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Grab a mission, find your target and assassinate them. Repeat. How long will you survive?
Grab a mission, find your target and assassinate them. Repeat. How long will you survive?
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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.

Player Button Example
Player Button Example

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.

Mission Example
Mission Example

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.

Assassination Card Example
Assassination Card Example

Gathering Intel

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.

Intel Example
Intel Example

Assassinating Players

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

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.

Factions
Factions

Faction Leaders

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!

Rules

The game is fairly simple to play but there is a comprehensive rules PDF that lists out everything you'll need to know. 

Click to read the Assassins Ball at PAX Prime 2013 Rules!
Click to read the Assassins Ball at PAX Prime 2013 Rules!

Rewards

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.

Add-Ons

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!).

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    THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS [PREMIUM]: Receive two premium kits containing everything needed for you and a friend to play Assassins Ball at PAX Prime 2013 in the factions of your choice.

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    THE WHOLE NINE YARDS [PREMIUM, FACTION LEADER]: Receive one premium kit containing everything needed for you to play Assassins Ball at PAX Prime 2013 in the faction of your choice. Also receive a Faction Leader pack containing two regular kits for faction recruiting and 5 Second Lives to keep your faction members in fighting form.

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    SMOKIN' ACES: Receive five kits containing everything needed for you and four friends to play Assassins Ball at PAX Prime 2013 in the factions of your choice.

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    THE BIG HIT [PREMIUM]: Receive five premium kits containing everything needed for you and four friends to play Assassins Ball at PAX Prime 2013 in the factions of your choice.

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    GROSSE POINT BLANK [PREMIUM, FACTION LEADER]: Work with me to create a new player-selectable faction for PAX Prime 2013 and future games! Receive five premium kits containing everything needed for you and four friends to play Assassins Ball at PAX Prime 2013 in the factions of your choice. Also receive a Faction Leader pack containing five regular kits for faction recruiting and 10 Second Lives to keep your faction members in fighting form.

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