About this project
Ended! Well we didn't make the $50,000 goal but we did raise a lot of money! If any of you still want to buy the game and missed out on the Kickstarter then the best way to do that is to go to Maydaygames.com and preorder NOW!
Final Update #9: Only 13 hours left in the campaign! If it gets to $50,000 we will give EVERYONE with a pledge of $25 or more 2 free packs of MDG-7041 card sleeves! That is a $4.50 value and this size is good for Eaten By Zombies, Thunderstone, Magic The Gathering, Race For The Galaxy and tons of other games! For specs of the sleeves Click Here!
Wanna help get us there? Increase your pledge, get an extra copy of the game or tell a friend to back us tomorrow morning at work!
Backers: Check UPDATE #8 for a backer ONLY spechttp://maydaygames.com/gaming-accessories/card-sleeve/standard-card-sleeve/card-game-sleeves-pack-of-100-63-5-mm-x-88-mm.htmlial offer for the last 3 days of the campaign! How hot is this project getting?
It has now been picked up by major horror website Fearnet.com on their MAIN PAGE!
There is a new $180 pledge level for stores as many stores have been asking how they can get a copy with the distribution channels getting very little on the first print run. Only a few left!
Check out this amazing Eaten By Zombies review by Drakkenstrike, the premier board game review site. See all of their reviews atwww.drakkenstrikevideos.com
How much does Drakkenstrike like the game? Here are some excerpts from the above video:
“What is so special and anomalous with Eaten by Zombies as a deck building game though, is the atypical game play behind the game's premise, which takes the formulaic approach of deck building and injects it with a new set of mechanics that provide a COMPLETELY different style of game than what most fans of the genre are used to.”
“Eaten by Zombies first and most obvious visual appeal is the wonderfully suited ammo-style case in which the game is shipped…. First, the card quality in this game is impeccable with bright colorful cards printed on very sturdy linen card stock, making it one of the best printed sets of cards I’ve seen yet for a deckbuilding game. Second, the 31 tab dividers are likewise printed on extremely durable stock, but also provide a wealth of information about each card for which they correspond, making them not only extremely functional but versatile in their use as well….”
“What I haven’t explained are the numerous nuances that create the games wonderful sense of tension and impending doom, including the balancing act that players will face when deciding on what actions to partake in during each of their turns…”
“On top of all this I didn’t even go into how incredibly creative and inventive other parts of the game are in a genre that has become so saturated with products.”
“… makes the game an exercise in brilliant and balanced game design. Eaten by Zombies is EASILY the most unique and well-thought out deck building game in quite some time. And although I enjoy a multitude of games in this genre, its hard not to overlook the sheer inventiveness of this title, which sets it apart from so many others. And with so many ways to approach victory in this game, players will continue to uncover new strategies and combinations of actions to accomplish their goals as either a survivior or as a zombie, making the game both highly enjoyable and infinitely replayable.”
NEW VIDEO REVIEW:
NEW REWARD: This will be included for all USA shipping rewards of $12 or more at all levels because the funding has reached an incredible $40,000. What will we do if the Fearnet.com and Wired.com traffic push this to $50,000 before it ends? We have no idea, but it will be something crazy! OK, what is the $40,000 bonus?
A Zombie Die!
One small annoyance of the game is that you have to remember how many zombies are supposed to come out each turn. The game starts with one zombie per turn and then climbs to 2,3,4 or more as the game progresses. We have admittedly lost track of the # of zombies coming out on occasion so thought what better way to keep track than with a Zombie Die! Yes Die Zombie Die!
Just start the game with the Rosie the Riveter face up indicating one zombie per turn. Then each time you shuffle the zombie deck and move up a level you change the Zombie Die up by one number. This way you always remember how many zombies are supposed to come out. It is a simple, fun way to remember the zombies and really how could we say no to a Zombie Die! Whats more, it will easily fit in the box!
Every USA delivered copy will get this exclusive Zombie Die! with every copy in your reward since the pledge got over $40,000.
Update: Please note the zombie die will take 8 weeks to produce so it will NOT go out with the game, but rather on its own separately or when the expansion is shipped to you for those with the expansion coming. For those picking up at Essen we will NOT have the die in time for you. We can ship it out with the expansion for those ordering the expansion, or with any other purchase on our website for free.
If anyone getting the game internationally shipped would like to wait to receive the game until the die is released we can do that for you, but it will put your shipment back about 6-7 weeks. We will email you at the end of the campaign to let you know. Sorry for the change here but we do NOT have the ability to internationally mail the die separately.
We have a new Kickstarter for our other game, Tok Tok Woodman ENDING on Oct. 2! Check it out!
You can check out the FULL RULE BOOK in PDF form HERE
What are we doing?
Mayday Games has been around for several years and we have some great titles under our belt. We are launching our first ever Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for an exceptional game developed by Max Holliday. Max is an AVID Zombie Movie and board game fan and has made a GREAT game that is the first to truly capture that feel of dread and scarcity that you should feel when playing in a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic world. Eaten By Zombies will have KILLER artwork and will be available in September/October of this year! Don't wait months for your support to pay off, this will be to you quickly!
Max and John have done an AMAZING job on capturing the feel and look of a Zombie flick in this game. The game itself comes in an Ammo Box! Max did a great thing in making each of the 4 starting player cards truly unique. You will play as one of four characters: Bob (the office worker), June (the stay at home mom), Mary (yes, save the Cheerleader, save the world!) or Barney (the affable cop). Each of these four starting players has a UNIQUE set of cards, Barney's sandwich is a sub, June's Fight card uses a rolling pin, Mary's sandwich has the crust cut off... yeah it is just GREAT!
In the new game Eaten By Zombies! players strive to survive as the horde of the living dead make it their goal in Death to force you to join the crowd. You must work with or against the other survivors to be the last one standing. No not standing, cowering in the corner crying for their mommy.
This game was developed in the spirit of AMC's "The Walking Dead", the movie "I Am Legend", and all those classic zombie movies. Eaten By Zombies takes you into a dark world of eventual death (undeath actually). Every turn you must venture out from your safehouse and scavenge for Swag. But not so fast, the Undead have other plans for your brains. Every day a Horde of fresh zombies will be waiting for you, and over time the threat gets greater. Now it's time for your "Fight or Flight" instincts to help you to survive just one more day. Using the swag you've got on you (ie cards in you hand) you must survive any way you can.
If you can get away or kill the Horde, you may scavenge the remains of the desolate suburbs for any Swag the neighbors may have left behind. With the right stuff and a few good friends to out run, you may just make it through this alive... well, no probably not. But being the last one to die a slow, painful death means you can claim sole victory!
With a set of 25 different cards to start with, no two games will ever be alike. This game is a combination of Card Drafting, Hand Management and Survival Horror with a few dirty tricks thrown in.
You start with five heavy sticks (each worth +1 fight) and five hide cards (each +1 flee) as well as two sandwiches (+1 Flee & Draw one card). You shuffle these 12 cards and draw 6 into your hand. You then face one of the 25 zombies from the Zombie Deck with a fight value ranging from 1-8 and a flee value of 1-4. You must announce Fight or Flee and then proceed to play some/all of your 6 cards in your hand.
If you successfully fight/flee you then take the total fight/flee value to the scavenging portion of your turn (think of it as a "buy") where you acquire items such as Shotguns, fists full of ammo, crowbar, binoculars, fire on a stick, grandma pantry, deadeye or other cards which you then put INTO YOUR HAND for use in the very next turn and draw back up to 6 cards from your draw deck. Played cards go to your discard pile, including any zombies you have succeeded in killing.
If you flee then the zombie card goes to the zombie discard pile. As you draw zombies into your hand (from shuffling your discard pile) you are stuck with them in your hand forever unless you play them into the zombie horde attacking on another player's turn, so the zombie horde gets tougher over time.
If you are unsuccessful in killing/fleeing then you must loose a number of cards equal to the flee value of the horde. These lost cards come from either your hand or as a blind draw off the top of your draw pile and go back to the scavenging area, weakening you. If you run out of cards you succumb to your wounds and become a zombie, now trying to kill the other players on each turn.
If a player ever ends up with six zombie cards in his/her hand the zombie players win as the remaining players have gone insane. Each time the zombie deck is gone through and reshuffled you add one more zombie to the horde for the rest of the game, making perpetual survival impossible.
It isn't a matter of if you're going to die but when. Be the last player standing and win. If at any time the entire zombie deck is depleted (because the players have killed all of them rather than using flee), all remaining players alive win together.
This is a unique cooperative/competitive game where you really feel the tension and inevitability of doom. You spend the first few turns building up your deck only to see the zombies increase in power and slowly drain your will to live as the game progresses.
2-4 players, 20 minutes per player.
Ammo Box Shaped Box
25 Zombie Cards (5 of each of 5 levels)
4 Individual Starting Player Cards (48 Cards total)
25 Swag Card Sets (125 cards each)
31 Tab dividers
Full Color Rule book
2 Foam Inserts for easy storage/distribution & future expandability
New Tshirt BONUS!
We have had a lot of people asking for these and are excited to offer Eaten By Zombies Tshirts to all of you! The bonus is available separately for $12 ($16 worldwide). If you have a pledge already and want to add a Tshirt you can increase your pledge amount by just $10 ($14 international) more for the shirt to ship with your game! We have these in Extra Small (Child L), Small, Medium, Large, XL and XXL ($2.50 extra charge for XXL). Please if you do a Tshirt Pledge or add it to your existing pledge please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org when you do it to tell us what size you want. We will update here if we run out of any sizes. Yes you can add more than one tshirt to your order if you'd like. 100% cotton and very high quality!
NEW BONUS: We have added a $200 level with 2 copies each of the game, expansion and promo cards + Bonus custom Ammo Tin box! Limited and hand signed and numbered by Max Holliday himself! LIMIT 10 ONLY:
"Custom made, one of a kind hand crafted Ammo Cans by the games designer! Made from surplus Metal Army Ammo Cans! Heavy duty, Water resistant! No two will ever be the same! And did we mention one of a kind straight from the designers work shop! These unique items will ship with the 2p expansion!
---'I have to make what!!! How many?' -Max"
Your pledge does NOT include premium card sleeves at all, if you'd like those they are $2/pack and no extra shipping. For a single set of the game you are looking at the MDG-7077 (Premium card sleeves) X 4 packs. Figure another 3 packs for the expansion and promo cards. If you want PREMIUM sleeves for the actual tab dividers they are the MDG-7106 sleeves which retail for $4.95/pack, you would need one pack at $4 for you. So for an entire game with expansion and tab dividers you are looking at 7 packs X 2.00 = $14 + $4 for premium divider sleeves = $18.00. If you want that for two full copies (with expansion + promo cards) figure $36 total for sleeves.
Just adjust your pledge accordingly and email us directly at email@example.com with what you have included and we will get your items adjusted.
I am excited to pledge for this game but I didn't see anywhere to alter my shipping address. Does it default to the billing address? I'd rather now have my package sent there. Is there anyway I can change this?
After the funding goes through we will email you with a Kickstarter Survey to see what address you want your game shipped to. Once we get that survey back we will get the game out to the proper address. Your billing address is NOT where we will send it by default unless you tell us so in the survey after the funding period ends.
It means there was a typo in the initial project listing but we had a supporter within 5 minutes of listing it so we were unable to change it. You get FREE shipping w/in the USA at the $25 level. We had initially set this level at $30 but figured, why be greedy?
How many cards are there in the promo pack? Will there be enough sleeves for them if I just get 2 packs?
Wow.. great question Magnus... we had NOT thought of that! There are 5 cards in the promo pack and 198 in the game... so NO, you will NOT be able to sleeve them with just 2 packs of sleeves.. great point! We will put an extra 10 sleeves into the shipments of anyone who gets packs of sleeves for the game with their pledge so you will have enough though! Sound good? Thanks for pointing that out!
Theme question taken from Board Game Geek: My thematic question is this - you say that when you KILL a zombie, it comes into your deck, and that sounds like it slows you down a bit (as you draw them) but then you get to unleash them on someone else... an
Thanks for inquirering about my game.
I've taken almost all thematic qualities from Romero films and have tried to design a game that felt like you were in one. In zombie films as with the game killing people is a hard to do and it wares on the mind, even though they are dead and trying to eat you!
So as you kill the zombies you lose a bit of your humanity and with it your mind will slowly unravel... you'll start making mistakes; not taking the things you may need ever time you go out (drawing zombies); walking away or just not helping when you know your friends are in trouble (playing zombies on them); or completely losing it and just going around unlocking all the door and just letting the zombies have what they want(having a hand full of zombies)
When you Flee you may have gotten away but you also just left your friends standing there and they now have to deal with it, but at least you don't have any blood on your hands! In the game every turn one zombies turns up and one zombie wonders off. If on your turn you fled from a Horde with more than one zombie in it, only one of them gets lost and wonders off the the others stay around for the next player and a new zombies joins the Horde as well. But if you can't flee from all the zombies they all catch up and try to take bit out of you.
I know that sounds like a lot is going on but its all hidden away in the mechanics (like a Eurogame)If your not into zombies it's just a nail bitty game of who can use their resources the most efficiently. If you love zombies, you'll laugh as you release you just left your Safe House with nothing but bad memory's, a Sandwich and a Heavy Stick!! (like Ameritrash)
Out of my game groups I'm really the only one who loves zombie movies and making a game that both felt like a Zombie Movie but didn't feel like 'zombies in game form' was a big deal to me when I designed this.
I hope that cleared that up for you and thanks again for your interest in my little game!
Yes the Special Undead Collector Level ($120) also included the promo cards! Great question David!
No problem, just figure $7 per copy of the game for shipping and $3 per copy of the 2-player expansion per copy for international shipping. We have also added some International shipping levels to some of the higher levels now too.
I wanted to add $8 for the premium sleeves. I would also be interested in getting sleeves for the expansion, but seeing as it isn't done yet I'm guessing there isn't an option for that right now...?
The 2 player expansion will have around 100 cards in it, so if you want to add sleeves for that as well just figure an extra 2 packs of premium or 1 pack of standard sleeves. They are $2 per pack. Thanks!
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