Back2Back Octopus and Manhunt Games

Facebook-based Fun Toronto is organizing their second event this evening (May 2nd), a game of Octopus in Alexandra Park (just south of Dundas on Bathurst) which is running from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Afterwards, head east down Dundas to University, because Manhunt Toronto's second game of the season is getting together on the northwest corner at 8:30 p.m. to start playing at 9. You'll need to make sure to bring a highly visible armband of some kind to take part.

Rules of both games included after the jump.

OCTOPUS:
(A cross between Red Rover and classic tag.)

What you need:
Nothing

How to play:
1. Set up a rectangular "ocean," and mark the boundaries. (No going out of bounds)

2. The Fish line up at one end; the Queen (or King) Octopus stands in the middle and shouts, "Octopus."

3. The Fish try to run or sneak across the ocean as the Octopus tries to tag them. If tagged, they become Seaweed. Keeping one foot planted, Seaweed try to reach out and tag the Fish running by, thus turning those players into Seaweed as well.

4. Once the Fish reach the other side, the Octopus shouts "Octoupus" again and the crossing contest starts again. The game continues until all the Fish become Seaweed. The last Fish tagged becomes the new Octopus.

MANHUNT:

Manhunt is a hide-and-seek variant. The game starts out with one person, known as the manhunter, who is "it". After the manhunter has been selected, the fugitives have 120 seconds to hide.

If a fugitive is tagged by a manhunter, she or he is brainwashed and forced to join the side of the manhunters. At the end of the designated time limit, all fugitives who have not been arrested are declared the winners.

Play occurs within predetermined boundaries. If a fugitive exits these boundaries for any reason, she/he joins the manhunters. Players are identified as being distinct from the general civilian population by means of a highly-visible armband.

(Photo: octopus! by munkt0n.)


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