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Choose your side and help evolve tabletop gaming with this ambitious and groundbreaking hybrid zombie experience.
Choose your side and help evolve tabletop gaming with this ambitious and groundbreaking hybrid zombie experience.
Choose your side and help evolve tabletop gaming with this ambitious and groundbreaking hybrid zombie experience.
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Z. is a zombies-versus-survivors downloadable trading card game best described as "Magic: The Gathering meets The Walking Dead" (and Left 4 Dead, and Dawn of the Dead, and Highschool of the Dead, and pretty much anything with "Dead" in the title). Are you a zombie, or are you a survivor? Choose your side!

Z. comes in two flavors: digital and a Kickstarter-exclusive physical boxed edition, but you can get both of them with a single pledge.

The Digital Version

What's that? You hate reading 100-page rulebooks? You hate shuffling cards every 10 seconds? You hate sorting through all of your cards trying to create the "best" deck possible? This is the version for you -- just start playing!

  • Cross-platform play for iOS, PC, Android, Mac, Facebook, and Linux
  • Single-player episodic story mode w/ live-action cutscenes!*
  • Single or cooperative "RPG" mode with random loot, XP, and more!
  • Turn-based multiplayer duels -- take your turn whenever you want!
  • Auto-sort your library: instantly create custom decks to fit your playstyle!
  • Intelligent matchmaking -- play against people with the same power decks
  • Killstreaks, traps, and equipment sets bring elements of your favorite games to the trading card genre
  • Unlock new cards naturally through gameplay!

Recommended Tier: The Ultimate All-Digital Bundle

ADD the Ultimate All-Digital Bundle to ANY pledge by including an extra $100.

*Live-action cinematics are produced by the same team behind the Left 4 Dead short film:

The Physical Version

For the old-school tabletop gamer, we haven't left you out! The Kickstarter-exclusive physical edition of Z. contains the following:

  • A signed and numbered Deluxe Boxed Set
  • Six different themed decks (three zombie, three survivor)
  • Over 350+ cards! 
  • All physical editions are made equal, no booster packs or random distribution

Recommended Tier: Rare Collector

Exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign are a number of special guest survivor and zombie cards. We’ll be announcing as many as we can throughout the campaign, and they are automatically included at ALL backer levels ($15+), on top of any other bonus cards.

Announced:

Update #31 - Live-FAQing and Final Countdown!

Update #30 - Stretch Goals - Zombie Animals & Physical Guests Cards


Update #29 - This Moment, Right Now (Reached our goal, THANK YOU!)

Update #27 - Indie Games video

Update #26 - New Guest Cards: Grant Imahara and Al Lowe!

Update #24 - Cosplayers Unite!

Update #23 - Story Mode and RPG Mode (Single-Player) 

Update #22 - How to play Z. (standard duel)

Update #21 - FAQ

Update #20 - Behind-the-scenes at Anime Expo

Update #19 - New Survivor Hero Card "Ayane"

Update #18 - Progamer Justin Wong joins the team as design consultant

Update #17 - Facebook and Twitter us!

Update #16 - Linda Le card image and some press

Update #14 - Linda Le behind-the-scenes sneak peak

Update #12 - New Guest Cards: Zombie Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert

Update #11 - New Guest Cards: Mr. Destructoid and Zpocalypse

Update #10 - Homage Card Pack #1

Update #9 - NEW REWARDS: Print-and-Play plus All-Digital Add-On

Update #8 - A wild Jessica Nigri appears... in our game!

Update #7 - Wii U, Surface, and Unity 4 (w/ Linux)

Update #6 - Zombies 101

Update #5 - Survivors 101

Update #4 - Social implications between cards

Update #2 - ALL ABOUT REWARDS

Update #1 - Launch day + Tex Murphy guest card!

READ: Find out what's included in EVERY reward tier

Z. comes packing rewards in both digital and physical form. Hopefully you think they're equally badass, as we’ve tried to come up with some seriously cool swag for everyone who supports and believes in our project. 

  • If all manner of digital goodness is your thing, we have enhanced game bundles to get you started off in Z. on the right foot, plus a ton of Kickstarter-exclusive cards that we’ll continue adding to throughout the campaign.
  • If you prefer to hold and caress your swag, you can do that too thanks to the signed and numbered Kickstarter-exclusive Z. boxed sets and Art From the End of the World concept art book. We’ll never make these again! There are also some sweet retro Z. collectors carts. You won’t have to blow into these to make them shine next to all your other geek paraphernalia!
  • If you want to be a card in Z. or even a recurring character in the live-action story episodes, it’ll cost a bit extra, but we promise to make it an experience you’ll never forget!
  • And finally, you can view all the behind-the-scenes happenings of running a Kickstarter and making a trading card game, or dive into the VIP developer forums and discuss and vote on game features, new card ideas, and more!

Looking for the perfect backer level? We highly recommend the Ultimate All-Digital Bundle, as it includes a massive value and is limited to only 1,000 backers.

ULTIMATE ALL-DIGITAL BUNDLE

HELP US REACH OUR GOAL WITH THIS LIMITED EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!

The Ultimate All-Digital Bundle is limited and is NOT included in ANY other reward tiers. The Lifetime VIP Pass normally starts at the $250 backer level, the Golden Rocket Launcher and Minigun normally start at $1,000, and the Filter Unlock Key is exclusive to this reward ONLY.

  • Start the game with all six Elite Edition Starter Packs for survivors and zombies (over 350 cards!)
  • Lifetime VIP pass - one Enhanced Booster Pack every week!
  • Five extra Elite Editions of the game to gift to anyone you want.
  • Tokens to download five Elite Booster Packs with at least two rares in each pack.
  • All 10 Kickstarter-exclusive rare cards.
  • The Golden Rocket Launcher and Golden Minigun weapons.
  • Permanently unlock any Filter type to use on all your cards.
  • PDF of the Art From the End of the World concept art book.
  • MP3 download of the official Z. soundtrack.
  • Exclusive access to closed beta for Z. and future Downward Viral games.
  • VIP access to the development forums and wiki.
  • A personal phone call from the dev team thanking you for your support!
  • NOW INCLUDES A PRINT-AND-PLAY VERSION!

Each month we sink our own (usually fake) blood, sweat, and (very real) paychecks into Z., and we’ll continue to do so. Co-founder Sebastian Haley even sold his car and beloved comic collection to get Downward Viral off the ground. But to make a game like Z. as awesome as it can be, we need the support of the Kickstarter community.


1. CREATED WITH YOU, FOR YOU!
We’re not asking for your money and then running off to make our game in the corner somewhere. Z. is meant to be a community project -- we’ll be talking to you every day, asking and listening to what you like or don’t like, going out to local comic shops and events like PAX and Comic-Con to play the game with you and get your feedback, and much more.

We’re creating this game with you, for you (assuming you’re a hardcore geek who loves zombies, that is). And of course, some of you will even be creating cards for the game or becoming survivor and zombie cards yourself!


2. CREATIVE FREEDOM!
Content was taken out of the final game and sold as Day One DLC? Publisher. Game was rushed out to meet an arbitrary holiday release date without being properly tested? Publisher. Entire studio gets closed down after releasing a solid game that failed to meet absurd sales targets? Publisher. Your company is voted the worst in America by the Consumerist? And so on and so forth.

Downward Viral will always remain independent, no matter how many personal heirlooms or comic collections or vats of plasma we have to sell to do it, or how many hours we have to work an extra job on the weekend to pay the licensing fees for our engine. We'll do whatever it takes. And that independence will result in better games and the creative freedom to work directly with our fans and supporters like you. We want to have full transparency about what we’re doing, and why we’re doing it, and that’s just one thing among many that you’ll never get once a publisher is involved.

So... which side are you on?

You're still here, huh? Well then you might be interested in checking out some potential card designs from our concept artists. Although we're using a lot of creative commons and license-free images for our mock-up cards right now, every card in Z. will feature original photography and horror effects created exclusively for the final game.

Here are just a few of the characters you may see in Z. in the coming months and years!

That last one is a personal favorite of a lot of the team... we'll definitely make it happen!

SPECIAL THANKS

First and foremost, Downward Viral would like to thank Kickstarter and all of our backers for giving us the opportunity to do what we love without having to compromise our values or creative freedom. Thank you all so much!

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    STARTER BUNDLE - A code for a DRM-free SPECIAL EDITION of the game with rare Kickstarter-exclusive cards. ONE profile is all you need to play across EVERY platform (PC, iOS, Facebook, etc.). +++ An all-access pass to the behind-the-scenes blog, videos, and galleries so you can see how the game is made!

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    UPGRADE BUNDLE - Upgrade to an Elite Survivor Starter Deck and Elite Zombie Starter Deck containing RARE hero and weapon cards +++ Free MP3 download for the official game soundtrack. +++ Special thanks in the credits and on the website. +++ Two Kickstarter-exclusive in-game cards (one zombie, one survivor). +++ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    RETRO COLLECTOR - Choose a Collector’s Edition Retro Z. cart (survivor or zombie). +++ The Art From the End of the World concept art book (PDF). +++ Two more Kickstarter-exclusive in-game cards (a total of 4). +++ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    VIP BUNDLE - FIVE EXTRA ELITE COPIES of the game to share with friends and family. +++ Tokens to download FIVE ELITE BOOSTER PACKS guaranteed to have AT LEAST TWO RARE CARDS EACH. Each token can be gifted individually. +++ Two more Kickstarter-exclusive in-game cards (a total of 6). +++ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    ULTIMATE ALL-DIGITAL BUNDLE - HELP US REACH OUR GOAL WITH THIS LIMITED EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! +++ Start the game with all six Elite Edition Starter Packs for survivors and zombies (over 350 cards!) +++ Lifetime VIP pass - one Enhanced Booster Pack every week! +++ Five extra Elite Editions of the game to gift to anyone you want. +++ Tokens to download five Elite Booster Packs with at least two rares in each pack. +++ All 10 Kickstarter-exclusive rare cards. +++ The Golden Rocket Launcher and Golden Minigun weapons. +++ Permanently unlock any Filter type to use on all your cards. +++ PDF of the Art From the End of the World concept art book. +++ MP3 download of the official Z. soundtrack. +++ Exclusive access to closed beta for Z. and future Downward Viral games. +++ VIP access to the development forums and wiki. +++ A personal phone call from the dev team thanking you for your support!

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    PRODUCER - VIP access to the development forums and wiki where you can discuss and vote on game features, card types, and directly help us CREATE THE GAME THAT YOU WANT TO PLAY +++ A PERSONAL PHONE CALL from the dev team thanking you for your support. +++ Exclusive access to CLOSED BETAS for Z. and future Downward Viral games. +++ PRODUCER CREDIT in the game and on the website. +++ Two more Kickstarter-exclusive in-game cards (a total of 8). +++ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS excluding the All-Digital Bundle (which is not included in any other rewards since it is limited).

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    RARE COLLECTOR - A Kickstarter-exclusive BOXED EDITION of Z., NUMBERED and SIGNED by the dev team. This rare collector’s edition will never be made again! Choose which Starter Decks you want included in your boxed set. +++ BOTH Survivor and Zombie retro carts. +++ Two more Kickstarter-exclusive in-game cards (INCLUDES ALL 10). +++ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    LIFETIME VIP - A lifetime VIP pass! You will get an ENHANCED BOOSTER PACK EVERY WEEK FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! +++ New cards will be released at least once every month. Can be gifted. +++ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    CREATOR - This is where things really start to get interesting! A weapon, item, location, or character will be named after you (you choose the card type and name you want). +++ A numbered and signed PHYSICAL copy of Art From the End of the World that will also include the item you created! +++ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    GOLDEN COLLECTOR - A HAND-DRAWN IMAGE OF YOU as a survivor or zombie by one of our lead concept artists. +++ Choose an extremely limited Collector’s Edition Retro GOLDEN Z. cart (survivor or zombie). +++ Two Exclusive Weapon Cards: Golden Rocket Launcher and Golden Minigun. +++ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    SURVIVOR - You or a friend/loved one will get to be a survivor in the game! Send in a photo of yourself and we’ll use it to create an awesome new survivor card through digital trickery! We will work with you beforehand to come up with a cool character concept. Can be gifted. +++ An OVERSIZED CARD OF YOURSELF, frameable! +++ Both golden retro Z. carts +++ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    THE Z. SPECIAL - You will get to be BOTH A SURVIVOR AND A ZOMBIE. Our makeup/film team will TRAVEL TO YOU at a time/place of your choosing to TRANSFORM YOU and take your photos. We will work with you beforehand to come up with a cool character. Can be gifted. +++ A FRAMEABLE OVERSIZED CARD OF EACH OF YOUR CHARACTERS! +++ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT in the game and on the website. +++ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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    VIDEO STAR - THE ULTIMATE Z. PACKAGE: YOU’LL BE CAST AS A RECURRING CHARACTER IN THE LIVE-ACTION SEQUENCES. You will have DIALOGUE and appear as a survivor in AT LEAST SIX EPISODES, plus have survivor and zombie cards made of you. +++ CREDIT as a cast member and EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. +++ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS (note that this reward is NOT included in the Hometown Apocalypse tier).

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    HOMETOWN APOCALYPSE - YOUR TOWN OR CITY WILL BE FEATURED AS AN IN-GAME LOCATION. Wage war in your own backyard! +++ At least 20 unique cards will be created to capture and represent local landmarks, willing participants, and more! +++ An UNCUT SHEET of your exclusive hometown cards, FRAMEABLE! +++ When the dev team visits to take pictures for cards and film your neighborhood, we’ll take you out to lunch/dinner and play a few games of Z. (or Halo, Dominion, minigolf, or whatever you want!). +++ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT in the game and on the website. +++ ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS.

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