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Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« on: July 03, 2015, 04:52:25 PM »
The first in the series is out today on the Mythical Front Page™.  More to come.  Discuss amongst yourselves...

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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2015, 08:44:02 PM »
Come on.  No feedback?  No one thinks my blog is a pile of hot garbage?

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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2015, 08:53:44 PM »
Come on.  No feedback?  No one thinks my blog is a pile of hot garbage?

it's about 50-50 or worse that you're going to get much feedback on any given article around here.  We've got a whole series every Monday for GameTalk and maybe 20% actually get comments...
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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2015, 11:08:32 PM »
I like them both so far. I would say forget the guns entirely and get reasonably quick with some kind of an edged weapon with a long blade. No more worrying about ammo.

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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2015, 08:56:06 AM »
I like them both so far. I would say forget the guns entirely and get reasonably quick with some kind of an edged weapon with a long blade. No more worrying about ammo.

Maybe for the slow-shuffler type Zed. For the crazy-fast type distance is your friend. A mix of both types of weapons would be best, saving bullets for only when needed. One thing that might be worth considering is a homemade hand cannon. You could use black powder or some kind of home-brew explosive propellent and chunks of metal debris for shrapnel. It would be a one-shot weapon but could be used to dispatch single zeds when there is time to reload in between encounters.

One thing I have not heard about (although I'm not well-read on the subject of zombies) is whether they still use their eyes to find prey or if they have some kind of virus-granted whole body sensing mechanism. If eyes are still important then using some kind of pressured dispenser (think high-power Super Soaker) to deliver blinding caustic chemicals onto the face could be a good first step before trying to dispatch the Zed with melee weapons or even just to be able to run a ways and hide.
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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2015, 09:15:29 AM »
Haven't read it yet, but will. It will mean finding that Front Page though.  ;D
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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2015, 09:44:01 AM »
Cahn't get theah from heah.



( a Front Page link button would go nicely next to the forum home button  ;))
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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2015, 05:27:46 PM »
I like them both so far. I would say forget the guns entirely and get reasonably quick with some kind of an edged weapon with a long blade. No more worrying about ammo.

I address edged weapons in an upcoming installment.mmyour point is a good one, but it is hard to completely dispense with the long range advantage, accuracy and portability of firearms.  Depending on the gun and acaliber, you can be highly mobile and still carry a lot of ammo.  Keep in mind that the Zeds are just one target.  You will need firearms to deal with the other humans who will be trying to take your stuff. 
Putting aside the possibility of reloading, at some point you will run out of ammo.  But while you have it, nothing outruns a bullet.

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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2015, 05:31:08 PM »
I like them both so far. I would say forget the guns entirely and get reasonably quick with some kind of an edged weapon with a long blade. No more worrying about ammo.

Maybe for the slow-shuffler type Zed. For the crazy-fast type distance is your friend. A mix of both types of weapons would be best, saving bullets for only when needed. One thing that might be worth considering is a homemade hand cannon. You could use black powder or some kind of home-brew explosive propellent and chunks of metal debris for shrapnel. It would be a one-shot weapon but could be used to dispatch single zeds when there is time to reload in between encounters.

One thing I have not heard about (although I'm not well-read on the subject of zombies) is whether they still use their eyes to find prey or if they have some kind of virus-granted whole body sensing mechanism. If eyes are still important then using some kind of pressured dispenser (think high-power Super Soaker) to deliver blinding caustic chemicals onto the face could be a good first step before trying to dispatch the Zed with melee weapons or even just to be able to run a ways and hide.

The black powder cannon is an interesting idea, however it will be slow to reload.  Zeds travel in packs, so time will not be your friend. 
Zeds use sight, smell and hearing to find food (U.S.), so blinding them may slow them down somewhat, but it won't count them out of the game.

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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2015, 08:11:17 PM »
Just out of curiosity, why don't the Zeds just attack each other? The fresh ones must have as high a nutrient value as us conventionally-animated individuals, no?
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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2015, 08:48:38 PM »
Just out of curiosity, why don't the Zeds just attack each other? The fresh ones must have as high a nutrient value as us conventionally-animated individuals, no?

They are drawn by smell to living beings or freshly dead corpses.  Once a person turns and is now one of the undead, the smell they give off is unappealing to another Zombie.  Good question, though.

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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2015, 07:40:23 AM »
Next article is up today :)
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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2015, 05:27:06 PM »
Just out of curiosity, why don't the Zeds just attack each other? The fresh ones must have as high a nutrient value as us conventionally-animated individuals, no?

They are drawn by smell to living beings or freshly dead corpses.  Once a person turns and is now one of the undead, the smell they give off is unappealing to another Zombie.  Good question, though.

Maybe some kind of 'Eau d' People' aerosol could formulated to spray over an advancing hoard and induce a temporary fratricidal feeding frenzy. During the Taste Testing confusion folks could get away.
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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2015, 04:12:22 PM »
Just out of curiosity, why don't the Zeds just attack each other? The fresh ones must have as high a nutrient value as us conventionally-animated individuals, no?

They are drawn by smell to living beings or freshly dead corpses.  Once a person turns and is now one of the undead, the smell they give off is unappealing to another Zombie.  Good question, though.

Maybe some kind of 'Eau d' People' aerosol could formulated to spray over an advancing hoard and induce a temporary fratricidal feeding frenzy. During the Taste Testing confusion folks could get away.

I like the idea.  But it implies a large amount of research and testing in a post apocalyptic dystopian time when power and technology will be almost non existent. 

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Re: Feedback on the Zombie Apocalypse Series
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2015, 04:22:23 PM »
That's why we have to start research now, while we still can, and have as many formulas ready as possible so that as soon as the first Zed mobs are sighted we can start field trials. We could use drones to deliver the samples and see which ones show promise.
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