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Zombie Smackdown
Publisher: Eden Studios
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/13/2017 10:48:50

Zombies and wrestling seem an unlikely mix - most zombies want to eat your brains not fight as an entertainment - but somehow this works. Opening with fiction describing the entry of zombies into the pro wrestling circuit, allowing unprecidented levels of mayhem as it is just so darn hard to destroy a zombie and attracting vast TV audiences, Chapter 1: Let the Bodies Hit the Floor talks about the lasting appeal of wrestling as a spectacle and entertainment and the addition of bloodcurdling horror that throwing zombies into the ring accomplishes.

Chapter 2: Rules of the Ring provides the game mechanics you'll need to run wrestling matches including combat moves and some new archetypes. Given that a pro wrestler is an athlete, a new Character Type, the Professional Wrestler, is outlined, leaving the standard Norms, Survivors and Inspired to take the other roles in the wrestling world. This lets you build a wrestler from the bottom up, yet is still compatible with the rest of Unisystem (although remember that pro wrestlers are somewhat larger-than-life regarding their antics in the ring). Naturally this can be applied to a zombie as much as a human being - although if you've a mind to it, you have the makings of a good simulation of wrestling even without the zombies if you fancy that. For those who want to use weapons in the ring (not, of course, legal under the rules...) a selection are provided. Speaking of rules, the rules of the ring are laid out for you along with a description of a wrestling arena. There's plenty more to help you make the bouts as excitng as possible, building up the atmosphere and engaging in plenty of role-play even during a contest as well as when the contestants are out of the ring.

Then on to the settings, beginning with Chapter 3: Babes and Barbed Wire. This is the American televised wrestling circuit with all the show-biz and larger-than-life contenders we know, but with the added twist of zombies. The campaign involves a touring show with an unscrupulous owner. This is followed by Chapter 4: Legendary Masked Men which moves south of the border to explore Mexican lucha libre wrestling. As luchadores are more athlete than body-builder, the fighting styles differ as does the whole style of the campaign: more ring-based with less role-play outside of combat. The last major setting comes in Chapter 5: Land of the Undead Rising Sun, where the zombies take up Japanese-style professional wrestling, a hardcore style that makes the ones explored previously look safe, tame even. These fellows are not martial artists, they are vicious brawlers. With demonic influence beind some, they only get worse. Each provides backstory and a reason for why there are zombies around at all, as well as a cammpaign outline. A further four mini-settings are presented in Chapter 6: And in this Very Ring.

As a wrestling game alone - particularly with the American pro-wrestling setting - this provides an excellent resource, and when you add in zombies (however made) it just adds to the fun. Particularly good for a mix of no-holds-barred brawling and role-playing, that American setting is the one to go for... if it's just the combat you want, the other two are fine as well.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Zombie Smackdown
Publisher: Eden Studios
by Steven H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/19/2013 20:35:32

This is by far one of the best books of the "All Flesh Must Be Eaten" line. I am SO glad that I got this book. It is like opening a wrestling encyclopedia.

It lists every move that you can think of and gives you the ability to create more. It explains "American" wrestling from start to finish and then moves on to do the same thing with Mexican wrestling. It is wonderful, as this is the first time that I actually understood what it is that I see on the tv screen with Mexican Luchador wrestling.

You can use this book strictly for having fun wrestling matches, but adding in the Zombie factor takes it to a whole n'other level!

When it comes to the moves, I recommend creating a list of all of the moves or printing out the moves on cards so that the Player Characters can pick and choose moves, rather than be stuck trying to describe what it is that they want their wrestler to do. You'll find several pages of types of matches that you can have, more than you ever thought possible.

The book also has 4 pages of weapons that you can use to liven up your battles! They thought of everything with this book, including tossing in a couple of short stories about wrestling and wrestling with Zombies that are excellent reading.

The book also explains in depth Aztec wrestling and Japanese wrestling and even Immortal Kombat!

Admittedly, this isn't your typical Resident Evil concept, but man is it fun to play. Get a group of people together, hand out a bunch of pre-made characters and you got yourself a party! You'll be surprised at how much fun it will turn out to be.

Buy this book! You won't regret it.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Zombie Smackdown
Publisher: Eden Studios
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/30/2012 11:25:55

I was not sure what to think about this one. But I am glad I got it. I am not a fan of Professional Wrestling, but the mix of wrestling and zombies is too cool to pass up. Plus there are plenty of good rules for matches and even Luchador wrestlers. You can do your Santo-inspired character justice. Compatible with all of Eden's Classic Unisystem games.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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