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Zombicide: Undead or Alive takes the hit board game series to the Wild West

CMON’s crowdfunding campaign ranks among the year’s largest

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Computer renders of Western-themed miniatures forma protective circle in the face of a zombie assault. Image: CMON
Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Tabletop game maker CMON has less than two days to go in its crowdfunding campaign for Zombicide: Undead or Alive, the latest installment in an action-packed board game series that dates back nearly a decade. So far, the effort has raised more than $2.6 million, ranking it among the top-performing tabletop Kickstarter campaigns of 2021. There’s also a ton of stretch goals now on offer — including 49 exclusive hero miniatures. Delivery date is set for March 2022.

Even if you were just looking to nab a ton of great Western-themed minis, it’s worth a look.

The Zombicide franchise dates back to the dawn of the modern board game renaissance. It’s a relaxed cooperative brawler for one to six, where players must work together in order to make it off the map alive. Characters increase their power throughout the game based on how many of the undead they’ve managed to put down, and the map is shot through with powerful loot and consumables.

Undead or Alive is on the pricey side at $100. The base game comes with 88 figures, including a mounted Gatling gun, plus all the double-sided tiles, cards, and tokens needed to play. It also includes the new, all-plastic sideboard — now a standard for the franchise — which makes managing your health and other stats a breeze.

The highest pledge level tops out at $240, and includes a steampunk campaign expansion. There are also loads of additional add-ons, like high-end dice. Expect to spend at least a bit of time on the campaign’s pledge manager to sort things out once the smoke clears. The campaign runs through March 10 on Kickstarter.

CMON has a long history with crowdfunding, and with Kickstarter in particular. This is the company’s 45th campaign on that platform, and when it’s over it will have raised more than $70 million from nearly half a million backers. We’ve included the history of CMON’s Kickstarter efforts in the table below.

CMON’s wins on Kickstarter through Feb. 2021

Title Backer dollars raised Number of backers Date
Title Backer dollars raised Number of backers Date
Zombicide $781,597 5,258 May 2012
Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster $951,254 4,278 June 2012
Relic Knights $909,537 3,459 September 2012
Guilds of Cadwallon $116,938 2,955 December 2012
Rivet Wars $582,316 2,464 February 2013
Zombicide: Season 2 $2,255,018 8,944 March 2013
Kaosball $356,752 1,896 June 2013
Wrath of Kings $718,152 3,756 September 2013
Arcadia Quest $774,222 4,885 March 2014
Dogs of War $66,703 1,139 May 2014
Xenoshyft Onslaught $242,832 3,367 June 2014
Zombicide: Season 3 $2,849,064 12,011 July 2014
CoolMiniOrNot Base System Featuring Micro Art Studio $88,259 1,239 October 2014
The World of Smog: On Her Majesty’s Service $101,351 1,770 November 2014
Rum & Bones $739,513 4,417 December 2014
Blood Rage $905,682 9,825 March 2015
B-Sieged: Sons of the Abyss $567,350 4,774 May 2015
Zombicide: Black Plague $4,079,204 20,915 July 2015
The Others: 7 Sins $1,464,489 10,136 October 2015
Arcadia Quest: Inferno $1,710,713 9,991 December 2015
Xenoshyft: Dreadmire $383,406 4,398 January 2016
Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia $1,010,958 10,862 March 2016
Rum & Bones: Second Tide $947,864 5,794 April 2016
Massive Darkness $3,560,642 22,361 July 2016
The World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch $1,174,130 7,892 February 2017
Rising Sun $4,228,060 31,262 April 2017
Zombicide: Green Horde $5,004,614 27,236 June 2017
A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game $1,690,466 9,040 August 2017
Hate $1,469,489 10,227 February 2018
Zombicide: Invader $3,352,208 18,486 May 2018
Arcadia Quest: Riders $316,018 5,272 May 2018
Cthulhu: Death May Die $2,412,286 15,831 July 2018
Starcadia Quest $935,956 6,503 September 2018
Project: Elite $634,782 5,367 November 2018
Blood Rage Digital $769,503 11,213 December 2018
Munchkin Dungeon $701,618 6,444 February 2019
Bloodborne: The Board Game $4,013,731 23,986 May 2019
Trudvang Legends $1,492,714 11,808 August 2019
CMON Time Machine $296,056 11,306 September 2019
Zombicide: 2nd Edition $3,410,084 21,735 November 2019
Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game $430,154 6,318 December 2019
Marvel United $2,866,168 21,290 March 2020
Ankh: Gods of Egypt $3,320,196 23,386 May 2020
CMON Comics -- Vol. 1 $501,632 12,261 June 2020
Massive Darkness 2: Hellscape $3,813,274 21,763 August 2020
Totals: $68,996,955 469,520
Average: $1,401,422 9,302
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Zombicide: Black Plague

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This version of Zombicide rolls the clock back to the time of the bubonic plague in Europe. Expect lots of action and plenty of miniatures, many of which would look great in a game with any similar time period.