I am afflicted with creativity. When I get an idea I just have to jot it down and play with it for a bit. Many such ideas are awful or I just lose interest in them. Here is one that came to me earlier this week. What do you think?
An RPG that looks at life from the zombies’ perspective.
The characters are all people who recently died during a zombie apocalypse.
Characters are created by making five choices from the list of traits.
Despite what the living think zombies have minds, personalities, and ambitions.
They advance and heal by killing living people and consuming their favourite bits.
The basic zombie has limited mobility, strength, eyesight, hearing and sense of smell.
Choosing traits will improve one or more of these.
|Big nose||You get a two dice bonus to perception checks involving smell.|
|Blackeyes||You can see up to thirty yards/metres in the dark.|
|Bonehead||You get an extra hit for your head.|
|Crispy||You have already survived being immolated once, so are now immune to fire attacks.|
|Doorman||You remember how to open door handles and bolts.|
|Dreadful||Because of your terrifying appearance living enemies are at a one dice penalty to fight you.|
|Flexi-Z||You can dislocate your joints to get through gaps as small as 12″/30cms across.|
|Gripping hands||You get a two dice bonus to grappling attacks.|
|Linguist||You can remember and use a single sentence of human speech of up to eight words.|
|Lurching walk||You get a two dice bonus against shooting attacks.|
|Miasmatic||You are surrounded by a fog of gas and flies so living enemies are at a one dice penalty to shoot you.|
|Mimic||You get a two dice bonus when trying to get close to the living without being identified as a zombie.|
|NBK||You remember how to use simple hand weapons such as clubs, batons, knives and axes.|
|Possum||You can collapse and very convincingly play dead.|
|Projectile vomit||You gain a short-ranged, four dice acid shooting attack.|
|Radioactive||Living enemies take a hit each turn they are fighting you. A side effect is that you glow in the dark.|
|Regeneration||Once a day you can regenerate one body location for free without feeding.|
|SBD||You get a two dice bonus to stealth checks.|
|Smasher||You get a two dice bonus when attacking doors, gates, fences etc.|
|Speedy||You get a three square bonus to movement.|
|Tainted bite||You infect anyone you bite with the Z-virus|
|Talons||You get a two dice bonus to fighting attacks.|
|Tanned hide||You get a two dice bonus against fighting attacks.|
|Tough||You ignore the first hit in any encounter.|
|Two good ears||You get a two dice bonus to perception checks involving hearing.|
|Two good eyes||You get a two dice bonus to perception checks involving sight.|
|Wall-crawler||You get a two dice bonus to climbing.|
|Wet-rot||You get a two dice bonus to swimming.|
To gain a new trait a zombie must feast upon the brains of three living victims.
Hit location chart
|10||Head||2 (+1 if you are a Bonehead)|
Once a location has taken its listed number of hits it becomes useless.
If the Abdomen becomes useless the zombie can no longer walk. But it can still crawl.
If the Chest becomes useless the zombie can no longer use its arms. But it can still bite.
If the head becomes useless the zombie is dead, for now.
Feasting on a living victim fully restores one body location
A living victim will feed up to three zombies.