This is the 2016 Ottawa running of Watch the Skies, a megagame about alien activity on Earth. You can follow along the Facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/207726906326803/
Players will be split into nations, world media and aliens, with individual players taking on the roles of heads of state, military, scientists, diplomats and more. Megagames focus on communication, player interaction and hidden or missing information. They take elements of board games, role playing games and live action games to create a unique full-day experience. To see an example of what the game could look like, take a look at: https://www.shutupandsitdown.com/videos/susd-play-megagame/
We are so proud to bring you this event, and we want to make sure every player gets an engaging and fulfilling experience. This requires the cooperation of all players to make this fun for everyone. If you are found to be disrupting the event by harassing other players, including racist, sexist or otherwise bigoted remarks, you will be reprimanded as the game control sees fit, up to and including expulsion from the game without refund.
Please note that there will be photography at this event. By purchasing a ticket for the event, you consent to being photographed and possibly having a photograph including you used for future megagame events.
Q: Are costumes required?
A: No, but they are encouraged. Some people find it more fun to have science conferences in a labcoat, or go to the UN in a tie. However, we ask that you be culturally conscious when dressing from a different nation; we're playing characters, not caricatures. Please be considerate of strong scents as some players might be chemically sensitive.
Q: How accessible is this game?
A: The building we're in has four steps leading up to it, there is unfortunately no ramp. Also note that most roles in this game require players to be mobile throughout the day, but at least one role per team could be stationary. If you have specific accessibility concerns. the control team would be happy to help and we encourage you to reach out to us before the event so we can make this a better experience for you.
Q: What options are available for food?
A: Players can bring food into the hall to eat during the game. We recommend drinking plenty of water during the game. The Masonic Hall is located in the heart of Westboro, close to several food options along Richmond Road. We'll have a half hour break for lunch, and we're working on a reservation at a nearby restaurant to relax and meet up after the game.
Q: Do I need to buy tickets in a team?
A: It's recommended you find a team to play with before you buy tickets, but if you don't have a group you can buy an individual ticket. We recommend looking for a team that has some tickets already bought and joining them. You can connect to people on your team through the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OttawaMegagames/
If you have any other questions, please feel free to let us know.