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Magic: The Gathering meets The Walking Dead! Z. is a premium zombies-vs-survivors card game for 2-4 players.


THANK YOU for checking out our project! Z. is a 2-4 player card battle game that pits Survivors against the Fallen (zombies). It combines elements of Magic: The Gathering and other card/tabletop classics with video game sensibilities and a horror movie atmosphere.

What makes Z. a "premium" card game?

We’ve all put plenty of fake blood and real sweat into making each and every image in Z. on par with a still from a Hollywood horror film. The card images in Z. require real models, real horror makeup, and real props. If someone is holding a rocket launcher or heavy machine gun, that was really there when we took the photo. Then we put countless man hours into the editing process, Photoshopping the lighting and effects to get it just right.

Many backers have also joined in on the project, whether it's being transformed into a character for the game or doing post-processing on the hundreds of unique images we're making.

Click here to read all about how Z. plays and the different types of decks and cards in the game, as well as watch a gameplay video!

Z. includes over 450 cards in the Core Set ($100), which is roughly 100 more than you’d find in a randomized Magic: The Gathering booster box (retails for $143.96). The various Z. expansions and add-ons (check our stretch goals) add over 600 more cards to the mix, for a massive total of 1,000+ cards.

The Z. Developer Wiki

Everyone getting a copy of the Core Set also gets a Producer credit as well as immediate access to the Z. developer Wiki, where you can vote on which image we’ll use for various cards (see examples below), test early versions of the game, discuss card and gameplay balances, and even make feature suggestions or request entirely new cards to be added to the game!

A high quality print of ANY Z. image. Over 250 unique images to choose from!

$30 for 1, $55 for 2, and $75 for 3. $20 for additional prints after that.

If you’d like to add prints to your Core Set pledge, just add the amounts together and you’re all set! You can also use any outstanding credit in the $150 limited tier towards prints.

To see the full selection of prints, check out the Downward Viral Facebook page or Z. Dev Wiki.

Goal & Stretch Goals:

Help us unlock all the Year One expansions and bonus freebies!

An expanded first print run of the Z. physical edition. Please see the Risks and Challenges section or Kickstarter video above for more information.

Above: Professor Imahara

Below: Luke, a Z. backer.

SHIPPING

Shipping is free in the U.S. International backers please add $15 for the Core Set, and another $15 TOTAL if you got any expansions. So if you got one Core Set and one expansion, that’s $30 shipping. If you got one Core Set and all the expansions and add-ons, it’s still only $30 shipping.

KICKSTARTER PROFILE IMAGES

FACEBOOK COVER IMAGES

(click here for a gallery of properly-sized custom Facebook images)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Z. is an extremely ambitious multimedia project being made by a number of talented starving students and struggling artists. Many of us don’t have health insurance and most of the team lives in Oakland, which is statistically one of the most dangerous cities in America. But through Z. we’ve all come together and had a lot of fun, grown as professionals, and become a family. So that’s what you’re buying into when you back Z. It’s not just a cool idea, it’s an experience, and one that you’re fully invited to be a part of.

Last year we were able to fund the development of the digital version of Z. thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of our awesome community. One thing I definitely didn’t expect was the overwhelming demand and excitement for a physical edition of Z. There was a physical reward available, but it was originally only limited to two decks and not really the focus of the campaign. Since then I’ve received many messages, emails, and in-person requests from people who missed out the first time or just discovered Z. recently and want to get their hands on a physical edition.

So we definitely want to give the fans what they want, but since Downward Viral is beyond indie, like so indie it hurts a little, manufacturing more physical copies of the game was just not in the original budget. If we reach our goal of $13,000, we’ll be able to do a larger first run as well as increase the overall card quality for the physical cards.

But the Core Set is really just the beginning of the complete Z. Year One experience, which has continually developed along with the story over the past year, so we now have a number of stretch goals that will help us create and ship all of the additional content. I should also mention that the new Location Decks (expansions) are far more ambitious than the State Park set. They will require us to push the boundaries of our budget and abilities and take everything we’ve learned while making the Core Set to an entirely new level. So while the Core Set is filled from top to bottom with a ton of awesome content, it’s really just the beginning of what you can expect from Z.

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    ORIGINAL FOUNDERS UPGRADE & CREDIT TIER: You know what to do! Don't forget about international shipping if you haven't already taken care of that.

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    STARTER SAMPLER: Receive a random Survivor Starter Deck, Fallen Starter Deck, and Location Deck.++Does not include Z. Dev Wiki access.

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    An exclusive high quality 11x17 print of your choice.

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    STARTER SAMPLER II: Your choice of Survivor Starter Deck, Fallen Starter Deck, and Location Deck from the Core Set.++Does not include Z. Dev Wiki access.

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    Two exclusive high quality 11x17 prints of your choice.

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    Three exclusive high quality 11x17 prints of your choice.

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    CORE SET: Double-sided Collector's Box+++All 6 Starter Decks (Survivors - Firepower, Scavengers, Last Stand; Fallen; Outbreak, Overrun, Sabotage).+++3 Location Decks (Ranger’s Lodge, Cabin, Lumber Yard).+++ More than 450 cards total! +++Exclusive access to the dev Wiki.+++Producer credit on the game.+++Print-and-play files of the Core Set.

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    LIMITED UPGRADE SET: Everything in the CORE SET plus $100 worth of add-ons, including any unlocked expansions. Does NOT include prints.

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    YEAR 1 COMPLETE SET (Early Bird): Includes everything in the $100 level and ALL unlocked expansions and add-ons. Save over $300 if all stretch goals are met!

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    NAME A CARD! Want a Hero card with your name or a weapon named after your pet? Go wild, we won't stop you! +++ A numbered and signed PHYSICAL copy of Art From the End of the World that will also include the item you created!+++Includes the $350 level rewards.

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