KAOS Eagle

Killing As Organised Sport

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KAOS was started in New Zealand at the University of Canterbury in 1981 by Vicki Spong (AKA "Vixen") and her friends. It was also started at Williams College in the US "sometime in the '70s", but apart from the name and the game they're not related. Since that time it's spread like a humourous black stain to several other New Zealand universities.

KAOS is about a lot of things. Firstly, there are the Killing Rounds, wherein KAOS Agents hunt each with water guns and a variety of other ridiculous weapons. Then there are the battles, in which winning is entirely irrelevant, and the occasional stunt, just to stop the general population from falling asleep. Last, but certainly not least, there are KAOS Parties, where we play loud rock music and leap around in darkened rooms. Mix all that in with dash of theatrical villainy, and you get a rough outline of KAOS.

Image Copyright © Robert Urquhart 2003

KAOS has been around for 33 years now, and in that time developed it's own peculiar subculture. Defining KAOS can be like trying to nail jelly1 to a wall. Some people even claim to be able to detect a kind of KAOS accent in agents who've been around a while. But get more precise than that, and you wade in to a morass of exceptions, changing fashions2, fads and fuzzy lines.

Nevertheless, a few bold agents have attempted to describe KAOS for you. Here are their works:

1 "Jello" if you're American.

2 Overcoats are pretty common however, it gives you somewhere to carry the toys.