A more in-depth look at Here’s Negan

Following yesterday’s announcement about Here’s Negan: The Board Game – which is heading direct to stores this November – today we’re lifting the lid on how the game plays. Oh, and make sure you grab a ticket for the Mantic Night at GenCon so you can try the game for yourself in just a couple of weeks.



One of the key elements in Here’s Negan is the idea of reputation. Although the game is a co-operative experience for up to five players, you’re all trying to impress the main man! During the course of game, Negan will reward his loyal lieutenants with Reputation Points for performing well. If you kill a Walker, clear a room or lower the threat, Negan will be pleased. But if you perform badly, Negan will deduct Reputation Points from your total. At the end of the game, the players will combine all their rep to see how well they’ve done. However, the player with the most reputation will be declared Negan’s favourite. As such, there’s a competitive element as you all want to be declared Negan’s little slugger.


No one gets to play as Negan himself. Instead he’s controlled by a deck of cards… so you never quite know how he’s going to behave. Sometimes he’ll move forward and whack any other Survivors unfortunate enough to get in his way. Perhaps he’ll start randomly shouting, which might attract wandering Walkers? Or maybe he’ll be benevolent and reward a Survivor with extra Reputation Points? The aim of the game is to clear a path for Negan to follow through the level. Fail to clear a path or get Negan killed and the mission is over. Piss Negan off at your peril!


The claustrophobic corridors of the Sanctuary make perfect hiding places for wandering Walkers. At the start of game Walker Tokens represent potential Walkers. These move around the board as Survivors make noise, or they can be moved by one of the Event Cards, which are drawn each turn. When a Walker Token moves into the line of sight of a Survivor of Negan it’s flipped over. On the reverse will be a red, white or blue dice symbol. One player then rolls a dice to see how many Walkers are spawned! Sometimes it might be none… other times it could be a horde of shuffling corpses. You can never predict what horrors you’re about to face.


The Sanctuary is littered with handy items. These can be anything from bandages for healing wounds, fire extinguishers or even extra weapons. Of course, in Here’s Negan everyone is out for themselves so you’ll have to be quick to snatch up the weapons to help give you the advantage. After all, impressing Negan isn’t going to be easy.


You’ll never be sure what’s round the next corner, thanks to the Room Deck. Each time you unlock a room, you’ll need to draw a card from the Room Deck. This could reveal a store room packed with bountiful supplies, a caved in corridor that’s impassable or a mortuary stacked high with the undead. Thanks to the combination of random rooms, special events and Negan’s unpredictable behaviour, none of the 12 scenarios included in the game will ever play the same.

Here’s Negan will be released direct to retail this November. Pre-order now to receive exclusive Survivor cards to use Dwight, Laura, Sherry, John and Tara as characters in The Walking Dead: All Out War.


  1. Rob are the pre-order cards Mantic store only? Meaning will they also come with the game if pre-ordered via Alliance Dist.?

  2. I’m struggling to quantify what a “horse of shuffling corpses” is. It sounds cool but I’m not quite following. Is that a British unit of measure? Are there other units that I can compare that too? Looking forward to seeing this game in action at Gen Con. Also, second Jeff’s question. I’ve already pre-ordered the game from my FLGS, will they be able to get the cards by pre-ordering through distributors?

  3. Hey wait – the Walking Dead cards should come in the game, not as part of a preorder (only)! I don’t plan to preorder this, but would only buy it if I were able to get those cards, to let me use those characters in The Walking Dead All Out War… Please reconsider this!

  4. Matt, I’m also worried about people that get into all out war after preorders. They’ll buy this game thinking they can use the models, but they won’t be able to get the cards.

  5. The only downside to this is the reuse of the All Out War core zombies, after buying the boosters, or the Kickstarter, a lot of us will already have a few sets of these particular sculpts, I would have believed that they would be unique sculpts like the Woodbury starter. Will this be changed at any point?

  6. Mantic, please could you tell me if the survivors, or alternate versions of them, will be available separately, for use in All Out War, at any possible by in the future?

    • I imagine they would be as they’re all major players with The Saviors but I imagine Dwight at least will be a little different in stats, possibly all of them as Here’s Negan takes place a few years before his appearance in the main comic.

  7. Hope the Pre-Order cards are available for sale later on separate or as a special booster set with some equipment. Maybe with the current day, in comic, versions of the characters. That way you have 2 profiles and can use your Here’s Negan miniatures. Cause you have people like me who want this but can’t afford it right now.

    • Heck why isn’t this just using All Out War as the base and have these features as a new Gamemode.

  8. Wayne Shepherdson July 23, 2018 at 3:55 am

    will this be able to be incorporated/crossed over into all out war and vice versa? eg maybe some card exp pack to use the characters from each game in the other.

  9. Question: Are there plans for expansions, and if so what are those?

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