Atomoil and I had great fun at the Hide and Seek Festival today. It’s been a warmish sunny day in London, so perfect for getting out and about on the South Bank.
Spread over the 27-29th June, it’s a festie around social gaming in all forms, especially new and experimental stuff – there’s lots to do.
I’m really into location based mobile gaming, so I was really pleased to be approached within 5 mins of arriving by the And I Saw… peeps. It turns out to be a treasure hunt / I Spy type game where you wander around the South Bank looking for stickers with 5 digit codes and the players are also wandering about wearing a sticker with a code – when you find one you SMS it to the number given to you at registration. I had mine on a balloon which made me very happy as I love balloons 😀
We investigated the nooks and crannies of the South Bank looking for stickers in funny places and bumped into quite a few people and families playing the game, who were all very friendly and chatty. Very civilised!
We wandered around for a couple of hours and had some nice chats with other players, many kindly gave us clues to finding stickers. The game got us wandering into places we hadn’t visited before, such as backstreets and shops – when we were amused by a sign in a shop window saying ‘no cameras’ Atomoil decided to take a photo which prompted the proprietor to come out and tell him off – amusing!
On the way back we encountered a couple of groups playing the fabulous Labyrinth game. Basically, you have a blindfolded person called ‘the runner’, who you put in the middle of the group. The runner has to escape and is helped by humming team mates. There’s also a maze-like Labyrinth involved to run round and this is chalked on the floor to help. Labyrinth is also known as ‘The Lost Sport of Olympia’ as it was invented 2000 years ago, but was mysteriously banned from the ancient Olympics! There’s a bit more to it, so if you’re interested there’s some podcasts here!
I have some video, but it didn’t encode so well, so will process it again when I have time 🙂
Back in the Royal Festival Hall, there was lots to see and do, we had fun creating some Sleevefaces – which for the uninitiated comprise of obscuring any part of your body with an album cover, combined with clothes and props to make a new composition and photograph it. There’s a ton of examples in the Flickr Sleeveface pool.
Finally, after some tea, a sit down and a bit socialising with friends we had bumped into, we checked out our scores for the And I Saw… mobile game. I learnt that I wasn’t too far behind the current leaders, so when we wandered back to Waterloo I looked out for a few more stickers and players. I hear they’re going to list the Top Ten scorers, so I’m going to look out to see how I did 🙂
A great day out and I also heard lovely things about the games that I’d missed – especially Holly’s Bees game. Well worth going to and I look forward to more Sandpit events which are organised by some of the same peeps.