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To play the "Assassin" game you will need a large group of willing people The game is played over several days for the most fun.

This is a great game for summer camp!

Step 1: Choose Your Leader

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Once you have got your group of people, you will need a leader who keeps track of who has been eliminated and who is still "in" the game. The leader also keeps a note book and invites those eliminated to write a brief account of how they were "had"! The leader does not play any part in the actual assassinations.

When you have your leader, he or she invites as many people as possible to play the "game". Not everyone will want to play, so don't push it. The idea is that one person is left at the end of the game, who can then be delared the winner.

When the participants have been identified the leader makes a small card bearing each participant's name. These are then distributed to all the players, making sure that no-one gets his or her own name! Only the leader knows the names of those taking part! It is important to maintain as much secrecy as you can. Also each participants does not tell anyone - even their dearest friends that they are in the game. Then the fun begins.

During the next few days as everyone goes about his or her camp activities it is every participant's task to "assassinate" the person who name is on the card they have been given. Assassination is quite painless, it just means tapping the person on the shoulder very quietly and telling them they are "out"! When the person is "out", he or she gives his or her name card (the name of the person they were going to eliminate) to the person who has "assassinated them. That person then goes on to try to eliminate the next person, and so on and so forth....... until one person remains.

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We play a game similar to this at school, except instead of cards, we use spoons. You have to touch the person with the spoon to "kill" them. Everybody's spoon has a person's name on it, not your own. That is the person that you have to eliminate.
Lots of fun, played during school hours (while people are not in class of course) and really challenging.
Thank you for the Instructable!
i have played this game as wel but the way we played is the leader makes up task's such as have this person help take out the garbage and when you get them to do it then they die and pass on the taks and person they were supposed to kill.
JGWalrus2 years ago
We used to play this in High School. Once a year our gym teacher would give us each a name to go after. It had to be on school property, not in a classroom during class, but all else was fair game. Throw in the mix that we had 4 "houses" -like harry potter- and 216 students and it was a blast.
This the same thing that was in a book called spray but with water guns?
I3uckwheat7 years ago
awesome to bad camp is over i could of did it then that would of been cool
stinkymum (author)  I3uckwheat7 years ago
There's always next year! I just got back from camp and there were over 50 participants. The most kills were 7 by several people. It was great fun! All the winners got a pennant this year - hurray!
going to be a counsoler next year!
Whales5 years ago
 doing this at band camp next year. If played right this will be hilarious.
Mock267 years ago
Back in the 1980's Steve Jackson Games put out a rule book for a game very similar to this game that you have described. Back in the 1990's I played varitions of this game at Boy Scout camps from Buffalo to Boston. Great game, but not an original idea.
What Happens If You Assassinate Someone Who Is Supposed To Assassinate You?
ah, ideally, you win. The game works as if everyone is in a big circle, and you're assigned to kill the person to your right. Eventually, you're down to two people, and one will succeed in killing the other before the other gets their kill accomplished. Hence, assuming you are the first of those last two and not the other, you win.
stinkymum (author)  Mock267 years ago
I doubt there is a so called "original" game or sport in the world these days. I am sure the ancient Britons, Romans and other "oldies" played variations of every game now known to man. It's all in the variations now, isn't it?
WarFreak1317 years ago
I'm sorry, but I'm pretty sure you didn't "invent" this game. The AP Physics kids at my high school played the exact same game, just with a different method of assassination. We used stickers to show who's been assassinated, and special rules, like you have to be alone with the person to assassinate them. Or to do it in broad daylight in front of everyone, it had to be either 12.11 AM or PM, or you had to wear goggles, sandals, and underwear on your head. And yes, people actually complied with the latter.
stinkymum (author)  WarFreak1317 years ago
According to the rules for entry, it states: The games can be variations on existing sports, but they need to be original. This entry qualifies under that statement. There are many variations of a basic game and this is an original variation on one of them. By the way if you played the exact same game with different methods of assassination and special rules, I fail to see how it can be "exactly" the same as this variation
who wins?~!
Damn! Why'd you have to put " and " around The Game? I just lost!
I played this game at camp! Another way to get someone out could be tapping them with a spoon or saying a code phrase.
at my school we play a game where we carry around red markers that are washable, sneak up behind people interested in playing and write on their necks(like slitting their throats)and we see who all can manage to "stay alive at the end of the day" and you only can do that to people who are interested in playing. I thought it was an original idea
yes i realize i said interested in playing twice.......
stinkymum (author)  Musketeer #17 years ago
I have heard of that variation. Bottom line, it's a good game
bakenbitz7 years ago
My sister set up one of these at her school, but they used water guns.
I3uckwheat7 years ago
matthewabel7 years ago
We play this with our staff every summer. We also have a version of sock wars - Capture the Flag, only to tag people, you throw a sock filled with flour at them.
canida7 years ago

Did you see the Sock Wars version of Assassin? To tag people, you knit socks and send them through the mail. Sounds right up your alley.

Loved the parrot, by the way! I hope you'll be posting some pirate costumes for Halloween?
stinkymum (author)  canida7 years ago
I thought you were kidding about "sock wars", but I checked it out - it they have another one I am going to sign up! Killing people with a pair of socks is my idea of violence!
Glad to give you another good excuse for knitting. ;)
stinkymum (author)  canida7 years ago
Sock wars! Well I think I have already participated in tea cosy wars, hat wars, mitten wars and afghan wars! However, I just sent these items with my best wishes to everyone I knew - no assassinations were involved! As for the pirate costume - here's one in advance!
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Wow, that's a good one! Just add parrot. ;)
stinkymum (author)  canida7 years ago
parrot has been added.
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Oh good heavens. It looks like he's about to go for your eyeballs! Quick, grab some sunglasses.
spasysheep7 years ago
I play a different version of this, where as well as a name on the card, there is a location and an item that you have to kill them at / with (I.E. Joe / Torch / Drinking Fountain would mean tap Joe with a torch when he was at the drinking fountain). brilliant fun at nationwide youthgroup camps (Woodcraft! Woo! (http://www.woodcraft.org.uk/)) with hundreds of people playing. I haven't heard of keeping a log of how people were killed before - good idea though.
........"no violence is involved".........the other ninjas will have mixed thoughts about that.....
stinkymum (author)  explosivemaker7 years ago
Violence isn't fun, therefore there is no place for it in this game.
WHO SAYS VIOLENCE ISN'T FUN?!? I find it quite entertaining. jk, jk.
stinkymum (author)  James (pseudo-geek)7 years ago
Good luck in the Army, and take care.
ARGG I was kidding about the violence thing, but I AM joining the Army in a few months.
stinkymum (author)  James (pseudo-geek)7 years ago
Yes I know, I read your bio and that's why I wish you the very best (and thank you!)
ah, ok. ty :)
......I was just FOOLN......I agree there doesn't have to be violence in everything.......the nerf idea was a good one though, and that's not very violent.....
ban nerf guns! people have died while using them! we need to ban sidewalks too, J.B. Hunt (owner of a large trucking company) died from slipping on an icy sidewalk.
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