After being shut down early this year, Humans vs. Zombies, a game played
by RIT students using Nerf guns to simulate a zombie epidemic, has been
authorized by Student Affairs to be played early this quarter.
“Back in the fall, I had to do a lot of work to have RIT people listen to us.
I was running around trying to communicate that Humans vs. Zombies
has a place at RIT. I was finally able to do that during finals week [of fall
quarter],” said Zach Bessler, a third year Computer Science major and the
game’s organizer. “Mike DeAngelo [head of the Center for Campus Life]
has gone out of his way to help us and make the game happen. Without
him, I don’t think we would be playing this game.”
RIT ordered many changes to the registration process for the game. “We’ll
have sessions you have to sign up at. There’s no more registration from
home,” Bessler said. At the registration sessions, participants will “sign
waivers and go over the rules to make sure everyone knows them. We’ll
also be giving out DVDs of bad zombie movies to try to set the theme,”
Once the game begins, a few rules have changed. “When I originally took
on the game, I tried really hard to tweak the rules for an RIT setting,”
Bessler said. The players will still be assigned missions, but Public Safety
will be notified of the missions in advance this time around.
Registration meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on April 16th, 8 p.m. on April
22nd, 5 p.m. on April 24th, and 7 p.m. on April 27th. The meetings will
take place in the SAU Fireside Lounge. The game will start on April 28th.