Fort Amsterdam is a GPS-based multi-player mobile game , in which your are transported back 400 years to a time when New York was called New Amsterdam. Fort Amsterdam was a fort on the southern tip of Manhattan that marked the official founding of New York City with a mission of protecting the New Netherland colony operations in the Hudson River against attacks of the English and the French.
In the game the defenses of the fort have just been breached and Dutchmen, Englishmen and Manahatta Indians are scattered throughout the fort fighting each other. You can be either Dutch, English or Manahatta – the objective is the same: to conquer the fort by beating the opponents, outsmarting them, outrunning them and destroying them on the way to capture the original flag of New York.
The game is played by teams of 6 to 10 players. Each team is divided into 2 battalions: the Scouts and the Infantry.
The game starts in a central location in down town Manhattan. In the center of the Square a flag is positioned to represent the fort. In the first 45 minutes of the game, the 2 battalions each have their own tasks.
The Scouts run around downtown to hit as many tactical places shown on a map on their mobile phones. By performing assignments that test your knowledge on the Dutch roots of Amsterdam you score points. Score as many as you can, because these directlty relate to the ammunition you will get for the Final Battle.
While the Scouts roam lower Manhattan collecting points, the teams that are left physically prepare the final battle on the square. Around the square they build barricades – holding either the Dutch, English, or Manahatta flag – , prepare tactics and construct weapons and objects to use in the final battle.
The Final Battle
After 45 minutes time’s up and the points and weapons are counted and traded for real ammunition. The ammo consists of water filled balloons and other throwable objects to help your team or to defeat the other. From this point on it will be a simple game of capturing the flag. All teams try to get to the flag without getting hit; once you’re hit you’re out. The first team to take the flag back to their fort wins the Battle of Fort Amsterdam, if you get hit bearing the flag, you have to drop it at the point where you’re hit.
Fort Amsterdam is an iniative of the The Netherlands Consulate General in New York and made possible through the generous support of the D.U.T.C.H. foundation (Dutch Universal Tradition Culture & Heritage Foundation), which was founded by Citco.