Zombies come alive at Gorilla Village
Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter
Last Monday, zombies rose from their graves. Metaphorically speaking, that is. The War Game and Role Playing Alliance and the Student Activities Council hosted a zombie Nerf war game from 4-7 p.m. in the Gorilla Village.
“It’s a fun and competitive event you can play against, or with, your friends,” said Chris Goble, senior in education.
Goble, president of the war game and role playing alliance, says members of the organization developed the game in the fall of 2010. He says they based the game on other systems of role-playing games, but they tweaked them to make the game their own.
Goble says there are two sides in the game, humans and zombies, and the sides are chosen before the game begins. He says the humans start at a home base and a briefcase containing the zombie cure is placed on the other side of the playing field. The humans have to reach the briefcase while avoiding the zombies. If the humans reach the case before they are all turned into zombies then they win. If they don’t, the zombies win. Goble says the only way to stop a zombie is a double-tap from a Nerf gun.
Gary Meckley, member of WGRPA, says there are good things and bad things about the game.
“The best part of the game is probably trying to come up with a strategy to keep zombies off of you,” said Meckley, junior in automotive. “The worst part is running out of ammo.”
Meckley says he attended the event to help participants with registration and help with anything else the organization needed. He says the club has held the event off-campus in the past. Meckley says there were usually around 10 people who took part in the game. However, because they moved locations and worked with Student Activities Council this semester, he says they had more participants.
“The crowd’s looking a lot better than when we usually do his,” Meckley said. “This time there’s about 20 people out going crazy.”
Meckley says the Student Activities Council provided funds for extra Nerf guns and drew up waivers. He says they also contacted University Police and Steve Erwin, associate vice president of campus life and auxillary services, to see if they had any problems with holding this on campus.
Jessica Smith says she was in charge of the Student Activities Council’s role in the event.
“They asked us to help last year, but that was after we had no more funds left,” said Smith, senior in international business. “This year they asked us sooner, so we were able to help.”
Smith says the Student Activities Council also had a drawing for a few extra Nerf guns. However, Smith says the game isn’t about who wins.
“It’s mostly for the fun of getting to shoot people with Nerf guns,” Smith said.
Some students, like Maria Lopez were slightly intimidated by the game when they arrived but after watching the others play, they decided they wanted to try.
“I was scared at first because of the guns and violence,” said Lopez, freshman in the Intensive English Program. “I realized it doesn’t hurt, though, and I will participate in the next game.”
Alejandra Aveiro, freshman in the Intensive English Program, says she helped the SAC set up weapons and put names on the ones people brought. She says this was a new event for her.
“We don’t have Nerf wars in my country,” Aveiro said. “So I was excited.”