The town of Consonno, Italy, was converted into a tourist draw, a vacation play land. But a landslide a few years later caused so much damage that the project was abandoned. The buildings that remained remained became a ghost town, and the perfect place to play hide-and-seek. In 2010, a group of friends did just that, and decided it was so much fun that would do it annually. That game has grown into the Nascondino World Championship. How does championship hide-and-seek work?
80 teams made up of 5 players will be divided into 4 rounds. There is 1 team of neutral seekers. Every team will be given an official uniform. The color of the uniform will be determined by the ancient practice of “Launch of the Bank Card”. Hide And Seek World Championship is played in rounds. Players are given 60 seconds to find a hiding place and must then reach home base (a large soft mattress) before the seeker and within the time limit.
The first to reach home base successfully is awarded 20 points. The second is awarded 19 and so forth. Players eliminated by a seeker will not receive any points. Players found cheating and players who don’t reach home base before the siren marks the end of the round will receive zero points. Team points are tallied based on points of individual team members. The 20 teams with the most points will advance to the Finals, which will determine the winning team. The winning team will be awarded The 2017 Golden Fig Leaf.
You can see how the game is played in this video. The festivities this year were marred by a cold rain, but the participants had fun. The winning team was Mucche Arrosto ("Roasted Cows"), who were proud to bring the Golden Fig Leaf back to Italy, after a French team won in 2016. The top three teams were all Italian. -via Atlas Obscura
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