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The Walking Dead Universe Roleplaying Game

Tell your own story in The Walking Dead Universe in the official roleplaying game from AMC Networks and Free League Publishing.

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Free League

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November 2023

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The Walking Dead Universe Roleplaying Game - THE CORE RULEBOOK

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The Walking Dead Universe Roleplaying Game - THE STARTER SET

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The Walking Dead has always been about characters facing impossible choices in an unforgiving world. In The Walking Dead Universe Roleplaying Game, you enter into the world of the dead and must face these choices head on. You can do this at any point in the timeline – encountering familiar faces and locations, or new ones – but the hardest choice will always be the same: Who are you going to be?

We have seen many stories set in The Walking Dead Universe – now it’s time to see yours.

The game is designed by Nils Hintze (Tales From the Loop RPG, Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying), with Joe LeFavi (ALIEN RPG, Blade Runner RPG) as producer and brand manager, and with Free League co-founders Mattias Johnsson Haake (Symbaroum) and Tomas Härenstam (ALIEN RPG, Blade Runner RPG) serving as editors and project managers. The game art is made by Gustaf Ekelund (Twilight: 2000, Coriolis) and Martin Grip (Symbaroum, ALIEN RPG, Blade Runner RPG).


In The Walking Dead Universe Roleplaying Game you will play the part of individuals struggling to survive in the hostile and unforgiving world known from the TV series. The challenges you face are never trivial, and they can appear from just about anywhere – from the lack of essential supplies, from conflicts brewing within the group, from hidden construction flaws in your safe haven, or from an approaching herd of walkers hungering for your flesh and blood.

There are two ways to play the game – campaign mode and survival mode. In a campaign, the story is not predetermined – your goals and choices, and the result of your efforts while struggling to survive, create the storyline. Survival mode scenarios present you with a pre-determined and often acute problem – they put you right into a dramatic and dangerous situation that needs to be handled immediately. Also, survival mode scenarios often feature locations and characters from the TV series.

CONTENT WARNING: The Walking Dead Universe deals with dark and existential themes, and this roleplaying game is no different. The stories told in this game can be violent and distressing. This is not a game for children.


The rules of The Walking Dead Universe Roleplaying Game are based on the acclaimed Year Zero Engine, used in award-winning games such as the ALIEN RPG, Blade Runner RPG, Tales From the Loop and Forbidden Lands, but uniquely tailored for this new game.

As a core mechanic, you roll a number of six-sided dice decided by the value of your base attribute and your skill. The more competent you are, the more dice you get to roll. Any roll of 6 indicates a success, and multiple successes will trigger powerful bonus effects. Rolls can be pushed, i.e. re-rolled, at the risk of the situation going from bad to worse.

The rules are designed to blend seamlessly with the story, and let you focus on character drama while pushing the themes of the game to the forefront.


The Walking Dead Universe Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook features rules designed on the basis of Free League’s award-winning Year Zero Engine. It includes everything you need to create player characters, as well as the challenges those characters will face in the world of the dead.


The boxed Starter Set for The Walking Dead Universe Roleplaying Game includes a condensed rulebook, pre-generated characters, and the first full-length survival scenario for you to play. More components will be added to the Starter Set if unlocked as stretch goals. Note that the image above includes stretch goals. The components shown are not final.

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