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The Town is under Quarantine. Zombies are everywhere. Supplies are scarce. Can you survive?

About this project

...and it’s up to you and your compatriots to survive. If you work together, you might just make it — as long as you don’t kill each other first. But let’s face it: dying isn’t the worst thing in the world. Not anymore, at least.

For 3-5 players, Quarantine Z pits 2-4 Survivors against a single Zombie player, controlling the undead horde. Trapped under quarantine, players must contend not only with the threat of the living dead, but dwindling resources, scarce weapons, and worst of all, each other.

It's a fun game. A really fun game. Don't believe us? Go ahead and check out the full rules here and print yourself a copy of the game, right now, entirely for free. We’re confident that you’ll enjoy it enough to want a nicer version. Additionally, we've put together a quick gameplay video for you to check out to see how the game is setup and how it unfolds. 

Quarantine Z has over 150 cards, including:

At the Zombie level we're giving in thanks for your extra support a set of custom Survivor dice. These babies have the Quarantine Z logo emblazoned on the"6" side, so you'll always feel good seeing it (unless you're the loathsome undead.) Each set will feature a die of each color, so the Survivors can easily tell their dice apart, and everyone can snag their favorite color. Because of the process, no two dice will be exactly the same, and we will never produce a set like this ever again. 

For the playmat at the Survivor level, we're getting the playmat manufactured locally with the fine folks at www.inkedplaymats.com . Thomas, (or T.C.) is really helping us out by giving us a special rate on these custom playmats. Custom playmats normally cost just over $25, and we're getting them for roughly half that. 

Artwise, we'd like to introduce you to the lovely and talented Amber Whitney. She's a freelance artist who we were put in contact through a friend, and then through another friend. She threw together a rough pencil sketch-up of ideas for the mat, and a bit of what it'd look like all gussied up. 

You can view more of her work at her website, where you can also purchase prints of some of her previous works. 

At the moment, we're a two man team: Charles Maxwell (yes, that is my first name) and Wyatt. CM is a Game Designer who comes from a background in Mathematics, Logistics, and Martial Arts. Wyatt is our visual designer, with a background in the Web, Print, and 18th Century British Literature.

But that's not who we are. At our core, we're idealists, and the most important thing for you to know about us is this: we dream big. We want to change how games are made, how games are consumed, and how games are perceived. We think games make the world a better place, we think games make us better human beings, and we think we can help. To that end, we’re going to be stupidly honest, we’re going to give back to the community, and we’re going to put our players — not our profits — first. What does that mean? It means we’re going to do things like:

  • Provide free versions of everything we make. We will never ask you to pay for something you haven't been able to play first. If we do, feel free to punch us in the neck — we probably deserve it. 
  • Tell you where your money is going. For every game we make, you'll get to know — in stupid detail, if you'd like — what our production expenses, profit margins, and corporate-sponsored-trips-to-7-11 look like.
  • Manufacture QZ (and everything else we make) in the USA. We've got nothing against China, they do some pretty cool things (Beijing Olympics? Eh? Eh?), but we believe firmly in keeping things as local as possible.
  • Be honest about our dealings. When we cut a marketing deal, or when we have other relationships with a product that we're recommending, we'll let you know about it upfront.

We think this game is good, and we want to be able to sell it at an unreasonably low price so that anyone and everyone can play. In order to do that, we need to fund an initial production run of 1,000 copies of the game. We don’t have that kind of money (Thanks, College!), so we need your help. To make this happen, we need at least $15,000. Any money you can send our way would be appreciated. Any friends, relatives, or strangers off the street would be appreciated even more (their money, actually... we can barely feed ourselves, much less a bunch of strangers). We want as many people as possible to experience our game, and the more money you give us, the easier that becomes.

Once we’re funded, we’ll be sending our order to our manufacturer in Battle Creek, MI. From there, it should take 6-8 weeks to produce, at which point we’ll be able to ship it out to you. Any extra decks that we are able to make will be up for sale via Amazon. If that goes well, we can start to make more and better things. We’re hoping that this is just the beginning, with your help we can grow this into something much bigger — kind of like when Charmander becomes Charmeleon.

If we can get to $17,000, we can afford to add a Booster Pack to the game. This 9-card mini-expansion will let us include some extra fun weapons, supplies and buildings that we held off on due to budget constraints. Cards include: 

  • The Katana - Like a baseball bat, but deadlier!
  • Zombie Spray - Bug spray for Zombies!
  • Hippy Co-op - Grow your own supplies! (Replenishes every time you come back, cannot be Barricaded)

At $20,000 we'll be able to do the same for the Zombies, adding another 9-card mini-expansion to help you strike terror into the hearts of Survivors everywhere.  Many of these will be referencing some of the other great zombie-inspired works that have come our way.

  • Thrilled - "Cause this is thriller! Thriller night"
  • Shuffling -  "everyday I'm Shufflin' "
  • Surprise Party! - Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

If we get to $23,000, then we can make more decks. This’ll reduce the marginal cost of each deck, which will allow us to make them out of nicer, heavier cardstock. Nicer cards means that everyone’s experience will be better. 

NEW GOAL! If we get to $26,000  we'll be able to afford Amber's art services to do a kick-ass job on the card art. It's not that her work is superior to Wyatt's, it's just that Wyatt's work is vastly inferior to hers. (No offense Wyatt) (None taken... jerk)

Once we start hitting stretch goals, we'll put up some more. We've got some cool ideas, and we really hope we get to share them with you.

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻                                                                    -CMBoyd

FAQ

  • First off: International Shipping is rather Amero-centric, isn't it? Anyway, the short answer is: yes. The more nuanced version (we love nuance) is: We plan on shipping using the USPS flat-rate boxes, which do not work when shipping outside the US. This means that for people pledging from other countries, we ask that you kindly add $5 for Canada, and $10 for everywhere else. Please note that this does *not* apply to people pledging at the Agent and Director levels. You've been so generous that we've decided to eat the shipping cost, no matter where in the world you live.

    Finally, if your country has import or tariff laws that we should know about before sending you your package, please let us know, and we'll be sure to take that into account so you get your reward in a timely manner.

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    ALREADY DEAD - Thanks, though. Every dollar counts. You will be offered a place on our memorial wall of Sponsors at our website.

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    ZOMBIE BAIT - In addition to being offered a place on our Sponsor wall, we'll give you access to a color version of the print and play. Hopefully it'll distract you from the living dead that are coming to eat you. We'll also write you a personal email after the Kickstarter ends.

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    INFECTED - You've caught the bug, but you're not dead yet! With this, we can afford to make a deck and ship it to you, anywhere in the US. In our e-mail we'll have the time to talk about your numerous virtues. (Canadians +$5, International +$10). This also includes ZOMBIE-BAIT rewards.

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    ZOMBIE - To show our appreciation, in addition to the INFECTED level rewards, we will also send you a set of Kickstarter-exclusive Quarantine Z dice.

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    DOUBLE FEATURE - Just like the card by the same name, this level nets you 2 ZOMBIEs. Perfect for yourself and a friend.

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    SURVIVOR - You're prepared to make it out alive! To express our appreciation, in addition to the ZOMBIE rewards, we'll give you a beautiful Kickstarter-exclusive playmat to keep the cards nice and organized while you play. In addition, one of us will also hand write you a letter (don't worry, there will be a typed-up transcript).

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    TRIPLE THREAT - What's better than 2 ZOMBIES? The simple answer is 3 ZOMBIES. That's what you get with this level.

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    AGENT - You're not just a SURVIVOR, you're a quarantine specialist. In addition to all the SURVIVOR rewards, we'll also send you an additional deck that has been signed by the QZ team. Think of it as a collector's item. Additionally, you'll be getting a handwritten letter from both of us.

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    RETAILER - This level is for retailers who want to get some copies to sell in store ASAP. The MSRP of these guys is $18 a pop. This level includes 8 copies of the game, a nice 11x17 poster for your store, and a premium spot on our "Where to Buy" page (coming soon.)

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    DIRECTOR - You run the zombie-hunting show. You've helped us so much, that we want everyone to know. One of the cards in the deck will have your name (or a name that you designate — can anyone say "Marry Me Rhonda"?) in the sponsorship field. Naturally, this is in addition to all the perks that normal AGENTS get. Finally, you'll be receiving monthly handwritten letters from us where we'll talk about the status of QZ, what we're working on and all the dirty secrets that the others don't want us to reveal.

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    DIRECTOR OF SHARP THINGS - You're the head of the Sharp Things Department! If anyone needs to know about anything sharp, they come to you. All DIRECTOR benefits, and specific patronage of "The Katana" you'll be listed on our Sponsor Memorial Wall with your full Directorial title.

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    DIRECTOR OF CONSPIRACIES - If someone suspects a vast network of secret organizations attempting to rule the world, then you probably already know about it. All DIRECTOR benefits, and you'll have access to the cherished 'Magic Bullet'

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    DIRECTOR OF BARTENDING - You know how to mix every cocktail ever. Even the ones that are officially disavowed by the US Government. All DIRECTOR benefits, and you'll get to put your stamp of approval on the Molotov Cocktail card.

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    DIRECTOR OF AEROSOLS - You were the genius who put together Ninja Spray. So they made you in charge of the whole "Spray-based" division. Fortunately for you, you have access to the highly prized proto-type Zombie Spray.

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    DIRECTOR OF BAD IDEAS - When they've run out of good ideas they come to you. You usually only have one solution: "Make it Disappear." The 'C4' card belongs to you.

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    DIRECTOR OF NINJA RELATIONS - You know the ins and outs of Ninja Society. If someone needs a single master assassin, or a horde of cannon fodder, you know how to get it done. The honorary 'Ninja Bomb' card is all yours.

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    DIRECTOR OF BEARS - When Bears come to you they're Koalas, when you're through with them, they're Grizzlies. You can smell Bear from a mile away and the 'Bear Trap!' has your mark all over it.

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    DIRECTOR OF HARMONY - "Whoa man! Don't mess up the rotation! Not cool." The 'Hippy Farm' was named after you.

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    DIRECTOR OF JUKEBOX SELECTION - "It's on random!" You determine what's playing at 'The Winchester'

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    FORMER DIRECTOR OF GOOD LUCK - Well, you weren't THAT lucky. Your message of choice on the "Lucky" mutation. For years to come players will curse when your card is played, isn't that awesome?

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    FORMER DIRECTOR OF MUSIC VIDEOS - When the "Gangnam Style" epidemic of 2012 hit, this branch was created and you were made it's Director. Your killer dance moves couldn't stop the zombies though. On the "Thrilled" card, you'll get to have your name or special message added on.

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    FORMER DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL AFFAIRS - You got this job when everybody else in the department abruptly left. You're not even sure how you got zombified, but it did. Every one will know your name when it's on the 'Socially Awkward' mutation card.

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    FORMER DIRECTOR OF SEARCH AND RESCUE - You were the head of the Bloodhound unit. If somebody needed to be found, you got it done. Unfortunately for you, someone found you instead. 'Bloodhound' will have your personal stamp of approval.

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    FORMER DIRECTOR OF ZOMBIE CONTAINMENT - OK, so there might have been some problems in your last plan. The 'Pile of Bodies' was your idea, so, yeah...

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    FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ROCK - When they needed somebody to rock the place, they called you. Unfortunately, you got bit at a benefits concert. But that's cool. In addition to having your name and message on "The Rockstar" you'll have your likeness (or a likeness you designate) used for the Rockstar.

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    FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COOL - You were into everything before it was cool. Like ten years before. Be Hipsterized and Zombified all at once, with your likeness used for the "Hipster" card, let everyone know you were into it before they were.

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    FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PHYSICAL FITNESS - Apparently you weren't good enough at your job. That's OK. You'll be getting plenty of exercise now. Have your likeness used for the 'Gym Teacher' and a message to boot.

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