Humans vs. Zombies: Battle It Out in the Bubble
April 7, 2011 Leave a comment
by Alicia Reinersman
The zombie apocalypse is over and only one human survived; first-year Sandra Tyrie. At midnight on Sunday, the Humans vs. Zombies game ended with about 36 people bearing bright green sashes on their arms to represent their zombie status.
Humans vs. Zombies is just a game, or an “epic game of tag,” according to junior Danny Woolums. Woolums is a moderator for the game and an arbiter of the rules.
“I try to work with humans and zombies to make sure they’re getting along,” Woolums said.
Another person in charge of this game is junior Wade McGrath, who played a large role in its organization on campus.
“(My two main objectives are) to answer calls from every single player who has a problem with one of the rules (and) to create running missions for the humans and zombies,” said McGrath.
However, being a moderator is not as easy as McGrath expected.
“There are more problems than I could have ever envisioned having. Both sides, at one point or another, have been mad at the other side,” McGrath said.
The game began on March 29 at 6 a.m. with only one zombie, and the infection spread quickly. The humans could be identified by the red sashes on their arms. Aside from being in the cafeteria or hiding in the Situation Room that was crafted in Front Lobby with some black sheets, the humans’ only defense was the use of their weaponry — socks. The socks would “stun” the zombies and force them to make a trip back to the small graveyard in front of the Campus Center before they could continue playing the game.
Contentions have been high due to the players’ seriousness.
“(Humans vs. Zombies is a) unique action-packed, highly dramatic game. … The second after donning the red band on the first day, I was running for my ‘life,’ constantly paranoid with a faithful dose of adrenaline in my system at all times,” said sophomore Trista Taboada.
Taboada was one of the many people who got ambushed by a zombie and preferred it.
“Personally, I think it was much easier to be a zombie. I did not have the stress of hiding, dodging, sock-throwing or worrying about losing my humanity,” Taboada said.
There was, however, something that threatened the zombies’ existence. Woolums and McGrath decided to change the game by adding six “cures.” These cures were index cards with codes wrapped around hot glue sticks, and they were hidden around campus for the players to find and transform themselves or other zombies back into humans.
This addition changed the strategy of the game and allowed the final human to survive. For more dramatic effect, Dean of Students Mike Vetter agreed to be escorted by the remaining humans to Campus Sing in what became a successful “VIP rescue mission” for the humans.
Now that Humans vs. Zombies is over, Woolums and McGrath are considering the possibility of another game during May term if people are still interested. According to Woolums, their goal is to double in the number of players.
Taboada plans to play the game again during May term.
“The game was exciting and useful in making friends with people on campus that I might not have interacted with otherwise,” said Taboada.
McGrath also sees the game as something positive.
“There is something so fun about being on edge,” McGrath said. “The more people we get into that feeling, the more fun this game-feels all around.”