The second zombie invasion in a month will happen at the University of Colorado this weekend, but this time the humans won’t be easily defeated thanks to rare permissions given by university officials.
For the first time since the university banned the use of simulated weapons in December, players will be allowed to use Nerf guns, instead of the university-sanctioned substitute balled-up socks, during a special Humans versus Zombies session — a popular college game of “tag.”
The university Police Department issued the students a temporary weapons waiver for the weekend session because it will be played in a “controlled and secure” building, where bystanders will be clearly informed about the game and the purpose of the weapons, according to CUPD spokeswoman Molly Bosley. The game is “top-secret” according to HvZ organizers and can only be played by approved students who have received a personal invitation to join the fun.
“Not just anyone can play,” said HvZ organizer Scott Serafin. “By keeping the participation limited, the game will be easier to control and we want to keep it as organized as possible so that the university will continue to cooperate and let us play.”
The late-night mission will be confined to an academic building, which organizers asked not to be identified because the game is invitation only. Approximately 50 CU players, joined by about 50 student players from Colorado State University, will have full rein of the first two floors, minus access to the classrooms.
The students are required to hire a security guard to man the entrance and post flyers warning bystanders that the game is in progress, Bosley said.
“Their ability to cooperate with us and coming into the meetings organized and willing to work with our concerns, made us more willing to work with them too,” Bosley said.
Though an exception is being made for the weekend mission, both university officials and game organizers said they were not encouraged to think the weapons ban or other regulations would be removed for extended games, such as the week-long session anticipated for the upcoming fall semester.