Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Following up with yesterdays Halloween post I'm going to talk about a bit about the Zombie monster design.  Zombies are meant to be dangerous cannon fodder, relatively helpless on their own but get surrounded and you'll torn to pieces.  In the below photo we have one PC wisely on the roof, two PCs on the ground ready to protect some townsfolk, and to the south our brave fighter who already succumbed to six of the brain eaters represented by the grey unpainted minis.

Let's talk game mechanics.  Here's the stat block.

[Void] Zombie (Minion)  LVL 1 HP 1  Wounds 2  DEF 10 / AC n/a  Move: Mid Distance 
  • Slam  R: 0  SPD: 2  To-Hit:  Auto-hit  DMG: 2.  CQC: Bite 1d6 DMG. 
  • Dead Mob - +1 DMG per extra Zombie engaged. 
  • It's still moving! -  If a zombie would run out of HP instead take a Wound and lose a limb (Choose: No Slam or Move: Short). 
    • They die instantly from a Critical Hit or Overkill.
  • QTY: 3d6  Tactics:  Swarm! 

Zombies have a simple slam attack in melee, to represent them flailing at you, trying anything to devour your flesh.  It's an automatic hit but the damage is low, only 2 points.  Should the Zombie enter Close Quarters Combat (CQC) they may gnaw your ankles off for a mighty d6 of damage. 

Dead Mob is when the zombies true power shine.  This was stylized after zombie horror movies where your all but a guaranteed kill once a group has caught you.  For each additional zombie engaged they gain +1 to DMG on all attacks.  Our poor fighter above is surrounded by 6 zombies, each one gaining +5 to Damage.  Even with a large pool of Hit Points he won't last long before they bring him down.   

As for Hit Points we gave the Zombies a single hit point, but their special rules means it will take two guaranteed hits in order to bring them down.  Each hit will knock off either an arm (and their slam attack) or a leg (slowing their movement down).  

The exception is a Critical Hit or Overkill (Damage 10+) which is likened to a headshot putting the zombie out of it's misery.  So there you have it, a swarm of level 1 creatures that can bring ruin onto a party with a cavalier attitude.

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