The world already has quite a few (and very good) zombie board games: Last Night on Earth, Dead of Winter, Zombicide... the list goes on. But if you officially slap "The Walking Dead" on a new miniatures game, the competition doesn't matter, because it's going to sell like hot, fleshy blood cakes.
This post was originally published on Kotaku Australia.
The folks over at Mantic Games have just announced that its Walking Dead board game is heading to Kickstarter on 1 February (well, 2 February in Australia). The base price for the game will be $US50, with "boosters" retailing for $US20.
There's no detailed breakdown of stretch goals or backer rewards, but it does have a rough plan if the thing goes bananas:
If the campaign goes really big (and that means we think it will finish right up there with our biggest ever campaigns) then we will look at 2 or 3 simple expansions which you will be able to add-on to your pledge. These will allow us to move into the later aspects of the storyline, introduce lots more heroes – and baddies – and offer interesting new variant play, such as a Prison setting.
The post goes on to stress that such rewards will not come at the expense of the base product; they "cannot interfere with the accuracy of shipping wave 1", which is currently set for August this year.
If you want to be involved, you'll have to keep an eye on the Mantic website, because the Kickstarter isn't up just yet. Call me psychic, but I'm quietly confident the company will let you know when it's live.