So You Wanna Become Part Of A Zombie Strike Squad
Sometimes, when you're in this modern day world, you may realize that you're not doing much on a day-to-day basis to help save the world from the menace of zombies that is an ever-present threat. The thought may strike you that, in order to help save the world, you should grab your shotgun, get on a plane, chase down some zombies, and start saving!
Hold on. Just you? Alone? Against a bunch of zombies? What if it's not what you expected? What if you run out of ammo? What if you end up like this poor soul
Don't worry. We're here to help. We're the pros. Let us help guide your beginning process, and after the first few precision strikes you'll be doing this with ease!
1. Find zombies
2. Assemble your team
3. Make your plan
4. Get the hardware
5. Don't freeze upFind Zombies
Step one in any successful zombie strike squad is to find an area that is infected with the zombie virus
. This may be hard to do since so many outbreaks are quickly covered up by the World Health Organization
and international government conspiracies
For a start, if this is not the time of a major breakout in a first-world country, you may want to try places like Africa, where they have many rare, dangerous, and unusual/mysterious diseases
Or you could just go here
. Look for unusual things in the media. Meteor strike down? Large portions of the world quarantined? Just keep an eye out. You'll find what you're looking for.Assemble Your Team
People who have prepared for the zombie outbreak
are going to make better team-mates than those who don't believe zombies exist, obviously. If there's a group of specially-trained Marines on your list of friends, even better.
Most of us aren't that lucky.
You need to look for people who can fire guns, won't scare easily, and who you trust to watch your back. You're going in to wipe out zombies, not to loot at the first chance you get. They don't need to be the fastest, but brains and a cool hand will be more useful than almost anything else.
Find at least five people to go with you, and get a partner. While in the field, this person sticks with you. Going into a house to check it out? They come with you. Heard a strange noise just around that corner? They come with you. Going to take a leak? You got it. They come with you. Optimally, your six person group never separates, but you have to work in the real world, and it's not always optimal.
Make sure you have at least one person with medical experience. You're fighting zombies here, but not all the damage will come from them. There's always accidents, and the best way to become zombie-chow is to accidentally twist your ankle while running and not have someone there to splint it for you.
It's also best to choose a leader before you begin, someone whose orders are obeyed instantly, without question. You may think you make the best leader of the group since this is your idea, but be honest with yourself and with those you are choosing and find out who among you has planned the best, has training, and knows what to do.Make Your Plan
Look at your main objectives. Are you going to rescue someone? Are you simply eradicating the threat in an area? Is there a stronghold of safety you're trying to get to? (And if you think it's a stronghold of safety, figure out why it's already overrun and what went wrong.)
Plan accordingly. You must know three things: How many? General layout? Safe escapes?
How many - how big of a horde are you facing? This will help you plan your ammo needs, your expected time in and out, etc.
General layout - Are you exterminating zombies in a specific building? Are there blue-prints? Are you wiping out an infected town? Can you get aerial surveillance?
Safe escapes - Look for ways to roofs, bolt holes out of the way that can be locked behind you as you run from a bigger horde than you realized was there. Anything that can help if everything goes wrong.
A fourth good thing to know is simply your objective. Make sure you discuss this with your group beforehand so that you all are on the same page and know exactly what you are planning on doing. If you're looking to rescue someone, you don't need to chase down every zombie. If you're trying to exterminate all the zombies, you shouldn't be looking for loot in old buildings.Get The Hardware
For a good look at all the hardware you'll need to take down zombies, get The Zombie Survival Guide
. While I don't suggest taking everything at face value in any one book, I do suggest listening to the suggested ammo and supplies here.
You may also want: Night vision goggles tuned to low light, not heat sensitive. Untainted bottled water. Any locational gear, depending on where you are going (heavy clothing for cold conditions, etc).Don't Freeze Up
It's going to be hard out there on the battlefield. The moans of the undead echoing from building to building, confusing your senses. The first time your party gets together, your finger very well come freeze on that trigger, and not be able to pull when you realize that these were people
Don't. Remember: These aren't people now; you're saving the world.
And besides, this is supposed to be fun, isn't it?