Sandra looked over the few supplies they had in the truck they were using. "You're right, we need more than a a couple of cans of beans and a blanket." Pulling on her jacket, she added "Let's go."
This is a recap of the first scenario, meant to teach the basics for The Walking Dead - All Out War. I have played it a couple of times, both solo and with one other player. I will show just one of my solo plays, it was the most interesting of the times I played anyway.
|Sandra and Patrick|
|Sandra and Patrick move towards the supplies|
|Walkers close on the survivors|
|Sandra loses her melee|
|Things seem to be okay|
|Pandemonium is aptly named|
|More walkers appear|
The events cards definitely give the game twists and turns. You may have the walkers not even move, or you may see several more enter the game. I must admit they do make each game unique, on one play through the walkers barely did anything, we killed them (or knocked them down) and grabbed the supplies in like 3 turns. Kinda boring. Other times went sideways in a hurry...
|Two down, one to go|
|Walkers swarm the survivors!|
|A walker is knocked down...|
|...Only to get back up again|
Sandra moves to the final crate, and the game gives a final surprise!
Luckily Sandra has football pads on, combined with a decent defense roll, she doesn't take any damage.
|Sandra and equipment|
The final round of melee goes well for the survivors, and the victory conditions are met. The game ends with the survivors getting the supply markers. Even with some walkers on the board, the victory conditions are met and the game ends.
|The walkers are pushed away and knocked down|
So I have played the game a few times. There are good and bad points.
The good is the quality of the minis, the various components and the rules are well done. Games move at a fair pace and for a zombie game, how can you not want to have the Walking Dead franchise? There are decent rules for solo play, and competitive play as well.
On the bad side, I dislike games that use 'special' dice in place of numerical results from d6s. How hard would it be to note results as 1-2, 1-3, etc? The lack of customization and the limited number of survivors hurts the repeat play of the basic game. I realize I can get a few expansions, but they are still limited.
Once the narrative campaign expansion comes out, it might improve my opinion of the overall game. It is good, but on a par with Zombicide (which is a great game as well) but I think it is lacking in various scenarios. It's worth checking out and worth getting it for the miniatures if nothing else.