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Savage Tales #6: Zombie Run $7.95 $5.96
Publisher: Pinnacle Entertainment
by Robert B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/07/2009 22:51:09
If you ask me, the best part about zombie movies is the tactical aspect: When I see the hordes of zombies descending upon the last remnants of humanity, I always ask myself, "What would I do here? How would I go about fighting off a group of zombies like this?" And, unfortunately, it's mighty hard to find a suitably *tactical* zombie experience in a roleplaying game. Oh, All Flesh Must Be Eaten is good--very good, *outstanding* even--but it's a little, well, complicated. Ultimately, AFMBE is better suited for the intense, *personal* horror kind of zombie apocalypse, and there's nothing wrong with that. It's just not the first thing I look for with a zombie game.

Zombie Run is. Or rather, the Savage Worlds system is, and Zombie Run, well, *runs* on Savage Worlds. The three principles behind Savage Worlds are "Fast," "Furious," and "Fun": gameplay is streamlined, visceral, and rewarding. Plus, Savage Worlds functions as *both* a tabletop RPG and a tactical wargame, so feel free to send that swarm of zombies, hundreds-strong, on that one isolated farmhouse and see how the PCs handle it. The game also has a delightfully sensible approach to starting equipment for a zombie game: you draw a couple playing cards (modified, perhaps, by a lucky or unlucky die roll) and that determines what you've managed to scrounge up. As far as the rules go, this is a solid product.

The plot, however, is decidedly middle-of-the-road. While there are plenty of great atmospheric moments--in particular, an early scene involving an unpleasant discovery in a church basement *will* give you the willies, unless you're a complete sociopath--the end-game forces the PCs to choose between two equally obnoxious and incompatible alternatives. The one thing the module *absolutely* gets right, however, is the zombies. They're always there. Even if you can't see them, they're there, and they brought their friends.

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