Geeks and Swords
Geeks and Swords
Second part of code:

A few of us were hanging around at coffee after a game one time, and the subject of geeks and weaponry came up. Geeks seem to be great aficionados of all manner of sharp things – from replica swords, to fancy daggers, to the bat’leth and katana my two friends posed with in their wedding photos – there’s few geek households without at least a few stabby implements lying around.

Then, as we were comparing our household stores of medieval weaponry, someone posed the all important question – If zombies attacked while you were sleeping, what would you have lying around next to your bed with which to defend yourself?

I, at the time, had a few blunt practice swords. One guy had a katana within reach of his bed. But the guy who won? He had no less than six daggers, a two-handed sword, and a bat’leth hanging nearby. The image of a guy fighting off zombies with a bat’leth has since forever been burned into my mind, and I now share this mental image with you. Enjoy.

News: Posted December 1st, 2008 by Alina

^ 65 Comments to “Geeks and Swords”

  1. Chineselegolas Says:

    Agreed.
    In a discussion with my sword fighting group (All of us geeks of some sort), we came to the agreement incase of alien invasion or zombies or anything like that, we would be the best prepared. Smart enough to figure out what to do, and enough stuff lying around to arm a small army… (Seriously, one of the guys has over a dozen helmets. And more sets of chain, plate and don’t get started on the swords, axes, spears, shields…)

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 3:28 am
  2. Anon Says:

    I find it awesome that I was able to identify the bat’leth on sight with less than 75 episodes of any version of Star Trek under my belt.

    Then again, I do have Dave Kellett shoving the darn thing down my throat a few times a year.

    …that didn’t sound right.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 3:59 am
  3. Goatman Says:

    I’ve got a katana, a wakizashi, a large cutlass, two shields, a shotgun and a crossbow all within reach of my bed.

    I’m ready for those zombie punks to bring the heat! :D

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 4:23 am
  4. Silvara Says:

    But of course, if a apocolyps did happen the geeks would survive, because we are often the ones that have all the crasy medival weapons like swords lying around just waiting for a world wide catasthropy to happen. To bad we probably wont survive for long since we often are crazy and some of us are loners by nature and most of the geeks are males so the breeding of the humans race will drop to very low level. Butr we will still be the last ones standing so that has to count for something.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 5:00 am
  5. Bobcat Says:

    Geek with Bat’leth, fighting zombie hordes? It’s been done.

    http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/8/11/

    That being said.. Let’s see.. within reach of the bed: Crap quality battle axe (use as club once the blade snaps off), Crowbar (with plush headcrab), and a bokken (wooden katana). Within three steps (all the living space I have), you get an additional hand axe (well-forged, should last), a claw hammer, a three-pound sledge hammer, and a camping hatchet. I have the additional advantage that my bedroom windows are six fee above ground level, which woul make it hard for zombies to come in, but an easy drop should I need to flee. I will also point out that I have a ‘zombie bag’ – really it’s a backpack with supplies for emergencies, but calling it a zombie bag sounds cooler.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 5:06 am
  6. Adeptus Noctem Says:

    Let’s see… 1 Katana, 1 fantasy design broadsword, 1 fantasy dagger, and 3 hunting knives… yeah, that’ll do…

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 7:43 am
  7. gnrrrg Says:

    All the weapons are downstairs; if the zombies get to my bedroom without waking me then I’m dead (or undead if they get distracted completely eating me). On the plus side, there’s just the one of me and most of the neighbours have kids, so there’s more zombie bait in other houses. I’m counting on my neighbour’s screams to give me enough warning to arm myself.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 8:02 am
  8. Carl Says:

    Wait – I resemble that remark.

    Seriously – by the bed and within arms reach, I have only one edged weapon – a Klingon dagger. Projectile weapons – are another story. (Two 9mm pistols, 1 .22 rifle, 1 12 gauge shotgun).

    I’d have to make it out of my bedroom and down the stairs. Two katanas, 3 daggers, 1 two handed sword, 1 bastard sword, 1 bat’leth, 3 bows (with about 40 arrows), and a set of chainmail lay ready.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 8:27 am
  9. Goke Says:

    At the end of the day realize that Geeks are the ones who could build a trebuchet, properly maneuver a melee based army and keep proper sanitation in the post zombie apocalypse world. So yeah. Besides who else, other than active duty military types, practices battle tactics with random events anywhere near as much? Though really my personal armory is only complete with the functional but not full sized trebuchet. It helps to have a working model. Honestly. I thought it might come up.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 11:19 am
  10. Squirrel Says:

    I have (in my room) sharp rocks, lots of half made arrows, a creative (some call insane) mind, I also have a roof right below my window for easy escape. Then if I run down stairs, an axe, fire, my sister (for bait), large assortment of cutlery. Then, in my garage we have saws, more axes, two bows, about 24 arrows, plasma cutter, drills, nail gun, LOTS of nails, and a lot of sharp crap.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 11:20 am
  11. Captain Steckley Says:

    My household has a low “replica” weapon count. We only have 2 replica’s of Sting, a bokken, a sport fencing foil and a large viking knife. I do however have my handy dandy Broken Goalie stick that I deemed the perfect “Canadian Zombie Killing Weapon”. That’s right, the brits have their Cricket Bats, American’s have their Baseball Bats, Canadian’s have Goalie Sticks.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 11:38 am
  12. Nuvares Says:

    hmmm lets see. Within reach of bed, 2 broad swords, 1 claymore, 9 daggers(ornamental but should be good for one or two hits), a dozen throwing knives in 2 bandoleers, and a mace(present from my mother… Don’t ask…) Within my room i have 3 long swords, various practice weaponry, 2 staves(one straight, one tapered), Bow and quiver of arrows, Katana, Wakazashi and tanto; and if it really came down to it my spare cane has a sword in it.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 11:45 am
  13. Marie Says:

    Hey, I’m a true weregeek. I have in my bedroom a sharp arabian knife, a pointed sword, and a big heavy cutlas. Oh, and a bow with arrows. And of course, many other weapons in the rest of my house. Like saws, machetes, hammers… hum. And in the garage : many other. Like chainsaws. ^^

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 12:27 pm
  14. Melvar Says:

    @Anon As soon as I saw the thing, I thought, “Wait, what was that called?” and my subconcious whispered “bat’leth”. And that with less than 30 episodes, just a bit of time on Memory Alpha.
    Also: It’s just about impossible to have any weapons around the house here in Germany. You’d never get the licenses for them: Weapons may only be owned with sufficient reason.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 1:24 pm
  15. khayankh Says:

    A bunch of my friends were complaining about this the other day: one can’t own weapons on a college campus or keep them in a dorm in the state of New York. Now, if we were home for break it’d be a different story, but here the most dangerous pointy bit anyone’s allowed is a pocketknife.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 1:29 pm
  16. Marie Says:

    @Melvar : oh? In France, we can have weapons (not guns, but blades or bows) in our houses, but not in the street. They must stay home, or travel in your private car only.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 2:32 pm
  17. gnrrrg Says:

    @khayankh : That explains all the Sorority Zombie movies. The zombies know that the campuses are unarmed and attack there first.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 3:09 pm
  18. Jay Says:

    Hmmm… So Europe’s hosed then? We’ll hold nice services on this side of the pond.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 4:15 pm
  19. WtC Says:

    Hmm, within arms reach of my bed I only have 1 knife, but a few meters away I’ve got 1 razor-sharp hardened-steel katana, 1 bo-staff, a pair of sai, 1 axe, and 21 knives (not counting cutlery) most are kept razor-sharp. And enough flammable liquids to light the fuckers on fire (just for funsies XD). And if everything else fails I can allways just use my martial arts >_<

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 6:16 pm
  20. Strigoi Says:

    I just want to say I am glad I found this comic…Its almost scary how this comic compares to the things I do as well…from the D n d to the starwars game and even the goth club (I don’t larp though). But the situation with the weapons around for a zombie apocolypse, I currently have a katana,bat and a metal pipe next to my bed, 2 daggers about 10 feet away and about 13 other swords in my closet. This all shows when the world is coming to an end…the geeks will be the last ones standing.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 6:20 pm
  21. Spiritbw Says:

    Hmmm,

    Only a Bokkena nd some kitchen knifes.

    On the other hand, I have a working knowledge of homebrew chemistry and a fully stocked kitchen.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 6:33 pm
  22. Psychochef Says:

    Heh. I’m a country boy geek. I’ve got a fair collection of knives, but for zombie fighting, I’m equipped practical. I’ve got my machete, my baseball bat, my hatchet…and my shotgun!

    “Hello zombies! THIS IS MY BOOMSTICK!!!” *BOOM*

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 6:48 pm
  23. KNO3 Says:

    Ah, yes Spiritbw, common household chemicals in the proper proportions. BTW, the nearby Longs Drugs store has discontinued selling Potassium Nitrate. Sigh.

    Okay,
    Bowie 18 inch machete with custom knife edge and sharpened false edge
    Standard machete 21 inch
    Cane Knife
    20 various knives (4 high carbon, one bronze)
    Two axes
    switchblade pruning saw (ahem)
    30 carbine
    Not much.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 8:53 pm
  24. OldGeek Says:

    I’m 53 now. I cut my teeth in gaming with the Avalon Hill Wargames and I played D&D in the 70′s. With that being said.

    One Cutless, one Katana, One Mace, One Shotgun, One Rifle, all within 10 Feet of the Bed.

    In storage elsewhere in the house is the rest. No Chain Mail though…. Hmm Think it would help against the Zombies?

    Also a Bug-out Bag AKA Zombie Bag.

    Love the the Weregeek Strip !!!!

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 9:00 pm
  25. Bobcat Says:

    Well, the european laws concerning weapons may be different, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have ‘tools’. Axes, axe handles, crowbars, and sledgehammers are perfectly legitimate. Even a sturdy length of steel pipe is a good thing.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 9:11 pm
  26. Quinn Says:

    ummm… Alina, I have no sharp things within reach. Well… mabey a couple daggers. All the sharp things are in the Dojo downstairs… but… do Guns count? They are all locked in a safe, but it is within arms reach of my bed.

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 9:36 pm
  27. Lynx Says:

    I doubt Europe would be hosed, Scandinavia doesn’t have very strict gun control,and pretty much the same laws on blades as France. Of course, mostly every male over 19 having at least six months of basic military training would help as well. We grow our geeks tough in these parts ^^

    Posted December 1st, 2008 at 11:34 pm
  28. Dinoz Says:

    in easy reach , i got a machetti and a 3 set of throwing knives , rolling out of bed, i got two dagers and around 6 assorted pocket nives, one step to closet i got 2 calvary swords , a home made katana that should last for five or six hits (more if they squishy zombies) a home made mace that can rip holes in car trunks so it will last for ever making a sweet mess,

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 at 12:23 am
  29. Josh Says:

    Gosh, we certainly are a bunch of nerds. And this is a very… common practice for we nerds, it is true.

    Alright, within reach of bed: golok (Indonesian machete), Hudson Bay Camp Knife, T.U.S.K., Rogue Bowie, Clax, Sperati Point, and Mountain Man all made by Bark River Knife and Tool. (http://www.knifeforums.com/forums/showtopic.php?tid/758829/)

    Also a trusted and tried japanese hatchet, a Brazilian War Club and a eight pound sledge hammer.

    I’m not expecting the undead in the middle of the night, but if they came I’d probably be able to send a few back. If I could choose what tool to use…

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 at 1:41 am
  30. ReeseTora Says:

    heh, I read your comic and commentary, and I couldn’t stop but glance up at the storage area by my bed, where I have a katana I bought at the ‘local’ computer expo a few years ago.

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 at 5:39 am
  31. Wolfger Says:

    Within reach of my bed (second floor) are 3 swords (katzbalger, cutlass, celtic leaf-blade). At the foot of the stairs (1st floor) I have a claymore hanging up. Various knives scattered about, too.

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 at 6:35 am
  32. Ithilion Says:

    greek geek here… and to my knowledge our laws are similar to french ones… anyway, in case zombies show up… this is my arsenal:

    a building full of distractions (call them neighbours if you want), lots of stuff to get the zombies burning (structural damage must count for something) fantasy two handed sword (can also double as hammer due to weight) sharpened replica of hadhafang, three staves (and a few broomsticks that work just as well) two bows with about 30 arrows (doubt they will be any use at point blank) and six curved daggers

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 at 10:22 am
  33. Lunasea Says:

    I lean more towards the cleric/mage kind of weaponry. I have a wooden staff beside the bed, a very long cardboard tube in my office, and a pump action ping pong ball burp gun.

    Okay, so that last one’s not a cleric/mage weapon, but it’s cool.

    I know Muy Thai, so does that mean I count as a weapon? When I don’t trim my nails I have sharpness!

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 at 12:40 pm
  34. Horak Says:

    Personaly I sleep with a katana, I have six Shuriken under my matress and a broadsword, but apart from that I Handle LARP weapons (Although I have an impressive collection of Archery equipment) Which, to be frank, ‘aint as good as some, but Over here in britain our LARP Weapons are a lot harder, expecialy a few years back when it was considered sporting to stick a rubber on the point of your arrows. Such is the bueaty of free healthcare…

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 at 12:45 pm
  35. Horak Says:

    Heres a bet – When (And I mean when) The zombie apocolapce comes, I wager you £100 (About $200) That us Geeks over here in Britain, with our melee weapons, Improvisation skills and superior (You know its right) Fighting skills will last longer then you canadian Geeks with your melee weapons, guns, and stuff. Although there are more of you there will also be more zombies, due to a larger population.

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 at 12:52 pm
  36. The_Chef Says:

    stabby weapons? None.

    Projectile weapons:
    Sig 226 9mm, Remington 870 12 gauge.

    Remember kids destroy the brain and/or brainstem.

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 at 3:42 pm
  37. Nico Says:

    I have lots of weapons within easy reach.
    Stiletto and dagger next to bed, club under bed. All deployable while laying down, but negligable use against zombies.

    Outside bedroom door is a bastard sword and shield. Useful, but hallway constricts movement. Bad space for a fight.

    Knife in each bathroom. Back bedroom has a bat’leth and a katana. Katana good for beheading, Bat’leth more of a defensive weapon. Too much trouble to use against a zombie.

    In the livingroom I have a Battle axe, and a Kukri Sword. Both have good weight for removing heads. Lots of room for swinging. Heavy chain for fighting.

    Kitchen has a sword and lots of steak & carving knives. Lots of room for swinging. Claw hammer under the sink. Screwdrivers for stabbing.

    Utility room has a crowbar and a 3 pound sledge.

    Then in my Barn and 2 sheds are a variety of farming implements and construction tools. Flashlight in every room. Some of which are good pocket lights for hands free. And candles for emergency.

    Most my weapons are ment forfighting living targets, but many of my heavier weapons fight zombies just fine. And I practice with all of them at least once a month. And then practice with foam weapons on friends every 3 months.

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 at 5:21 pm
  38. Nico Says:

    Also forgot the Compound bow in the bedroom closet and shotgun by the back door. But those belong to my brother. He leaves them here to hunt with when he’s in the state.

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 at 5:24 pm
  39. JohnGalt Says:

    @ Horak

    You’re bets bad for two reasons
    1) The value of money after the war will decrease because of a decreased labor supply and an increased supply of land (and looting, I plan on extensive looting)
    2) The £ will be worthless because Britain will be overrun

    That being said I’ll wager 10 lbs of 24 carat gold or 20 carats of perfect diamonds on the US coming out ok (faster than Britain)

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 at 6:51 pm
  40. We at casa de costumerie subscribe to the Klingon Feng Shui, which states that at no point in the house must you be further than 2 meters from a weapon. I’m pretty sure that in most cases it’s closer than that but there’s a good rule of thumb.

    Posted December 2nd, 2008 at 9:43 pm
  41. Wadewilson Says:

    hmmm lets see within rech of my bed
    1 katana, 1 wakazashi, 3 daggers, 1 make shift club

    about 6 paces from the bed
    3 katana, 4 long swords, 1 chain shirt, 1 heavy leather chest piece, 1 replica of sting, 1 sword of the day walker, 1 fantasy long sword called the light bringer, 1 staff with a short blade hidden inside, 1 kukari, 1 hand crossbow (which used to be near the bed untill there was an…incident, no one was seriously hurt) 1 terrible quality battle axe that i’m not even sure would work as a club after it breaks, 1 smaller better battle axe, roughly 30 or so daggers and knives of various assortments.

    i may have spent a bit much money on all this over the years

    Posted December 3rd, 2008 at 1:20 am
  42. Wadewilson Says:

    oh and there is more, but thats what i can easily bring to my sleep addled brain

    Posted December 3rd, 2008 at 1:21 am
  43. I do have a pair of weapons within reach of my bed, but unfortunately, they’re both LRP-safe, and not great anti-zombie weapons. I own a Katana, but it’s at a friend’s house.

    It’s nearly impossible to get your hands on a projectile weapon in this country unless you are a farmer and need a gun to deal with vermin.

    Posted December 3rd, 2008 at 4:35 am
  44. Chineselegolas Says:

    I reckon I’m in a better place to survive. New Zealand. We only have bit over 4 million people and lots of country side.
    And Auckland has about one boat per every fifteen people IIRC so a number of us could just go a few k’s off shore and wait it out.

    Though we haven’t really had to test anything out, even in theory. Global disaster films always leave us strangely untouched.

    Posted December 3rd, 2008 at 8:59 am
  45. Vandertank Says:

    As luck would have it, today I was viewing apple trailers and saw this gem. Reclaiming the Blade…its a documentary on the historical significance of swords as a weapon and how our society immortalizes it. Looks like a fantastic movie and oddly appropriate to your discussion today. http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/reclaimingtheblade/

    Posted December 3rd, 2008 at 1:42 pm
  46. ObviousTarget Says:

    I’d say I’m probably in trouble, not a single sharp weapon barring the knives in my kitchen, I don’t think LARP weapons, nerf or BB guns would help much, however fun they are. Though at least Armour wise its a different matter, two flak vests , rigid leather armour and soft leather under armour. so my upper body will be fine…just have to figure a way to avoid getting my legs gnawed.

    Posted December 3rd, 2008 at 3:25 pm
  47. Horak Says:

    @JohnGalt
    You say Britain will be overrun, however, being on an Island, Zombies are unable to swim, therefore we are limited to our own population of zombies.

    Posted December 4th, 2008 at 3:53 am
  48. The_Chef Says:

    Being undead they can walk across the ocean floor.

    Posted December 4th, 2008 at 4:23 am
  49. Herr Direktor Says:

    Another safe part of Europe would be Switzerland: Mandatory military service for every male aged 20 through 34 – and we get to keep the guns at home!

    Posted December 4th, 2008 at 5:32 am
  50. wargamer Says:

    At home I’d be fine. I have a hand forged Katana/Wakizashi set by by bed and my parents run an antigues and militaria dealership so the house is full of swords, armour and guns.
    Unfortunately I’m at uni at the moment and the wardens wouldn’t be too happy about me bringing hardware into the court.

    Posted December 4th, 2008 at 12:52 pm
  51. FuzzyDuck Says:

    Safe or not here in Britain? Take a look at some of the slack-jawed imbecile chavs hanging around pretty much every town centre & how fast they’re spawning more of the same.. i’d say the zombie invasion is already begun!

    Posted December 4th, 2008 at 2:27 pm
  52. Corvid Says:

    Within reach of my bed: hunting knife, several types of razor/crafting knives, recurve bow.
    In bedroom, but I’d have to get out of bed for: compound bow, shotgun, rifle, competition foils (yeah, no blade/plastic point. Usefu) several more knives, and, when its really cold out, a Harris Hawk.

    Posted December 4th, 2008 at 5:16 pm
  53. Rune Says:

    Actually there is another Demographic that collects weapons (and for sure knows how to use them), a group called the SCA. Society of Creative Anachronism… medieval reinactors.
    ALOT of us are geeks as well, but not all of us. :)

    Posted December 4th, 2008 at 9:27 pm
  54. JohnGalt Says:

    @Horak
    What is easier to defend?
    1) 1 Zombie in my bedroom
    2) 2 zombies in my bedroom

    Answer #2 if my bedroom is 3x as large as in #1. You failed to take into account the population density of Britian. Itis 10x as high as the US.

    Posted December 5th, 2008 at 7:44 am
  55. Obvioustarget Says:

    hmm wasn’t this about survival of the geekiest, not about which country would be better off?

    Posted December 5th, 2008 at 6:07 pm
  56. Horak Says:

    @Johngalt On average, your rooms are larger. however i doubt the clountless illegall Imagrants in britain, and The countless zombie-chavs have anything in the way of weapons, and barely any are geeks, so cutting them out of the equation (As barely any of them have nice houses/bedrooms) I would say our rooms are the same sise, if not larger. On top of this we are Traditionaly better fighters, Or at least we were dating back to the medievial times witch us geeks attempt to replicate. one more think – what is more usefull against a zombie, a bullet (Which will go straight through – you americans have more of those) Or a sword that will disembowl them, either killing them or stunting thier movement speed, alowing a hasty retreat.
    Rule britannia!

    Posted December 6th, 2008 at 5:33 pm
  57. JohnGalt Says:

    Firearms>medievial weapondry

    Posted December 6th, 2008 at 8:54 pm
  58. Horak Says:

    Vs Zombies, Medievial Weaponry > Firearms. What do you expect a pistol to do to a zombie? Give it a hole? Cutting a zombie in half with a Claymore will do so much more than inconveniencing him/her with a slight hole in the left arm. Besides, Firearms require ammo, something I’m afraid is hard to come by in quantities large enough to desimate the zombie hordes that will arrive. Unless you hole yourselves into a shop that sells ammunition. But you will still run out. Meanwhile a swift and strong swing with a keen sabre will cut down at least two zombies packed together, possibly even ten (In cramped conditions.

    Take Boudica for example. At her last battle she outnumbered the Romans Ten to one, yet With tactics the Romans unfortunately beat her Horde. Agincourt, Tactics (And sharpened stakes) Allowed the English to destroy the french suprerior knights, who also outnumbered them. However at Rorkes drift the Thousands of Zulu warriors were defeated by a handfull of British – armed with rifles that may be, but primitive rifles, which took so long to reload it was hand to hand fighting before long.
    Melee weapons > Firearms. (Against Zombies)

    Posted December 7th, 2008 at 7:32 pm
  59. Marie Says:

    For once (historically, I mean), France is with Britannia : medieval weaponry is far better than guns against zombies.
    They say you must aim the head to kill zombies… hum. I guess if you REMOVE the head, that’s perfectly ok, isn’t it ? And you have no chance to miss. ^^

    Posted December 8th, 2008 at 6:29 am
  60. Candle Says:

    Replicas of Narsil and Aragorn’s sword wielded before receving Anduril in the movies. I guess they won’t last too long, being replicas, but hopefully they’ll do some damage before breaking. Just direct me to the zombie wearing the one ring that empowers the horde.

    Posted December 9th, 2008 at 12:09 am
  61. Randy Campbell Says:

    Chineselegolas wrote:
    >I reckon I’m in a better place to survive. New Zealand. We only
    >have bit over 4 million people and lots of country side.
    >And Auckland has about one boat per every fifteen people IIRC
    >so a number of us could just go a few k’s off shore and wait it out.
    >Though we haven’t really had to test anything out, even in theory.
    >Global disaster films always leave us strangely untouched.

    There is always one; case in point= SciFi Channel “shotgun” film, (“shotgun” out a bunch and hope you get an at least satisfactory movie from all the Cr*p :o) “Solar Attack”
    Basicly: The sun starts shooting out “super-flares” which along with a super high concentration of methane in the upper atmosphere ignites and starts to burn all the oxygen. “Luckily” the lead honcho who tried to warn everyone this could happen has an ‘in’ with a Russian sub captain and convinces him to fire all his missiles at the Arctic Ice cap vaporizing it and throwing massive amounts of (we won’t mention radioactive) water vapor that puts out the fire. Humanity saved! (Insert cheers, applause,and other ‘happy’ sounds here)

    Point? NZ gets a direct hit with one of the “super-flares” that the experts say will be stopped by the “ozone-layer”. Instead the fireball hits the middle of the country with a wall of fire racing in opposite directions, incinerating everything and everyone.

    Must have been a ‘demographic’ thing with someone noting NZ’s lack of getting hammered in disaster movies, and they decided to start fixing that issue :o)

    Randy

    Posted December 10th, 2008 at 2:55 pm
  62. Randy Campbell Says:

    “Zombies can only be stopped by shooting them in the head”
    “Vampires can only be killed by driving a stake through their heart”

    What if its all undead propaganda designed to deceive us humans?

    Medival vs modern weapons? Not really and argument, (but if true geeks couldn’t ‘argue’ obtuse issues we wouldn’t be geeks now would we? :o) survival means you use what you have.

    In my case I have a lot of “air-soft” and “nerf” weapons that won’t do me any good, though 100,000 hard plastic bb’s on concrete sidewalks or wooden floors would be fun to watch ‘dexterity-impaired’ undead deal with while running away.

    Being ‘geeks’ of course we’re overlooking such useful items as our dice bags, d4s wouldn’t be as effective ‘caltrops’ as say d10s and d20s, but I am also overlooking the fact that we’d most assuredly hang onto our dice as you never know when the rest of the survivors you’ll run into eventually might want to throw together a pick-up game of 3rd edition or even “All-Flesh-Must-Be-Eaten”. :o)

    The real ‘question’ in weapons choices are more about ranged or melee, do you want to get in close and get covered with possibly contaminated undead bodily fluids or stay clean and away with a ranged weapon? My personal arsenel of “real-steel” melee weapons currently consists of a couple of long-swords, a cutlass, a Naginata, and some daggers. None of which is within ‘easy’ reach since I still have them packed in my storage room awaiting “wall-space” to put them on. I am still trying to find a really good crossbow, my ‘dream’ weapon having gone away when the weapons maker I knew in Arkansas passed away more a little over 20 years ago. (::::sigh:::: Hand made 2-trigger hunting bow, @60lb pull but so nicely balanced my wife could even fork it with no help and so accurate I and she had no problems hitting the ‘bulls-eye’ of a standard archery target at 50 yards. He had made replica’s for a nearby restraunt of historical crossbows, they kindly directed us to his shop just down the road, where we both vowed to own one of his masterworks as soon as we were settled at our new home. Damned if he didn’t pass within a few weeks…..)

    Back to the point, (there was one? :o) when talking staving off the “zombie” hordes or the alien invasion or whatever, geek-dom can be both a blessing or a curse. We all “know” how to deal with these events but what do we REALLY know unless we know the specifics? The real power of ‘geek-dom’ is our interconectivity and ability to share knowledge and make those ‘unconventional’ leaps of thinking that often lead to answers in times of need.

    For the most part you’re also pretty sure the folks you ‘geek’ with are going to cover YOUR back just like they know you will cover theirs when the time comes…

    Randy

    Posted December 10th, 2008 at 3:19 pm
  63. KNO3 Says:

    Horak, most of my friends that have guns have in excess of 1000 rounds at home plus reloading kits (the automated kind). NRA members for life. Some of my Texan friends store over 10000 rounds each. Dunno why.

    Shooting zombies in the head usually works you know.

    Posted December 10th, 2008 at 8:12 pm
  64. Jazhara7 Says:

    I am sad to admit I have yet to get any bladed weapons worth of mention to hang in my bedroom… :( Though I do have a fake hip bone standing on my table to clobber Zombies with in case of emergency.

    Keep my memory alive when the Zombies come, m’kay?

    Posted December 11th, 2008 at 4:01 am
  65. Jazhara7 Says:

    I am sad to admit I have yet to get any bladed weapons worth of mention to hang in my bedroom… :( Though I do have a fake hip bone standing on my table to clobber Zombies with in case of emergency.

    Keep my memory alive when the Zombies come, m’kay?

    Posted December 11th, 2008 at 4:01 am

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