Zombies, Run! 2018 April 14

This morning I ran the second training mission for the Spring 2018 Virtual Race from Zombies, Run! I’m looking forward to running the 5K and 10K races starting next weekend and hope to bring my pace down a bit when I do. I’ve always enjoyed the extra effort that goes into the stories for the virtual races, and, while this one hasn’t grabbed my interest in the way others have, I’m hoping for something that lives up to the standards set by the other races.

We’ve had a report from our friends in London: the Crown Jewels have been stolen under the cover of the zombie apocalypse! You’ve been recruited to the Queen’s Own Royal Guards: Tactical Zombie Division, along with Commander Sara Smith – Runner 8.

Runner 5, we need you to catch the thieves and discover what else they’re planning…

Join thousands of runners worldwide in a high-tech, story-driven running adventure. You choose the distance. You choose the route. We make it a mission.

 

Zombies, Run! 2018 March 18

I had a good run this morning to and through Point Pleasant Park. It was a cold late-winter day, but it felt good to be surrounded by trees for a while.

I’ve been rerunning season 2 of Zombies, Run! ahead of the April virtual race. Running along trains, heading off bandits and keeping Able safe has been fun to experience again.

Zombies, Run! 2018 January 22

When playing Zombies, Run! I often find myself sympathizing more with New Canton than Able. Re-running season 2, episode 4, “We Used To Be Friends”, I was reminded why when Nadia Al Hanaki says the following:

“From each according to her ability, to each according to her needs.” You ever heard that? It’s what Karl Marx used to say. Funny, that stuff wasn’t too popular before Day Zero, was it? Collectivism, socialism. They were about as fashionable as bell bottoms and digital watches. But suddenly it all makes sense. [snorts] Not digital watches, obviously. Those will always be stupid. But pulling together, looking out for each other. If we can’t do that, there’s no hope for us. That’s what New Canton’s all about.

Some Marxism in my narrative running app? There’s hope for the world!

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Zombies, Run! 2017 November 12

On this chilly Autumn morning I ran the last mission of Zombies, Run! season 6. It was a rewarding end to the story arc, with the sacrifice, overblown machinations and suspense that should be expected when confronting a fascist trying to launch a nuclear strike from her volcanic base. The AI subplot that began in one of the virtual races had a satisfying turn that redeemed some of the thinner tropes it used earlier.

Halifax, Halifax County, Canada

Zombies, Run! 2017 October 16

Zombies, Run! is a rarity: a fitness app that strives to be anti-fascist and anti-ableist. Today I re-ran the mission “Hot in Here” and was happy to be reminded by those aspects of the story in an example where they are on display.

NADIA AL HANAKI: Are we good, though, Sam?

SAM YAO: Ah, now, is this another existential question? I mean, what is good now in a world governed by fascists and isolationists and zombies?

 

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