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3 Sites To Fully Prepare You For The Coming Apocalypse

Joshua Lockhart 02-08-2011

Whatever your flavor of apocalypse may be, it’s always a good idea to remind yourself that it might happen, so you really should ask yourself, “What am I going to do?” Naturally, in the case that humanity brings upon its own destruction, it’s quite likely that the Internet won’t exist, but that doesn’t mean it can’t prepare you while it’s still here!


Get ready to grab your rad-suit, crank up the chain-saw, or check the batteries of your Geiger counter. MakeUseOf is venturing out into the wastelands with these three sites.

Class 3 Outbreak

Many of you probably come from the Zombie School of Apocalypse, so let’s just say that there was a Z-virus that ended up affecting quite a few people. How are you going to set up the defense in your neighborhood? What strategies will you take? Ladies and gentlemen, this is what Class 3 Outbreak is all about.

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Class 3 Outbreak is a zombie outbreak simulator, and instead of the game being placed within a foreign zombie-infested zone that you’ve never been to, it’s right in your neighborhood. Using Google Maps, C3O allows users to make their own top-view gaming areas located right in their corner of the world. With customizable boundaries for walls, water, trees, and more, the maps are actually quite realistic as the zombies run freely among them.

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Granted, map-creating does take a long time, so the site allows players to use pre-made maps published by other users. Since I live close to Nashville, Tennessee, I played on a game map located right in the middle of our airport. I was surprised to find that the well-animated zombies ambled about exactly as I would expect them to, and one of my character’s transition to “zombiedom” (yes, I was bit), was strangely beautiful.

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Game-play is more strategic than anything, but the novelty of being able to fight against a zombie raid in a familiar area keeps it interesting. Whether you are playing on pre-made maps or predicting the best defensive strategy for your community, Class 3 Outbreak puts the zombie apocalypse one step closer to reality.

Romantically Apocalyptic

As you walk through the land of Post-Apocalyptia, in the midst of the burnt, war-torn structures and dreary, ashen skies, it might be difficult to muster up a chuckle or perhaps even admire the occasional beauty that destruction may bring. Luckily, the web-comic Romantically Apocalyptic is here to remind you that even when it’s not funny, it’s still funny.


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Follow the adventures of the Captain and his two cohorts (Sniper and Pilot) as they venture through the remains of a nation wrought with a nuclear holocaust. As you read, you will discover that they experience a multitude of dangerous encounters with aliens, zombies, and even radioactive spiders (gasp!).

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Romantically Apocalyptic is a work created by photographer Vitaly S Alexius who masterfully uses Photoshop, real-live people, and actual locations to create the comic. Episodes aren’t released on a periodical basis, but they definitely are worth the wait as Alexius does them in-between his commission pieces. The beauty of each panel alone is enough to keep coming back to admire his work, and each time you will be wondering just how Captain can make his gas-mask look that good.


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Urban Explorers

Alright, my fellow “post-apocalyptaphiles”, it looks like you’re eventually going to have to rummage for supplies or scout out shelter from mutant toothed-snails. However, in our current world, there are not too many radioactive, abandoned zones worthy of training in. Right? Well, maybe not.

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Urban Explorers is a network devoted to the beauty of abandonment and ruin. With their motto in mind – “Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints” – pictures and videos are found all throughout the site, captured by explorers worldwide who seek desolated buildings, ghost towns, and any other structures formerly inhabited by people. Users of this site can discover a very real forgotten world filled with ghosts of the past – a defining element of “post-apocalyptia”.


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While they may not be radioactive, Urban Explorers leads you to locations all over the earth that are void of all human life. Also, in support of those who view the world through the eyes of a wasteland wanderer, the website provides tips on how to explore safely and avoid injury or illness.

Furthermore, it allows you to connect with other explorers (with the additional option of connecting through Facebook) to create a safer and more fun experience. Basically, it’s not so much what you do on this site that will prepare you for the apocalypse. It’s what it inspires you to do off-site.

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The End of the World Post

Who knows? You may find yourself in a zombie-related predicament, and because of your experience with Class 3 Outbreak, you’ll know exactly what to do. Furthermore, you might even recall a few Romantically Apocalyptic memories while sitting in the shelter you found as an urban explorer.

So what are some of your favorite sites concerning the apocalypse? Have you used any of these yet? What do you think of them?

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  1. Dean Sherwin
    August 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    That Urban Explorers thing looks cool. Reminds me of when I was younger sneaking around abandoned factories and industrial estates with my friends. 

    If I'm not mistaken, Bear Grylls did a show where he 'survived' in a desolate urban landscape in eastern Europe somewhere. Made for a good watch and now I want to go do it! :P 

    • J. Lockhart
      August 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      Haha. If I was over in Europe, I'd like to try out that same location he went to. Unfortunately, that's not really an option right now. I've been wanting to dive into the Urban Explorers thing sometime this year, so maybe I'll get my chance to do something similar. 

  2. J. Lockhart
    August 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Goodness, Edwin. I can't tell if the site depresses me or makes me go into Fallout-gaming mode. This site really puts a realistic spin on everything (unlike the fun twist I've written here). Despite how scary it can be, I like it a lot, actually.

  3. A.M.Harte
    August 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    After penning a zombie love anthology, how could I resit checking out Romantically Apocalyptic?

    Another way to prepare (not internet based, however) would be to take part in Run For Your Lives - - part 5k marathon,  part zombie obstacle course. Unfortunately I'm based on the other side of the pond so can't take part!

    • J. Lockhart
      August 5, 2011 at 11:50 am

      If only I could make it there myself... Hm. This seems like it would be a good thing to keep in mind for the future.

  4. J. Lockhart
    August 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks David!

  5. Dave LeClair
    August 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Don't forget professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter Forrest Girffin's "Be Ready When the Sh*t Goes Down" book if you are looking for some handy survival skills (and a good laugh) in paper form. 

  6. Raef
    August 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Awesome article! Thanks for including our website.

    • J. Lockhart
      August 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      Awesome! Glad you could join the comment party. You guys have a good thing going on there.

  7. kn0w-b1nary
    August 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    This made my day!

    • J. Lockhart
      August 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      I'm happy it was able to! Hopefully, it will save your life too.

  8. Jay Weston
    August 3, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Cool article, thanks for mentioning our game!

    • J. Lockhart
      August 3, 2011 at 4:44 am

      Ah! As a fan myself, I was happy to write about it. So thanks for making it!