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Last Night on Earth

I got to try LNoE on Monday. This is a two-team game, humans (4 players) versus zombies (1 player). It can play six (zombies get a second person, who would be bored, I’d imagine). This is an old game, and I only played once,so general thoughts:

  • The rules took 15 minutes. If you skip special cases, you can cover it in 5-10. Good.
  • It plays fast. Our game took under an hour. Good.
  • Ameritrashy in repeatability. Random map, random characters, deck of stuff you can find (for humans) and zombie specials. Lots of expansions, if you care. Good.
  • We played a boring scenario. Humans got lots of guns early, and only had to kill fifteen zombies. Bad.
  • The scenario victory conditions are aesthetically repugnant. Kill 15 zombies? Zombies are inexorable. You kill Dracula, you win. You only win a zombie game by surviving X time (or escaping), not killing X zombies. Kids today. But there are other scenarios. Rant worthy, but not bad.

I’m torn between calling this OK towards calling it Good. Not something I’ll seek out, but not bad. Have to try another scenario, and maybe run the living-challenged.


Written by taogaming

November 11, 2009 at 11:53 am

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  1. There are better scenarios, like fueling the truck in the center of town so you can get out of Dodge.

    My problem with it is the same problem I have with Descent — the Overlord/Zombie Master has many more options and much more fun. It seems like the Zombie player can drop a fistful of cards at any moment, while a typical player has two at most, with far less character (cancel a fight or modify a die), and no interesting choices (either line up a shot, or go to the next building).

    Dennis Ugolini

    November 11, 2009 at 1:47 pm

  2. Yes, that is more of an intro scenario, IMO. The “find gas to fire up truck, and do something else so you can escape” scenario, as well as the others, are much better.

    Dracula vs zombies? Agreed. That’s prob why they came up with A touch of Evil, which I haven’t tried.


    November 11, 2009 at 4:45 pm

  3. Dennis –

    I would disagree about the fun of the Zombie Master vs. fun of the heroes. The fun of the Zombie master is that yes, you get to throw down cards and rain hell upon your enemies all the time. The fun of the heroes, though, is in the cooperation, discussion, and planning, not to mention the feeling of being near death at any time. The heroes get a more social, and I think more fun, game.


    November 11, 2009 at 9:27 pm

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