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How do you play these games?

Postby 00George » September 10th, 2013, 7:05 pm

Hey guys - I have a list of games, most of which I know, but some of the games are new to me (or at least the names are). Does anyone know how these are played? Thanks!

More British
Hell Dub
Speak in Sequence
Inner Thoughts
Just like Life
Plagiarists
Slow lie
National Anthem
RPSAnything
Floor is Lava (I mean, I think I know this, but I'm not 100%)
Bird's Eye View (Again, I think I get it)
Positive Police
Eye contact with music (we gave this one a shot in practice, but I wasn't 100% again)
Try to end the scene
Lots of words/few words
Taboo Genre
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Re: How do you play these games?

Postby happywaffle » September 11th, 2013, 11:40 am

Here's the ones I know for sure.

More British - Start a scene normally, get gradually more British to the point of absurdity (usually being directed)
Hell Dub - Person 1 dubs the voice for Person 2, 2 dubs for 3, and 3 dubs for 1.
Speak in Sequence
Inner Thoughts
Just like Life - One player stands to the side and occasionally comments on the scene following the format "Isn't it just like life, when…"
Plagiarists
Slow lie - One-person monologue starts with a true personal story, then gradually and imperceptibly turns into a fiction
National Anthem
RPSAnything
Floor is Lava (I mean, I think I know this, but I'm not 100%) - Probably what you're thinking
Bird's Eye View (Again, I think I get it)
Positive Police
Eye contact with music - Any time music's playing, players make eye contact. Any time it's not, break eye contact.
Try to end the scene
Lots of words/few words - Player 1 can only speak in X-word sentences. Player 2 can speak in Y-word sentences.
Taboo Genre
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Re: How do you play these games?

Postby hujhax » September 13th, 2013, 1:04 am

Picking off some more:

More British - usually the director periodically calls for "more British!", nudging the onstage performers to be a little more British than before.
Hell Dub
Speak in Sequence - there are three people onstage -- call them Alice, Bob, and Charlie. They have to deliver their dialog in sequence: Alice has a line, then Bob has a line, then Charlie has a line, then back around to Alice again.
Inner Thoughts - Four people onstage. Two of them have a normal scene. The other two each voice the inner thoughts of one of the characters in the scene.
Just like Life
Plagiarists - I'm guessing this is a format similar to that of the Plagiarists.
Slow lie
National Anthem - A solo performer improvises the national anthem for a made-up country. The audience provides a few details about the made-up country.
RPSAnything - Rock-Paper-Scissors-Anything. A tie-breaker where two players play rock-paper-scissors, but each of them can also (and usually does) gesticulate some random object (and they say what the object is). The audience decides which random object 'wins'.
Floor is Lava
Bird's Eye View - Players perform a scene as if the back wall of the stage is the floor, the floor/ceiling/stage-left wall/stage-right wall are the walls, and the audience is somewhere above the ceiling.
Positive Police - Not sure; I suspect this has two people on stage, and the rest of the cast is ready to run on and bludgeon one of those performers with (say) pool noodles the moment an onstage performer does something negative.
Eye contact with music
Try to end the scene
Lots of words/few words
Taboo Genre - Not sure; this may be 'scene without', where you pick a genre, generate three tropes that are always true for that genre, and then perform a scene in the genre *without* those three things.

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Re: How do you play these games?

Postby happywaffle » September 13th, 2013, 10:02 am

hujhax wrote:Taboo Genre - Not sure; this may be 'scene without', where you pick a genre, generate three things tropes that are always true for that genre, and then perform a scene in the genre *without* those three things.


Even if not, that sounds awesome.
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Re: How do you play these games?

Postby 00George » September 13th, 2013, 7:55 pm

Thanks, that helps a lot. Do you have any good set up rules for Floor is Lava? And my guess was the rules are just, don't touch the floor, but justify it.
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Re: How do you play these games?

Postby Ruby W. » September 13th, 2013, 10:46 pm

00George wrote:Thanks, that helps a lot. Do you have any good set up rules for Floor is Lava? And my guess was the rules are just, don't touch the floor, but justify it.


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Re: How do you play these games?

Postby valetoile » September 14th, 2013, 10:20 pm

Try to End the Scene: If this is what I'm thinking of, it's a two person scene. One player is tasked with trying to end the scene as soon as possible (the first even slightly plausible button) by waving down the lights, while the other person is trying to keep the scene going by justifying the arm wave as part of the scene, or physically restraining the first player from waving down the lights. I've played this once and it was incredibly fun.
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Re: How do you play these games?

Postby mitchmills » September 16th, 2013, 8:20 pm

Due to 00George having the same avatar and me not paying close attention, I thought it was Joplin asking the question, and I was all like "Wizard please. You TAUGHT me most of those games in class!"
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