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Smoking Gun

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Smoking Gun is an online whistleblower thriller played from the discomfort of your own home.

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A whistleblower contacts you, says they have information which the public should see. But they need your help getting it out there.

Over 5 days, you receive information on your phone - you solve puzzles and put clues together to figure out what is going on.

You message with a small group of other people who are playing - you compare theories and work together.

At the end of the week your group will have to decide whether you go to the newspapers with what you’ve found out.

As you’re drawn into a world of politics, corruption and surveillance, who can you trust?


Smoking Gun is played via a free bespoke app for iPhone/Android. Details for download will be sent to ticketholders. See below for FAQs...

Note: Smoking Gun takes place over five days with a group chat every evening. Please choose the most appropriate time for the evening chat when booking your ticket.

This run of Smoking Gun is supported by The Centre for Investigative Journalism’s 4th Logan Symposium. The biennial Symposium convenes a unique international community of investigative journalists, whistleblowers, hackers, documentarians and artists committed to defending press freedoms, challenging power and fighting for freedom and democracy.

The Symposium will be taking place online between 16 - 19 November 2020. For more information visit here.

Smoking Gun is a collaboration with Data Stories at the University of Southampton, developed with the support of the EU VERTIGO STARTS Project.

Fast Familiar want to make stories, art and culture as affordable as possible for everyone. Things are uncertain right now, and this is affecting people’s finances. Perhaps your income doesn’t feel stable - we still want you to enjoy escaping the current situation and immersing yourself in a story. Equally, you might be in a position to pay a little extra and contribute to our ability to survive (and make more experiences like this). Or maybe this is something a bit different for you and you’d like to try it for less.

We invite you to choose to pay £8 or £12. Whichever price you go for, we’re excited for you to play Smoking Gun.


What happens during Smoking Gun?

In this experience you will:

  • spend some time on your own, looking at evidence
  • be in a group with players you don’t know
  • communicate with other players via text message

You will be guided 10% of the time, 90% of the time you will navigate yourself.

How long does it take?

You can spend as much or as little time as you want. On average players spend around 30 mins a day looking at evidence (which arrives at 7am each day), and 30 mins chatting with their group.

What If I miss a chat? Do I get kicked out?

Smoking Gun works on the power of teams. You won’t have to do everything yourself. If you miss a chat, that’s okay, you can look back over what your teammates said and join in again the following night. We recommend you book to play on a week where you have some time though.

Do I have to be really good with technology?

No. The experience is contained within an app, which works a lot like WhatsApp. You will need internet access to look at the evidence and join the chat. Like Whatsapp, there’s also a desktop version of the app, so that you can look at evidence on a bigger screen and type using a keyboard, if you want.

Do I have to download your app if I want to play?


Hmmmm. Sounds complicated. Can I just watch?

In a previous life, Smoking Gun’s creators made theatre shows - don’t expect that here. Over five days you will need to use your best investigatory skills, share ideas with your team and work things out.

Why can’t I play in a team with my mates?

This experience is designed for anonymous players who don’t have connections in the world outside the game. (We are in the process of making an experience for pre-existing groups, so watch this space if that’s what you’re after!)

Can I contact you whilst I am playing if I have an issue?

If you have any issues with the technology, please get in touch immediately so that we can help you.

In terms of the story, you’ll need to rely on your group’s collective intelligence…

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