Posted by: iamwillwhite | June 1, 2013

Don’t ruin it for me!!!

976143_466179563475578_1415948749_oThe Mall, Reading is set in a Mall… in Reading… obvious enough. It is a disused shopping centre close to Reading Train Station. On arrival a Security Guard checks you in and when the time is right, he briefs you before you go in. He gives you some general rules for the day but once through the doors, the experience begins.

Once inside you meet a variety of characters, namely policemen (and women) and the undead. All fully in character and at no stage did they falter, especially the mindless zombies.

You are thrown into the ‘story’, provided with survival gear, weapons training and given opportunities to use your newly found skills and growing thirst… for undead slaying.

Despite knowing the situation I was in wasn’t real, I still found myself very much alone in one of the scenarios, wandering through the dimly lit basement, frantically checking every corner, silently creeping down the corridors and, ultimately, desperately lost with that wonderful mixture of nervousness, anticipation and adrenalin coursing through my body.

I couldn’t recommend this experience enough however I’ll pass on this advice for those brave enough to take on those who refuse to die…

  • Volunteer for everything and stick close to the ‘actors’
  • Spend some time exploring on your own, if you have the stones
  • Pay attention to the layout, it might stop you getting lost for about 15 minutes (although it could have been less, I had no concept of time… or direction)
  • Get into character, I opted for the ‘we’re all going to die’ pessimist
  • Wear something with a collar but be prepared to be hot and cold throughout, there is no heating in the building but you’ll soon warm up once your blood gets pumping
  • Do not have a large lunch and two pints of coke before going in, there are few comfort breaks and you’ll do a lot of running…

Do you want to know more? Be warned, I am revealing the experience in its entirety in the next post so if you were contemplating going, and don’t like spoilers, then don’t click on the link…

I want to know EVERYTHING, even the bit where you pissed your pants

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