08.24.12
News, Research

Doing What We Can

Today’s guest post is from the fabulous Annie Strain, a survivor well known to the Lab. She had a Survivor Cell before it was cool, y’all, and she’s here today to share the disaster planning that she has done for her family. Read on:

Hi Survivors!

I’m Annie and I’m married to Jeff Strain, the founder of Undead Labs.

While I’m not an official member of the development team, my love of both the company and the game is passionate and I have had so much fun watching the Survivor Cell pictures roll in. You guys get us!

In that train of thought…I wondered if you guys might enjoy seeing our own personal survivor cell, right here in Seattle, at the home of the company founder?

Now, I could bore you for literally hours with an analysis of survival techniques and supplies and why I have what I have on this table. After Jeff left NCsoft in 2009, before he officially launched Undead Labs, we spent months reading every bit of material we could get our hands on about survival and tools and disaster preparedness and, of course, we brushed up on our zombie lore.

I loved it. I effing LOVED it!

I wish I could tell you that this was new to us but the truth is that early on Jeff gave me a copy of Alas, Babylon and we talked about it for weeks afterwards and I think that really triggered our ongoing fascination with what the world looks like when you wake up and the world’s gone to hell and your friends, co-workers, and maybe even family are gone.

What does the world look like when you strip away every bit of civilization? What happens when your degree means nothing, when your status car, your bank account, your business cards means nothing?

Who’s got the grit to fight and survive and rebuild and where would you fit in?

(One of our kiddos, ready to rock with his Nerf gun.)

Anyway, while this is officially a “disaster/earthquake” preparedness kit, I continue to add to it when I see things on sale.

I thought I was complete but, damn, all these Survivor Cell pictures are making me realize that I’ve only scratched the surface!

I would love to have more light sources that are rechargeable, and collapsable water bladders for hauling water. I’d also like to have water purification tablets, an ax or two that’s small enough for me to swing easily, and some lumber to reenforce doors from zombies…uh, I mean looters.

(Now that I’ve unpacked everything, I also need some long nails and a few hammers. I’m light on tools, aren’t I?)

When I found it on sale, I threw in comfort items for our children like candies and things that can be mixed with water and taste good.

Some comfort items for adults too!

Can you see the can of red spray paint there? I want the helicopters, if there are any helicopters, to know folks are ALIVE INSIDE!

I bought these water bottles with handles so we could move quickly.

And tarps. Got to have tarps in Seattle. Zombies or not, we’re going to have rain.

So…there you go, fellow survivors! Many (most?) of you are seriously ahead of things with your bad-assed survivor cells but I’m doing what I can a little at a time.

And thanks again, all of you. Undead Labs is a small, independent studio and we’re pouring our heart and souls and our future into making a true zombie survival experience.

We’re grateful for your support and your friendship as we move toward releasing the first wave of this experience. You are awesome!

Your fellow survivor,

Annie

 

Sanya here: Thanks, Annie! All right, Zedheads, discuss your own plans using the green comment button (down and to your right).

By the way, I can see the future. If you’ve registered an Official Survivor Cell and you’re looking forward to the next challenge, you just might have to send in pictures like Annie’s next month…

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