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Raleigh water weapon game leaves losers all wet

Posted June 23, 2011

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— A band of assassins is afoot in Raleigh, but these stealthy souls aren't a threat. They’re players in a contest where losers leave the game all wet.

About 150 people signed up for Raleigh Wars this year, a three-week game in which people use water guns and other acceptable water weapons, such as water balloons, to hunt down and “kill” their competitors.

"You are here because you have a ruthless assassin inside of you, waiting to get out," according to the game's website.

Pure paranoia ensues as something as simple as walking to the car could be the end of the game for some contestants.

In the game, each competitor is assigned another competitor as a target. He or she must assassinate that target with a water weapon. Those who succeed inherit whomever they were hunting. The game continues until there is only one assassin left.

In this final week of the game, only 30 assassins have stayed dry and stayed in the game. The rest, the wet ones, are listed on the Raleigh Wars website under "obituaries."

The Game Master, who asked WRAL News not to reveal his identity, says he knows what it feels like to be “killed.”

“I went up to my car and bam, I got shot. You can imagine the adrenaline and the fear and the rush that comes over you,” he said.

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Dodging water gun squirts isn't easy. One woman got wet as she entered her apartment.

“When you step outside that door, they've got their guns, their water balloons aimed at you. It’s three weeks of pure adrenaline, pure terror,” the Game Master said. "The real key to survival is to have fun and to stay dry.”

The finalists will meet for an Assassins Ball on Friday in downtown Raleigh where they'll celebrate and have one last watery duel. The winner gets a prize pack and the coveted "Golden Gun.” Prizes can include dinner at The Pit, Raleigh Times or Tuscan Blu, main stage Hopscotch tickets or cash.

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  • tarheel4life Jun 24, 2011

    "And what happens when one of your hunting buddies decides water guns just dont do it for him anymore and moves up to real guns? "Fun" should not be associated with killing, and its very easy to see the age group and mindset posting here. And we wonder why the world is the way it is......"

    dumb. dumb. dumb. it makes no sense to link actual murder to this game. none at all.

  • Hater like Darth Vader Jun 24, 2011

    Yep. I like the world a lot better now that the baby boomers are being phased out too. And saying that someone could develop a tendency to murder from a squirt gun game is a bit of a stretch. And we wonder why our legal system is a joke......

  • shortcake53 Jun 24, 2011

    And what happens when one of your hunting buddies decides water guns just dont do it for him anymore and moves up to real guns? "Fun" should not be associated with killing, and its very easy to see the age group and mindset posting here. And we wonder why the world is the way it is......

  • Hater like Darth Vader Jun 24, 2011

    "Hater, thats what happens when maturity and responsibility set in. Maybe one day you will know what that is........"

    I disagree. I know plenty of old people who still enjoy fun. I think it is better defined as when age makes you boring.

  • carroln Jun 24, 2011

    Why dont you people that dislike this sport because of what you are doing( hunting people)get in your closet and hide since you are so scared of the real world and cant seperate fiction from reallity. Everybody like a little excitement and i think this is a great adrenalin rush. Happy Hunting. wish they had this in Fayetteville. haha

  • seapa1 Jun 24, 2011

    Gosh, just what we need while Durham and Raleigh are both reporting random shootings on roads and shopping centers, a bunch of so-called adults brandishing guns aiming at someone!!

  • Krimson Jun 24, 2011

    Played this in college... it was great...

  • clayt85 Jun 24, 2011

    Get a job, hippies!!

    Haha, this story made me laugh. Good to see people enjoying themselves.

  • Hater like Darth Vader Jun 24, 2011

    "I think its kind of sick to get so much pleasure out of stalking and "shooting" your "target". Is there really no better way to enjoy yourself? Just shows what passes for entertainment."

    And that, ladies and gentleman, is when you know your youth is officially over!

  • shortcake53 Jun 24, 2011

    I think its kind of sick to get so much pleasure out of stalking and "shooting" your "target". Is there really no better way to enjoy yourself? Just shows what passes for entertainment.

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