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


Start Time: Saturday June 8 at 1:00 PM
Starting Location: Tompkins Square Park inside the 9th St & Avenue A entrance by the columns
# of players: 2-5 players
Duration: 30 minutes
Designers: Lotta Veromaa, Jussi Takkinen

Thread is a game that can be played anywhere anytime. On the street, at the park, at home, at the office, the world is your oyster! All you need is different colored thread and 2 dice.

The game board can be set up anywhere where pins or hooks for the thread to go through can be placed firmly; the pin board at the office using colored pins, at the park where colored wooden sticks can be stuck on the ground, nailing nails to a board for a more permanent use, anywhere you wish.

The game is played by 2 or more players with different color threads, each color representing one player. The winner is the person whose thread ends first. The players move forward with 2 dice, one with colored sides and one with numbers. The colored dice determine the color of the pins the player must use to go forward with their thread and the numbered dice how many pins the player can go forward.

Thread is a game of luck and tactics.

The result is a wall in which threads create a geometric random pattern that can be kept as memory or unthreaded for a new game.

The Rules

  1. Players choose their thread.
  2. To choose the beginning player each player must throw the numbered dice. The player with the highest score will start. Next one being the second highest number and so on.
  3. The colored dice will tell the color of the pins the player must use to go forward. The numbered dice will tell how many of these colors the player can go forward and how many pins the player can cross in every direction. (For example: If red and 4 is thrown; the player needs to go forward 4 red hooks and can hop over only 4 hooks in any color while trying to get the red ones)
  4. If black is thrown, the player cannot move.
  5. If there arenít right colored pins left on the board, the player cannot move forward and must give up their turn.
  6. Players cannot hook the thread on the same pin as another player, but they can go through the same pin as another player.
  7. The player whose thread finishes first is the winner.

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There is no need to sign-up for Thread. It will be first-come, first-served while other games are played in Tompkins Park on Sunday.