Find a place to play. A good place is a yard with a house in the middle. It is important to pick an area with a large obstruction near the center so no guards can see all the way across the field. Try to do it in a place which is not an open area!
- 2. Find some people to play with. You can play with any number of people, but it is best with at least 10, or 12.
- 3. Choose flags, these just need to be two objects of similar size and shape. If you are playing at night it is best to have something light colored
- 4. When everyone has gathered on the field choose boundaries, and make up any rules for hiding the flag (someone on the team must be able to reach it from the ground, it must be hidden on the team to which it belongs side)
- 5. Hide the flag. To make it fair make sure you can see at least part of it somewhere fairly close by (don’t bury it). Also make sure you can grab it and run (don’t tie it to a branch).
- 6. When the flag is hidden go to the border and yell at the other team. If they are done tell them to come to the border and quickly summarize the rules. If you agree on the rules start the game, if not compromise.
- 7. Once the game has begun split your team up into a few groups. Ideally you will have enough people to have two teams of each of these: border guards, reconnaissance (best in partners), “sneakers”(also good in partners) and a few “rangers”.
- Reconnaissance people are in charge of getting the flag.
- The sneakers are the ones who find it and the rangers do several leftover jobs: they get people out of jail, chase anyone who gets past the border guards and can replace any reconnaissance or sneakers that get captured.
- 8. Once you get your job, stick to it. It is important that you communicate with team mates, you can do this with codes or just by shouting.
- 9. Depending on how big the field is and how many guards you have, the game may not come to an end for hours.