Humans vs. Zombies, or HvZ for short, is a game of tag on an epic scale. There are two teams: the Human Resistance and the Zombie Horde. Most players begin the game as Humans and a few brave volunteers begin as Zombies. Humans can defend themselves with Nerf blasters and thrown projectiles but if a Zombie manages to tag a Human, that Human is now a Zombie too!
This year’s game will be played Tuesday, October 29th through Thursday, October 31. Players will receive their game cards, get their defense projectiles and blasters approved, and sign an Assumption of Risk waiver at the MANDATORY orientation on Monday, October 28th at 7pm in the Student Recreation Center.
Here’s a little more information about game play and rules:
- Humans vs Zombies is played using the honor system! Index cards indicating your status should be worn at all times during the game. Please do not switch your card back to “Human” once turned into a Zombie.
- A tag is a firm touch to a Human on their shoulder or upper arm. (Use good judgment; any violation of this rule is against game guidelines as well as disrespectful, and will result in removal from the game at a minimum).
- Humans can stun a Zombie for 15 minutes by flashing them with a flashlight, giving the Human a chance to escape. Campus Recreation will provide flashlights at Orientation, or participants can use their own.
- Safe Zones are areas where the game is not live. Humans may flee to Safe Zones to escape being tagged. Safe Zones include the Residence Halls, Academic Buildings, the Library, the Student Recreation Center, and more buildings.
- No-Play Zones are out of play and no one can be tagged or stunned within them. Humans MAY NOT flee into a No-Play Zone to escape a Zombie. No-Play Zones include crosswalks, fire escapes, around moving vehicles, outdoor jobs/labs/classes, and more.
- Costumes are permitted and encouraged! However, they should not be alarming or threatening. Face masks and coverings, full camouflage, and banned weapons are not allowed.