Elimination – This is generally the first game because the rules are simple, yet it gives each team a common goal and challenges their ability to communicate. Players are aligned into two teams and try to eliminate every player on the opposing team. This simple game eases players out of their comfort zone to participate.
Capture the Flag – This is the most-requested game. A flag is in the center of the field and the goal is for the team to help one another make their way to the flag, pick it up, and return it to the starting gate. Two teams use teamwork and develop strategies to achieve a shared purpose. Players who are shot have the opportunity to return to the game.
Protect the President – This game has more complexity which requires the team to delegate rolls and use more teamwork. Each team secretly selects a player to be the “president” who is to be protected at all costs by the “body guards.” Team members generally move in pairs or triples to avoid giving away who is the president. A time constraint is used to keep the president moving forward through the field. Guards who are shot may visit the “medic area” and then return to the field.
Buzzer Beater – This time-sensitive game challenges each team to earn the most points in a set time period. Each team develops their own strategy to coordinate moving players forward to repeatedly press a buzzer button that is in the center of the field. Success in this game often requires good non-verbal communication on the field between players. Players who are shot have the opportunity to return to the game.
Infected – Trust is key to this popular team building game. It challenges every player to welcome new members on their team and to accept switching to a different team. As play progresses, a player who is hit becomes a member of the opposite team. Sometimes players change teams so often that it is only by seeing in what direction they are currently moving that you can tell what team a player is on.