By: Sarah Rance
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – Clet Hall has its traditions and yes, its biggest one involves hurling socks. This game, fully equipped with rules, prizes and reserved specifically for Clet Hall residents only, is called Sock Wars.
The objective of the game is quite simple: hit your target with a sock to get them eliminated from the game and be the last one standing. Targets are assigned at random and in round one, you can only hit the person you are assigned. Once you do, they have to give you their target. No one has the same target and no one can have each other. Once enough people have been eliminated, round two begins. In this round, it is a free for all for those who have not yet been eliminated and who have eliminated at least one person in the first round. In other words, no one is safe from anyone. There are three prizes awarded to the last three players standing. As of right now, five of the original 26 players are still in the game. I am one of these five.
One word that describes this game is paranoia. Imagine having to be on the constant lookout for someone trying to hit you with their socks. Need to use the bathroom? Check the hallways. Want to go to to the dining hall for dinner? You better have a friend who is not in the game make sure the coast is clear. There are designated safe places, such as bedrooms and bathrooms, but it’s the areas in-between these spaces that you need to be worried about.
So far, my game has consisted of plotting, running to safety and helping my alliance get their targets. I have witnessed a number of people getting eliminated and I have eliminated three players myself. At this point, it is not about the prizes. I want to win because I cannot fathom losing. I am in too deep to be taken down now. This game is meant for fun, which it is, but to my friends and I, it is so much more. We walk around with socks in our pockets everywhere we go. For competitive people like us, this game is a lot more than a friendly competition. It is war.
Alliances are formed, trust is broken and even the friendly CA that lives a few doors down cannot be trusted. If you decide to live in Clet and partake in this game, prepare for ambushes, sneaking around and backstabbers. The game is a lot of fun, but trust me when I say the anxiety is real.