Z Day Is A Real World Zombie Event Across 70 Terrifying Acres

Imagine if the Day Z mod were real...you woke up in a forest-laden zombie wasteland complete with fire-hollowed buildings, limited supplies and sprinting zombies that you'd trade your last can of beans for them not to see you. All of that is about to become an intense reality with Z Day: a live-action Zombie event happening in Sydney later this year. Get your running shoes on.

Z Day is a massive real-world role-playing event set on a 70-acre post-apocalyptic landscape in Sydney. Players take to the field as either a Zombie, a Survivor or an elite Special Ops soldier, with each class equipped with character-specific gear, weapons and objectives.

If you're a Zombie, your objective is simple: eat the Survivors.

Likewise if you're a Survivor, your job is simple: your objective is to survive. When you're deployed onto the Z Day field as a Survivor, however, you'll be given a few things, including a gun with limited ammunition and a few other paltry supplies. It's your job to go get more and to ultimately come face-to-face with your undead enemy.

The Special Ops class is where it gets really interesting: these elite soldiers are deployed onto the field with the best weapons, the most gear and a specific mission to complete beyond just surviving the deadly outbreak. Their missions as of yet haven't been disclosed, but wouldn't it be great if objectives included hunting down specific survivor groups, journeying to gather a particular totem, or just waiting for an evac in a heavily populated undead spot.

So how will it all work in terms of scoring? Obviously you can't have people running around a field actually killing each other, nor would it be very fun to have a paintball-version of Z Day thanks to the need for protective gear taking you out of the role-playing action. No, instead, Z Day works in the same way the Patient 0 live zombie event works: with realistic IR weapons.

The custom IR weapons system will be deployed in a few different guns and tools, too: long-distance sniper rifles, assault rifles, shotguns and even claymore mines will be present on the field, each with realistic ranges, damage abilities and spray patterns. The zombies will have their own versions of the IR weapon, built into a glove gadget rather than into a gun. Players will need to stay out of arms reach of a zombie, because on scratch equals death.

The IR weapons will record hits on a specially-designed receiver vest, and everyone gets a detailed report about their damage and accuracy at the end of the round.

Right now, Z Day is a concept up for funding on Pozible, and each player tier corresponds to backer reward levels. Sponsor the event highly enough and you get to play as the elite Special Ops class, for example.

Stephen and Daniel of Respawn Productions hope to run the events in the latter-half of 2013, and they're after $10,000 to get their project off the ground. At the time of writing, they have around 48 days left and have already achieved over a quarter of their funding for the project.

I don't know about you, but I can't wait for Z Day! [Pozible]

Images: Respawn Productions


    I'd love to do this if it was in Brisbane.

      same but Adelaide

      hopefully it takes off!

        I can just imagine it in Kuitpo forest, spooky as hell.

    There should be another class: "Annoying person who you're going to leave behind because they won't stop whinging about their injuries. Yes, I'm talking about you, Zoe."

    How does one simulate crippling a fellow survivor to facilitate one's escape?

    OMG - as if you wouldn't fly anywhere in Australia for this. Awesome.

    It sounds awesome but I do feel a little uneasy that some idiots would resort to attempts at actual violence in order to avoid damage and stay in the game... kind of like how there's always one kid on the playground who takes the game too far and picks up a rock.

      I think that's why there is a range rule.. As soon as a survivor gets within arms reach of a zombie, the zombie can 'hit' them.

      From the site:
      "Zombies will have a special hand held IR device that will enable them to affect a ‘kill’ but this will only be effective at close range simulating a melee. Human players will need to ensure they stay out of arms reach from Zombies if they wish to survive."

    $69 flights to Sydney = Problem solved!!

    This sounds freaking EPIC!

    Zee day? Seriously?
    This is being held in Sydney, NSW, not Sydney, Nova Scotia.
    Its Zed day!

      ever wondered why people gave you weird looks while singing your ABC... now you do

      OI! kid, It's Zed here in Canada . Looks like time on the sun-burnt island has made you ignorant. fried your brain cells there "Mate".... cocky swine. you prolly had to Google Sydney, Nova Scotia, Oh and by the way. "If it was up here it'd be 10x better, we have Air-soft AND Paint ball. so HAH! no need for fancy computers!"

        Bit rude there mate. Also we have paint all. Not exactly a bragging right.

    Wonder how much this will cost?

      More than what is currently being asked for on Pozible.. At the moment it is $75 to be a zombie, $100 to be a survivor, $125 to be a Spec Ops Class...

    70 acres?? Not even close to a square km?? Where the hell you gona run? Everyone can find everyone at all times... i dont understand, its going to be like a 20 min paint ball match, survival my ass, call me when its 12 square km +

      I do kind of agree but they probably want to limit the amount of time the game will take... having that big a playing field would create too many opportunities for campers who would just try to survive and "win" by not making any contact at all.

    Lame. Should be using paintballs. Only protective gear you need is a mask, box and chestplate for the ladies. Surely they could zombie-fy the masks. Body shots to slow them down, headshot to keep them down.

    You have no idea how much I need this!!!

      Do U mean the D

    Where in Sydney and when is this

    It's 2017 - why hasn't this become a reality yet??!!

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