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Run Fight or Die Reloaded did not disappoint with its intensity and in your face zombie mayhem.

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MeepleGamers

8.5/10

Publisher: Grey Fox Games


Designer: Richard Launius


Designer: Jason Maxwell


Artist: RyanJamesArt


Game Type: Push Your Luck


Game Type: Dice


Initial Year of Release: 2019


Age Range: 14+


Expected Playtime: 20-40


Number of Players: 1-4

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Theme and What is it?


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The zombie hoard was upon your town before you even knew what was happening. Everywhere you ran you saw more zombies and many looked like people you knew. You try not to think about that. Right now you have to survive. You have to keep going. You also feel like you need to help others before they become zombies. You have always been a natural leader and now is the time to take control of this situation. You will find weapons and start to gather those who are not infected. There has to be somewhere safe. It is your duty to find that place. Now is the time to take action. You have three choices…Run, Fight or Die.

Run Fight Or Die Reloaded is a dice rolling/push your luck game for 1-4 players.

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Gameplay Mechanics


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To begin, each player selects a character or is randomly assigned one. Characters have special abilities that activate on certain dice rolls. Next, each character is given a zombie board. This is where the hoard moves toward you. There are three sections of this board and zombies are always moving toward you. If they pass through all three sections and get to your player board, you take a damage.

Turns are as follows:

  1. Action Phase – Player rolls six dice and can reroll up to two more times. If a player rolls a zombie face, that dice is locked and cannot be rerolled. There are gun and bat dice faces that allow you to wipe out zombies on your board or damage the mutant zombie (more on that later). There is an exploration face that lets you move through locations (reaching a certain location is one way to win the game). There is a search face that lets you grab loot and new followers.

Players can use any dice face and rolling multiple of the same face will offer better outcomes. If a player ever rolls 5 or 6 zombies then the mutant zombie is activated. 

  1. Mutant Phase – If the mutant zombie has been activated by either a roll of the dice or a location condition, players must do this phase until the mutant zombie has been eliminated. Its health is based on the number of players and can be damaged with gun rolls. Players collect points for doing damage to and eliminating the mutant zombie. During the Mutant Phase the player draws a Mutant card and resolves its effects. 
  1. Advance Zombie Phase – Zombies on the players board all move up one section and new zombies are added to the furthest section of the board. Any zombies that move onto the player board deal damage to the player or to one of the player’s followers (player’s choice).

Play continues until either one player dies from wounds, the mutant zombie has been defeated enough times to have no remaining life tokens or a player reaches a certain location by finding it in the location deck. The player with the most points wins the game, unless the player with the most points was the player that died and ended the game. A dead player can’t win. That just makes real life sense.

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Initial Impressions


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Right when I saw the cover, I was intrigued by Run Fight or Die Reloaded. I am a big zombie fan. Especially old school zombie lore, not this zombie stuff my kids watch on the Disney Channel. Zombies that eat you alive. 

Run Fight or Die Reloaded did not disappoint with its intensity and in your face zombie mayhem.

Rules were straight forward. One issue I noticed quickly was that the rules would mention section 1 or section 3 on the zombie board. The section it was talking about was actually the opposite. So if it said section 1 in the rulebook it meant section 3 on the board and vice versa. It was easy to see and make adjustments, we just always had to remember that because it showed up on cards too. Other than that, it was easy to learn and teach.

From start to finish it was a nail-biting good time.

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Game Build Quality


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High quality components from the box to the boards and the tokens. The little zombie minis are plastic and look really cool. The minis are the best components. When they start stacking up on the zombie board in front of you, it gets intimidating. 

Overall, I give the build very high marks.

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Artistic Direction


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I really love the art. It has its own flair but stays true to the zombie genre that I enjoy. The characters and followers are all very strong. You can see their strengths and weaknesses right when you look at their pictures. The whole theme comes together wonderfully. From the player boards to the zombie board and the follower cards to the location cards. Everything has a purpose and the art reflects that. It draws players in and makes the game even more intense.

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Fun Factor


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Run Fight Or Die Reloaded is such great fun because you are fighting for your life the entire time. It almost feels unrelenting, which I am sure a real zombie apocalypse feels like (I haven’t actually lived through one). There is a semi-cooperative aspect to the game. You are all trying to survive but at the same time trying to get the most points to win the game. It is a great dynamic. As players roll their dice, you don’t want them to roll too well, but you also don’t want them to get overrun or summon the mutant zombie. We have played a couple times now and each play has been different because so much of the outcome is based on dice rolls. Sometimes they hit in your favor and other times your brains are zombie food way before you wanted them to be.

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Age Range & Weight


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Run Fight Or Die Reloaded is recommended for 14+. After some convincing, I talked my 8 and 11-year-old into playing. Like I said, they think zombies should be like they are on the Disney Channel. The art did freak them out at first. But I walked through everything with them and they were comfortable with it. My 11-year-old has done very well with the game. My 8 year old, not so much. He is always zombie bait. He doesn’t have the foresight to clear off his zombie board early and they always overrun him and munch, munch is all his character hears.

The game is very challenging and does require a bit of higher-level strategizing to end in a way without dying. I feel like long-time gamers will enjoy this as well as newcomers. It is not hard to learn, but it is tough to complete a game without someone being zombie food. 

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Conclusions


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Each time I have been able to get Run Fight Or Die Reloaded to the table it has been a great experience. The game moves quickly and the intensity is always high. A player can think they are doing OK and then have a swarm of zombies headed for them before they know it. You will always be on the edge of your seat.

Because of this and because the gameplay is really great, I have no problem giving a recommendation for Run Fight Or Die Reloaded. While it may not be the best family game night option (unless you love zombies), it is a great game night option when playing with people that are OK with the zombie genre. The action and uncertainty are always there and one dice roll or card draw can be the end of you.

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