Monday, 24 September 2007

Zombie Board Games

I've always had a love of Zombie films. It all started when I was 14 and went to see The Dawn of the Dead (1978).

Besides watching Zombie flicks I also like gaming the era. This is a list of my favourite zombie games:

Dawn Of The Dead - original boardgame of the film which was commercial published but now available free on the web here.

Dead Of Night - free web boardgame with outstanding production values and a good game to boot. Available from designers page.

Last Night On Earth - a new commercial boardgame that is getting very good reviews and is on my wish list. From Flying Frog Productions.

Zombie Plague : Free downloadable boardgame from Fortress games. Somewhat reminiscent of the Dawn of the Dead board game, on one team are the humans, while on the other are the zombies.

Mall Of Horror - commercial boardgame by Nexus.Each player controls 3 characters: a blond girl, a big guy and a dude with a gun. They must escape the zombies by locking themselves in the stores.

Blight of the Living Dead - Free miniature game available here. A set of miniature rules for a Fantasy Zombie Slaughter Fest

Dead Walk Again - free miniature rules from here. A set of tabletop rules inspired by the ever-growing number of zombie movies which pitches a small group of heroes against hordes of zombies.

Zombies!!! commercial boardgame by Twilight Creations which has spawned 5 expansions and has great plastic figures.

ZombieTown commercial boardgame by Twilight Creations which is a spin off of Zombies!!!.

Dead & Alive - solitaire free zombie game available from Boardgamegeek.

Send More Brains - an attempt to capture the flavour of zombie movies in a fun, fast-playing miniatures game (FREE). Available here.

And when you have finished all your Zombie gaming I recommend reading World War Z the official history of the Zombie Wars by Max Brooks.

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

DTP Boardgames

Desktop Published Boardgames are those games designed by people at home on their own PC's. I've quite a taste for boardgames and on the whole I prefer the German type boardgame, however, I'm always on the lookout for good easy to play historical games.

In the last week I've picked up a couple of cheap ones and a couple of free one's worth mentioning.

Prussia Rising £3.00 from wargamesdownloads. A game on the Franco Prussian War of 1870-71, played using a system similar to GDW A House Divided. It is a point to point game, with generic infantry and cavalry units, that may be upgraded during the game. It's not very complex and should be finished in around 2 to 3 hours at most. Playable both solitaire than face to face. The maps are beautifully drawn. The rules are bit foggy and require more clarity but the author is approachable via consimworld.

I Obey £3.00 from wargamesdownloads (sale price). This one is an operational game on Garibaldi campaign over the Alps during the initial and central phases of the Third Italian War of Independence. With a very peculiar chit drawing activation method and a combat system that stresses fatigue over real casualties, I obey is a fascinating study of this neglected campaign.

Postcards from the Revolution Free game from the authors website. This is a little gem a post card that includes the board, counters, rules and historical background of a single battle from the American Revolution.

Hohenfriedeberg free from authors site. This is inspired by the Postcard rules above but now covers the Battle of Hohenfriedeberg" which took place in 1745 during the Second Silesian War between Prussia and Austria.

So that should be enough to start you off...happy gaming.

Monday, 10 September 2007

Battlefield Academy

The BBC has a nice little game on their site which has kept me amused called Battlefield Academy.

Pit your wits against the remorseless Artificial Intelligence engine of the Battlefield Academy, in four challenging historical missions.

The computer will be your enemy as you seek to gain tactical battlefield experience. You will only graduate when you have won every mission.

To help you succeed, some of the greatest commanders in history will be on hand to give you tactical advice - and the best players will be entered into each mission's High Score Table.