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

Ran Some, Ransom
Run some, walk some and decode some ransom letters in Time Square to find the hostage first. Hurry, the clock is ticking!

Start Time: Pick up and play throughout the weekend
Get Started: COaP Times Square HQ, Broadway Pedestrian Mall @ 45th St
See Scores: Festival HQ at the The Tank (354 W 45th St. between 8th/9th Aves)
# of players: 2 player teams. Unlimited number of teams.
Duration: 30-90 minutes...but it's a race! beat the fastest time to be number 1 on the leader board!
Winners Announced: Sunday 3:30pm at The Tank (354 W 45th St. between 8th/9th Aves)
Designers: Erik Burke, Carrie Mae Kreyche, Lynn Maharas

Come run around New York City some to discover and unscramble the ransom note hidden in the signage of Times Square. Gather a small team of friends and spend time finding the letters for the ransom note and win by being the fastest team to figure out the note and find the hostage. When playing RSR, your team gets a packet of special transparencies and an incomplete ransom note. Your job is to strategically align the images with the architecture and signs to decode the message to find the hostage. Your team races against the fastest time score with the goal of unraveling the mystery and finding the hostage in the least amount of time possible.

The Rules

  1. The clock begins when the team receives the file and ends when the team uploads the image of the released hostage.
  2. Teams may split up or stay together to solve the ransom note.
  3. In order to 'release' the hostage teams must take a photo of the hostage and upload the image (via MMS) to the website in the file.
  4. Participants must obey all traffic rules and all NYC laws.
  5. Have fun!

The team that reaches & releases the hostage with the fastest overall time wins!

Bio: Erik Burke and Lynn Maharas
Erik Burke:
Erik Burke is a fifth generation Nevadan born in Reno. He recently received his MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons The New School of Design where he focused on preserving endangered languages through historical reenactments. He is an advocate of painting in the public space and his work can be found in the streets of Rio de Janerio, Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Brooklyn, Minneapolis, and many an alley in between. His latest work can be seen in the book Mural Art, Greece (2009), the exhibition 400ml, Maison Metallos, Paris (2008) or on site at the McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas (2008).

Lynn Maharas:
Lynn is a New York via Colorado based artist / cartographer. A constant student of interaction design and data visualizations Lynn is inspired to make new mappings of systems for others to use and enjoy. Whether they be interactive installations, big urban games (BUGs) or information designs, her maps invite others to find new ways to view the ordinary happenings within the world. Her favorite games include Twister, Four Square (no cherry bombs!) & Pin the Tail on the Donky (sometimes it's fun to be dizzy).

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