Ever play Resident Evil or watch Dawn of the Dead and wish you could actually fight zombies in real life? Well at campuses all over the East coast and across the US you can! Originally the game was created at Goucher College, in 2005. With the spread of Facebook schools have started up a game called Humans vs Zombies and it has really taken off.
Walking on campus last week I became very confused when I saw people acting paranoid with bandanas on their arms or head. People went so far as to miss class while this game was going on all over campus. The rules of the game are simple: it is a giant game of tag. An “Original Zombie” is chosen and everyone else is a human. Humans wear bandanas on their arms and zombies wear them on their heads. After being tagged by a zombie you turn into one and have to “eat” a human every 48 hours or you starve to death and are out of the game. Which ever group survives or eats everyone is the winner. Of course no real weapons are allowed in this game only beanbags, rolled up socks, or nerf guns. As in all zombie games, there are safe zones. Pretty much all indoor areas are safe zones but you cannot play in certain areas such as Libraries, academic buildings, and bathrooms since classes are still going on. Many schools have their own variation of the rules like mine did since each place is different.
If the game hasn’t started in your area yet then go start one! East Carolina University (my school) had its first game this year after working everything out with the appropriate people and posting the event in the paper. About 500 people participated in this first game which means it will just get bigger now that people know what it is. Finally my school has a major geek event!
For more information on the event and if it will be taking place at your local campus visit the official Humans vs Zombies site.