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LIMA — Jake Adams had a plan. He would wield his medieval Nerf sword in circles, defending himself from any zombie in its range.

But the OSU-Lima sophomore made the worst mistake: He trusted friend Jenna Dancer, who just so happened to be the “original zombie.”

“I had no idea. My guard was down,” Adams said during his hour-long transformation period after which he would too be a zombie. “That is why you have to be careful not to trust people.”

The two are among 65 OSU-Lima and Rhodes State College students playing Humans Vs. Zombies, a moderated game of tag popular on college campuses.

Participants are wearing yellow bands: humans around the wrist, zombies around the head. Zombies must tag human in their quest to take over campus. Humans have only Nerf guns and swords or socks to defend themselves. Zombies must “feed” on at least one human every 24 hours to survive.

Junior Garrett Oestreich, of Ada, brought the game to campus. He’s had friends play elsewhere. Each school writes its own storyline for their game. Oestreich wrote of a professor losing Compound Z of the Ombie mushroom and it falling into a cookie.

“One student ate this cookie, but it was only the beginning of the infection that would quickly spread across the Lima campus,” he wrote.

Dancer, of Delphos, was randomly selected from 20 wanting to be the original zombie, or OZ. She spent the first two days incognito, not having to wear a head band.

“I can do sneak attacks,” said Dancer, who carried socks to keep the humans from her secret.

Sneaky she was, showing Adams her socks before tagging him. Soon, another attack. In the end, Adams, of Ada, looked forward to his zombie role.

“I am pretty excited now to be the first one,” he said, saying his plan is to stay hidden as much as possible from his human friends. His girlfriend was to be his first victim.

Humans can stun a zombie for a short time while they take cover, but soon the zombie will be looking for his next victim.

“You can’t kill zombies,” Oestreich said.

There are “safe zones” on campus: cafeteria, library, game room and classrooms, depending on the teacher. But otherwise, attacks are fair game until Friday night.

For the zombies to win, all humans must be tagged. For a human victory, at least a male and female must survive to “populate the world.”

Many schools do Humans Vs. Zombies twice a year, which is a possibility here too. Students were quick to sign up , and organizers expect the interest to grow.

“With tag, it takes you back to when you were younger,” Adams said. “It has been a big craze for awhile, and us finally getting to do it is fun.”

“Lately there has been a zombie craze in movies and I have kind of been interested,” Dancer said.  “I think it is really fun to participate in the zombie craze.”

Learn more about the game at www.humansvszombies.org.

Zombies taking over Lima campus

Zombies taking over Lima campus
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