Monthly Archives: November 2014

Calling All Zombies: Portland

Are you hungry for human flesh? Lumber around with an uneven gait? Frequently say the word “brains” with prolonged vowels? Then we need you!

On Saturday February 21st, we’re producing a Zombie Apocalypse Disaster Preparedness Game in Downtown Portland. This is a free game that’s open to the public. Players will learn basic disaster preparedness skills all while being chased by (you guessed it) zombies. 

We’re looking for awesome volunteers to dress as zombies and stumble around Portland in pursuit of the players. If you have two hours on a Saturday, a love for absurd games, and some zombie makeup…. join us!


Questions? Send an email to jenny (at) thegogame (dot) com

Learn more about our games here

Zombie Apocalypse Disaster Preparedness Game (Portland)

DATE: Saturday February 21st
TIME: 1 – 4 PM
WHERE: Portland, Oregon (secret location to be revealed with RSVP)

One night, after watching Shaun Of The Dead, it hit us: If Zombies took over the earth, we’d be the first to die. Why? Because our survival skills are minimal and our upper body strength is negligible. This realization sparked another thought: Hey…if ANY sort of disaster happened, we’d be equally doomed. Quite frankly, we don’t know how to build a survival kit, find fresh water, shank a vampire, OR survive an earthquake. And neither do any of our friends.

Out of this pathetic realization, an idea was born: Why don’t we design an urban disaster preparedness training that you can play like a Zombie survival game? Why not invite all of our friends to run around Portland, dodging the undead, while they learn tricks and tips to surviving urban disasters? And TA-DA! we did.


The Details:
Who is playing?

We are. All of our friends are. And YOU, of course!  Teams are comprised of 5-6 players, so if you’d like to dominate the game with your posse, get four or five of your buddies to sign up. If you’re not shy and want to make new friends, sign up alone or in a small group.  We’ll help to pair you up with other singles, pairs, and trios on the day of the event.

What is the Go Game?

The Go Game is a high-tech urban adventure game, kind of like we took the Amazing Race, YouTube Bloopers, Family Feud, Sumo Wrestling, Mission: Impossible… and put it all in a blender.  You and a team of friends will enter into a battle of wits, creativity, and willingness to look ridiculous in public.  Each team will use acell phone and a digital camera to solve missions, interact with our undercover actors, avoid zombies, learn survival tactics and compete with others to create epic photos and videos. Afterward, we will re-convene for highfives and excellent prizes.

Where is the event?

It’s a secret. We’ll tell you a few days before the event. Make sure to register here!

When is the event?

The game goes down rain or shine on Saturday February 21st. 

Arrive no later than 1 PM for check in, because the game begins promptly at 1:15 PM*

***Pre-formed teams of 5-6 players should arrive no later than 1 PM to check in.  Those looking looking to join forces with others should arrive earlier to schmooze, size up the competition, and choose their formidable teammates.

The game will begin at 1:15 PM, with play time lasting until roughly 3 PM.  At that point, the game will prompt all players to return to a secret location, where all teams can enjoy drinks, shout insults, and hug surviving teammates before the judging presentation.  We’ll be wrapped up by 4 PM.

Why are we doing this?

First and foremost, to have a good time. An excuse to run around the neighborhood, solve zombie-related challenges, defeat the undead, and scream “braaaains”.

Secondly, this is a disaster preparedness training. Let’s face it – we live in a time of earthquakes, tsunamis, outbreaks, and attacks. Do you know what to do in an urban emergency? We don’t. So this game is to help us learn a few things. 

What should I bring with me?

– iPhone 4 or later! One player on each team will download the game app (free of charge) onto their iphone to receive missions. It is important that at least one of your players has at least an iPhone 4 phone, or else you won’t be able to play. (If you don’t have an iPhone but want to participate, we’ll find a solution! Just give us a shout at

-Good walking shoes, clothes appropriate to the weather outdoors, and anything else you usually bring when you leave the house (wallets, purses, ID’s, etc.).

-If you want to coordinate outfits with your team in advance (camo? color-coordinated spandex?), that’s fine too.

How do I win?

The winning team is determined by adding points earned during the game.  The more missions your team solves correctly during the hunt portion of the game, the better.  However, your team stands to earn between a third and half of its point total based on how creative their photos and videos are (to be judged by a zombie expert panel).  The moral of the story is you want to solve lots of missions, but you also want to create incredible photos and videos.  Teams that do both those things, will do well.

How will I get around during the game?

The whole game is played on foot (hence the walking shoes). 

Do I need to be in shape?

Wits and creativity are more important than fitness in this game.  But you might need to run occasionally to avoid flesh-eaters. Ultimately, if you’re comfortable standing and walking around for two hours, you’re fit enough to play.

Is it all ages?

Yes! We have special missions for teams with players under the age of 12, as well as more sophisticated missions for teams over the age of 12. Whether you are 2 or 92, you will have a blast and learn a lot. Join us!

Hey, can I bring this to my workplace? It seems useful!

Absolutely! We have created a Disaster Preparedness Game for companies that combines team-building and safety training in a way that is informational, memorable, and best of all… FUN. Learn more here

For additional questions, or to inquire about opportunities to volunteer, contact:

10 Ways To Spark Some Go Game Magic

It’s one of those days in the office. 
You’re feeling a little flat, a little unmotivated.

It would be the perfect time to tap one of those crazy orange jumpsuited Go Gamers and have them whip out some team building games that leave you bursting with fruit flavor and energy!

Alas, we can’t live in your office all the time (turns out Go Gamers need to be fed, watered and loved and can’t survive permanently in an office corner. Who knew?!) but we can give you some awesome suggestions to get some team building into your day and have your office vibing at a minutes’ notice.

1. Human Hamburger

Totally not as gross as it sounds! Grab some Post Its, tape and a marker, then tape a burger ingredient to everyone’s back. Now, assemble the burger in an edible order! If you want to get really competitive, divide up into teams.

First burger off the grill wins all the glory!

2. Have an inanimate object photo shoot!

Grab the nearest office mug, plant or lamp and put it in some heartwarming/compromising positions. This is great inspiration: 

3. Oreo Face Off!

Nicholas Cage never had so much fun! Start with a cookie on your forehead and using nothing but your facial expressions, get it into your mouth!

Sweet, simple, delicious.

4. The Mid-afternoon Office Twerk.

The original and the best: get an amazing song, blast it loud and get your dance on! Some suggestions: FootlooseJanelle Monaea little MJ or maybe some Lady Gaga. Those few minutes can make a world of difference to your productivity, cardio fitness and happiness.

5. Air Guitar championships.

Instrument of your choice, song of your choice, dance moves of your choice. Head banging optional. 

6. Stealth Disco.

Those of you who have played The Go Game before know the genius of some ninja-like dance moves. Captured on camera, or it didn’t happen!

7. Dress like your co-workers!

The day before, draw names out of a hat and dress like your assigned co-worker. Extra points for thoughtful touches that make it unmistakably them. As each person arrives in the morning, they should be easily identifiable!

Alternatively, grab a buddy and come to work tomorrow as a Work Twinsie! Prizes awarded for the best pair.

8. Awkward Glamour Shots.
We’ve all seen them. The poses, the props, the facial expressions.

It takes a lot of work to create the perfectly cringeworthy photo, but that is exactly what you are going to do. Get creative! The cheesier the better! Then snap away…Company Christmas card? Handled.

9. Desk Robbery

Steal items from desks and have everyone guess who they belong to. If you want to get really elaborate, ransom notes and clues to find said items can mean an office wide scavenger hunt that will have everyone working together to find their favourite pen or stapler. 

10. The Go Game

If you’re really struggling to have fun, give us a call! It’s kinda our thing. We have loads of games, indoor, outdoor, physical or meditative, all just waiting to be played by you.

So get your game on! You will be all the better for it.