capture the flag 2009 july 17 2009

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Newmindspace + Urban Madness present Capture the Flag NYC! Capture the Flag is a massive, adrenaline-pumping, urban game played on the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Two teams hide flags in their territory and attempt to capture the enemy flag using buses, taxis, bicycles, longboards or their own two feet. Join us as we dash through the 'burg, evade the enemy and score a point.

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Meet @ N 7th St. & Kent Ave. 7:00 PM
(L train to Bedford, walk west)
$free + all ages! rain or shine

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Map boundaries:
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Participant Guide
Capture the Flag is an incredible, rare evening. The rules have changed! Please read this guide completely to make sure the game is fun, safe and fair.

Disclaimer: Like other activities, Capture the Flag carries with it the risk of personal injury. By choosing to participate, players acknowledge the associated dangers and release Newmindspace and Urban Madness from all liability.

What to Bring
All participants are strongly encouraged to bring a cellphone and a flashlight. Players use phones to plan strategies. Also, the area is very dimly lit, and you will be glad you brought a flashlight or a head lamp. Additionally, if you are on wheels, please light up your bike!

Rules of Capture the Flag
Teams are divided in half at the meeting point. Each team will receive their captain's phone number and exchange numbers with teammates. Rules will be explained and the game will begin.

Planning time: There will be a 10-minute planning time when the game begins, during which each team will hide their flag. After 10 minutes, players may advance to enemy territory.

Hiding flags: Flags must be placed on the very corner of two streets with at least three points of approach. This means no dead ends or edges of the map. There may be no obstructions near the flag, such as street furniture or garbage.

Defending flags: Only five people may defend a flag at any time, and must stay at least 45 meters (150 feet) away at all times. This "bubble" will be marked in chalk.

No "corking" streets: Teams using human walls near their flags will be penalized by having their flag bubble widened.

Getting tagged: If you are on enemy territory and you are tagged, you must return to your side of the border before you can advance again. The border street is neutral, but the sidewalk on either side is not. One-hand tag only, no holding, grabbing or touching in any other way: please respect your fellow players' physical boundaries.

Modes of transport: Players may capture the flag using any form of transportation except for private, motorized vehicles. Please light up bicycles with a headlight and tail light for traffic safety.

Capturing the flag: A flag is considered captured once it enters your territory and a referee is notified. Once the ref is notified, calls will be made to inform all players of the score and the flag will be returned immediately. The game will not pause when a flag is captured.

Jaywalking: Jaywalking is dangerous and illegal. Players have, in the past, gotten tickets for jaywalking by the police. Please do not run across major streets.

Cheating: There will be volunteer referees making sure the rules are followed; however, this is a free game! Please keep it fun and fair.

The Video

Special thanks to Red Apple Entertainment for filming this :)

Help Wanted
We need two kinds of help with this game: we need volunteers, and we need donations.

The volunteer meeting is at Refuge, 1532 Decatur St., Bushwick at 5 PM this Friday. Call 516.312.0693 if you are lost. Google maps

Take the L train to Halsey, walk east to Decatur. Turn right, building is on the left side of the street. The second red door will be open.

We will once again be using glowing necklaces for safety (and because glowing things are fun!) These are fairly expensive, so please consider donating.

Follow the Game via SMS
Use Twitter to send score updates to your phone! Directions:
1. Get a free Twitter account
2. Follow Newmindspace on Twitter
3. Add your phone number on the device page
4. Click "Device Updates" on the Newmindspace page and click "On"

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