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Triangle-wide water battle starts Friday

Posted July 23, 2012

If you see people running around the Triangle with water guns this weekend don't be alarmed. It is Triangle Wars time again – an epic water battle taking place in the Raleigh, Durham and the Chapel Hill/Carrboro areas. 

Each city has its own battle going from 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 27 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17.

Players are assigned targets to "assassinate" with their water weapon. Those who succeed inherit whomever they were hunting. The game continues until there is only one assassin left.

Registration is open for all wars. There is a $15 fee to play the game with the money going to help pay for the annual Assassins Ball (more on that below), Subrosa game engine (which helps keep track of "kills" and who is still active in the game) and prizes for the winners. 

The rules for each city are the same. Here are a few of my favorites: 

  • You must live in the game area for each city and cannot leave the game area for more than five consecutive days. You have to be in the game area for 70 percent of the game's duration. 
  • Weapons must be liquid water and have a self-contained water supply. This means you can't use things like snowballs, hoses, pressure washers, fire extinguishers, icicles or sprinklers.
  • Rain jackets do not count as bullet-proof vests, but you can use things like an umbrella as a shield. 
  • You can shoot your target or your attacker if he blows his cover. But you can't just shoot another assassin or you will be eliminated. 
  • You can't shoot your target at a location that "requires their presence," like church, school, work, doctor's appointments, jury duty or league sporting events. 
  • You also can't shoot your target when they are in their bedroom or the bathroom and the door is closed. 

The winner will receive the coveted "Golden Gun" and other prizes. Past prizes have included dinner at The Pit, Raleigh Times or Tuscan Blu, main stage Hopscotch tickets or cash.

Scott Heath, of Subrosa Games, said there will be mid-game challenges to win additional rewards. 

As with previous years, there will be a formal Assassins Ball in Raleigh, where prizes including Most Creative and Most Ruthless assassin will be awarded. The ball is planned Aug. 17 at Spy in Raleigh. 

Last year, about 150 signed up to compete.

So, anyone planning to battle it out? 


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  • QTC Jul 26, 2012

    "This has been going on for years."

    Yes, and so has the violence. And, if violent music, movies, and computer games are not contributing, how do you explain it? Now we are transitioning to physical participation in these "games". Sorry, Journey985, I don't buy your argument that this is innocent fun. But, this is an open forum, and your opinions always are welcome.

  • Journey985 Jul 25, 2012

    "This is someone's idea of a game? Meanwhile, Society wrings its hands and wonders why there is so much violence, these days. Not only is this a terrible idea, but it also is very BAD TIMING!" - Get a grip QTC, this has been going on for years, there was even a movie back in the 80's called "Gotcha". As for bad timing, why should we as a society have to stop living our lives every time something tragic happens, I agree we should take time to mourn those trageicly lost, but if every time something like this happened we stopped living our lives, we would be giving into the monsters that are commiting these heinous crimes. Wish I had known about it sooner, I would have signed up!!!

  • QTC Jul 25, 2012

    "Players are assigned targets to assassinate"

    This is someone's idea of a game? Meanwhile, Society wrings its hands and wonders why there is so much violence, these days. Not only is this a terrible idea, but it also is very BAD TIMING!

  • Krimson Jul 24, 2012

    We played this in College... It was fun...