You must obtain the briefcase!
Somewhere in the city, someone has the Briefcase. You need to get it. Unfortunately, you don’t know what it looks like. Or who has it. Or who’s on your team. Luckily, the Briefcase will tell you where it is every five minutes. Good luck!
Four teams compete to spend the most time in possession of a briefcase that broadcasts it’s location online. Obtain the Briefcase is a game of running, chasing, hiding, subterfuge, and the Briefcase.
What You Need
Obtain the Briefcase requires a cell phone that can receive SMS messages or access the internet. Important game information, like the Briefcase’s location will be posted @briefcaseObtain. A twitter account is not required to play! Just send a text message to 40404 that reads “follow briefcaseObtain” at the start of the game to receive updates from the Briefcase. At the end of the game text 40404 with “stop” to end the messages.
At the start of the game you’ll be given an envelope with a map of the play area and your team badge. The color of your badge is the color of your team. Don’t open your envelope until the game has begun! It is important to keep your team a secret. Badges must be worn on your outermost layer and on the the front of your body at all times. Temporarily concealing your badge, with your hands or arms, is permitted.
The Briefcase starts the game in the possession of a neutral party. After the rules have been explained, players will have five minutes to disperse into the play area before the Briefcase posts its starting location to @BriefcaseObtain. Then the Briefcase will post it’s location every three minutes.The briefcase will also post when it leaves the possession of the Neutral Party and which team has possessed the Briefcase the longest at the end of the game.
To obtain the Briefcase, approach it’s current owner, tag them, and say “you have my briefcase.” There is be a panel with four colored buttons on the side of the Briefcase. Press your team’s button to take control of the briefcase – the color of the background should change to your team’s color. See diagram 1. After the briefcase has been taken, no player may take it for 15 seconds.
Diagram 1: The briefcase’s buttons.
The briefcase must stay within the play area and outside at all times. Cutting through alleys or parking lots is allowed, going into parking garages is not. If the briefcase leaves the play area it will start to vibrate – immediately turn around and reenter the play area. Players without the briefcase are not restricted in this way – they may go wherever they wish. All players are limited to walking and running – no other forms of transportation are allowed.
When someone takes the Briefcase from you, you must walk or run to the intersection farthest from your current location, turn without crossing the street, and go to the next intersection before trying to recover the Briefcase. See diagram 2. This may take you outside the play area – this is alright. If there is any doubt about which intersection you should go to, the player who took the briefcase from you will decide.
Diagram 2: What to do when you lose the briefcase
The team which has held onto the Briefcase the longest at the end of the twenty five minute is the winner. At the end of the game the Briefcase will post all of the teams’ scores and the ending location. The player who ends the game with the briefcase should return it too the ending location.