This will be my final update for this thread. I'd like to take this time to thank everyone who took the time to read my guide and help me improve it and motivate me with their feedback. The 2013 game is now over, and I am pleased to report that VIGIL, utilizing our training, became the Leaders of the Resistance this year and led the human team to victory mission night after mission night. 2013 was such an incredible game that I don't think anyone that played will ever be forgetting it soon. Below I will post a few photos from the game of our boys and girls in action, and then give a Post Mortem on what went right and wrong for the benefit of anyone else with HvZ Groups.
This was pretty where VIGIL was always seen in the game. On the front lines. When your group is given a Class (if you use classes), make sure to take advantage of it and bend your strategies towards your new boon.
The SCAD Paper always does pieces on the game, but this year they went all out. They had 5 members running around with go pros as well as an excellent photographer, Crosby, who often featured VIGIL in their work. They did an outstanding job and we hope to see them involved again next year.
The heat of battle can get really tense and confusing. 2012 we struggled to keep organized because it was hard for the Captains to keep track of everyone and still keep themselves safe. This year, everyone was responsible for each other, and the group cohesion went up tenfold. If your team knows each other well, you will be able to accomplish things you didn't think were actually possible.
Everywhere I looked, VIGIL members were anything 'but' members, they were leaders, strategists, and heroes. Through our new training system that gave each member responsibility, everyone felt like they had a place in the Clan and were able to rise up to the occasion.
Honor your fallen. Every night, VIGIL lined up and fired a shot for each member of the Clan killed in combat from the mission. After a point, it wasn't just VIGIL shooting their shots into the air, but many members of the Resistance. Tears were literally shed some nights, and made for some very moving times. Everyone is important, you can't look at your people like strategic assets.
One of our members made a VIGIL back flag that was passed around from member to member. On the last night of HvZ, one of our new members, Zeus, was the last surviving VIGIL member of the SCAD HvZ 2013, and he fought bravely throughout the entire game.
Keep friends after you graduate, that's what this game is all about, anyway. Panda graduated last year, but took vacation time off of work and drove back to Savannah JUST because of the bond he felt with the Clan. His inclusion in the game won him Alumni of the Year for SCAD HvZ 2013.
Here are some tips I wish I added in that you guys absolutely must know:
1) Attrition. If you have a multiple-day HvZ game, you need to factor this. You guys may be great at sticking together and playing smart early in the game, but consistency is crucial, and keeping everyone organized as the game progresses is important. The game changes as it goes on, it's important that your group is able to adapt to that change. Between nights 1 and 2, literally every single casualty we had in VIGIL was because our guys got sloppy and didn't use the buddy system. ALWAYS GO OUT WITH FRIENDS.
2) Just because they're dead doesn't mean they aren't the same person, anymore. Have a plan for your dead members. If you want to avoid group drama, it's essential that you don't treat your fallen differently. Our own members formulated "ZIGIL" when they died, which is about as silly as it sounds. However, it was incredible, and allowed each of us to have a group of waiting friends for whenever we died, minimizing the typically upsetting event of death. Most importantly, it keeps the group together...even in death.
3) Be ready to make speeches.
Every night, the humans needed a voice to rally behind before missions, someone to tell them what they're doing and keep the Resistance going. Usually, this ended up being me, and I can tell you I was totally unprepared. I'm not telling you to write speeches, but get some bullet points straight when you speak to those around you, it may very well change the outcome of a mission.
Think into the future. If you want your group to continue after you graduate, leave, etc. look at your members carefully, and think about who would be best to continue to uphold the image of your group.
I'd like to state 5 major things that happened from this game, one of them being the reason that this will be my final update in this thread:
1) VIGIL won HvZ 2013 Group of the Year. We were recognized for our contribution and the celebration was incredible.
2) Friendships were fostered, and in some cases, flourished. Our members Artemis and Problem, Joker and Snowbird are happy couples. I wish them many years of happiness.
3) Scar, our most senior player, was killed Day 1 by the OZ. He shrugged it off and went on to claiming Zombie of the Year, which he can now proudly present next to his Human of the Year award from 2012.
4) I personally achieved Human of the Year as well as Best Death of the Year, although the former was passed on so that I wasn't stacking awards too high. VIGIL members also claimed Freshman of the Year, Best Dressed Human, Alumni of the Year, and other awards.
5) Finally, I was elected Coordinator of SCAD Humans vs Zombies. It was a hard decision, but I decided to run so that my last year at SCAD was spent giving our amazing players the best game they could ever imagine. I'm honored to be in charge of making the game next year, and I encourage anyone that is curious about SCAD HvZ to send me messages as the year progresses. We love visitors.
I passed on Director of VIGIL to Ephemeral Lights, who will be a Junior next year and is extremely dedicated to the Clan and its members. I know he'll run things well and make me proud. I'd like to thank everyone again for following this thread and being involved--whether it's this game, or any other one around the globe, HvZ is an ever-growing experience that is touching people's lives, one two-hand tag at a time. Make the game proud and, if you get one thing out of this entire guide, I would say that you should strive to be a model player. It doesn't matter when you die, how you play, or what you accomplish, if you're genuinely enjoying the game and make it an enjoyable experience for those around you, you are the Ideal HvZ Player, and no number of awards or various recognition will ever properly celebrate that. So let me be the first to say this to everyone that loves this game:
Thank you....and VIGIL Eternal.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBWpRzK2DWg#t=0m50s