The Ridgefield Library has had mystery nights before but none quite as big as this year\u2019s RidgeCon After Dark\u2019s \u201cBlackout\u201d \u2014 a three-story mega game that sets 36 players off to preserve the information that would be most valuable to humanity should the world descend into chaos and anarchy. \u201cThe idea going into RidgeCon After Dark was how big can we make it?\u201d said Kristina Lareau, head of children\u2019s services. \u201cWe\u2019ve had similar concepts in the past but nothing on this scale.\u201d Six teams of six will face off Friday, Aug. 17, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m on all three levels of the library. Lareau, who portrays The Grand Archivist, will give an introduction to the game. \u201cWe don\u2019t want to give away too much of the premise and narrative but it does deal with the global potential for a loss of electricity, which is a real thing,\u201d said Lareau. \u201cIt might not happen right away but it will happen in 10,000 years and the fear is everything electronic will shut down. And if that happens, is everything about our civilization going to be lost?\u201d The Grand Archivist in Blackout wants her teams to gather as much information as possible from the library\u2019s \u201ctexts\u201d to see if the situation can be reversed. \u201cThey\u2019ll get a file folder with further instructions and gather research from our different resources and turn them in for points,\u201d said John Casiello, the library\u2019s adult collection specialist who will be playing Lareau\u2019s research assistant. \u201cMost points wins and those players get to join The Grand Archivist in a trip around the world for a solution.\u201d If researching books in the library all night doesn\u2019t sound up your alley, then Casiello has a selling point. \u201cThe text pieces are spread out across the library \u2026 the resources are actually made up of 150 individual puzzles that we have to create,\u201d he said. \u201cThere\u2019s a team strategy component to the entire game that will keep the pace up \u2026 Progress in the game is time sensitive. You have a limited amount of time with each puzzle piece and therefore teams play differently.\u201d Oh, and there\u2019s no cell phones. \u201cThey\u2019ll be locked away,\u201d Casiello said. Casiello and Lareau conceived of Blackout themselves when tasked with expanding RidgeCon\u2019s brand beyond typical superhero events and activities. \u201cWe want to use RidgeCon for gaming, both traditional and nontraditional,\u201d said Lareau. \u201cThis game is for people who don\u2019t think of the library has their place for entertainment ...We have a lot of puzzles on the brain. We want to keep engaging gamers in their 20s and 30s \u2014 people who don\u2019t necessarily go to the library.\u201d They might end up saving the world, too. \u201cThis is a good opportunity for young families or couples to do something different in town,\u201d Casiello said. Tickets and more Ridgefield Academy is sponsoring RidgeCon After Dark this year. Part of the annual RidgeCon celebrations, this adults-only night out takes place on Friday, Aug. 17, from 7:30 to 10:30 and includes hors d\u2019oeuvres, libations, dessert, and a one-of-a-kind gaming experience. Tickets are $50 ($25 of which is tax-deductible) and available at ridgefieldlibrary.org. Kristina Lareau is the head of children\u2019s services at the Ridgefield Library. She may be reached at email@example.com or 203-438-2282.