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Dead of Winter is the first game in the Crossroads series, designed by Isaac Vega and Jon Gilmour. It puts 2-5 players together in a small, weakened colony of survivors in a world where most of humanity are either dead or diseased, flesh-craving monsters. Each player leads a faction of survivors with dozens of different characters in the game.

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Dead of Winter is a meta-cooperative psychological survival game. This means the players are working together toward one common victory condition--but for each individual player to achieve victory, they must also complete their personal secret objective. This secret objective could relate to a psychological tick that's fairly harmless to most others in the colony, a dangerous obsession that could put the main objective at risk, a desire for sabotage of the main mission, or worst of all: vengeance against the colony! Certain games could end with all players winning, some winning and some losing, or all players losing. Work toward the group's goal but don't get walked all over by a loudmouth who's only looking out for their own interests!

Get our new Crossroads Companion app on the Google Play store for Android devices and the iOS app store for iPhones and iPads.

Dead of Winter Awards

Golden Geek Game of the Year Best Co-op Theming Most Innovative People's Choice Shut up and Sit Down Recommends Meeple's Choice

2014 Game of the Year - Dice Tower Awards
2014 Best Co-Op Game - Dice Tower Awards
2014 Best Game Theming - Dice Tower Awards
2015 Game of the Year People's Choice - Origins Awards
2014 Best Innovative Game - Golden Geek Awards
2014 Best Thematic Game - Golden Geek Awards
2014 Most Innovative Game Nominee - Dice Tower Awards
2014 Best Game Artwork and Presentation Nominee - Golden Geek Awards
2014 Meeple's Choice Nominee
Shut Up and Sit Down Recommends

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  • Dead of Winter: Good Good Dog Trade Paperback This product is readily available through PlaidHatGames.com and other retailers.
    This product is readily available through PlaidHatGames.com and other retailers.

    Dead of Winter: Good Good Dog Trade Paperback

    DEAD OF WINTER goes from board game to comic, and Sparky is along for the ride! Written by Kyle Starks (the Eisner Award-nominated Sexcastle), and illustrated by Gabo (The Life After), join everyone's favorite good ol' dog, Sparky, as he struggles to survive in the harsh winter of the zombie apocalypse! As Sparky and his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, they’ll need to rely on each other if they want to see another day. Collects issues #1-4 from the "Good Good Dog" storyline from DEAD OF WINTER! Also included in this exclusive version is the Ruckus Burley Promo Survivor and Crossroad Card for Dead of Winter!

    $19.95
    $19.95
    Dead of Winter: Good Good Dog Trade Paperback
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    DEAD OF WINTER goes from board game to comic, and Sparky is along for the ride! Written by Kyle Starks (the Eisner Award-nominated Sexcastle), and illustrated by Gabo (The Life After), join everyone's favorite good ol' dog, Sparky, as he struggles to survive in the harsh winter of the zombie apocalypse! As Sparky and his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, they’ll need to rely on each other if they want to see another day. Collects issues #1-4 from the "Good Good Dog" storyline from DEAD OF WINTER! Also included in this exclusive version is the Ruckus Burley Promo Survivor and Crossroad Card for Dead of Winter!
    ["1 trade paperback","1 Ruckus Burley promo character card, crossroads card and cardboard standee"]
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  • Dead of Winter Warring Colonies This product is readily available through PlaidHatGames.com and other retailers.
    This product is readily available through PlaidHatGames.com and other retailers.

    Dead of Winter Warring Colonies

    This expansion is the ultimate experience for Dead of Winter, the quintessential post-apocalyptic game. Warring Colonies comes with a mountain of content, much of which supports the new team variant for 4-11 players, in which two colonies compete over the same locations for limited resources and power. In the Warring Colonies variant, unique main objectives set two colonies against each other as they battle for territory with a new fighting system that includes tactics cards, bullet tokens, and 12-sided combat dice.  New and terrible joint-colony crisis cards force cooperation and coercion every round.  And the odd-man-out Lone Wolf adds chaotic balance as she pursues her own secret goals while keeping both colonies in check.

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    $39.95
    Dead of Winter Warring Colonies
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    This expansion is the ultimate experience for Dead of Winter, the quintessential post-apocalyptic game. Warring Colonies comes with a mountain of content, much of which supports the new team variant for 4-11 players, in which two colonies compete over the same locations for limited resources and power. In the Warring Colonies variant, unique main objectives set two colonies against each other as they battle for territory with a new fighting system that includes tactics cards, bullet tokens, and 12-sided combat dice.  New and terrible joint-colony crisis cards force cooperation and coercion every round.  And the odd-man-out Lone Wolf adds chaotic balance as she pursues her own secret goals while keeping both colonies in check.
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  • Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game This product is readily available through PlaidHatGames.com and other retailers.
    This product is readily available through PlaidHatGames.com and other retailers.

    Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game

    Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game is an experience that can only be accomplished through the medium of tabletop games. It is a story-centric game about surviving through a harsh winter in an apocalyptic world. The survivors are all dealing with their own psychological imperatives but must still find a way to work together to fight off outside threats, resolve crises, find food and supplies, and keep the colony's morale up. Dead of Winter has players making frequent, difficult, heavily-thematic, wildly-varying decisions, that often have them deciding between what is best for the colony and what is best for themselves.

    $59.95
    $59.95
    Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
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    Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game is an experience that can only be accomplished through the medium of tabletop games. It is a story-centric game about surviving through a harsh winter in an apocalyptic world. The survivors are all dealing with their own psychological imperatives but must still find a way to work together to fight off outside threats, resolve crises, find food and supplies, and keep the colony's morale up. Dead of Winter has players making frequent, difficult, heavily-thematic, wildly-varying decisions, that often have them deciding between what is best for the colony and what is best for themselves.
    ["10 Dual-Sided Main Objective Cards","25 Secret Objective Cards","10 Betrayal Secret Objective Cards","10 Exiled Survivor Secret Objective Cards","30 Survivor Cards","5 Player Reference Sheets","1 First Player Token","25 Starting Item Cards","20 Police Station Search Deck Cards","20 Grocery Store Search Deck Cards","20 School Search Deck Cards","20 Gas Station Search Deck Cards","20 Library Search Deck Cards","20 Hospital Search Deck Cards","1 Exposure Die","20 Crisis Cards","80 Crossroad Cards","20 Helpless Survivor Tokens","30 Once Per Round Tokens","20 Food Tokens","20 Noise Tokens","20 Barricade Tokens","30 Wound Markers","60 Standees","50 Standee Stands","1 Colony Board","6 Location Cards","1 Rulebook","30 Action Dice"]
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  • Dead of Winter: The Long Night This product is readily available through PlaidHatGames.com and other retailers.
    This product is readily available through PlaidHatGames.com and other retailers.

    Dead of Winter: The Long Night

    Dead of Winter: The Long Night is the new stand-alone expansion for Dead of Winter: A Crossroads game. Obtain more of everything that made Dead of Winter an epic struggle for power and survival! Experience a new colony full of new survivors and new gameplay elements, each of which is introduced to players through its own game scenario. Fight off bandits from another colony, build improvements to your colony, and most intriguingly, unravel the mysteries of the new Raxxon Pharmaceutical location. It is full of powerful items, but also full of Raxxon’s twisted human experiments that show up in the game as disturbing new enemies.

    $59.95
    $59.95
    Dead of Winter: The Long Night
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    Dead of Winter: The Long Night is the new stand-alone expansion for Dead of Winter: A Crossroads game. Obtain more of everything that made Dead of Winter an epic struggle for power and survival! Experience a new colony full of new survivors and new gameplay elements, each of which is introduced to players through its own game scenario. Fight off bandits from another colony, build improvements to your colony, and most intriguingly, unravel the mysteries of the new Raxxon Pharmaceutical location. It is full of powerful items, but also full of Raxxon’s twisted human experiments that show up in the game as disturbing new enemies.
    ["353 cards","107 tokens","20 Character Standees","30 Zombie Standees","20 Bandit Standees","19 Raxxon Experiment Standees","2 track markers","25 wound markers","9 locations","5 player reference sheets","1 colony board","100 plastic stands","30 action dice","1 exposure die","1 rulebook"]
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  • Dead of Winter Rich Sommer Exclusive This product is in stock and is available EXCLUSIVELY in the PlaidHatGames.com store.
    This product is in stock and is available EXCLUSIVELY in the PlaidHatGames.com store.

    Dead of Winter Rich Sommer Exclusive

    The Rich Sommer (yes, THE Rich Sommer!) exclusive comes with the Rich Sommer standee, character card and crossroads card (plastic stand for standee not included).

    $5.95
    $5.95
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    The Rich Sommer (yes, THE Rich Sommer!) exclusive comes with the Rich Sommer standee, character card and crossroads card (plastic stand for standee not included).
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  • Dead of Winter Roberta Plum Exclusive This product is in stock and is available EXCLUSIVELY in the PlaidHatGames.com store.
    This product is in stock and is available EXCLUSIVELY in the PlaidHatGames.com store.

    Dead of Winter Roberta Plum Exclusive

    The Roberta Plum holiday Dead of Winter exclusive comes with the Roberta Plum standee, character card and crossroads card (plastic stand for standee not included). Quantities are limited.

    $5.95
    $5.95
    Dead of Winter Roberta Plum Exclusive
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    The Roberta Plum holiday Dead of Winter exclusive comes with the Roberta Plum standee, character card and crossroads card (plastic stand for standee not included). Quantities are limited.
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  • Dead of Winter Kodiak Colby Exclusive This product is in stock and is available EXCLUSIVELY in the PlaidHatGames.com store.
    This product is in stock and is available EXCLUSIVELY in the PlaidHatGames.com store.

    Dead of Winter Kodiak Colby Exclusive

    The Kodiak Colby exclusive comes with the Kodiak Colby standee, character card and crossroads card (plastic stand for standee not included). It is for use with the Dead of Winter base set.

    $5.95
    $5.95
    Dead of Winter Kodiak Colby Exclusive
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    The Kodiak Colby exclusive comes with the Kodiak Colby standee, character card and crossroads card (plastic stand for standee not included). It is for use with the Dead of Winter base set.
    ["1 Kodiak Colby standee (no plastic stand)","1 Kodiak Colby Crossroads card","1 Kodiak Colby character card"]
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    Vital Stats

    60-90 minutes
    2-5 players
    Ages 12+
    Game Design: Jon Gilmour
    Isaac Vega
    Artists: Fernanda Suarez

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