[!ED: Should we really print this?]Braiiins
So I stop by in Waterloo to do Orienation Leader Training, but when I get here on (last) monday, I'm informed that there is a game about to go down (it had actually just started but whatever) called Humans vs Zombies.
Rules can be found online at hvzsource.com, but basically humans wear a bandana or similar cloth around their upper arm and zombies wear the same, but around their head. Humans must outrun and outlast the zombies (or stun them with socks or nerf guns), while zombies must tag human players to feed themselves (zombies who don't feed die after two days). If all humans are zombified then the zombies win, but if all zombies starve then the humans win. Also, buildings and events are no-play zones for safety reasons.
Being an average zombie lover I threw myself at the opportunity to play. Thus started my three days bottled in the MathSoc office with fellow players, going out only for food, and meeting friends, or doing my OLT. Oh and I went along on a zombie hunt when there were still only two zombies. We got the target, but he gave us some scary info: that there were three other zombies that were recently caught. Cue another day of hiding in fear.
But as I exited my final OLT session on Thursday afternoon, a leader from the session taps my on the shoulder and says "Hey". I turn to him and say "Huh?". He responds with"You're now a zombie". I was shocked, but as the original zombie he didn't have to wear any bandana, so a zombie I became.
Let the fun begin!
What was a game of hiding and going out in numbers to confront individual zombies who were uninformed of human hideouts became a game of stalking friends between classes and scaring them silly. On the way out of MC I pass= ed a human player from MathSoc, the Original zombie got him, and so marked = the death of MathSoc. Another MathSoc human spotted this, reported it and p= roceeded to flee to his home off-campus for the day.
About an hour and a half later, I get a message from one of the MathSoc= humans inviting me to go on a zombie hunt. I knew they were trying to hunt= me, or atleast see if I was a zombie. So I went to their rendevous, but= from a rear entrance and with wary eyes. I was very lucky, for I caught on= e right inside the entrance who was taking a drink of water. His partner wa= s hiding at the top of a stairwell, overlooking the lobby of the building, = I tried but failed to get him since socks in close quarters are hard to dod= ge.
The night was then filled with tracking down that one human that got aw= ay. And after he received reinforcements and locked himself in a fellow hum= an's V1 room, we were off to hunt others.
The next day was spent stalking major traffic areas on campus, as well = as trying to keep track of humans who went through buildings, not to mentio= n the mission which got about a dozen humans out of hiding to escort the ga= me admin across campus to his res with zombies (in theory) shadowing and wa= ylaying the group. Being a Zombie is massively fun, compared to being a hum= an who must hide or travel in large groups for safety, zombies get to prowl= without fear and can work well in small groups of two or three to take dow= n even the most prepared of humans.
There were small problems with the game, some rules weren't followed, n= on-players got involved (a big no-no), but all in all my time, although cut= short, gave me two kills in my three days of being a zombie (had to go bac= k home). I would suggest anyone who is looking for a game like this to part= ake, the game is currently closed to new players (if it isn't over by the t= ime you read this), but another game is in the works for september, which s= hould have a much larger amount of players than the little 37 player game t= hat was this one (from what I am hearing, it could include two hundred play= ers!?).
Check out uw.hvzsource.com for the status of the current game, rules, a= nd (hopefully?) info on september's game.