Humans Versus Zombies: HMC Edition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… And I do not mean the holiday season (especially since it is only the beginning of October), nor do I mean midterm season, which started the other week. I am talking about HUMANS VERSUS ZOMBIES.

If you don’t know what HVZ is, do not despair! I can explain it in a nutshell here.

HVZ is basically a giant Nerf war between students of the 5Cs. Out of those who sign up, a few are assigned to be original zombies, who chase around the other players, the humans, trying to turn them into zombies by tagging them. However, humans are able to protect themselves from zombies with Nerf darts and socks, which can be used to stun zombies. A zombie who is hit by one of those objects is out for a set amount of time before they become “active” and can start chasing humans again. Active zombies where a bandanna on their head, while stunned zombies wear it around their neck. Humans wear bandannas on their arms.

Aaron Bagheri ('17) sits watch at the safe zone border at the front of the Shan.

(Human) Aaron Bagheri (’17) sits watch at the safe zone border at the front of the Shan.

(Zombie) Eli Weissler ('19) on the lookout for humans to catch in Sontag courtyard.

(Zombie) Eli Weissler (’19) on the lookout for humans to catch in Sontag courtyard.

If you are reading this and thinking, “That sounds fun and all, but how would that work with classes going on?” Well, that is also built into the game. The inside of buildings are called “safe zones,” where all playing stops. Additionally, the Shan┬áhas blue tape borders for the week that are used to represent the safe zone boundaries. There is also a safe half and hour in the evening where all play is suspended, normally so people can get dinner or back to their dorm with ease.

Typical zombie-stunning objects, courtesy of Aaron Bagheri ('17).

Typical zombie-stunning objects, courtesy of Aaron Bagheri (’17).

There are lots of other rules involving night missions, doubles taps, shields, and the like, but the above is basically the gist of it. I highly recommend playing it if you get the chance (other schools and cities have HVZ as well) as it is a great way to meet new people when you band together to face a horde of zombies.