Did you ever play “assassin” in college or at camp, where you have to hit a randomly-assigned person with a squirt gun? In today’s terror-fearful and nervous-security-guard times, that’s a bad idea in a city, so Cruel 2 B Kind has morphed the weapons into… random kindness.

Your weapons may be serenades, compliments, or friendly greetings. A crowd cheer may catch players unaware. You never know when you’ll face the smile that has your name on it.

Your targets are unknown to you. Players have no uniform, know the terrain as well as you do, and can blend in seamlessly. The only way to tell a bystander from another player is by bringing your kindness to bear against them. An innocent will be charmed; an assassin, slain.

Innocents will be caught in the crossfire, but when the weapons are random acts of kindness, the only collateral damages are smiling bystanders.

Here’s Cruel 2 B Kind in San Francisco:

DC’s is Saturday, October 18th, on the Mall. Register here.

P.S.: Ironically, I played a more traditional game of Assassin against this game’s DC organizers back in the spring of 1999.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.