Humans vs. Zombies was invented at Goucher College in 2005. The game spread virally across the internet as students first gained access to Facebook, and told their friends from home about the game. Today, HvZ is played at over 650 colleges and universities across the world, as well as high schools, military bases, summer camps, and public libraries.

Students have spread Humans vs. Zombies all over the world, and it truly has universal appeal – we now host games on every continent except Antarctica (and we’re working on that).

Many players report that Humans vs. Zombies is one of the most meaningful experiences of their lives. The game creates deep bonds between players, instantly removing social boundaries by forcing players to engage as equals and cooperate for their survival.


Who plays Humans vs. Zombies?
Humans vs. Zombies is played across the world by people of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds. The only requirement is that you love fun. Zombies don’t discriminate by race, gender, or sexual preference/identity – they will eat you unless you work together.

Who organizes Humans vs. Zombies?
Each game of Humans vs. Zombies is organized on the ground by local moderators. Gnarwhal Studios is the company started by the friends who invented the game, and our mission is to spread the game as far and wide as we can by providing it for free.

Does it cost anything to play? Do you make money off the game?
Humans vs. Zombies is (and always will be) free to play. This is in our company’s charter, and it is our core belief. The rules are available under a Creative Commons copyright, and we offer a free game hosting service called HvZ SOURCE that helps people organize their games. Gnarwhal Studios makes money from Humans vs. Zombies by selling our own merchandise and by partnering with affiliates who buy a license to use the Humans vs. Zombies name. Any money we make from Humans vs. Zombies goes back into the company, and we use it to keep the game freely available.

How do I find a game near me?
Your first step is to sign up on HvZ SOURCE. If we’re hosting the game, then should be on the game list!

If your school is hosting their own software or using our legacy KvZ software, then we suggest visit the forums to find people playing near you.

How do I start a game of Humans vs. Zombies?
It’s easy to start your own game of Humans vs. Zombies. A good place to start is the Dungeon Master’s Guide (primarily for college games). There are also alternate rule sets available on the wiki and lots of friendly people on the HvZ forums. If there’s anything we can do to help you start your game, feel free to contact us at Contact@HumansvsZombies.org.