The Link survives zombie apocalypse

A firsthand account of the new kind of paintball. Ria Renouf.

A firsthand account of the new kind of paintball. Ria Renouf.

When I first told my friends I was going to kill zombies, they deemed me nuts.

I told them I was practicing for the zombie pandemic.

I first heard of zombie survival games in BC while researching a story. I was drawn to it: I grew up watching horror movies, so I tend to gravitate towards video games involving scares. I had to check it out.

So, one dark October night, I headed to North Shore Paintball off Capilano Road with a troop of fellow ‘survivors.’ We signed in, went through a briefing on the apocalypse, and then went off to hunt zombies.

I’ve played paintball before, but it was totally different from this. In typical paintball, I have more control over the situation. I enter a neutral field and track targets. Here, I was in zombie territory; unwelcome among the undead, who knew the land well.

I scoped dark, dilapidated buildings – doppelgangers out of The Blair Witch Project –and eradicated the zombies I found. The atmosphere was dark, noisy and foggy. The game became reality. Zombies jumped out of bushes, and I shot without fear. They approached in packs, but instinct kicked in and I took aim.

Bang! Bang! Bang!

The zombies dropped to the ground. The thrill was amazing, and I survived it.

Looking back, this experience was interactive, fun, and a great workout! If you love the woodsball style of paintball, television shows related to zombies, or want a thrill to remember – give it a shot.

Experienced paintball players will find this great target practice (precision is the difference between life and death – you get few reloads); and scaredy cats get into it fast.

Visit zombiesurvivalzone.com (North Shore, Vancouver) or zombiecombatzone.com (White Rock) to book your very own zombie apocalypse training tour.

Happy hunting!

Ria Renouf is an Associate Editor for BCIT's Link Magazine. A second-year Broadcasting student, she'll report on anything; her first loves, however, are movies, music, gaming and technology. Outside of BCIT she reads many books and cheers for the Vancouver Canucks and Seattle Seahawks. She also aspires to be a new generation's Tintin, and does so by reporting for radio station CKNW News Talk 980AM's news desk.

ria@linkbcit.ca