The Rules of The Big Game

Your quest, should you choose to accept it is to:

1. Get hold of a copy of The Game, the novel.

One hundred free signed and numbered copies with envelopes, giving further clues to the task, will be left at various London locations on Sunday 21 July and Monday 22 July 2013.

The locations will be released on 20-22 July on Twitter @TheGameNovel and at the website If you are unable to get hold of a copy of the book via the above you can use an existing copy of The Game, the novel or download an electronic copy, then simply e-mail or approach us at @TheGameNovel for the remaining information and clues you will require.

2. Uncover three key cities featured in The Game, following the clues provided.

3. Transport the signed and numbered copy of The Game, the novel to one of those three cities and back to Waterloo Station, London. This can be done via any method except post (and any form of electronic transmission) and involve as many different (or as few) people from as many (or as few) different countries as necessary. Please note that you will be asked to bring your proof of travel with you to the ‘prize reception’ (see below).

4. To complete 'The Big Game', the photographic evidence of The Game, the novel in that city and back at the Waterloo station, London should be submitted by midnight on 15 September 2013.

5. The first 20 people to complete the above quest, and submit the photographic evidence of their book’s journey and a final photograph at Waterloo Station (complying with these rules) will be eligible for the following prizes:

  • The first 20 people to complete the above quest by 15 September 2013 will be invited to an evening reception at a central London venue on a date of our choosing in October 2013, where the author will talk about the story behind the Game, the novel. The guests will also receive souvenir gifts from the locations in the book.
  • At the reception a raffle will be drawn to determine the winners of two big prizes:
  • Return flights for two people to one of the key locations detailed in The Game, the novel (City one)
  • Return flights for two people to a second key location detailed in The Game, the novel (City two)

Terms and conditions

  • It is entirely free to enter The Big Game.
  • Another copy of the 'Rules of The Big Game' can also be found at
  • Regular updates and location clues can be found @TheGameNovel or requested via email or post (see below).
  • No purchase is necessary – free copies of The Game, the novel will be issued as detailed above and a limited number of copies will be available to post to UK addresses following direct requests on Twitter on a first come first served basis. The requests should be directed to @TheGameNovel or by email or post (see below).
  • You can also play using an existing copy of The Game, the novel, or an electronic copy. In these instances please e-mail, by post (see below) or approach us at @TheGameNovel for your copies of the rules, clues and a numbered and signed sticker that you’ll need to put onto your e-reader and ensure is visible in your photos (see below).
  • After travelling to one of the cities, specified in your envelope, The Big Game must conclude at Waterloo Station, London, England.
  • Photographic entries of The Game, the novel in one of the cities and at Waterloo Station should be of the cover of the book/e-reader and your numbered and signed sticker alongside signage relating to the name of the city and/or a recognisable landmark of that city/Waterloo Station.
  • Photographic entries must also include the person who has transported the book on that leg of the journey.
  • Each entry by Tweet should also include the Twitter handle of the person (if appropriate) posting the Tweet and the person from whom the book was received to create a chain.
  • There is no limit to the number of people who can be involved in transporting The Game, the novel to one of the three cities and back to Waterloo Station. However, please note that only the first 20 individuals to make the final photographic submission at Waterloo Station will be invited to the reception in October in London. Only one submission per person is allowed.
  • The only mode of transport that The Game, the novel cannot travel to each of the three countries and back to Waterloo Station is post (and any form of electronic transmission). Air, land and water are all entirely acceptable modes of transport.
  • Entries close at midnight on 15 September 2013. No late entries will be accepted.
  • The date and location of the reception (both to be selected at our own discretion) will be given to the first 20 individuals whose submissions are received and comply with the rules between 15 September and 1 October 2013.
  • At the reception a raffle will be drawn to determine the winner of two flights to City one and the winner of the two flights to City two. Only those of the first 20 individuals who are in attendance at the reception will qualify for the raffle.
  • Should the same winner be drawn twice the second draw will be held again.
  • The destinations of the two flight prizes will be determined by us and are not transferrable or refundable.
  • Flight prizes must be used within three months of the date of the reception and cannot be refunded or transferred. There are no cash alternatives.
  • If you do not have a Twitter account you can still take part in 'The Big Game' by e-mailing or posting to Rochester PR Group, 33 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PW to request rules, clues and also to submit entries.
  • Any copyright in your submission shall be the subject of a royalty free perpetual licence in favour of A K Shevchenko who is the author of the Game, the novel.
  • Submissions made will not be returned.
  • The law applicable to ‘The Game’ is that of England and Wales.

Other details

ISBN: 9780755356393
Publication date: 13 Sep 2012
Page count: 320
Paperback available: 28 February 2013

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