An RPG by indie developer DoubleBear Productions, Dead State casts the player as the leader of a safehouse during a Zombie Apocalypse. Although zombies will, of course, be a constant menace, the focus of the game is human interaction: other survivors will be both your greatest asset and your greatest threat.Some of The Age Of Decadence's development team is assisting with the game. The game is currently available through Steam in a Beta version. The website can be found here. DoubleBear also launched a successful Kickstartercampaign to gather funding for the production.Now has its own wikihere.All Tropes down below are valid as of the current Beta build.
Closest Thing We Got: Renee isn't a doctor or even a medical student. She was training to be a veterinarian. However she's the only one with any medical training in the group. Unless of course you roll up a doctor.
Colour-Coded Emotions: In one of the menu screens, characters moods are displayed in different colored text.
Crazy Survivalist: Not only do you have to deal with Lone survivors that will shoot on sight, you also have groups of criminals who have decided that they are the new government.
The group as well if you play them like this.
Daylight Horror: The best time to explore is during the day. Unfortunately zombies don't sleep.
Driven to Suicide: Elaine if you don't talk her down. Also numerous people in the background, you'll find people who killed themselves rather than face the zombies.
Dying Moment of Awesome: Bud's Wife. She went to the Clinic, knowing that they were being swarmed with Zombie Infectees. She went anyway as that was her job. Bud even says that's one of the things he loved about her.
Elite Zombie: Almost entirely averted. The only variations on the zombie theme are the crippled, crawling ones, the ones who're on fire, and the ones with body armor.
Foreboding Architecture: Predator Town. The mangled corpses scattered around should be more than enough warning that you don't want to mess with the people inside.
Gay Option: The PC can be homosexual depending on some of the choices you make during character creation and the intro sequence.
Genre Blind: Zombie fiction was never popularized in the world of Dead State, leaving most people clueless about the infection.
Goodies in the Toilets: Bathrooms are a source for luxury items like toilet paper, soap, shampoo, and tampons.
Ironic Name: The town of Splendid is anything but with all the zombies and looters walking around.
It's Up to You: The Player character must always be in the exploration team.
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Doug. While he does have decent science stats, the man doesn't realize the difference between the military internet and civilian internet. (He goes on a rant about how the internet was designed for the end of the world so how can it be down.)
Late to the Tragedy: The game opens with the Player Character waking up after having been bedridden and unconscious for two weeks in the basement of the High School the action centers around.
Mêlée à Trois: Late game maps (or eariler if Sequence Breaking) has some of the enemy factions fighting each other. Of course the noise of the fight draws zombies to it becomes a Looter/Survivalist/Zombie battle. You can join in or pick off the survivors.
Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Elaine for getting her pilot boyfriend to open the cockpit door and causing him to get bit. Which resulted in the plane crashing.
Mission Control Is Off Its Meds: Lane the Radio DJ has moments of this, either due to the heat in the radio station, isolation, or the stress of the Apocalypse. He gets better the next day.
Monsters Everywhere: Depends on the level. Some are sparsely populated, while others are swarming with zombies or looters.
Moral Dilemma: "Sorry, guy, but your sister was bitten and we're running low on antibiotics. Out she goes."
Morale Mechanic: Keeping the other survivors in your Shelter happy is one of the keys to staying in a leadership position.
Schedule Slip: Unavoidable as a fourth of the Dev Team is in Ukraine which is currently under going political upheaval.
Another minor one as the Team is preparing to Showcase the game at PAX and since they are an Indie team they don't have a publisher to do that for them. Of course unlike most examples it just slows down the updates for a bit. The first pushed back their release date by a month. The second only for the three days they'll be there and a week to recover.
Take That: To Rick Perry's day of prayer. For non-US political followers, the Governor of Texas asked for everyone to pray for a drought in Texas to end. Not only did drought became a record-breaker after that, but several wildfire also razed Texas. In-Game he asked all of Texas to pray for the infection to end. One Genre Savvy ally knew it was time to get the hell out of dodge.
Team Pet: The player has the option adopt a dog and put it on their team. Obviously; dogs do not have hands like humans and can't carry stuff or hold weapons, but they compensate for this by their better senses which can more effectively alert the player's team to threats. In combat they also have the perks of being unable to panic, and immunity to the zombie plague.
Later updates should add Cats that raise morale and keep the rats away at the cost of more food. Also you can raise chickens for eggs, and meat in a pinch.
The Bechdel Test: Passes, easily if you make a female PC. Men and romance is the last thing on any one's mind right now.
Renee and Anita have a conversation about wanting the other to stay safe in the Shelter.
Mia and Sara debate the merits of joining the Shelter.