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Come Out and Play Festival 2012: Opening Night | SF

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
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SOMArts Cultural Center | 934 Brannan St. San Francisco, CA 94103

2015 “Come Out & Play” Festival | SF

Come Out and Play Festival 2012: Opening Night | SF

The Come Out & Play Festival is back celebrating a fifth year of bringing play to the Bay with new and innovative real-world games happening all over San Francisco.

Come Out and Play Festival 2012: Opening Night | SF2015 Come Out & Play Festival
September 13-19, 2015
All over San Francisco
FREE, but an RSVP is required for each event.

This year’s Come Out & Play SF festival will take place September 13-19, 2015 with a wide range of games and events.

2015 Schedule

Sunday, September 13: Undercover Capture the Flag
2-5 pm
Location: SoMa
Undercover Capture The Flag is a fun and accessible game of stealth, surveillance, and territory control. Sneak around in enemy territory to find and steal flags while protecting your own, but make sure you don’t let the opposing team (or any innocent shoppers) know that you’re playing.

Wednesday, September 16: Jericho — The Urban Spy Game
7 pm
Union Square, SF
Jericho is an Urban Game that is a battle of wits, because everyone is a spy. Think of it as a game of capture the flag played in public.
We meet every month to play rain or shine, day or night. All that is needed to play is a Nerf pistol, a bandana, a healthy imagination, and an uncanny ability to hide in plain sight. All games are usually played in downtown SF. No advance preparation needed. Just show up at the meeting spot with your gun & bandana. Cellphones are not required, but suggested.

Friday, September 18: An evening of conversation (and games)
7-10:30 pm
Treat Social Club, 400 Treat St, SF
Come out for an evening of conversation and games hosted by Heather Browning Behavioral Designer and Executive Director of COAP SF.

Talks include:

  • Rebecca Power of Quixote Games: “Put Yourself in Play”
  • Albert Alexander of Appetite Obscure: “High Stakes: playing without a safety net.”
  • Katherine Isbister founding director of the Game Innovation Lab at NYU: “Costumes as Game Controllers: An Indie/Research Collaboration”
  • Catherine Herdlick founder of COAP SF: “Creating Play Spaces”

Saturday, September 19: Festival Day and Family Day
11 am to 5 pm
Gray Area Art + Technology, 2665 Mission St, San Francisco
(Please Note: This event does NOT take place at Civic Center as was originally posted.)

In its sixth year of celebrating play by the Bay, Come Out & Play SF continues the tradition of bringing new and innovative real-world games to San Francisco at the Festival Day and Family Day at Gray Area Art + Technology, 2665 Mission St, San Francisco.

Highlights include:

  • Marionette Soccer – Soccer, but with partners, hula hoops, and chaos
  • Rose Macbeth – A blindfolded knife fight in a graveyard, need we say more?
  • Family Day presented by Poppy Cat – games for kids of all ages, including Short Order, Poppy Cat Adventures, and more

> Full 2015 list of games

Saturday, November 17, 2012
Opening Night Party | 2015 “Come Out & Play” Festival | SF

Celebrate with Come Out and Play SF and SOMArts as we kick off three weeks of city-sized games for all ages.

RSVP and skip the lines on opening night.

Opening night party games include:

  • Shadowplay: A large-scale street game projected directly onto the walls of the city! Players jump, dash, stretch and contort their shadows in a bid to score points by eclipsing objects floating through the game.
  • Sixteen Tons: Four players face off in a strategy game that uses heavy sections of steel pipe as the game pieces. At the beginning of the game, players take out three dollar bills from their wallets to bribe other players into moving your pieces for you. The strategy element is simple to solve – but the social play of Sixteen Tons is impossible to predict.
  • WANTED!: Maggie Durrant, head cowgirl at the Cowgirl Way Society, is WANTED by the law! 1-10 players take on cowgirl roles in this 30-minute interactive Western drama. SMS prompts build character and intrigue while cowgirls try to help Maggie get out of town.
  • Shadoni: Players get to choose what songs a live band plays in this improv-based game–one night only at the opening reception!
  • Hearst Collection: Players navigate an in-gallery laser maze to steal pieces from the Hearst family’s collection of priceless paintings and sculptures from the ancient and modern worlds. Security will be tight, so watch your step.
  • Doodle Defense: A low-tech, whiteboard-based tower defense game in which players race to draw game pieces to beat the onslaught of bugs.
  • The Board Game Lounge: A replication of your living room, but with brand-new board games made by local designers–the handmade Berlin Wall Game, The Cove, and Toy Fight, and the high-tech Sifteo cubes.

Links: Event details

Cost: FREE*

*Free, but you should RSVP if you don't want to wait in a huge line.


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