Tank tops, Halloween tees, Radio call ins and more

As well as our limited edition Zombies, Run! Halloween T-shirt design, we’ve added a new piece of merchandise to our store. This new Zombies, Run! Sports Vest is available in either black or white and prominently displays the Zombies, Run! Season 2 logo. Not only that, but they are made from breathable, sweat-wicking fabric. Perfect for running!

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The response to the Halloween T-shirts has been excellent. Over 500 of you have ordered one and we can’t wait to see the photos of you wearing them on Halloween night! If you haven’t grabbed one yet, make sure you do so soon. They’re only available until October 3rd, after which they may never be on sale again.

We also wanted to thank everyone for submitting your Radio Abel call ins. We’ve had a really wonderful response. It’s going to be really tough picking out the best ones to put in the game. We’ll be writing the surrounding dialogue for these soon and recording in the next few weeks, though it may be a wee while before they’re put in the game!

Finally, the Zombies, Run! Season 2 story is coming to a close very soon. Have you been enjoying keeping up with the new missions? We’re eager to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think of the story so far and what your expectations are for next week’s intense finale…

Zombies, Run! getting the iOS 7 treatment

With the upcoming release of Apple’s latest iPhone and iPod Touch operating system, iOS 7, we’ve taken the opportunity to update Zombies, Run! so that it is more in line with the new iOS aesthetic. As such, this is largely a cosmetic upgrade to the app, but we think you’ll agree that it makes all the difference.

Check out the new look Zombies, Run! app in the screenshots below!

We did manage to sneak in one extra feature, too. It’s now possible to register for a ZombieLink account directly from the app. You can do this on the ZombieLink page of the settings menu. Android users will also find this feature in the next update.

This update is available now, so you can grab it before iOS 7 even goes live. Aren’t we nice? 

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Zombies, Run! Halloween T-Shirt!

Halloween is fast approaching and, to celebrate, we’ve designed a new limited edition official Zombies, Run! t-shirt for just $25. 

This design is perfect for those of you wanting to dress up as your favourite Runner 5 (you, presumably!) on October 31st. Or, alternatively, make a few rips here and there and apply a little fake blood – you have yourself a zombie Runner 5 costume. That’s two costumes in one. Bargain!

Don’t like Halloween? That’s cool, it’s not compulsory. You can go ahead and wear it whenever you want. Who are we, the T-shirt police?

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Check out the Teespring page for more details, including sizing and colour info. Be quick, though. This design will only be available until October 3rd. After that, there’s no guarantee we will be offering this shirt again! 

And don’t worry, we’re assured that they’ll arrive in time for the holiday!

Radio Cabel call-ins reminder

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Don’t forget that you only have until September 23rd to submit your Radio Cabel call-ins. That’s the latest we can receive your entries and still have enough time to write and record Jack, Eugene, Phil and Zoe’s bits ready for a future update to Zombies, Run!

If you’ve no idea what we’re talking about, make sure you take a look at this blog post. Here you can find the full details of how to submit an audio clip to be included in the next update to Radio Mode in Zombies, Run! We’ve also produced a handle list of tips for how to create the best quality recording.

We look forward to hearing your Radio Cabel call-ins!

Supply Missions have returned to Zombies, Run!

With Zombies, Run! Season Two almost complete, we’ve had the time to delve back in and reintroduce a much-requested feature into the game. Supply Missions are now available to download for FREE in the latest version of Zombies, Run!

Run out of missions, but still need a few more supplies to build your dream Abel? These Supply Missions are replayable runs, during which the residents of Abel will request specific items. It’s a fascinating window into the personalities of each of your Abel colleagues.

Supply Missions take place during the story of Zombies, Run! Season One and, as such, will spit out supplies only. It’s not possible to earn materials by playing them.

Check out the screenshots below to see the Supply Missions in action. In order to get hold of them, just update your app and download them individually from the Zombies, Run! mission list.

Also, we’ve extended the Zombies, Run! sale for a little while longer due to incredible demand. 

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Welcome to ZombieLink 2.0

ZombieLink 2.0, which includes social features and achievements, is now out of beta and live for everyone! You’ll notice the difference as soon as you visit the Zombies, Run! website; the whole site has been redesigned for efficiency and ease of use.

Social Features

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Signing in to ZombieLink, you’ll notice a new sidebar on the left hand side. This is the News Bar and, as well as displaying the latest news from the Zombies, Run! Blog, will also be populated with the activity of other Zombies, Run! users who you follow. That’s right, interacting with your friends (and enemies) is no longer restricted to stalking their ZombieLink profile pages, now you can follow people and let their latest run records come directly to you.

To follow someone, you will need to visit their ZombieLink profile through the Zombies, Run! website. You will see a “Follow” button under their name, as shown above. Visiting another player’s ZombieLink profile through the normal Zombies, Run! website will not work, so if you’re having problems make sure you’re on the right version of the site!

The URL to the user’s profile should look like this: https://www.zombiesrungame.com/adrian/

New Profile Page

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We’ve also given your ZombieLink profile page a drastic makeover. We’ve managed to fit a lot more run information on your profile page, while simultaneously making everything clearer at a glance. At the top you’ll notice a spotlight view of your latest run, alongside a thumbnail of your actual base.

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Top level stats are also shown here, displaying a total number of runs as well as the total distance, time and the number of supplies you have collected since you began playing the game. You’ll also notice horizontal bars underneath several of these stats, which indicate how they stack against your other runs.

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The coloured arrows in the “Pace” column of your run table indicate which runs are above and below your average pace. Depending on the intensity of the colour, you can quickly see which of your runs feature your best and worst pace. A bright red arrow, for example, means this run is well below your average, while a light green arrow means it’s slightly above average.

The idea of this redesign is to make it easy to see at a glance which of your runs are interesting and out of the ordinary. We think this helps everyone and is an innovative way of displaying your information.

Click that “Edit” button at the top of your run table and you can edit distances, share preferences and visibility options right on the profile page, as well as deleting any superfluous run logs you may have accidentally created. We’ve improved the visibility options, too. It’s now much harder to accidentally hide runs, as well as easier to make them visible again if you need to.

Achievements

The next step is something that we think you’ll all be very excited about. We’re introducing a full achievement system into ZombieLink. If you’re unfamiliar with such a thing, this means that by completing in-game tasks or reaching certain milestones, you’ll be rewarded with a badge for your profile which you can show off to your friends.

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We have a huge array of achievements planned, ranging from the simple (collect 100 supplies) right through to some which are much more difficult (run more than 20k in one run). We’ll also have some properly hardcore achievements for the completionists out there, such as one which requires you to run for a total of 1000 miles.

Achievements will be available soon and we’ll be letting you guys know as soon as we have more information and/or a solid release date for that. Don’t worry, you’ll be receiving any achievements you’re due retroactively, so you won’t need to start from scratch again. We’re not masochists.

If you have any problems with the new website, or any other feedback on ZombieLink 2.0, then be sure to email us at support@zombiesrungame.com. 

Get your voice on Radio Cabel

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Want to be a part of Radio Cabel? If you’ve been with us for a while, you may remember us asking the Zombies, Run! community to submit clips for use in Radio Abel way back in Season One. It was such a success, that we’ve decided to do it again!

UPDATE: We’ve got some tips for those of you looking to submit something to Radio Cabel:

  • Make sure your recording is as high-quality as possible. Try to record your voice using a decent microphone in a fairly echo-less room. For best results, record in a place with as many soft furnishings as possible, or even under your duvet!
  • Try to tell an interesting or personal story, but remember: Radio Abel has to cover things that are related to the Gray Plague and the downfall of civilisation in general. If you’re struggling to come up with something, try answering one (or more!) of these questions:
  1. Where were you at the time of the outbreak?
  2. How did you survive?
  3. Did you lose anyone important in the outbreak?
  4. What survival tips do you have for Radio Abel listeners?
  5. Do you have any funny stories from the road?
  • Don’t comment on what’s happened in the story or with the characters, but feel free to comment on topics that Jack and Eugene (and Phil and Zoe!) have covered in their show.
  • Try to keep your stories and tips short. Aim for a total time of one minute, but don’t worry if you go beyond that a bit. And don’t feel the need to stretch it out to one minute either – we’re very keen to feature stories as short as 15 or 30 seconds!
  • If you like, you can leave us multiple recordings for different stories, tips, or opinions.
  • By submitting a clip to us for Radio Cabel, you agree to assign all copyright and ownership rights to Six to Start, so that we can make use of it as we see fit.

We’re looking for more “Stories from the road” and “Survival tips”, as well as call-ins from citizens of both Abel Township and New Canton. How do you feel about living in a zombie apocalypse? How does life in Abel differ from life pre-Z-day? What do you really think of that New Canton lot?

Make sure your submissions are no more than a minute long (60 seconds) and after submissions close, we’ll pick the best ones and get them into the game.

You can submit your own radio clips starting today. We’ll stop accepting submissions September 23. Which gives you just over a month to get something over to us. Our actors will record accompanying lines when we can schedule them in, but recording sessions and actor availability mean it may be a while before they are added to the game.

Instead of calling in to a special phone number, we’re going digital with the submission process this time around, so we can ensure a higher quality.

You can email us with your entries in .wav or .mp3 format to support@zombiesrungame.com with the subject “Radio Cabel” (alternatively, please include a link to a Dropbox file if it’s too big to attach). This means that anyone in the world can submit something for Radio New Tomorrow. Abel Township and New Canton are multicultural, equal opportunity survivor camps, after all.

Your cool bases

Recently we asked the Zombies, Run! community to send us examples of remarkable versions of Abel Township. With the first half of season 2 now being available to play, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up supplies and materials to really push the limits (literally and figuratively) of your Abel Township.

You didn’t disappoint. We got sent bases of all shapes and sizes. Some with clearly marked out residential areas (what is this, Sim City?) and some that are completely upgraded. Here’s a rundown of a few of our favourites. A huge thanks to everyone who sent theirs in; there were way too many for us to display them all!

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First up is Timothy Chen Allen’s massive 12×12 base. That’s 144 square, um… squares of prime real estate. Clearly he has forgone upgrading his housing in favour of pushing those township walls out as far as possible. The upshot? The majority of the residents take nightly shelter in army tents strewn throughout Abel.

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Next we have Blenderfox’s… unique vision of Abel Township. One that features seven fully upgraded training areas. Presumably so that Runners have no excuse not to keep active between missions. Though, at least they get to go to sleep in actual houses of an evening…

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Rob Rowald’s base intrigues us, because there’s clearly some method behind his madness. We can’t help but feel that the ocean of emptiness is part of some master plan and that it’s only a matter of time until everything clicks into place, revealing the one, true Abel Township. We’ll be keeping an eye on how this one progresses throughout the second half of Zombies, Run! season two.

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Christopher Garratty’s base bucks the trend by having not just one residential area, but two. Not everyone in Abel gets on as well as you’d hope, so having two housing zones on opposite sides of the Township keeps everyone happy. Having said that, it looks like the western residential area is favoured slightly more by the town planners. Not only do they have a nearby playground, but a bunch of adjacent amenities, too.

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This base from CPTSmith has a full quadrant of upgraded housing, next to a bunch of amenities and a playground. This Abel Township is compact, functional and fully upgraded. It’s almost a shame to have to extend those walls out and build further. We rather like it as it is.

These were our five favourite bases, but we received loads more that we want to share. So check out our honourable mentions list below:

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Meet Sam Yao and Archie

We’re back with the second part of our Actor Interviews series. This time we’re talking to Phil Nightingale and Olga Leon, who play Sam Yao and Archie respectively. If you missed part one, where we chat with Jennifer Tan and Nick Kay (Runner 4/Nadia and Runner 10), make sure you check that one out too!

So here’s Olga Leon, discussing her character Archie and her experiences recording Zombies, Run! This one is quite spoilerific, so if you’re still pretty early on in Season 2 (pre-mission 15), we recommend waiting until you’re caught up to listen to this one…

And finally, here’s Phil Nightingale, who plays your favourite radio operator, Sam Yao. This one is free of important plot spoilers, but does include a sneaky peek at an upcoming side mission…

We have video footage of Phil’s notable sound booth moments for you below, too. If you enjoy these, make sure you check out the Zombies, Run! YouTube channel for more behind the scenes videos.

New Zombies, Run! missions are now available!

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The hiatus is over! We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming: Zombies, Run! Season 2. We have another ten weeks worth of new missions (30 in total!) to deliver to you, dear fans, so we hope you’re all caught up with the story. And if you’ve enjoyed the first half of season 2, just wait and see how much more epically bombastic things get in the second half…

If you already own a Season Pass Plus, all of these story and side missions will come at no extra cost to you whatsoever. You will simply need to head on over to the mission list, download the new content and away you go!

Earlier today we had a slight problem with mission downloads. We’ve since fixed the problem on our end, but if you’ve had difficulties playing the new missions, please delete them from the mission manager, restart Zombies, Run! and then redownload.

Don’t forget to check out the new achievements system over at the ZombieLink beta site. Can you collect them all?

*Jack and Eugene / Pacific Rim crossover fanart by the wonderful TheWonderSmith