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[[Category:Games]]A campus-wide game that takes place during Winter Study, Killing As Organized Sport (KAOS) is a proud Williams tradition (started by [[Danniel Arramini]] '84 and associates) that brings students closer together through the magic of paranoia, assassination, and psychological warfare.
The basic idea of KAOS is simple. Each player receives a weapon and a target to hunt. Annoying constraints such as lawsuits and noise complaints from elderly Williamstown inhabitants prevent us from using actual firearms. These are replaced by silent, non-lethal plastic guns of dubious South-East Asian origin. In any case, each player is being hunted by another player. If you are killed by your hunter, you are out of the game. If you survive and make your kills, you live. Eventually, only one player remains.
==The Game Begins (Actually)==
The killing commences (yay!) at a time determined by the lord of KAOS, often in the wee hours of the night and/or morning. In essence, "killing" your target consists of hitting your target in the torso (no limb or head shots) with one of several projectile provided along with the weapon: either a small, yellow bullet (speedy and accurate, two great tastes that taste great together) or a more nostalgic orange suction cup dart (slower but easier to spot and recover after shots). Upon killing your target, both parties must report the incident to KAOS Command via email; the victim is out of the game and the victorious assassin is given a new target, presumably the
one formerly known as the target of the recently departed player.
The hunted are not without defenses against the hunter, however. If one manages to ascertain which player is trying to eliminate them, the former can shoot in the latter and "stun" them, preventing them from engaging in further aggressive behavior for a fair span of time (12 hours in the case of the 2007 game).
Needless to say, the
complete rules are far more technical and complex, and can be found [http://wso.williams.edu here] in their entirety.
==The Death Squad==
Oh, and you can't kill members of Death Squad. So don't even try.
, Tried and True (or False) ==
A man and women meet at a party. He is immediatly attracted and drops hisguard. At the end of the night, the two leave together. The night is long... but we don't need to go there. He wakes in the morning to the barrel of a gun.
A cautious player never showers in the same place twice. Many won't evensleep in their own room. Why endanger yourself for bodily functions?
===Tactics for Nonplayers===
No, you're not allowed to use an umbrella as a shield. Live with it.
Great Tales of KAOS==
In any war, there are heroes, and the war of KAOS is no exception. These are their stories.
===The Interviewer's Gambit===
'Excuse me, but we're from the Record and were wondering if we could interview you as a member of the winning Trivia team?'
'Oh, you'll have to pardon me, I'm playing KAOS.'
'Oh, don't worry, I understand. I have entrymates who are playing.'
He proceeded to allow Ben and
I to enter the room. His roommate was also present. We sat down on the bed and I began to conduct the interview. We had thought up a few questions ahead of time but obviously not enough as not once did he stop twirling his gun around his finger. I kept making up questions, hoping that he would relax enough so I could reach for my own gun jammed in my coat pocket. During the questioning, I only slipped up once, but it could have cost me the kill.
'So what do you find most challenging about KAOS? I mean, Trivia.'
Finally I decided I couldn't question him any longer.
'Crap, the tape just ran out. Hang on just a sec while I change this tape.'
'Oh hey, the captain of the Trivia team lives in the suite across the hall. I'll go get him for you.'
I looked at Ben. The window of opportunity was closing quickly. If the captain entered the room first, there would be too many witnesses. Roger reentered the room and I shot him just as the captain, coincidentally a member of the Death Squad, came around the corner.