About this project
The Zombie Squad is a Sci-Fi RPG where you play as Ex Military Criminal Black Op Units, called Penal Squadrons, that are sent out on missions either too dangerous or too dirty for Earth's Military forces.
You are deniable and expendable and expected to accomplish your mission whatever it takes. With the skills and abilities to operate behind enemy lines or undercover on the many planets available to visit in the game.
If you have ever wanted a game that mixes Star Wars, Aliens and Firefly and throws in a pinch of the Dirty Dozen and Inglorious Basterds then The Zombie Squad is the game you have been waiting for.
You have been yanked from your cold stone cell on death row and offered the choice to die by firing squad or die redeeming yourself for the good of humanity.
With the worst equipment, the worst missions and a survival rate so low you are termed the walking dead, because officially you are. Your unit designation is Penal Squad 113, but with those death heads on your lapels you are known simply as The Zombie Squad.
The game will feature weird alien tech, derelict ships to explore, cybernetics and killer robots, lost planets and space pirates, yes Space Pirates! With hundreds of worlds and places to travel to.
As a team of avid roleplayers we play many different games with many different systems, during an exciting game using Savage Worlds someone said 'You know The Zombie Squad would make a great Savage Worlds setting', and we all agreed, so here it is.
You will need the Savage Worlds Explorers Edition and also the Savage Worlds Science Fiction Companion to play the game, but if you are reading this you should already have them, and if not, why not?
The Setting will come as one book rather than a GM and Players Guide we felt that most people preferred it as one volume, and so do we. It will also be available as both a Softback and Hardback in the 7x10 format common to Savage Worlds books.
The Bennies will be ceramic and custom made, this will be the same with the Action deck which will also be custom made. We are currently looking into a physical GM screen and we will keep you updated.
After much thought, we have decided to offer the following addons.
If you have backed at the Grenade 2, Late Arrival, Military Veteran or Hardened Criminal level you are eligible to order packs of bennies. Each pack contains 20 bennies. All you have to do to order these is to increase your pledge by £15.for each pack that you would like to add. You will already receive a pack of 20 as part of your Military Veteran or Hardened Criminal pledge.
Physical Stretch Goals
If you have backed at the Grenade 2, Late Arrival or Military Veteran level you are eligible to order physical copies of the unlocked Stretch Goals. These will be in the form of an 'at cost' print on demand voucher from RPGNow, meaning all you will have to pay is the eventual cost of printing and shipping the book to yourselves when they become available. All you have to do in order to qualify for these vouchers is to increase your pledge by an additional £20.
This will (at the time of writing) mean you will get a voucher for the 'at cost' version of each of the current six unlocked physical stretch goals - additional unlocked physical stretch goals are all included in your £20, so the more we raise, the better it is for you.
This here space is for all that info to help you get involved and learn more, we will be doing some Podcasts and Q&A's over the next couple of weeks and this is where we will add links.
This is a latest podcast check it out be clicking here
You can also join our Facebook Group, which is already filled with new recruits to Penal Squad 113, all eager to get down and dirty with illegal tech and dubious Operations, so to join in the fun go here >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheZombieSquadRPG/
Each week we also try to do a google hangouts live chat where you can chat with us, ask questions and throw abuse, we are also hoping to run a few games before the KS ends.
Character creation will follow the standard Savage Worlds rules but with backgrounds and a choice of 6 Archetypes. There will be new Edges and Hindrances to choose from and new Background abilities based on the Military career you choose.
Every Character will have a Military background before they committed the crime that placed them on Death Row (except the Cyborg). Also each player gets to roll on the Unique Events Table and discover a significant event that could change, enhance or even kill the character.
The Gunslinger - The weapons expert of the Group, with abilities like 2 Gun Mojo and Fast Draw.
The Booster - The Scout and Assassin, trained in subterfuge and Ranger techniques.
The Fixer - If you need it repaired, hacked or re-routed then the Fixer is your go to.
The Witch - Trained to manipulate cybernetics, robotics and all things with an electrical pulse using the power of Giga-Voodoo.
The Ronin - Martial Arts and sword play are the skills of the Ronin, blending the power of Laser Blades with the finesse of unarmed combat.
The Cyborg - Built and programmed to cover a multitude of functions from war machine, to pilot, engineer or spy.
We have some Stretch Goals which will become available once unlocked. Based on how we do with hitting the Stretch Goals will determine which books are printed. The Stretch Goals clearly marked as PDF will only be available as a PDF.
UNLOCKED - Earth Controlled Space - This is a guide to the Hub and the few small planets that Earth controls. These small planets and colonies have over time, due to neglect and lack of funding, become lawless hives for smugglers and killers. We will convert the original to the Savage Worlds Setting. PDF. Print for the Hardened Criminal pledge level. This stretch goal will be a 40-60 page saddle stitched book.
UNLOCKED - The Zombie Squad Vs Cthulhu - A human colony have unearthed a strange monolith, and communications have stopped except for a strange chanting "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn." Your squad has been sent to sort it out. We will convert the original to the Savage Worlds setting. PDF only.
UNLOCKED - Dark Space - A guide on what exists in the dark places, with more information on the dreaded Void Stalkers, the planet eating Verasquids and other horrors that live in the darkness. We will convert the original to the Savage Worlds Setting. PDF. Print for the Hardened Criminal pledge level. This stretch goal will be a 40-60 page saddle stitched book.
UNLOCKED - Vehicles - This will be a guide on vehicles from battlecruisers to planet hoppers and grav bikes to hovertanks. With expanded rules on combat for ground and space. PDF. Print for the Hardened Criminal pledge level. This stretch goal will be a 40-60 page saddle stitched book.
UNLOCKED - Stuff You Asked For - If we hit this amount we give you what you asked for, every Pledge of £10 and above will receive a PDF sheet of Bennies and a few One Sheet Adventures.
UNLOCKED - Pirates and Vagabonds - This guide will take you through the hives of scum and villainy that can be found throughout the universe, and the gangs and pirates that frequent them. PDF. Print for the Hardened Criminal pledge level. This stretch goal will be a 40-60 page saddle stitched book.
UNLOCKED - Blueprints and Deckplans - You asked for it and we deliver, with this stretch goal comes a bunch of generic Starship Deckplans, maps for Space Stations, Colonies, Spaceports and Cities. PDF only.
UNLOCKED - Escape from Valis Prime - Valis Prime was once a city considered the jewel of the Void but now its walled off and the worse alien prisoners are dumped their. Whilst returning from a Diplomatic talk with the Vrak C a Corporate CEO's Spacecraft reported difficulty and the CEO's escape capsule was jettisoned, it landed somewhere in Valis Prime, you are sent to get him out. PDF only.
UNLOCKED - Aliens, Aliens and more Aliens - A book on all the Alien races available in the game, more details, Alien cults and societies and rules on how you can create Alien Characters in the game and play as Space Pirates, Explorers and even Galactic Law Enforcment. PDF. Print for the Hardened Criminal pledge level. This stretch goal will be a 40-60 page saddle stitched book.
UNLOCKED - More Free Stuff for Everyone -We will include PDF's and PNG's of Bennies and Action card backs in every Pledge level of £20 +, for those of you that play online using Roll20 and other Online RPG Sites.
UNLOCKED - Biotech, Alientech and Cyber Wear - More stuff to plug into your characters, rules on using alien technology and illegal bodyhacking software. If you like the sound of attaching Quali Tivek Pods to your head then you need this book. PDF. Print for the Hardened Criminal pledge level. This stretch goal will be a 40-60 page saddle stitched book.
UNLOCKED - Ghost Planets - The Ancient places are feared by the all the races that exist in the void, dark legends exist of these planets and some do not even exist on star maps anymore. But if there's resources to be had or technologies to be found then a few scary stories aren't gonna stop the corporations and smugglers of the Hub from grabbing them. A Source book for exploring the ancient planets and cities of lost races, to discovering ancient gods and what lies behind the Void Stalkers. PDF. Print for the Hardened Criminal pledge level. This stretch goal will be a 40-60 page saddle stitched book.
10,000 - The Zombie Squad Companion - More of everything including rules for playing actual Reanimated Corpses (yeah the Corporation has no shame) New Weapons, ships, and Aliens. Just a lot more.
You want more?
For the Savage Zombie Squad setting our creative team is headed by Ian Liddle who is known for his work with FASA, Rogue Blade Games and many other Tabletop RPG and Skirmish games publishers.
He is joined by the Artist and writer from FeralGames who are the original creators of The Zombie Squad Jay Lasarde and Rob Last.
We may even include extra art by Jon Gibbons and Russell Goh, who add the atmosphere to the game with their amazing landscapes and Sci-Fi worlds.
The Zombie Squad has been a labour of love for over 20 years, started as a homebrew by Jay, because he loved the Aliens movie so much and there was no RPG like it out there, now over 20 yrs later we get to bring it to Savage Worlds.
We will be shipping all books direct from DriveThruRPG which we hope will keep down shipping costs. We are UK based and anything could happen in this crazy world of ours and if by some weird chance we have charged you to much we will make up any difference by sending you all more stuff so we can cover what you have paid.
Risks and challenges
We cannot foresee any real risks or challenges, the books are already in production and a lot of the artwork already done, the only delay could be in the production of the Bennies and the Action Deck.
The other issue could be postage, as we are living in a strange world with Brexit and other stuff and we are not sure how the Pound, Dollar or Euro are gonna be 6 months down the road, but as these are out of our control we will have to cross that bridge when we come to it.
Otherwise up to now everything is on course for a December release.
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