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

Come Out & Play 2008 in New York

The Ministry of Silence
In Silence You Trust

Start Time: Sunday June 8 at 3 PM
Starting Location: Union Square by the picnic tables just inside the park at East 16th St and Union Square West
# of players: 12 players
Duration: 60 minutes
Designers: Charles Miller & Bob Clark

The Ministry of Silence (M.O.S.) surmises what it's like to trade secret information while living in a policed state. The object of the game is to be the first person to unlock a hidden suitcase. To do this, you will have to work with the other players and trade clues... but be careful: there are are M.O.S. Officers lurking hoping to catch you in the act. This game takes about an hour and is played inside a bookstore.

The Rules
The game begins by dealing identification cards numbered 1 through 9 to 9 players. The 3 remaining players receive M.O.S. Officer cards. Each numbered card offers a unique clue needed to win the game. Players are safe to trade information (and stand within 5 feet) only with players who are within one digit of their ID number (ex. 4 can speak to a 5). Player can, however, talk to anyone but risk being caught by an M.O.S. Officer. If an Officer catches two players standing within 5 feet who should not be that close, the Officer can trade roles with either numbered player by trading ID cards. This is another way to gain clues. Once the player has the clues needed, he or she can locate the mystery person with the briefcase and try to win the game.

Bio: Charley Miller and Bob Clark
Charley Miller and Bob Clark are recent graduates from ITP where they studied interaction, interface and game design. They both are contributors to the game design blog

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