Students play Humans vs. Zombies at Boca campus
The first undead apocalypse at FAU’s main campus hopefully won’t be the last
October 11, 2011 | By: Joey Krumm
Walking by the Social Science building and seeing “blood” soaked “zombies” chasing their “victims” might have set some people on edge. However, during the Boca campus’ first ever Humans vs. Zombies event at FAU, everything was going according to plan.
Humans vs. Zombies is a game similar to tag, in that one person starts out as a zombie who “infects” people by tagging others (humans). Once a human is tagged, he or she becomes a zombie, and puts a headband on to show they are one of the zombie horde.
The game went on from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Oct. 7, on the lawns between the Dorthy F. Schmidt Performing Arts building and the Physical Science building. It was hosted by Resident Assistant Michael Garcia, with assistance by Resident Assistant Andrew Wittel
Traditionally, humans use Nerf guns to defend themselves against the zombies, who must fall to the ground for a brief time after they’re shot. Instead, balled up socks were used as weapons that could be thrown at the zombies or wielded as a mace.
Michael Garcia got the idea from being a part of a Humans vs. Zombies event that was hosted by the Rec Center on the Jupiter campus. He thought “it would be epic” to bring it to the Boca campus.
There were three games in the event: Capture the flag (bring a flag from one location to the other before the “zombies” kill you), VIP (a variant of capture the flag with a person as the flag that must be taken to a safe zone) and Survival (last man standing).
In all cases the game ends when the last human is killed, or if the humans achieve their objective. By the end of the night, the Zombies wion two of the team based games and the Humans won one.
There were two games of capture the flag – each team won one game. The zombies won a VIP game, and two games of survival.
For the first ever event, 47 kids ended up playing. Garcia was surprised at the turnout, saying “it was way more than I originally expected.” In better established events that have been held at other colleges, the entire school gets involved and the event can last for days.
Garcia said he would like to try and make this happen again in the spring, with more backing from other resident assistants, the Resident Student Association and the FAU Police Department. He hopes to make it a larger event.
“If anything it would be awesome to at least do this again in the Spring and to make it bigger and better than tonight’s event.”
This has become a big "thing" at colleges around the country, along with Muggle Quidditch. Good to see it being done at FAU.