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The war of the zombies vs. humans rages in Athens
« on: November 24, 2006, 01:16:58 AM »
The war of the zombies vs. humans rages in Athens 
By Nick Claussen
Athens NEWS Associate Editor

More than 600 zombies and humans have been battling it out in Athens, but it isn't part of the annual uptown Halloween celebration.

Rather, it's the Ohio University version of a national battle of Humans against Zombies, which is transpiring at college campuses across the country.

Participating OU students and area residents have been shooting at each other with Nerf guns (some even with laser pointers) and taking part in a battle that is continuing through midnight this Tuesday (Halloween). A Web page devoted to the game got OU students and area residents involved in the battle, and the players have been posting information about their kills and adventures throughout the week. The game began on Monday, Oct. 23, and took a break over the weekend because of the street party uptown and all of the people in town for the weekend.

David Canario explained that most people playing started out as humans, and that only around 20 of the people who signed up on Facebook started out as zombies. More than 600 people signed up to play the game on Facebook, and many people who did not sign up also have been playing.

Organizers of the game talked to the Athens Police Department before they started to see what they could and could not do with their Nerf guns on the streets, and the police asked them not to play the game during the busy Halloween weekend, Canario said. Not an actual organizer, Canario is just one of the players. The organizers could not be reached for comment.

In the game, humans wear bandanas on their arms, and zombies wear them on their heads. Humans shoot at the zombies with Nerf guns, and if the zombies are hit, they are out of commission for a designated period.

The zombies, meanwhile, try to grab the bandanas off of the arms of the humans. If a human loses his or her bandana (and yes, Canario said many females have been playing), the human turns into a zombie.

It may sound a little odd or geeky, but it also sounds like fun, and the players seem to be having a good time. Public buildings are off limits in the game, so that zombies and humans cannot attack in classes, at work, or in stores or restaurants. The game goes on all day, though, and zombies and humans can attack on the sidewalks, on campus, in some parts of the residence halls, in apartments, or in countless other places.

"You were asking for cover in order to take the trash out," recalled Tonya Woodbridge about last week's play. Woodbridge does some work with the Universe of Heroes comic-book shop and was referring to how Canario would have to leave the store when he was a "human."

Universe of Heroes had a "strike team" of humans at the beginning of the game, taking out the zombies and trying to protect each other, Canario recalled.

Woodbridge stressed that she was not part of the strike team or part of the game at all. "I've primarily been mocking them," Woodbridge said. "When you've got 20 people running around with Nerf guns, it's hard not to mock them."

Canario said he was nervous about leaving the store to take the trash out or have a smoke, but said that he and his strike team worked together to protect one another.

Jordan Cooper, who also works at the store, is involved in the game, too. He showed off one Nerf gun with a laser pointer on Friday, and told how the players really got into finding just the right guns for the competition.

"I spent three hours painting mine, but I'm also a nerd," Cooper said. He added that he doesn't care if it seemed geeky or not, because he and hundreds of other students have been enjoying the game.

Cooper and Canario discussed all of the zombies they killed on the first two days of the competition, shooting them at the ATMs, outside the store, and at other places in Athens. Cooper was attacked by 20 zombies at once, and was able to kill nine of them, he said.

Canario, meanwhile, shares an apartment with a friend who was a zombie during the time Canario was still a human. The two set up rules so that the bedrooms and bathrooms in the apartment were off limits to the game, but the other areas were fair game.

If he got up in the middle of the night, Canario was worried about being attacked by his friend, he said. He added that he was constantly worried about being attacked.

"You get a little paranoid," Canario conceded. He was turned into a zombie when zombies attacked him, he said, adding that that the attack included the tossing of a "sock bomb."

He wrote in detail about his death on the Facebook Web site, and noted that players have been commenting heavily about their kills and their plans to take out other groups. "There was a lot of trash talking," Canario said.

As the game progresses, more and more humans are turned into zombies, and they then go after the remaining humans. It's tough to remain a human for the whole week, but as of Friday afternoon when the game went on break, many humans still remained.

"It's not about winning or losing; it's about surviving," Canario said.

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Re: The war of the zombies vs. humans rages in Athens
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2006, 11:46:35 AM »
OU, not to be confused with OSU, has been know as one of the countries biggest party schools for years.   So the 'war' kinda fits right in.
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