Digital Writing Prompt: Twitter vs. Zombies!

Part flash-mob. Part Hunger-Games. Part Twitter-pocalypse. Part digital feeding frenzy. Part micro-MOOC. Part giant game of Twitter tag.

This weekend your word count goes rabid!

Band together your most trusted Twitter allies to defend against a virtual Zombie horde. Collect canned goods, store water, watch your hashtags, and sleep with one eye open. The rules will be deceptively simple; however, DigiWriters should plan to ply their creativity against those rules. We don’t want to change the game, but we want the game to be as beautiful as possible. Think of the game as a haiku: a carefully structured form, that nonetheless allows for flexibility, invention, and beauty. This is digital writing at its most suspenseful!

The game is inspired by and modeled on the popular campus game Humans vs. Zombies. You can check out the rules of HvZ, but each campus can adapt the rules of the game locally. Also, see Nate Kreuter’s “Professor vs. Zombies” on Inside Higher Ed to see what he learned from playing HvZ along with students on his campus.

But, you can skip all of that. Here’s what you need to do to begin your game:

  • To join, register here. Add your twitter handle and categorize yourself as a “HUMAN.”
  • Commit to at least 10 tweets per day (game-related or otherwise) as a human to get things rolling. You can participate as much beyond those 10 tweets as you like. Watch the #TvsZ hashtag closely.

All you need to play is a Twitter account, a bunch of friends, and a gut-full of daring. Oh, and BRAINS!

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