Archive for the ‘Games’ Category

Eat Poo, You Cat – A party game that people actually like

23 Aug

Party games have upsides and downsides. On the upside, they add structure to a party, helping break the ice and turning strangers into new friends. On the downside, most people HATE party games (or at least think they do). That’s because they haven’t played the goofy game I like to call “Eat Poo, You Cat.”

This little drawing game is equal parts Pictionary and Telephone and will keep any group of five or more entertained for at least half an hour. It’s great for parties of all kinds because it is easy to learn, fun to play, and non-competitive; the game is all about the experience and reviewing the oft-ridiculous results. I learned this game from a newspaper column by Orson Scott Card (a great author of speculative fiction); as he puts it, the ridiculous name is taken from a “particularly hilarious final caption” from a game session long ago. You’ll understand once you play it. Read the rest of this entry »


The System: How to choose a movie to watch, democratically

27 Jun

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In theory, getting a group of friends to agree on a movie to watch should be easy. After all, you and your friends probably have similar tastes and interests or you wouldn’t be friends in the first place. So why is it so hard to choose a movie?

Perhaps it’s because we have so many choices these days. If you have only five movies to choose from, it’s a lot easier to express a preference confidently than if you have 1,000 to choose from. With on-demand streaming services like Instant Watch (from Netflix), your choices often aren’t restricted to the DVDs in front of you, either. With more choices comes more headaches. Reaching a consensus rarely works; all it takes is for one person to disagree and you end up with a stalemate (or else that one friend is sitting in the corner wishing he had stayed home and balanced his checkbook instead). Regardless of the cause, it’s a problem that all sociable people have to deal with.

Fret no more. I am here to teach you The System, the time-honored democratic method my friends and I have developed to choose a movie to watch. It works best with at least four people, and all you need are pens, paper, and movies to choose from. Once you’ve learned it, you can use The System to settle all kinds of choice-based disagreements. Read the rest of this entry »