Chris Miller

Black Spot

I got the idea for this game from reading Treasure Island. It also may be like some game I played when I was a kid, I forget.

Piece of paper and a pencil.
Candle (optional)

Number: 6-12 per circle

Tear up a sheet of paper into scraps (1 for each player). Mark one scrap with a large dot with the pencil. Put these scraps in a hat and have everyone choose one and show it to no one. Next have everyone look at their scrap to see who has the Black Spot. This should be kept a secret. Whoever has the Black Spot is now the Pirate. The Pirate’s goal is to “wink-out” everyone else in the circle by winking at them. Note: Only winks (one eye shut) work, blinks (both eyes shut) do not. Everyone must maintain eye contact with others in the circle. If you are “winked-out” by the pirate, you are out, and must turn away, lower your head, etc. Players not yet winked out try to observe the Pirate in his dastardly deeds and call him out by saying “The Pirate is none-other than_______” The person calling out must still maintain eye contact while reciting this phrase. This gives clever pirates a last chance to wink them out before they can finish the sentence.

Note: This game works very well in a small circle around a single candle. circles larger than 12 tend to be too big to see that someone’s winking at you.

Random Ball

My group was on a retreat, but discovered that the kickball, which was the only ball available, was too misshapen to be used for any normal game. This game was the result. It’s perfect for wearing people out, killing time with a large group, or just making the most out of very little equipment.

Numbers: 4 – 4000
Materials: A ball that can be kicked, (a frisbee was used once, but not recomended) A Large Field.

In a large field, mark off a square playing field of appropriate proportions. Divide your players into 4 teams. Each side of the field is the goal line for one team. One player, or if preferred, the referee, stands in the center with the ball. At the signal, the person with the ball boots it into the air as high as possible, in any direction he chooses. Anyone can catch the ball, anyone can run with the ball, and anyone can throw the ball at any time to any of their teammates in any direction as they try to cross their goal line. We played tackle, but this may have been a bad idea. Everyone loved it, but three tacklers to a runner gets rough. The game ends up playing much like football, but with four teams and a few extra rules.
Rule 1: After every successful tackle, the ball goes back to the center to be kicked as high as possible again.
Rule 2: If the ball goes free, aka, a fumble, anyone can pick it up to go in any direction.
Rule 3: The referee can tackle, but only if (s)he feels like it.
My group begs to play this game again every time we go outside. Enjoy!