2011 Lower Manhattan

In 2011 Come Out & Play ran a series of games in partnership with the River to River Festival. Instead of packing your yearly dose of street games into one weekend, we spread the fun out over the whole summer. As always, all events were free and open to all.

Each week from June 19 to July 9 we presented a different game in the streets of Lower Manhattan. Then on July 16 we ran the first Come Out & Play Field Day on Governors Island.

More than 800 people played games in throughout the summer with more than 500 swarming about on Governors Island for the Field Day.

A huge thanks to all those who made the series possible!

Every year, we announce a set of awards for games that were exceptional in some way. We have jurors play each of the games at the festival and then gather them to discuss their experiences. It’s always a very hard decision, but this year our jurors felt there were some strong standouts.

Here are the award winning games for Come Out & Play 2011 Field Day:

Best Family Game: Beat the Heat by Adam Nelson (Obscure Games)

This was the game our player jurors felt offered the best chance for kids and adults to play together. About Beat the Heat.

Deepest Gameplay: Killer Queen by Joshua DeBonis and Nikita Mikros

This is the game our jurors felt had the most possibility for complex strategy and multiple styles of play. Read more about Killer Queen.

Best New Sport: Hunter-Gatherer by Charles Amis

This game exemplified a combination of replayability, strategic play and the physical skills. Read more about Hunter-Gatherer.

Best in Fest: Killer Queen by Joshua DeBonis and Nikita Mikros

Our jurors felt this game was the most representative game of the year’s festival, its themes and location on top of being a really fun, kickass game.

Come Out & Play 2011 Summer Series:

2011 Summer Series

Commons

Commons

Vote it up!

19 Jun 2011 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Foley Square

Commons is a game for urban communities to improve their city through citizen stewardship. Vote it up! In Commons, compete to do good, while problems in your city get fixed. Report a problem or recommend an improvement in your neighborhood that you think deserves attention and resources, and show your city some lovin’. Vote on the best reports and improvements, and see what’s most popular in the hood. Go on short missions around town to earn bonus points, and unlock City awards to level up through the game. With Commons, share the things that you care most about fixing and improving in your neighborhood, and discover new ways to explore your city. . . more info

2011 Summer Series

Cowgirl Cowhunt: Session 1

Cowgirl Cowhunt: Session 1

A strategic hide-and-seek Western set in 1919

25 Jun 2011 - 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Titanic Memorial Park meet in the plaza near Whitehall/Water

Cowgirl Cowhunt is a 90-minute strategic hide-and-seek variant set in 1919 that casts players as historically important cowgirls, rustlers or cattle, each competing head-to-head to be Queen of the Range. Cowgirl Cowhunt equally rewards brains and stealth. Relationships shift between friend and foe, deals are made (and sometimes regretted) and the environment takes its toll on the herd. Western attire recommended but not required. Simple costume accessories provided. . . more info

2011 Summer Series

Cowgirl Cowhunt: Session 2

Cowgirl Cowhunt: Session 2

A strategic hide-and-seek Western set in 1919

25 Jun 2011 - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Titanic Memorial Park meet in the plaza near Whitehall/Water

Cowgirl Cowhunt is a 90-minute strategic hide-and-seek variant set in 1919 that casts players as historically important cowgirls, rustlers or cattle, each competing head-to-head to be Queen of the Range. Cowgirl Cowhunt equally rewards brains and stealth. Relationships shift between friend and foe, deals are made (and sometimes regretted) and the environment takes its toll on the herd. Western attire recommended but not required. Simple costume accessories provided. . . more info

2011 Summer Series

The Running of the Stocks


2 Jul 2011 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Broad Street and Exchange Place

Take the role of a Bull, Bear, or a Stock in a crazy run through the streets of lower Manhattan. Try to join the winning side and outlast the waves, but be sure to bail out before you get gored. . . more info

2011 Summer Series

Shadowplay

Shadowplay

Cast yourself into the game

2 Jul 2011 - 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM
John Street Church

Cast yourself into the game with Shadowplay, a large-scale street game projected directly onto the walls of New York City. Players jump, dash, stretch and contort their shadows in a bid to score points by eclipsing objects floating through the game. Play alone or collaboratively. . . more info

2011 Summer Series

HOUNDED

HOUNDED

A chase game of scent and cunning.

9 Jul 2011 - 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Elevated Acre

A chase game of scent and cunning. The smell of the city tells a story. Follow your nose across town to uncover this invisible trail. But as you move through the streets you leave a scent trail and the hounds are closing in. Can you make it to the end of the tale before your tail catches you? . . more info

2011 Summer Series

Shadowplay

Shadowplay

Cast yourself into the game

9 Jul 2011 - 10:00 PM to 12:00 AM
John Street Church

Cast yourself into the game with Shadowplay, a large-scale street game projected directly onto the walls of New York City. Players jump, dash, stretch and contort their shadows in a bid to score points by eclipsing objects floating through the game. Play alone or collaboratively. . . more info

2011 Summer Series

Come Out & Play Field Day

Come Out & Play Field Day

Come out & play!

16 Jul 2011 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

A day of new and exciting outdoor games, from wild new field sports to large social games. Each year Come Out & Play features the best in experimental new real-world games. This year we bring the fun to Governors Island. . . more info

Come Out & Play 2011 Field Day:

2011 Field Day

Live Action Spy Party

Live Action Spy Party

An espionage game about human behavior and performance, inspired by Chris Hecker

16 Jul 2011 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

The popular video game experiment by Chris Hecker played out in real life! A group of players casually participate in a cocktail party while a Spy attempts to murder, steal and coerce. Do you think you'll be able to find the Spy? . . more info

2011 Field Day

Meatspace Invasion

Meatspace Invasion

Monsters incoming: ready your legs!

16 Jul 2011 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

Meatspace Invasion is a real-time action and location based game for the iPhone (Android coming soon). Players run to accumulate gold, buy weapons and fight back hordes of invaders. The game takes 10-15 minutes, but can be played multiple times to get the hang of it. . . more info

2011 Field Day

Secret City - Star of the West

Secret City - Star of the West

The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.

16 Jul 2011 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

Use your keen sleuthing ability and your cellphone to unlock a secret that has remained undiscovered for 150 years. Explore some of the island’s main historic structures, solving puzzles as you go and unlocking threads of the story. Follow the path of one of four characters who played a role in setting the Civil War in motion—or in trying to prevent it. Decide for yourself how events play out and take a shot at (re-)making history. . . more info

2011 Field Day

The Wild Blue Yonder

The Wild Blue Yonder

Chase a hot air balloon and be an airplane!

16 Jul 2011 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

Soar through the skies! Gather up your team’s colored balloons and search for the hot air balloon. Fill it up and help it float away. Watch out for the other team’s airplanes, who will hunt you down and steal your balloon. The first team to raise the hot air balloon wins the game! A kid-friendly game. . . more info

2011 Field Day

Triviaphile

Triviaphile

A team strategy sport

16 Jul 2011 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

Part trivia game, part team-based strategy, and part sport -- Triviaphile is the thrilling concoction that anyone can play regardless of trivia knowledge or athletic ability. Each round a question is announced. Then in the course of a minute, teams must perform recon to learn of the possible answers by visiting each answer base... then a team must capture the bases of the best answers to earn the most points. The hectic game requires daft teamwork and quick strategy. . . more info

2011 Field Day

Vikings of the Square Table

Vikings of the Square Table

Get in the Action! Go for glory in this human board game.

16 Jul 2011 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

This game is played by four participants on a 5 by 5 grid, with each player representing a different House of Vikings. In this game, the pieces are people! The goal is to interact with the other players and the table in the center to win the Golden Axe and claim glory! . . more info

2011 Field Day

Hoola Hoop Obstacle Loop

Hoola Hoop Obstacle Loop

Run Circles Around Your Opponents!

16 Jul 2011 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

Come Out and Play with our Obstacle Course made of nothing but hula hoops! Run through, toss, and of course, a little hula action. Don't worry, no dancing is required... but if you feel inclined, a little booty- shakin' never hurt anyone! A kid-friendly game. . . more info

2011 Field Day

Hunter-Gatherer

Hunter-Gatherer

Have your survival skills gotten rusty over the past few millennia? Grab some friends, field a team, and get back to your roots!

16 Jul 2011 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

Teams are made up of two Gatherers and two Hunters. The Gatherers of each team try to snatch up as many resources as they can while the Hunting Pairs try to surround the opposing team's gatherer with a 10 foot rope. As a Gatherer, you need to be quick on your feet and careful with your resources. As a Hunting Pair, coordination and strategy are key...and a thirst for blood doesn't hurt either. . . more info

2011 Field Day

Killer Queen

Killer Queen

Long live the Queen!

16 Jul 2011 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

Two teams, each led by a powerful queen, face off to be the first to discover five precious jewels, equip their own queen, or assassinate the enemy queen. A kid-friendly game. . . more info

2011 Field Day

Mont Trottoir

Mont Trottoir

Part turn-based parkour, part mountain climbing "simulation."

16 Jul 2011 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

Teams of intrepid climbers compete to scale the tallest mountain around, which happens to resemble a sidewalk. Players will leap, vault, and twirl their way across treacherous terrain. Ice axes, oxygen tanks, and helicopters will aid their ascent, as will the local yeti and sherpa. Teamwork, too - up there, sometimes your fellow climbers' quick thinking is that all stands between you and an icy plunge. . . more info

2011 Field Day

Sacrifice Play

Sacrifice Play

Losers go home. Winners go headless.

16 Jul 2011 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

You're a famous ullamalitzi player in the Aztec empire, and you're about to play the game of your life. If you lose, it's lasting disgrace. If you win - it's off with your head! . . more info

2011 Field Day

Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

Spectators in the first three rows, you will get wet. Players, you too.

16 Jul 2011 - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

A back-stabbing water war: Toss water balloons and sponge balls to your teammates and catch your opponent when their back is turned. But watch out, because they're doing the same to you. . . more info

2011 Field Day

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Journey into the darkness

16 Jul 2011 - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

Into the Woods takes players on a fair-tale like journey into the darkness of the forest and their instincts. Into the Woods is suite of short interconnected games that pit a group of villagers against a pack of wolves in a contest for control of the forest. Players will find themselves exiled from the village, cast into a whispering forest and blindly dueling one another as they try to shepherd their kind to safety or hunt down intruders to their dominion. . . more info

2011 Field Day

Suntrial

Suntrial

A Game of Light Collection

16 Jul 2011 - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Governors Island - Meet at the COaP HQ on the Parade Grounds

SunTrial is a fast-paced strategy game based around light collection. The game is played on a field with 5 checkpoints and uses custom solar-powered game pieces (Sun Disks). The Sun Disks allow teams to collect sunlight and easily track their scores. Two teams compete by exposing their side of the Sun Disk to collect light. Players must be careful, however! Too much sun exposure causes the dial on the disk to reset, costing the teams valuable points. . . more info

2011 Field Day

Duello: Gentleman's Blood/High Noon

Duello: Gentleman's Blood/High Noon

Bullet. Don't. Lie.

16 Jul 2011 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Super Secret Location Super-secret after-party location

Duello is a dueling game with Wiimotes. There are 2 modes, Gentleman's Blood and High Noon. If someone has offended you and a duel with pistols is the only way to defend your honor, "Gentleman's Blood" is for you. Take your Wiimote in hand, take your paces with the count, and then turn and fire. The victor's honor will be satisfied. The loser will be dishonored . . . and dead. . . more info