The Come Out and Play Festival is a street games fesitval dedicated to exploring new styles of games and play.

Come Out & Play 2009 in New York

The Following
One gang following the other in a hunt for the secret base - which will outwit the other?

Start Time: Saturday June 13 1 PM
Location: Times Square, Exact Location TBA
# of players: 10-40
Duration: 1 hour
Designers: Tara Gladden, Steve Mills, Tassos Stevens & Chris Till (Coney)

Two gangs: The Following and The Followed. You have a few minutes to discuss tactics and then you're off, one by one, in search of the secret base. You'll be drip-fed directions to the secret base via text-message, The Followed always hoping to stay one step ahead of The Following.

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The Rules
Players are divided into two gangs of roughly equal number, The Followed and The Following. Each player is given a map of the playing area. Somewhere on this map is a secret base - the final destination for both gangs. A member of The Followed sets off, then one of The Following, then one of The Followed etc. Every so often, the captains of each gang are texted a direction which will narrow down the hunt for the base. To keep things interesting, The Followed are always one direction ahead of The Following. At the end of the game, The Followed score one point for each member who reaches the base, The Following score two points, and the gang with the most points wins. Beyond that, how you play is up to you.

Bio: Tara Gladden, Steve Mills, Tassos Stevens & Chris Till (Coney)
Tara Gladden is a freelance writer, editor and journalist who's recently moved to Brooklyn from East London.

Steve Mills is a professional IT consultant with an interest in theatre, game-playing, and the common ground between the two.

Tassos Stevens is a runner in Coney. He's a game-designer, theatre-maker and has a doctorate in Psychology.

Chris Till works for the National Theatre of Great Britain, and is currently based in New York.

The Following was developed in Coney's Garden and playtested in London. Coney is an agency of adventure and play. Coney designed People-Watching for COaP Amsterdam 07 and have made adventures for the likes of the National Theatre, the Science Museum, BBC, LIFT, Metal and BAC - where they are supported artists - and an ARG for publishers Hodder & Stoughton in 2007. Upcoming work includes A Small Town Anywhere at BAC in the autumn, and projects in Edinburgh, Paris and Dublin amongst others before then.

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