Launch Day + announcing our first guest card: Tex Murphy!
by Sebastian Haley, Creative Director
If my math is correct, I haven’t been this excited in 16 years and three months*. As I sit here wide awake at 4:18am on Thursday morning, waiting for the Z. Kickstarter to go live in several hours, I realize it’s been a very long time since I’ve been this excited, albeit for very different reasons.
Anyway, welcome to Z.!
I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next hour or
day or month, but it’s already been a worthwhile journey. Just laying
the groundwork over the past year for what will, one day and one way or
another, be a really awesome card game -- has already been so much fun;
playtesting the game, coming up with hundreds of cards so far, and
working with the makeup and film team on Whitney’s transformation. I’m
genuinely excited.... and it’s also nice to finally be able to talk
about the game openly instead of using codenames and abruptly having to
whispering every time someone walks by our table at Denny’s.
But enough about me and my inner, late-night squeeing. I already have one (of many) awesome announcements! None other than Tex Murphy himself will be guest-starring as a hero card in Z.! A big thanks to Chris Jones for saying, “Sure, why not?”
If you’re a fan of Tex Murphy you probably already know this, but Project Fedora, the newest game in the PC adventure series (the last one was in 1998) has a Kickstarter project that’s ending tomorrow evening. Definitely check it out, and you can also find the entire Tex Murphy catalog of games on GoG.com or as rewards in the Kickstarter.
Murphy games use tons of live-action cinematics, so it’s a perfect
crossover for Z., which will feature real photography and horror effects
for every card. The following is a short Q&A we did so you can get
to know Tex a little better:
Downward Viral: Has Tex Murphy ever fought zombies before?
Tex Murphy: Just my ex-wife Sylvia. She tried to devour me mentally as well as physically.
DV: Uh, sorry we asked! How do you think you'd handle it? What would your weapon of choice be against the undead?
Murphy:With My ex-wife I would turn and run away screaming. My weapon of choice (being as I am a P.I.) would be a Smith and Wesson 500 Magnum handgun. It also could bring down a commercial aircraft with one shot.
DV: Cool! If you could bring back one villain as a zombie so you could kill them again, who would it be?
Murphy: Jackson Cross - Head of the NSA.
DV: What is your favorite zombie film?
Murphy: I love the the Walking Dead AMC series but I was most affected by the Night of the Living Dead original movie in my youth.
DV: Since you're just ending your Kickstarter and we're just starting ours, do you have any tips for us and the month ahead?
Chris Jones: We can talk more about this next week but prepare for a marathon and sleep deprivation.
DV: Bring it! *runs*
So it sounds like we also need a zombie Jackson Cross or zombie Sylvia card, and a Smith and Wesson 500 weapon card... let's see what happens!
Thanks for reading and just a few notes on what to expect throughout Z.’s campaign: We’ll be doing one major update a day. I’ll probably post a couple a day at first breaking down the main gameplay mechanics and features, that way you guys know there’s actually a game that’s been thought through. In fact, we have a playable version (as seen in the Kickstarter video) and it’s surprisingly fun, if a little unbalanced at times.
Beyond that we’ll be creating more unique cards, announcing more guest characters, and going out to local comic shops to play-test the physical version of the game with anyone who wants to try it. We’d love to hear what you think, so feel free to drop by if you’re local, or come say hi at Comic-Con and PAX later this year!
*I was a massive Sega snob during the first year of the 32-bit era. The Sega Saturn is still my favorite console to date (they just don’t make games like that anymore), and at first, I was skeptical about this so-called “PlayStation” from Sony. But then, Resident Evil came, and I could no longer hold out. I was 14, and I still remember that morning. I couldn’t sleep at all the night before, and I took a shower so fast I almost slipped and killed myself before heading to the mall. I got a PlayStation with Resident Evil and Descent, but I probably should have gotten a memory card instead. Every time I died in RE I had to start over from the very beginning. I even once reached the helipad at the end only to get skewered waiting for Brad to drop the rocket launcher. But I didn’t care, I started over and did it all again.