Hello fellow burners!
I thought I'd start this post by telling you a story about what inspired me to start this project.
Back in 2007 on a crisp and dust free night I sat alone in centre camp. Being one of the most vibrant areas within the festival, that night it felt eerily quiet; held together only by the mix of sounds emanating from art cars traversing past. "Where is everybody?" I asked to a fellow burner sat beside me. We decided that perhaps being relatively new to the festival that this quietness was to be expected and to head back to our camps to see who was around. As I stood up, patted the dust off my trousers and lifted my head I saw them coming....in what seemed like hundreds. WTF!?? I suddenly felt very naked. Glancing around my mind scrabbled to find something I could use as protection. There was nothing. I resigned myself and darted backwards to duck behind a bench. The floor shuddered and their roars grew louder. I knew I was in trouble...
This was the outfall from what I can only dub the genius of Watto's Junk Yard. After deciding to donate 11,000 light sabers earlier on in the day, the rest of the burn was filled with pocket battles. People took sides as Siths and Jedis, built teams, coordinated attacks. Rogues wandered the dusty roads. No one was safe. In my opinion this was one of the better projects because it was both inclusive, extremely social, competitive and a ton of fun. There were very few rules.
Watto's Junk Yard - Lightsaber battlehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpDtnNsG8J0
The project I'm looking to put together has already been tested in another Burning Man regional, Nowhere in Spain. Earlier on in the year we gathered funding for 100 players at this 1000 attendee event. The format for the game is water gun assassinations where we provide the LED armbands and water guns but the players provide the water. The game will be a free for all with the intention of giving out prizes to the 3 people who brings back the most armbands to our camp on the final night. I thoroughly expect most game rules to be broken however there will be a framework which is you should wear the band at all times when you're playing and they must be turned on at night. Once shot you must give up your armband to your assassin and the stronger players will whittle out the weak. Fellow camp members have amnesty so you cannot and should not kill your brethren and no coloured dye or dirty water should be used in the guns. Disputes should be settled by a 5 pace gun draw.
There will be a few of us giving out armbands throughout the festival so if you get a chance to meet us and regenerate that's allowed. Ideally we'll be looking to host around 5-10% of the attendees as to truly have an impact to the festival at the minimum but if we can meet our goal to meet 10,000 that would be a dream come true. We will be teaming up with a charity to donate some of the proceeds, most likely those that have suffered from the outfall of war. Right now the final choice has not been made but we're speaking with charities and taking suggestions.
Here's our Facebook page up from the last game with a few photos of the players:http://www.nowarkills.com/
So what help do we need?? Right now, quite a few things just to get started but the list will increase as we go on.
1) Volunteers to give out the armbands whether at camp or on the Playa.
2) A camp that would be willing to host our awards night. The group of us coordinating this are quite small in number and travelling from the UK so it would be easier if we were able to team up with a camp to give out the prizes.
3) Any suggestions and guidance from burners with creative input. There's a valuable community here which we'd benefit from tapping into.
Well that's it from me for now. Hopefully this post won't get eaten up and we can all look forward to hunting each other down in the dust.