And it’s free at the A4 Arts Foundation
A Wild Chase Around the City with The Gallivanting Goose
Gather your friends or colleagues and challenge them (and yourself) to the craziest scavenger hunt you’re likely to experience… right here in the Mother City
The Amazing Race meets Cranium meets online gaming in this fast-paced, real-time and exhilarating game around various locations in and around Cape Town. Gather 15 or more of your colleagues or friends and put your game faces on for the most elating 90 minutes you’re likely to experience on a given day.
THE GALLIVANTING GOOSE, YOU SAY?
The first of its kind in South Africa, The Gallivanting Goose is the brainchild of Larissa Sparg, an ex-corporate marketer who was herself tired of the rinse-and-repeat formula of the typical team-building event. “Having been there I am very aware of the cringe factor of these things,” she says referring to people’s feelings around some more conventional team building activities.
Luckily there is nothing cringeworthy about what The Gallivanting Goose offers. What makes the concept so dynamic is that it combines a scavenger hunt with a game of strategy, which calls for creativity and out-the-box thinking, rather than brawn.
HOW TO GOOSE CHASE
Games take place at various locations in and around Cape Town, including the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Hout Bay and the route of the CT City Walk, starting at the Company’s Garden. Games are mostly on foot, but there are driving games available too – not to mention the option to customise your game if you fancy.
How it works is that after the group has made their booking, and a date and game have been agreed upon, the group arrives at a prearranged meeting point, ready for action. For a game to go ahead, a minimum of 15 players are required. Colours for each team will be communicated prior to the day of the game, including the number of teams the group is to be split into. On game day, the booked party should arrive ready in allocated teams, ready to cook some goose! Each team can range from three to eight participants.
Teams are given a smart device, which is loaded with data, and the game app, and are briefed on the mechanics of the game, including the do’s and don’ts. From here the clock goes off and for the next 90 minutes, it’s game on. What makes the game so popular is that the “mechanics” are really simple. The app displays a number of challenges that need to be completed which vary in complexity and effort. The outcome depends on the team’s ability to plan, navigate, strategise and be creative – speed may play a factor, but it's not always the case.
All challenges are completed in the app by either submitting a photo or video and the central game commander scores each team’s submission.
“Submissions are assessed based on who delivers the best answer to each challenge, like the most creative, the most original and the most appropriate answer to the question,” she explains. A live leaderboard on the app makes the game more exciting and, as Larissa says, so much more competitive.
FUN FOR DAYS
A key feature that sets The Gallivanting Goose apart from similar games is that the team’s success really depends on how strategically they work together, how well they map out the route and how creatively they respond to the challenges.
Further value (and laughs!) come at the end of the game, when photos submitted during the game are received for teams to keep. Here the team has a chance to reflect further on the activities, the strategies, the mishaps and victories, and the chance to laugh at each other. Not surprisingly, it offers interesting insights into team dynamics within a given group, as well as individual strengths and weaknesses.
Tip: Note that games can also be customised for specific functions or events. So the only question is, what are you waiting for? Get your team right, ready and recharged in real-time with this fun and educational adventure. We say game on!
The Bill: Standard Games cost from R450/p for a 90-minute session, which includes the use of a fully loaded smart device and the game app. Game time does not include the time needed for the briefing session at the start, or the debrief at the end.
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