Dead Reign

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Dead Reign
The Zombie Apocalypse
Dead Reign RPG 2008.jpg
Front cover of Dead Reign core rulebook, illustrated by E. M. Gist
Designer(s) Josh Hilden, Joshua Sanford, Kevin Siembieda
Illustrator(s) Amy L. Ashbaugh, Nick Bradshaw, Kent Burles, Mark Dudley, Mike Mumah
Publisher(s) Palladium Books
Publication date November 2008 (2008-11)
Years active 2008–present
Genre(s) Post-apocalyptic horror
Language(s) English
System(s) Megaversal

Dead Reign is a zombie apocalypse role-playing game published by Palladium Books. The first print of the main book was in November 2008.

Publication history[edit]

Dead Reign is Palladium Books's entry into the popular zombie apocalypse genre, and a rare "SDC" game for Palladium, meaning that it runs at the more-human power level.[1] According to Shannon Appelcline the game "generally showed that Palladium was doing more than just surviving in the years following the Crisis [of Treachery]; it was also continuing to innovate settings".[1]

Originally created as an alternate setting for Beyond the Supernatural, it was put on track to be turned into a stand-alone title after first appearing in Palladium Books' Rifter series. The game's creators, Josh Hilden and Joshua Sanford, wrote a manuscript and turned it in, but during the five weeks between manuscript submission and the book going to the printers, Palladium president and lead game designer Kevin Siembieda rewrote roughly eighty percent of the game and changed its basic premise.


  1. Civilization Gone first printing May 2009
  2. Dark Places first printing[when?] before 7 October 2011[2]
  3. Endless Dead first printing May 2012
  4. Fear the Reaper first printing[when?] before 25 December 2013[3]
  5. Graveyard Earth first printing[when?] between 4 June 2014 and 11 May 2015[4]
  6. Hell Followed (announced for the first half of 2015[5])


  1. ^ a b Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 163. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  2. ^ wayback archive for Dark Places
  3. ^ wayback archive for Fear the Reaper
  4. ^ wayback archive for Graveyard Earth
  5. ^ PALLADIUM BOOKS® WEEKLY UPDATE – APRIL 10, 2015: Books slated for the first 6 months of 2015: Dead Reign® Sourcebook: Hell Followed™ (a large, juicy sourcebook).

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