Killing as an organized sport

KAOS was started in New Zealand at the University of Canterbury in 1981 by Vicki Spong (AKA "Vixen") and her friends. It was also started at Williams College in the US "sometime in the '70s", but apart from the name and the game they're not related. Since that time it's spread like a humorous black stain to several other New Zealand universities.

KAOS is about a lot of things. Firstly, there are the Killing Rounds, wherein KAOS Agents hunt each with water guns and a variety of other ridiculous weapons. Then there are the battles, in which winning is entirely irrelevant, and the occasional stunt, just to stop the general population from falling asleep. Last, but certainly not least, there are KAOS Parties, where we play loud rock music and leap around in darkened rooms. Mix all that in with dash of theatrical villainy, and you get a rough outline of KAOS.


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KAOS has been around for 34 years now, and in that time developed it's own peculiar subculture. Defining KAOS can be like trying to nail jelly to a wall. Some people even claim to be able to detect a kind of KAOS accent in agents who've been around a while. But get more precise than that, and you wade in to a morass of exceptions, changing fashions, fads and fuzzy lines.

I would at this point like to thank all of the people who contributed to the website update, so thank-you guys you know who you are. I would also like to thank Marsden and Phil for providing most of the photos for the website.


Q: What does K.A.O.S. stand for?
A: Killing As Organised Sport

Q: Where are you?
A: There are clubs in a number of New Zealand Universities and a KAOS-at-large club for people who're no longer at University, or their kids. There is also a club in the U.S, that evolved independently of us, but who do similar things.

Q: Are you the hunting club?
A: No, we only hunt people.

Q: Do you really kill people?
A: No. Well only a little bit. We hunt each other with water-guns, nerf-guns, rubber chickens, remote doorbells (i.e. bombs) salt (i.e. poison), and the list goes on.

Q: Is it dangerous?
A: No, not really. We aim to kill people, not to hurt them. It's a lot less dangerous than most contact sports.

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