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Edinburgh to become huge gameboard for Hogmanay


By Stephen Lepitak, -

November 24, 2011 | 2 min read

Edinburgh City Centre is to become a huge gameboard as part of this year’s Hogmanay celebrations.

Game design studio, Hide &Seek has teamed up with Edinburgh City Council to stage a day of games on 1 January 2012, in a feat of branding dubbed the New Year Games.

Open to all, participants must choose to be on either the Uppie or Doonie team – originally referring to those from the North and South of the city

Four gaming arenas will be set-up: The Hub at Castlehill; Dancebase at the Grassmarket; St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile; and the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street. Players compete in each arena to win tokens for their respective team.

Games to be played include “throwing things at a band,” “a sonic twisted journey through St Giles’ Cathedral,” and my personal favourite – “a game of blind geometric warfare.” More information can be found on the New Year Games website, where you can also sign up for one of the two teams.

All tokens won during the day will be divvied up into two containers – one for the Uppies and one for the Doonies. Whoever’s container weighs the most wins.

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