I'm on a zombie kick recently. I love playing Left 4 Dead 2 (want to play with me on steam?), I loved reading World War Z, and I apparently can't stop thinking about post apocalyptic settings at night. Not to suggest I'm having nightmares, but still.
So I went to Games Plus this Sunday, I tried to find a good Zombie RPG. I am sure I could find something online, but I wanted to support a business that has been doing a good job for years.
I saw two games there. Unfortunately neither one really got to what makes any zombie game good: bare bone grittiness.
I forgot the name of the first one(edit: Hippe Mama reminded me below that is was called Dead Reign), but I knew I couldn't use it. Apparently zombies don't carry an infection... they feed off of your "life energy" or something similar when they attack you. That seemed way too mystical for what I wanted, and convoluted. So zombies don't need to kill me to get what they want? How are they dangerous then? Why do they need to attack and kill?
The other one is All Flesh Must Be Eaten, which I had seen around before but never really read. Once again, though, there was illusion to mystical super powers. I figured I could avoid that but then the way the used the d20 system was needlessly complicated. And I've played 3.0 D&D, so I do not say that lightly. I didn't even want to try it out.
This is all I want from my zombie RPG: stats for zombies, stats for players, ways for combat, idea for making the setting interesting and not just try to recreate L4D (because it's a fun video game, but needs substance for an RPG)
I'm going to look for another one before I give up and make my own. But I don't want one with magic, with weird stuff on how zombies feed on not people, or any other weird hokey pokey. Just a fucked up world with zombies.