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Zombie Apocalypse!

Journal Entry: Thu May 2, 2013, 1:42 PM


Sorry, sorry, but I just have to! It's a much talked about subject among my friends and society in general - What would you do in a zombie apocalypse?

I gotta admit, I think about this WAY too much. I acknowledge that I'm being totally dumb. Actually, my fear isn't a zombie apocalypse (let's face it, scientifically it'll never happen) but of either nuclear fallout or some kind of fast spreading virus.

But let's face it: everyone has a plan, even if they won't admit it. Everyone has at least pondered the subject.

Truthfully? I'll probably be one of the first to go. I'm rubbish in emergency situations, I panic, I have absolutely no outdoors survival skills, I rely heavily on technology and I'm very, very weak. Also if they're RUNNING zombies I'd be like, NOPE. F*** that. Ain't even gonna try. Everyone (especially boys) always think they're gonna be like Daryl Dixon (Walking Dead) and be all badass. I will readily admit that that will not be me. BUT. If by some miracle I manage to survive, my plan is pretty simple.

1. Make a base. At first, it will probably be my house. Screw all those poor sods trying to make it to the nearest airport, I'm stayin' in one place. I'd board up the windows then make one room upstairs as secure as possible, preferably with an escape exit.

2. Raid all the local shops. Sorry community, but I'm totally becoming a looter. Luckily for me there's a food store AND a drug store up the road.

3. Find a weapon. No idea what. I live in England so there aren't many guns laying around. I have a feeling I'd be TERRIBLE at any form of combat so I'd probably try to find something javelin-esque - not for throwing, mind you. I just want them dead before they get too close.

4. I'd make a big ass sign on my roof for any aircrafts, but I'd make the sign spell the current date rather than 'HELP' so they know I'm still alive when they fly over.

5. And then I'd wait. And if no one came then I guess I'd hit the road on my bicycle. I wouldn't head for the coast because I don't know how to sail a boat or navigate, so I'd try to find more people and hole up somewhere in the countryside.  

To be honest, it's not the zombies that scare me, though. It's people. The moment our society breaks down people go crazy. Sometimes I think it's all that holds us together. I read in an article once that it would only take a week of not having food in the supermarkets for the people to start rioting. Everyone has seen it happen before, to a lesser extent. I remember when there was a gas strike a few years back and everyone went crazy, fighting at the gas stations, carrying fuel away in buckets, etc. It's scary.


So what's your plan? Don't forget this is just a silly discussion, I'm not one of those crazy end-of-world fanatics lol. I've just watched too many zombie movies ;)

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GrendalUnleashed Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Zombies!..ZOMBIES!?!...AAAARGH!

Okay , now that's out of my system in this hypothetical situation time to survive...

1. When things go icky people go nuts so get as far from people you don't know as possible, holing up in town, city, or suburbia leaves you open to mass zombies, looters and reavers.

2. Mobile phones are pointless as most countries turn off the network in the first instance of an incident, a beat up old transit van is better than the fastest modern car...some idiot is going to think the 'nuclear option' would be the solution and there go the electronic components of your vehicle.

3. Their is safety in numbers, but as in point 1. be sure they are people you can rely on...mates can be great or they can be more trouble than they are worth (See Shaun of the dead).

4. Weapons...Zombies: a heavy iron shovel to decapitate the shambling individuals, a good pair of running shoes to escape larger groups.

Humans: Within 24 hours a large proportion of the populous will revert to a feral mentality so crossbows and longbows are primary (arrows are easier to fashion than bullets), a rifle (better to take out an aggressor at range than let them get close) and shot gun (point and click).

Books: The most important weapon for survival is knowledge...How does one build a fortified settlement, create a kiln, bread oven, arable system?...Time to get Medaeval :D

And so on...

...nope haven't spent much time thinking about this stuff :D I'm just a product of the 'Threads', 'Terry Nation's Survivors', 'Quatermass Conclusion' M.A.D. generation. Haha :)
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kikigirks409 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I (me and my friends) we would meet at someones house (hopefully cellphone towers still work ((no one has to run them anymore right?))) We would jack a car (our families would be with us of course((my cat too not sure about taking the hedgehog though..........)) We would head to sams club and steal some gas trucks and stuff. Sams club would be our base, we would raid the gun store down the road. (think about it sames club is perfect for this shit) But if I was at school when this happens thats a different story.
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only it would go so smoothly! Eventually cellphones would die too, lack of electricity to charge them and all. As awful as it is I think my friends would be the last thing on my mind in the heat of the moment. I'd think about them when things calmed down and I was safe somewhere. Obviously family is a different matter. I would probably look for my friends when things cleared up a bit, but let's face it, the survival rate is so low. I'm not very optimistic, if you couldn't guess lol
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kikigirks409 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I can understand your thinking, I guess it just depends on how you act. I myself am reckless so I wouldnt want to stay alone because I would mess things up. I would need at least someone to go with me thats more logical.
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artizawezome Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You're not weird for thinking about the zombie apocalypse, I do it all the time. I wouldn't hole myself up in my house we have food but if my whole family is alive we won't for long, not to mention we live in the middle of nowhere so no stores nearby. I'd be the first to admit as i have three little brothers I used to 'practice'(it was more like play) sword fighting in our yard with sticks, so I know how to keep them back at least. We'd probably board up all of the downstairs windows and doors, except our backdoor which has a one of those heavy duty locks on it as a way in and out. We'd also close the blinds on the windows so the zombles cant see us from outside. we'd move the canned food and medical supplies upstairs. We'd start stockpiling water and boling it and putting it in clean containers. We'd fill the tubs and sinks with water cause once the water runs out we'd have to make runs to the lake nearby. After that i'd try to find my friends and family especially my aunts, uncles, and cousins since they all have small children with them friends are more of an afternote because if i know them they'll be surviving or dead
:( . Thats all i can think of right now but i'll probably have somthing else pop into my head as soon as i hit add comment though :)
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stockpiling water is the most important thing imo. They say if there's ever a big disaster you should fill your bath tub full of water, and eventually set up one of those condensation systems... I don't know what it's called. But boiling rain water might work just as well? < This. My ignorance would lead to my death if the zombies didn't get there first lol. At least it rains all the time in England.
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artizawezome Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thats true you're lucky you live in england since it rains a lot there, we live in texas so we get very hot (it litterally feels like were in a drought during the summer here). I wanted to know what you'd do for the long term for food I know I'd loot stores like you for whatver I can but those'll run out after a year or two(I was gonna loot seeds and farm food and stuff), what would you do??
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd starve. I doubt I'd be able to hunt. I suppose I'd temporarily live off looting and in the long run plant vegetables and stuff. I also know nothing about gardening lol.
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EnzoLuciano93 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
simple. just survive. i'm no survivor but i am dam sure that i can survive that kinda situation. simply put, u gotta have the basics : food, water, resources, n people. it's hard 4 me 2 explain 2 u fully how all that adds up, but u can check out the classic 'Zombie Survival Guide' by Max Brooks. trust me, it got me 2 think all about the possibilities of survival, whether it's a zombie apocalypse or not. plus, it's an interesting n fun reading experience too.
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I wanna read that book! A few of my friends have it. Isn't one of the things they say 'Destroy your stairs'? Makes sense! Food, water etc. would be pretty easy in the first few months but after a year... that's when it gets tricky. You'd have to start hunting, laying traps, stealing. Ever seen 'The Road'? Yeeeaaah...
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EnzoLuciano93 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
no, but i have seen a lot of documentaries like that doomsday preppers show once, and they really got all the basics planned out. even growing your own food, hunting, safety, self-preservation, simple engineering n filtering your own water is simple.
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need to watch more of those shows lol XD
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InuYasha-Addict Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
actually, scientists have recently been saying that a 'zombie' apocalypse is a real possibility due to the growing number of brain parasites being discovered...however, that would NOT mean there would be dead people walking around trying to eat everyone; i think if these parasites became the problem it would be similar to a person in a brain dead coma in that they would have basic motor functions and primal instincts but no consciousness ---i say brain dead, even though they would have some function and not have an truly dead brain, only because someone in an actual coma [[some forms]] is not necessarily 'unconscious' as many have reported noting their surroundings/people at times and/or things akin to dreams---

and then there are the people seriously doped out on chaotic drugs like bath salts and PCP who have caused incidents of attacking, increased strength, violent behavior, etc. ---i refer primarily to the attack in miami a little while back where a man was found to have been ripping the face off a homeless (?) man, among other things, and when being arrested was noted as having above average strength, and he was on either the bath salts or PCP which have the same symptoms to what he exhibited---

sooo, something like a 'zombie' apocalypse is possible, but i think only if another event occurred which exacerbated such problems, like a nuclear fallout due to another world war or some such disaster, which could cause the possibly main parasitic illness to go unchecked and lead to massive infection---it would need to be easily contracted and/or gotten from some everyday item or food--- and/or those paranoid and rioting people falling apart because the worldwide chaos lead to those 'enhancing' drugs becoming desired or common place...etc. etc. but NO legitimately dead men walking :no:

what was the question again? ^^; :giggle:
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, I didn't specify what kind of zombie apocalypse to avoid being pedantic, but dead men will never walk again and eat human brains. Can't be done. BUT. Biochemical warfare is a scary thought. Bit like 28 Days Later. If they pumped somethings into our water that drove us all bat-shit crazy then there would be something akin to a zombie apocalypse. Generally anything that drives people into a state of severe desperation is frightening. I mean, even the Bubonic plague is still floating around in Africa. Mad cow disease, bird flu etc. etc. Hopefully it'll never happen though!
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InuYasha-Addict Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Yes, that is quite true. I personally think biological can be the most terrifying and dangerous rather than a nuclear fallout since in such an instance it can be assumed it is caused due to war and so the fighting sides will be joined together in getting back at the opposing side. But who knows really, people in panicked packs can be terrifying in and of itself :shrug: Poor africa is rampant with both disease, desperation, terror, and war :C
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peiyuu Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
it depends on the level of zombie breakout, of course. in the event of a level-three "apocalyptic" zombie breakout, i have no idea because i don't actually have a zombie base in an isolated region of siberia, but in the case of a level-one or level-two, i'd follow basic survival tips like filling the bathtub/sinks with water, moving all food upstairs, boarding up the windows and doors, and destroying the staircase.

...i think i've read the zombie survival guide one too many times. better safe than sorry, though!
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I recognized all those points from the ZSG! I've always wondered how you go about destroying a staircase.... Mine is so sturdy I don't think I could break it with an axe. I'd just have to block it, I guess.
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Rosyan Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Hmm... I'm not sure what I'd do, probably find me a good sharp knife and then some safe place. But if it would be winter, I wouldn't panic too much. Since zombies are practically kinda dead, they wouldn't move too fast (if at all) in the -30 degrees (celsius).

But now that I think about it... I live in a very small village near abandoned mine and it's ten kilometres away from nearest place with shops... I'd die soon, one way or another, that's sure.
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The-Cheshire-Bunny Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student General Artist
What would I do in a zombie apocalypse?

...cry :iconlazycryplz:

XD haha well I would also gather supplies, find a safe place i could barricade in. And of course gather my family and friends.

Yup. I'd probably be one of the first to die XD
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Dalyla-Imaginarium Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My brother, dad and I all plan for the zombie apocalypse whenever were driving around.
1. We would make base. Probably at a homedepot since they have all sorts of tools and things you can use for weapons.
2. Since I live in Simi Valley, which is in SoCal, we have a lot of farming fields near us so we can grow our own food.
3. Would make sort of fortress around Home Depot with an electric fence.
4. Build a barn with cows, chickens, goats etc.
5. Stock up on food.
6. Learn how to shoot from my dad.
7. Raid a police station for weapons and types of armor.
8. Find a place were I can see a highway away from any large cities so I can see if anything big is happening.
9. Stock up on things I could trade with other survivors: bullets, water, canned foods, plant seeds, clothes, maps, weapons, alcohol, antibiotics, medical supplies, blankets, and ciggaretes.
10. Get trained dogs to act as guard dogs.
11. Set up security cameras around my base to look out for zombies and raiders.
Good thing for me that I live near a place that has a Home Depot in the hills, a police station, department stores, grocery stores, an out of the way highway, fields, and a water reservoir. So if this sounds good, a zombie apocalypse happens, and you live anywhere near me contact me just in case.
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where the heck would you get all the stuff!? hehe! I would be very impressed if you executed all that smoothly! You gotta remember that EVERYONE will be raiding local police stations and home depo stores! A farm would be awesome though, so long as zombies aren't attracted to animals too. A river with fish in it would be the best bet!
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TheDutchesse Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
1. First thing: grab my cat. I live in Malta, so I'd try to get to a boat as soon as possible. I live right by the marina so that shouldn't be a problem. Maybe last-minute google how to steal boats?

2. As soon as I know I've got a functional boat, I raid everything I can find. Mostly for fuel because I can't actually sail so this thing will have to go by motor. Then food.

3. Find a weapon, just in case. With any luck there'll be something on the boat I can use, otherwise I'll have to get creative. Definitely getting a shovel though, those things are the best.

4. Off we go. I'd find a small Mediterranean island, probably in Greece. Something so small it's easy to root out all the zombies there and just keep some sort of vegetable garden and teach myself to fish. I'd need it close enough to the mainland so that I can make trips there if need to. For water, most likely. I'd have to find a way to purify water since small Mediterranean islands tend to be surrounded only by Mediterranean. I'd be completely happy on my own with my cat. Might even be able to get some animals over from the mainland, a cow or pig or two (male and female of course), something manageable on my own. Should be a sweet life until the world fixess itself.
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MTNsClaire Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
My theory is this: I'm like you if they're runners there's just no way. I'm not sure I'd be good at surviving, but I might surprise myself. The way I see it, if I can't survive, I'd rather be the first zombie. People think I'm crazy when I say this, but I'd rather get infected from whatever then devoured in the future. I think if zombies ever happened though it would be from bio-warfare or bats. It's probable that bats carry strands of rabies we don't know about, and zombie infection could easily be a form of rabies. But if I somehow manage to be a survivor my plan is this:
1. Set up a base, like you said, its the best option. Where I live currently would be semi-safe. But I am in a big city so there's that problem. If I was back home with my folks, I'd be fine. Middle of nowhere and what not.
2. Loot the Wal-mart up the road. If somehow I was one of the first people to find out or whatever, I'd be in there casually shopping and grab a bunch of non-perishables and run for the nearest exit. In my head I always imagine me finding out while I'm shopping. Like just be getting stuff and a zombie or two walk in and start nomming people at the entrance. So this could easily be swapped for the first step in my view of things.
3. I wouldn't need to find a gun, I'm in Alabama, we have plenty. And I'd have picked up ammo from wally world so there's that. My third step would be to plan. Time how long I might have clean water, figure out if I need to stay and start a garden, or find other survivors. I'd make sure I was safe before I did anything. If I ever decided to run, I might make my way back to the Wal-mart and activate the fire alarm and run the F*** away.
4. Assuming I make it this far, I would know a few things. 1. There's no one coming. Simple. The American government would be to busy doing stupid crap. Believe me. Also they would be panicked too, they're just not a reliable means of escape. 2. To survive this long I'd need a sturdy base, so obviously I have it. So why leave? I'd only leave if I needed to. But let's say they were getting dangerous, then I would hot wire an SUV, they might eat up gas but an SUV is the best option I think. Room for storage, people, and good for splatter sprees. I'd take that and go north. Not looking for survivors, but getting to the country. It would be safer there and a good place to make a solid base, one with walls and makeshift homes and a farm.
5. At this point I'd just keep living, hope someone found a cure. If I lost anyone I would mourn, but I'd stay strong. The way my end base is built in my head, it'd be a good starter town for a new life after the apocalypse. Idk what we'd call it. But yup that's pretty much it.

Like you, I have thought of this far to much :)
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cat-breath Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   Digital Artist
1. I would aim for the head.
2. do single-single-double moves when escaping zombies.
3. get to higher ground.
4. loot weapons/energy drinks/protective but lightweight equipment to prevent them from biting me
5. kill as many as possible in a lame attempt to end the virus (:
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would aim for the head too but totally miss. They make it look so easy in movies but i reckon in the moment of terror it's really hard. I wouldn't bother trying to kill as many as possible either because it'd waste ammo! I'd rather avoid the masses and concentrate of surviving!
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KimiruMai Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Artist
I want to pretend that I'm going to be super badass, since I am a pretty good shooter. But the disadvantage of that is that a gun will alert the others of where I am until a hoard of zombies is banging on my doors. On the other hand, I think fearing to leave my house and dead people moaning all the time would drive me to the brink of insanity. Honestly, in order to avoid being turned into a zombie or being killed by one (as I imagine both would result in excruciating pain) I would probably just kill myself. A life running from zombies is hardly a life at all.
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a dark admission, but I reckon most people would opt out. I'd be too cowardly and would end up being eaten.

(Btw, I discovered Team Four Star, like, yesterday, and I've totally converted into a Super fan. Absolute genius.)
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KimiruMai Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Artist
Eh. It's the least gruesome way to die, should a zombie apocalypse occur.

YES! Team Four Star is absolutely amazing. TFS Vegeta is the ultimate best! You should check out TFS's video series called Saiyan's play. Single most amusing thing ever, besides the series itself.
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will be checking that out soon! Yes, TFS Vegeta is my fave closely followed by TFS Goku. Muffin button ftw! XD
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KimiruMai Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Artist
lololol, TFS Goku is so cute :3 Don't even get me started on quotes by those two. I swear, I've memorized the series.
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WickedChibi Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'd follow your rules, but to be honest I'm terrified of zombies honestly!
We got gates and stuff so staying home is definitely a good idea.
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Ejobes19 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
when it happens i planned on staying in my house for about 3-4 days then going one street over, taking the school bus that someone over there has, removing quite a bit of the seats, raidng any houses i can, then going down a back road by my house and hitting up the sporting goods store for whatever is left as well as the other stores there, then driving to the hotel behind the mall that i live near and fortifying it and blocking off the first couple of floors after raiding rooms, then i would(during the daytime) build some way of traversing over to the mall via by the roofs of the stores between the mall and the hotel and make multiple small supply runs until i am able to either A) take over 'the village'(thats what the section of small stores is called) or B) completely take over the vast entirety of the mall and using the bus try and locate friends/family and go from there. you are not alone in thinking about the Zompocalypse, i am constantly changing/updating/modifying my plans. while doubtful the dead will rise up and munch on the living biologists and pathologists have found certain strains of various diseases that can mimic zombie like attributes a good example is mad cow disease or the brain parasites known as Prions.
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Blackmoonrose13 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
similar I would live in a Walmart supers center with a grocery store and hunting department board it up and just wait 5 months thats when all the bodies shall rot if I learned anything from crime shows
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Grocery store is a good shout, but again I'd be scared of the hungry people outside willing to get anyone or anything to get a can of beans.
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Blackmoonrose13 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats when you have the doggy door you roll a can of beans through it and then lock it so no one one can get in
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Beautifully-Horrid Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You are completely, 100% right about humanity being the main fear.
We are all animals, lets face it. We have the basic instincts of survival. Some have it more than others, and those would be the people killing everyone and becoming the threats.
But I have to admit, I would probably become one of the first zombies.
No way that I could possibly survive on my own, just no way.
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love a person who admits they'd be one of the first to go! I definitely fall into that category. The only way I'd survive is by luck and then after that, fear of leaving the house haha.
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Beautifully-Horrid Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amen to that
I'd probably die of starvation before I left my house honestly
or just become a zombie and eat everyone else
Which reminds me, have you read I am Legend ?
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't read I Am Legend, no. Will Smith generally destroys everything for me. No disrespect to the dude, but I can't take him seriously as an actor. Isn't I Am Legend about, like, vampires?
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Beautifully-Horrid Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well honestly the movie is nothing like the book. The only two things in common is the name, and that there was a disease, but even the disease in the book is different.

But yes, the book is about vampires, but they are more of a zombie vampire ? I highly suggest it, when I picked it up I expected it to be like the movie but then everything was just so different.
It might just give you some ideas to plan out your zombie Apocalypse :la:
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disturbedanimefreck Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i'd run and hide wait till it safe enough then try to find my friends and then stay alive as long as possible
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Starcraftor Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I'd probably be the guy yelling at everyone, trying to get things organized. The more we save in the first few hours, the better off we'll be for months to come.
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder how many people would listen to a single person though? I always imagine it to be mass hysteria, every man for themselves, and then after a few days people would be drawn to individuals with some semblance of authority.
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Starcraftor Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Right. Still, you should do your best to rally those around you into saving buildings and the like. One of your main jobs as a leader in that situation would be to curb every-man-for-himself mentality by any means necessary. If someone says "screw this, I'm not doing what you say!" then your best bet at that point is something along the lines of "If you want to go die on your own, that's fine with me." Sometimes they'll leave after that, sometimes they'll stay and grumble, but we'll have time to include them in the decision-making process once the immediate crisis has passed. If you can, get around to a few clumps of people, breaking up fights and trying to maintain some semblance of order. If you want a good idea of what I'm talking about, there's a wonderful comic book dealing with a minor apocalypse (nuclear, though, rather than zombie) called "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns"; I'm sure you could borrow a copy to look at at a local comic book store, it's a good read.
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Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I imagine my boyf has read that comic book. He goes for Western writing while I love manga. Hehe, you talk as if you've experienced an apocalypse! I think the whole leadership and rallying people comes after the initial shock - maybe a few months down the line? People will naturally look for other people and someone who will shoulder the burden of finding food etc. People like having things done for them, especially when they're scared.
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Starcraftor Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Yes, leadership becomes critical a few weeks/months down the line as the shock wears off, but that's separate from the immediate crisis.

Look at it this way: An apocalypse (in the usual sense) is a sudden and highly destructive event. The more buildings we can save from burning down, the more resources we have to work with in the coming weeks, which will make surviving a lot easier. Leadership is needed to deal with the immediate crisis to keep people from doing stupid things in their panic, hence the man shouting for people to stop hoarding and work together - at this moment, you are well-fed, and if we can get more people and more material through the immediate crisis, then we have more people and more material to help with keeping everybody alive later. In the short term, you have to convince people to look to tomorrow (not to next week, no one will go for that in their panic, just to tomorrow) and save as much from the apocalyptic destruction as possible. People must be rallied to save what they can, then led to a future beyond the ruins.

And no, a lot of people will not want someone else to go looking for food. Vast swathes of humanity are incredibly distrustful of other humans, and as such insist on being present for scavenging so that those other people won't hoard food for themselves. (Ironically, many people think that individual food hoarding will happen because it is what they want to do.) Leaders are necessary to stop people from behaving in ways that save individuals in the short term but cripple the group and prevent long-term survival.
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LadyRoslineDrake Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would probably do along the same lines, but I have injuries so it would be harder for me to survive.
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