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Playing The Game, Part I

At The Morning News today I have a piece called The Pre-Game Show, the first in a three-part series about how I spent last weekend.

Posted on August 25, 2005 to Elsewhere


We have to wait a whole week to find out more?


not so much a patient person

Posted by: kerewin on August 25, 2005 9:40 AM

I have so got to move to Seattle.

Posted by: Jake Boone on August 25, 2005 10:05 AM

I hope you tell us how you got involved in this fiasco. Because I'm sure I'm not the only one who desperately wants such an adventure.

Posted by: mike d. on August 25, 2005 10:53 AM

my god, this is awesome. is there a site i can check to see if any games are happening in the chicago area?

Posted by: kara on August 25, 2005 11:20 AM

Jake: Although it's often in Seattle, http://gamecontrol.com/Games/ shows that some years The Game has been in other states. So keep your fingers crossed.

Matt: have you done the MS PuzzleHunt? I've been meaning to invite you to join us for a couple of years now, but haven't had space on the team. :(

Posted by: Caleb on August 25, 2005 11:39 AM

Just FYI - the Wikipedia page on The Game gives a good overview and background. Most activity has been in the Bay Area and Seattle, with scattered other events around the country. There are plenty of folks who would happily give advice if someone wanted to run one elsewhere though.

Matt, terrific article. I'm looking forward to the next two parts. You've really summed up the spirit of the Game quite well.

Posted by: John on August 25, 2005 12:11 PM

It's been said, but there really shouldn't be a week wait in between installments. How about letting faithful DY readers have a sneak peek? Hmm? Please.

Posted by: Edward on August 25, 2005 12:58 PM

It's been said, but there really shouldn't be a week wait in between installments. How about letting faithful DY readers have a sneak peek? Hmm? Please.

Posted by: Edward on August 25, 2005 12:58 PM

I concur with everyone who wants a preview. The Game reminds me of the University of Chicago ScavHunt, a 4 day, 14+ page event with a roadtrip, construction, performances, debauchery, and no sleep. I participated in my first last May and The Game might make for a summer team reunion of epic proportions.

Posted by: Cat on August 25, 2005 1:45 PM

Wow this sounds amazing! I've always wanted to have a lasertag war that spanned a few city blocks and involved around 50 people. That would be as cool as The Game.

Posted by: John on August 25, 2005 1:55 PM

that sounds like the coolest most geeky thing ever. i want in! your story telling is brilliant, i can't wait for next week's gripping installment.

Posted by: patrick on August 25, 2005 5:43 PM

Freakin' awesome.

I can see why people would be scared when seeing the "B" Ark getting plugged in.

Posted by: Jack on August 25, 2005 7:14 PM

As soon as you mentioned The Game, I thought to myself "I bet Gordy was there." Imagine my surprise when you were on the team with him. From the gameless D.C. area, I anxiously await the next installment.

Posted by: B on August 26, 2005 2:49 PM

Games like this have always fascinated me. For years I always wished that I could be involved in similar things. Then, finally, after years of thinking, "I'm just not in the right part of the country (middle of Alabama)," I realized, "hell, just do something similar yourself."

Since then, I have started organizing Puzzle Parties for friends of mine ( http://www.ericharshbarger.org/epp/ ). They are not quite as involved as PuzzleHunts or Games... not yet at least, but I do have plans...

And now I like to think that at least on some level there's a semi-annual geeky event near me (can't get much nearer than my own house).

Next party: 15 October 2005, PUZZLES FROM WONDERLAND.

Posted by: Eric Harshbarger on August 27, 2005 11:44 AM

I played in the Game New York in 2001. Never before and not since have I waded around in a swamp along the Atlantic City access road, ferreting around for a clue sealed in a length of PVC pipe.

Hands down one of the most exhilarating weekends of my life.

Posted by: LOD on August 27, 2005 10:40 PM

Hot damn, I wish Rhode Island had an ounce of excitement and/or some kind of dorkfest like this Game. The most exhilirating event in Providence is waterfire, which consists of watching a burning torch burn in a fixed position a foot above the water and nodding with false enthusiasm when someone asks, "Isn't this beautiful?"

Posted by: Jillian on August 29, 2005 11:02 AM