Survival Prep Checklist 2013
Top six things to do between now and Zed Day to maximise your game.
THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU’LL WEAR
This is a game that features a lot of running. Some clothes are better for running than others. Consider this.
Also, the Bureau of Meteorology website is predicting temperatures of 13-20 with a low chance of rain in the morning. Pretty great zombie hunting weather! If you get cold easy (and you might get damp) it might be a good idea to bring some layers. Just remember you’ll need somewhere to stash them when things heat up!
GET FAMILIAR WITH YOUR PRIMARY BLASTER
This is a big one! Unfamiliar blasters jam suddenly and unforgivingly. Take your blaster out into the garden and shoot it a lot at things. Shoot it running, Shoot it from the hip, practice reloading it on the fly, practice clearing darts from the jam door. Learn the kinks of your blaster and how to deal with jams and problems. If your blaster is temperamental, consider bringing along another smaller blaster you can stash away for emergencies. Jolts, mavericks, speedfires and speedload 6′s are all good options here.
LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD / INTEGRATE
If possible you want to run light. Being covered in slings, holsters and combat webbing might look bad ass but the chances are you’ll tangle yourself up ten seconds in and be easy prey. Try and find ways to keep yourself free and mobile.
As a side point, consider integrating elements you need to cut down on the clutter. Gaffer-taping a torch to the side of a blaster keeps it where you need it without taking up precious access space. A backup blaster on a sling is useful – a one-shot backup blaster zip tied to your primary blaster can be that much better.
SCOUT THE UNI!
You all have the final map now. Go have a reccie! There are hiding places and bolt holes all over the uni. While designing missions Simon and I have found places on Camperdown campus we’d never seen before. Have a look around and work out where you’re going to go to ground at when things get hairy.
SURVIVAL ISN’T JUST ABOUT BLASTERS
Be smart! There are other items and accessories that can be useful in this game beyond guns ‘n ammo. A device for internet radio and an earbud might help you tune into survivor FM at the right moment to get a crucial warning. Snacks and food will keep your energy up. Walkie talkies aren’t too pricey these days. A smart phone, iPad or other means to keep talking to other survivors online can only help you stay connected. Have a think about what else you might bring to the party.
SURVIVAL IS ONLY HALF THE STORY
Finally remember you probably won’t be a survivor all day. Think about the zombie afterlife. How will you spend yours? How will you stash your guns? Any extra costume stuff you want to bring? It’s always good to have a plan B.