In the small, picturesque town of Aberford, Ohio, a zombie apocalypse begins. At first glance, it’s a pretty overdone plot for a game. There is a twist, however.
This game is about 1950s housewives who fight the zombies (previously their friends, husbands, and neighbors) and seek the cause of the outbreak that has decimated only Aberford’s male population.
This is NOT a standard shoot ‘em up/brawler zombie game. The creators have crafted fantastic and realistic backstories and motivations for the main characters, and over the course of the game, themes like sexism and racism will be explored.
The creators of the game are also striving to make the game as diverse as possible, within the realms of historical plausibility. With that said, these are the four main characters, playable in the main campaign:
Peggy Whitman, a former baseball player and now dissatisfied wife of the town police sergeant. She hates cooking.
Betty Smith, an ideal 1950s housewife and nurse (former Army nurse) at the local hospital. While she and her husband Phillip are economically middle class, as well as perfect friends and neighbors, they still experience the subtle and often overt discrimination common against black individuals in the pre-civil rights era.
Doris Baker, a first-rate riveter during the war, is now a hard-working waitress at a local diner. She is of Lebanese descent, but passes for white.
Sylvia Hornberger, previously a biochemical scientist alongside her husband, had to give up her job after the war ended. She’s now a stay at home mother who is bored out of her mind.
There will be diverse side characters with minor roles in the main story, who will be playable in the “Challenge” campaign:
Norma, a transgender woman (!) who has transitioned to the extent possible in the 1950s. She was a GI during the war, and now runs a no-nonsense boarding house in town. She takes black-market experimental anti-androgen which protects her from the outbreak’s effects. Learn more about Norma here on Sketchy Panda’s Tumblr.
Patricia is Peggy’s teenage daughter.
Mary is a third generation Asian American woman who works in the town’s industrial laboratory as a researcher. She struggles with acceptance.
Alejandra is a Latina woman who finds herself in Aberford right as the outbreak starts. She speaks little to no English and is new to the US.
Gameplay will focus on strategy, as you’re playing as a woman with no combat training, with only realistic weapons at your disposal (cast-iron skillets, rolling pins, baseball bats, etc). There will be no flaming chainsaws, nor will there be piles of ammo scattered all over town for firearms. Zombies will be the dangerous, fast-moving “infected” type that can kill you quickly if you don’t fight effectively.
Please note that the main trailer for the game on the Kickstarter page was made a while ago, and has pretty clunky graphics (very stiff and uncanny valley-looking character models, and slow rather than fast zombies. The color scheme is spot on for the 1950s, though). This more recent video, however, shows much improved graphics and motion (keep in mind it’s still pre-Alpha placeholder art).
This post is getting rather long, so please refer to sketchypandagames and their Kickstarter page for additional information about the game, how to pledge and what you’ll get in return, why they’re making this game, and why their funding goal seems so high.
Even if you can’t afford to pledge, PLEASE hit the reblog button if you want to see a video game with strong female leads and a diverse cast become a reality. The Kickstarter closes on October 19, 2015, at 1:59 AM EDT.
Artwork and video above are property of Sketchy Panda Games.
In Mafia/Yakuza verse, he’s the double for Nagayoshi, with the latter controlling the former’s actions from within the shadows. The Kunihiro is the ‘Yamanbagiri’ they show to the public, the one who does the dirty work as a hitman. Due to him impersonating Nagayoshi, Kunihiro is smug and arrogant in front of others, basically overflowing with confidence. Though underneath the act lies someone who lacks self-esteem, who wants nothing more than recognition from the other. The loyalty he’s placed on Nagayoshi is one that is based on fear, because he knows that the real Yamanbagiri is a far better hitman than he is.
[placeholder post representing general exhaustion with “queer femme” politics and the undercurrent of belief that a woman who doesn’t wear lipstick or present according to a certain standard of femininity or who stops doing so is failing or betraying her community in some way]
i love that everyone has that one interest thats completely useless and out of left field. something that is barely relevant to anything but if you get them onto that topic they can spew facts for hours. they will research it extensively in their spare time probably on wikipedia but it lies dormant and they never get a chance to express it but once it finally gets brought up they will just go on and on. i love when this happens.
this city is for strangers like the sky is for the stars
It’s all right there on the tip of my tongue!
The bad thing about all, “OH I JUST FOLLOW MY INTUITION ALL OF THE TIME, IT’S AWESOME” is that I often have a hard time putting things into words. I know the exact shape of how it feels but I couldn’t tell you about it for the life of me.
Instead, I can type Jaymay lyrics?
WHAT GOOD IS THIS
Okay but seriously though
If this post had actual words I wanted in it, it would probably be hellboundwitch problems material.
I am preparing for dinner tomorrow, and working on a commission that I can’t show anyone yet. I regret that I have no work I am able to share today. But look at these cranberries! They are so lovely, and red, and glisteny!
I make spiced cranberries every year, even though I am the only one who eats them. I don’t care what anyone says, I like them.
This is mostly a placeholder post – I’m sure there will be more to add as the season progresses. There has been a lot of speculation about the place, but we don’t know very much yet. The first thing we see of it is a turret.