For fans of “The Walking Dead,” there’s a new board game that isn’t any sort of official tie-in to the TV show but it is zombie-themed -- and Pittsburgh-themed for good measure.
Released this summer, “Pittsburgh 68” ($25, Gamewick Games) is a card and dice game for 3-13 players ages 13 and up. Larry Wickman, who lives in Madison, N.J., has no Pittsburgh connection.
“I’m a big zombie fan and that’s where American zombie horror began so that’s my homage to it,” he said. “Kids today think it began in Atlanta with [the setting of] ‘The Walking Dead’ but Pittsburgh is the birthplace.”
The game’s title pays homage to director George A. Romero’s first zombie flick.
“ ‘Night of the Living Dead’ came out in 1968 and it was filmed off Route 68 north of Pittsburgh,” Wickman said. “It’s basically the time and place American zombie horror began.”
Another classic geek board game, “Settlers of Catan,” gets a TV-inspired update in “Star Trek Catan” ($49.99, only at Target stores or online at Target.com).
Instead of trying to build the longest road and trading wood for sheep, players establish supply routes with little plastic models of the U.S.S. Enterprise and trade resources such as “Star Trek’s” Dilithium and Tritanium. (The game will be exclusive at Target for the first 18 months of its release.) It's a fun twist on the original game and perfect for any fans of "Trek" and Catan, two pop culture touchstones that seem likely to have a lot of crossover.
It’s not the only new game based on a classic TV series. “Murder, She Wrote” has been out of production for 16 years but lead character Jessica Fletcher lives on in an interactive computer game. “Murder, She Wrote 2: Return to Cabot Cove” ($6.95) is available for PC or Mac and includes three cases to solve (screen shot at right).
Game play involves searching for hidden clues and solving puzzles. The game is available for download at www.legacygames.com.
And for die-hard local TV news viewers, there’s always the Steel City Cotton Works T-shirt ($24.99) featuring the image of WTAE news anchor Sally Wiggin done up in Andy Warhol, multi-color style. Steel City Cotton Works expects to have more of the shirts in stock before Christmas. [UPDATE: The shirts are back in stock as of Dec. 7.]