(I’m playing #tvsz this weekend — http://tvsz.us. In short, it’s a game on Twitter with zombies and an emergent storyline and ever-changing rules. A great way to do digital storytelling and learn the power of Twitter at the same time. Plus, you can make new connections to people with similar interests (at least, people who also think playing zombie games on Twitter is a good use of weekend time!) I had to write this post on my phone because I am camping, and writing a post on the phone is quite challenging, actually. This post is part of the game, so it will likely only make sense if you’ve played or check out the website above.)
After finding safe haven in Rhonda Jessen’s (@rljessen) safezone for awhile this evening, I had to run when the zombies found us, and I lost track of my companions: Rhonda, Nana Lou (@NanaLou022), Brendan Murphy (@dendari), and Robin Bartoletti (@robinwb).
Fortunately, Nana Lou had found her way back to her place, and Janine DeBaise (@writingasjoe), Rhonda Jessen and I ran as fast As we could to join her. Nana Lou had fresh baked bread and backwoods brew, and we hoped the cows might roll over onto any zombies that came by. We also had brew bombs on fire ready to throw if needed. But the zombies found us and there were too many; the cows and we gave a valiant effort, but in the end we had to flee again.
I then found myself back in the forest, in a place very similar to where I spent last night. During today I managed to break into an abandoned home and found a tent and some water. Out back I found a few pieces of dry firewood.
It’s so peaceful here, I almost think the zombies are gone and life can return to normal. But I know better. And the tent is big enough for quite a few of us! Now, I know what you’re thinking. A tent as a safezone? Really? We can’t keep the zombies out of it, but we can fight them off before they get near it. There are plenty of big sticks and we can set those on fire. Plus, there are no signs of them here. We can keep the fire low to keep them from seeing us. It’s still light here so the light won’t attract them. We do risk the smoke being seen, but this is such a vast forest it’ll be hard for them to find us. I brought some homemade bread from Nana’s place, so there’s food here too!
It should keep us safe for long enough for some to rest and get warm, at least. Welcome to the #forestcamp #safezone!