All Flesh Must be eaten is a zombie-themed role-playing game that offers some twists on the sort of scenarios that we see in the typical zombie film or story. One of the more interesting aspects of this game is the different worlds that it offers. Each one has its own take on a zombie apocalypse complete with custom zombies. The default setting, Rise of the Walking Dead, is the standard flesh-eating zombie invasion that one finds in a George Romero film, like Night of the Living Dead. Rebirth Into Death, on the other hand, allows the players to play the zombies. Other settings include a faith-based zombie apocalypse, a post-nuclear wasteland and Europe in 1,000 AD. One even uses creatures reminiscent of the Alien films. Most of the settings lend themselves well to short-term campaigns rather than protracted ones.
The game mechanics hinge on rolling 9 or higher on a d10 to succeed. Players add their ranks in the appropriate attributes and skills to the number rolled. Alternate mechanics for the game include the story-driven method. The total of the appropriate skills and attributes are applied directly against the difficulty number for a given obstacle. The intended direction of the scenario provides further context to the resolution.
As for character creation, players purchase attributes and skills at creation and disseminate as needed. They may also purchase specialized advantages and assume disadvantages to gain more points for character creation. Characters with supernatural powers, called inspired, are an option as well. The zombies are given attributes based on the setting used. Spreading the Love, for example, is a characteristic that determines how the zombie condition is spread--one setting is predicated on the zombies burying their victims in tainted soil to add to their numbers.
This book is a solid investment for gamers that like zombies or horror. It's a very rules-light game, and overall it works best as something to squeeze in between long campaigns in other systems, or maybe as a one-shot.
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[4 of 5 Stars!]