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How good of a game of Hide and Seek would your house provide?

Not a very good one. It's extremely difficult to get it dark, even late at night, and there are no hiding spots.
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A decent one. It would probably get dark or something, and there are some hiding spots, but not enough to provide a long game with different spots.
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A -great- one! My house gets pitch black, and there are so many different places to hide.
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Otter/duck?
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Postby ChooChoo » Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:45 am UTC

I had a party with a couple close friends recently, and we randomly got into a game of Hide and Seek.

And it got me thinking, because my house is actually quite sweet in terms of how many hiding places there are in it.

And then I thought, Hide and Seek thread? Why not.

That being said, who actually still plays it?

(I do I do!)

What are you strategies?

(You know, like, how do you conceal yourself? Or how do you seek? Or where do you hide? I personally like to hide behind clothes in closets, or under beds. I have also been known to hide in dryers.)

Know any alternations of the game?

(Example: I know an alternation called Sardines, in which one person hides, and everyone else seeks. The seekers split up, and once you find the hider, you must hide with them in their spot until there is only one seeker left and the hiding spot is incredibly cramped. It's actually quite fun.)

Got any hide and seek stories?

(I once had a friend's parent almost turn the dryer on while I was in it.)

You know, that kind of thing.

(On a related note, I don't believe I actually know what otter/duck means. I just see it as an option on all polls as a kind of "non-voter" thing. But... I don't know why. xD)

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Postby Aeltar » Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:58 am UTC

First of all, Otter = other. Duck = REbEEL!!1`

My house would rock as a hide-and-seek location. Lots of underhouse/attic area that is all mazed and stuff, so it'd be great. And also, I learned "Sardines" as hide-and-seek as a kid. I've never played the "everyone hides, one person seeks" variant. I am convinced that my closet would be the ultimate hiding spot - there's a cubby up on top that NO ONE but me and my friends know about, and I'm the only one who knows how to get in. I also play HnS regularly, with about 30 people. We monopolize the neighborhood and use neighbor's houses.
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Postby Klye » Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:01 am UTC

Its been a while, but I would be up for a game if everyone else was.

One thing I never got is the version of hide and seek where the point is to after hiding, run to a safe spot somewhere without getting tagged by the seeker. It totally defeats the purpose of hiding/seeking, it's just a game of tag.

Since it seems that's the way almost everyone plays, my version is the one where it starts with one seeker and everyone else hiding, then as people are found they become seekers, and the last person to get found wins.
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Postby ChooChoo » Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:06 am UTC

Aeltar wrote:Lots of underhouse/attic area that is all mazed and stuff, so it'd be great.


There are five doors in my downstairs.

My bedroom.
Guest bedroom.
Furnace room.
Bathroom.
Cave.

There is literally a cave made out of dirt and rock and stuff downstairs. It's actually pretty big. It's basically all the stuff under the upstairs of my house.

Aeltar wrote:I also play HnS regularly, with about 30 people. We monopolize the neighborhood and use neighbor's houses.


That sounds incredibly epic.

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Postby Phi » Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:12 am UTC

I don't have a two-story house, and there are NO spaces to hide. You can go under a bed and that's about it.

However, my siblings and cousins would come over and we'd play flashlight tag in the neighbourhood. Our neighbours across the street didn't mind us in their backyard (It was built early 1900s, so its lot is big enough to put three homes on top, and the backyard is filled with trailers and hiding spots and cavey goodness). We even did walkie talkies and teams once. It was amazing.

I want to do a 30-man hide and seek ;(

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Postby ChooChoo » Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:14 am UTC

Phi wrote:[OOC: Playing Capture the Flag with four different styles of Nerf guns and 10 people is terribly epic. Especially when it takes place at a park with other people]


Ugh, that's a great idea too. Why don't I have Nerf guns anymore?!

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Postby curious and questioning » Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:20 am UTC

I haven't played hide-and-seek recently, and then it was only in daytime, so I think that for a two-story house there aren't that many places to hide. My closet, for example, is piled with stuff, so I couldn't get in.

[Capture the Flag is amazing with swords, though. (Duct tape and foam ones... but I could see it with real ones if people had armor.) It was at some group role-playing thing, too, so lots of people were there.]
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Postby Shadow Tyrant » Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:24 am UTC

Whenever I used to play hide and seek, I was never found, and then when I came out of my hiding place, everyone else had gone home already.


I fucking hate that game.
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Postby UmbralRaptor » Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:47 am UTC

Phi wrote:[OOC: Playing Capture the Flag with four different styles of Nerf guns and 10 people is terribly epic. Especially when it takes place at a park with other people]
Playing CTF at night on some camping trips as a Boy Scout was crazy fun.
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Postby Tractor » Tue Sep 04, 2007 1:29 pm UTC

ChooChoo wrote:
Phi wrote:[OOC: Playing Capture the Flag with four different styles of Nerf guns and 10 people is terribly epic. Especially when it takes place at a park with other people]


Ugh, that's a great idea too. Why don't I have Nerf guns anymore?!


Nerf guns are awesome. Hence why I've got a bunch of them. I just wish the nerf-ripoff shotgun hadn't broken :(
My apartment though, way too small for a game of hide and seek.
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Postby MFHodge » Tue Sep 04, 2007 5:28 pm UTC

Assuming "Base" is used, my house wouldn't be that great for Hide'n'Seek because it is fairly linear. There is only one way to get anywhere, so it wouldn't be possible to get from you hiding spot to the base.
Without "Base" it would be fine, because of big closets, but still not great because it's not that big.

When I think of Capture the Flag, I picture a bunch of kids planning a game and drawing a map and arguing about the rules until everyone gets bored/mad and leaves. In my childhood, I was involved in many games of CtF, but don't think we ever got around to actually playing it.
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Postby Clumpy » Tue Sep 04, 2007 5:35 pm UTC

Alternate ways to get places are key. Neat spiralling staircases, large rooms with alcoves, accesible outdoor areas, porches, decks, etc. I'm afraid that the rich provide the best houses for this sort of thing.

Still, I remember playing Ghost in the Graveyard with my friends across three or so lawns and we got some pretty good hiding spaces. You seem focused more on the absence of light.

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Postby podbaydoor » Tue Sep 04, 2007 5:39 pm UTC

I always found Sardines more fun than HidenSeek. Probably because my patience span is pitiful and I'd rather run around searching than sit in a dark place doing nothing at all.
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Postby TiberiusM » Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:26 pm UTC

UmbralRaptor wrote:
Phi wrote:[OOC: Playing Capture the Flag with four different styles of Nerf guns and 10 people is terribly epic. Especially when it takes place at a park with other people]
Playing CTF at night on some camping trips as a Boy Scout was crazy fun.


Boy Scout CTF was awesome. Ours usually ended up fairly elaborate and with many injuries due to traps/weapons/tree catapults.

Hide n Seek wise, my house has zero potential, as its small enough to be searched thoroughly in less than 5 minutes (largely because all of the potential hiding spots are too small for anyone over 4" tall)

I prefer to play hide n seek with my ghillie suit in the woods at night. Much more entertaining.

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Postby Insignificant Deifaction » Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:12 pm UTC

It rocks, as there are 37 rooms, and they are not lain out in any sort of order (which drove me crazy for a while), but each one is elegant in a certain theme, and there is at least one place to hide in each one. Also, the house is nonlinear, so it would be easy to sneak around and avoid being found.

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Postby Zohar » Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:13 pm UTC

It's probably been more than 10 years since I played Hide and Seek. That being said, there are 6 ways to get out of my house (that don't involve ladders or jumping out of windows) plus some of the rooms are connected by the roof. I guess it would be pretty good to play in.
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Postby tmad40blue » Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:41 pm UTC

My house has a plethora of awesome hiding spots in our 2-acre yard.

And the used-to-be dark room is pretty good for hiding.
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Postby Cheese » Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:43 pm UTC

My house would be okay, for about 3 games
There are several great places to hide, but once they've been used, there's nowhere good.

My best hiding place was under my bed, which has a solid wooden frame, opaque at the front, and a small space at the wall under it. Quite cramped, but difficult to access for a seeker, especially if you hold onto the desk that is meant to slide out...

Of course, this great spot is made useless by my inability to shut up when I'm hiding. I giggle to much.
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Postby Klye » Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:56 pm UTC

Back when I used to play alot my best hiding spot was behind this bush up against the side of my house.

Somehow no one could ever find me, even though it didn'd go all the way to the groundcand was open on both sides. I guess everyone just overlooked it?
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Postby ChooChoo » Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:06 am UTC

Clumpy wrote:Still, I remember playing Ghost in the Graveyard with my friends across three or so lawns and we got some pretty good hiding spaces. You seem focused more on the absence of light.


Funny; Ghosts in the Graveyard was the other game we played at the party.

My version may be different than yours though. We just have one person count, everyone else stays in plain sight, and then tries not to move at all once the person who's "it" finishes counting.

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Postby aisling » Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:47 am UTC

One time, I was playing hide and seek at my friend's house, and she hid in the top of her linen closet and we couldn't find her.

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Postby bbctol » Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:08 am UTC

Hiding inside the roof of my attic was one of the best hiding spots ever. Unfortunately, I couldn't resist bragging about it, so now I can never use it again...

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Postby Shro » Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:10 am UTC

Man, all this talk of Hide and Seek has really really made me want to play random games from when I was a kid with very very large groups of people. Like Simon Says and Red Light Green Light. Remember how much FUN those were??

Also, I am sad that we didn't mean this Hide and Seek.
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Postby bbctol » Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:14 am UTC

Aeltar wrote:I also play HnS regularly, with about 30 people. We monopolize the neighborhood and use neighbor's houses.


Only the neighborhood? Why not play World Hide and Seek?

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Postby Bakemaster » Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:23 am UTC

argyl3 wrote:Also, I am sad that we didn't mean this Hide and Seek.

I love that song, but I am thoroughly unimpressed by the video. It does remind me of a music video a friend of mine recently directed though, where for one scene he had a medium shot on the lead singer sitting on a couch singing and playing guitar, while behind him a crowd of extras is dancing—he played the song when they recorded at half speed and had the people dance normally but the singer try to strum/lipsync at half speed, then in post he sped it up to normal so it looks like everyone but him is dancing in fast forward.

It was really cool even though it came out a little jerky with the mouth-movings. I wish he was finished with the editing so I could point to it on youtube. It had other really cool parts, too.
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