Legions of zombies are at your door, trying to claw their way inside. Starving and alone, you make your stand. Will you survive? Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 4, 2013.
About this project
Please visit the official 9 Kingdoms Publications ApocalypZe Website to view the rules and lists of cards for all 4 decks from our initial release.
ApocalypZe is a card game that puts you, the player, into a world filled with zombies. In a unique twist of mechanics, you play not only the survivors who must defend their stronghold against the ravenous hordes, but the ravenous hordes themselves...or any other raiders you choose.
The game comes with two 60 card playable decks featuring 4 very different strongholds.
The game is designed for 2 or more players. Each player plays a stronghold. During your turn you must choose to either defend your stronghold or attack your opponent. Be strong in defense, clever in attacks, and guard your resources well. When the food runs out, you become the food.
ApocalypZe is unlike any other card game on the market. Designed to give you the feel of the zombie ApocalypZe, the game focuses on survival, scavenging, and atmosphere rather than just straight combat. From the black and white artwork to the rich development of our characters and locations, ApocalypZe will make you believe in a world dominated by the dead. The game is also supported by a range of fictional ebooks that will help you get to know the characters whose stories you will write and rewrite time and again.
Reviews, Interviews, & General Press
Interview with igorslab.com
What's In The Game?
ApocalypZe will be made available in 2 separate 2-Player Box Sets. Each set will come with 2 playable decks featuring a stronghold, 1 survivor faction, and 1 raider faction.
The first set comes with the Roadside Diner Deck and the Military Base Deck. The Roadside Diner is protected by Bikers while you can use Gang members and zombies as your attack force. The Military Base is, of course, protected by soldiers. This deck is chocked full of zombies and zombie cards.
Our second set comes with the Church Deck and the Police Station Deck. Civilians keep the Church strong and stocked with supplies while zombies tear into your opponent. Police Officers are tough for your opponent to bring down while you are pounding away at his or her stronghold with Cult Fanatics.
Kickstarter Exclusive Customization Packs
In an effort to kickstart you into making your own decks, we've come up with 2 customization packs (one for each box set). These 30 card packs are designed to allow players to swap out their raiders. For instance, instead of playing your bikers with gang raiders, you could add in zombies and zombie cards without having to tear apart your other deck.
These customization packs will not be sold in stores. They are being made available to our kickstarter backers only!
Box Set 1's customization pack comes with everything you need to make a Biker/Zombie deck and a Soldier/Gang deck:
Box Set 2's customization pack comes with everything you need to make a Police/Zombie deck and a Civilian/Cultist deck:
The customization packs are also useful for making your deck more aggressive. You can easily pull out some of your defensive cards and replace them with raiders and other offensive cards.
Your Rewards for Backing ApocalypZe
$5 Researcher Reward
$25 Scavenger Reward
$30 Survivor Reward
$50 Heroes of the ApocalypZe Reward
$100 Raiders of the ApocalypZe Reward
$150 Never Get Left Behind Reward
$300 Dying for the Game Reward
$500 Live the Game Reward
$800 Band Together Reward
$1,100 Build a Community Reward
$3,000 Stronghold Defenders Reward
$5,000 Rising from the Ashes Reward
Many of you have asked about add-ons, so we put together a list. All costs include shipping.
Additional copies of either 2-player set: $25 ($35 International)
Set of both Customization Packs: $12 ($18 International)
Playmat: $20 ($30 International)
T-shirt: $20 ($35 International)
Unlimited Print Set: $35 ($50 International)
T-shirt & Playmat
Unlimited Print Set
Limited Print Set
As you know, Kickstarter has become the premiere tool for launching creative projects such as ApocalypZe. In addition to the funding we hope to get by running this campaign, we want to build an ApocalypZe community. Facebook, conventions, and store demonstrations have given us a leg up on this process, but kickstarter reaches so many people. In order to run the kinds of creative and exciting zombie fighting events that we've dreamed up, we'll need players and we're convinced that once you hold the cards and play the game, you'll want to be a part of that.
The funding that we receive will, of course, go right back into the product. Every dollar from our goal is earmarked for production, shipping and artwork. We have been slowly building a pipeline of cards and art so that we can bring you regular expansions. Surviving the ApocalypZe is a full time job and we wouldn't want to leave our players without the resources to do so.
Any additional funding will go right into some of the excellent stretch goals that we have planned. We've already designed a number of cards that you'll be able to get here well before they appear in any of our expansions. Help us to reach our stretch goals and you'll be able to slot them into your decks, giving you a tactical advantage over the insatiable hordes of rotting corpses.
Hidden Stretch Goal Discovered!
Hidden Stretch Goal: 100 Backers!
$9K - Unleashed!
...and more to follow!
Risks and challenges
Our goal is to make the best zombie card game ever! We want to bring you this product and all of its expansions in a regular timely fashion with no delays. Gamers know that delays are a part of the industry, but we're working hard to develop cards and artwork well ahead of schedule to minimize this giant thorn in the side of the gaming community. We have set for ourselves a very high standard of both artwork and playability. Our challenge going forward will be to exceed that standard on a regular basis while maintaining a proper and punctual release schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes. We chose to go with black and white art in order to capture that classic zombie film atmosphere.
AlocalypZe can be played with up to 6 players. We've found that it's best to learn in a head to head situation. Each box set comes with 2 decks so that you can dive right into the game. With both box sets, you have more options for play and customization.
Unfortunately, the limited print set cannot be purchased as an add-on at this time. Only 150 signed and numbered sets of that assortment will be printed and they have been restricted to the 3 tiers that advertise them. Those tiers are limited as well.
ApocalypZe is designed to work as a set. Though our stretch goals add cards to the sets, many of which may appear in future expansions, selling individual cards at an unlimited rate is not how the game was meant to be distributed.
Pledge $5 or more
RESEARCHERS get a .pdf version of 3 ApocalypZe fiction stories plus the introductory short story now available. Read about Patsy McNally, Wilfred Python, and Norman Land and learn what it takes to survive the ApocalypZe. You also have our eternal thanks for backing us.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
SCAVENGERS get one of our 2 Player Box sets which includes either the Roadside Diner Stronghold deck and the Military Base Stronghold deck OR the Police Station Stronghold Deck and the Church Stronghold deck. All SCAVENGERS also receive the RESEARCHER reward.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $30 or more
SURVIVORS get everything the SCAVENGER gets PLUS one corresponding Kickstarter Exclusive 30 card customization pack that allows you to retool each of your decks to include the other deck's raider faction.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
HEROES OF THE APOCALYPZE get double the SURVIVOR REWARDS which includes both 2 Player box sets and both customization packs.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
RAIDERS OF THE APOCALYPZE clean up! You get everything the HEROES get PLUS you get a custom ApocalypZe play mat, an official ApocalypZe T-shirt, and 3 signed 9" X 12" prints featuring artwork from the game.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $150 or more
3 backers Limited (97 left of 100)
NEVER GET LEFT BEHIND! You will receive everything listed in our RAIDERS reward plus 5 additional signed and numbered 9" X 12" prints of original artwork from the game (these prints are different from those offered in the RAIDERS tier).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $300 or more
2 backers Limited (34 left of 36)
DYING FOR THE GAME! You will get everything listed in our NEVER GET LEFT BEHIND reward PLUS your image will appear in a card in one of our upcoming decks (see page for details BEFORE selecting this reward).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
4 backers Limited (10 left of 14)
LIVE THE GAME! Receive everything listed in our NEVER GET LEFT BEHIND reward PLUS our premiere artist, Chris Hanson, will do an image of you as a named character card in one of our upcoming decks (see page for details BEFORE selecting this reward).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $800 or more
BAND TOGETHER! Special gaming club reward offers 10 times the RAIDERS OF THE APOCALYPZE REWARDS.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $1,100 or more
0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)
BUILD A COMMUNITY! In addition to everything offered in our BAND TOGETHER tier, if you're with 100 miles of New York City, the creators of ApocalypZe will hand deliver your games to your club and stick around to demo the game and play.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $3,000 or more
0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)
STRONGHOLD DEFENDERS will receive everything from the BAND TOGETHER reward PLUS your favorite retail hobby store (or your store) will be made into a location card in the game.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
RISING FROM THE ASHES! One tremendous backer will get everything offered to our STRONGHOLD DEFENDERS and be made into a character card. In addition, someone from the ApocalypZe team will fly out to you (anywhere in the continental U.S.) and demo the game at the selected store for your club/customers over the course of a weekend. We'll bring swag.Estimated delivery:
- (36 days)