Zombie Cliche Lookout: Multi-Tasking
In recent years, a lot of (mostly virtual) ink has been spilled over the ineffectiveness of multi-tasking. Granted, most of the experts that are discussing the subject are focusing mostly on office workers, rather than desperate survivors in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, but I think the idea still applies. People are just more effective when they’re focusing on a single task at a time. Starting and stopping to switch between multiple tasks is mentally intensive and ultimately slower than simply tackling one thing at a time.
Of course, when there’s a small army of zombies banging at the door, focusing on a single task might not be possible. Case in point: multiple zombies are streaming through a broken window. Obviously, you’re going to want to block up the broken window, but at the same time, you’ve got to worry about the zombies that are already inside. This is where it pays to have other people in your group.
About this Episode:
A commenter recently pointed out something that our survivors are doing that just doesn’t make a lot of sense. In case you missed it, he pointed out that we had two people working in the foyer, where there was only one point of ingress, and already a temporary barricade. On the other hand, only one adult was in the living room with its much bigger windows, and no temporary barrier. The result? Zombies get in.
I wish I could say I did this on purpose, but I didn’t. The distribution of workers happened fairly organically, probably much like it would in real life.
Discussion Question: Minor Idiocy
Based on the totally unplanned idiocy above, what sort of related dumbassery would you say that you or your group could potentially fall prey to?
Please note, I am by no means suggesting that any of you are dumb; just that we all miss things and make bad decisions from time to time. In hindsight, we can’t believe how we managed it.