– November 15th, 2013 by Marcus Blueitt –
Humans vs. Zombies enhances paranoia
Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ) is a week-long game that consists of people acting crazy and anxious about not trying to get caught by zombies. The game is basically a reenactment of tag. All of the players begin the game as humans. The players are identified if they are playing by wearing a strip of cloth on their arm. One or two unmarked players are selected to be alpha zombies, and they begin tagging players. Zombies have 48 hours to tag a human; once they tag someone they take that human’s code and submit it on the HVZ website, converting that human to the zombie side and giving their tagger 48 hours again until they starve. If a zombie starves, they are out of the game.
If a human is cornered by a zombie or does not have anywhere to go, then a human can defend him or herself by stunning a zombie with a Nerf gun or throw a balled-up sock, which freezes the zombie for 10 minutes and allows the human to escape.
How did the Humans vs. Zombies come to the campus of Colby-Sawyer?
The history of how HvZ got started is extremely intriguing. John Clarke, ‘13 then a sophomore, asked Eric Boyer to be a faculty advisor for the new “Capture of the Flag” club. As they started to plan the event, a life-changing email was received by the Associate Dean of Students Robin Davis. The email consisted of an video from students at Goucher College playing a game called Humans vs. Zombies. Boyer loved the idea of the game and wanted to start it on the campus. After advertising the game and coming up with challeneges, the game was played three times in 2010 and has been a success.
First year student, Chris Gagne was one of the participants in the game, this past week. Gagne was a human trying to survive from getting attack by the vicious zombies. He said, “Being a human is a very paranoid experience. You have to look over your shoulder and all around you constantly going outdoors, and you find yourself going outdoors less and less throughout the week. On the whole it’s less terrifying to be a zombie, as the fear of being randomly attacked is gone.”
Humans vs. Zombies started on Nov. 3 and ended Nov. 10 when the humans were overwhelmed by the zombies and everybody who was present got tagged. There were about 40 people who participated in the game and love every second of it. Just because HvZ ended a few days ago, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be back in the spring semester. In the spring semester, HvZ will be played for a weekend long, instead of an entire week. Be on the lookout next semester for the zombies creeping up around you, trying to attack you!