Dawn of the Zeds 3rd Edition

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Quick Overview

Dawn of the Zeds is one of Victory Point Games' many States of SiegeTM solitaire games of survival against all comers. In this third edition, co-op gameplay has been added, along with an extended narrative.

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Named one of the Top 100 Solitaire Board Games of 2015 by Box of Delights!

The postcards in every local drug store read, "Welcome to Fabulous Farmingdale!", an ad campaign that was the brainchild of Mayor Hernandez (who coincidentally employed his wife's public relations firm to market their community). But right now, things are far from fabulous in Farmingdale and, for once, everyone isn't blaming the Mayor. Some kind of virus or poison is turning ordinary people into vicious, zombie-like killers. It is not clear how the disease spreads (though it seems that physical contact is certainly one way), but it is obvious what the illness does to its victims.

These undead, nicknamed "Zeds" from the local newscasts as the acronym for "Zombie Epidemic Disease," are now converging on your corner of the world around Farmingdale. As best you can tell, you have been left to your own devices to stop them while the National Guard organizes a relief column, but that could take days, perhaps weeks, for them to fight their way to you, and until then, what can you do?

With little choice between survival and a gruesome (un)death, you realize that you must coordinate the defense of the town of Farmingdale and its surrounding villages. You must lead the good citizens and emerging heroes of these communities to halt the Zeds' advances by (re)killing them, to attempt to coordinate the discovery of a cure to this vile scourge, and to preserve as much of the area and as many of its inhabitants as possible. There's no time to lose…

As Victory Point Games' first title in the Premier Line, Dawn of the Zeds: Third Edition meets a higher level of component excellence by including a properly mounted game board, myriad die-cut counters, nice stock game cards, and a lovely, telescoping game box.

What's in the Box?:


•   The Basic Game Rulebook
•   The Level Up! Rulebook
•   The A to Zeds Book (Comprehensive Rules)
•   The Farmingdale Dossier
•   The Setup and Epilogue Book
•   No Brains Rulebook
•   One double-sided game board
•   One game mat
•   Four player aids
•   One Zeds player aids
•   168 poker-sized cards
•   32 tarot-sized character cards
•   188 die-cut counters
•   Six 6-sided dice
•   Counter bag

What's New in the 3rd Edition


- Tense, balanced, multi-player co-op gameplay
- ZPP and ZMP events (Zeds Placement Pressure and Zeds Movement Pressure)
- A new type of unit, Heroic Civilians
- New heroes
- New loss condition (if you run out of Chaos markers and must place another, you lose!)
- Changes to the way that Research works and the acquisition of the Super Weapon

Credits:


Game Design: Hermann Luttmann
Development: Petra Schlunk
Illustration: Clark Miller
Writing: David Spangler (fiction)
Graphic Design: Noelle Le Bienvenu, Barry Pike III
Playtesting: Joshua Carreon, Delphine Echassoux, Avalon Emrich, Wes Erni, Taylor Flynn, Kevin Fortuna, Nate Hansen, Lines Hutter, Ryan G. James, David Kennedy, Florian Kumschier, Noelle Le Bienvenu, Beata Madela, Thomas Madela, Noah Massaro, The Schlunk family, David Spangler, Shannen Spangler, Y. Michael Xu
Proofreading: Noelle Le Bienvenu, Karen Wolterman

Many Zeds were harmed in the making of this game.

Game Resources

(Rules require a PDF viewer installed in your browser, or right-click to download and open with a PDF reader)

Game Data

Number of Players 1-4
Age 13+
Playing Time Approximately 60 minutes
Difficulty 4
Solitaire Suitability 9
Designer Hermann Luttmann
Developer Victory Point Games

Reviews

Top 100 Solitaire Games of 2015 by Ricky Royal (Box of Delights)
Zeds is packed with the most action, the most thrills, the most theatre, the most drama, of any SoS game. You’ll be blasting Zeds with shotguns and sending them skyward with high-kicks; you’ll be fighting them in the sewers, and steam-rollering them in the streets. This is the SoS game that delivers the biggest thematic punch. It will have you screaming with terror as the zombie horde shambles through your road-blocks, swarms over villages, and is spewing up through the sewers and into your homes. They are menacing, and they are relentless. ... There’s one heck of a lot of game-play in the box, and the game layers on the rules as you move from the basic game, onto the apocalyptic game up to the level 5 ‘Director’s Cut’. If you only ever want to buy one zombie game, then this is it.
Zed's dead, baby. Or is it the other way around? by Frank Gallagher (BGG)
The pressure never lets up in the 3rd Edition. The Zeds press in continually and are a much more dangerous foe than in the previous version, even as the number of cards used per game has decreased (thus decreasing play time). The end result is a game that constantly forces difficult decisions and always threatens to overwhelm you. Every action counts, the tension doesn’t let up, your choices are varied and meaningful, and every game gives you a different set of tools to meet the challenge. Plus, you can customize that challenge in myriad ways.... For me, this is the perfect solitaire game. Push through the learning curve and I think you’ll find a fast, challenging, and engrossing solo gaming experience. Currently, and I’m thinking permanently, this is my favorite game.
Survive the Zombie Apocalypse by Ryan Morgenegg (Deseret News)
It was a lot of fun to review this game because of its strong history and rabid fan following. First off, fans will rejoice because the production values for this third edition are off the charts. It contains beautiful cardboard counters, a sturdy double-sided board of Farmingdale, full-color linen cards, custom zombie dice, and six rule books. That's right, six rule books. This is the most deluxe version of any game I have seen from Victory Point Games. It's amazing!

For those who enjoy a nail-biting, down-to-the-wire fight against the zombie hordes, this is the game to own. It has the right feel and tone of the genre. Even if gamers own previous versions, this is a must buy. It is vastly improved and the components are to die for, literally.