For today’s blog post we’re dipping into the media community to have a chat with Tom from T&G Productions about their new content for The Walking Dead: All Out War in the form of an exciting four-player campaign!
Q) A campaign? Sounds exciting! What can you tell us?
A) Well after marking TWD battle reports for a couple of years, we’ve really developed an affinity for certain factions and characters, as well as ongoing narrative in-jokes and acts of heroism. Whether it’s Carl’s lucky hat, Shiva hitting like a damp sponge or the impeding sense of dread when someone draws There’s a Storm Comin’, we have plenty of fond moments to look back on. We wanted a way to create further opportunities for these great gaming moments as well as adding some weight to each battle and decision. So, we have four players, each with their favoured teams (Grimes Family, Greene Family, Saviours and Prisoners), battling it out in a five round (10 game) campaign for supremacy!
Q) Great! Will you be using the Fear the Hunters expansion?
A) We’ve created a slightly updated campaign document specifically for the channel, though it is certainly based heavily on the FtH expansion from Wave 5. Ideas such as the ‘campaign cards’, which add a variety of complications to battles, as well as the grid-based system and places of interest are all present. However, we have made some significant changes to add unique flavour to each crew and battle.
Q) So what has changed then?
A) Quite a bit! Firstly, we have allocated survivors and weapons to particular areas of interest, meaning players will have to gain control of these regions in order to expand their options. However, these areas are hidden by a ‘fog of war’, meaning players must roll on a table whenever they encounter a new location. One of my favourite examples is the ‘Hunting Ground’, which not only houses Chris and his vicious Hunters, but also gives players access to silenced weapons such as the crossbow and tranquiliser gun! Each area also gives an ongoing buff for your battles, with the previous example allowing you upgrade your defensive cover rolls once per game! All this feeds in nicely to the fact that any scavenged supplies picked up in battles are kept by survivors, meaning you really have to think about when you use those bandages and ammo reloads!
Q) This is all sounding incredibly thematic! Are there any other aspects that transfer between battles?
A) Survivor injuries are a big one, and something we did a lot of playtesting with. We want everyone’s favourite characters to shine but at the same time need to add a level of consequence to each loss. In order to do this, we’ve added in a few rules concerning the lasting damage of ‘kills’ and bites. Permanent death is possible during the campaign, but in general you’ll find players ‘resting’ those that have seen too much action. There are also some lasting impacts of your faction markers on the map, with walker infested zones adding to the Threat Tracker while attacks in your ‘base’ hex can trigger a specific game type called ‘Assault’ – all of which add to the ongoing struggles for control shown by the factions.
Q) So who are you taking and who are you gunning for?
A) Well I think it will come as no surprise to anyone that I’ve gone with the Prisoners – and while Dexter and his buddies might be a little less powerful than their opponents one on one, they have some excellent synergy and options for cool equipment to power them up. As we have a gentlemen’s agreement to try and equip our survivors in as much of a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) manner, the prisoners also benefit from being modelled with a variety of weapon types. As for who I’m gunning for…well, actually I might need to play avoidance in the early rounds as there are some BIG hitters in the starting crews, Negan, Shane, Rick – all with high nerve and damage potential. So my plan is to try and limit my casualties early until I can recruit a superstar leader like the Governor or Andrea from one of the points of interest.
Q) Is the campaign something that viewers can use for their own games?
A) Certainly. We have compiled the information into a primer document here for viewers to make use of. We are hoping that those who enjoy the battle reports might be spurred into running their own ongoing narratives and are welcome to make use of the format that we have produced, digging out some of those lesser-used minis (looking at you Eugene) for a run out. Additionally, after the success of this year’s Conflict event, there is definite scope for us to run a ‘campaign weekend’ with players joining forces in teams to represent factions on a larger variant of the map!
Q) Fantastic! When and where can people tune in?
A) The campaign goes live TODAY! We have an intro video and the first game uploaded with forthcoming matches uploaded into early 2020. Viewers will be able to see each map update at the end of every second video (eg. Round 1, Game 2) to see how the factions are expanding their influence and we’ll be sneaking teasers into our social media as each game is recorded.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/TGProductionsOfficial