Game – Urban Combat 2: Electric Boogaloo – 25/5/13

Another month, another game here in Sunny Canberra.

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We completely lucked out with the weather this past weekend with rain threatening all week, then unseasonably cold the following day, last Saturday was amazing.

A smaller turnout than we’d normally see with only ~30 players in attendance. This did however actually suit the smaller team based games we had in mind so nobody was overly concerned.

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Running out of different bandanna colours to separate the teams meant we had to resort to using flags from out CTF games as capes.

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After the setup, game time!

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We ran a  couple of simple team elimination games to warm up.
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Before moving on to the more interesting ‘clock games’.
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For this game we split the players up into four teams, then hid five large analogue wall clocks with pieces of paper taped to them around the map. Each of the clocks were synchronised to 12 noon at the start of the game and the teams were required to hold as many as they could at the five minute mark, every five minutes. Being in control of a clock and marking your name on the sheet at 12:05, 12:10, 12:15 or 12:20 would result in a point for your team.

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This then created an interesting dilemma of whether or not to take the point early and try to hold out, or rush and attack shortly before scoring time.
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Each game only ran for 20 minutes so we were able to run through a couple in this format, before changing to five teams and five clocks, then finally five teams and four clocks.
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These changes kept the basic game type fresh throughout the day without adding unnecessary complication.
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And on that note, I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking.
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Yours truly looked particularly dashing in a cape (as always). In fact I even heard the term ‘majestic’ bandied around on occasion.


3 thoughts on “Game – Urban Combat 2: Electric Boogaloo – 25/5/13

  1. Where did you do the game in? are you not worried that you’re gonna lose lots of darts? this looks like lots of fun but i don’t have enough darts to spare and also dont wanna look for them all day. i wonder how you guys deal with this. and lastly how did you get all those ppl together?
    looked like a lot of fun and i want to plan something like that with my friends.

    • Hi Enzo,

      We play in a variety of locations around Canberra, Australia. Mostly we’re in one of a few different public parks, but occasionally we’ll move to a business district like we did for this game.

      You do end up losing a lot of darts but ensuring everyone takes part in a ‘dart sweep’ after each round does a pretty good job at minimising losses.

      How did we get this many players? By running regular games! People hear about us through Facebook and just turn up. We’ve now got close to 2000 likes on our FB page and get a pretty consistent 40-50 players to a game. It’s pretty amazing really.


  2. Hey Joe, do you mind if I use a few of these images in a video I’m making? I’m planning on doing a gear review video, and a guy in your photos is using a very similar chest rig that I used to use. I just wanted to show how popular the rig is across the world. Please get back to me ASAP!

    – Basic Nerf

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