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Capture the Flag on the River

Yes, you read that right. We’re combining two fun events into one of the most original, crazy fun days you’ve ever spent on the water. We’ll get to the rules of the game soon, but first, here are the logistics of renting kayaks.

We will be meeting at ARGO Canoe Livery in Ann Arbor, MI at 10:00am. Please note that this is a change from the previously scheduled location. The address: 1055 Longshore Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48105. We will plan on kayaking for a while until we're done. Eventually, we'll end up at Gallup Park. They will ferry us back up to Argo.

Depending on which boat you wish to rent, prices are as follows: http://www.a2gov.org/government/communityservices/ParksandRecreation/CanoeLiveries/Pages/BoatFees.aspx.

After the game, we have two options. 1) Folks can bring stuff and we'll stash it at my house (bring it to Argo and one or two of us can ferry it back over) or 2) We can pick up groceries at the coop after kayaking and cook together. We can play it by ear then. Of course, we could also just opt for ice cream.


The Rules (so far) for “Capture the Flag on the River”
1 You don’t HAVE TO play the game to join is this day, and you can choose to play games later or only play one, it’s all your choice. Active players will be designated by a piece of cloth they will tie to each arm, different colors for differ teams.
2 Depending on how many people show up, there could be either 2, 3, or 4 teams. I’m thinking that teams should have fewer than 7 people each, but I have no idea how this will actually play out.
3 I have no idea how long games will last, but the goal is to play a number of rounds, changing up players (if needed) to keep teams even, and we’ll play as many games as we feel like.
4 You must wear a life jacket if you are playing, because you may get tipped over.
5 The team flag will originally be attached to the kayak of a player of each team. To win the opposing team must capture the flag from that kayak and bring it to his own teams kayak with a flag. You really don’t want to let the other team do that, and should prevent that from happening by any means possible (but never in a way that is dangerous or could actually harm anyone. Tipping could certainly happen, just make sure it’s not in a dangerous location).
6 If the capture is unsuccessful, the flag is returned to any kayak of the original team, and the process begins again.
7 Each team will start on either the left or right side of the lake. Whenever the river is at least 50 feet wide, crossing the center of the river into “enemy” territory in an attempt to capture the flag could get you tagged (two hands to body) and sent to jail. You are then escorted to jail, which means kayaking with the captured person to your own side of the river. You are stuck on the enemy side until someone from your side two hand tags you. You will then both get safe passage to your own side of the river. It is your job to inform your team that you need rescuing. When the river is narrow, both teams are immune from jailing unless one team makes an obvious play for the flag or rescuing an already jailed teammate.
8 You may push off opponents with your paddle, but be careful never to accidentally hit them with it. If you do, you must tip yourself over.
9 It is expected that in the process of sending people to join or breaking them out, or capturing flags or defending them, that people will tip out of their kayaks. This should be no big deal, but a teammate may want to help that person empty said kayak of water and make sure they are fine. Obviously, if you are playing the game (or even if you aren’t) make sure all your stuff is secured to the kayak and won’t float away. Assume you will tip over at least a few times.
10 I’ve tried to include all the rules I can think of so far. If something here doesn’t make sense or needs to be changed, I’m happy to take suggestions. Please be aware of these rules before we start off so we don’t have to keep going over them again and again. A game like this only works if people do play by the rules. If after a first warning someone is still breaking some basic rules, they will have tip themselves over and possible give up their cloth designating team affiliation and sit out a game or two.

Remember, you don’t HAVE TO play the game to join us, but indicate in your RSVP if you do want to play or not.


This event will be cross posted with CouchSurfing because David Lamb was the guy to come up with the original idea, I just ran with it. He’s a major CouchSufer and will post it there. I think it will be a good chance for the two greatest groups of people in the world to mix and talk to each other. Or we could divide into teams based on group affiliation . . . hmmm . . .

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  • ReneeD

    We needed to readjust the rules as we went, but overall a really fun afternoon :)

    July 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good game. Was fun trying to figure out the rules being the first time the game was ever played. Great to meet everyone. Had a good time!!

    July 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    so much fun. thanks david!

    July 7, 2012

  • Bryan L.

    Don't be late, this place is popular and they run out of Kayaks quickly.

    July 6, 2012

  • ReneeD

    Yeah! A2! Much easier, looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. :)

    July 6, 2012

  • David

    Ann Arbor it is. The event page has been updated and I sent a message out to everybody. We'll meet at the pavilion at 10:00am.

    1 · July 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    coming from AA if anyone needs a ride.

    July 6, 2012

  • David

    Who is really planning to attend the game? I will make the change in location today by 2:00pm and send out a message. This will change a little bit, but should be logistically easier for most things. I'll also put out the times for the game and for the potluck.

    July 6, 2012

  • David

    Honestly, I hadn't thought too hard about the potluck portion. If Jim is no longer available, what would everyone think about moving the game to Ann Arbor? We can go from Argo and save people the trip to Milford. Plus, if we're here, we can stop at the coop and pick up food to cook together. I can volunteer my place which is quite near (where we could also stash things).

    1 · July 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just wondering if there is a plan for the pot luck. wondered what i could bring and how or where its going to be stored?

    July 5, 2012

  • Jim S

    update: it's very unlikely that i will be back from canada in time for this event, so i'm un-rsvping. but dave is still a leader of this event, so it's up to him to run it or postpone it one more time. either way, i'd like to try the idea of the event again next month when more people can join us.

    July 3, 2012

  • Jim S

    wow, there is a chance i won't be able to make it again if i'm in canada that week, but i don't want to move the event again. either way, i guess david will be there to lead it. so far, little interest from the other groups:-(

    June 18, 2012

  • David

    Seems like the date change might have made a big difference! I'm excited!

    June 14, 2012

  • Link K.

    Jim/David - have you guys gotten much interest from either the MDA or CS groups?

    June 8, 2012

  • David

    May 29, 2012

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