Monday, October 24, 2011

Journey to the End of the Night

Recently, a friend told me about a street game called Journey to the End of the Night. It was created in 2006 by Ian Kizu-Blair, Sean Mahan and Sam Lavigne. Their goal was to design a game that puts players in the middle of a cinematic chase scene through a city at night. They were inspired by bike messenger alleycat races, urban exploration, capture the flag, parkour, and, of course, tag.

The object of the game is to reach specific check-points, and eventually the finish line, without being caught by a "chaser". If you are tagged before you can reach a safe zone, you then become a "chaser" yourself. The goal is to be the first to reach the finish line safely.

Today, they have had over 5,000 players worldwide and continue to assist people in organizing games within their own cities. The game is open to everyone and the creators began organizing the event in hopes that players would gain a better appreciation for the city they are playing in.

Have you ever participated in Journey to the End of the Night? If not, would you participate if it came to your city?
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