Oh, and music, too. Maybe especially music; if we’re unlucky in how many of the zombie hordes surround our fortified hideout, we’ll want something to drown out the darned moaning. Which speaks to zombies being more of an undead terror weapon than undead army, if they were just silent far fewer survivors would have a chance….
Ahem. But back to rocks, and rolling.
When the world has gone insane, when there’s panic in the streets, when the dead have arisen and politicians have been revealed as so brainless even the zombies think twice about feeding on them… there’s still one bit of reality we can count on.
Ammo runs out. Guns jam. Generators break. Minds can snap.
But gravity. Always. Works.
Wherever possible, take advantage of this.
Seriously. Gravity-fed water supplies, for one, are an excellent idea. Water is heavy. The less we have to physically carry from place to place, the better. And if it’s coming downhill, that means the water is coming from higher ground which we can control, hopefully making sure the water is clean and drinkable in the process.
(If you’re in a zpoc and you do not control the higher ground, please rethink your plans. The last thing any of us need is zombies falling inside the defensive perimeter. That’s just gross.)
And if we do have higher ground, why not stockpile rocks to roll, throw, or otherwise lob toward the living impaired? They’re cheap. They don’t have propellant to go bad. They can be used over and over again, without losing any of their lethality.
Granted, if we’re dealing with “shoot the brain” zombies, your average rock probably won’t be fatal on its own. Maybe. A well-aimed fastball can deliver a surprising amount of deadly force. Then again, zombie – might take a couple of hits to pulverize the brain enough.
Still, break some bones and we should at least immobilize the darn things. And if we’re dealing with a swarm – immobilize first, worry about total kills later.
Besides. When we’re under life or death stress, simple is better. Which would you rather rely on when you’re scared out of your mind – a gun with a safety you might forget to take off, or a rock?
…Frankly, I hope my survival group has both. But I adore overkill.