When I think of top-selling games that gain a lot of attention, one described as dedicated to “economic horror” doesn’t immediately jump to mind. Nonetheless, Red Markets makes the Black Friday Big Picks Week because a whole lot of folks serious dig the strange mix of post-apocalypse/zombie survival horror and the intricacies of acquisitions and trade this game thrives upon.
Red Markets is a tabletop RPG about economic horror.
In Red Markets, characters risk their lives trading between the massive quarantine zones containing a zombie outbreak and the remains of civilization. They are Takers: mercenary entrepreneurs unwilling to accept their abandonment. Bound together into competing crews, each seeks to profit from mankind’s near-extinction before it claims them. They must hustle, scheme, and scam as hard as they fight if they hope to survive the competing factions and undead hordes the GM throws at them.
Takers that are quick, clever, or brutal enough might live to see retirement in a safe zone, but many discover too late that the cycle of poverty proves harder to escape than the hordes of undead. Red Markets uses the traditional zombie genre to tell a story about surviving on the wrong end of the economy. It’s cut-throat capitalism with its knife on your neck.
Sean Patrick Fannon
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