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Comprehensive List of Adversaries

Types of Zombies
  • Armored Brute, p.86, HF
    Blow Fish Zombie (swims), p.28, DP
    Bug Boy (covered in bugs), p.14, DP
    Cannibal Muncher, p.91, HF
    Chained Zombies (wired together), p.9, ED
    Crawlers, p.40, DR
    Dead Mound Giant, p.93, HF
    Dead Weight Zombie, p.97, HF
    Fast Attack Zombies, p.43, DR
    Fast-Slow Zombie, p.7, ED
    Flesh-Eating Zombie, p.45, DR
    Fused Zombie (physically fused together), p.8, ED
    Impersonator Zombie (a human voice), p.25, DP
    Juggernaut (big, muscular), p.39, CG
    Kidnapper Zombie, p.100, HF
    Live Wire/Wailing Wall Zombie, p.63, ED
    Mock Zombies (thinks it’s alive), p.50, DR
    Multi-Zombies (multiple limbs), p.9, ED
    Parasite Juggernaut (weird, massive), p.11, ED
    Pattern Zombies, p.53, DR
    Pretty Zombie (looks alive), p.42, CG
    Screamer Zombie, p.102, HF
    Seeker Zombie, p.105, HF
    Sewer Crawlers (climb and swim), p.23, DP
    Shopper Zombie, p.108, HF
    Silent Sloucher (doesn’t moan), p.13, ED
    Slouchers (most common), p.38, DR
    Spare-Parts Thinker (blades & metal parts), p.14, ED
    Swimmer Zombie, p.114, HF
    Terror Zombie, p.46, FTR
    Thinkers (alert & aware), p.47, DR
    Toxic Zombie, p.117, HF
    Trash Crawler (hides among trash), p.40, CG
    Twin Speedster Zombies (Fused Fast Zombies), p.16, ED
    Vandal Zombie, p.121, HF
    Walking Grave (many zombies fused together), p.17, ED
    Worm Meat (poisonous bite, disease, larvae), p.19, DP
Dangerous People & Villains
  • Retro-Savages (NPC Villains), p.60, DR
    Terror Cults (NPC Villains), p.62, DR
    Random Terror Cult Leader Table, p.63, DR
    Death Cults (NPC Villains), p.64, DR
    Death Priest (NPC Villain), p.68, DR
    Backstabbing Cretin, p.10, CG
    Bandits, p.26, CG
    Bandit: Con Artist, p.27, CG
    Bandit: Thief, p.27, CG
    Bandit: Thug, p.27, CG
    Messianic Leaders, p.11, CG
    Messianic: Doomsayer, p.13, CG
    Messianic: God’s Avenger, p.12, CG
    Messianic: God’s Chosen People, p.13, CG
    Paranoid, p.22, CG
    Paranoid Survivalist, p.23, CG
    Psychopathic Killer, p.18, CG
    Raiders, p.28, CG
    Raider: Assassin, p.29, CG
    Raider: Driver, p.29, CG
    Raider: Thug/Gang Banger, p.29, CG
    Raider: Militia, p.30, CG
    Zombie Deathbringer, p.19, CG
    Zombie Lover, p.15, CG
    Zombie Lover, Deluded, p.16, CG
    Zombie Master, p.14, CG
    Mr. Bananas & Mr. Kong (NPC Villain), p.72, HF
    Skull Rider (NPC Villain), p.75, HF
    23 Disasters, p.30, HF
Deranged Heroes
  • Ghost Walker (Hermits), p.8, CG
    Zombie Killing Maniac, p.20, CG
    Masked Lunatics (NPCs), p.55, HF
    Brimstone (NPC Hero), p.55, HF
    Fire (NPC Hero), p.59, HF
    Dead Rats Gang (NPC Heroes), p.61, HF
    Dead Rats (Player Characters), p.63, HF
    Mr. I Am No More, p.156, HF
    Snoose (NPC Hero), p.66, HF
    Zombie Cop (NPC Hero), p.70, HF
Sources
  • DR: Dead Reign RPG
    CG: Civilization Gone Sourcebook
    DP: Dark Places Sourcebook
    ED: Endless Dead Sourcebook
    FTR: Fear the Reaper Sourcebook
    HF: Hell Followed Sourcebook
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Pain Penalties
Penalties are cumulative. This makes sense when you think about it. How many times do we see a hero in the movies who's all banged up by the end, and can't fight nearly as well as he could in the beginning of the story? These optional rules are to simulate that effect.
Leg
  • Minor damage to a leg will reduce speed by 20%.
    Significant damage to a leg will reduce speed by 50%; -1 on initiative, -10% on skill performance.
    Major damage to a leg will reduce speed by 75%; -2 on initiative, to roll and to dodge, - 20% on skill performance.
Head, Hand or Arm
  • Minor damage to head, hand or arm will reduce skill performance by 10%.
    Significant damage to head, hand or arm will reduce skill performance by 30%; -1 to strike or parry.
    Major damage to head, hand or arm will reduce skill performance by 60%; -2 to strike, parry, dodge and roll.
Main Body
  • Minor damage to the main body: -1 on initiative.
    Significant damage to main body: -1 on initiative, - 1 to strike, parry, dodge and -10% on skill performance.
    Major damage to main body: -3 on initiative, -3 to strike, parry, dodge, and roll; -20% on skill performance. Double rate of blood loss.
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A Zombie’s Bite is Dangerous

Likelihood of Infection
  • 01-10% when the wound is treated promptly, thoroughly and properly, as described above, as well as kept clean for that initial week.
  • 01-33% when the wound is initially treated, but care is not continued or is poorly administered, or the wound is exposed to unsanitary conditions afterward.
  • 01-40% when the wound is not cleaned well or is poorly treated (no antiseptic or clean bandages) in the first place, or if the bandages are changed but not as often as required, or bandages are swapped out with torn pieces of cloth/rags rather than medical bandages, or when changed under dirty conditions in the field.
  • 01-65% chance for infection if the wound is not cleaned and treated within the first hour of getting it, but is treated within 24 hours.
  • 01-80% likelihood of infection if the wound is barely attended to at all initially, or if cleaning and follow-up treatment after the initial cleaning is not maintained daily.
  • 01-96% Infection is a near certainty when the wound is not treated, or just bandaged and ignored.
Infection Symptoms and Penalties
  • 01-20% Mild Infection: The arm aches and the wound has areas that ooze pus and are nasty looking. If not properly treated in the next 48 hours it will turn into a Severe Infection. Proper treatment requires antibiotics, removal of the pus, thorough re-cleaning, new clean bandages and regular care and cleaning as noted previously.
  • 21-40% Severe Infection: The wound is pus-filled and terrible looking, and the area around it is red, swollen, and hurts to the touch. The victim has low fever that spikes several degrees when the character exerts himself.
    • Penalties: -1 on initiative, -2 on Perception Rolls, -1 on all combat rolls, and -10% on the performance of any skill.
    • Note: Requires immediate and thorough treatment, and because it got so bad, it takes 1D6+7 additional days to get the infection under control and the wound to start to heal properly. During that time all penalties remain in force. Bed rest is suggested, but not necessary. Keeping the wound clean is required. If the wound is exposed to filth or is left untreated, it worsens in 1D4+1 days to one of the following:
      • 01-35% Severe Infection and Muscle Damage.
      • 36-70% Gangrene.
      • 71-00% Zombie Rot.
  • 41-60% Severe Infection and Muscle Damage: Same as Severe Infection, above, plus the wound has grown in size by 50% and deeper, down into the muscle tissue. This results in a loss of strength in that limb, and the entire limb aches, from fingers to shoulder (or toes to hip).
    • Penalties: Same penalties as Severe Infection, above, plus the P.S. and P.P. (or P.S. and Spd if a foot or leg) of the infected limb are reduced by half. If a hand or arm, adjust P.S., P.S. damage bonuses and P.P. bonuses to strike, parry and dodge accordingly. Furthermore, skills requiring aiming (reduce usual bonuses by one quarter), or manual dexterity and/or hand or arm strength are performed with a penalty of -20%; this includes most Electrical, Mechanical, Medical, Physical, Rogue and Wilderness skills. If a foot or leg, adjust the P.S. and Spd accordingly reduce Spd by 25%, -2 to dodge, and skills that require leg strength, sure-footedness, or stealth, such as Climb, Prowl, Swimming and Tailing, are -20%.
    • Note: Requires immediate and thorough treatment, and because it got so badly infected, it takes 2D4+10 additional days to get the infection under control and the wound to start to heal properly. During that time all penalties remain in force. Bed rest is suggested, but not necessary. Keeping the wound clean is required. If the wound is exposed to filth or is left untreated, it worsens in 1D4+1 days. Double all penalties and reduce S.D.C. by half, and Hit Points are -1D6+10. Left untreated, this individual will require amputation of his limb or he will die. The character loses 1D4 Hit Points every day the wound is left untreated or not properly cared for. Bed rest and professional medical care for one week are strongly suggested.
  • 61-80% Gangrene: The wound is ulcerated, parts of it look as if it is rotting, it has grown to three times its original size, the entire limb is red, swollen, feels hard and is painful to the touch. The infection has spread into the blood and the character is feverish and feels weak.
    • Penalties: -4 on initiative, -5 on Perception Rolls, reduce Spd and all combat bonuses by half, including W.P. bonuses, and -25% on the performance of any skill. If a hand or arm is gangrenous, the limb hangs limp and any skills that require the use of that limb take great effort, twice as long, and are performed with an additional penalty of -25% (that’s a total skill penalty of -50%); this includes most Electrical, Mechanical, Medical, Physical, Rogue and Wilderness skills. If a foot or leg is gangrenous, the limb is numb, can barely move, and the character walks with an obvious and painful limp. Reduce Spd by 75%, -5 to dodge, and skills that require leg strength, sure-footedness, or stealth, such as Climb, Prowl, Swimming and Tailing, are -50%.
    • Note: Requires immediate and thorough treatment, and because it got so bad, it takes 3D4+12 additional days to get the infection under control and the wound to start to heal properly. During that time all penalties remain in force. Hospitalization and bed rest during that time are strongly suggested! If the wound is exposed to filth or is left untreated, it worsens in 1D4+1 days. At that point, the limb must be amputated of the victim will die. Amputation puts the character into a coma and the player must roll to Save vs Coma and Death.
  • 81-00% Zombie Rot: The wound closes and seems to heal, but the flesh and muscle underneath the skin rots away to create a pus-filled pocket four times larger than the wound’s original size. Furthermore, the entire limb turns pale green and feels cold to the touch, like that of a corpse. The character suffers from intermittent numbness and shooting pain in the infected limb, and from a low, but constant fever.
    • Penalties: -4 on initiative, -2 on Perception Rolls, reduce P.S., P.E., and Spd attributes by 30%; adjust bonuses accordingly. Also reduce S.D.C. by half, Hit Points by 20%, and -15% on the performance of any skill. All penalties remain in effect until the wound starts to heal. Left untreated it only gets worse and has terrible consequences.
    • Note: To heal requires the pus-filled mass to be lanced (cut open) and then all the green pus squeezed out. This is incredibly painful and inflicts 3D6+2 points of damage direct to Hit Points. The wound must then be cleaned and treated as usual, with proper follow up care. Since it got so bad, it takes 2D4+10 additional days to get the wound to heal properly. During that time all penalties remain in force, and Hit Points and S.D.C. lost to infection do not heal until the infection is brought under control the wound starts to heal. Hospitalization and bed rest during that time are strongly suggested! If the wound is exposed to filth or is left untreated, it worsens in 1D4+1 days. At that point, the character collapses into a coma and the player must roll to Save vs Coma and Death. If the character survives, roll on the following table for permanent side effects.
      • 01-10% Lucked out, no permanent damage.
      • 11-25% Emotional trauma, roll for one random Phobia and the character is -1 to save vs Horror Factor and Insanity.
      • 26-40% Permanently reduce Spd attribute by 10%.
      • 41-60% Permanently reduce P.B. attribute by 10%.
      • 61-75% Permanently reduce S.D.C. by 20%.
      • 76-90% Permanently reduce P.E. attribute by 10% and the character is -2 to save vs infectious disease.
      • 91-00% Becomes a Half-Living! Provided the G.M. allows it. If not, re-roll.
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[table=][tr][td=align=center valign=center colspan=4]Combat vs Zombies[/td][/tr]

[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Ranged Strike Rolls[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Results[/td][/tr]
[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Natural 1[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Critical Failure![/td][/tr]
[td=align=center valign=center](Within 60') 2-4[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Miss[/td][/tr]
[tr][td=align=center valign=center](Beyond 60') 5-8[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Miss[/td][/tr]
[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Successful Strike from 5-14[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Hit, but no damage[/td][/tr]
[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Successful Strike from 15-20[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Hit, roll for damage[/td][/tr]
[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Natural 20[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Critical Strike! Double Damage![/td][/tr]

[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Melee Strike Rolls[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Results[/td][/tr]
[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Natural 1[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Critical Failure![/td][/tr]
[td=align=center valign=center]2-4[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Miss[/td][/tr]
[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Successful Strike from 5-14[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Hit, but no damage[/td][/tr]
[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Successful Strike from 15-20[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Hit, roll for damage[/td][/tr]
[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Natural 20[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Critical Strike! Double Damage![/td][/tr]
[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Called Shots[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Results[/td][/tr]
[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Target: Limbs[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Same as standard strike rolls[/td][/tr]
[td=align=center valign=center]Target: Head or Neck[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Natural 5-20 required to strike; Natural 20 does triple damage![/td][/tr]
[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Decapitation[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Neck S.D.C. reduced to zero[/td][/tr]
[tr][td=align=center valign=center]Head-shot Instant Kill[/td]
[td=align=center valign=center]Damage from a single attack is 3x the head's S.D.C.[/td][/tr][/table]

Zombie Resistances
  • Melee Attacks: -80% damage
  • Cutting weapons: full damage
  • Stabbing weapons: -50% damage +60% chance weapon gets stuck (lose initiative & 1 APM in order to extract)
  • Blunt Weapons: full damage
  • Low Caliber Guns (to .38 & bird/buckshot): -50% damage, -90% damage to head & neck
  • Other Caliber Guns: full damage
  • Shotguns & Heavy Weapons: shotgun slugs, dum-dum rounds, hollow/soft-point rounds, explosive bullets, do full damage
Zombies & Fire
Fire: Horror Factor of 16 to Zombies
  • Will keep zombies at bay 1D4+4' from source of fire.
Zombies lit on fire berserk against their attacker.
  • Zombies on fire do +1D6 (fire) damage per strike to their targets or 3D6 (fire) damage per melee if grappled.
  • 80% chance to ignite character's clothes if grappled while aflame resulting in an additional +3D6 (fire) damage per melee from burning clothes.
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