I was talking with a friend of mine who goes to Goucher College the other day and he happened to mention a game in which he was taking part, called Zombies Vs. Humans. According to Wikipedia:
“Humans vs Zombies was created by Brad Sappington and Christopher Weed of Goucher college. The first game, which happened in November of 2005, had a meager 60 participants but was considered a huge success… The second game had people climbing in and out of rope ladders attached to their windows, people sleeping in the athletic fields to avoid zombie roomates, and a host of other crazy things. … the game has spread to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois with more games starting up on a daily basis.”
The game, closely related to other live-action games like Assassins, has a few rules:
There are two teams, the Humans and the Zombies. At the beginning of the game everyone is a member of the Human team with the exception of one person chosen as the Original Zombie whose identity remains secret. This person tags human players, turning them into Zombies as well. The Zombie team wins when it has consumed the entirety of the Human team. The Human team wins if the Zombie team starves to death; a zombie starves 48 hours after its last tag. The Humans are armed with nerf guns, marshmallows, or balled-up socks, which can stun a Zombie for 15 minutes, rendering hir harmless. Humans must wear a standard issue bandana, tied around the right upper arm, between elbow and shoulder. Zombies must wear a bandana tied around their heads as a headband.
For purposes of the game, the campus is divided into “safezones” and “killzones.” Humans may take refuge in safezones and can only be eaten/killed in a killzone.
A. Anywhere you aren’t required to be by your college.
B. Outdoors in any academic or residence hall quad, including overhangs in buildings… Get indoors if you want safety.
C. Any outdoor event that is not required by or beneficial to your academic standing. Outdoor concerts, groups of people tossing a frisbee around, or sunbathing do not require your attendance. You can be eaten or shot if you’re there.
D. Intramural sports games or practices. Sorry softball, flag football, outdoor soccer, etc. Watch your back.
E. Hallways of Residence buildings, and dorm rooms of non-human players.
A. Any building on campus that does not house students.
B. Dining Halls
C. Academic Buildings
D. Athletic Buildings
E. Any place that your absence would affect a class grade or standing (outdoor classes, intermural sports practices, field trips).
If a zombie does not feed on the flesh of the living by tagging a human in a legal killzone after 48 hours, the zombie dies of starvation. Death by starvation permanently removes you from the game. (You can still play next year.)If a human shoots a zombie with a Nerf weapon, or hits the zombie with a balled-up sock or marshmallow, the zombie is disabled for 15 minutes, after which time the zombie is again active.
It is this blogger’s opinion that a game of this nature would not be difficult to start at good ol’ Wesleyan, especially at this time of year. Interested parties should comment here, and perhaps something could be arranged.
Happy (early) Halloween!