This Saturday, the undead of Baltimore will embark on a large-scale, eight-hour game of zombie tag. “Survive” will rely on a mobile app to track players’ positions, and keep score of the points they earn checking in at local businesses and completing tasks identified along the course.
The goal is to survive the multiplying zombie horde by checking in to different spots around Baltimore, and completing special missions to “help the human race combat the zombie threat.” If caught — or rather, infected — participants are then invited join the horde, get zombified by on-site makeup artists and track down the remaining humans.
“It’s an augmented reality game,” says Sarah Morrow, one of the organizers. “Think ‘Pokémon GO’ meets 5K race, but with zombies and tag.”
Participants will be encouraged to check out local businesses and arts venues and “have the time of their lives, running for their lives,” as the game’s website puts it.
Players will need to download the “Survive” app onto their smartphones and register ahead of time to play the game. The app will instruct players on the rules, including how they’ll be identified as a player, what to do as a survivor, how to tag people and get tagged, being infected and how to start a new game as a zombie once they’re infected.
Prizes will be handed out for performances during the game. Proceeds will go to the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Players can check in at the Washington Monument at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The game will begin one hour later, and end at the Canton Waterfront Park at 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to use public transportation to get to the starting line and return to their cars at the end.
Every checkpoint is a unique Baltimore business, offering specials to “Survive” participants. That means there’ll be lots of places to stop, explore, eat, drink and take a breather — assuming yours is a body that still breathes, of course.
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