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Custom Gaming: Zombicide – Marvel’s Avengers

There came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroes and heroines found themselves united against a common threat: the undead.

This is the world of Marvel Zombicide.

The biggest question we got as soon as we finished Zombicide: Gotham City was one we were expecting: when are you doing Marvel? Tom and I thought about it for a while, but it wasn’t until more information about Season 3 came to light that we finally felt like maybe – just maybe – this could actually work. And we got to work designing, concepting and playtesting our newest project: Marvel Zombicide.

First was figuring out what heroes we wanted for Marvel Zombicide. While our general rule of “no metas” still stands, you’ll see that we’ve been able to create some fun dynamic characters that are wholly unique, but don’t destroy the core experience of Zombicide. Using the Marvel Cinematic Universe as our guide, we developed our core roster, and threw in a few others. Because what would Marvel be without a web-head and a savage Canadian?  While we’re almost certainly missing someone’s favorite hero (we know the omission of the Fantastic Four is particularly glaring – but that is an all-or-nothing team), we also made the choice to focus solely on heroes.

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The 5 Most Important things about Zombicide Season 3

Zombicide Season 3: Rue Morgue, and the newest expansion Angry Neighbors, are just days away from closing one of the most successful board game Kickstarters of all time. No surprise for the gaming franchise that has routinely smashed Kickstarter records, with Seasons 1 and 2. As we head into the home stretch, here are the 5 biggest things you need to know about the new season: including, new mechanics, new threats and some very special survivors.

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Custom Gaming: Zombicide: Arkham Asylum Inmates

When we debuted Zombicide: Gotham City that was merely the beginning of our quest to the marry the world of Batman with the incredible zombie survival game Zombicide. With the second season of Zombicide on its way, we decided to take advantage of some of the new abilities to further flesh out the roster. We already covered the allies of Batman, and now we take a look at the inmates of Arkham Asylum looking to capitalize and breakout in the chaos.

As always we begin with a note: this is Zombicide: Arkham Asylum, not super hero, DC, or even just Batman. The reason is that we didn’t want any meta humans involved. So you won’t see us putting together survivor versions of Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, or even Green Lantern any time soon. We still wanted the characters to be grounded in reality as much as possible. We begin with a look at the man who originally broke the Bat.

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Custom Gaming: Zombicide: Arkham Asylum Allies

When we debuted Zombicide: Gotham City that was merely the beginning of our quest to the marry the world of Batman with the incredible zombie survival game Zombicide. With the second season of Zombicide on its way though, we decided to take advantage of some of the new abilities to further flesh out the roster. First up, the Allies of Gotham who will unite to help the Bat overcome the zombie menace and take on the inmates of Arkham Asylum.

As a reminder, this is Zombicide: Arkham Asylum, not Super Hero Zombicide, DC, or even just Batman. The reason is that most meta humans make things messy when they get involved. So you won’t see us putting together survivor versions of Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, or even Green Lantern any time soon. We still wanted the characters to be grounded in reality as much as possible. And while we originally said that we probably weren’t going to create him, we begin with the first Robin – Dick Grayson – stepping out from the shadows as Nightwing.

Zombicide: Gotham City Season 1
Heroes: Batman, Robin, Catwoman & Green Arrow
Villains: Joker, Harley Quinn, Ra’s al Ghul & Two-Face

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Painting Zombicide Zombivors…

Been painting a lot until Modern Masters comes out. I’m pretty happy with how the figures are turning out, but they aren’t quite done yet. For some of them, I went with “Player 2” color schemes inspired by my love of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. How could I pass up doing both of the Cardboard Tube Samurais?

I think I accidentally turned Dave in Shaggy from Scooby-Doo

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Arena Review: Zombicide Season 1 Survivor & Zombivor Add-Ons – Claudia, Ivy, Marvin & Eva

When Zombicide was on Kickstarter the first time, they offered special, optional add-on characters. There were only four in total, which is relatively tame compared to the 17 that got released for Season 2. But here’s where things get weird. The original add-on characters all dove into the deepest part of the copyright infringement pool and were able to come out unharmed. Not everyone here survived in quite the same way.

Two of the figures got changed from the original prototypes, which are fine by me since I knew I was buying them based on prototypes, not finished products. Ivy and Claudia emerged unscathed, but Marvin and Eva underwent some visual modifications.

From a post on Kickstarter, we were told this:

At Miramax’s request, Guillotine Games made some modifications to the costumes for Eva and Marvin – if you ordered them and don’t like what you got, we’ll be happy to take them back, just drop us an email.

For me, the changes weren’t much. Marvin looks a bit less like Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction. His hair is bigger, his tie is missing and he has a beard – that’s it for changes. Sure, the card shows him in a brown suit but a coat of paint makes him any color I want him to be! Eva was changed about the same amount. Her original design as the Bride from Kill Bill got shot down and her new figure is well disguised… by her wearing a jacket and a hat.

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Arena Review: Zombicide Set #1 Survivors and Zombi’vors

It’s crazy to think that Zombicide hasn’t even been out for a full year. The first Kickstarter ended just over a year ago and the Season 2 Kickstarter was insane to say the least. But as the original stretch goals mounted and add-ons continued Guillotine Games and Cool Mini or Not realized they wouldn’t be able to send everyone everything at once. So instead they sent out a second package of survivors.

First up is the set that everyone who backed the Abomination package on Kickstarter got: Set #1 Survivors and Zombi’vors. This package is compact (though assembled oddly – the back is upside down) and comfortably holds three new survivors, six zombivors (yeah, we’re dropping the apostrophe already), seven double-sided character cards and seven level trackers.

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Custom Gaming: Zombicide: Gotham City Re-skins and Development Notes

We started off by revealing the Heroes of Gotham and followed that up with a look at the Villains of Gotham that are facing down the undead. In this installment, we take a look at some Gotham City inhabitants who can be realized by simply re-skinning existing Zombicide characters, as well as provide some notes and address a few questions about the development and the future of Zombicide: Gotham City

There are plenty of great characters from Gotham. The problem is that many of them are very similar to existing characters, and we didn’t want to overly complicate the game by creating custom character cards for people that really didn’t need them. Instead, we looked at the season 1 Zombicide characters from the base game and Kickstarter stretch rewards and re-skinned them as necessary. As Zombicide moves into season 2 and beyond, we’ll have more characters to choose from and this list might expand:

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Custom Gaming: Zombicide: Gotham City Villains

People seemed to enjoy our first attempt at customizing Zombicide to include The Dark Knight himself, but truthfully, we always had bigger plans (much bigger plans). After extensive testing, at least four rounds of revisions, and plenty of character impersonations we present: Zombicide: Gotham City. In this installment we cover the Villains of Batman’s Rogues Gallery, who look to capitalize on the anarchy of the zombie apocalypse.

First a note, this is Zombicide: Gotham City, not super hero, or DC, or even just Batman. The reason is that we didn’t want any meta humans involved. So you won’t see us putting together survivor versions of Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, or even Green Lantern. We still wanted the characters to be grounded in reality as much as possible. That being said, Gotham City and the Rogues Gallery lend themselves to tons of fantastic character options, starting with the clown prince of crime, The Joker.

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Custom Gaming: Zombicide: Gotham City Heroes

People seemed to enjoy one of our first attempts at customizing Zombicide to include The Dark Knight himself, but truthfully, we always had bigger plans (much bigger plans). After extensive testing, at least four rounds of revisions, and plenty of character impersonations we present Zombicide: Gotham City. First up, the heroes who will take on the zombie apocalypse.

First a note, this is Zombicide: Gotham City, not super hero, or DC, or even just Batman. The reason is that we didn’t want any meta humans involved. So you won’t see us putting together survivor versions of Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, or even Green Lantern any time soon. We still wanted the characters to be grounded in reality as much as possible. That being said, Gotham City and the Rogues Gallery lend themselves to tons of fantastic character options, starting with Batman himself.

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