The legal way to rob a bank, smash shit with baseball bats
Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.
Breaking into a bank or destroying plates with a baseball bat are activities generally not encouraged in polite society, but people are increasingly turning to weekend activities that are a bit more unusual than a night at the movies. Small Time Criminals opened in Melbourne in April, and according to founder Ben McKenzie, getting to do something you never would in real life is a big part of the appeal. Small Time Criminals is a role-playing game set in an old Preston bank. In teams of up to six people, people are invited to find and steal valuable items from a corrupt investment bank (we're guessing the "corrupt investment" part makes wannabe thieves feel better). There are props and actors and the game is designed to be an immersive experience, allowing people to really believe they are robbing a bank. "It's a real fantasy experience -- you get to do something you know you'll never do in real life, it is that Hollywood fantasy version," McKenzie said. In its first month, about 250 people came to Small Time Criminals to play Danny Ocean. Unlike escape rooms, which have been growing in number across Australia, Small Time Criminals is about collecting items and gaining a score at the end of the hour-long game.