Shadow Surfing

Illustration: Łukasz Dudasz, Grupa AutografIllustration: Łukasz Dudasz, Grupa Autograf
Designer: Invisible Playground
Number of players: 1 - many
Materials required: none
Moderator(s): 1
Preparation time: none
Playing time: 4-15 minutes
Playing field: Places with a reasonable density of pedestrians that walk in various directions.
Activities: Walking from one place to another, tailing, assessing the direction pedestrians are heading
License: CC BY-NC

Learn a completely new way to traverse the complex worlds that make up your city center. Use your knowledge of the secret paths through the city and your intuition on which people go where to reach your destination before everyone else. Telepathic powers may help you speed things up.


Players must get from a starting point to a designated finishing point by following people. Players can follow any pedestrian that walks past them, but not other players. The number of players that can follow a single pedestrian is not limited. Players must always stay approximately three steps away from their target person and must not be discovered by the target person. Should the pedestrian being followed stop or head in an unfavourable direction, players can stop and wait on the spot until a new target person walks by. The goal is to reach the agreed-upon finishing point as quickly as possible, while following the smallest possible number of people. Players must honestly count how many people they have followed.

If a player is noticed and addressed by their target person, they must stop and wait for a new person to follow. Please remain polite at all times.

When explaining the rules, the moderator sets a maximum amount of pedestrians to be followed and a maximum playing time. Should either the playing time or the number of pedestrians be exceeded, the player must stop surfing and proceed to the finishing point.
Invisible Playground
develops site-specific games. The group was founded in 2009 in Berlin, and today consists of Jennifer Aksu, Viktor Bedö, Daniel Boy, Josa Gerhard, Anna Hentschel, Christiane Hütter and Sebastian Quack.

Illustration: Łukasz Dudasz, Grupa Autograf
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