What is HvZ? Humans vs. Zombies (also called HvZ/HvZT for short) is a live-action game predominately played at college campuses where players begin as Humans and try to survive in a story where Zombies have begun to rise from the dead. The ultimate goal of the game is for either all Humans to be turned into Zombies, or for the humans to survive a set amount of time. Humans can defend themselves using any item that is approved by a moderator and thereby deemed safe and appropriate, but the most common equipment includes balled up socks, marshmallows, and foam dart guns. With these items, the goal is to hit a Zombie player with a thrown or launched item, thus stunning the Zombie player; Zombies are unarmed and must tag the Humans to gain a kill.
So…what should I expect?
When you get there, find the registration table. (HINT: I’ll be there!)
You will be asked to sign a safety contract and liability waiver. This is for everyone’s safety.
We’ll have a brief discussion before gameplay starts.
All zombies will be identified by a bandana.
What to Expect, Continued
There will be 3-4 original zombies. Humans can be turned by being tagged by the zombies. When a human is turned, both the human and the zombie need to return to the registration table so the kill can be logged.
Humans will have clean, rolled-up pairs of socks. Please bring your own. We will NOT be using Nerf guns. When hit with these, zombies will be out of the game for five minutes.
What to Expect, Continued
Throughout the event, there will be some missions. Completion will help your group, so they’re pretty important. Also, they’ll keep things moving.
While it may be tempting to take the game all over campus, I’m going to ask that everyone stays in the area of the Falcon Center Lawn. This way moderators can keep an eye on everything and things will be relatively contained.
What to Expect - Disqualification
We’re doing this to have fun, not hurt one another. If you have an accident, that’s alright. However, if you are repeatedly hurting other players and it seems to be intentional, you WILL be disqualified.
There will be safe zones which will we point out the game. It is important to respect these. If you neglect to do so and it keeps happening, you WILL be disqualified.
If people aren’t playing, that’s their choice. Accidents will happen. If you target non-players though, you WILL be disqualified.
A Message from humansvszombies.org
Don’t be a douchebag. Everyone plays Humans vs. Zombies to have fun, and the rules of HvZ only exist because we agree they do. That’s why the most important rule of Humans vs. Zombies is to treat your fellow players with respect, and gracefully accept when you have been tagged or stunned.
Want to see a game of HvZ in action? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzgE46gBP5Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtEU0rFA7Hc&feature=related OR you can Google it!