How to Play the Hunger Games Outdoor Game

Most outdoor chase games (like Manhunt and Capture the Flag) narrow down to a contest on who can run the fastest. Are you looking for something that is more fun and requires strategy and skill? Look no further. To play the Hunger Games outdoor game, follow these steps. You can make a few minor changes to the game if you would like, but make sure to keep it safe.

Method One of Three:
Setting Up the Game

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    Gather a group of friends. Six people is a good minimum, but the best games have around twelve. Distribute walkie-talkies so you can alert people if you're "killed". Alternatively, get everyone's phone number so that you can do alerts by text.
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    Find an area to play. The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure the area is large enough for the group you have. Try to find an area that encompasses a number of different terrains, from urban, to a large field, to rocky terrain.
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    Mark boundaries and discuss the rules. Make sure everyone is clear on the boundary lines and the rules, because anyone who goes out of bounds or breaks a rule will immediately be dead.
    • When fighting, a hit to the torso should be a “kill”, whereas a hit to the ankle or any other insignificant place should not count as a “kill”. If anyone plays dirty (i.e. hitting someone in the face), the offender is "killed" instead.
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    Get toy weaponry. Toy bows and arrows, play swords, and things like that from the dollar store should suffice. The more diverse you can make the selection of weapons, the more fun you can have. You can also make the weapons yourself. Ideas include:
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    Make supply packs. Have each player bring a backpack and a set of supplies. Before you start the games, put a bottle of water, a snack (like a granola bar or pack of crackers), a couple of weapons, and a jacket in each backpack. Place them in the center of your area.
    • If you want, you can also make special packages which one person can hide around the playing area. Put extra food, weapons, or other items in the package to help the players through their game.
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    Assign an announcer. The announcer is responsible for enforcing the rules, keeping track of everyone's alive status, and letting the other players know who is still alive. The announcer will also be the mediator for any disputes. Give the announcer a walkie-talkie so the player can alert the announcer if they die.

Method Two of Three:
Playing the Game

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    Start everyone in a semi-circle around the pile of backpacks. Have the announcer set two timers: one for one minute and one for two minutes. When the first timer goes off, everyone can race forward to grab a supply backpack. However, they cannot kill other players until the second timer goes off.
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    Use skill and strategy. Play this as a free-for-all game, but don't be afraid to make alliances. Learn to be stealthy by walking silently and using grass as camouflage. Sometimes just laying down in some medium- to long-grass terrain can keep you out of the enemy's sight. If possible, grab both a ranged weapon and a melee weapon. This will also come in handy if you lose one weapon or run out of ammunition.
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    Hunt each other down. Remember the following when you fight:
    • If you get hit on the torso, you're dead, but if you get hit on a limb you're okay.
    • If you are hit on a hand, that limb is lost and you are not able to hold weapons in that hand.
    • If you are hit on a leg or ankle, you are not able to stand on that foot.
    • Ration your food and water: if you eat or drink too much to begin, you might starve to death or die of thirst later!
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    Notify the announcer when someone dies. Though the announcer should be keeping a close eye on game play, they cannot always keep track of everything. If you're texting, both the killer and the victim should text the announcer. If using walkie-talkies, just one person can notify the announcer.
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    Sponsor players. Once you are killed, you can sponsor other players by giving them your unused helpful items or bringing them new weapons that you make.
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    Declare the winner. The last person standing is the winner!

Method Three of Three:
Another Way to Play

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    Get as many friends as you can. Find a big area with lots of places to climb and hide.
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    Set up a cornucopia. Play with water guns; put non-staining red dye in them.
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    Play. If you are shot with the water in your head or torso, you're dead and you must lay down until the games are over.
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    Alert the game-maker. The victim or the killer should text the game-maker so they can mark them dead on a list.
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    Continue playing. The game is most fun when it goes on for one to two hours. The time it takes depends on the number of people and how large an area you've chosen.
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    Declare the winner. The last person standing is the winner.
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    Add even more fun. Let players decide a tribute name and what district they are from. You can even do reaping, and have someone be Caesar Flickerman and do interviews.

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  • How would the "starving to death" aspect of the game work?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • You could make rule that if a fake day or two passes and that player has had no food or water for that time then they are dead.
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  • If I die and get tired of lying on the ground, can I get up and watch the game?
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    • Of course, you can. But there's a rule: you can't participate in the game besides sponsoring players.
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  • Where do I get armor from?
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    • You may make your own armor or purchase it online from a source like
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  • If it is based on the Games, then what about the feast, caves, and mutts? What is a good way to do these if we are limited to part of a neighborhood?
    Answered by Jon Coomer
    • For the feast, get the announcer / game-maker to gather some of the spare / unused supplies or supplies from dead tributes, then have that person place them at mid or where ever the feast will take place, then they announce that location and the feast to the other people that are still alive via the walkie-talkies / texting.
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  • What if people break the rules and cry when they die?
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    • Tell them that if they are going to be like that and break the rules, you cannot play with them.
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  • Can there be two winners?
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    • Based upon the rules of the game, no. However, it is your game, so you may adjust the rules as you desire.
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  • How would the rest of the arena be alerted if a death took place?
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    • It would be alerted by texting or walkie talkie. The announcer would text or call everyone on the chosen device and then you would know.
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  • What should I do if don't have a big place to play?
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    • Ask your neighbors, or get your parents to take you to a large place, such as a sports field or track with bushes/trees.
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  • How do I make outfits for the tributes to wear?
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    • Have the tributes wear black pants and dark tops and make mockingjay pins using wikiHow's mockingjay pin tutorial for them to wear.
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  • How can I make an arena in my backyard?
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    • It depends on your budget. If you want cheap, try cardboard boxes stacked. If you have some excess cash (a few hundred dollars!), you can rent blow-up mazes from companies.
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  • Don't be scared to make alliances; it can be more fun!
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  • Keep your wits about you. Don't be scared, it's just a game.
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  • It's more fun to have variety in the "tributes". Have variety; boys and girls, people with different interests, shy people, funny people, etc.
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  • Avoid stepping on crunchy leaves.
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  • If you can, read "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. The game is based on it.
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  • Wear dark clothing (i.e navy blue, black).
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  • Don't be afraid to get a little physical. A bit of wrestling here and there can be okay if you're careful.
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  • If you can't find any more weapons, try cutting foam weaponry to a different shape or size.
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  • Make sure everyone has a district and a token from their district. Katniss wears the Mockingjay pin into the arena; it's like a famous souvenir for her and her district.
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  • If you want to get techy, attach cameras to your gear so the announcer can track you.
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  • If someone actually gets hurt, assess the injury and help or call emergency services.
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  • Keep a rope with you. This is helpful as a last resort when you run out of weapons.
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  • Have tents and other hiding places.
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  • Have the dead people who are spectating or walking around wear something different to distinguish them from everyone else.
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  • Be very careful with the weapons. This is a game: you're not trying to actually hurt anyone, just gently poke or fire on them so they know they're out. Don't aim for their eyes or anything else sensitive.
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  • Use common sense. If somebody is hurt and needs medical attention, call emergency services; don't just get them ice for a cracked skull. Sometimes "shaking it off" can't really be done. However, don't overreact to tripping and bruising your knee.
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  • Be careful of holes, cacti, sand spurs, etc. Watch your step.
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  • Don't use real weapons.
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  • Make sure everyone has permission to play.
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  • If somebody comes outside while you are playing around their house, calmly explain to them you are playing a game, and also yell time-out to everyone playing so the bystander is not hurt. If they tell you to stay away from their house, do so, and make sure everyone knows it is now out of bounds.
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  • Do not hide in backyards at night; even if it's early, people may overreact.
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  • Don't hide in places that you wouldn't want to be caught in. This means no garages, cars, sheds, or backyards other than your own and your friends’.
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  • Tell your parents where you're going and what you're doing. Otherwise, they may get worried and you'll get in trouble.
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  • Wear safety goggles, and make sure everyone else does too. You don't want to lose an eye.
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