The city spreads out before you. Rushing from point to point, lit by the slow strobe of fluorescent buses in dark streets. Stumbling into situations for a stranger's signature. Fleeing unknown pursuers, breathing hard, admiring the landscape and the multitude of worlds hidden in it. For one night, drop your relations, your work and leisure activities, and all your usual motives for movement and action, and let yourself be drawn by the attractions of the chase and the encounters you find there.
Journey to the End of the Night is a free street game of epic proportion run by hard-working volunteers in cities around the world from Budapest to Los Angeles.
It is a collaborative and voluntary effort by everyone, from the organizers to the agents, to you as a player and voice that spreads the word to your friends! Let's do this again, Vienna!
A pursuit across the city in multiple parts: Try to make it through a series of checkpoints as quickly and as stealthily as possible, while avoiding being caught by chasers. Should you be captured, you become a chaser yourself and have to pursue your former friends and allies. No skates, no bikes, no cars — just your feet and public transport.
Here's how the game works in detail.
The game is free and requires no signup, the only thing you need to do is be there when it starts ! Still, we would appreciate it if you drop us a quick email, join the Facebook Event, tweet about it, tell all your friends or bring them along, etc.
More information on spreading the word.
Thanks to the organizers!!! you rock, and I hope you had as much fun as we did. - Runner leobard
I was surprised how friendly runners treated each other. Without any introduction or even thinking about it. - Runner knizz
They got him. Now I am alone. All alone. - Runner Soziomorph
We had many interesting talks with amazed and curious bypassers and were, for whatever reasons, even taken to be Jehovah's Witnesses once. - Checkpoint Hosts ovos
Since 2006, it has been presented several times by local organizers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, London, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, Budapest, Ljubljana, and many other places.
We are very grateful to all the people who make and have made wonderful photos of our journeys.
The ones we used on this site are CC-BY-NC by Richard Pyrker (Runner looking at map), CC-BY by Michael Emhofer (Gathering under the open sky) and CC-BY-NC-SA by MuE (Nuclear scientist, Bloody chaser).