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Designer: Guilherme Töws
Year: unknown
Players: 4+
Stuff required: Cameras, the Monument
Crew required: One
Preparation: ??
Time required: ??
Place required: Open area such as a large room or park
Activities: Photography, sneaking, teamwork.
This is an untested game. Its rules are written, but it hasn't been tested out yet.
This game is made available under an Attribution-Noncommercial Creative Commons licence. (What does this mean?)

Tourist photography as a competitive sport. The players are gangs of tourists getting on each other's way of a good picture.

Game Set-up

You need a Monument - a building, structure, or other object that's large and recognizable. Suggestions: An ornate lamppost; a phone booth; a fountain; a hot dog stand; a couch; a fridge.

Divide the players in teams of roughly 5 (if possible given the number of players) and arrange a camera for each team.

The Game

The purpose of each team is to take a picture with as many of their team members in it as possible (except the one using the camera) fully visible and the Monument fully visible, with no members of other teams in the picture.

How to play

  • Set a period of time, say, 20 or 30 minutes.
  • The teams can scatter and plan as they please.
  • Once time is done, each team presents their best picture. The picture with most team members in it (or least missing members, if teams have different sizes) wins.

Points of etiquette

  • Don't shove. That's rude.

Possible Variations

  • Make it ok to have people from other teams in the picture, provided they're not more evident than the Monument or your own team members.
  • Cordon off the area closest to the Monument so people will not abuse positions close to it.
  • The original idea involved colored objects being moved around the Monument and photographed instead of people. Could be made into an Icehouse game?