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DEAD SCARE is a tabletop roleplaying game by women, about women and children killing zombies in McCarthy-era America. It's based on Apocalypse World by Vincent Baker, and combines subverted 1950s American idealism with a blood-spattered zombie apocalypse. 

It began when President Truman was the first public target of a Russian bio-weapon the Russkies designed to turn people into flesh-eating zombies. Everyone watched it on TV that night, and nothing in the good ol' US of A will be the same ever again.

How will you defend yourself when the shambling dead break down your white picket fence?

If your husband is a cop, there's a revolver in your nightstand. What do you do when your husband isn't a cop and your nightstand is empty?

Your ad man or professor husband sure provided for you before, but what are you going to do now that it's just you and the kids and something wants in?

There are weapons all around you, you just never thought about your household goods that way.

Your knitting needles are spears. 

Your kitchen knives are good for more than slicing chicken. Though you probably don't want zombie meat for your casserole or hotdish. 

Even that old vacuum can find new life as a zombie killing death dealer.

And the kids? They're not powerless either.

Junior's finally going to have a use for all that batting practice. 

Little Sally's jump rope can make a zombie snare. 

You're all in this together. 

Defend yourselves. 
Fight back. 
Don't give up. 

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Bryce G July 09, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Adding a bookmark or Table of Contents heading for the Playbooks would be a good idea. It took me ages to find them and I was starting to think they were just missing somehow. Other than that, great concept, fun (for certain values of fun -- it's understandably dark, given how awful the 50s were for everyone who wasn't an adult, able-bodied, neurotypical, cishet white man and then having zombies dumped on top of that) content, all around nice.
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Bryce G July 09, 2017 6:53 pm UTC
The role of trans people at this point in US history is... interesting. It was just starting to emerge... but the concept was fairly new to the US and it'd be a while yet before there was a clear and definite distinction between trans people and crossdressers, even within their communities. (The word "transsexual" first entered English in 1949, "transgender" in the mid 1960s)

I... admit I'm a little disappointed that this didn't get any time in the book, but there's a lot to cover and this is (not accidentally) a fairly arcane topic. (Even I had to look up a bit to correct my original version of the post, and I'm actually trans)
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Brian S February 22, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
Hey everybody.

My wife and I were really excited about this game when we first heard about it. She was planning on DMing for her first time and we thought that this would be perfect given that I (as a youngish white male) would have no idea how to DM this particular setting.

We were both extreamly disappointed with the end result and I would like to discuss getting a refund.

I don't want to trash the work publicly so please let me know how I can contact you to get this resolved.
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Justin D February 15, 2017 1:12 pm UTC
Thanks, ladies, for the ambiguously unpleasant to outright hostile replies to my sincere question. So, allow me to rephrase:

Is your 2017 game inspired by another that was announced in 2015 but didn't (as yet) release, thereby making the latter a perfect target to shamelessly rip off?


If it's simply a matter of convergent evolution, awesome. And the game sounds delightful, hence me asking about its source of potential inspiration. But a recommendation: thin skin should really only apply to the zombies.
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Tracy B February 16, 2017 7:39 pm UTC
DEAD SCARE was conceived before Aberford. We became aware of Aberford while our Kickstarter was going on. We reached out to their dev team to see about cross-promoting, but we never heard back. The two projects are wholly unrelated, otherwise.
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Justin D February 16, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Thank you for the reply!

I was completely oblivious to the Kickstarter (which should be obvious by this point), and did some digging. So, convergent evolution it is!

In the spirit of mending fences, I just bought the PDF. Any chance of it going to POD at some point?

Sorry for the knocking noses out of joint, ladies.
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Stephanie B February 14, 2017 4:21 pm UTC
Except this one was developed earlier, has a different premise and focus.... and got funded.
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Justin D February 14, 2017 6:41 am UTC
Is this a tribute to 'Aberford', the as-unreleased computer game about, well, everything you described?
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Amber V February 14, 2017 4:26 pm UTC
How could you make a tribute to a game that was never released and was announced after yours was in development? Time travel shenanigans?
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Kathryn M February 14, 2017 4:48 pm UTC
Wow this un-released computer game seems to have been inspired by Dead Scare.
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