December 28, 2013 - Game Sketchbook
This is an office-safe riff on the classic game Assassins. To begin, one person must assign each player a target from among the other players. All players should be linked in a chain, for example: Player A is hunting Player B, Player B is hunting Player C, and so forth. Then all players receive the name of their target and the game begins.
Each player’s task is to find and “assassinate” their target. The weapon of choice for all players is a smart phone or digital camera and the only viable assassination method is a picture of the target facing the camera. (Note: Photos from behind don’t count, but should you find yourself walking behind your unfortunate target, I suggest saying their name. That usually does the trick.)
When an assassination successfully takes place, the assassin announces to the target that he/she has been assassinated (and shows them the picture for quality control). The newly assassinated player then relinquishes to their attacker the identity of the target they’d been hunting. For example, if Player A takes a photo of Player B, Player B gives Player A the slip of paper with Player C’s name on it. Then the game continues until there is only one player left.
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