The Walking Dead: All Out War – Characters


Today Mantic talks all about how the main characters work in The Walking Dead: All Out War.

It’s Walking Dead week over at Mantic, There was some initial info from Mantic on The Walking Dead: All Out War, and how walkers work.  Let’s pick up the trail today with more details on the game itself – exactly how do the main characters work?


Take it away Mantic:

The survivors of the apocalypse are integral to both the story and the game in The Walking Dead: All Out War. As a player, you will take control of straggling groups of these wayward souls and fighting for their survival.

Every Character in the game will come with an associated Character card. This will list their name, abilities, health and role within a group. Let’s take a look at Rick Grimes – although please note that all of this is subject to play testing and may change.

Rick is a ‘Leader’ which is relevant for gang building, and also grants him a special ability. Once per game, he can distribute a randomly determined number of actions amongst the other survivors in his group. He has a points cost –fifty- for gang building, too.

Rick-2The stats in the game show how good a model is at fighting in melee, firing a gun or defending themselves from attack. Each of these stats is represented by a coloured dice. The dice are six-sided, but specially marked to show different levels of skill – red dice aren’t as good as white dice, for example. Rick has a white dice for all three stats – making him a good all-rounder.


Each survivor in your gang also has a nerve level. As the fighting gets fiercer and more survivors fall, or more Walkers arrive, characters may become panicked. The game uses a Threat Level, that is modified by events and the state of play. This can either be ‘All Quiet’, ‘Low’, ‘Medium’ or ‘High’. Rick’s Nerve is high, so he will only become panicked under extreme circumstances – keeping a cool head the rest of the time.


Some characters have special rules to represent unique abilities or character traits. Rick’s is ‘Blood Ties’. If Carl Grimes is in the same gang as him, and is removed as a casualty, Rick gains a bonus to his attacks for the rest of the game – fitting if you’ve read the comic in which Carl is injured and Rick looses it towards his assailant.

Finally, each card shows a character’s health, using survival points that are tracked throughout the game and are removed each time the survivor is hurt or bitten. They also have Pack slots, which shows how many different items they can carry – we’ll be covering these later.

What Characters are you looking forward to playing – what abilities would you like to see?


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  • SonoftheMountain

    I can’t wait to play as Daryl…..

    • euansmith

      The one main character who isn’t in the game? Though I am sure with a suitable mini and some “counts as”, you can live the Dixon dream.

      • Xodis

        They seriously didn’t add Daryl to the game? I understand trying to keep true to the comic but talk about a missed opportunity.

        • An_Enemy

          I doubt it has much to do with “keeping true to the comic” so much as they only have the license for the comic and its characters. Other companies hold licenses for games involving the television series.

          • Xodis

            Good point, but anyone else holding the license to a Tabletop Model game of Walking Dead the TV series needs to hurry up and make some noise lol

          • JPMcMillen

            That’s true. There are two ‘Walking Dead’ board games. One with the comic license, one with the show license.

        • euansmith

          They got the rights to the game from the people who produce the comic rather than the show; it was probably a lot easier and cheaper to deal with the comics dudes. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a handsome stranger/meth head biker added on in the future; Dixyl Darlon.

          • Xodis

            You mean a “Not-Daryl” figure in the future lol

          • euansmith

            Naryl Nixon

  • Richard Mitchell

    Aaahhh and I wanted to be the governor. The series only true protagonist.

    • hashshashin

      The governor was in the comics so I wouldn’t be surprised if he was the ‘leader’ of his own gang or faction or whatever…

    • Squighopper

      They teased how awesome the comic Gov model was going to be

  • Benjamin E

    Oh man this is great! It’s a good thing the gaming market isn’t now, and hasn’t been for years, oversaturated with zombie stuff!