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[Cathal Charker | Contributing Writer]
Perhaps one of Hertfordshire’s more eccentric societies, the Assassins’ Guild is, despite the name, a rather light-hearted affair.
So what does the Guild actually do? Well the society is based around the idea of assassins of old. Participants pick a codename, get assigned a target during two week games and are tasked with ‘eliminating’ them. Now obviously, the elimination part does not actually involve killing anyone, merely pretending to do so. This can be done via any method the killer can imagine (that won’t actually result in anyone getting hurt) whether this is via plastic knife, a drone strike, poisoned bottles or anywhere in between, the only limit is your imagination.
The Guild is in its second year now and has just finished its first two-week game of the academic year. I sat down with the Chair of the Guild, Sammi Loczy, in order to ask her a few questions about the Guild. When asked about why people should join the Guild, Sammi had this to say:
“The main reason for joining the Guild would be that its a light-hearted piece of fun which is also a great way to meet new students.”
And a great way to meet students it is, with almost 100 people part of its Facebook group, the Guild is definitely large enough to make a few new friends, no matter who you are or what you’re into. Additionally, Sammi describes it as “very flexible”, whilst there are meetings weekly (though this is subject to change), the Guild also runs day games that are described as little fights where everyone gathers to have one massive fight, similar to LARPing (live action role playing).
However, the main attraction of the Guild is its two-week games, in which participants are given contracts and information about their targets. What makes this truly interesting, in my opinion, is that points are awarded by the committee based on how stylish a kill is, the highest scoring and most imaginative of which are recorded in a little red notebook that is shared with other members and new recruits. This prevents the games from being repetitive and forces people to be creative with their methods of elimination. Once eliminated however, participants are no longer given contracts but instead become a sort of policing force, ensuring the game runs smoothly and is fun for all involved.
I would highly recommend the Assassins’ Guild. After interviewing Sammi and attending two meetings I can see that the concept is fun, interesting and great, just like the people. Though some may be turned off by the light-hearted silliness, if you enjoy that sort of thing, then the Assassins’ Guild is for you.
More information, including how to sign up, can be found on the Hertfordshire Students’ Union website: https://hertfordshire.su/activities/societies/6669/