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

Come Out & Play 2006 in New York City

Plundr is a location-based game of piracy and black market trading.

Location: Everyhere
#of players: Unlimited
Duration: 3 days

Plundr is a laptop-based game that incorporates real-world location. Players take on the role of bloodthirsty pirates navigating the high seas pillaging merchant ships and trafficking black market goods. The gameplay is Inspired by Dope Wars and other trading and exploration games. In Plundr, the action takes place at islands each of which has an actual real-world location. The game uses a browser plug-in called Loki ( to identify the players current location and determine which island they are near. Each island has merchant ships to attack and a local marketplace to buy and sell goods.

The goal of the game will be to amass the largest fortune by the end of the festival. Players will start out small, poor, and underpowered. They will need to find weak merchant ships to prey on and small-scale market inefficiencies to exploit. As players increase their wealth, they will be able to upgrade their ships, increasing their cargo capacity, adding more cannons, and reinforcing their hull. Now they can attack larger ships for greater booty, and traffic in expensive, highly profitable goods.

There are several multiplayer aspects to the game of Plundr. Whenever two are at the same Island they will be able to go head to head, and the winning player will be rewarded with a percentage of the loser’s gold and cargo. Another social component to the gameplay involves the “bottom-up” method for constructing the game map. If you are the first player to access the game from a particular location, then you get credit for discovering that island. You get to name the island and, more importantly, from that point on you will receive a small percentage of every transaction conducted by any player at that island.

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