A. Quinton — Jun. 18th 2013
As ubiquitous life-long aspirations go, “ruling the irradiated supernatural wasteland that used to be Europe” is up there with “building a log cabin” or “publishing a novel”, but it’s also the kind of life goal that’s difficult to self-start. You can take carpentry or writing classes at your local community college, but there’s no Learning Annex course on “Instigating World War III” or “Facilitating a Transnational Nuclear Exchange”. But here’s the good news! Now you have a chance to act out a monster apocalypse with your friends and loved ones, thanks to the Kickstarter for Undead Apocalypse: War of the Damned.
Undead Apocalypse is a fast-paced, beautifully-designed board game for 2 to 4 players. Each game lasts 30 to 90 minutes and pits factions of Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves, and post-apocalyptic Humans against each other in a fight to the death (or undeath, as it were).
After World War III the people of Earth thought it couldn’t get any worse; they were wrong. The nuclear devastation was bad enough, reducing once-great cities to rubble and forcing hardy survivors to scavenge for resources. But soon—whether the result of radiation, toxins, or supernatural wrath—ancient evils long thought mere legend awoke and took hold in the real world.
Undead Apocalypse was designed by Ben Radford, a “real-life scientific paranormal investigator” who has previous game design experience with Playing Gods, and features high quality miniatures (including an aerobics-enthusiast werewolf) created by Lasha Tskhondia.
Ben and his army of designers and game experts are trying to raise $50,000, which might seem like a lot, but producing something as complicated as a boardgame is expensive. Luckily, boardgames on Kickstarter have a tendency to end up well-funded – for instance, the Machine Of Death game Kickstarter raised over 10 times as much. The minimum pledge to get a physical copy of Undead Apocalypse is $65, but you can get a print-and-play PDF version for a minimum contribution of a dollar. A dollar. I spent more on electricity to power my computer while writing this post, and I’m no closer to being werewolf monarch of post-apocalyptic Europe. Guess I better go contribute!