By Robert Florence on October 31st, 2011 at 5:39 pm.
After the jump, you can watch a special Halloween edition of Cardboard Children, about zombie games.
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31/10/2011 at 17:50
I can’t imagine ever enjoying Zombies!!! enough to sleeve the cards. Astonishing decadence.
01/11/2011 at 00:26
Agreed. I wouldn’t recommend this game to anyone – and this comes from someone who played Zombies!!! quite a bit, enough to make house-rules galore and even solitaire variants that weren’t entirely terrible. But there are just so many better games out there, no need to waste your time on this one.
31/10/2011 at 17:55
“Sorry. The creator of this video has not given permission to embed it on this domain. This is a Vimeo Plus feature.”
It seems I’m not worthy :(
31/10/2011 at 18:08
Jim Rossignol says:
Anyone else having troubles?
31/10/2011 at 18:16
In Opera I get the same error message, but not in FireFox.
31/10/2011 at 18:26
I don’t know what you changed, but now I can watch it.
31/10/2011 at 18:27
Worked for me in Chrome
31/10/2011 at 19:05
Works in Sweden in IE 9.
31/10/2011 at 18:07
Bloody brilliant game, especially for backstabbery. And especially when the backstabbing is happening between a couple. Cleanup on aisle five, please! :D
31/10/2011 at 18:30
GAH! Make me want Mall of Horror then mention it’s out of print at the end? Despicable.
Highly enjoyable video anyway.
My best mate is coming home from China soon and we’ll be getting our board game nights into order again, might have to get one of these games in to add to the growing collection. Though we’ve yet to really get stuck into Dread fleet yet.
31/10/2011 at 18:42
Zombies are in Arkham Horror, too. Though they aren’t exactly the headliners…
31/10/2011 at 18:44
I have played with a group that had Mall of Horror, and I have played LNOE and Zomies!!!
While I agree that Mall of Horror is an excellent game, I would not rate it higher than LNOE because it requires a -very- good gamer group. 95% of the time my gaming group consists of me and my wife, which is not a situation that Mall of Horror is designed for…Mall is best with 6 players.
As something of an expert in getting new people to play board games I tend to recommend games that can be thoroughly enjoyed with the least amount of people. It’s hard enough to find 4 people who like board games enough to spend a couple hours on them, but trying to find 6? Since the group that had Mall moved away and my current group (the other 5% of the time) is at max 4 people, I don’t play Mall. I can’t recommend Mall of Horror to newcomers or even veterans unless they know for a fact they can get 6 serious boardgamers to play. Also, it’s out of print as mentioned lol.
Since I discount Mall of Horror as an instant recommend, I can only really recommend LNOE. The B-movie theme is perfect, the music is perfect, everything about the game screams thematic night, and you can play it with 2 people.
On the theme of horror, if you’re really serious about boardgaming you should try Arkham Horror ;)
(edit: also, there was supposed to be a Mall of Horror 2 prototype showing at GENCON but it didn’t make it. Rumor has it that it will be showing at BGGCON which I unfortunately didn’t get tickets to)
31/10/2011 at 19:13
I disagree that you need serious boardgamers to play Mall. Five or six players are essential, yes, but I’ve had non-boardgamers play and enjoy it. It doesn’t really feel like a board game at all, I find. It comes off the table and exists within the table-talk I feel.
31/10/2011 at 19:26
That’s odd, because the three non-boardgamer groups who tried Mall with us didn’t get into it at all. I guess it depends on the group of people. Maybe those three groups were just jerks! I agree Mall is a great game but I based my non-recommendation on the reaction of those groups.
If you find peeps who like it (or even have it!) then go right ahead! ’tis good times.
31/10/2011 at 23:55
I have to agree with Xyvik that I found more often than not people don’t get Mall of Horror and thus Last night on earth has been my go to Zombie game. I actually own a copy (didn’t realize it was OOP) but have only played it 2-3 times while LNOE upwards of 8-10 times.
And Zombies!!! was one of the first board games I ever bought and I have to say that it’s probably one of the few games in my collection that I do not want because it’s incredibly tedious. It just goes on for too long.
I would give a recommendation for Zombie Fluxx and Give me the Brain as nice light zombie card games. Also in terms of Halloween games, I quite enjoy Betrayal at the House on the Hill.
01/11/2011 at 22:27
I need more accent like Christopher Walken needs more cowbell. Bring it.
31/10/2011 at 19:03
wow, will somebody mail me mall of horror to argentina, pretty please?
31/10/2011 at 19:08
While I really do love a scottish accent I actually had a hard time understanding bits and parts of the narrative (despite being a swede I’m raised on english movies and TV shows without subtitles so english is truly like a second language).
I know Mr Florence is what he is but if you decide to do more of these – and one can tell that you do know what you’re doing as the production values are excellent – I still ask of you to tone down the Scottish a wee bit.
31/10/2011 at 19:11
Believe me, it IS toned down. Thanks for persevering though!
31/10/2011 at 20:56
If you ever decide to tone this down any further I shall fly from Switzerland to Scotland and set things straight again.
I hope very much you are getting back into producing these lovely videos!
31/10/2011 at 21:08
There is a small industry of Glaswegian to English translators, so don’t feel like you’re alone; plenty of English speakers can’t fully understand the accent either!
01/11/2011 at 18:00
I have to put forth my 2 €urocents here. I only looked at/listened to about a minute so far, and I will watch the whole thing later with my girlfriend, but I had no real problem with understanding the language. You can really hear he’s toned it down. Though the fact that I do understand this might be because I’ve been in a mostly UK guild in World of Warcraft back in the day, and do game quite a bit with an Invernesser.
Still, I hope you’ll make more videos like this one, looked great in the first minute or so. Also I’m going to look around if you’ve done similar videos in the past right now. Thanks for this Robert.
31/10/2011 at 19:08
Anyone here played the Great Brain Robbery by Cheapass games? I remember that being a really fun fast paced game.
31/10/2011 at 19:31
This has been fun! Thanks!
31/10/2011 at 19:35
Thanks Rab. More of these please!
I think I’ll be getting my brother (a massive zombie fan) Last Night on Earth for Christmas, if only so I can play it.
31/10/2011 at 20:01
Cards made up like polaroids!
How wonderful is that?
Found Mall of Horror… $110.
Can’t we just go to Westfield? Same zombies; costs the same too… no grenades.
31/10/2011 at 22:43
Great reviews as always, Robert. And I dinah’ think yer accent was hard to grasp. Love that singing Scottish accent I do. Crap, now I really want to buy an out of print game.
31/10/2011 at 23:52
01/11/2011 at 08:13
Great stuff! another Rab video :) I’m so glad that the zombie video has been made and has been made well. thanks very much big man :D
01/11/2011 at 10:24
Thanks, that must have taken ages!
What’s a SETI tile?
I have the old Dawn of the Dead boardgame, out of print so I downloaded it and spent a day printing and mounting everything on card and making a proper box for it. I have yet to play it, partly because the rules seem a bit confusing, and partly because I want to make a full evening of it. Mine is the old version – http://www.homepageofthedead.com/games/dbg.html. I have only just realised there was a more modern version at http://www.witchmastercreations.com/dawn.php – doh!
Zombie Plague http://www.fortressfigures.com/zombieplague/ is another free download. I once made new maps and linked them together as an adventure for an evening’s entertainment. Players had to get keys to the car and escape the house; map two was an underground base where they could seal themselves in to survive longer term, if they cleared it out.
Zombie In My Pocket is another quick one, a solitaire game. http://jayisgames.com/archives/2008/08/zombie_in_my_pocket.php I had nice colour printouts. There was a Windows download too, which does away with the (minimal) record keeping.
01/11/2011 at 13:04
Yeah, the videos are back! Nice :) very well done, by the way!
You are missing Zombie in my pocket, though! Used to be solitaire, but the author made a semi-cooperative version, Tom Vasel’s review of it was really positive.
02/11/2011 at 01:08
02/11/2011 at 17:48
Got this back from firstname.lastname@example.org (when emailing them about Mall of Horrors):
“We are working on a new version that will be available at GENCON Indy in August.”
Good news then!
…at least for next Halloween. :)
03/11/2011 at 22:00
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Rabbie said so, and Rabbie’s the board game guv’nor :)
Very cool looking polaroid pic playing cards too btw. Top work.
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We are working on a new version of the game, it will be available in August at GENCON.
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