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Defend the city of Farmingdale and its citizens against hordes of Zeds in an effort to survive until the very end in Dawn of the Zeds!
Defend the city of Farmingdale and its citizens against hordes of Zeds in an effort to survive until the very end in Dawn of the Zeds!
Defend the city of Farmingdale and its citizens against hordes of Zeds in an effort to survive until the very end in Dawn of the Zeds!
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UPDATE: The Level Up! Rulebook has been uploaded. Click here to take a look!

7/13 - 78k Stretch Goal Unlocked!

Things are far from good in Farmingdale. Some kind of virus or poison is turning ordinary people into vicious, zombie-like killers. You must lead citizens and emerging heroes to halt the Zeds' advances by (re)killing them, attempt to coordinate the discovery of a cure, and preserve as much of the area and as many of its inhabitants as possible. There's no time to lose…

Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition, by Victory Point Games, is a cooperative States of Siege™ board game for 1-4 players that plays in 90+ minutes. Your heroes must defend Farmingdale and its five outlying villages from the encroaching horrors. These heroes are supported by civilians (some armed, some heroic) and what little outside help is forthcoming. You must prevent the Zeds incursion from reaching the town center or causing so much chaos around Farmingdale that the government abandons it (and you)!

There's a whole world to experience for players new to the apocalyptic city of Farmingdale. For players who have experienced Dawn of the Zeds in previous editions, there are plenty of new things to discover as well.

  • 1-4 player co-op & solitaire game play 
  • Six expanding levels of game play
  • Heroes with unique abilities 
  • Truly cinematic game play experience 

You can check out an example of how Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition plays in our Peek & Play video below!

You can take a look at The Basic Game Rulebook here! and the Level Up! Rulebook here! NOTE: These are beta version of the books. The rules themselves are final, we are wrapping up layout and final corrections.

You can also watch these introductory videos from our own beta tester and Zeds Enthusiast, Lines Hutter.

  • 150 Poker-sized cards
  • 18 Tarot-sized character cards
  • 4 Die-cut counter sheets
  • 6 Dice
  • 1 Double-sided game board
  • 4 Double-sided player aids
  • 1 Game mat
  • The Basic Game Rulebook
  • The Level Up! Rulebook 
  • The A to Zeds Book (Comprehensive Rules)
  • The Farmingdale Dossier
  • The Setup and Epilogue Book

In Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition, it is the cards that drive the story. There are several types of cards, each with a unique function. 

Each Hero card lists that Hero's unique gameplay abilities and backstory. The mix of Heroes dictates your strategy for defeating the oncoming Zed horde!

Event cards narrate and illustrate the game’s story, manage some of the game’s AI (artificial intelligence), and create those wonderful/dreadful moments that can only happen during a zombie apocalypse.

Fate cards add even more variations to the game's story (sometimes for good, sometimes... not). Fate cards also trigger unique plot twists, which must be dealt with before resuming the struggle to save Farmingdale.

Heroic Civilians are Civilians with special abilities; Research cards allow the possibility of discovering the cure to Z.E.D. and the innovative Super Weapon; Reference cards provide quick information about several types of units.

Each stretch goal that is unlocked beyond our initial funding goal will be included with all pledges that include a copy of Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition as well as the retail version.

 The poll for choosing the new Hero's abilities is NOW CLOSED! Stay tuned for an update on what the abilities are!

We'll need your help spreading the word about our project, but we feel you should get something back for that. If we get a certain amount of shares of our Kickstarter linkwith the hashtag"#DawnoftheZeds" we'll include some fun extras for our fans! (Remember though, it has to include the link and the hashtag.) You can also use the share button at the top of the project page!

200 Shares - [UNLOCKED] Join us online as we live stream ourselves playing a bad board game that you help choose! You'll pick from several friendship-breaking titles that we'll suffer through for your amusement.

500 Shares - [UNLOCKED] You'll need something fancy to hold counters, and what better than a cloth bag with "Dawn of the Zeds" printed right on it!? Don't want to use it for your counters? Worry not, it's multifunctional; Use it to hold your dice, hold your keys, or even hold the zombie ears you'll be collecting!

 $1 Thank You!: We really want to give you a high-five!

$55 Patient Zero: You will receive ONE copy of Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition at a discount! Limit: 50. Free shipping in US, and lowered shipping costs for backers outside the US!

$60 Quarantine Breach: You will receive ONE copy of Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition at a discount!Free shipping in US, and lowered shipping costs for backers outside the US!

This Tier is available for a limited time, and will be locked on 6/19 at Noon PST

$65 Zombie Outbreak: You will receive ONE copy of Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition! Free shipping in US, and lowered shipping costs for backers outside the US!

$120 Zombie Horde: You will receive TWO copies of Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition at a discount! Free shipping in US, and lowered shipping costs for backers outside the US!

$315 Zombie Nation: You will receive SIX copies of Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition at a discount! Free shipping in US, and lowered shipping costs for backers outside the US!

CLOSED! $1,000 Unlife Given: LIMITED TIME OFFER, pledge by June 26th! Become a Zed in the game! Have your likeness as a Zed painted by in-house artist Clark Miller and placed on an in-game card! You will also receive a 12"x18" poster of the card with your image. Limit: 5

We have a limited time to create these art assets. If you are interested, send an image of yourself with your best zombie expression and pledge by JUNE 26th 11:59PM PST. This tier will be closed after this date and time.

You will also receive TWO copies of Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition. Free shipping!

CLOSED! $3,000 The Face of Horror: LIMITED TIME OFFER, pledge by June 26th! Become a Zed on the back of the game box! Have your likeness as a Zed painted by in-house artist Clark Miller and placed on the back of the game box! You will also receive a 12"x18" poster of this image. Limit: 1.

We have a limited time to create these art assets. If you are interested, send an image of yourself with your best zombie expression and pledge by JUNE 26th 11:59PM PST. This tier will be closed after this date and time.

You will also receive FOUR copies of Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition. Free shipping for you!

For everyone who has pledged to a tier that includes one or more copies of Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition, the following add-ons are available to you! If you donated to the $1 tier, the poster add-on is available to you. Simply follow these instructions:

1) Press the Manage Your Pledge button above. If you have not pledged yet, it will say Back This Project.

2) Increase your pledge in the Pledge Amount box by the total amount for the add-on. Example: If you want to add one copy of Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition, you would increase your pledge by $65.

3) Save the pledge amount. Do not change the tier you originally pledged at.

4) After the Kickstarter is successfully funded, we will be sending out a survey to confirm your pledge. In that survey, make sure to specify which add-ons you added to your pledge. In addition, you can send us a message to confirm which add-on(s) you included in your pledge.

To add another copy of Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition, add $65 per copy to your pledge. For shipping, add the following amount per your area:

  • US - Free!
  • Canada: +$6 for each additional game
  • UK/France/Germany: +$7 for each additional game
  • EU: +$7 for each additional game
  • Rest of World: +$8 for each additional game

We have also created posters of characters in Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition, which are only available through Kickstarter! If you like the look and feel of the art created by Clark Miller, these 12"x18" posters make for a great addition. You can add as many posters as you like to your pledge. 

To include a poster, add $10 per poster to your pledge if you are in the US or Canada. For International backers, add an additional $4 for shipping costs. Make sure to specify which poster(s) you are pledging for! These will be shipped from the Victory Point Games office in the United States. Customs and duties may apply.

To include a Dawn of the Zeds Dice Tower to your pledge, add $12 per tower to your pledge. The Dice Tower dimensions are 2 1/4" x 5 3/4" x 4 3/4".

You asked and we answered. For those that love playing with our custom-made, sooty, laser-cut counters, you can include them with your game order (along with your die-cut counters included in the game!). As you can see, the Zeds have already taken a bite out of them! Just add $25 to your pledge if you are in the US or Canada. For International backers, add an additional $5 for shipping costs.

The previous versions of Dawn of the Zeds have been a favorite of our fans. We really wanted to enhance the game with co-op play while introducing it to more people that we know would love Zeds. This also means that we would have to build Dawn of the Zeds non-stop at our in-house factory in Costa Mesa. While we do pride ourselves on our ability to physically produce our own games, we can't realistically tackle this behemoth of a Zed all on our own.

By pledging to this game, you are helping The Little Game Company fund its first out-of-house print run. This is a big step for us. To say we're anxious and excited is an understatement!

Reviews 

Here are some reviews of Dawn of the Zeds: Second Edition:

"Clear the table for Dawn of the Zeds, a zombie game you won’t want to miss." - Tom Chick, Quarter to Three

“This is a great, great game from Victory Point Games...The whole siege defense action of gameplay is fun to me, and it makes for an entertaining solitaire game.” – The Dice Tower

“It has that extra flavor there, and identifiable characters that have very unique and different abilities and different traits... Definitely pick this up!” – Drive Thru Review

"One hell of a nail biting, action packed, zombie fueled spectacular! Anyone who enjoys the zombie genre... owes it to themselves to have DotZ in their collection!" - Jeff McAleer, The Gaming Gang

We are using Ship Naked, which is "Customs-Friendly Worldwide." That means it is EU-Friendly! Here's what Ship Naked has to say on their site: 

EU-Friendly means that your packages will ship via a method that will minimize the expenses of customs, brokerage fees, and other expenses for the recipient in the European Union... as well as Canada-Friendly, USA-Friendly, Australia-Friendly, really just downright Friendly!

We are working with Ship Naked to get the best possible shipping rates for everyone. Essentially, this is done through shipping zones. The shipping zone that you live in determines how much shipping you will pay. This is much cheaper for you than if we were to ship everything from our office in Costa Mesa, CA, and allows us to provide discounts that we wouldn’t be able to provide otherwise.

We are also doing what we can at VPG to absorb some of the shipping cost. As you can see below, we are providing a discount so that shipping is free in the US. We then take that discount and apply it to all of the shipping zones. For example, if it were to cost $10 to ship something in the States, we give $10 off to all other shipping zones.

Here are the shipping rates for one copy of Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition, which is the highest per-game shipping rate:

  • US: Free!
  • Canada: $7 
  • France/Germany/UK: $10 
  • EU: $20 
  • Rest of World: $25 

You may notice in the add-on section that the shipping costs are cheaper than what is stated above. This is due to shipping weights. Basically, the more games you order, the cheaper it is to ship per unit.

All sales are final. Because Victory Point Games is not handling shipping, please direct all claims for damaged packages/goods to Ship Naked.

Bulk Orders

Anyone who would like to place a bulk order, such as retailers or distributors, should contact us directly at distribution[at]victorypointgames.com or through Kickstarter and we’ll be happy to work with you to get you set up with whatever you need.

Special Thanks!

All of us at Victory Point Games want to take the time to thank the following people. Zeds Third Edition would not be the game it is today if it weren't for you. THANK YOU! 

Lines Hutter, Wes Erni, David Spangler, David Kennedy, Delphine Echassoux, all the folks on BGG that had comments and corrections for edition 2, all the other playtesters and Zed heads that helped us along the way, and Doron Dill (Accent Media Labs) and Monson Douglas for the great video.

Risks and challenges

As we stated under "Why Kickstarter," this will be the first game that VPG has produced out-of-house. Because of that, the main concern is missing our shipping goal of November 2015. There is always the chance that there will be shipping delays, but we have done our fair share of research and planning to prevent this from happening. We know we are releasing a fantastic game, with a proven track record, and are convinced that you will love it. We can't wait to get Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition in your (warm and still alive) hands!

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