285 – Pictophone

285 – Pictophone

If you’ve never played Pictophone, you should. Sit in a circle with a bunch of people, and everyone has small pieces of paper equal to the number of people in the circle. Write a phrase/word/something on your first paper, then pass to the left. You then draw what’s described on the paper. Pass again to the left. Now you write a short description of what you see and pass to the left. Keep going until you get your original pile back. Have everyone show/read through their pile to see how, say, “The Barstool Brawler” turns into “a group of three-headed mutants observing a lighthouse.” (Or, say, how a unicorn and a narwhal in love turn *back* into a unicorn and narwhal in love.)

Thank you, ARDA, for playing this game and being awesome in general! With you guys around, Enjuhneer writes itself. <3

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Discussion (7)¬

  1. The Cat says:

    I started one with “The Death Star”. It ended up as “a man with a flaming sword running on a conveyor belt.”

  2. Crawford says:

    We’ve played this at my company’s release parties, but we call it Telephone Pictionary. We do each chain on a single sheet of paper (folding over after each turn), to make it easier to follow.

    A wall of these serves as a very effective distraction when people come to visit our area of the office.

  3. Domo says:

    If I were a unicorn I’d be a robot unicorn and therefore has no need for romance with a narwhal

  4. [Student name here] says:

    Oh, these were so much fun in our high school library after school. Even more fun is stumbling across some of them two years later ^_^

  5. LadySol says:

    I’ve always called this game Telepictionary, but you are right, it is truly awesome and everyone should play

  6. Elise says:

    Played this with some friends once and was very disturbed that when I wrote “Touched by his noodley appendage” no one knew what I was talking about.

  7. Joseph says:

    I’m pretty sure Tails wouldn’t be radioactive; at least not more than usual. Taking in radiation doesn’t make you give off radiation. Radiation is generally given off by high-numbered elements (and Technetium) decaying, but atoms that get hit by this radiation don’t themselves become high-numbered elements.

    Everyday objects can give off small amounts of background radiation, but that doesn’t make them “radioactive.”