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Wednesday, Oct 26 2011
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Think about the last time you got outside and played a game with your friends. For us it was probably back in high school, when Capture the Flag gave us an excuse to tackle members of the opposite sex in the dark. These days, gaming seems to be all “Angry Birds” and “Words with Friends,” but the organizers of Journey to the End of the Night remind us how much fun it can be to get off our butts and run around the city. An epic night game that takes you from one end of San Francisco to the other, Journey to the End of the Night challenges players to make it to checkpoints around the city without getting tagged. The rules forbid use of cars, taxis, bikes, and the like, and participants may travel only by public transportation or by foot. This is the third time Journey to the End of the Night happens in the city or near Halloween, already a time of barely controlled chaos, and this year organizers add a new twist in the form of the mysterious Chaser Killer character. You’ll have to show up to see what that’s about. The game also serves as the opening-night event for Come Out and Play 2011, a festival of similarly interactive activities that continues through Nov. 6 including live-action “Frogger” and a mustachioed scavenger hunt in the Mission. Organizers even stage a version of Capture the Flag, perhaps just for us.
Sat., Oct. 29, 7 p.m., 2011

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