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posted by [personal profile] palfrey at 11:23pm on 22/04/2009
I've just been along to Sandpit #10 tonight, which was lots of fun. Am now a tad physically exhausted, but mind is still active, so here's my thoughts/notes on the games I played:
  • Shrine: you are part of a cult (Blue, Red, Yellow) in a post-apocalyptic world. All that matters to you now is preserving your shrine (a tripod with a camera on it, and a bucket with a small amount of water in it), videoing other cults and their shrines, while avoiding this being done to you, and doing some rituals. The whole game lasts 12 minutes (as counted by the inbuilt timers in the cameras), and the rituals must be done between particular times (a minute). All of the rituals consist of a chanter (one of your team) reading a line or two, and everyone else responding, plus trying to do some actions alluded to by the text (if you can figure them out - placing twigs on the ground, leaving the circle afterwards one by one, etc). Afterwards you all gather in the theatre for a postmortem points counting (we won!) done by watching all the videos simultaneously. I'm waiting for the video to go up online at some point actually...

  • Bacterius: everyone has a disease, and there are three major ones going around London right now: Purple, Green and White. Everyone starts with one of those, and this is signified by a blown-up balloon (held, not knotted so you can change mid-game). If you hit someone on the shoulder with your balloon you can try and infect them, by playing this little thing where you have two guesses to try and think of something non-obvious you have in common (so things like hair length and gender are out), and if you get it right then you play rock-paper-scissors and if you win they get infected with your disease (and cured of their previous one). There's also Doctors who if they get you, you get immunised you to your current disease. Winning team is most infected after given amount of time. Things went interestingly, because White was winning clearly part way through, which meant most White's stopped trying, and instead Green was able to build back up from just 2 people to win eventually. Had interesting post-game discussion with organisers re: meta-gaming and things could do as strategies. Must send promised email with thoughts...

  • Moveyhouse: we would be in the cinema, but we're not, so we're going to try and recreate what's going on there right now based on text messages from people in there, while in another room with a projector screen showing each message as they appear. Instructions included "person comes in late", "couple in front row are kissing", "popcorn fight starts", "guy in middle rows is wearing Darth Vader mask" (they had some props around), "everyone's laughing", etc. This was a lot of fun, just because of people's willingness to join in to the whole mass experience
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