Kinketsu Posted December 9, 2010 Share Posted December 9, 2010 Die2Nite I'm seein' cemetery photos of my peers Conversatin' like they still here, if I die tonight Yes, sorry this is not a reimagining of Mr. T.A Shakur's lovely ditty, but rather a browser based zombie game which got a good write up on RPS a wee while ago. I know "browser based zombie game" is about as played out a concept as we've seen recently, but this one makes a really subtle change of focus. Rather than being a rather lonely experience, wandering around hoping to survive, Die2Nite starts you off in a community of 39 other people. You are thrown together in a defensible village with other strangers in your rough timezone and expected to make the best go of it you can. Every night your village will be attacked by the zombie horde outside at midnight. Every moment apart from that you are free to use your action points to venture outside and scavenge, build up the defenses and facilities of the village, or just wank about and cry. Everyone in the village can have their own house (TENT, please new players, TENT!) and all share from the limited and dwindling reserves of building material, survival equipment, weapons and most of all, water. All players can communicate with each other through a simple mini-forum unique to each town. There you can plan what should happen, communicate with other players about expeditions and so on. There are a ton of group activities. Everything built needs people to sacrifice action points to work on it. If you use your action points, you can't get more until tomorrow, unless you eat food, drink water or take drugs. However, supplies of all of these are limited. Everything building takes resources, wood, metal, bolts, that need to be scavenged by people venturing outside. These people also need food and water to go out and come back. Plus, everything hangs under a huge real time clock, underlined by the gate. The gate needs to be opened to let anyone out. That's easy enough, someone opens it in the morning, no zombies, no fuss. The gate can be opened and closed at anytime however. It cannot be opened from the outside. This leads to 2 problems. Someone has to be there at night to lock it, or some twat could lock it at a terrible time, leaving loads of people outside to be devoured, with everyone inside out of the 1 AP needed to open it! This is exactly what happened to me in my first night. I went out, scavenged, brought everything back, gave it in to the communal bank. Took a drink, spent all my AP on building what we are building. Model citizen. Then, some absolute bastard locked the door. Someone else opened it, but then he locked it again! I missed the lockings as I was away doing other stuff and eventually fell asleep. Woke up to speak on Skype to someone and thought I'd log in, about thirty minutes before the zombie attack (they are actually a good few hours off my time) to see all the outside folk going fucking mental on the in-game forum. The only answer was to take a drug to give me back AP (I was safe inside) to reopen the doors, although that ran the risk of me being addicted. Luckily I wasn't. I opened the doors, everyone got back in safe and we voted to shun the crazy bastard locking the gate. As an outcast, he is still alive, but he has no say in our business and can't steal any of our stuff. However, this social aspect, with communication, common interests, selfish people and suspicions kind of reminds me of the forum Mafiascum type games mixed with a kind of mass Fallout atmosphere. To me, this is what elevates Die2Nite above other games of the rough genre. I'm sorry if there was already a thread, I couldn't find any mention in local or google search, but I'd say it's well worth a go. It used to be invitation only but it's open to all right now. Sign up and give it a try! 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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