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Rating: 7.8 Very Good
Players: 2-5 players
Playing time: 45-210 minutes

Official Site: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game

Created by: Jonathan Gilmour, Isaac Vega, David Richards, Fernanda Suarez, Peter Wocken

Published by: Plaid Hat Games, Arclight, Cube Factory of Ideas

Alternate Names: Dead of Winter: A la croisée des chemins, Dead of Winter: Edizione Italiana, Dead of Winter: Um Jogo de Encruzilhadas, Dead of Winter: Un juego de encrucijadas, Martwa Zima: Gra rozdroży


Dead of Winter is a meta-cooperative strategy board game about surviving through a harsh winter in an apocalyptic world. Players are faction leaders who must work together toward one common victory condition, but each individual player must also complete their own secret objective. Often this secret objective requires that a player help complete the colony objective.

The game is played over a set of rounds, during which the players will execute actions like scavenging locations for supplies, attacking zombies and other survivors, moving, using medicine, building barricades or helping to complete the existing crisis.

There are 20 possible scenarios to play and each scenario has a different starting morale level, zombie presence, game length and a unique colony victory objective.

Because of the secret objectives, players often have to decidde between what is best for the colony and what is best for themselves. Only players who have completed their secret objective when the game ends win the game.

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Game Components

  • 10 Dual-Sided Main Objective Cards
  • 24 Secret Objective Cards
  • 10 Betrayal Secret Objective Cards
  • 10 Exiled Secret Objective Cards
  • 30 Survivor Cards
  • 5 Player Reference Sheets
  • 1 First Player Token
  • 25 Starting Item Cards
  • 20 Crisis Cards
  • 80 Crossroads Cards
  • 25 Wound Tokens
  • 6 Starvation Tokens
  • 2 Track Markers
  • 20 Police Station, Grocery Store, School Item Deck Cards
  • 20 Gas Station, Library, Hospital Item Deck Cards
  • 20 Helpless Survivor, Food, Noise, Barricade Tokens
  • 30 Zombie Standees & Survivor Tokens
  • 60 Plastic Standee Stands
  • 1 Colony Board
  • 6 Location Cards
  • 1 Rulebook
  • 30 Action Dice
  • 1 Exposure Die


Place the colony board in the center of the play area and place the 6 location cards around it as shown or as best accommodates your table. Each player collects a player reference sheet. …

Main Objective Cards

  1. Name: This is the name of the main objective.

  2. Setup: How to set up the board for this scenario.

  3. Goal: The task(s) that must be accomplished in order to complete the main objective.

  4. Time: An estimate of how long this main objective will take to complete. Short=45-90 minutes. Medium=90-120 minutes. Long=120-210 minutes.

Secret Objective Cards

  1. Name: This is the name of the secret objective.

  2. Goal: The task(s) that you must accomplish in order to win the game. …

Co-op Variant

Players may choose to play the game cooperatively. Use the hardcore side of the main objective card and do not assign secret objectives. Each player's only objective is to complete the main objective. Players cannot vote to exile a player. During setup, remove from the game every card showing the non co-op symbol on the bottom right corner of the card.


Follow the same rules as the Co-Op Variant. When setting up each player receives 7 starting item cards instead of 5 and receives 4 survivors and keeps 3 of them instead of keeping only 2 of them. …

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