Category: Zombies

GamerGrrls RunsLast week (I think), Six to Start released the Android version of Zombies, Run! I FINALLY got to download it. Of course, I was only able to go out and mess with it once or twice last week since it was raining. Not unusual for summer in Holland, but never the less, annoying.

Well, now that I got the GPS working correctly on the zombies run app, my playlist straightened out (as much as I love Epica, I was done with hearing the Obsessive Devotion on loop for 45 minutes), and my bicycle seat upgraded to something that isn’t going to rub me raw in places girls shouldn’t be rubbed raw I’m up to Mission 3.

Now, mind, most people that I know of are using this for running. Due to a foot injury, I’m stuck to cycling, but honestly you can use this on a treadmill (which I have) if you wanted to. The only difference between using it walking, running, jogging, cycling, horseback riding, roller skating, etc and a human sized hamster wheel is you can’t use GPS on the hamster wheel.

With that being said, what’s my thoughts on this app? I love it! Up until I got a little enthusiastic and went out for a 2hr ride on the wrong bicycle seat, I’ve been trying to get out cycling daily so I can continue the mission. I think I did mission 1 and 2 at least 3 times each by accident (trying to get my playlist to work), until Six to Start updated and allowed you to continue a mission after you quit it last week.

The story line is fun, I love picking up items to level up my base and unlock other missions, and the zombie chases have been killer! I’m no Louis Armstrong when it comes to cycling, but I’ve got to say I’ve been hauling ass so far! I did get caught once and for some reason, even though I was really hauling ass today during 2 chases (no way those zombies could have caught me!) I got caught. Maybe it’s an error after the sync? I haven’t been able to figure that out yet.

Overall, I think this is the coolest of my armory of fitness apps and probably the most accurate of the distance trackers I’ve been using. I’m really looking forward to multi-player missions since several of my gamer friends also cycle!

Here are some of my public rides so far:

Mission 1

Mission 2

Mission 3

i’m not rich.  i admit it.  i work hard for my money but just don’t have a lot of it.  like drumming (which i do), gaming can get expensive.  there are books, and lots of them:  monster manuals, dm guides, multiple players handbooks, books on settings, battle mats, dice, markers, oh my poor paycheck!

but does gaming really have to cost us an arm and a leg?  nah.  just use your imagination, get inspired from other peoples idea, buy some oven bake polymer clay, and turn on the toaster oven!

here is a bunch of props that my sister and i made with that polymer clay.  click it to expand it ;)

as you can see, for the small price of about 1-2 dollars per block of clay, we were able to make a ton of little things for our dungeons.  treasure chests, stones and blocks, coffins, tables of various looks, a campfire, jars, potions, gold pieces, skulls and bones, dressers, and my favourite, the torches.  also take note of the little black round thing at the bottom with a token in it.  that expands the size of the monster to bigger size than 1 square!  good idea, huh?  oh, and there are my zombies that i got out of those 25 cent machines and glued some clay bases onto and gave em a coat of paint too.

for the paint, i used cheap acrylic craft paint that comes in those little plastic tubs thinking it wouldn’t work well but it actually worked rather well on this type of clay and dries in seconds much to my surprise.

im also working on some “3-d dungeon tiles” which are actually cardboard.  these little details can help make your game just that much more fun and it really doesn’t have to cost you all your GP.

how about you guys and girls?  do you have any little props too?

On December 9th I get to go to the mobile store and pick up a brand new shiny mobile phone (that’s cell phone for those of you in the US).  I’ve got to tell you, I’m bloody excited to finally ditch my Windows Mobile phone and get one with Android! Appppppppppppppsssss!

One of the apps that I plan on getting when it’s released for the Droid in spring 2012 is called Zombies, RUN! I came across it while browsing through Kickstarter.com for new and interesting gaming projects that I might like to contribute to and get cool stuff.  As an avid runner and zombie lover, I zero’d in on this baby pretty quick!

Zombies, RUN! is what is known as an augmented reality game for mobile phones.  By running through your surroundings in the real world, you’re able to pick up much needed supplies to expand your base in the game.  Plus you get a story line through your headphones as you run away from the zombies!

As a gamer geek, I really think this project is going to be a winner.  Those of us who love both zombies and running are going to see great things from Six to Start because they posted a $12,500 goal and currently have over $70k.  I think the zombies got the yay in this case! With so much more money pledged than they asked for, I’m really hoping to see some expansions in the future and perhaps even a multi-player game.  Wouldn’t that be cool? Being able to play with other runner, joggers, and plodders in your area or perhaps around the globe?!

This app will be ready soon for the apple fanboys that have iphones, but us droid users will have to wait patiently until spring for Zombies, RUN! If you can’t wait, you can always pre-order your app so that when it’s ready, you can download it and go RUN AWAY!

When it comes to using miniatures, every Dungeon Master has their own preference.  One of my old DMs from the gaming past would have a few cases of pewter minis for our Dungeons and Dragons game, those miniatures didn’t come cheap.

Another game master used figure flats since they were nothing but little strips of paper with the baddie (and hero) printed on them.  He also has loads of proper miniatures.  Thankfully he always alerts me to deals when he runs across them.

While I have some proper miniatures (even painted!), I tend to either use figure flats since they travel easy (try carting boxes of minis on public transport…not easy) or stuff out of my bits and bob box.  I’m the queen of cheap miniatures.  Somewhere in that box among the bottle caps, colored stones and whatnot there’s a 3 year old pistachio with a face drawn on it that was meant to represent my other half at the gaming table.  It’s become a household item.

Oh yea, and I also use candy.  Dungeon Masters beware, edible NPCs can backfire if you buy the good stuff.  It doesn’t take players long to figure out if they kill your monsters and NPCs, they get to eat them.  I’ve lost several good NPCs this way!

However, today one of my converts to the gaming table made a post on my work forum showing off his newest miniatures that came on the cheap.  Zombies! They cost him a whopping .50 cents and came out of one of those machines that spit out cheap plastic toys in those little plastic eggs.  I’ve got to say, this is a pretty awesome find!

He made bases for the zombies out of black bake polymer clay to turn them into perfectly good, cheap miniatures! This is just proof that miniatures don’t have to cost an arm, leg, and your soul!

What are some of your cheap miniature creations?

Cheap Zombie MiniatureZombie Miniature Too

Who doesn’t love zombies? Especially when you have a zombie in a penguin suit!

This little gem of a zombie film started out as an idea for a Halloween costume, but ended up as a viral seven minute clip about the escapades of a zombie from the time he woke up after being bitten to the point where he’s killed by humans.  The genius behind Zombie in a Penguin Suit is Chris Russell, a relatively young director and writer who also worked on a web series called Blood Light.

What does this gamer girl think of the film? Brilliance! The song, Mara’s Lullaby (by Marc Mellits and performed by Real Quiet) completely set the tone for ZIAPS.  This composition really tugged at my heartstrings in the beginning, I’ve got to say it’s pretty rare that I ever feel sorry for a zombie.  I much rather see them taken out with a flame thrower or chain saw.  But when you watch that zombie come back to life, sit up and look down at the other zombie, it’s almost sad.

What I also found intriguing is how the calm and relaxing score didn’t incite the normal “yea, get them” reaction when I see people killing zombies in a movie.  It’s almost a zen zombie flick, if there’s such a thing.

I won’t ruin the end so you can watch it yourself if you haven’t already.  I’ve got to say, I’ve yet to find someone I’ve shared it with that doesn’t like it!

Here’s Zombie in a Penguin Suit for your viewing pleasure: