Forces Of Evil: The Board Game

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(6300 words) A horror short story about a young couple at a cabin in the woods who find a role playing board game about defending a warehouse from an army of zombies. By playing the game and losing they shift the balance, giving evil the upper hand. As evil runs rampant in the world they race against time and zombies to set things right.
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Words: 6,760
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310703867
About Rik Hunik

Rik Hunik was born in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, in 1957, and has lived his entire life in BC, except for a few summers in Alberta, and a few days in Washington State climbing rocks. He has lived in Ymir, Wells, Quesnel, Prince George, Quesnel, North Vancouver, Quesnel, Burnaby, North Delta, and Quesnel. I live with my wife Jo and a blue-eyed, white cat named Mister. I mostly build houses and shops to earn a living but I'm also a writer, poet, artist, photographer, role playing game designer and independent e-book publisher. I’ve written dozens of stories, including fantasy, horror, sword & sorcery, mystery, humor, erotica, and science fiction, frequently combining genres. Forty have been published in small press magazines and e-zines, from the 200-word "The Hole" in Ascent Aspirations, to the 10,000-word novelette "Levels" in Buzzy Mag, published in May, 2012. Some of them are available now as ebooks at Smashwords.
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Review by: Rhiw Sider on March 02, 2016 :
Forces of Evil: The Board Game
This is not a story I would read usually but under the ploy of reading something new I thought I’d try. Burdened by a childhood where Doctor Who was scary, Daleks were real, and Joe 90 was plausible the possibility of ghosties from the graveyard never seemed viable. I mean, I used to like larking around in te graveyards at night. The only live characters were us.
The setting British Columbia. Eddie and Sue have taken over Sam’s cabin a long way out of town for the weekend, when the power is lost. Searching for candles they come across an old tin box. The box contains Forces of Evil: The Board Game. Avid games players they soon get the hang of the basic rules. They play one game, lose, and go to bed.
The next morning isn’t so great. Eddies not slept well, all the food has gone off and the stove blows a fuse. On top of it all Same cuts herself and they have to visit the hospital to get it sewn up.
Things aren’t so good at the hospital either, A&E is swamped with victims from major accidents.
Back at their town home they are interrupted by Sam who wants them to return to the cabin. He explains that the game they were playing to night before was a very real game between good and evil. Evil comes in the shape of real Zombies who will stop at nothing to win. The forces of Good are Eddie and Sue because they played the game and lost the night before. Sam convinces the return to the game and keep playing it until they win. Losing is not an option because to lose is to die. For real.
The Good: Eddie, Sue and Sam; Security Guard, Truck Driver and heroes.
The Bad and the Ugly: Zombie Master, Zombie Captain, Zombies.
Bone cracking fun and terror (not really).
So is it a good read?
I suppose so, for a short story. Will fill a hole between Oxford circus and Tottenham Court Road, I guess.
Note to Author:
I think the spell check got something wrong. Chapter 4, Page 4/10:
Text reads: For a wonder every attack worked ………………………….
Maybe this should read: For a while every attack worked …………………………. ?
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Review by: Mary Blackwell on Sep. 05, 2014 :
This tale starts with the not unusual premise of a couple visiting a friend's cabin and finding something strange. Like the previous reviewer I would have preferred to read a longer version, however for me, this short story worked. I felt I got to know the characters and was rooting for them and although the twist was somewhat telegraphed, the journey to the end was a wild ride ... great fun and I heartily recommend it.
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Review by: Lorna Smith on April 04, 2014 :
A very good concept.
Good storyline but would be so much better in a longer form.
I did enjoy this story and recommend it.
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