Maybe I just misread the rules. I've gone over it in play, and now again before doing another minicomic talking about my issues with some pictures for quick reference. (I like pictures. They are shiny.)
(Y'all know the click for bigger drill by now.)
Yeah. This game for 60 bucks is a complete disaster. Its limited in scope, overly luck dependent, missing obvious and important rule situations, got a totally borked set of timing for events, and the game's design makes it possible you will lose just due to a bad Zombie card draw.
Heck, the scenarios don't even list partial victories! Just all or nothing for the most part!
If this was a 5-10 dollar print and play PDF game or a 15-20 dollar minibox game ala the old Steve Jackson games I would say its a fun little diversion for what it is, and any flaws could easily be houseruled.
But as a 60 dollar game I have been waiting for since preordering in July 2008? INEXCUSABLE.
Thick cardboard mapsheets that have tears in them just by virtue of being thick cardboard folded. The fact that you have 4 maps but you can't even use all 4 sides at once due to them being double sided. Lock N Load's first game used thin laminated cardboard sheets that were single sided allowing for lots of fun scenarios. (And it was only a 35-40 dollar game. With 5 sheets each almost as big as one of these mapboards.)
Yay a full color big manual. That's missing obvious information, has such loose timing rules its almost a complete mess, and not even enough scenarios to justify the price even if the rules were totally clear!
I mean, the rules don't even have SCALE information listed in them. This is something nearly every hex n chit game has in them!
This game WASTED money on high production values instead of gameplay, what really matters. Yes, the counters are great and the maps do look really pretty.
But the game is so lacking its not even funny.
Its an ok play if you aren't paying for it, but as someone who did, I feel cheated honestly. For any sad sack unlucky enough to pay full MSRP plus shipping you are getting cheated, AND Lock N Load is repeatedly punching you in the groin.
Maybe a FAQ will fix the rules queries, but for a game in development this long it should be AIR. TIGHT.