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Dead Panic

Game Info


Number of players: 2-6
Ages: 13 and up
Time to play: 90 minutes
Suggested Price: $39.95
Stock Number: 1003



2013 Father Geek Seal of Approval

Designed By: Justin De Witt

The unbelievable is happening! The dead are returning to life and attacking the living! You and your teammates have fought your way to the woods and found shelter in an abandoned hunting Cabin. While the dead claw hungrily at the walls, you search the Cabin for useful items and weapons to defend yourselves.

Can you work together to fight the Zombies while collecting radio pieces to call for rescue? Fail to protect a teammate, and that teammate may become a Zombie and turn on you next!

Dead Panic is a cooperative strategy board game for 2 to 6 players ages 13 and up.

Players choose a character and make their stand in a remote Cabin, in the center of the board, against waves of the undead that close in from the edges of the board. Ranged weapons let players attack from a distance, but if the Zombies break through the walls, the players will have to fight them hand-to-hand. Items can give the players an advantage, but supplies are limited. If the players can work together and hold out, Survivors will bring the pieces of the radio needed to call for rescue. Once rescue arrives, it’s up to each player to leave the safety of the Cabin and make it out alive!



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Dread Central
says "Dead Panic is a wonderful co-op game. It captures the mood of the classic Night of the Living Dead setup." 4/5

Ain't It Cool News
says "In case you can't tell, I love this game."

Troll in the Corner
says "This is another good addition to the Fireside Games line-up which will see plenty of play at my table."

Dad's Gaming Addiction says Dead Panic is "Profoundly fast-paced and a heck of a lot of fun, “Dead Panic” should be a part of any serious gamer’s collection." 8/10

Let's Level Up
gives Dead Panic a 9/10 and says "You should definitely try to get it on your shelf as soon as possible, because this game is awesome!"

Father Geek
gives Dead Panic 5/5 and awards it the Seal of Approval for pleasing Child Geeks, Parent Geeks and Gamer Geeks alike!Seal of Approval

Tom Vasel of
The Dice Tower
says "I'm not a huge fan of the zombie genre, but this is one of the best ones I've played."

Initiative: Tabletop
says "The components are great in this, the rulebook is great in this, the whole gameplay is so much fun. It’s so immersive and you really have to work together.”

Obsessive Mommy
created a list of 10 Awesome Features of Dead Panic. "I never thought anxiety could be instilled from a board game,
but it is!"

Elliott Miller from
Voice of E

says, "It's very thematic and fun, even if you all get killed, which does happen a lot."

Game includes:

• Game board
• Rule book
• Cabin deck
• Event deck
• 8 Characters
• 8 player boards
• 24 Zombie tokens
• 3 Survivor tokens
• 8 Character Zombie tokens

• 12 Injury tokens
• 6 Cabin Walls
• 6 Crack tokens
• 3 Radio pieces
• 1 Rescuer token
• 1 Bait token
• 1 Zombie draw bag
• 2 6-sided dice



Eight characters are included in the game. Each one has a special ability that provides a unique advantage for the player as well as the team.

Player Boards and Tokens

If a character takes enough injuries, he or she becomes a Zombie and continues the game, now playing as one of the undead and chasing down his or her former teammates.

Zombie Player


Cabin Cards

The Cabin deck is what players draw from when they search the Cabin. In it, players wll find weapons and items that they can use to attack Zombies, repair Cabin walls, heal injuries, and more. Players can draw 1 card from the Cabin deck for 1 action on their turn, but the maximum hand size is 5 cards. The Cabin deck is not reshuffled. Once the last card is drawn, there are no more supplies left in the Cabin.

Cabin Cards


Event Cards

After all the players have performed their 2 actions, 1 Event card is drawn from the Event deck. Event cards trigger the drawing and placing of Zombie tokens onto the board and will cause various game effects to either the Zombies or the players.

Event Cards



There are 5 different kinds of Zombies that attack the players in Dead Panic. Each Zombie has its own unique ability and provides its own challenge to the players.



Survivors, Radio Pieces, and the Rescuers

In order to win the game, players must collect all 3 Radio Pieces, which are brought into play by friendly Survivor tokens. If the Survivors reach the Cabin or are killed, they drop a radio piece. The players must assemble the radio and call the Rescuers. Once called, the Rescuers will arrive in the Woods, where they will wait until the players leave the Cabin and reach the safety of the van.

Survivor Tokens, Radio Pieces, and the Rescuers

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