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Thu, Jul. 1st, 2010, 12:59 pm
Hide&Seek Weekender

Hey, you know how I occasionally post saying "hey you know those games things I organise, there was another one, it was great"? This time I'm actually posting in advance!

In a week - from 9 to 11 July - the 2010 Hide&Seek Weekender will be taking place at the National Theatre (we're based mostly in the Olivier foyer). Yes, that's the actual National Theatre, the one on the South Bank, that is a theatre, and is national.

You should come! And tell other people to come! For the following reasons:
1. It will be pretty brilliant!
2. It's free
3. No, really, it will be amazing. We have 35 games, everything from "sit around a table arguing" to "run around the South Bank frantically and hide from enemies". Iphone games, cutting-out-pieces-of-paper games, flag design games, games with blindfolds, games with a band playing a waltz, games from theatre companies and game designers and choreographers and musicians and journalists and, oh, pretty much everything really. Mostly for adults, but some stuff kids and families can do.
4. And imagine how sad all the designers would be if there was nobody to play the games - their little faces! Their tear-filled eyes as they blink bravely!

(If you're around on the Friday night and up for being incredibly useful, as well as having fun, kevandotorg and I are running a game called Visible Cities on the Friday night, about travelling between different versions of London - say, underwater London, desert London. We need people to man checkpoints for travelling between Londons and/or to chase and terrify the innocent wide-eyed players, so if you're up for either of those, let me know. I can pay you back with stupid amounts of cake - comment or email to holly@hideandseek.net.)

There is a Facebook event here! The schedule, in case you've lost the link from the top of the page, is here!

My goodness 35 games is a lot, though. If you talk to me any time between now and the 11th, don't expect me to make too much sense...

Thu, Jul. 1st, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)

Colour me jealous for being on the wrong side of the world. Have fun! <grin>

Still, if any gamers make it down here I'm perfectly willing to scare them!

Thu, Jul. 1st, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)

I'd like to be involved. Work is so quiet now in the run-up to redundancy that I can get a day off easily. However, if you need young athletic types then I quite understand, so let me know.

Thu, Jul. 1st, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)

Gosh, it'd be really lovely to have you - and I'd actually get to meet you! Though I'll probably be running around waving bits of paper and cables and things rather more than I usually do.

The basic shape of the game is that players move between different checkpoints, and at each one they can travel from one version of London to another (say, underwater London to desert London); and they can only interact with people in "their" version of London. (You can tell which London someone is in by the colour of their armband.)

Each version of London has some unfriendly locals who aren't keen on visitors, and will chase them (though again, only if they're in "their" London). So we need a mix of more athletic (or sneaky) chasers, and more patient people who are willing to look after a checkpoint and send people through it, maybe warn them about upcoming dangers or ask them to do something in exchange for being allowed through. It sounds like looking after a checkpoint would be more up your alley? (I'll be sending through proper briefing documents early next week going over this in much more detail.)

My email address is holly@hideandseek.net, anyway, if you want any more information.

Thu, Jul. 1st, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)

Oh crikes! That sounds awesome fun! I'd be totally up for doing this and helping out, but unfortunately I'm not around that weekend. Have a great time anyway, and make sure you report back once the excitement has died down.


Fri, Jul. 2nd, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)

Oh, that's a shame! But there's always next year - and yep, will definitely lodge a full report once it's over...

Thu, Jul. 1st, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)

The line-up looks spectacular. You should be very proud of yourselves! :-)

Fri, Jul. 2nd, 2010 09:53 am (UTC)

Thank you!

Thu, Jul. 1st, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)

Dammit, that's the week just before I arrive in England!

Fri, Jul. 2nd, 2010 09:59 am (UTC)

Oh, tut! Are you coming for anything in particular?

Fri, Jul. 2nd, 2010 10:26 am (UTC)