The HvZ Game Guide

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The HvZ Game Guide is a resource to help you start your own game of Humans vs. Zombies. It was written by the guys from Gnarwhal Studios who invented Humans vs. Zombies, with input from moderators from all over the world. Let's begin by making sure you're in the right place, because the HvZ Game Guide is not for everyone:


Who Should NOT Be Reading This: Members of the press, casual HvZ players, people who think Return of the Jedi is better than Empire Strikes Back, people who don't know what HvZ is. Those people should go to HumansvsZombies.org, or watch the original trilogy again. Who SHOULD Be Reading This: People who want to start a game of HvZ, people who love fun, people who love organizing, people who aren't afraid of getting their hands dirty, people who finish projects, people who love to create fun for others. If that describes you, welcome!











Let's get this baby in the blender

Bad news first: Planning and executing a game of Humans vs. Zombies requires a lot of commitment and planning and organization. But the good news is, we're here to talk you through it, and explain what we know works to get great games going.

And we promise - there is nothing more satisfying and exciting than seeing your hard work pay off in an unforgettable game that your players will love.

"It's a lot of work and planning that I didn't imagine at the start, but it's also very rewarding after a successful game; you feel pretty accomplished." - Keith Shelton, Northern Michigan University moderator
“Going through the [college's] bureaucracy in order to get the game approved was a major pain, but it was completely worth it for the immense sense of joy at watching over a hundred people laughing, running, and screaming participating in something I helped to set up and run.” - Moderator Sebastian G.
“Planning this game has seriously been one of the best accomplishments of my life. I have gained so many friends from this experience.” - Moderator George B.

What's on the menu?

A note on game setting

Humans vs. Zombies is predominately played at colleges and universities but there have been successful games at:

  • High schools
  • Middle schools
  • Public libraries
  • Military bases
  • Parks and public spaces
  • Neighborhoods
  • Gaming conferences and festivals
  • Summer camps
  • Corporate outings
  • Pretty much anywhere there's room to run around

A few sections of this game guide (like getting permission to play) apply mainly to schools, but most of the advice is universal. If you're not playing at a college or university, you might want to look at some Alternate Rules to see how other people have adapted the game or ask people for advice in the forums.


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