One of the things I really like about doing this blog and it’s accompanying podcast is the fact that so many people send random emails to me. Some may be questions for the show, others are just little messages saying that they liked something I’ve written… it’s good. It makes me feel happy that someone is taking time out of their day to write. If you want to get in touch about anything, the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org – I always appreciate it.
One such person who wrote to me was Sarah Takacs. She had an idea for a mash-up of two recent releases from Steve Jackson Games – combining Zombie Dice with Cthulhu Dice to create a whole new game: Zomthulhu Dice! Here’s what she said:
“My friends and I created a way to combine Zombie Dice and Cthulhu Dice, using the Zombie dice as sanity tokens and adding a Zombie Roll phase at the end of each player’s turn. I’m a total stranger and mostly just telling you this because I am supremely proud of myself and need to tell SOMEBODY, and all of my friends who are even the slightest bit interested in this were actually there at game night when we made this up. I’ve attached the rules–they’re a bit long and SEEM complicated, but that’s only because we wanted to accomodate for every possibility; actual gameplay is fun, easy-to-learn, and pretty versatile. We got rid of a lot of the “Cthulhu Wins” scenarios, gave Cultists more options to become sane again, and allowed sane people to retaliate against them. There’s also the potential for a lot of strategy, as there are options to choose colors of Zombie Dice you roll.”
I love crazy ideas like this and it really shows the creative ability of people who love to play games. I asked Sarah where the concept came from and got this reply:
“I’ve always been in the habit of combining games, or making up new ones using old pieces, either because some pieces get lost, or I am just too lazy or poor to buy new games. (This phenomenon came to a head with the invention of Calvinball Risk, which is pretty much exactly as chaotic as it sounds, and Zombies of Catan, in which zompocalypse survivors struggle to gain resources and build fortifications against an onslaught of the undead). We made up Zomthulhu Dice after playing several rounds of Zombie Dice and Cthulhu Dice and thought, “How come we haven’t done this already?” ”
Why not indeed? Here’s the download for the rules to play Zomthulhu Dice – just right click on the link to save it then away you go. Sarah’s asked that if you’ve got any suggestions to improve or modify it to let her know… you can leave comments on this post or email her at email@example.com. Of course, if you have any game variants or mash-ups you’d like the world to know about, you can give me a shout any time and I’ll pimp them through this here site! Now… what’s this Zombies of Catan she mentioned…?