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

Train Mafia
A heavily modified version of the classic party game Mafia, played on two subway trains, with an extra helping of crazy sauce!

Start Time: Sunday June 14 at 1 PM
Location: Times Square, Exact Location TBA
# of players: 20
Duration: 2.5 hours
Designers: Copenhagen Game Collective

Train Mafia is a heavily modified version of the popular party game Mafia (a.k.a. Werewolf), re-envisioned for play on the NYC subway.

Why trains, you ask? To raise the stakes, of course! Players who are "lynched" are kicked off the train (at the next stop), and must wait in shame for the following train - a kind of "afterlife" train - to join a second, interwoven game.

Yes, the two games are interwoven! Players are assigned two teams (one for each game), and are ultimately awarded a point for each of their teams that win. Players in the first game should therefore be careful about who they send to the second game and when.

The second game - a contest between "pious" and "sinner" players - is played by voting for pious representatives, rather than voting against sinners. Watch out, though, because your identity in the first game isnít linked to your identity in the afterlife...

And say goodbye to the familiar day/night rounds of traditional Mafia. In this game, rounds are demarcated by certain subway stops, and citizens must organize the lynching mobs themselves, recruiting their fellow players to accumulate the requisite number of votes - all amid the chaos of a subway car!

Curious to hear more about how it all works? Patience, patience. Youíll have to wait until the festival for the full rules. But we promise some unexpected twists...

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Bio: Copenhagen Game Collective
Copenhagen Game Collective is a multi-gender, multi-national game design collective based in Copenhagen, Denmark. We experiment with all types of games, from online games to pervasive games to card games to board games to Wiimote games. Some of our recent projects include the award-winning Dark Room Sex Game, 5 Minute MMORPG, and the Collectible Business Card Game.

Douglas Wilson is a game designer and PhD candidate at the Center for Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen. His current research interests include political gameplay and multiplayer game design. He earned his BA (Interdisciplinary Humanities) and MS (Computer Science) from Stanford University.

Lau Korsgaard is a game designer with an MA in Media, Technology & Games from the IT University of Copenhagen. Lau has developed newsgames for the Danish National Public Broadcasting Corporation (DR) and has served as a workshop leader and organizer of social games and creativity seminars at several Danish folk high schools.


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