CSE 143 Assassin Game

This document describes the rules that will be in effect for the optional assassin game being played by members of this quarter's CSE 143 course. If you are not participating, you can ignore this document.

Assassin Manager

We have written several scripts (just like your homework!) that will act as the Assassin Manager:

To protect your privacy, we will not show your real name or UW NetID to anyone. The only info that will be shown is your photo, if a person knows your assassin code-name and types it into our web application. Only one player, the person targeting you, will be told your code name.)

Start/End Dates

The game begins at 8am on Monday, April 27, and continues until any one of the following events occurs:

  • only one person is left alive in the "kill ring"
  • 5 consecutive days have passed without any "kills" being made
  • the current date/time reaches 11:59pm on Monday, May 18.
When any one of the above events occurs, the game ends. If more than one player is still alive when the game ends, the living player with the most kills wins.

Game Hours

Participants can be assassinated only on weekdays and only between the hours of 8am and 6pm. Participants also cannot be assassinated on university holidays. To avoid causing undue stress, the date of our midterm exam is also considered a "safe" day in which no one may be killed.


Your goal during the game is to find and assassinate the target you are stalking. You are allowed to assassinate only the person you are currently stalking. When you are being stalked, your only option is to try to escape, except for the special case when only two players are left.

To assassinate your target, you must put a post-it note somewhere on their person and then say the phrase, "You're dead," or, "You've been assassinated!" The key is to first attach the post-it note and then say the phrase.

When you assassinate an individual, you should ask that person to write the code-name of their target on your post-it note. This becomes your next target. You also must fill out the killed form here to update the state of the game.

When the game gets down to just two people, it may be difficult to determine who wins. They might both make contact at more or less the same time. In that case, the person who first finishes saying the phrase will win the game.

Safe Zones

The following campus locations are considered "safe zones" for the game at certain times specified below. No player can be killed inside a safe zone.

  • the CSE/EEB building where Adam has his office (safe at all times)
  • the Mary Gates Hall (MGH) building where we have
  • the IPL programming lab (safe at all times)
  • the Johnson building (JHN) where some of
  • the 143 sections take place (safe at all times)
  • the Kane Hall where we have our 143 lectures (safe on Mon, Wed, and Fri only)
  • the Odegaard Library building that serves as a general-purpose computer lab (safe at all times)
  • within 10 feet of any city bus stop or shuttle pick-up (to be fair to students who rely on public transportation)
You may not assassinate anyone inside of any of these places at the times specified. But you are allowed to assassinate someone outside these places, such as by waiting immediately outside the building's door. If any part of your target's body lies outside the plane of the doorway of the building when you make contact, the person is considered outside and may be assassinated.

Mutual Respect

At all times you are required to treat other game participants with respect and to behave in a manner that does not jeopardize their safety and comfort. For example, punching or tackling your opponent or slicing them with a sword are forms of making contact, but obviously you are not allowed to do things like this in our game. Drenching your target in water would also be unacceptable. Once you have made contact and said the phrase, you should sever contact. You should also obey the law and university regulations while playing the game. You may not sneak into someone's dorm or residence illegally to assassinate them.


There will be at least one prize awarded. If only one player remains at the end of the game, that person will receive the prize. If multiple players are still alive, the person who assassinates the most targets will be considered the winner.


Post any disputes as a private post on piazza for arbitration.

Ammendments To Rules

If these rules need to be amended in any way, the instructor will make an announcement in class and post it to the class newsgroup. So please pay attention in case some new rule is instituted.