HvZ players volunteer as tributes in second LU “Hunger Games”

Daniel Rottlaender | Staff Reporter
January 24, 2015; 12:38 p.m. 

photo by Rachel Schuldt
photo by Rachel Schuldt

Approximately 15 students participated in LU’s second “The Hunger Games” event on Friday, Jan. 23. The battle was organized by Geddy Avery, a moderator of Humans Vs. Zombies at Lindenwood. Participants chased each other with toy weapons in a fight to death in the style of the hit film franchise inspired by Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of novels.

“Those weapons are the tools to transform a human into a zombie. Once you’re a zombie, you have to chase other people and make them to zombies as well. It’s basically the last man standing concept,” said Geddy Avery, organizer and referee of the event. “We also have some more items, like a scarf which provides a second life later in the game.”

photo by Rachel Schuldt "Tributes" observe the "cornicopia" in which they can find weapons to use in battle
photo by Rachel Schuldt
“Tributes” observe the “cornicopia” in which they can find weapons to use in battle

While the beginning of the game was characterized by different teams facing off against each other, the central section of the game focused on the fight between humans and zombies. Eventually, the fourth quarter was designed to bring a decision to the Hunger Games.

The crucial thing about the different quarters was that after every single quarter the pitch became smaller. While the participants could use the entire historic campus in the first quarter, they were just allowed to use the area between Butler Hall and Pavilion in the fourth and last quarter.

photo by Rachel Schuldt
photo by Rachel Schuldt

“We wanted to bring the game to a decision in the final period, so it was our intention to make the players step on each other’s feet in the last 15 minutes,” said Avery, summarizing why the game was divided into four periods.

Since there were still 12 ‘Humans’ in the fourth quarter, it took more than the expected 60 minutes to find a winner. Eventually, Daniel Coker became Lindenwood’s second victor in the Hunger Games event.

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