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Wot I Think: Dead State

By Cassandra Khaw on December 11th, 2014.

Dead State has been shambling toward release for years and we’ve been tracking its progress since Brian Mitsoda announced the project in 2010. It looked like it might be the game that revitalised the zombie genre long before the rotters had reached saturation point. It was also one of the few old-fashioned isometric RPGs in development before Kickstarter helped the likes of Wasteland 2 and Pillars of Eternity to burst onto the scene. Dead State’s own Kickstarter in 2012 allowed Double Bear to move into full-time production and the game was finally released last week. We sent survivalist Cassandra Khaw to Splendid, Texas. Here is her report.

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RPS Postbag: Dead State Is Out Of Early Access

By Alice O'Connor on December 9th, 2014.

Scavenging for letters.

The RPS post pigeon delivered this letter, and several others like it, to our treehouse recently:

Dear RPS,
How come you haven’t mentioned that Dead State is now out of Early Access? I know, zombies and all that, but the RPG’s about human drama too and makers DoubleBear were founded by Brian Mitsoda (he wrote Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, don’t you know!) and Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda (who’s worked on Neverwinter Nights 2 and Alpha Protocol). Chuffing Bloodlines, for goodness’ sake! That sounds right up your alley, so what gives?

Yrs playfully,
Fictional yet Furious in Folkstone

As RPS News Editor, dear Fictional, I must apologise for the oversight and offer an explanation.

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Rising: Dead State’s Early Access Release

By Adam Smith on February 14th, 2014.

Years of waiting and it comes to this. I’ve been excited about Dead State since I first became aware of it, long before I merged with the RPS Hivemind. Since then, I’ve discovered more about Doublebear’s plans for the zombie survival RPG but I hadn’t had a chance to play it until late last night when the game launched on Steam Early Access. Oh no! Early Access means the game will be crumbling, rotten and bug-ridden like the dead that inhabit it, right? Not so, says the man at Doublebear. This is an early section of the game rather than an early version of the entire game. The first seven days, to be precise, forming an opening act (though for backers and buyers only) rather than a beta build.

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Gimmie Shelter: Dead State Demo Coming Soon

By Craig Pearson on December 5th, 2013.


You can tell turn-based zombie RPG Dead State’s been in development for a while. It has been the subject of three RPS interview features in its lifetime, including one by co-founder and current panel-beater, Kieron Gillen, who conducted the original interview using carrier pigeons. We’re doing it all electrically nowadays, which means I’m able to easily inform you that a demo is being prepped for backers and pre-order types. It should be out for you lucky people in January 2014, and will also be available as a Steam Early Access game.
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Dead On: A Dead State Interview

By Jim Rossignol on March 19th, 2013.


Since we first glimpsed Dead State back in 2010, it has gone through a successful Kickstarter and is now well on the way down the road to completion. We talked to project lead Brian Mitsoda about the important of writing, the value of Kickstarter, and pinball.
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Know Your Roll: Dead State’s Combat Video

By Adam Smith on March 18th, 2013.

Seeing the first footage of Dead State’s zombie-smashing, looter-blasting turn-based combat might be the main draw of the video below, but it’s the details that really captured my attention. I’m talking about toilet roll, “one of the ultimate luxury items”, which the survivors risk their lives to nab from the backroom of a hardware store. Sure, they find food and some tools as well, but nothing makes them quite as happy as a tube of wipes. The small things are important because, as Mitsoda explains, “there’s a morale drain everyday from…living in the apocalypse”. It’s a little known fact that ‘the apocalypse’ is a locally used nickname for Milton Keynes. Watch.

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Just Survive: Dead State Interview

By Adam Smith on June 6th, 2012.

There are loads of other pics we could use, but we just love this sign.

It is with good reason that RPS has been paying close attention to the development of zombie RPG, Dead State. Created by Obsidian veterans, Brian Mitsoda and Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda, the survivalist role-player is bursting with potential. And now, as you might expect for such an ambitious indie project, it has a Kickstarter. And a trailer. We spoke to both developers (on their anniversary, no less), to get an absolutely enormous wealth of information about the game.

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Dead State Kickstarts With A New Trailer

By John Walker on June 6th, 2012.

MAYBE THE REAL ENEMY IS HUMANITY?!?!!?

Dead State, the zombie RPG from former Obsidian developers Brian Mitsoda and Annie Carlson, has launched a Kickstarter. And along with this comes a brand new trailer for the potentially very interesting game. We’ll have a massive exclusive interview with the developers in a few moments, but to build up to that, check out the trailer below.

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Kickstarting Corpses: Dead State

By Adam Smith on March 22nd, 2012.

I post about Kickstarter projects more often than I post about indie bundles, which is alarming and is also the reason I’d pledged not to cover any more of them this week…and yet this may not even be the last such post today. The proposed zombie survival RPG Dead State is a concept that sends shivers down my spine like a gentle caress every time I remember it exists. But then I realise that it doesn’t exist, to me, as anything other than a concept and I realise I’m essentially caressing myself. Now DoubleBear have announced that they’re going to start a Kickstarter, which leads me to ask, what are the criteria you look for when considering a pledge?

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A Blood Red State: Dead State Revealed

By Kieron Gillen on August 25th, 2010.

Only Steers and Zombies come from Texas
When the Obsidian/Troika veterans Doublebear announced that they were making a Zombie-themed RPG, there was an immediate response in our comment thread. Namely, posting comments. It was then codenamed ZRPG. Now, it has a real name. It’s going to be called Dead State and we’ve got the first hard information, screenshots and an interview with head Doublebearer Brian Mitsoda.
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Obsidian Veterans To Make Zombie RPG: “ZRPG”

By Kieron Gillen on August 7th, 2009.

They better release some art soonish

When chatting to lord of the vampires Brian Mitsoda and valkyrie warrior Annie Carlson during arranging their Gaming Made Me their post-Obsidian plans, they mentioned they were doing an indie-game. Which I decided to post another time, when there was more info. This week, they announced they were called DoubleBear and would be making an Indie RPG using the Age of Decadence engine. Which I decided to post about another time, when there was more info. And then they started talking about what their game was on the forum, being a freeform RPG with a zombie theme. And I decided to post about another time – another time called RIGHT NOW. All the currently available details beneath the cut…
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