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Thai Standoff

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Thai Standoff
Designer: David Fono (with recess.to)
Players: 4+
Stuff required: Water pistols
Crew required: Zero
Preparation: None
Time required: Ten minutes
Place required: Outdoors
Activities:
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This is an unfinished game. It is still in the design stage, and is not playable.
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You hold a gun in each hand, as you stare down the barrel of a third. Your hands are moist with sweat -- or is that ammo? You lock eyes with your adversary. However this ends, one thing is clear: someone's getting wet.

Thai Standoff is a super-simple, turn-based game of shooting water guns at each other.

Instructions

Players start in a circle, arm-width apart, guns lowered. On the count of 3, every takes a leap in a random direction, so that people spread out.

The game leader counts to 3, then call "AIM." On the command, every player simultaneously aims their gun at another player, and holds it.

Next, the game leader counts to 3, and calls "FIRE." On the command, players have 2 choices:

  • They can take a shot at the player they aimed at. They can move simultaneously, as long as they keep one foot planted. If any players get hit above the waist by the shot, they are out. They drop their gun on the ground, and leave the field.
  • They can take a step/leap/roll/etc. They can also pick up any dropped guns while doing so.

If a player holds two guns, they may choose to aim them independently during the AIM phase.

When there are two players remaining, the game proceeds normally, but each player only has 3 shots. Once a player has expended their shots, the other player is the winner. If both players expend them simultaneously, the game ends in a draw.

Addenda

If two people go for a dropped gun at the same time, it's a simple race of who grabs it first.