Continuing in the vein of making games cooler (ie stupider), here I bring everybody’s camp favorite, Wide Games! A good wide game goes way beyond capture the flag – they take some serious creativity and leave lasting impact. Try out some of these ideas and comment yours below:
Obvious disclaimer – think carefully about your group, do your risk assessment and have enough leaders (including a first aider… they’re usually needed!)
1. Replace the flags with flour and eggs
Rather than grabbing a pretty piece of cloth, change it up for a bucket of eggs or flour wrapped in cheep cling-film; grab one at a time – no points if its broken! End the session with an egg & flour fight fest… then shower!
2. Add some ‘enforcers’
Which is just a couple of leaders dressed in full camo with water pistols. No team affiliations – they’re just there to cause more chaos.
3. Replace lives with Velcro tabs/pieces of gaffer tape
So you loose your life when you loose it – or someone wrestles it off you.
4. Add scenarios & protagonists
Come up with a theme, back story and scenario to play out. Have team leaders rehearse an opening goading script – stay in characters! Giving everyone maps with objectives go a long way too.
5. Rambo up!
Buy a bulk load of war paint – or make your own form mud. Spend 30 minutes in the wooded area you’ll be in making your own camouflage. – TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER: We once had leaders playing in chain-mail!
6. Do it at night!
Give everyone a head-torch, make the lives glow-sticks and the flags lanterns… need I say more? – Don’t warn them either…. just wake everybody up at midnight in character and set the scenario mood!
7. Add teams… and an elite squad!
We always have two teams… why? It’s so much more chaotic and requires so much more sneeky strategy when there’s three or four. If you’re playing a few games you can take best performing individuals and make a smaller ‘delta squad’ for fun new rules too!
8? Got any more?
Done some epic wide games? Invented new epic wide game rules? Let us know by commenting below!
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