(KS) The Living, Welcome To The Zombie Apocalypse
  • (KS) The Living, Welcome To The Zombie Apocalypse

    The Living is game set during a zombie apocalypse, where the zombies and living alike pose a threat to your PCs. Indeed, zombies are often the least of your worries in this new Kickstarter.

    Lights flicker on a deserted street. A stray cat hisses as it runs for cover underneath a windowless, wrecked car. You see the safehouse ahead, the neon bar sign glowing red in the darkness. Your heart races, gripping your pistol in sweaty hands. One bullet left. If you run, you can make it. Maybe. You kick through the door and sprint down the street as fast as you can.

    That’s when you hear it. Moans. Shuffling. Growling. Two figures behind you become four. Then ten. Then fifty. They gain on you from behind. Soon more appear to your sides down darkened alleys. The zombies are coming. Just as you reach for the safehouse door, three of the snarling undead crash out of the wooden frame. They have taken the bar too, and now nowhere is safe. You back up, pointing your gun feebly as the zombie hoard surrounds you. Trembling, you raise the pistol to your head. A gunshot goes off - but it is not yours. Sniper fire rains down, and a moment later an armored truck barrels through the street, and as the side door slides open three soldiers pour out. They lay out suppressive fire, cutting down the zombie hoard. As the commander checks you for injuries, the calvary rushes you to safety. Watching the undead fade into the distance, you nearly collapse with relief as you are saved by the living.

    The Living
    is a tabletop roleplaying game (RPG), which is a social game of imagination and creativity. You help tell a story though the actions and dialogue of a character that you create. The world is yours to explore through their eyes. In order to survive, you must work together as a team. The Narrator keeps track of the rules, stories and secrets – but it is the players who drive the game. Together the Narrator and players share laughs, screams and pouts to create a rich story and a great time.

    Although set against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse, The Living features a plethora of skills and abilities specifically designed to be used with and against living characters. From persuasion to resources, hacking to leadership, medicine to religion, there are nearly limitless situations and areas of expertise in which zombies are the least of your concerns.

    Using a distinctive skill and character creation system, the versatile campaign setting has many unique features that set it apart from others in the genre:

    · No classes or races. All characters are human and have the potential to be anything they strive to be.
    · No statistics. Attributes such as strength, speed, and intelligence are incorporated into the skills system, eliminating modifiers to the dice rolls.
    · Open-ended customization. With 9 skill trees with 4 branches each, there are 126 skill specialties possible. Considering there are 5 levels per branch, that's over 167,000 possible combinations!
    · Simple game mechanics. The Living uses at most 2 twenty-sided dice (or d20s). Various skills can raise or lower the target number you must meet or exceed on those dice, and can be applied in different situations.
    · Dead or Alive. Choose to focus on fighting the undead or subverting the living, killing zombies or making living allies.

    The Living is running on Kickstarter until Tuesday 31st October 2017.
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