Zombie Master

Sito ufficiale: http://www.zombiemaster.org

Zombie Master In Short
Zombie Master is a multiplayer Half-Life 2 modification, centred around a zombie-apocalypse, which throws all but one player in the shoes of human survivors. Pitched against a relentless tide of rotting flesh, they must scavenge for weaponry and equipment just to stay alive. But that one player, chosen randomly at the beginning of the round, is not bound by mortal restraints.
To speak his name is to invite the wrath of hell - but most call him the 'Zombie Master'. He is nigh omnipotent. His invisible hand controls the legions of undead like puppets on strings; slowly closing the net on the humans while they run to and fro like rats in a maze.

Why is Zombie Master different?
The common concept behind your average zombie horror game is, if you’ll excuse the pun, used to death. There are hundreds of games and modifications founded on this most simple idea; an undead zombie horde that spreads like a cancer, feasting on a few disorganised survivors who try and defend themselves. Zombie Master isn’t trying to break away from this core gameplay element, and neither does it try to "redefine the genre", or fulfil any other fabricated promise. No, what Zombie Master tries to do is challenge the players.
Zombie games are, for the most part, incredibly brainless. You’re usually thrown against an army of rotting computer-controlled corpses, that have the simple task of walking towards a player and then attempting to bite their neck off. Most of the time they get shot a fair bit in the process. Of course, then you have the games on the other end of the scales, mostly multiplayer, that allow players to take control of a zombie. The trouble is, the gameplay is either incredibly tedious and slow for the zombie, or the player zombie seems too intelligent, moving and fighting like a pro gamer rather than a mindless wretch.
Zombie Master is a unique multiplayer modification in that it maintains the tense, frightening atmosphere of a zombie horror game whilst truly challenging the player to think tactically and never underestimate their enemy. It manages to do this because humans only have one enemy- not an army of computer controlled corpses, or group of experienced players- but one single foe. The Zombie Master. He controls everything; his power is absolute. He can create zombies at will; and he leads them. Orders them. Rules them. He can hide a minion in a place that no computer would think of; flank players in a manoeuvre that is least expected, and plan strategies that player zombies are too impatient to execute. He is omnipotent. He is god. He is the Zombie Master.

The Human Team
So, how do a group of rag-tag civilians, weak from exhaustion and ill-equipped for survival, go about defeating the player who holds the all-powerful title of “Zombie Master”? Well, it’s simple. They don’t. Depending on the scenario, humans will be forced to team up in order to tackle a variation of objectives- such as repairing a crashed van to escape with, gaining entry to a military bunker, or simply getting out of the area alive. The Zombie Master; being the general git that he (or she) is, will do everything possible to stop them.
It would be wise to keep in mind that humans usually survive longer against their callous foe if they make use of the environment around them. Tables, chairs and crates can all be stuffed in doorways and corridors to slow the undead advance (although “slow” is the best it will do, as the Zombie Master has many a trick up his sleeve / her bra). If, however, a more offensive strategy is needed- guns, sharp pointy things and objects that explode are generally effective if you feel like spilling some blood. Problems can arise, however, if the zombies manage to surround you- or your ammunition depletes faster than you'd have hoped!
The solution to all your unholy problems, thankfully, is teaming up. While a lone straggler will be devoured by zombies before you can say “holy shit a zombie is eating me”, a well organised cluster of humans, each looking out for the other and keeping one finger on the trigger, are more likely to smite most of the undead in their path and cause the Zombie Master to stomp up and down on his hat / her dainty parasol in anger. In fact, most of the objectives will be incredibly hard to do without some friends watching your back or helping you out.

The Zombie Master
At the beginning of each new round, a player is selected at random to become the Zombie Master. It’s a tough job, commanding a legion of unholy damned to crush any pathetic mortals that get in your way, but someone’s got to do it. As time goes on the Master constantly gathers a pool of “resources”, which he can use to animate more dead to join his cause. Killing a human player (preferably in a very gruesome and terrifying way) will bag the Zombie Master a substantial amount of bonus resources, which can prove essential for building those huge armies.
While human players would be forgiven for not stopping to inspect every shuffling horror they encounter, a keen eye might spot that the Zombie Master can actually summon a number of different zombie types to do his bidding. Other than the standard shambling corpses (the bare bones of your horde, slow but hard-hitting), there’s also rumours of faster units; running dead that can pounce on humans from a distance... and even hulking brutes that seem to have developed immortal strength. There’ve even been sightings of bizarre creatures that spit blood and command flames to disorientate the humans. Combining these various units allows for unique and efficient tactics. For instance; a skilled Zombie Master could attack with some expendable shamblies to distract the humans, while secretly concealing heavy brutes within a small house. Once the trap is set, faster units could be ordered into the fray, forcing the humans to retreat for cover- right into your zombie-infested building.
If you think the fun stops there, however- you’re sorely mistaken. At certain points in a map there are environmental actions or events that the Zombie Master can 'trigger'. These useful exploits, the so-called 'manipulates', can range from setting explosives alight, causing immediate danger for anyone nearby- to sending a bolt of deadly lighting down from the heavens. Whether manipulates are used as spooky scare-tactics or to actually deal damage, is all up to the Zombie Master. It’s essential to keep in mind, however, that these “manipulates” cost valuable resources to activate... and shouldn’t be used frivolously.

Human team:

  • A wide range of weapons to scavenge such as shotguns, molotov cocktails, rifles and more
  • A number of challenging objectives that encourage players to team up and work together
  • The ability to interact with the environment to build barricades and carry objects
Zombie Master:

  • Real Time Strategy gameplay; create and command your own undead horde
  • A wide variation of zombie units encourages the ZM to adopt complex tactics
  • Environmental "manipulates" allow the ZM to interact with the world in devilish ways
  • You get to own cats
Screenshot ( click! ):


un ETA sulla data di uscita?
nessuno sa nulla?
gradirei anche io info

Lo sviluppo prosegue, questo video cmq viene ancora da Halloween
interessante ..

io sto aspettando l' uscita di http://www.insurgencymod.net/
Sul sito ufficiale fanno notare che appunto dopo l'ultimo aggiornamento dell'SDK, gli zombi scattano ( come si può anche vedere nell'ultimo filmato )
A loro dire questo è il bug/motivo principale per cui non hanno ancora rilasciato la mod!
Si insomma, pare sia un problema causato dalla VALVe
E' uscita la prima beta

We've reached a stage in development where we can't really go much further without people playing it. So, we've packaged what we can, along with a polished map, for people to play.
So, what to expect:
* The majority of features are implemented, but we've got a few rough edges, mostly in the interface. These will be fixed in future.
* There are likely bugs that slipped through the net. That's why you're here - to find the bugs. Report bugs and we'll fix them.
* Extra content will be added to subsequent builds, such as Molotovs, the Improvised Weapon system, extra zombie types, and some more maps once we're happy with them.
What not to expect:
* This to be the final build. We want to release early, and release often.
* A finished project. It's rough around the edges, and will probably change alot before we finally (if ever) call something the final build.

Download it here:
Zombie Master Beta 1.0.0
Alternate mirror
notizie da chi lo ha provato
mi sarei stupito del contrario

azz non sapevo fosse uscito
Provato, bellino, a parte qualche bug tipo che succede di spawnare in un muro, oppure l' ingrandimento del fucile che non fa vedere il mirino.
Devo dire pure poche armi e poche mappe ma magari migliorerà
E' uscita la 1.1.1
1.1.1b out

piccolo fix di 1.3mb


[fix] Weapons were sometimes hard to pick up
[fix] Fast shooting exploits in shotgun and rifle
[tweak] Health indication in player identification display
[tweak] ZM resource limit server setting zm_resource_limit (default 4000)
[fix] Team changes (including to spectator after death) had erratic results
[feature] Muting players
[tweak] Weapon flags failed to reset in some situations after forcehuman/forcemaster team switching
[fix] ZM preference window came up when the ZM camera toggled
[fix] Zombie spawns could still be clicked when inactive
[fix] Voting for roundrestart could be spammed
[fix] DOTD chalkboard weirded out
Plus minor fixes to the maps.

As usual, if your game goes horridly wrong after patching, try reinstalling with the 1.1.2 full installer.

To download:

Full installer

Patch from 1.1.1 to 1.1.2

Linux Dedicated Server (thanks Steve of PPP for mirroring the proper archive)
Non sono ancora riuscito a farmi una partita decente...