It seriously scales up for big groups and any pain points there are mild to fiddle with. I mean instructions for 10 players! You can mix and match them pretty easily, and just fill a table full of map pieces, players and just a ton of zombies. It gets that overwhelming panic feeling going by being overrun by zombies despite the ever expanding number of bullets and weapons and it drew my group in because it did a lot of that without hugely complex rules, although the rules aren’t as tight as I like.
I just have a hard time believing they’ve added enough meaningful change for another one. I mean I like these games, but I got more so more could play and we can vary the map, not really because I thought they made significant enough changes to warrant a whole new game. And that’s just my pain point really, not a knock in quality so much as… so it’s a Western Skin Zombicide where you can lure Zombies to get hit by trains and bunch them up for a stick of dynamite… wood dice are cool.
I’ve reached that point where some Podcast someone posted here a long time ago mentioned most board gamers get… where you have too many games to play. I think they said you either run of out space (There’s always room for one more!) or realize you can’t possibly play all these. So it’s 100 dollars plus 30 to ship it for something that is likely to show up on Amazon at some point for 60-65, ships free. So that 60 dollars is really to hit those Kickstarter exclusives. Now don’t get me wrong I feel compelled to get KS exclusives, and I hate that it’s a consideration because at the rate I back KS, I’ll almost never get those so it’s really a matter or replacement. Do I think the Western version of Zombicide would get more play in my house than the modern and fantasy equivalents I have… no I don’t.
I do like Zombicide mechanics, as loose and sometimes messy as they are, and it is a game you can scale up to 10 people for a wild night of playing with friends and family who often don’t do these types of games because the complexity of the rules seems to involve more time than playing the actual game. I’d recommend Prison Break for the Zombivor for modern and Black Plague for fantasy, with the option to easily add to both if it’s liked.
But hey, the new one might totally be worthwhile… I am just skeptical it’s 130 worth when there are so many other games out there for that and half that would get you one pretty close to that.