What is the best system for zombie games?

RogueRonin

Explorer
A friend of mine is interested in running a campaign based on a comic book series called "The Walking Dead", which is basically a zombie story set in modern times. He asked me what game/rules system would be best suited for this type of game, and I really didn't know. I've never played All Flesh Must Be Eaten, but it looks pretty good. The group I play with is most comfortable with D20, but I don't think they will have any trouble learning something new. Is there any good D20 zombie books? If not D20, what can you recommend? Thanks in advance.
 

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The Grackle

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I've never seen All Flesh must be Eaten, but if you want D20, I'd recommend D20 Modern or Grim Tales. Are you going with characters who are already competent and heroic, or normal people who get a chance to release their inner bad-ass? Like Shaun of the Dead or 28 Days Later.
 

Bayushi Seikuro

First Post
It's not a modern setting, but I love how Legend of the Five Rings handles zombies - and skeletons, which are only zombies that the skin's fallen off of. :)

More or less, until you destroy the porcelain mask animating them... they keep coming. The limbs seek you out, the headless body shambles after you, et cetera.
 

Psion

Adventurer
Blood and Brains with D20 Modern is a very competant effort. A little more in the "Ash" vein, but still, a good variety.
 

maddman75

First Post
Another vote for All Flesh Must Be Eaten. The Unisystem is easy to pick up, I found that even though its classless, d20 players feel right at home. Stat+Skill on a 1d10, and rolling high will get you more successes/better damage. It comes complete with some build-your-own zombie rules, that let you mix and match to get Romero stumbling shamblers, to Return of the Living Dead brain eaters, to the disease born fast berzerk zombies of 28 days later. Also comes with (IIRC) six 'dead worlds', different scenarios for the end of the world. The dead simply rising out of the graves, a spreading disease, zombie dust from a comet, there's even one set in WW2 where Hitler gets zombie serum for his soldiers.

Great game, I've converted 'will only play D&D' gamers to it by leaving it where they might look through it. :)

But don't buy it on Amazon - they owe Eden a bunch of money. Walmart.com offers it for the same price if you can't find it at your FLGS.

Edit - if you do have any die-hard d20 people around there's conversion notes for d20 Modern in the back.
 
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Krieg

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AFMBE is the definitive Zombie RPG.

D20 Modern and/or Grim Tales can certainly be the base for an excellent zombie game.

However, if you are looking for nothing more than an evening of zombie smashing, look no further than...

Zombies!!!
http://www.twilightcreationsinc.com/zombies/

It's a boardgame not an RPG, but darn it's fun (and it comes with ONE HUNDRED plastic zombie figs)!

Even if you don't buy the game, make sure you pick up a Bag O' Zombies from them. 100 zombies for $9.99 ain't too shabby. :D
 
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The Grackle

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maddman75 said:
Another vote for All Flesh Must Be Eaten... It comes complete with some build-your-own zombie rules, that let you mix and match to get Romero stumbling shamblers, to Return of the Living Dead brain eaters, to the disease born fast berzerk zombies of 28 days later.

Whoa. You just sold me on it.
 


Ranes

Adventurer
Definitely AFMBE, although I think Games Workshop's OOP board game Chainsaw Warrior deserves an honourable mention.
 

Saqhara

First Post
Krieg said:
AFMBE is the definitive Zombie RPG.

D20 Modern and/or Grim Tales can certainly be the base for an excellent zombie game.

However, if you are looking for nothing more than an evening of zombie smashing, look no further than...

Zombies!!!
http://www.twilightcreationsinc.com/zombies/

It's a boardgame not an RPG, but darn it's fun (and it comes with ONE HUNDRED plastic zombie figs)!

Even if you don't buy the game, make sure you pick up a Bag O' Zombies from them. 100 zombies for $9.99 ain't too shabby. :D

Zombies!!! is a wicked fun game when you just want to spend an evening blasting zombies with friends. It goes real well with your favourite beverage too. Oh, they also have a bag of 100 glow in the dark zombies for the same price as a regular 'Bag o' Zombies'.

I've alwasy wanted to try AFMBE but have never gotten around to it....
 


DragonLancer

First Post
All Flesh Must Be Eaten, is written with the zombie genre in mind but in the time that we played it, I found the rules system a little clunky and difficult to get my head round.
 

RogueRonin

Explorer
Well, my group decided to use D20 modern, I found some rules for the "28 Days Later" style rage zombies on the internet, we might use them. I still think AFMBE sounds really cool, though. Next time I'm at the store I'll have to read it some more.
 



FCWesel

First Post
All Flesh Must be Eaten. All Flesh Must be Eaten. All Flesh Must be Eaten. All Flesh Must be Eaten.

All Flesh Must Be Eaten.

What's even better is thsat you can add Terra Primate to the mix and get zombie apes! Damn dirty undead apes! Or play apes fighting zombie humans.

EDEN has a western book which should fit in your time frame. They also have a book coming out called Dungeons and Zombies.
 

talien

Community Supporter
Wow, not feeling the love...but here's the lowdown on Blood and Brains: The Zombie Hunter's Guide:

http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=2879&
Purchase: RPG Now
Author: Michael Tresca
Type: Role-Playing Game (D20 Modern Sourcebook)
Cover Artist: Jeremy Simmons
Suggested Retail Price: $6.95
Format: .PDF
Publisher: RPG Objects
Description:

zombie (ZOM-bee): n. 1. According to voodoo belief, a supernatural power that can enter into and reanimate a corpse. 2. A corpse revived in this way. 3. One who looks or behaves like an automaton. 4. Target practice.

Our professionals at the National Center for Reanimation Prevention and Control (NCRPC) have done all the hard work so you don't have to - chopping, hacking, chainsawing, and blasting the bloody gibbets off of the shambling undead, all to make your life a little easier. If you've got a case of the zombie blues, this book's the cure.

Blood and Brains: The Zombie Hunter's Guide is a d20 Modern supplement full of zombie hunting goodness, including:

* 10 new occupations
* a new organization (The National Center for Reanimation Prevention and Control)
* 16 new feats
* lots of stuff to blow zombies up with, including the trench spike and Shaolin spade
* seven new combat techniques
* five new advanced classes
* three psionic powers and 37 spells
* madness and trust rules
* five new FX items
* and of course, lots and lots of zombies (over 20), including a random zombie generator.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your shotgun and your axe and start the dezombification process in your local town today!
 


talien

Community Supporter
Krieg said:
AFMBE is the definitive Zombie RPG.

D20 Modern and/or Grim Tales can certainly be the base for an excellent zombie game.

However, if you are looking for nothing more than an evening of zombie smashing, look no further than...

Zombies!!!
http://www.twilightcreationsinc.com/zombies/

It's a boardgame not an RPG, but darn it's fun (and it comes with ONE HUNDRED plastic zombie figs)!

Even if you don't buy the game, make sure you pick up a Bag O' Zombies from them. 100 zombies for $9.99 ain't too shabby. :D

Amen to this! I bought it to use with Blood and Brains, actually. Excellent stuff!
 

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