I'd forget Zombies, if I were you. It's so simplistic and ultimately incredibly ponderous. People usually end up hating it after a game or two.
Hello folks. I'm wondering if you could help me. I'm looking to buy a new board game for my gaming group which consists of 4 people (including myself). We mainly play RPGs like Delta Green and Call of Cthulhu, but we occasionally play board games (Monopoly and Talisman being the main two).
I've had my eye on a few, along the lines of Zombies! Settlers of Catan and Arkham Horror. I'm wondering what you folks would suggest for four players that isn't too complex for us to quickly pick up and play?
Arkham Horror is slightly off-putting due to its apparent complexity - we're usually quite drunk when we host our sessions, so anything too cerebral will confound us Saying that, it is Cthulhu-based and we love anything to do with Lovecraft. Zombies! sounds quite good, but looks perhaps a little too simplistic for long-term enjoyment.
Arkham Horror is a fantastic game/experience, but one of you will really need to chow down on the rules. If you like Role Playing (matron!) you should also find this scratching more than one itch.
I'd suggest you might like to look at Last Night on Earth for a zombie fix (although it's also pretty simple). A better suggestion might be A Touch of Evil - lighter than Arkham, better theme than LNoE. Can be played competitively or co-operatively, depending on the group's mood.
Another great game for 2-5, which can be learnt in twenty minutes, is the D&D themed (but barely) Lords of Waterdeep. Have had great success with a range of new/inexperienced players. You can easily knock out a couple of games in an evening, too.