• 14th-16th September: three days of games and play on London’s South Bank
  • 17th September: "Playing In Public", the Hide&Seek Weekender Conference

Ceremony of Surprise

Hubbub (Tim Bosje & Kars Alfrink)

The Ceremony of Surprise is our ludic spin on the surprise party. This game asks you to organise a surprise party for one of your fellow players. The problem is that at the start, no one knows who that player is! All you know is one name of a person who isn’t “it”.

But this game is also about building a real party. Throughout the game you have to decide which ingredients – real ones that you bring yourself or pull from our well-stocked party basket – are used in the party. Proposing that perfect accessory – that one perfect party song, your favorite drink or decoration – and getting it into the party, will reward you with new opportunities to retrieve information from your fellow players.

No party is complete without a delicious cake. In this game, you will have to earn your piece of cake by surprising the correct player. But don’t spoil the surprise, because if the player who is “it” guesses right, the whole cake goes to him…

Hubbub is a networked design studio for applied pervasive games. We work with organizations to create games that take place in public space, engage people physically, and are socially relevant. Amongst other things, Hubbub games are used to encourage good citizenship and to facilitate cultural participation.

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Sunday 16th September