Housing just finished their 3rd annual Humans vs. Zombies month long event. This was the first year I was interested and was able to participate. After listening to all of the rules and such my roommate and I decided it would be fun. Everyone starts out as a humans and there is one original zombie.
Everyone participating in the game is marked with a band, orange for human and green for zombie, except the original zombie who is not supposed to be known and wears an orange band and has a special ID card. Each zombie must “eat”/tag one human a day and report it, otherwise they are out. Each zombie and human had to check into the housing office once a day or they are out of the game. The goal of the game was to be the last human standing, or kill off all of the humans. There were safe zones, like no one was allowed to be tagged while in class or in a building on campus, being under a balcony/overhang in the dorms was also a safe zone marked by yellow tape. Humans were allowed to use clean socks to stun zombies for 15 minutes, enough to get away (and recollect your socks).
The night before the game started I decided to do a little math in my head, see how many zombies there could be within the week, that is if a zombie only ate one human a day, and all of them survived, by the 7th day there would be 64 zombies running around, this gave me some frights. Maybe that wasn’t the smartest thing to do before going to sleep, but wait were there even 64 participants or would the game be over by that time.
The first day was probably the most horrifying because you didn’t know who the original zombie was. For all I knew it could have been my roommate and she was just acting scared. You think you would feel safe, but I felt the most paranoid, anyone could tag me, I had to be cautious around every turn. I was strategic in how I played, how I moved, tried to avoid open spaces, tried to walk when it wasn’t crowded meaning waiting in a building until classes started. By the end of day 1 there were at least 3 people who had turned into zombies. Lucky for me I wasn’t one of them.
Day two and three may or may not have been worse. Day two was worse. I was stressing out, I was on my way to my second class and saw a zombie, he almost got me, my heart was pounding. I was sitting in class and almost wanted to tare off my band and give up, after two days I was paranoid and all I wanted to do was stay inside and avoid people but with classes and such it wasn’t possible. My roommate had been turned on day two, and said that she wouldn’t tag me if we were together. I was even more cautious by day 3, it was the end of the week, I only had one class but there was more zombies out there to get me. But I made it, and I was happy.
They had mentioned doing antivirus drops and such during the course of the month. The first one came the first Friday of the month, 3 sets of vaccinations were dropped in 3 different locations around housing, and the vaccinations were only allowed to be used that day. The next day they gave out 5 free days of life. As in the first five people to go into housing and ask were either allowed a day of not having to sign in (humans) or a day where they didn’t have to feed (zombies).
After a week of play housing was feeling what I might consider generous. They allowed new people to come and join in the game (I think because so many people died out the first week), they also allowed 5 zombies to come and turn back into humans. They wanted to keep the zombie outbreak under control, its a good thing or the humans wouldn’t have survived another couple days. I mean the best strategy for zombies I think would be to stalk out the housing office waiting for an unsuspecting human to come and get them.
The game was hard to say the least. I know plenty of people were paranoid and afraid. I know a few zombies dropped out after they got turned, they just couldn’t get themselves to change another person, and I don’t blame them. I’m not sure I would have been able to do it, I would have felt guilty.
I lasted 3 days as a human, and lasted 0 days as a zombie. I ended up having to drop out of the game because I decided to go home for the weekend to celebrate my birthday with my family, and while I could make that drive to go check in and come back, it wasn’t worth it to me. They said next year they might make a birthday clause for that case, but I wouldn’t hold it to them. It was fun while it lasted, and I would definitely do it again next year just hope I survive a little longer.
The game ended on October 22 with one human standing. Congratulations to the one human!