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GAMING: 3 CLASSIC AND DEATHLESS HORROR RPGS

avatar-scottwoodard81zgv2hxg-lHorror and tabletop roleplaying games have had a strong relationship for decades. From the very beginning, the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS bestiary included ghasts, ghosts, ghouls, mummies, skeletons, vampires, werewolves, and zombies, along with specific rules for how to dispatch them all. While there are plenty of horrific adventures to be had using DUNGEONS & DRAGONS at their core (heck, the classic Ravenloft setting for D&D was completely inspired by gothic horror), games with the supernatural as their focus have also been around for many years, some of which are still creeping along to this day!

CALL OF CTHULHU

71nscrsn70lOriginally released by Chaosium Inc. as a boxed set back in 1981, CALL OF CTHULHU, inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, was the first true horror roleplaying game. So successful was this particular RPG that just this year (2016), the 7th Edition was unleashed at GenCon. If you’re interested in challenging ancient horrors and elder gods with little more than a Tommy gun and a protective elder sign clutched in your hands, then this is the game for you. Note that most CALL OF CTHULHU player characters conclude their runs either dead or insane, often within the first game session following their creation, so if the thought of spending time rolling up a new character only to have them in an institution – or in the ground – by the end of that same night doesn’t appeal, you may want to take a look at some other games.

CHILL

148433Back in 1984, a group of former TSR employees (TSR was the company responsible for the original publication of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS) launched a new gaming company of their own called Pacesetter Ltd. While they would eventually publish a variety of roleplaying games of different genres, including science fiction and time travel, their flagship title was a horror game known as CHILL: ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN. CHILL casts players in the roles of envoys working for a secret organization known as S.A.V.E. These agents work behind the scenes, battling against forces of the Unknown, including everything from Alpine Vampires to Zombie Masters. Originally released as a boxed set, the first edition of CHILL was supported with several fantastic sourcebooks and supplements (including a compilation of short adventures “hosted” by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark!) After Pacesetter met its untimely end, CHILL eventually found its way into the hands of Mayfair Games, who then released a revamped 2nd edition in 1990 that was also supported for a few years with excellent sourcebooks and adventures, until Mayfair shifted its focus to things like a little-known boardgame known as SETTLERS OF CATAN. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter, a third edition of CHILL with a couple rule additions including a clever new Token mechanic was released in 2015 through Growling Door Games, and as of this writing, this edition is still very much alive.

DEADLANDS

dlr_pg_exedAs someone who actually wrote a weird western roleplaying game – THE SIXTH GUN from Pinnacle Entertainment Group – it would be remiss of me not to mention Pinnacle’s DEADLANDS! First released in 1996, DEADLANDS embraces the concept of the “weird west” by mashing up classic westerns, albeit more in the vein of Italian spaghetti westerns, with straight-ahead horror and sorcery. Supported by a ton of source material, including books, novels, miniatures, custom playing card decks, and more, DEADLANDS presents a unique way to explore horror in a new setting devoid of things like cell phones and the internet. Like CALL OF CTHULHU, DEADLANDS has remained in print, in one form or another, in the hands of the same publisher since 1996. In its most popular current form, it uses a slightly modified version of the Savage Worlds rules and is often referred to as DEADLANDS RELOADED. Other adapted versions of the game have been released, including d20 and GURPS editions.

If you’re ready to unleash nightmares upon your tabletop, check out the links throughout the article and don’t forget your silver bullets, your holy water, and of course, your dice! And as always, visit DriveThruRPG for additional tabletop roleplaying games, and be sure to use our affiliate link below!

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The Doctor of the Dead’s 2015 Holiday Shopping List!

You’re looking for just the right gifts for the zombie fan in your life, and the Doctor is here to help! Take a look at this list of zombie-themed holiday shopping suggestions, from books to TV shows to toys and games! And if you click through to order any of the Amazon-linked items, you’re helping us here at G2V Productions and DOCTOR OF THE DEAD! So let’s get started on 12 great giftZ…and 1 more for Jason!

MainPage_Banner_Faux_Sweaters_1180x408FRIGHT-RAGS CHRISTMASSACRE SWEATSHIRT COLLECTION
You know all those holiday cards with the ugly sweaters, but these are just beautiful, paying homage to the HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13th films, JAWS, and more!

DOTDtshirtsDOCTOR OF THE DEAD T-SHIRTS
Show your support for the most awesome zombie podcast in the apocalypse, and when you get one, send us your pics of it in the wild!

 

 

 

Z NATION SEASON 2
The show that does what it wants because it doesn’t know that it can’t is just concluding a cool and crazy second year, with a third on the way! Catch up on The Murphy and the Z-team with this Season 2 release!

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 5
Yes, it’s unlikely anyone listening to DOTD hasn’t already caught up to the latest episodes of this show, but why not buy one of the best seasons for a friend and get them hooked too?

THE SIXTH GUN ROLE-PLAYING GAME
You love zombies, you love Lovecraftian horror, and you love the Old West – so this RPG was written for you! And, as a matter of fact, it was written by none other than DOTD producer and co-host SCOTT ALAN WOODARD, based on the comic book series from Oni Press!

THE WALKING DEAD: COMPENDIUM ONE
As with many popular, long-running comic book series, there are a number of formats and chronological presentations of the Robert Kirkman-scripted zombie saga that inspired the worldwide television success story. But here’s a nice way to get started at the very beginning yourself, or introduce a friend/loved one to the harrowing black-and-white experience!

TRIUMPH OF THE WALKING DEAD
If you just can’t get enough and want some additional commentary on this juggernaut of a zombie show, check out this superb essay collection…and we’d say that even if one of the chapters wasn’t written by Doctor of the Dead Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg himself!

CHIA ZOMBIE
Yes, the cheesy holiday staple now has a variety of zombie-themed styles. Collect them all! Or not. You know, it’s up to you, really.

THINK GEEK ZOMBIE PLUSH SLIPPERS
It’s very simple; just put your feet into the zombies’ mouths and enjoy the warmth and security.

THE LAST OF US REMASTERED
A new edition of the stunning game experience that surprised us all by slipping a special breed of zombie into their post-apocalyptic survival scenario. There’s a fungus among us!

ZOMBIES!!! JR.
The massive game line from Twilight Creations (do you have all the editions and expansions?) now has a version just for the kiddies! The zombies here don’t need to be taken out by a head shot; they just need a time-out. Aww, cute!

FUNKO POP THE WALKING DEAD DARYL DIXON AND CHOPPER
Funko Pop may just have found a use for every last piece of plastic on the surface of the Earth with their unending line of unbearably cute adaptations of all your favorite pop culture characters. There is probably a metric ton’s worth of WALKING DEAD figures alone, but this one has the added value of putting Daryl on his bike.

FEED BY MIRA GRANT
Part 1 of the three-part “Newsflesh Trilogy,” this amazing book is the Doctor’s pick for the most well-crafted modern zombie novel published in the last 20 years. You’ll probably want to rush right into the next two volumes, but be warned; things get wilder and crazier as you go!

iZOMBIE: DEAD TO THE WORLD
Speaking of getting started on a zombie comic saga, this volume not only gives you the chance to begin reading the series that inspired the fantastic TV show, but it demonstrates just how different the television incarnation is from its source material. Follow “Gwen” Dylan the zombie (NOT Liv Moore) as she adventures through a world of creatures you’ll never see on the CW!

47: Brains and Brides! iZombie, REC 3, and The Sixth Gun!

Arnold and Scott are on their way to Gen Con soon, but since it’s been a while, they made some time to record this wild and crazy episode covering some thoughts on the final episodes of iZOMBIE Season 1, Arnold’s recent viewing of [REC] 3, and Scott’s work on the upcoming THE SIXTH GUN RPG! And there’s more, from theories about the paper-laden post-apocalypse to the need for an upcoming episode on those classic Romero films. The more zombies, the merrier!

Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

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SHOW LINKS:
iZombie Season 1 (iTunes)

iZombie Season 1 (Amazon)

REC 3: Genesis (iTunes)

REC 3: Genesis Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (Amazon)

The Sixth Gun RPG (Pinnacle)

45: iZombie S01E07 S01E08 S01E09 Plus The Walkers Among Us, The Sixth Gun, Maggie

Three – count ’em! – episodes of iZOMBIE are on the agenda in this packed episode! Join Arnold and Scott as they go into full-on zombie mode to talk about “Maternity Liv,” “Dead Air,” and “Patriot Brains!”

PLUS: We discuss the new zombie fandom documentary THE WALKERS AMONG US, the upcoming Kickstarter for THE SIXTH GUN “weird western” RPG authored by our own Scott Woodard, and the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Abigail Breslin zombie film, MAGGIE!

Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

We welcome all feedback at doctorofthedead@yahoo.comcontact@g2vpodcast.com, or on the G2V Facebook page! Find the show on Twitter at @DoctoroftheDead!

Please help support the continued production of G2V Productions:
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SHOW LINKS:
THE WALKERS AMONG US

THE SIXTH GUN Kickstarter on the way

MAGGIE Trailer

NIGHTMARE CITY on Indiegogo