Ghastly Games: Dead of Winter
By: Kenzie Kordic
Dead of Winter is a tabletop Horror game that enables players to work as a team towards a common goal: surviving the winter during a zombie apocalypse. The premise is really nice and eye-catching for all die hard zombie fans out there. It even gives you a chance to work with a team, instead of against each other, which can either be really great or terrible, depending on your group. This review will go over the pros and cons of the game, leaving you wanting to try it out.
The set up can take about twenty minutes or more, given how you fast you can read and understand as the game comes with so many pieces it can be hard to lay everything out. Make sure that you have a table big enough for the entire game, all of the pieces, and a space for you and your friends to play. The game starts out as a group of survivors who are wanting to keep the zombies at bay and survive. There are a lot of different characters that you can play, different missions to play so that each game is different, as well as different objectives each time. This makes the game very entertaining because once you learn how to play, you can pick and choose how you want to play it every time. It is almost endless the different ways that you can play.
The Pros: There are several things that I love about this game. The main one being is that each player draws to have their own objective so even if the group wins, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you win. You have to complete your own objective no matter what in order to win. I love that because it really digs deep into how it would be in real life. Yes, you’d be in a group fighting for survival, but that doesn’t mean that everyone would have the same ideas. Another pro I like is the addition of the betrayer. The player who has this card has the objective to make the whole group fail and to make themselves win. They do this by lying, saying they’re gathering supplies when they aren’t, hoarding supplies, and just giving bad advice to where the other players get eaten by zombies. I love this role because I am a terrible person and I love screwing people over in games.
The cons: too many pieces. The game is so large and has so many pieces, that seems overwhelming. I’ve run through the game several times not and still haven’t used every piece yet. Another con is that the rule book looks like a novel and for new board game players, it can be very confusing and may discourage them from sitting down and taking the time to learn it.
All in all, I freaking love this game. I am an avid tabletop gamer and will try any horror related board game. I can spend hours playing with my friends, doing different objectives, and screwing each other over. It is an absolute blast and I recommend this game to anyone who has a love of horror as well as board games. Until next time, stay scared.
Kenzie Kordic is a young author who strives to create truly scary stories. Kenzie has been obsessed with the horror genre for as long as she’s been able to read. She has written numerous short stories as well as working on a novel. She can be found watching horror movies with her pup.