Sunday, May 1, 2016

Zombie Fighting Tactics - Channelizing Barriers

Zombies often attack as a horde.  The dead overwhelm the living with sheer numbers and relentless attacks.  A small group of survivors can be engulfed by a Zombie horde.  When this happens, humans can find themselves encircled, isolated, partially consumed, and reborn as undead.  It does not have to end that way.

Survivors can use terrain and structures to reduce the numbers of Zombies that can attack them simultaneously and to also reduce the number of directions from which they can be attacked.

A large number of Zombies milling about in the town square of Nottingham, England.  Photo By David Bullock Photography (http://www.flickr.com/photos/archangel11/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 
For example, suppose a group of six survivors decides to forage for supplies in the downtown area of a small town.  The are spotted by dozens Zombies who start advancing from several directions.  The survivors can choose to fight them in the center of the town square or to retreat down a side street.

A gazebo in Tillis Park the town square of Bainbridge, Georgia - Photo By City of Bainbridge (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
If the survivors fight it out on the town square, they will be attacked from all directions by an unlimited number of Zombies.  They'll have to stand back-to-back and hope to prevail against multiple attackers on all fronts.  Retreat will be cut off and they will be engulfed.
Humans (H) encircled by Zombies (Z) in a Town Square or Open Field

However, if the humans retreat down the side street as shown below, Zombies will be limited to attacking from one direction.  In addition, the number of simultaneous attackers is limited to the number of Zombies that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the alley way.  

Humans (H) fighting are horde of Zombies (Z) channeled down a narrow alley.

If the Zombies can only fit side-by-side two or three at a time down the alley, then the six human survivors can fight them a few at a time and greatly increase the odds of a living victory.

A side street near Marietta Square in Marietta, Georgia

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