Posts Tagged ‘zombie apocolypse’

Welcome to another edition of Zombie Watch, where we keep our eye out for stories to keep you better informed so you can prepare for the worst.  Things have been fairly quiet on the outbreak, though a couple of stories have sprung up that I managed to find.  One of them is a video a friend pointed me to.

 

Does this not look like a news report right out of some zombie apoc movie?!  Sure, I know, this is a drug.  They aren’t actually undead, or rising from the grave, but honestly did you think the writers and movie makers were going to get it exactly right?  Boil it down to the basics.  Delirium, eating human flesh, suicidal tendencies, paranoia, increased body temperature, altered brain activity, nearly unstoppable, and harder to kill.  If you think the only option for a zombie apocalypse is corpses rising from the grave and slowly munching their way around the world in a slow, stead, trudge, well then stay away from my well-stocked bunker!

Hells, did you see the guy laying there panting like an animal?  Did that not look like something right out of a Romero film?  Or the guy throwing himself against the doors of that building…was he hungry?  Living humans inside?  I’m telling you, there is an epidemic coming in the future that they will call the zombie apocalypse, whether it be drug induced, or some sort of virus.  Either way, don’t be caught unawares.

I know it’s not much yet, but I’m sure we will have more for you in the near future.

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One of the big questions, come the zombie apocalypse, go on the run or button down in a safe house?  Well, this article is going to feature two options for those of you who think shutting out the outside world and waiting things out is the safest bet.  We’re going to take a look at two housing options for such a situation.

Our first house is from an architectural company called KWK Promes out of Warsaw.  This concrete building features enough space for a large family to live comfortably, with movable walls, metal and concrete shutters, a wall, and drawbridge.  In essence this house can be shut down for maximum security, or left open to the air, but closed to the outside world by the exterior wall.  Add to that any state-of-the art perimeter security, you would wind up with a very secure bunker to spend the proverbial end of days.  There’s a lot to work with on this model, and a lot you could do to the exterior to make it even more secure and self-sufficient.

Once buttoned up, you can see the interior takes on even more serious security, but it has the drawback of pulling together some of the exterior walls, elminating the perimeter.  Granted, that’s easily overcome by modifying those walls or adding another outer perimeter.  If it were me I’d throw on access to the roof for added defensive capability, or access to evacuate via helicopter should the need arise.  A reinforced basement with a well, water filtration, food storage, and weapons and ammunition backup would also be on the list of additions to this abode.

I think, what I like best, is the drawbridge that goes over the wall from the second floor.  Who doesn’t want a house with drawbridge access?!

Our other featured house comes from an industrious company in Kansas.  They’ve taken to rebuilding and modifying an old missile silo with redundant security and self sufficiency just in case the world comes down with a case of zombies.

The place has multiple floors, and units available in half and full floors.  Surprisingly enough, at 1 million and 2 million dollars respectively, these units are completely sold out.  Each unit is a fully functional condo with their own kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and great rooms, and built-in electrical, and full entertainment packages.  The larger units, at just over 1800 square feet have an extra bedroom, bathroom, and dining room.  All units also feature a window that simulates the outside, including changing light for day and night cycles.

The facility-wide amenities include a gym, theater, library, medical center, indoor pool and spa, and classrooms.  They are set up to receive water and power from the outside, with backup systems in case those are compromised.  Along with these fun features, this place takes security seriously.  Well stocked armory with weapons and ammo, a fully functional unmanned drone with digital cameras for surveillance, water filtration systems, and military grade security system round out the awesomeness of this place.

The only drawback I see to this, was pointed out by a friend of mine.  Not sure if this place could hold up to the ingenuity of desperate people in the event of a zombie apocalypse.  American ingenuity is a hard thing to defend against, and people have a way of blowing up almost anything if they want what’s inside bad enough.

Here they come!

Borrowed from DayZ

I started playing this game a couple of days ago…well this mod to an already popular FPS game.  It’s a zombie survival mod for the game Arma II, and so far I’m impressed.  It is still in the alpha stage, so there are a lot of rough spots, but overall the game is fun, and the vision is amazing.  Let’s just say, I hate most zombie mods for FPS games because they are too boring, too much like an arcade game.  This one…well it’s like playing fallout, with Arma II graphics and controls, and with your own story.  I would normally do a review, but there is just too much, and it’s way too early to give it a fully fleshed out review.  I’ll just leave you with a couple of links and an experiment.

First, the links.  DayZ is the mod, and you can get your hands on all the official information here.  There is also a ton of great information at the wiki, including guides for new players, and quick reference for vets.

Now for the experiment.  I’m a writer, and that’s something you have to practice at.  This blog is part of that, but I also like to do short stories in between bursts of working on my novel.  I figured, what better way to get people interested in this game than to write a pseudo in-character journal for my game persona?  So, here goes.

End of DayZ Journal:  Callsign XamotDB

Incarnation 01, Day 01

Washed up on beach, disoriented and lost.  Ran along water until I came to a dock.  That’s when I saw them.  Walkers and crawlers, they didn’t seem to like the dock.  Nowhere to go so I searched the crane.  No supplies, no weapons, still surrounded.

Led them to the side of the dock, then hid until they wandered off.  Made a dash for a building, spotted – no supplies, no weapons, no exit.  They’re coming…

Survival time: @ 1 hr

Incarnation 02, Day 01

Finally climbed out of the sea onto a dock.  Could see a few walkers.  I moved slow so they could not see me.

Another survivor, running, drawing their attention.  He said to just run so we made for a warehouse – they can climb ladders.

Got out and onto a roof – let the other guy keep going and draw them away – I was bleeding and passed out.

Came to on the roof.  Other guy was dead – walkers gone.  Climbed down and searched the neighborhood.

Found a dead man in a booth – took food, flares and ammo.  Also found a flash light.  In a house at end of street found food, and a crossbow with three bolts.  Good weapon – no sound.

Decided not to press my luck and headed for the hills to a farm house – need to find a safe place to sleep.  Is there such a thing?


Well, I hope you enjoyed that little snippet.  It’s not much now, I’ll probably wait until I have more entries next time.  As I said, this is just an experiment so who knows how long it will go on.  If I get a lot of positive feedback I will try to keep it rolling as long as possible.  Stay tuned.

*Warning and Disclaimer: This feature may contain gruesome descriptions of acts performed by real people, or imagined (and this one does).  People who are squeamish or easily disturbed read with caution.  While we present these ideas and stories with a bit of levity we in no way mean to belittle the acts, or underplay the seriousness of the situations.  Some of the people in these events are very disturbed individuals.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.*

A coworker of mine pointed me to a couple of news articles, and we got to talking about zombie related stuff, and it got me thinking…NEW FEATURE!  What geekesque blog type site is complete without a zombie conspiracy bent?  That’s right, you lucky cats get a new feature to come semi-irregularly from Frags and Beer.  I’ll let the applause die down before I go on…

Done?

Right, so I figured I’d start with two news stories that have come up fairly recently (or I was just made aware of them anyway) that are sort of creepy, but also maybe a sign of things to come.  The first comes to us out of Miami, and unless you were living under a rock, or in your ‘off the grid’ zombie bunker, you have heard of the naked man shot while eating another man’s face.

Literally like something out of a George Romero film, police stumbled on a guy eating the face of another man.  For some reason both were naked.  The police tried to break up the fight, but the assailant would not stop so they shot him.  Doctors and police are linking this to a form of LSD called ‘bath salts’ which raise the user’s body temperature (why he was naked) and causing delirium and death….zombie bath salts?  The first shot had no effect!  Did the assailant turn his head around and hiss at the officers or moan?  I’m guessing they wouldn’t share that detail but I would bet the officers expected it.

Police aren’t sharing any other details about the attack or the condition of the victim.  Is he being observed for signs?  Did the last shot strike the assailant in the head?  Is that what finally dropped him?  All serious questions I assure you.  Seriously though, whoever gave the guy the zombie bath salts needs to go to prison for a very long time.

The next story, about a man cutting his own intestines out and throwing them at police, even postulates in the headline that this might have some zombie connection.  This guy, under the influence of mental illness (zombification?) or drugs (zombie inducing drugs?) cuts off pieces of himself and throws them at cops!  This is not the work of a human being of sound mind or body.  While this one is stretching it a bit, granted he could have just snapped while trying to commit suicide, it still makes one wonder doesn’t it?

This trend is not to be taken likely my friends.  If you, or anyone you know, stumbles upon a news story like this let us know.  You can drop me an email at magus_taliesin@hotmail.com.  Stock up, hunker down, and stay safe my friends, this could be the beginning of the end.

***UPDATE***

Added this here because it happened so close to the others and didn’t feel that an entirely new post was warranted.  Seems that a man in Maryland has admitted to butchering and eating parts of his roomate!  Is anyone else starting to go over bunker plans in their head?  This guy seems more like a ‘brutal murder/cannibal’ type, but in all honesty what if it’s just a new breed of zombie that no one in Hollywood has thought of yet?  He tried to hide it at first, which denotes a certain level of intelligence, and the article says the guy is very smart.  Smart zombies?  Wouldn’t that make for a terrifying apocalypse?  I’m telling you folks, time to start preparing.