How I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse Only To Wind Up In Federal Prison


#1

It's dawn, July 4, and the entire north-eastern region United States has collapsed. A zombie virus has wiped out most major cities and the US Army only barely has it contained. I am the Secretary of Defense, and I'm walking back from a briefing with the Pentagon when I find my fellow White House players clustered ominously around a computer screen. The Secretary of State looks up at me with a mixture of pity and amusement. "We'll visit you in federal prison," he smiles.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/qv3v8b/how-i-survived-a-zombie-apocalypse-only-to-wind-up-in-federal-prison

#2

I really hope we get more articles like this. The concept of actually participating in a mega game fills me with fear, but this mix of recap and social lesson is what I crave.


#3

I agree this article was super enjoyable to read and has made me curious but, like you, scared to do so. I really do love the wacky stories which can come out of games like this.


#4

This does make me want to play a scaled down or excerpted chunk of such a game - still avoid the Great Man Syndrome the article talks about appearing in movies, but drilling down to something manageable for one in-person group.


#5

The brief aside about Great Man Syndrome in film made me think of Shin Godzilla, which is as much a Bureaucracy Procedural as it is a monster movie, and all the better for it.


#6

Oh heavens yes, Megagames. I’ve actually been in a few of these, I can share my stories too if anybody’s interested. Here’s a recap I did for my first game:

EDIT: Fun fact, this is in fact the same game as the one France is recounting in the earlier “Intrigue of Massive Scale Megagames”, and I wrote this before I found out someone had been sending insane death threats to everyone in our name.