Humans vs. Zombies: a narrative
VIDEO: Zombie hungers for human flesh
On Monday, Feb. 27, Damien Koningsfield, a freshman political science major, woke up at 6 a.m. for a run; by 10 a.m., he had joined the legion of the undead in Humans versus Zombies.
“Right in between the Quad and Maxim Doucet and Mouton,” Koningsfield said. “Right in that walkway they cornered me and I couldn’t tag both of them with my darts.”
After coming back from his 11 a.m., he joined with Admin and Alpha Zombie Justin Peltier — one of the two who originally turned him. The two zombies ganged up on a group of humans eating in the Union Courtyard, with Peltier sneaking in from behind and Koningsfield providing the distraction.
“The key to being a zombie is patience,” Peltier said as he waited for his chance to snag a human. “You gotta outwait them.”
Merely two hours following his defeat, Koningsfield was back and ready for blood — or in this case, tags.
“I want six humans. That’s a pretty high standard, but I’m athletic. If they can outrun me, I’d be really impressed,” Koningsfield said.
The rest of the week was a feast of still-living students. Fast forward to Wednesday, March 2. Koningsfield was one kill in and aiming for more during the mission. The gameplay that night took notes from “League of Legends,” with both humans and zombies protecting their respective towers. The game featured admins who were equipped with special abilities, with one admin providing a hoop in which players could respawn.
“It’s a lot harder for humans than I thought it was going to be,” Koningsfield said. “I thought humans had it easy because they could, like, blast zombies with their little blasters, stun them and then maybe run away.”
The respawn hoop proved to be too much of an advantage for zombies, who ended up tagging all of the humans by the end of the game.
“Let’s say this was permanent; look at all the humans they would have lost,” Koningsfield said. “They would have lost all the humans that showed up today by the time the game ended.”
The game reset, and the humans overtook the zombies after their alpha zombie was stunned. The remaining zombies began running around the humans, who huddled into a circle. When the game ended, Head Admin Robert Riley chastised the undead for not cooperating.
“I gave you guys instructions, and it just fell apart,” said Riley. “You have an alpha for a reason. You need to take leadership, and you need to listen to them. You’re not strong individually; you’re strong in the horde.
“The humans kind of naturally banded together in their ways … Once you’re gone, you’re gone, and for zombies it’s just like ‘I respawn in 15 minutes so I don’t really have to listen to you because I come back to life.’”