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Spy Games in Colonial Williamsburg

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When this package came across my desk, I couldn't help but be intrigued.

Turns out it contained my set of orders for RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros, a new alternate-reality game going on through the end of the August at Colonial Williamsburg. Geared toward "spies" ages eight and up (though history-geek adults like me apparently make up a huge chunk of the players), RevQuest begins with a top-secret mission that is explained in hushed tones by Agent 368 at Mr. Prentis's Shop.

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After receiving their instructions (don't communicate with anyone not wearing a blue-and-white ribbon, for instance), agents stealthily run all over the park, deciphering codes, interrogating interpreters, and following up on clues, which are imparted to Questors via text message (how 18th-century).

The result is a fun and furtive way to make the 1770's come to life and explore little-known areas of Colonial Williamsburg, such as the wine cellar at the governor's palace. And at the end of the mission—should you succeed—there's a nice little ceremony proclaiming you a True Friend of Liberty.

I'd tell you more, but then I'd have to kill you. (Kidding!)

Sarah Khan is a copy editor at Travel + Leisure. You can follow her on Twitter @BySarahKhan.

Photos courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Sarah Khan

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