This sounds exactly like a game my friends and I used to play when we were in high school called ‘Killer‘ by Steve Jackson Games. We used everything from eggs filled with Snap Caps (grenades) to rubber dart guns to the dreaded disc gun (high rate of fire but low accuracy). Nowadays the game Killer is heavy on the Nerf weapons, I’m glad of that. Today if your running around with a a rubber dart gun your likely to spend a whole lot of time in jail and pay huge fines for having the cops use all of their cop gear to cordon off an entire city while they look for your sorry butt.
This modern version looks to be limited to only a few plays, a hundred or so. And only water is to be used take out your target. I’m sure as this hits the mainstream more and more people will be trying this for themselves and end up getting in the news. Not in the good way either.
I’d like to know if this new version has any ties to the Jackson game, other than the premise. It’s clear that the people that run this are worried about copy cat (or lawsuits)s, you only get the rules once you have been screened and approved to play. This is about all you get from the web site:
At the start of the game you will receive a manila envelope containing the following:
- A picture of your intended target(s)
- The home address of your intended target(s)
- The work address of your intended target(s)
- The name of your intended target(s)
- Contact information of your intended target(s)
Upon receipt of these items, your (or your team’s) mission is to find and kill (by way of water gun, water balloon or super soaker) your target(s).
You can hunt your target down any way you see fit; you can pose as a delivery person and jack them when they open the door, disguise yourself and take them out on the street, etc.
If you are successful in your assassination attempt, the person you killed will give you their envelope and the person they were supposed to kill becomes your new target. This continues until you work yourself through all the players and retrieve the envelope with your (or your team’s) picture(s) and name(s). Then you win. Cash…but first live in fear.
There is nothing like knowing that your being hunted to make you alert and aware of everything. Quite exhilarating, like playing paintball for weeks on end. Except that you never know when that ball is going to strike and you only get one shot.