A Tourist’s Guide to Abel: Part 2

The zombie apocalypse has put a strain on vital public services. No more nipping down the shops to pick up a pint of milk, no guarantee of finding a safe place to lie down after a hard day. It’s a dangerous world out there! 

So it’s good to know that Abel Township has all the essential services you’d expect from a thriving post-apocalyptic settlement. Today, we’ll take a tour around the most essential features of Abel Township.

Communications

One of these buildings always smells of Marmite for some reason.

Runners are the lifeblood of any post-apocalyptic settlement, but they couldn’t function effectively without someone watching over them. The Comms building is the nerve centre of Abel Township, handling Runner missions, sending messages between settlements, and of course, hosting Abel’s very own radio station! Whether it’s guiding people around hordes of the ravenous undead, or entertaining inhabitants with music and chat, the Comms building is essential in keeping Abel running.

The Communications building is available straight away in Zombies, Run!, but you’ll earn some extras like the encryption substation during Season 2.

Hospital

Best thing about the apocalypse, parking at the hospital is free and there’s always a space.

Sure, going grey may be the biggest threat to health around these days, but that doesn’t mean that we’re all suddenly immune to normal bugs and injuries. When running is essential for survival, a sprained or broken ankle can be a death sentence – and then there’s the inconvenient fact that the Junin-2 strain of ‘flu is still around! The hospital at Abel has everything that you need to keep you in physical health; bandages, syringes, and even carefully managed antibiotics! Overseen by Dr. Maxine Myers, you know that you’re in good hands!

The Hospital is available immediately in Zombies, Run!, but you can expand the scope of treatment during Season by adding extras like the Psych Centre and the Zombie Research Unit. 

Water Treatment Plant

Amazing how much we took fresh water for granted.

It’s not the most glamorous place, but the Water Treatment Plant might well be one of the most important. These days, finding clean, safe water is much more of a chore than simply opening a tap. Water-borne illnesses are no joke: a mild stomach bug before the apocalypse could lead to your last night on Earth today. This treatment plant means you can trust what you’re drinking, and it’s helped lighten the load on the hospital.

The water treatment plant was introduced in Season 2 Mission 7 ‘Mummy’s Hand’, where you escape from a zombie infested mansion with a little help from Jack and Eugene.

Farm

Better get ready for Abel’s annual ‘Biggest Vegetable’ contest!

There’s no getting around it: strolling to the shops for a packet of biscuits is a distant dream these days. While Abel certainly has an impressive stock of tins, after a while even peaches in syrup loses their appeal. So at Abel, you’ll find everything you need to keep a settlement on the go. Much of the land has been turned over to growing grain and vegetables, and residents can even look forward to a nice boiled egg every few days, courtesy of the chicken coops. Rumour has it that they’ll be expanding to orchards and even goats in the coming months!

Farms are available immediately in Zombies, Run!, but you can add some extras like grain silos and greenhouses during the course of Season 2.

Armoury

This is the UK. We’re not actually sure how Abel acquired so many guns.
Or a grenade launcher. Probably best not to question it.

Sometimes running away just isn’t an option, which is why Abel’s Armoury is an essential feature when it comes to staying alive. From cricket bats and noisemakers for dangerous Runner missions, to guns and explosives to keep the gates clear of the grey menace, Abel is well-stocked. But just owning the weapons doesn’t do much; Abel is backed up with a trained force to patrol the walls and keep an eye out for threats. You’ll be sleeping soundly in no time!

The Armoury is available right from the word go in Zombies, Run!, but you can make things even safer in Abel with add-ons like Heavy Weapons Storage during Season 2.

New Year, New Challenges

The holiday season is coming to an end in the UK, and the long slog through the rest of winter begins. It’s a time for reflecting on the old year, and looking forward to the new. We have plenty of new things planned for the next year at Six to Start, with a new season of Zombies, Run! content on the horizon, more of our New Adventures, and our tenth (10th!!!) Virtual Race, which is looking to be more exciting than ever, and includes a few new ideas and features that we’re excited to announce closer to the time.

Before that though, there’s our newest New Adventure coming this month. Rule Britannia will take you on a daring mission through Roman-occupied Britain, on a quest to stop more violence and bring peace to the land! We’ll be releasing one mission a day from Friday 3rd January. Don’t miss out!

And if the winter gloom is getting you down, why not try one of our New Year mini-challenges? New Year’s resolutions can be great, but they can also be something that leaves you feeling like a failure if your plan to run two marathons a month, overhaul your entire wardrobe, and become a Hollywood superstar, don’t pay off.

So here’s our suggestions for some very achievable challenges that might brighten the next few months up!

  • Read a book by an author you’ve never read before
  • Try a new hobby. Even if you don’t like it, you’ve gained more knowledge and tried something new!
  • Finish that season of Zombies, Run! you’re on before Season 9 comes out. Run, walk, cycle, clean the house to a mission, it doesn’t matter!
  • Play the shortest game on your Steam account. We too know the perils of the Summer Sale.
  • Draw something or write something, even if you’re terrible at it. Creating something can really give you a feeling of accomplishment.
  • Move more slowly! Take the time to slow down and appreciate your surroundings. Unless you’re being chased by zombies, in which case ignore this suggestion.
  • Try one of our New Adventures! Become an astronaut, walk the streets of Victorian London, or join an expedition across the USA!
  • Attend a free class or event at your local library or community centre
  • Buy some new socks so you can finally throw out the ones with holes in them. You know which ones I mean.
  • Try a new kind of fruit or vegetable
  • Give your running water bottle a good clean out and sterilise it, ready for the running season.
  • Create a new playlist on your phone!
  • Explore a new route for your next Zombies, Run! mission

Whatever you decide to try, all of us at Six to Start wish you the best for the New Year!

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

Abel Runner’s Club is Levelling Up

We’ve got great news: subscribers to our Abel Runner’s Club in Zombies, Run! can now unlock full access to two additional games – Zombies, Run! 5K Training and The Walk. Even better, your subscription now works across iPhone and Android, so if you switch platforms, there’s no need to subscribe again. And you get this all at no extra cost.

We know it can be a big commitment to subscribe and this is one of the ways we’re making the Abel Runner’s Club even more valuable. Internally, we call it the “unified subscription” and we’ve been working on it for months.

There’s a lot of shared DNA across our three flagship games. They’re all designed, illustrated, and developed by the same talented people at Six to Start, and they’ve all been written by a team lead by the amazing Naomi Alderman. You’ll even hear a lot of familiar voices while playing!

So if you love Zombies, Run!, you can be sure you’ll have a blast on our 500 mile epic adventure in The Walk, and you’ll love hearing about Runner 5’s early days at Abel Township in Zombies, Run! 5K Training.

We can’t wait for you to try our whole family of apps. We want to make exercise fun and exciting for everyone, and expanding the Abel Runner’s Club is our way of making that happen for even more people.

How do I sync my subscription to ZombieLink?

  1. Open up Zombies, Run! on the phone you’re subscribed on.
  2. Sync to ZombieLink. This should happen automatically but you can manually sync by going to More > ZombieLink.
  3. Download ZR, ZR5K, or The Walk on iPhone or Android.
  4. Open the app and sign in to ZombieLink (you may need to go to More > ZombieLink).
  5. Everything in the app will magically unlock!

Which subscriptions does this work for?

It’ll work for any active subscriber to the Abel Runner’s Club, at any price. This includes legacy subscribers.

Wait, so there’s no price increase?

That’s right – we’re not changing the price of any subscription. Just make sure your subscription is active! It still costs just $34.99/year for new members to join the Abel Runner’s Club – that’s just 67 cents per week!

What about my Legacy status?

Unlike your subscription status, your Legacy status doesn’t currently synchronise via ZombieLink. However, if you subscribe to the Abel Runner’s Club using your Legacy discount, that subscription will sync.

I paid to unlock Zombies, Run! 5K Training or The Walk, do I get access to other apps now?

No, this only applies to Abel Runner’s Club subscribers. However, you will always have full access to the app on the platform you bought the unlock on.

Where can I download the games?

On iPhone:

On Android:

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!