Wondering why there are students running around campus with Nerf guns and foam swords? Or why orange bandannas seem to be the latest fashion trend? It’s just that time of year again folk, it’s humans versus zombies.
Humans versus zombies is a unique game brought to campus by the Mines Urban Gaming Club. This game consists of two teams, humans and zombies, who are constantly clashing for survival. Humans remain alive if they do not get eaten, or touched, by the zombies. The zombies, on the other hand, must feed on humans every 48 hours or else they starve and die.
To distinguish the zombies from the humans, each player is given an orange bandanna, humans wear theirs on their arms while zombies must wear them on their heads. Every day, the humans must run, hide, or dance their way to class. If they do not, then they will have a very good chance of meeting with a zombie hoard and becoming a zombie themselves.
The game starts off simply enough, there a few alpha zombies, who look like regular humans for the first 12 hours of the game. After the first 12 hours, the alpha zombies move their headbands to their head to signify that they are actually zombies. It is at this point in the game humans are allowed to dawn their weapons. Weapons include Nerf guns, foam swords, and socks. These weapons stun zombies for 15 minutes, during which time humans have the chance to escape. If a human makes it indoors then they are safe from being tagged by a zombie.
From the start of the game, each team is given a daily mission to perform. If the humans fail the mission, their lives become much more difficult later on. Missions often include snatch and grab jobs where Twinkies are hidden around campus and the humans have to find them.
So whenever you see students running around campus with brightly colored headband on their heads and arms, do not be alarmed, for it is just that time of the year. The time when zombies roam freely during humans versus zombies.