Jul 17 2010

Trailer Video

The marketing team has been working hard on lots of things as we gear up to get as many players as possible. In addition to facebook advertising, posters and our market day stall – the team has whipped up a special trailer video which concisely introduces players to the game. Check it out here:

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Jul 16 2010

Safety Meetings, Updates and Poems

What a busy week it has been. Holidays for everyone, but the HvZ team has been hard at work to get the next game ready to go. So what exciting things have gone down this week?

Safety Meetings

Today safety meetings were finally confirmed! Remember that to play in our second game you will need to attend one of these compulsory meetings. The times are as follows:

1. Wednesday 21/07/10
7:00pm
MCC T4

2. Thursday 22/07/10
7:00pm
MCC T4

3. Friday 23/07/10
7:00pm
MCC T4

4. Saturday 24/07/10
4:00pm
MCC T4

5. Sunday 25/07/10
5:00pm
MCC T4

You can see the full announcement here: http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1301

Game Details

The other big announcement this week was on a whole series of game details. This game a few changes have been made to the rules in the hopes of encouraging more engaging, fun and fair play. Here are a few of the highlights:

1. 10 Minute Global Stun Time

2. OZs can Shoot Weapons

It was also announced that the bandanna colour this game will be yellow!

See the full announcement here: http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1176

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Signing Up

As the game approaches what we really want people to do is sign up. Last game the process was a little tricky, but we’ve been working hard to make the whole thing simpler. Now all you need to do is have an account on the forums and attend a safety meeting – what could be easier!

Check out our new sign up page here: Sign Up

We have also opened up the application process for OZ, so if you are keen check out the instructions here: http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1179

Finally, squad registration is still open to any group of 5-30 players, so if you want to start your own or join one check it out on the forums!

Getting Excited

There are 10 days to go until the next game – thats ridiculously close, and quite a scary date for the mods. But its time to get excited. Its time to dust off those nerf guns and maybe get a bit fitter. During Bush Week, in addition to running safety meetings, we will also have a stall which you should drop by to. On Wednesday night we have planned an exciting HvZ-mission-esque event called Zombie Apocalypse this is a great chance to get back into the feel of things – and its open to the public, so bring any friends you have who are on the borderline!

Finally if you want to relive memories from past games, we’ve finally updated the past games section of the website, and added a ton of photos from past games to our facebook group.

10 more days, start counting down…

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A Poem

Finally, we have a poem composed by our club member Demetris for the game, quite appropriate I think:

Death is a disease.

By: Demetris Bertzeletos

Death is a liberation they say,
To those weak and weary
To those ill and desperate
He is freedom unconditioned

But when to a disease he turns
A prison he becomes,
Not one gilded, not one decent
But a mockery, a curse

Now his wraith returns
Be it mad scientist
Or man unholy.
He comes;

And everything touched will wilt.
All sound of life
All memories of man
All shall perish

Yet fools come to resist the quickening he brings

From what was, what is and what will be
From here, there and far away
They come,
And the risen nightmares attempt to quell

With bright arms they greet him
With smiles they salute him
With defiance they’ll call his name
Let their fires grow bright
And his chill chase away…
…For a while longer

While he waits
While they ponder
They know he is the road to awe

One by one the fires cold shall grow
One by one their numbers shall dwindle
One by one those remaining shall mourn
Shall despair

Shall die

For everything has to…

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Jul 4 2010

Back from the Dead

Well news has been a little quiet of late, but thats all going to change. After the election (in last post) the following positions were elected:

President – Chris Carter
Secretary – Rachel Keith
Treasurer – Anthony Voutas
Exec for Marketing – Joe Craddy
Exec for Documentation – Myles O’Neill

Which of course means that I (Myles) am now in charge of the news. This works rather well as I’m also the one running and maintaining the website. So what has happened since the election?

Following up on his election promises, president Chris Carter has thus far instigated two Nerf Wars events – both of which have been huge successes. We hope to run more of these and there is a high chance an event will be run during bush week next semester, just before our next game.

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Which brings us to the next exciting piece of news, we have a new set of moderators working hard on our Winter 2010 game which will be on during week 2 this semester. A lot of work has gone into this so far and follow the news closely as I’ll be trying to give you some sneak peaks on what they are up to ;) . In preparation for the next game we’ve gone through and updated the website further, with a lot of improvements specifically on the forums/game-engine. Thing such as a memberlist which sorts properly, a kill form which works on IE7, and a new simplified registration process which will make everything easier!

Across the country we have seen the spread of HvZ games and to help document it our club has set up our own national website at http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/australia. Notably a massive city-wide game with ~6000 casual players was run in Melbourne and our club has been in close communication with a group running small games at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

So lots going on in the world of HvZ and you can expect everything to get more exciting as we head toward our next game. I’ll endeavour to keep you updated on everything behind the scenes – but in the mean time just keep following us on facebook or the forums.

And good luck with semester results being posted tomorrow everyone!

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Apr 2 2010

Goodbye, Good Luck and Remember to Vote!

Hello all!  This will be my last post as executive for documentation as the AGM is being held today at 6pm.  Please all come along as this is the perfect opportunity to have your say in the club.

We have many talented people running for positions on the executive this year.  They are:

President (http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=884):

Glen Rodgers (Who played Sullivan in the last game).  His experience as a mod, his enthusiasm and his ability to definitely stay for the entire term are all great reasons to vote for him!

Chris Carter (The guy with the hat).  Chris won runner up human for his organisational skills within his own squad and with the humans in general, made valuable contributions to the Marketing team and has a lot of leadership experience, giving many good reasons to vote for him as president.

Secretary (http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=883):

Rachel Keith (Myself – the one with the big camera).  Rachel brings previous experience on the HvZ executive, dedication, enthusiasm and obvious writing skills from her daily write-ups.  Since this is awkward writing about myself when I have to try and be unbiased, just vote for me.  I will be available for the full term and am very dedicated.  Basically  I’m awesome.

Glen Rodgers (Also standing for president and treasurer) Glen brings experience as a moderator, great enthusiasm and was a contributor to the documentation team.  He is enthusiastic and dedicated to the club.  He’s also awesome. :D

Eddy Davis (Engineering Moderator)  Eddy made great contributions to the moderator team (which I believe he is running for again) last year through his mechanical devices.  He’s enthusiastic, awesome and fun.  Again, Awesomeness.

Chris Carter (Also running for President and Marketing)  Chris has a lot of leadership experience which presumably includes doing the paperwork, and is definitely enthusiastic about the club.  Sadly he may be moving overseas at the end of the scholastic year.  He has an awesome hat.  :P

Treasurer (http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=882):

Anthony Voutas (Curly-Haired Moderator) Anthony is the only person to have moderated both games and was also the Secretary for HvZ last year.  He has a lot of experience with the club and is very dedicated to it.  He’s basically fantastic.

Glen Rodgers (Also running for President and Secretary) I’ve already written about glen twice, and can’t think of anything new to say.

Richard Pywell (Zombie Leader) Richard was the best zombie last game, winning it for both participation and leadership.  He also has previous treasurer experience in his YAA uni group.  He also works as school’s officer for Orienteering ACT.  He’s ok.  :P   Despite being in his final year he plans to stay in Canberra after he finishes uni and believes he can stay dedicated to the club for the entire term.

Marketting (http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=881):

Joe Craddy (Captain Joe) Joe was our cape-wearing human leader in the first game,and our cape wearing moderator in the second.  He is in his final year of a marketing degree and did a lot with our marketing team last term.  He certainly think’s he’s awesome, and I tend to agree with him.  :D  He will be finishing uni this year, but plans to stay in Canberra and believes he can remain dedicated to the club for his entire term.

Chris Carter (also running for president and secretary) Chris also made great contributions to our marketing team last term.  Other than that, I’ve written about him twice already.  He may be leaving at the end of this scholastic year.

Documentation (http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=880):

Myles O’Neil (previous club president, club founder) Myles is extremely dedicated to the club, after all he started it.  He made summary videos for both games and is always involved in everything.  He doesn’t need much of a push as atm he’s the only one running… Also, I think everyone knows him by now.

So come along and vote for … me?   :P

Come along and vote for the people you think would be best for your club.  Hopefully all the applicants will get an opportunity to introduce themselves to you in person at the meeting so you can put faces to the names, although there are photos in the application threads.  Before voting, please also read the applicant questions thread (http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=886).   Please feel free to post more questions to this thread – and if they don’t get answered before the AGM hopefully there will be a question time at the AGM.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the AGM.  Remember, 6pm tonight!  Come and help make HvZ stay AWESOME.

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Mar 6 2010

Day 5: Yummy yummy jam…

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While today was gloomy, grim and awful – the weather that is – the zombies were still active and working on their mission.  They went all over campus looking for the tastiest sort of jam for zombies – gun jam.  There were 8 jam jars to find, and four clues given.  One of these was the international sculpture garden which caused extended groans from all zombies present.  Eventually the zombies located all 8.  Richard Pywell personally found 2, and everyone in the photos personally found the Gun Jam they carry.

Humans on the other hand started the day in a different manner – drinking in panjenkas.  Andrew and Josh celebrated their continued survival by taking advantage of panjenkas liquor license and started drinking at 10am.

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The most important part of the humans day was getting to the shop.  This was sadly easy as the zombies didn’t find it for some time, and there were many safe zones within feet of the shop as it was undercover due to weather.

Sadly the night mission was postponed due to rain.

Special mention goes to Jamie, who, with a tek10 and 2 socks, held off and successfully stunned 11 zombies.  You are awesome man.

Another special mention has to go to the siege-master Myles.  He was sieged in panjenkas today, and finally had to leave because it was closing.  He finally died and now there is a presidential zombie.  See http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=751 for more details.

Also of interest http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=713.  Well done Rob, you took a risk and it paid off.

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Mar 5 2010

Day 4: Zombie Zombie BRAIN

Today there was no location given with the escapium, although much thought was put into the fact that E’s were capitalised in the notification.  Despite the lack of location, the zombies rapidly acquired two. The mission this morning was to answer questions set by the historian.  These sent both humans and zombies running all over campus.  I’m sure many people learnt more about campus than they did before – I for one never knew there were any elephants in forestry and now know there is one.  I know the question about the spirit level was difficult as it involved going right to the furthest reaches of the campus – or using google earth. However, while all questions were fantastic and interesting, question 11 about the donors has to be my favourite; “Let the Dead teach the Living.”

zombie leader organising minions for first mission

zombie leader organising minions for first mission

The Zombies managed to aquire 2 escapium today, and the humans at least one despite not knowing where they were.  I believe a couple of people solved the riddle of the E’s, but not in a way that gained them escapium.

In the afternoon opening of the shop the zombies got there first and quickly set up an ambush expecting humans to attempt to make it to the shop to spend their escapium.  Sadly for the enthusiastic zombies, no humans actually fell into their trap.  However the trap was very well set and if any human can tell me how many zombies are in the photo below and where there might be a reward.

hiding zombies

Today the excellent zombie organisation continued, with zombies organising shifts to keep Myles pinned in CSIT for over 8 hours.  Myles has posted a portion of his story in the short annecdotes section of tales of war, but I advise you to bug him for the details of his escape as they are well worth listening to (sorry Myles – but you should have told it properly!).

myles seige

The night mission was not the most successful of missions – the sprinklers interrupted us – however I’m sure the humans were happy as I believe they lost less than 5 members, and all going to and from the mission.  My favourite part of the night mission was watching a game of “Zombie, Zombie, BRAINS” – the HvZ version of “Duck, Duck, GOOSE”

The Zombies at Night Mission

The Zombies at Night Mission

I’d like to give Myles congratulations on having such tasty brains that zombies were willing to wait for 8 hours to taste them, and for escaping from them.

The other person who truly deserves special note tonight is Renee (I’m sorry if I spelt it wrong) who finally fell to a horde of zombies.  She was alone and armed with only a maverick and socks and vastly outnumbered yet managed to stun four zombies before her tasty brains were devoured.

Congratulations to all those humans on the gourmet cuisine list today – not one of you died!

Finally, how much is a nerf dart worth? More to some than others….

Retrieving Darts

Retrieving Darts

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Mar 4 2010

Cartoon

We have a super cool cartoonist, Erin, who has given me a few cartoons today.  This is my personal favourite – and the only one I managed to take a decent photo of.  I need to scan the rest still.

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Mar 4 2010

Day 3: Dodging for brains

Today (well, yesterday – many apologies) was a day for the zombies.

Within 10mins of the zombies being informed of the location of 2 escapium, they were in their possession.  The new leadership showed their willingness to not only send out their minions but actually get their hands dirty with Richard Pywell finding the first alone and participating in the recovery of the second.  The zombies eventually ended up with 4 escapium, Alistair found one and the tale of the recovery of the other can be found in the 5th page of the small anecdotes in the tales of war forum.  I strongly recommend reading that thread as it’s very interesting.

the zombie leader and spoils

the zombie leader and spoils

Despite easily finding the first opening of the shop the zombies were unable to buy anything due to human interference, however with careful organisation and planning the zombies managed to reach the shop without human interference in the afternoon opening.

The Zombies also successfully completed their escort mission during the day.

The late afternoon involved a lot of standing around camping out human-infested buildings.

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Although being very tired in the evening a large number of zombies also managed to make the night mission of mini games.  Well done guys.

the sleeping zombie

the sleeping zombie

On the human side, Zen and PiP both successfully visited the store in the morning, although despite succeeding in preventing the zombies from accessing the store a total of 8 lives were lost in the attempt.  Zen later bought a taxi ride, which they shared with Global warming in exchange for a third share in the radio previously only owned by Global Warming and PiP.

morning shopping

The Humans also successfully completed their escort mission and made a good showing at the night mission – although arrived late.  In the end they won the majority of the mini games; winning 2 sets of paired sprints and the three legged relay.  The Zombies won Dodgeball and waves.

Award for the most stable bank (you’re beating all the others badly effected by the global recession!) goes to Rob.  Well done mate.

Congrats to the Ninja Team who vanished from psych despite a full surround of zombies.  These included Geoff, Kevin, Josh and others (I’m sorry I can’t remember all your names).

ninja team

ninja team

The Zombies also welcome the return of their zombie queen today!  Eleanor has risen once more.

zombie queen

zombie queen

Congratulations to the 2 humans who managed to attend the step class.  Your bravery and infliction of further exercise inspired pain on yourselves is commended.

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Mar 3 2010

Night 2: Invasion of the Night

The incredible Captain Joe organised supply drops for the humans today at 1930h.  He had previously marked these points with flags that the humans had found.  There were drop points at Law, at Copland and at Chem.

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Members of PiP, Kevin Larkin, Richard Pywell, Oliver Thearle, Will Bonney, Geoff stacy and Anthony Jurd, collected the supplies dropped at Copland, quickly moving to meet Captain Joe at the chifley meadows.  Law was taken  by Bandages, and Chem by H1N1 and Zen working together.  A massed group of squads stayed in reserve, ready to run to wherever needed.

The supplies from Chem caused some concern, as they were the last to arrive, but eventually they came in and then the reserve humans made their way to meet their Captain on Chifley meadows.

Cap&rich

Meanwhile the Zombies had not been inactive.  They met their leader and creator, William Sullivan, on the bridge outside union court over the creek named for him.  He then sent them out to find the invaders and kill them.  This culminated in a meeting of humans and Zombies on Chifley meadows.

Cap&Sul

The two leaders met briefly and came to an agreement, contingent on the agreement of the humans.  The supplies were to be turned over to the zombies in exchange for the stunning of all zombies for 2 minutes.  This agreement never came to pass as after discussion it was decided that Bruce, Zen and PiP would each take one of the supply drops and keep them and the humans would fight as best they could through the zombies.  Thus was war declared.

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Sullivan left to mobilise his zombies and soon the Humans moved out.  With zombies following close behind, the mass of humanity headed for safety in an almost abandoned carpark.  To the disappointment of the Brain Hungry Zombies, they found safety there.

I believe some humans then went for alcoholic refreshment, but came back on campus where some of their number fell, including Richard Pywell to Alistair Newman.

Today we mourn Sockman.

Once more I advise you to visit

http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=374

for laughs and a quick update on cool kills.

The Kill topics are also good to read – a quick tip is those with replies are probably more worth reading.  My pick of the day is http://hvz.club.anu.edu.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=470 although you have to scroll down a couple of posts to get the story of the kill.  It’s a nicely told and rather amusing story so check it out.

Congrats to Remy on his cool costume!

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This is Rachel, Over and OUT.

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Mar 2 2010

Day 2: Sometimes there are Zombies

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Today started early, with Paranoia in Panjenkas rolling out at 7am in response to information they gained through the radio broadcast and Richard Pywell’s PiP team’s completion of the black box special mission.

By 7:30 the PiP scouts had found all 3 flags, and had the radio in a safe spot after its overnight trip off-campus.  With no zombie sightings, it appears the enthusiastic squad got a head start on the somnolent zombies.

The Vaccine was sold out when the shop openned this morning – buyer unknown.  The shopkeeper refused to give any information on his customer.

PiP and Global Warming teamed up to listen to the morning radio broadcast with their shared radio.  With unexpected speed, PiP members Will, Kevin, Anthony and Oliver proceeded to complete special radio-broadcast coffee mission with speed, style and panache – arriving to give the shopkeeper steaming hot coffee.  For a better description, see tales of war.

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PiP managed to obtain 4 escapium and Zen managed to obtain 1.

The shop opened again at 1400h on university avenue.  The zombies were the first to spot it, however didn’t have any escapium they wanted to trade, so camped out in hopes of human victims arriving to trade.

Humans soon arrived, however managed to make it safely to the shop.  Oliver Thearle, a member of Paranoia In Panjenkas, traded an escapium for the ham sandwich then left – somehow sprinting straight through the Zombie ring.  He left behind him a few team members; Richard Pywell, Anthony Jurd and Will Bonney.

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After many anxious minutes on the part of these besieged humans, a rescue mission composed of multiple squads arrived.  Andrew Burgess traded another PiP escapium for a Black Box.

Surprisingly, the humans then managed to get back to panjenkas with no losses as the zombies appear scared of the overwhelming force and hung back watching for stragglers.

Today we mourn Sockman – you were a legend in your time.

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