A Year of Artwork

Every year our amazing artist, Kascha Sweeny, creates hundreds of pieces of artwork for Zombies, Run!, New Adventures, and our Virtual Races. This year has been no exception! To give those the spotlight that they deserve, we’ve put together a retrospective of our favourite pieces of artwork from the last year.

December

Okay, it isn’t strictly this year, but Kascha’s gorgeous Hannukah artwork of Paula and Maxine always makes us feel warm! And we love the Twelve Days of Abelmas artwork, featuring some of our faves from Zombies, Run!

January

We love the sketchy and ominous style of our first teaser image for the Spring 2019 Virtual Race: Train to Oban.

February

We ran a competition to have custom character portraits drawn, and here are the results! Three of the Runners Five of Abel Township!

But Kascha isn’t only responsible for digital art. She’s also the designer of one of our favourite race medals!

March

Kascha’s fabulous leaflet for the New Oban Express, part of our Spring 2019 Virtual Race!

April

It’s all aboard the New Oban Express with this fantastic promo artwork featuring some truly terrifying zombies!

May

Kascha brings something truly horrifying to this Season 8 artwork! You can find more of her mission images in-app!

June

June saw the release of Track the Ripper, one of our New Adventures where you hunt down a killer, giving Kas to work on something a little different.

You always need someone to have your back, especially during the apocalypse!

July

I definitely wouldn’t want to run into any of these zombies, especially the one at the front that looks like its enjoying being undead just a bit too much!

August

August gave us our first sneak peek at the Halloween 2019 Virtual Race: Escape from Runaway Fairground!

It also brought us Kascha’s designs for our gorgeous Season 1 pack, featuring beautiful stickers, postcards, and a log book!

September

September was a busy month, starting off with the release of our New Adventure: Volcano Race! We love the simple, bold colours in this one.

A more serious tone this time, as Six to Start took part in the Global Strike for Climate. We believe that Climate Change is an existential threat to the world and humanity, and as a company we thought it was important to take part in these protests.

And the fabulous medal that Kascha designed for our Halloween 2019 Virtual Race!

October

Kascha put together this horrifying gaping maw for Escape from Runaway Fairground!

The race this year also included some of these gorgeous Tarot cards, featuring some of our favourite Zombies, Run! characters.

November

Our biggest sale ever required some new artwork, and Kascha delivered with this fantastic image of Sam Yao being menaced by the Black Friday hordes.

We have a lot of new content coming over the next year, with Season 9 of Zombies, Run! on the cards, as well as a host of New Adventures and our 10th Virtual Race, so keep an eye out for more of Kascha’s fabulous artwork!

You can find Kascha on Instagram

New Adventures: Dystopia Rising

For this month’s New Adventure, we’ve partnered with the Dystopia Rising LARP to give you three action-packed missions in their universe, unlockable today (and free for Abel Runner’s Club members)!

Generations ago, the Infection was released and spread across the world. Billions fell to the sickness, becoming ravenous zombies. Governments panicked and bombed cities and towns and countries, hoping to halt the spread of the Infection.

It was too late. Those that didn’t fall to the Infection, instead evolved, becoming something more than human. Now, these divergent Strains of humanity struggle to survive together among mutated beasts, raiders, and the ever-present zombies. Small pockets of civilization dot the irradiated wasteland as what is left of humanity tries to survive, and reclaim a portion of what was lost.

In this story, a ragtag band of mercenaries work together to help the New Reach Caravan travel across the dangerous wastes to establish a new town. However, there may be more to fear in the wilderness than just zombies. Will they survive their journey? Or will they succumb to the dangers around them? Join them as a rookie mercenary! Fight against zombies, confront raiders, and deal with everything the wasteland has to throw at you.

Dystopia Rising was originally created by Michael Pucci and Ashley Zdeb, and has expanded to include tabletop roleplay books, LARP, and other media. Hundreds have delved into this post-apocalyptic world, and now you can join in! This New Adventure was written by Catie Griffin from Most Improbable with punch up and graphic design done by Michael Pucci, also from Most Improbable. 

Cast List:

  • Eight Ball: Will Green
  • Mia: Eleanor Rushton
  • Bridge: Nesba Crenshaw
  • Arc: Rosalyn Mitchell
  • Riptire: Andrew Futaishi
  • M.I Agent: Tom Syms
  • Injured Mercenary: Phil Nightingale
  • Hardy: Thom Tuck

We hope you enjoy this adventure as much as we enjoyed creating it!

We’re opening submissions!

Six to Start is looking to expand its slate of immersive “New Adventures” audio dramas in 2020, and we’re looking for writers to bring us our next big hits. Our New Adventures take the audio-driven running gameplay of “Zombies, Run!” and bring it to new worlds and new genres. This is work for hire, paying £460 per completed script.

All genres happily received and all stages of development compensated.

We welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds, but would especially encourage those from historically underrepresented groups, including but not limited to women, gender minorities, LGBTQIA+ people, people of colour, people with disabilities and any intersectional identities. If you feel comfortable, you are welcome to self-identify in your cover letter.

You can find our full submission guidelines here: https://sixtostart.moksha.io/publication/six-to-start/guidelines

Photo by Kat Stokes on Unsplash

Halloween Spooktacular!

It may come as a huge surprise, but we really love all things spooky and undead here at Six to Start!

With our Horrifying Halloween Virtual Race well underway, we thought we’d take a look at some of the amazing and terrifying Zombies, Run! themed Halloween costumes and decorations we’ve seen on our social media!

This amazing Zombies, Run! pumpkin featuring Abel’s radio tower would definitely draw me home on a night-time run!

This fantastic Runner Five photo looks appropriately post-apocalyptic and atmospheric!

Oh no! Runner Five has definitely been through the wars this Halloween! Hopefully there’s no bites though!

It’s always good to see Runner Five ready for duty! Sam should really fix that microphone at some point though!

Another Runner Five, always ready for duty, and carrying vital supplies for Abel Township!

Looks like Runner Five has encountered some hostiles! Better get that taken care of!

Abel Township is proud to have you on the roster, Runner 5!

Oh god, is that- Shoggoth Five?! Nooooooooooooo…

We hope you’ve all had a happy Halloween! Stay safe out there, Runner Five!

Training Mission 1 Released!

You’ve been all a-tingle ever since you got the flyer: this is your only chance to catch the Runaway Funfair. Shake off the zombies, and ignore the sounds of clownish cackling ringing in your ears –

– it’s time to ride your First Training Mission for the Halloween 2019 Virtual Race!