Jason Kline

Dead… and Back

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Dead and Back is a game of survival in the face of the supernatural. It uses a dice pool system of resolution, a wound chart tracking how quickly you can run, and lets you push yourself to the limit – at the risk of turning on the other survivors. Combat is based on the power of your weapon versus the resistance of the enemy. Single zombies will go down with one or two shots, but there are rules for entire hordes as well. Furthermore, a simple set of guidelines are in place for designing your own creatures and running horror in general.

This first PDF contains only the rules. Additions to be released at a later date (hopefully soon), but until then, these rules should be flexible enough to handle whatever horror your care to throw at your players.

My envisioned setting revolves around a movement project to create undead super-soldiers to combat an alien invasion that goes horribly wrong. The players will be stuck between fundamentalist government enclaves, wastelands full of nano-tech zombies, and alien controlled zones patrolled by demonic power-armor.

Don’t forget: aim for the head.

A Lesson In Zombie Psychology

“We’ll be safe here for a few minutes. At least long enough to catch our breath.”

For a long while, we said nothing, the only sound our breathing, and then even that seemed to subside. It was as quiet as death, except for the fact that death itself was moaning and crawling around out there, somewhere beyond the door we were hiding behind. I tried for some conversation, my voice weak against the silence. “So what did you do before all this?”

“Painted houses.”

“Just houses?”


“Was business good?”

“It was getting better, now its getting worse.”

“Supernatural infestation tends to do that.” I replied with a weak smile.

“I just wish I knew what type of zombies they were?”

“There’s different types? What is this- Caskin’ Robins- 31 flavors of undead?

“No, no, its just a matter of where did they come from, and why are we so scared?”

“Were scared because a few hundred corpses are roaming the city trying to be come acquainted with our vital organs ? and as for me, I not quite done using them.’

‘Is that really it? They’re slow, dumb ? flammable. We can out think them, out run them and easily destroy them. If you watch they’re stiff jointed gait for a while, they’re almost comical.’

‘Zombies are something deeper than just trying to kill us. They are man’s pathos, our shadow. A necromantic curse that robs someone of their individuality and free thought shows just how much we value our minds, the only thing truly unique about us. Or perhaps they’re a reflection of us grasping something in sciences best left untouched, and showing how truly susceptible we are to folly. An unknown disease shows how a species that can touch the heavens with rockets is still not untouchable’

We’ve got brains, something they can only crave.’

Every endeavor of man is based on his brain ? memory really, and the lessons we have picked up over life, and through books, the centuries. Zombies are entropy, the antibrain. They’re inevitable. Empires fall, places change.’

Ultimately they are relentless. Demons can be excised with prayer and a little holy water, vampires are held at bay with a cross, the sphinx destroys itself if you guess it’s riddle. Given a lull in the fighting, soldiers of opposing armies would gladly swap cigarettes, and when the battle is on, a 6 ton tank can be stopped with a well placed beer bottle full of gasoline. Zombies, can not be stopped, a nightmare we can not awaken from and thus the downfall of all dreamers.”

“Wow. Thats really deep. I mean college dissertation material.”

“Unless of course they really are just nothing more than walking corpses. Then they can just be stopped with a shotgun to the head.”

“Could you take your hat off for a moment. I want to see if any chunks are missing from your cranium.”


Monday, October 16th, 2006

A simple system of a percentile roll against the combination of a stat and skill is used. You can design your own guns, cars are free form, and a number of optional rules are provided. There is no setting per say, but there are a few suggestions in the added work.

Please, give me some feedback! The original version of the rules have been sitting on my website for three years and I still don’t know if they’re any good. Admittedly, they are more of a test of my page layout skills than of an original system, but this is a format I want to use more in the future. Its my hope to do this professionally sometime in the near future, so its your chance to help an aspiring author. Even if you don’t have any suggestions I am always interested to hear about others experience with my games.

For an unofficial variation of these rules, check out “The Chosen” by Alex Windsor.

Basic Mechanics

This game relies on the use of 1 sided dice ? up to a half dozen at a time for some weapon damage rolls ? though only two per player are truly needed. Optionally, a number of d6s can be used for the damage of weapons to reduce the lethality of the game.

Most of the actions in the game are accomplished by rolling percentile dice (D%). This is done by rolling 2d1 (two ten sided dice), counting one as the tens column, and the other as the ones column. For example, if I roll a red die, and a blue die, calling the red one the tens, and get outcomes of 4 and 5 respectively, the end result is 45%. If both dice come up zero, then the result is 1%.

Lone General

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

My third attempt at creating a game in 24 hours, and my second successful completion. This one is a war game for unaccompanied commander. 4 armies, 6 fronts, and 256 ways to configure the solitaire opponent. If you’re ready for conflict, roll out!

Well, this is my attempt to write a war game in 24 hours, officially stated at : (midnight) according to my watch ? which is 5-8 minuets off schedule from the rest of the world, but a day is still a day.

I had originally wanted to make a game where it was a long story, with all the rules being parenthetical remarks to back up what happened. However, being borderline obsessive compulsive, I stated making a list before I was ready ? prior preparation is a big no no in this contest. So I needed to try something else. Admittedly, I’ve been thinking about this for a few hours, but no writing. If you want to disqualify me on that ? well, its a war game, so it doesn’t fit the 24 hour rpg anyway.

Eastern Front

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

A fairly rules light game of borrowing the personas of desperate Russian Soldiers durring the second world war. Roll under atribute mechanics, only a d2 and d12 needed. Simply being jovial is a small victory.