You walk into a massive space filled with people; bright lights and loud sounds grab your attention. Your eyes narrow as you scan the crowd searching for your prey. Suddenly a chilling sensation sweeps up your spine, you are being watched. You duck around a corner sneaking a quick glance over your shoulder and see... nothing. But you can’t shake the feeling that someone is hunting you.
Welcome to Assassins Ball, a social game played during PAX Prime 2013 in Seattle, WA, August 30 - September 2.
If you're not attending PAX Prime 2013 you will not be able to participate in the game, though I welcome your feedback or support.
What is Assassins Ball?
The premise is simple: You are an assassin with a mission to find specific players and assassinate them, gaining prestige for each kill. As you assassinate players you take their mission as your own, ensuring you always have targets.
Your Kit and How to Play
Players can be identified by the large 3” button they wear. Each button is printed with a brightly colored shape on it that acts as an identifier for that player, a sticker below the symbol shows the emblem of your faction (You'll pick this in your backer survey). An example of the player button is shown below.
The button has both a standard pin-back and a clothing magnet attachment to ensure that it stays on. The button should be worn on your left arm facing out or on the upper left side of your chest.
Stay on Target!
Your kit includes a mission that list a large symbol for a primary target, three smaller symbols for secondary targets, and one of five factions. An example of the mission card is shown below.
In addition to your mission, your kit also includes an assassination card and an intel card. Assassination cards are part of how kills are registered, you will receive one from every player you eliminate and will hand yours to the player who kills you.
Intel cards are a way to gain prestige even if you're eliminated! Each intel card gives a small amount of prestige to a player when registered. Use it, trade with another player, repeat.
When you find a player whose symbol matches your mission walk up, say “Hi”, and kill them. Just kidding, assassinating a player is primarily a verbal exchange. Players are encouraged to be creative but not to use prop weapons, do things that could be considered threatening, and above all don’t ruin someones fun. Each kill can be registered online; primary targets are worth 250 points and secondary targets are worth 100. Matching the faction is optional but acts as a multiplier to the kill doubling a primary kill to 500 points and a secondary kill to 200 points.
Factions are powerful organizations who employ assassins to further their goals. Each faction has a specific theme and you will be able to ally yourself with one of them. The factions and their emblems are listed below.
Faction leaders are players dedicated to making sure assassins in their faction succeed. They do this by getting the word out and enrolling players to register, tweeting enemy faction player positions, handing out Second Lives to downed players and even recruiting new players to join their faction!
The game is fairly simple to play but there is a comprehensive rules PDF that lists out everything you'll need to know.
Board of Backers
Every backer gets their name placed on the sites PAX Prime 2013 Board of Backers as thanks for helping bring Assassins Ball to PAX Prime 2013.
Regular Kit Tiers
THE PROFESSIONAL, MR. AND MRS. SMITH, and SMOKIN' ACES tiers. Receive kit(s) with everything you need to play Assassins Ball at PAX Prime 2013.
Premium Kit Tiers
THE JACKAL, THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS, and THE BIG HIT tiers. Premium kits are limited reward tiers that come everything you need to play Assassins Ball at PAX Prime 2013, a 1.5" art button for the kits faction, and two Second Life packs.
Faction Leader Tiers
THE WHOLE NINE YARDS and GROSSE POINT BLANK tiers. Receive Premium Kit(s) that come everything you need to play Assassins Ball at PAX Prime 2013, a 1.5" art button for the kits faction, and two Second Life packs.
In addition, these tiers receive a Faction Leader kit containing Regular Kits for faction recruiting, Second Lives to give to downed faction players and some other goodies to make your faction players feel special.
Second Lives - $1 each or 4-pack for $3
Second lives are a second chance to play. Second Lives can be used once per day and when used create a new score for you (Your previous lifes' score is preserved on the sites leaderboard).
Each second life packet contains a new Mission and Assassination card to get you back in the game as well as a code to register online that will start your second life.
Risks and challenges
This is the ninth Assassins game I'll run and the second using a new process that sources professionally printed materials from various vendors and printer as opposed to printing the majority of the kit materials myself.
This process makes kit assembly and shipping easier than past games. The first run for PAX East 2013 using this process went very well despite the increased player count (Over 200 players!).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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