Sunday, 26 July 2015

Apcalpyse Hal - Social Circles

Knowing who is talking to who in the zoo!

Surviving zombies takes more than a sharp machete, it takes leadership. One useful leadership tool is plotting out how close people are socially. Start by placing the names of your band of survivors in a circle. Then start drawing lines connecting those that get along well socially. 

Thin lines indicate a low level of social interaction between two people, but more than just being polite and saying G'day. We are talking people who willing chat and do things together outside the daily tasks of hacking zombies and cooking up roadkill. Use thick lines where there is a very strong level of social interaction. They may be BFFs or family or romantically involved.If the person is pretty aloof and doesn't socialise much then don't add a line.

Using this chart you can work out all kinds of things that may be going on in your group, including if fractions are developing which could challenge your leadership.

By the way this is really fun to do at work. 

Bite off more than you can chew

Mr Rimsky

Thursday, 9 July 2015


Sometimes I wonder if I am taking the whole "prepping for the apocalypse" thing too far? Well after reading this book I have the answer. No way - there is sooooo much more I have to do!

I must admit I have not read any of Neil Struass's other books, like his collaboration with Jenna Jameson - How to make love like a porn star. But it is pretty obvious he is an interesting guy and entertaining author. This book cover's Neil's personal journey from average dude to supremo prepper, able to pick locks, butcher goats and treat trauma victims. 

And wow he really did prepare. Everything from getting dual citizenship so he can flee the country, to taking a heap of courses on wilderness survival, combat firearms, urban escape and evasion, and trauma first aid. A typical week included: fire Sundays, shelter Mondays, water Tuesdays, primitive cooking dinner parties Wednesday, tracker Thursdays, hunting Fridays and edible plant walks Saturday. Make's my week look boring. He even cut his apartment's power and water off for five days to practice Bugging In after a disaster, something my family won't let me do :(

Neil actually puts forward a very strong case for being prepared and he presents in an engaging style. He comes across as a total klutz struggling with even the most basic survival tasks but in the end he finds it personally rewarding in may ways. While more a story about Neil there are usefully bits of information in the book, especially the awesome mini comic it contains. I learned how to shimmy open a padlock, three weapons you can get pass airport security and how to make a toilet out of cardboard. 

Now I don't feel so silly building debris huts in the backyard.

Bite off more than you can chew. 

Mr Rimsky

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Where NOT to attack a Zombie!

Hello again BZF friends!

It’s been awhile since my last post, but I am back with a handy diagram that may very well save your life!

In my first post, I mentioned that I would occasionally be taking a break from my travel series to write about Zombie Combat, or Defence against the Dead. So to kick this series off, I present to you – where NOT to attack a Zombie!

Whilst many of these places would harm a fellow human attacker, when it comes to Zombies there is one target and one target only – the brain. Destroy the brain and you destroy the zombie.

Rise against the risen!