Season 8 Mission 8: Far Hebrides Map (Spoilers!)

This Season, we’re taking you on an adventure to the distant Far Hebrides archipelago in Scotland, where you’ll encounter a whole host of new friends – and enemies. To make your journey even richer, we’ll be publishing a map of the Far Hebrides, which will expand and gain detail as we progress through the series.

Today’s excerpt from the map features spoilers from the first 8 missions of Season 8, up to and including “Seal My Fate”. Be Warned!

Stay Safe Out There!

S8 M7 & M8 Released

Mission banner: a large ship half-sunken in rough waves

Squelch, squelch! Oh, don’t mind us, we’re just dragging this week’s new missions out of the mud: My Name is Mud & Seal My Fate are now ready to run!

You can download these missions right now from the ‘Missions’ tab. If you’re a Pro Member, you can download and play both missions immediately. Otherwise, you can use your free weekly unlock to play either one.

Global Running Day Giveaway!

Yesterday, Wednesday June 5th, was Global Running Day. To mark the occasion, we held a massive ZR Merch Giveaway!

We tracked how far the global Zombies, Run! community ran collectively, and released awesome prize packages for lucky winners drawn from those who shared their run logs with the hashtag #ZRGlobalRunningDay

Zombies, Run! players ran 14,248km on Global Running Day 2019!

Prize Distribution

The prizes up for grabs are:

  • Top Prize: A 50% Discount Code for our online store, a copy of the Zombies, Run! Boardgame, a T-Shirt from our store, one entry to a Six to Start Racelink event, including Race Pack, a Zombies, Run! Gaiter and a Zombies, Run! Comic
  • Second Prize: A copy of the Zombies, Run! Boardgame, a T-Shirt from our store, one entry to a Six to Start Racelink event, including Race Pack, a Zombies, Run! Gaiter and a Zombies, Run! Comic
  • Third Prize: A copy of the Zombies, Run! Boardgame, one entry to a Six to Start Racelink event, including Race Pack, a Zombies, Run! Gaiter and a Zombies, Run! Comic
  • Fourth Prize: One entry to a Six to Start Racelink event, including Race Pack, a Zombies, Run! Gaiter and a Zombies, Run! Comic

We’ll contact winners directly on Friday June 14th.

For more details, please read the Terms and Conditions for this giveaway.

S8 M5 & M6 Released

Season 8, Mission 6 banner: a zombie, lying on the ground in the brush

Being naughty earns you a lump of coal, so be good and join us for Fear of The Dark & On The Hunt.

You can download these missions right now from the ‘Missions’ tab. If you’re a Pro Member, you can download and play both missions immediately. Otherwise, you can use your free weekly unlock to play either one.

Season 8 Mission 4: Far Hebrides Map (Spoilers!)

This Season, we’re taking you on an adventure to the distant Far Hebrides archipelago in Scotland, where you’ll encounter a whole host of new friends – and enemies. To make your journey even richer, we’ll be publishing a map of the Far Hebrides, which will expand and gain detail as we progress through the series.

Our first excerpt from the map features spoilers from the first 4 missions of Season 8, up to and including “Radio Ga Ga”. Be Warned!

Stay Safe Out There!

Matt’s Zombie Apocalypse Squad

It’s a discussion that everyone must have at some point in their lives, one that has haunted mankind for years. Who would you have on your zombie apocalypse survival squad?

We’re no strangers to this question here at Six to Start – after all, we spend a pretty big chunk of our time considering the undead and making them come to life in Zombies, Run!. And now we set out to answer that most pressing of questions as we ask the team, which Zombies, Run! characters would you choose to support you in the zombie apocalypse?

A different kind of “Puff, Puff, Pass”.CC-BY wheatfields

I am under absolutely no illusions about my survivability in the apocalypse. I’m asthmatic, hard of hearing and generally cowardly. So my priorities are a little different from everyone else’s: I want to pick the five folks with whom I will have the most fun before the inevitable happens. This is my Zombie Apocalypse Party Squad.

First up, unsurprisingly, is Mr Party himself Jack Holden. He began the apocalypse at a rave, and I’m counting on him to help me get my post-apocalyptic party started. A keen musical ear and an… idiosyncratic dancing style mean Jack’s going to be my main man on the dance floor.

No party is complete without supplies and no-one’s better equipped to get them than Amelia Spens. Whatever we need, she’s sure to be able to get her hands on it, and she’s well known for her own decadent tastes. So long as we all agree to let her manage the guest list, we should be well taken care of.

“No, Jack, we are not doing the Monster Mash again”. Photo by Ardian Lumi

At every great party, there’s a moment where you see through the crowd someone you didn’t think would turn up and are greeted with the biggest hug ever and it makes your night. I’m inviting Sam Yao for just that purpose.

No-one can go hard all night, so it’s always good to have some folk around who you can rely on for fascinating conversation while you catch your breath. It’s also nice to have someone there to reassure you that your dancing looks as good as you think it does. Who better to hold down both roles than Dr Lobatse? No matter what point the evening gets to, she’d make it better with a story from her past. I really do think she’s the most interesting person in the world.

And finally, the most crucial person for a good party is the friend who’s not only a metric tonne of fun while the music’s playing, but who’ll help you do the dishes in the morning while you pick over the previous night’s events. It’s a huge boon if they also make a lovely cup of tea. Jody Marsh, come on down!

Who’d be in your Abel Apocalypse Party Squad? Tell us in the comments!

Bug Report: Sync Errors and Missing Artefacts

Hello Runners! We wanted to make you aware of some bugs in our latest 8.0 release and let you know what we’re doing to deal with them. We never want technical issues to get in the way of your surviving the apocalypse, so repairing issues like these are our number one priority.

Sync Errors

Since the 8.0 update on iPhone, users have reported error messages reporting syncing issues when they start the app. We’re preparing a fix right now and hope to have it in your hands soon. In the meantime, please do not uninstall Zombies, Run! – doing so will not fix the problem, and may lead to you losing run data. Please wait for the app to update, and keep an eye on our official Twitter account for more information.

Missing Artefacts & Buildings in Season 8

With the launch of Season 8, an error in our content pipeline led to the missions releasing without their associated Artefacts, Buildings and Milestone emails. We’ve now fixed this.

If you have already completed Season 8 Missions 1, 2, 3 or 4, the relevant Buildings will unlock automatically when you next sync your app.

To unlock Artefacts and Milestone emails, you’ll need to re-run Season 8 Missions 1, 2, 3 and 4 if you’ve already completed them. If you want to do this quickly, you can start these missions on “Constant Pace” mode, with the mission length set to the shortest possible time and no zombie chases, and then let them run while you do other things.

Again, we’re sorry for the inconvenience. We want to bring you the best running experience possible, and we hate to see issues like these get in the way of that.

Stay safe out there!

S8 M3 & M4 Released

Season 7, Mission 4 Banner: rough waters, with huge metal spikes jutting out of the waves

High tide has washed ashore two new missions: Big Mistake & Radio Ga Ga.

You can download these missions right now from the ‘Missions’ tab. If you’re a Pro Member, you can download and play both missions immediately. Otherwise, you can use your free weekly unlock to play either one.

New Adventures: Lewis and Clark

In our very first New Adventure for Zombies, Run!, you’re travelling back to 1804 to accompany Lewis & Clark on the Corps of Discovery Expedition from Pittsburgh, PA. all the way to the Pacific coast – that’s 3,700 miles!. You’ll be guided through the route by your personal automated travel companion who’ll also make sure you don’t get lost in time!

Sadly, we can’t actually send you back in time (yet!), but we hope that our New Adventure will give you a vivid glimpse of history. We’ve spoken with Alex Acks, the writer of the Lewis & Clark story, about their experience of researching and writing the race!

What made you decide on the Lewis & Clark expedition as the basis for a race?

I was pitching ideas for historical journeys, which are a bit harder to come by than you might think. Or more, ones that are famous enough to be recognizable and yet self-contained enough to be made into a run aren’t that common. Lewis & Clark is one I hit on because it met those criteria, and because I knew just enough about it to know it would be exciting before I started more in-depth research.

I think it was also on my mind because I’d recently visited my parents in Boise, and there’s a statue in the Idaho Botanical Gardens of Sacagawea, with a bunch of plants that she showed to Lewis planted around it. So there was an opportunity to look at a historical expedition with a female member!

The race takes the form of a time-travel tour, with your very own guide. What made you choose this framing device, rather than doing a straight run-down of the events?

The journey is so long in both distance and time that I wanted a device that would allow us to skip to the interesting bits, so to speak. Because a lot of it was a day to day slog of men walking long distances and eating appalling amounts of boiled meat.

Which was the most fun part to write?

The bit in Montana, which may not be the most exciting or historically significant… but to me, it was an opportunity to try to describe what the mountain west is like to people who have never seen it.

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What was the most interesting thing you found out while researching the race?

In Stephen E. Ambrose’s book UNDAUNTED COURAGE, he described how Lewis and Clark were basically acting as arms dealers to the Native Americans too. While they didn’t actually trade many guns – they couldn’t, because they needed them for their own party to hunt – they were out there showing off American weapons technology to people who hadn’t seen it yet. And then of course, the big sales pitch was effectively, “we’ll sell you all these super awesome guns, but you’d better only use them to hunt animals – no shooting the other Native Americans!” Which I actually found really funny in a horrible way, because boy have things not changed.

Anything you would have loved to include but had time limits?

I really wish I could have gotten more in there about the part of the mission that was diplomacy with the Native Americans. There were a lot of little incidents, both hostile and not that would have added dimension.

Also, you’ll notice that this is only half the journey. After the winter, the party had to turn around and go all the way back, and there are definitely some interesting stories as well. Though part of why I cut it off at the arrival to the Pacific is that the return journey has a real downer of an ending: after his triumphant return, Lewis basically squanders all of the goodwill he’s earned, does a terrible job of being the governor of all the new territory, and then shoots himself.

The enamel race pin, designed by Kascha Sweeney. Buy it in the Lewis & Clark race pack for just $25!

How did you go about planning and outlining the race script?

I looked at a lot of timelines and maps of the journey that were already written, and then tried to match up the major points with interesting stories that could go with them… like the arrival in Montana coinciding with them encountering their first grizzly bear.

Is there anything you hope people take away from running it?

Something that I’m not confident I did the best job with–the fact that viewed from one side, this was a massive journey into an unknown continent… but the continent wasn’t really unknown. There were lots of people living there already, who obviously knew their land well and were often extremely welcoming toward a nation that was set to treat them very poorly in short order.

So there’s a tension between this exciting, cool journey where people basically walked across the really wide bit of America, which is an enormous undertaking by any standard… and just the very idea that the purpose was to map “purchased” land that didn’t actually belong to the people who had sold it.

Also, on a lighter note, America is ridiculously big and mountains make everything difficult.


The Lewis and Clarke race is available in the New Adventures tab of the Zombies, Run! app now! Thank you very much to Alex Acks for talking with me about the race. You can find them at https://katsudon.net/

Season 8 & New Adventures Have Landed

The wait is over! Get your running shoes on, pop your headphones in and join us for the first two missions: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea & Aftershock.

Over the coming months, we’ll have new missions, new base buildings, and new artefacts to discover.

Lewis & Clark banner: Lewis and Clark standing at the back, with Sacagawea and a traveller in front. The traveller is holding an antique map. They stand against a rocky landscape.

PLUS over in our New Adventures tab, available to players on Zombies, Run! 8.0, you’ll find Lewis & Clark, an all-new training training mission & race from writer Alex Acks. Perfect for new players & veterans alike, these missions are set outside the Zombies, Run! canon.

We’ll be releasing a total of 30 missions this season – two per week, with a brief mid-season hiatus. But don’t worry, we’ll have something extra special to fill your hiatus woes — stay tuned!

You can download these missions right now from the ‘Missions’ tab in the all-new iPhone or Android app. If you’re a Pro Member, you can download and play both missions immediately. Otherwise, you can use your free weekly unlock to play either one.