"In the new games you try to go to that point where there is pride and there is real contest, but you stay short of the point where you are doing-in the system—human, ecological, social or governmental. Right now our battles have outgrown our battlefields."
One acceptable battlefield conceived in the New Games Tournament, Brand said, was the aikido mat. Teams were chosen and a line drawn across the aikido mat. One contestant darted into enemy territory and tried to touch as many people as possible before flitting home. Once there, the touched opponents were out of the game. It behooved the enemy, therefore, to stop him. A primitive enough sport, up to this point in the description. The touch of sophistication was that the raider had to chant continually during the foray, without taking a second breath. Held down and chantless, he was through.
"Dodo, dodo, dodo, dodo, dodo..." he had to chant, a requiem for a defenseless, extinct bird.
This is obviously not the kind of constructed diversion apt to catch on with the average American in pursuit of New Leisure. Brand swiftly conceded that his affair in the Pacific headlands will not be repeated by Point. It was a prototype, he said, that others, including those interested in a "capitalistic venture," might learn from. Brand said he was prepared to share his experience because he would like to see the life-design experiment going on in other places, like New York's Central Park.
"The tournament was one test tube in one laboratory at one time. We organized it to see what happens when you say, "Hey, new games, folks.' "