22 Days Later: Board Game Updates

Do I like this? 

Oh, yes.

– Thomas Deeny, Purple Pawn

This looks like a great adaptation!

– Paul Dean, Shut Up and Sit Down

Three weeks. 1700 backers. £87,000. Our board game Kickstarter has been progressing more rapidly than a team of Runners Five chasing a sports bra delivery van. 

Since we launched, we’ve released an extended gameplay video, received our first press preview, been featured in the games news on Shut Up and Sit Down, and announced our first set of Stretch Goals! Oh, yes – we’ve also been hard at work making the game! It’s been a hectic few weeks, but we’re really pleased with our progress so far. 

If you haven’t had a gander yet, head over to the Kickstarter project to find out more about why this board game is going to do for your table top what Zombies, Run! did for your running track. 

Zombies, Run! is coming to your Tabletop

Walk into the Six to Start offices, and you’ll be confronted by a literal wall of boardgames – everything from crowdpleasers like Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, and Power Grid to more modern games like Robinson Crusoe, XCOM, TIME: STORIES, and Tajemnicze Domostwo (aka Mysterium). 

A great boardgame is a special mix of gameplay, storytelling, and social interaction. 

We’ve wanted to create a tabletop game for a long time – some of you might remember our Nova: First Contact prototype that combined NFC cards with networked phones and tablets. Last year, we decided to take the lessons learned from that prototype and create a Zombies, Run! tabletop game, with Matt Wieteska (ZR Audio Director and Radio Abel writer) as lead game designer.

We can’t wait to share more details about the new game. It takes everything you love about Zombies, Run! – from its compelling characters and audio-driven story to its unique mixture of the physical and digital – and brings it to your tabletop. It’ll be an amazing experience for every Runner 5 out there – and for all the non-runners in your lives as well.

Our idea is so amazing, in fact, that it convinced the UK Games Fund to award us a grant to develop a prototype! 

We’re very grateful to the UK Games Fund and the UK Government for this opportunity. This program is a fantastic way to support UK game developers like Six to Start, and a massive vote in confidence in our project. We couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve done so far, or more excited to show it to you all when it’s ready.

We’ll post updates about the game to this blog, but to hear all the news, join our new ZR Tabletop mailing list!

In ‘main’ ZR news, we’re aiming to release our next Android update with Achievements in the coming 1-2 weeks, along with improvements to Training Plans and more!