May 25, 2011

Walking Dead Board Game coming from Cryptozoic Entertainment

I like board games, but I'm not much of a tabletop gamer.

Honestly, all the rules involved in a game like Zombies!!! confuse the hell out of  me, so I've had very little opportunity to explore the world of zombie gaming. I do, however, love a good straightforward board game. Therefore, I'm curious about The Walking Dead Board Game (MSRP: $39.99) coming from Cryptozoic Entertainment this Fall.

While you may know Cryptozoic for their World of Warcraft Trading Card Game and The Walking Dead trading cards, The Walking Dead Board Game is the company's first venture into the board game realm.

While details about the game are slim, a look at the proposed game elements in this promotional from the company suggests that The Walking Dead Board Game may play something akin to Monopoly or the game of Life with players moving around the board and landing on squares that will prompt the player to pick up Zombie cards, Encounter Cards, or Scrounge cards that will change the players' fortunes. Could be fun!
The Walking Dead is turning out to be a highly mechanisable property for AMC to license. With a pop-culture appeal that is far more marketable than Mad Men or Breaking Bad, it's no wonder we are seeing action figures and novels coming down the pipe as AMC and Dark Horse Comics attempt to cash in on the success of the series's first season.

Read the full press release for The Walking Dead Board Game after the cut
Press Release

Cryptozoic Entertainment™ Secures Licensing Rights From AMC To Create The Walking Dead™ Board Game

New York, NY/Irvine, CA 2011—May 23, 2011: Cryptozoic Entertainment, famous for its World of Warcraft® Trading Card Game, announced today that the company has secured the licensing rights from AMC to create “The Walking Dead Board Game.” The deal marks Cryptozoic’s foray into the board game category. “The Walking Dead Board Game” is going to be available early fall.

Do you have what it takes to fight off killer zombies? Will you leave your friends behind and save yourself? Or will you try to save the remnants of the human race from a world that has gone completely mad? “The Walking Dead Board Game” gives players the opportunity to take on the role of their favorite characters from the show, battling walkers in a struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world. Fear mounts as time and resources run out and players face the possibility of becoming plagued with the infectious disease and turning against their own kind! You are kept on the edge of your seat as you try to escape your doom. Don't miss your chance to crack the skulls of flesh-eating zombies and defend the world from the forces working towards its demise!

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The comic goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies who take a toll on the survivors, and sometimes the interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the zombies that roam the country. Over time, the characters are changed by the constant exposure to death and some grow willing to do anything to survive. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” reigns as the most watched drama series in basic cable history for the Adults 18-49 demo. AMC’s season one premiere of “The Walking Dead” was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama.

About AMC

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series three years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series - Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC's original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with AMC’s Docu-Stories, a slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. Available in more than 97 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and Wedding Central. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.