Warning: the infectious H1Z1 virus is expected to hit Cal Poly Pomona tomorrow, dividing students into two species: humans and zombies.
Participating students will become the walking dead all over campus while playing Humans vs. Zombies, an interactive tag game that will last until Feb. 1.
Humans will be locked and loaded with stress balls and clean socks to protect themselves from the devilish zombie horde.
Associated Students Incorporated, BEAT and Inter-Hall Council are the official sponsors and are providing the logistics and coordination of the event.
The game was created in fall of 2005 at Goucher College by Chris Weed and Brad Sappington, who have since created an official website with general guideline rules and information for other universities to create and customize their own version of Humans vs. Zombies.
"I believe this has helped grow the numbers of players that are interested in the game, but I think that the popularity of zombies existed before their surge in current media from the original zombie films in the 90s," said Garrett Porter, a second-year computer engineering student.
Humans vs. Zombies is a game of tag played at schools, camps, neighborhoods, military bases and conventions across the country.
During Friday and Monday's orientation, players were given a human identification card and on the back was the mediators' contact information.
A human becomes an infected zombie if they are tagged by another one. If the zombie is going to tag a human they must tag with at least one hand and with a firm touch. The zombie must report the tag online and collect the ID card information from the human.
The safe zones for humans will be academic and athletic buildings. Non-participants will not be allowed to help the players in the game.
Human players must remain vigilant. Their only source of protection will be socks and stress balls. Zombies don't have weapons.
If the zombie is hit with a stress ball or clean sock they are stunned for 15 minutes. This game is played on an honor system.
All players begin as humans, and one is randomly chosen to be the "Original Zombie." The Original Zombie tags human players and turns them into zombies. Zombies must tag and eat a human every 48 hours or they starve to death and are out of the game.
The players of the game will have to wear abright orange shirt and bandana and it will specify if they are a human or zombie.
When someone is turned into a zombie they must move their bandana from their arm to their head and fold it so the word "Zombies" is visible.
First-year Finance, Real Estate and Law student Sophia Rehman expressed her excitement during Friday's orientation meeting.
"I want to be zombie because you can chase people and that's way more fun than to waiting for someone to come to you," said Rehman. "I rather be the stalker than the stalkee."
Everyone is encouraged to be on campus as much as possible to be able to participate in the game.
According to Barnaby Peake, the director of programs and marketing for ASI, the purpose of the game is to provide students with a safe form of entertainment.
"When you get to college you focus on your career, studies, future, big steps in your life, graduation, family, house- this lets the students to let go and embrace youth and play silly games; it's harmless fun," said Peake. "It is strengthening the community and pulls people together and forms bonds that will last."
As of Friday, approximately 140 students had signed up online, but more were expected to sign up before Wednesday.
Peake hopes that students will become involved and interactive with the game, and even wear zombie inspired makeup.
He said they are looking into finding makeup artists that can make the person appear to have scars and bloody wounds.
The zombies win if all human players have been tagged and turned into the living dead. The humans can win by surviving long enough for all of the zombies to starve.
There will be a post game celebration in the Games Room with all the participants where t-shirts and gift cards will be awarded.
After a year of coordinating, Porter is looking forward to the event and being able to see everyone enjoying themselves.
"This game brings a social event that is out of the ordinary to the lives of CPP students," said Porter. "Humans vs. Zombies is a wonderful way to bring people together that really defies social barriers and groups. It will be a great way for people from different majors and lifestyles, commuters and people who live on campus, to get to know each other in a fun, cooperative and competitive environment."
For more information on the game, visit humansvszombies.org.