By Eliza Silverman ’14 and Zoe Stalnecker ’14
Cody Editor and Business Manager
In case you weren’t one of the many Claremont students running around with green bandanas and nerf artillery, we are here to recount the Live Action Role Play extravaganza that was Humans versus Zombies 2010 on the Claremont Colleges.
The game was ultimately a battle of good versus evil. The objective of the humans, or the “resistance,” was to resist infection at the zombie’s hand for as long as humanly—excuse the pun—possible. The zombie “horde” could infect a human by simply touching them on the arm.
The complexities of the game are as follows: all Claremont students that signed up for the game began as humans, save for a few “administrators” that were Original Zombies, or OZs. Humans wore green bandanas around their arms to signify their status as a human, while zombies wore a green bandana around their heads. You were required to wear the bandana and carry an identification card at all times. Basically everywhere except classrooms, individual dorm rooms and dining halls was a fair fight zone on the 5C’s—except, ironically, for Scripps. The entirety of the Scripps campus was a safe zone because the faculty didn’t agree that Humans versus Zombies was appropriate for an academic environment. The humans were allowed to defend themselves by shooting relatively harmless nerf darts at the zombies to deflect infection, thus “freezing” zombies for fifteen minutes.
But enough of the nitty-gritty details. Inevitably, you’re dying to know what Humans versus Zombies was really like. Was the week characterized by ceaseless adventures? Guerilla warfare? Heart-stopping showdowns? Our stories will not disappoint.
Living on Scripps, we really had to go out of our way to put ourselves in the line of fire. We did just that: we dined at Harvey Mudd’s dining hall meal after meal. The first few days were relatively uneventful because the ratio of humans to zombies remained about 350 to 50. After day 3, however, the resistance declined rapidly. Zombies were beginning to outnumber humans. Eliza alone had three zombies in her CMC Spanish class of 15 students; she had to make a break for it as soon as class ended at 10:50, to get back to the safe home base. “She looked pretty ridiculous,” said Jade Ulrich (’14). “One day she put on these neon protective goggles to block the rain from her eyes as she fled from Bauer Center.”
On the fourth night, all hell broke loose. We went to dinner at HMC and zombies were patrolling the perimeter. The resistance was down to a paltry hundred humans, and zombies were omnipresent. We hastily scurried into the dining hall without too much trouble, but the way out was a whole different ball game. Two specific zombies were targeting us from both exits out of the dining hall. We put our heads together and came up with a different escape route: off the edge of the outdoor patio! Genius! As we carefully and quickly scaled the walls, clamshells in hand, we felt pretty invincible. Until, as Eliza dropped down from the wall, a zombie came up and tagged both of us. Fail.
Humans versus Zombies added an element of suspense and intrigue to what would otherwise have been an ordinary week in Claremont. Our suggestion? Participate in the next round of Humans versus Zombies, coming Spring 2011!
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