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Announcement: New game in the works at Mongadillo Studios

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Ed Anderson of Mongadillo Studios announced today that a new sequel to Survivor Z is in production.

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Why “The Walking Dead” doesn’t exist in our universe

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

I was talking to my brother-in-law yesterday, and he brought up a good point when he noted that it’s weird that the characters in ‘The Walking Dead” don’t ever use the word “Zombie”. When the creators created their story, they made a choice not to use the word, but instead to avoid it completely, which creates a disconnect between the world that Rick and the gang live in and ours. Evidently in this parallel universe where the not only the word ‘zombie” doesn’t exist, but the entire history and culture that exists around zombie lore doesn’t exist either. That means none of the 19th and 20th century literature, art and movies that refer to zombies exists. I know this may seem insignificant to some people, but when I watch the show, it seems as if in avoiding the word they bring more attention to the fact that they are NOT saying it than they would if they just acknowledged that the word exists. As a writer, I know objectively why the creators didn’t want to acknowledge the lore of zombies in their story. They wanted to write a story that wasn’t ABOUT zombies, but about people, and how they deal with the loss of humanity and civilization, and it’s too easy to get all caught up in the lore that exists if you acknowledge that it exists. Zombie mythology is such a huge part of popular culture the writers would have too much baggage to deal with if they opened that box. Obviously it’s a little late for the Walking Dead writers to start using the word, they are committed to never say the “Zed Word”, which I think they never thought would be a big deal when they were writing the comic book, but now that their little comic has become a cable TV juggernaut, the lack of acknowledgement of “zombie” places them in an awkward position. And for some, breaks the 4th wall a little when it comes to making us suspend our disbelief. It bugs me a little, but I’ll keep watching the show about an alien planet that looks a lot like Earth that has a serious zombie...

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A note from Survivor Z creator about player inventory

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Blog, Updates and News | 0 comments

Ed Anderson, the creator of Survivor Z discusses the strategic disadvantage of accumulating too many inventory items in Survivor Z.

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Mongadillo to re-release Joe Keatinge’s “Comic Con Z” for SDCC

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Blog, Events, Updates and News | 0 comments

To celebrate San Diego Comic Con Mongadillo Studio’s plans to re-release Joe Keatinge’s 2013 “Comic Con Z” challenge for Survivor Z for one week only.

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Survivor Z 3.0 release goes live on iOS

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Blog, Events, Updates and News | 0 comments

Survivor Z 3.0 update is live on the App Store and features clans and in game messaging!

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Survivor Z 3.0 update is a game changer

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Blog, Events, Updates and News | 0 comments

Survivor Z update will add clans, communication, and travel!

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Public Beta of ZDAY Writing tool released

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Blog, Events, Updates and News | 0 comments

Players can now write their own challenges using the zday writing tool.

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Horses: An old-fashioned mode of transportation comes to Survivor Z.

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Horses: An old-fashioned mode of transportation comes to Survivor Z.

Upcoming features in the dot release will include Horses, as well as new Animals that can benefit survivors in various way. The Horse will be valuable for obvious reasons, as they never need gas and can increase range when doing searches. The horses will be found in specific challenges, as well as in random searches. They are implemented in the same way as all vehicles, and must be in your load out in order to gain their benefit. Additional things to consider are Horses will require fresh water, which will tax your supply. But look at that face, how can you...

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Want to try writing a Survivor Z encounter? use Twine!

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Blog, Events, Updates and News | 0 comments

We have been working on our own authoring tool, but we aren’t moving along fast enough to try and support a beta release in the next month or so, but that’s OK, interactive fiction is making a comeback, and we like Twine!! With Twine, and open source app that works on Windows and Mac commuters, you can make your challenge and send it to us in an easy to read RTF or HTML format. Check it out and get started! Be sure to go to the player forums to get our style guide, writers guide, and a Twine sample file. http://forums.mongadillo.com http://twinery.org twitter@twinethreads...

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What’s the star mean? It’s a notification!

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Blog, Updates and News | 0 comments

What’s the star mean?  It’s a notification!

Make sure you enable notifications in Survivor Z.

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