the current rpg offerings didn't capture the experiences found iin zombie movies and TV shows--hence, Outlive Outdead. 

Why do you need a Kickstarter?

We still need to pay for artwork, editing, and the big one: print costs. But we also love the idea of crowdsourcing and taking advantage of modern POD services to offer customized game books. It's the kind of thing we really cannot do anywhere else. 

When will the game be released?

Once this project is successful, we will distribute copies of the game in June. When all backers have received their rewards, we will wait one month and then release the game to the general public, likely in late July/early August. In other words, backers get the game at least one month before anyone else!

FAQ

  • The book will have a color cover and B&W interior. Please see Update #1 for a sample chapter and image of several pages together. (Update #1 can be found atop this page in one of the blue tabs.

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  • Outlive Outdead is a rpg like D&D. As with D&D, it recommends minis and a grid for combat. That said, you can use anything for the minis (coins, pieces from other games, and the like). Again, these are only recommended and I have run a successful Outlive Outdead game with just paper and pencils.

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  • Of course you can have more than one copy! Don't pick any reward level yet. Send me a note via Kickstarter or by email (wjmacguffin at gmail dot com) and let me know how many extra copies you want and softcover vs. hardcover. Then we'll work out a price together.

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  • Sure! I did not make that a reward level because the cost of shipping a hardcover varies greatly depending on the destination. If you only want a hardcover, send me a note via Kickstarter or by email (wjmacguffin at gmail dot com) and we'll work something out.

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  • Yes. First, you must be the primary focus of the pic. There can be one or two people in the image with you, but you must be clear and present therein. Second, the image must have a resolution of 300dpi. Most images from a modern digital camera will be fine, but anything from a webcam will not print well; it will be very blurry and sad. Send me an email if you have any concerns.

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Rewards

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    Survivor: You will receive a PDF copy of the game before it goes on sale and your name will be listed in the acknowledgements section with the title “Survivor”.

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    8 backers

    Zombie: You’ll receive a PDF copy, acknowledgement as a “Zombie”, and you can give us names of people and places, and we’ll edit those into the introductory adventure that comes with the book. A customized zombie adventure set in your hometown!

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    43 backers

    Zombie Lover: You’ll receive everything at the Zombie level (customized PDF) PLUS a softcover copy, a “I Heart Zombies” sticker, and acknowledgement as a “Zombie Lover”. Yes, both the PDF and the softcover can be customized with names you give us! (Of course, you can leave the names as is.) Free shipping in the US; international orders, please add $5.

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    5 backers

    Infected Human: You’ll receive everything from the Zombie Lover level (customized softcover, customized PDF, a “I Heart Zombies” sticker) PLUS a vial of a “zombie-infected blood sample”, a signed, personalized thank you from the publisher in the softcover, and acknowledgement as an “Infected Human”. Free shipping in the US; international orders, please add $7.

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    10 backers

    Zombie Actor: You’ll receive everything from the Infected Human level (signed & customized softcover, customized PDF, a “I Heart Zombies” sticker, “infected blood” sample) PLUS you can send us a photo of yourself and we’ll turn it into a zombie and place it in your customized copy of the game as part of the artwork! Yes, both in the softcover and the PDF! Of course, you’ll have acknowledgement as a “Zombie Actor” in the books. Free shipping in the US; international orders, please add $7.

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    8 backers

    Tough Human: You’ll receive everything from the Zombie Actor level (signed & customized softcover, customized PDF, a “I Heart Zombies” sticker, “infected blood” sample, pic included in the game) except the softcover will be upgraded to a hardcover. It will still be signed & customized with names, places, and one of your pics, and you’ll have acknowledgement as a “Tough Human” in the books. Free shipping in the US; international orders, please add $15.

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    6 backers

    Zombie Gamer: You’ll receive everything from the Tough Human level (signed & customized hardcover, customized PDF, a “I Heart Zombies” sticker, “infected blood” sample, pic included in the game) plus two ten-sided dice, a four-sided die, a battlemat for describing your zombie battles during the game, and acknowledgement as a “Zombie Gamer”. Free shipping in the US; international orders, please add $20.

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    GenCon Zombie: Get everything from the Zombie Gamer reward (signed & customized hardcover, customized PDF, sticker, “infected blood” sample, pic included in the game, 3 dice, and battlemat) PLUS one four-day badge to GenCon Indy 2012 (purchased and mailed to you to avoid that huge line at Will Call), dinner/drinks on WJ MacGuffin at the RAM on the day/time of your choosing during the con, and a discussion with him about zombies, creating roleplaying games, how to break into the industry, and so on. Plus, acknowledgement in the book as a “GenCon Zombie”

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