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BART Psychogeographical Association
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Tasks / Katabasis

Explore an underworld.

1 to 100 players
45 points
Level 3
In the zone of: BART Psychogeographical Association
Created by teucer

Terms: doktask, thehunt, sotpg

11 completed :: 22 in progress
Interested in collaborating on this: (no one yet!)


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posted by Lincøln on October 13th, 2008 8:29 PM

Ooh, I wanna do.

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posted by mkII Robot on October 14th, 2008 3:02 PM


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posted by Lincøln on October 14th, 2008 3:35 PM

I'm not sure where I'd go, but I think I know where I'd start.

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posted by teucer on October 14th, 2008 9:22 PM

I now have an image in my head of mkII exploring the subways. And it is glorious.

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posted by Ink Tea on November 5th, 2008 10:40 AM

GO TO 10.

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posted by teucer on November 22nd, 2008 1:29 PM

So, mkII...

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posted by mkII Robot on November 22nd, 2008 8:31 PM


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posted by teucer on November 22nd, 2008 10:09 PM

Will you?

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on October 14th, 2008 10:31 PM

The Hopi Lizard People!

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posted by Darkaardvark on November 22nd, 2008 1:48 PM

So initially I wanted to reword this one, but I decided it was just too elegant to mess with. So I just wanted to say that when I envision what completions of this task would look like, I see explorations of what might not be usually termed 'underworlds', but also things like the 'seedy underbelly' of society, counter-cultures, cults, and what-not.

You are, of course, free to interpret the task however you see fit.

It's been a great week watching all the discussion of this batch of tasks. The best part- seeing completions- is yet to come.

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posted by teucer on November 22nd, 2008 9:02 PM

Indeed, when I wrote the task I was thinking of being more verbose - but I realized that if I didn't, I left room for everything from the mafia to the sewers. I don't expect anyone to go quite to the extreme of the former, but social underworlds would be good fun too - and physical ones need not be subterranean.

i am posting this as a comment purely so i can get it out of my mind and start working on serious task completions. +1
posted by saille is planting praxis on December 3rd, 2008 3:15 PM


(and i will have you know i did my very best to prevent spoilers)

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posted by Goddess of Doom and Thievery on February 20th, 2009 7:09 PM

Love that game

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posted by Theo Playfoot on September 22nd, 2009 5:17 PM

what game is that?
i recognize it, but can't name it.

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posted by A M on January 17th, 2011 5:38 PM

For general future reference, the game is Fallout 3. The area is a museum exhibit on underworlds, currently inhabited by a race of radioactive zombies.

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posted by Ben Yamiin on February 11th, 2009 10:21 PM

good for Africa.

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posted by Ombwah on August 28th, 2009 10:19 PM


This was a long time ago

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posted by artmouse on October 19th, 2010 8:50 PM

experience my katabasis into the nyc subway! (in the convenient format of a shortfilm)

posted by Cloud on December 12th, 2010 9:20 AM

Do any Portland players know a decent section of the Shanghai Tunnels? Contact me if you do!

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posted by A M on January 17th, 2011 6:17 PM

I know how I *want* to do this task, but can't quite think of a way to do it *safely*...

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posted by Pixie on January 17th, 2011 10:40 PM

what is your unsafe idea??

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posted by Bryce on January 18th, 2011 12:11 PM

Yes! To hell with safety!

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posted by A M on January 18th, 2011 2:56 PM

Exploring my own psychological underworld. Immerse myself in grief, memories of the worst times of my life, the dark side of myself, the things I don't want to think. The problem is stopping, preferably before I do something drastic.

Oh the joys of mood disorders.

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posted by Pixie on January 18th, 2011 3:32 PM

Have a safety cable

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posted by Bryce on January 18th, 2011 6:34 PM

Just no.
Wallowing in sad and horror is an awful idea. I've done it.
Please don't hurt yourself.

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posted by teucer on January 18th, 2011 6:52 PM

I'm with Bryce.

I've delved into some pretty dark memories for praxis myself, but seriously, don't immerse yourself too far for a game. That is, indeed, a risky one.

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posted by Lincøln on January 19th, 2011 12:41 AM

Nah, fuck it. Go for it.


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Katabasis by Fiona, Majyk March 27th, 2009 9:49 PM

Day one. Pictures by Majyk and Fiona Text by Fiona Okay, I'm adding this bit at the begining; firstly, please read on to day two. Day one was very cool but has now paled by comparison. Secondly, don't try this at home. Well, you couldn't, the tunnel...

45 + 182 points :: 16 comments :: 38 votes :: 2 collaborators
Katabasis by Charlie Fish April 23rd, 2009 8:34 AM

The London Underground is awash with disused stations. Over three dozen of them - that's more closed stations than, say, Rio de Janeiro's entire underground network. A kind of creepy mythology hovers around these abandoned alveoli. If the Tube is ...

45 + 132 points :: 7 comments :: 30 votes
Katabasis by cody April 26th, 2011 8:38 AM

Most people don't think about what goes on beneath their feet. And it's not like there's anything wrong with that. But there are those of us who take interest in storm drains and sewers and other subterranean paths of transportation. I mean, you see...

45 + 128 points :: 3 comments :: 28 votes
Katabasis by Palindromedary September 22nd, 2009 2:29 PM

First off let me say NEVER never NEVER do what I am about to describe. Secondly, this task contains elements of Trespassing, The High-Speed Transit Picnic, and even The Pilgrim's Progress. But it is not filed under any of those. This is a task I k...

45 + 128 points :: 11 comments :: 26 votes
Katabasis by teucer January 1st, 2009 12:34 AM

About the time this task went live, I learned of a nightclub near me by the fortuitous name of Hell. So how could I resist? There's more to the allure of doing Katabasis at Hell than just the name - although that's what first made me think of it. ...

45 + 89 points :: 23 comments :: 20 votes
Katabasis by Sam Archer March 25th, 2012 9:54 PM

First off, if anyone knows of any cool tunnels under San Francisco, please let me know, because I've been wanting to explore something like that since I was a kid. (Quick plug: if you're ever in Seattle, check out the Underground Tour, it's super aw...

45 + 70 points :: 7 comments :: 14 votes
Katabasis by gato fetz July 28th, 2011 1:23 AM

[youtube:] The embed video is to build up the right mood.. One o'clock, saturday night fever, a firend of mine comes to pick me up.. Thin rain is dropping but intense atmospheric phenomena are beating the ...

45 + 70 points :: 5 comments :: 14 votes

There isn't a lot of underworld in Florida. So unless we were going to do this task in scuba gear, our options were limited. So the underworld here described and discussed is that of the water tunnels below Orlando's Dickson Azalea Park. Actually, ...

45 + 43 points :: 6 comments :: 12 votes :: 2 collaborators
Katabasis by rongo rongo, bunny dragon May 11th, 2009 12:52 PM

In the spirit of Everyday Life, we explored the underworld at our feet. That is, the crawl space and basement of our own house. I go into our basement all the time to do laundry and park my bicycle. However, that is the light side of the basement. I...

45 + 41 points :: 4 comments :: 11 votes :: 2 collaborators
Katabasis by Rin Brooker, Thor April 21st, 2012 12:01 AM

Rin: There are old tunles carved into the frozen core of Alaskan wilderness. sometimes they are mine shafts dug tooth and nail by sourdoughs itching the rocks from gold fever. Some hollows are old cold war experiments and missile silos. Today Thor an...

45 + 40 points :: 1 comment :: 8 votes :: 2 collaborators
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