Zombie Cliche Lookout: Turtle Time
Allow me to get off the subject of zombie fiction for today’s cliche lookout. Instead, I’m going to talk about what was once my favorite video game genre: real-time strategy. Once upon a time, I used to spend way, way too much time playing Age of Empires and Starcraft with my buddies. I was never particularly good at these games, but I had a strategy that worked out for me most of the time. That strategy? Be a turtle. I would focus on slowing building up a series of concentric defenses around my town, while investing everything I had into building a strong economy. So long as the other players didn’t attack early, I’d be in pretty good shape.
So what does this have to do with zombie survival? I think a lot. Finding a secure location, building up solid defenses, and setting up a couple redundant sources of food and other supplies would be a key part of establishing a community that could last.
About this Episode:
Well, I’m doing it. I’ve been talking about it for quite a while now, but I’m finally going to jump the comic ahead in time a bit. The big reason for this is that very little time has actually passed in the comic. In real life, we’ve been doing this for years. In the comics, maybe a couple of weeks have passed. That’s certainly long enough for the zombies to make a mess of things and kill a lot of people, but I don’t think it’s enough time to do what I want to do to end the comic. Thus: we’re going to skip quickly through fall and winter to see how the world looks about six months after the zombie outbreak.
Discussion Question: Long Term Survival Strategy
The zombie apocalypse happens right now. Where would you go nearby that you could build into a fairly secure area that could be the start of a new community?
I’m lucky enough to live in an area that is adjacent to a small city, but largely surrounded by farmland. The population density is pretty low. I’d seek out a good sized house in farm country to get started, using the semi-isolation as a key part of my strategy.