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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Zombie Ninja Pirates

Zombie Ninja Pirates is a card game published by Gozer Games. In the game you are trying to become zombies, ninjas, pirates, and mad scientist while collecting objects that will award you points. The game is looking to be for 2 to 6 players of ages 13 and up. It is reported to take around 20-30 minutes to play and is retailing at $17.95. has recently written a full article on the game, but here is the basic gameplay:

The game is fairly simple: shuffle all the cards (Types, Objects and Actions) into one deck, deal out five to each player and then shuffle the “End Game” card into the bottom third of the deck. On each turn, you do the following:

1. Play an Action or Object from your hand (required)

2. Use an Object from the table in front of you (optional)

3. Discard up to 2 cards (optional)

4. Draw back up to five cards
If you can’t or don’t want to play an Action or Object from your hand in Step 1, then you discard your entire hand and draw five new cards.

To become a Type (such as a Zombie) you need to have either an Action or Object card which allows you to become one. For example, a Bite card can turn you into a Zombie—as long as you also have the Zombie card in your hand. Objects are played on the table in front of you and their worth is dependent on what Types you currently are. Some objects can be played (and discarded) for additional effects—the Sword can be used to steal an object if you’re a ninja.

Of course, it wouldn’t be any fun if you couldn’t mess with other players, right? There are various cards which allow you to steal or discard objects, and there are Actions that will let you remove somebody’s Type. Monologuing, for instance, removes the Mad Scientist Type. There are also Internal Conflict cards which force somebody to choose between, say, a Ninja and a Pirate.

When the “End Game” card turns up, then each player gets one more turn, and then you add up the points in front of you. Type cards are worth five points each (you can only have one of each type) and Objects are worth their face value (generally, between -3 and +3 points).

This looks like it could be a fun diversion for teens and adults alike. To view the whole article and learn more about the game, you can view the article by clicking here. With that being said, I want your opinions below on some of your favorite card games, or games that include zombies.

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