Man About Town: My night of the living dead
When I arrived, I saw that two members of the team had come in full military fatigues. I was concerned that in my vaguely fashionable plimsolls and bomber jacket, perhaps I wasn’t taking this seriously enough. Indeed it seems that dressing up and being chased by people dressed as zombies is a serious business. One university’s zombie society (apparently these are quite common now) were out in force. Others seemed only half convinced that they weren’t really in The Walking Dead.
The event was a live action game, called “2.8 Hours Later”, one of the originals in what has become a popular night out. The premise was relatively simple: navigate your way around a course that spanned a couple of miles across the industrial wastelands of Wembley, picking up clues and items on the way, and make it back to base. However, getting in between the players and their mission was a horde of screaming zombies.
The legions of the undead took their roles seriously too. Covered in blood, they lurched around the course, their screams carrying through the air as if it was national fox-orgy night. They were also extremely quick: one lady-zombie (I didn’t pick up the correct terminology) chased people through an empty multi-storey car park; and further down the line one undead chap jumped up from his knees and chased us along an abandoned road.
The game reminded us how important it is to stay fit – because life in a post-apocalyptic world seems to involve lots of running. Plus, if you’re overweight you might seem tastier to the undead.
What the two men in camouflage lacked in orienteering skills they made up for in agility and enthusiasm, climbing over walls rather than walking around them, racing ahead to spot obstacles and distracting the screaming masses when the slower ones (like me lugging a camera and microphone) needed to get past.
The night ended with photos, fake blood and a disco in the asylum area, where punters could impress friends and potential mates with their tales of fear and heroism. Which was probably a big reason a lot of them were there in the first place.
Watch a video clip here: Zombie dramas and video games
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 3 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 4 James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
£40000 - £50000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - West London - £...
£17000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£55 - 65k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: A HR Manager / HR Business Partner i...
£23000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Company's vision is to be t...