Template:CopyeditbotMost outdoor chase games (like Manhunt and Capture the Flag) narrow down to a contest on who can run the fastest. Are you looking for something that is more fun and requires strategy and skill? Look no further. To play the Hunger Games outdoor game, follow these steps. You can make a few minor changes to the game if you would like, but make sure to keep it safe.


  • 1 Steps
    • 1.1 Setting Up the Game
    • 1.2 Playing the Game
    • 1.3 Another Way to Play
  • 2 Tips
  • 3 Warnings
  • 4 Related Articles


Setting Up the Game

  1. Gather a group of friends. Six people is a good minimum, but the best games have around twelve. Distribute walkie-talkies so you can alert people if you’re «killed». Alternatively, get everyone’s phone number so that you can do alerts by text.
  2. Find an area to play. The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure the area is large enough for the group you have. Try to find an area that encompasses a number of different terrains, from urban, to a large field, to rocky terrain.
  3. Mark boundaries and discuss the rules. Make sure everyone is clear on the boundary lines and the rules, because anyone who goes out of bounds or breaks a rule will immediately be dead.
    • When fighting, a hit to the torso should be a “kill”, whereas a hit to the ankle or any other insignificant place should not count as a “kill”. If anyone plays dirty (i.e. hitting someone in the face), the offender is «killed» instead.
  4. Get toy weaponry. Toy bows and arrows, play swords, and things like that from the dollar store should suffice. The more diverse you can make the selection of weapons, the more fun you can have. You can also make the weapons yourself. Ideas include:
    • A crossbow out of household items
    • Make a Blowgun out of a Pen
    • Make a Bow With a Ruler
    • Five-minute bow and arrows
    • A mini bow and arrows
  5. Make supply packs. Have each player bring a backpack and a set of supplies. Before you start the games, put a bottle of water, a snack (like a granola bar or pack of crackers), a couple of weapons, and a jacket in each backpack. Place them in the center of your area.
    • If you want, you can also make special packages which one person can hide around the playing area. Put extra food, weapons, or other items in the package to help the players through their game.
  6. Assign an announcer. The announcer is responsible for enforcing the rules, keeping track of everyone’s alive status, and letting the other players know who is still alive. The announcer will also be the mediator for any disputes. Give the announcer a walkie-talkie so the player can alert the announcer if they die.

Playing the Game

  1. Start everyone in a semi-circle around the pile of backpacks. Have the announcer set two timers: one for one minute and one for two minutes. When the first timer goes off, everyone can race forward to grab a supply backpack. However, they cannot kill other players until the second timer goes off.
  2. Use skill and strategy. Play this as a free-for-all game, but don’t be afraid to make alliances. Learn to be stealthy by walking silently and using grass as camouflage. Sometimes just laying down in some medium- to long-grass terrain can keep you out of the enemy’s sight. If possible, grab both a ranged weapon and a melee weapon. This will also come in handy if you lose one weapon or run out of ammunition.
  3. Hunt each other down. Remember the following when you fight:
    • If you get hit on the torso, you’re dead, but if you get hit on a limb you’re okay.
    • If you are hit on a hand, that limb is lost and you are not able to hold weapons in that hand.
    • If you are hit on a leg or ankle, you are not able to stand on that foot.
    • Ration your food and water: if you eat or drink too much to begin, you might starve to death or die of thirst later!
  4. Notify the announcer when someone dies. Though the announcer should be keeping a close eye on game play, they cannot always keep track of everything. If you’re texting, both the killer and the victim should text the announcer. If using walkie-talkies, just one person can notify the announcer.
  5. Sponsor players. Once you are killed, you can sponsor other players by giving them your unused helpful items or bringing them new weapons that you make.
  6. Declare the winner. The last person standing is the winner!

Another Way to Play

  1. Get as many friends as you can. Find a big area with lots of places to climb and hide.
  2. Set up a cornucopia. Play with water guns; put non-staining red dye in them.
  3. Play. If you are shot with the water in your head or torso, you’re dead and you must lay down until the games are over.
  4. Alert the game-maker. The victim or the killer should text the game-maker so they can mark them dead on a list.
  5. Continue playing. The game is most fun when it goes on for one to two hours. The time it takes depends on the number of people and how large an area you’ve chosen.
  6. Declare the winner. The last person standing is the winner.
  7. Add even more fun. Let players decide a tribute name and what district they are from. You can even do reaping, and have someone be Caesar Flickerman and do interviews.


  • Don’t be scared to make alliances; it can be more fun!
  • Keep your wits about you. Don’t be scared, it’s just a game.
  • It’s more fun to have variety in the «tributes». Have variety; boys and girls, people with different interests, shy people, funny people, etc.
  • Avoid stepping on crunchy leaves.
  • If you can, read «The Hunger Games» by Suzanne Collins. The game is based on it.
  • Wear dark clothing (i.e navy blue, black).
  • Don’t be afraid to get a little physical. A bit of wrestling here and there can be okay if you’re careful.
  • If you can’t find any more weapons, try cutting foam weaponry to a different shape or size.
  • Make sure everyone has a district and a token from their district. Katniss wears the Mockingjay pin into the arena; it’s like a famous souvenir for her and her district.
  • If you want to get techy, attach cameras to your gear so the announcer can track you.
  • If someone actually gets hurt, assess the injury and help or call emergency services.
  • Keep a rope with you. This is helpful as a last resort when you run out of weapons.
  • Have tents and other hiding places.


  • Be very careful with the weapons. This is a game: you’re not trying to actually hurt anyone, just gently poke or fire on them so they know they’re out. Don’t aim for their eyes or anything else sensitive.
  • Use common sense. If somebody is hurt and needs medical attention, call emergency services; don’t just get them ice for a cracked skull. Sometimes «shaking it off» can’t really be done. However, don’t overreact to tripping and bruising your knee.
  • Be careful of holes, cacti, sand spurs, etc. Watch your step.
  • Don’t use real weapons.
  • Make sure everyone has permission to play.
  • Don’t hide in places that you wouldn’t want to be caught in. This means no garages, cars, sheds, or backyards other than your own and your friends’.
  • If somebody comes outside while you are playing around their house, calmly explain to them you are playing a game, and also yell time-out to everyone playing so the bystander is not hurt. If they tell you to stay away from their house, do so, and make sure everyone knows it is now out of bounds.
  • Do not hide in backyards at night; even if it’s early, people may overreact.
  • Tell your parents where you’re going and what you’re doing. Otherwise, they may get worried and you’ll get in trouble.
  • Wear safety goggles, and make sure everyone else does too. You don’t want to lose an eye.

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Tag Game Idea: The Hunger Games

For Kids, Invented by Kids

This is a Hunger Games game with a difference. What makes this game special is that it was invented by kids and has been tested out thoroughly by being played by kids (my daughters and their friends). They have played it enough times now to have figured out what works and what doesn’t.


You will need a minimum of 6 people to play this game. So far, children and teenagers from 10-to-15 years have played it and enjoyed themselves. Older teens and adults could join in too. If younger siblings want to join in you would need to adapt the rules a little. To have fun you don’t need fancy equipment. You could use Nerf or water guns if you want, but actually the game works far better without.

Here’s Why:

  • If you have guns the game could all be over very quickly – and the fun is in creating tactics to outsmart your opponents and in the chase. (In the books and movie the Hunger Games last as long as they do because Katniss and others live by their wits to get the better of the stronger tributes.)
  • No one will get accidentally injured. Unlike in the books and movie the aim of this game is to have fun, and no one will die or get hurt!

What You Need to Play

  • Tags (you can print off the tag design included in this article or design your own.)
  • String (and scissors to cut the string)
  • An area that will form your “Arena.”
  • Maps of your Arena.
  • Extra goodies: eg snacks, drinks, more tags.
  • Backpacks for some of the extras.
  • Friends!

By using tags in this game, it’s very easy to tell when someone has “died” and there is no way to cheat! Everyone gets 3 tags, which are tied by string onto wrists or belt loops on trousers. There are also extra tags hidden in various places in the arena. It’s not a good idea to tie tags to ankles because they might easily catch and tear off. The aim of the game is to pull off your opponents’ tags and to avoid losing yours. When a player loses all tags they are “dead” and so out of the game. (They can still hang around with other players, but can’t help them in any way.) When only one player has any tags left that player is the victor. Either print off the ones below, or create your own design. Either way, if you copy and paste several times you should be able to fit 9 on a page — 3 across and 3 down the way. Print out as many as you will need. Cut them into individual tags and then using a punch make a hole in each, using the black dot as a guide. Then thread string through the hole. Your tag is ready! play-the-hunger-games-tag-game Melovy’s daughter You can download these tags to print out and use in your game. You should be able to fit about 9 onto an A4 size of paper. (Or US letter size.) You are allowed to download these for use in a game, but you may not copy these onto any site on the internet without prior permission. Scroll to Continue

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The map gives a rough idea where to find more tags, but people will still have to hunt around The map gives a rough idea where to find more tags, but people will still have to hunt around Melovy’s daughter In this map it is now easy to find some of the extra tags. This would be at the Cornucopia, possibly in a backpack. In this map it is now easy to find some of the extra tags. This would be at the Cornucopia, possibly in a backpack. Melovy’s daughter

How to Make Your Own Hunger Games Arena

The neighborhood where we live is ideal for playing this game. There are 2 communal parks with trees and bushes, and a third communal area with trees that are prefect for climbing. Although two main roads flank the neighborhood, there is little through traffic and with a speed limit of 20 mph (32kmph) it is safe for the age group playing. The main roads are the boundaries for the arena. Since not everyone is likely to have such a perfect “arena” on their doorstep, you may have to venture further afield to play. Here are a few suggestions: A park with different types of terrain such as trees, twisting paths and open areas would be ideal. A small woodland area could also be fun. If the people playing are neighbors then a few gardens and yards could be used to make the arena – so long as there are clear rules for passing through houses. A good general rule is no going upstairs. (Our house is the gateway to one of the communal areas, and is also where kids can use the toilet if they need to. You can see the rules the children created for this in the Inside section of the rules.) Parents need to be okay about their house being used as part of the arena, so any children reading this: check with your parents first!!!!

Maps of Your arena

Make several maps of your arena. Your first map will be for everyone to see, and could be pinned to tree or passed round before the game begins. It will show the boundary, the position of the cornucopia and any other details that everyone needs to know. The first example map shows the exact location of 2 sets of extra tags and gives rough locations for more spare tags. (These are indicated by the colored circles.) Your other maps will give away details of some of the spare tags, but each one will reveal only one or two locations and different ones for different maps!

The Cornucopia

Just as in the Hunger Games, this game starts at the “Cornucopia”. This doesn’t need to be an elaborate building. In fact “cornucopia” simply means abundance, so it is where you leave extras for people to grab before they dash off. Because the more tags a person has the longer he or she will “live,” extra tags are what everyone wants. Scatter a few tags on the ground and maybe some water bottles or snacks. You could also leave backpacks and these could contain drinks, snacks and other extras such as more tags or maps showing where tags are hidden. It is more fun to leave maps because then whoever gets those will try to find the tags, which gives others a chance to catch them as they search. (Looking for tags keeps people moving.) For 10 players 3 backpacks would be a good number. If your cornucopia is in a public place such a park, someone will have to stay with the goodies. An adult could do this.

Position of the Cornucopia

The Cornucopia needs to be in a place that it is easy for people to escape from – otherwise your game will be over before it’s begun. An open area is best and a tree in the middle is good because you can leave your supplies around it. If this isn’t possible, then have a “Peacetime.” This means that everyone has a certain length of time to get away before anyone can go “into combat.”

How well do you know the Hunger Games books and movie? Take the Quiz.

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below. Hunger Games Party Game
Supplies: Large outdoor space, multi-colored discs or squares, colored tags, scoring board, mega phone or person with loud voice The Hunger Games is a series of books and was a very popular movie series. This game has many layers and takes preparation, but for someone who enjoys the Hunger Game series this game can be lots of fun. We’ve come up with a unique way to merge a party game and The Hunger Games without any fighting or killing. This game is a fun mix of capture the flag, scavenger hunt and the Hunger Games theme. :
1. A good sized outdoor area, a half-acre or more would be great, with trees or high grass would be best but you can adapt it for more urban areas if needed. 2. Different colored discs or squares. You’ll need one color for each player in the game. The larger the acre the larger discs or squares can be. So if you are playing in the woods, you could use colored paper plates and if you are playing in a yard use plastic lid from a margarine tub or something similar and cover them with different colored construction paper and if it is a really small yard consider a lid the size of a glass juice lid/cap and cover with construction paper. You can also create cardboard squares and color them. The goal is to make the discs or squares hard but not impossible to find. 3. Selecting colors. You want to use colors that people can spot and know are part of the game. So use bright fun colors and avoid browns and greens that might blend into the background. 4. Create color buttons or tags that can be placed on the game players. This will allow each player to know what color they are. Also if you selected unique colors write the name of the color on the button or tag, so that if they hear that color called then they will know whether they are still in or out of the game. 5. Create a Tally Board that discs / squares can be placed on once they are found. The Tally Board can be made of paper or cardboard and will include a row for each District / Color, a SAFE row, an Eliminated row and a row to note which District / Color eliminated the competition. :
1. Define your playing area so all players have an idea of where boundary lines are. Place markers or flags if needed to help define the area. 2. Once the area is defined then create a simple map of the playing field. 3. Before your event randomly place / hide colored discs or squares on the playing field and mark where each color is on your map. Note the colored discs / squares should not be visible from the starting point but can be hidden in high grass, behind trees and so forth. Again the smaller the playing field the more difficult the hiding of the discs will need to be as you want the game to be a challenge.
4. Place the Hunger Games Tally Board on a table at the Starting Line and prepare to tell the Tributes your Hunger Games rules. 5. Determine length of game. We recommend that you play your Hunger Game Party Game until all the color discs are found or until a set time limit is reached which can be 10, 15 or 20 minutes. Note: You can always add extra time to the game if the guests are taking longer than expected. :
Gather all your Tributes around an Welcome them to the Hunger Games. Have each Tribute randomly select their Color (the colored buttons or tags) from a cloth bag (a pillow case works well for this). Once each Tribute has selected a color, you need to attach it to them via a pin or necklace, then show them the Tally Board and Explain the Rules. Here is Welcome Speech to give you some ideas: Dear Tributes, Welcome to Our Hunger Games. Each of you has now selected your Tribute Color and you can see it on our corresponding Tally Board. When the Hunger Games begins each Tribute will enter the playing field in search of Colored Discs like this, at this point hold up an extra example of a colored disc / square. It is important to know that a Tribute can only carry one Colored Disc / Square at a time. Any Tribute caught or seen holding more than 1 disc at a time will be automatically from the game. We will be watching (for fun hold up a pair of binoculars to stress your point). Once a Disc is found you must return to the Tally Board and place it in either the Safe or Eliminated Row.
a. If the Disc you find is Your Colored Disc – The Disc Goes into the Safe Row
b. If the Disc is a Competitors Colored Disc – The That Tribute is Eliminated From the Game
– Once an Eliminated Tribute is out of the Game we will Announce that Players Color for all players to hear and that player must return to the Starting Point at that time.
– If the Eliminated Player has a colored disc in hand at that time, they must bring that disc with them and forfeit that disc to the Tally Board Manager.
– If a Tribute does not hear that they are eliminated and returns to the Tally Board with a disc, they will be notified they are out of the game and then forfeit the disc to the Tally Board Manager.
c. Once a disc is placed on the Tally Board and recorded by the Game Host, then the Tribute can return to find more discs. Once a player has a disc another player cannot steal the disc or obstruct the player from returning to the Tally Board The Goal Tributes is to Find Your Disc First and Guarantee your Safety, however with (insert the number of players in your Hunger Games) __ tributes on the hunt the odds of finding your disc is slim. However act fast and find a many discs as you can and hopefully you will be a Hunger Games Champion. The Winner of the Hunger Games is the Tribute that earns the most points during the competition.
2 Points are awarded for finding Your Own Disc (a SAFE Disc) and delivering it to the Tally Board.
1 Point is awarded for finding an opponent’s Disc and delivering it to the Tally Board.
All Forfeited Discs have a point value of 0 Once Each Tribute’s Points have been tallied we will announce our Hunger Games Champion At this point, you’ll need to note the boundaries of your Hunger Games contest and if they are marked.
Let the Hunger Games begin and “May the Odds be in Your Favor.” Team Play:
Have a lot of kids and not to many colors then make these adjustment for Team Play
1. Divide the Guests up into 3, 4 or more Teams and Have 1 Person from Each Team select their color
2. Hide the same amount of discs per team. For teams of 4 – 6 players hide 5 discs per team and for 7 – 10 hide 7 discs
3. Safe and Elimination Row changes for Team Play
– If a Team find 3 of their 5 colored disc or 4 of their 7 discs and places them in the Safe Row the Team is Safe
– If the other Teams get 3 of 5 or 4 of 7 of their competitors colors in the Elimination Row then that entire Team is Eliminated
4. Scoring 2 points for every Safe Disc they have and 1 point for every competitors disc they find. Also their is a Bonus of 3 points if a Team finds all their own colored discs and returns them to the Safe Row.
5. The Safe Team with the highest point total wins

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