Godless Perverts Social Club in Oakland August 18 – Parlor Games!

Godless Perverts Social Club Parlor Games

Godless Perverts are having a Social Club in our wonderful downtown Oakland location on Thursday, August 18. And we’re doing something new this time! Our game nights in San Francisco are among our most popular events — but our meetup space in Oakland doesn’t work for tabletop games. So we’re having Parlor Games Night!

We’ve compiled a list of games that can be played sitting in one place, with no equipment other than paper and pen (which we’ll provide). And some games don’t even need that! Just people, words, and brains. Scroll to the end of this announcement to see a list of games, with brief summaries — or just click here. And if you have favorites that aren’t listed, please let us know!

The Social Club will be on Thursday, August 18, 7-9 pm, at Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe, 1805 Telegraph Avenue, next to the Fox Theater (and right near the 19th St. Oakland BART station). Rudy’s Can’t Fail is a fun, friendly space that serves meals, small bites, beer, cocktails, soft drinks, and desserts. We’re meeting in the back room/ dining car, which is ridiculously cute: the dining car has somewhat limited space, probably enough for all of us, but it’s a good idea to arrive on time if you want to be sure to get a seat. Admission is free, although we do ask that you buy food and/or drink at the venue if you can. The Oakland Social Clubs are on the third Thursday of the month (First Tuesdays are still in San Francisco at Wicked Grounds.)

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PARLOR GAMES

Two Truths and a Lie. Each player says three things about themselves, two truths and one lie. The other players guess/vote on which one is the lie. If you feel like scoring, each guesser gets one point for each correct guess, and the guessee gets one point for each person they fooled.

Telephone. The classic, and a good game for skeptics. One person whispers a short phrase to the next person, who then whispers what they heard to the next. The last person says the sentence they heard out loud.

Don’t Get Me Started. Each player in turn is given a topic to rant about, presumably a pretty innocuous one, and then makes up a complaining rant about it.

Questions. Players have a conversation in which all the statements are questions. (Example: “Would you like to play Questions?” “How do you play Questions?” “You mean you’ve never played Questions before?”) No statements, rhetorical questions, or repetitions of previous questions.

Outright Lie. Players pass a small object around the circle (or simply identify an object) and make up incredible stories about it. Example: “This necklace was buried in my grandmother’s yard in a sealed envelope from an anonymous lover.” If you want to keep score, the players vote on the best story.

If You Were A Tree… Each player in turn thinks of a famous person. Other players try to guess who they’re thinking of by asking questions like, “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?” “If you were a food item…” “If you were a building…”

Boticelli. Sort of like Twenty Questions. Each player in turn thinks of a famous person (alive or dead) who all the other players will be familiar with. They say the first initial of that person’s last name (e.g., if you’d picked Boticelli, you’d say, “I’m a B.”). The other players get a chance to ask a yes-or-no narrowing down question, by making guesses that might stump the “judge.” (Example: “Were you a catcher for the Cincinnati Reds?” If the “judge” says, “No, I am not Johnny Bench,” they don’t get a yes-or-no narrowing down question. If the “judge” doesn’t know who the guesser is asking about, the guesser gets a yes-or-no narrowing down question (like, “Are you alive?” “Are you in the arts?” “Are you a woman?”) Once the field has been narrowed, stumping questions have to fit the narrowed field (i.e., once it’s been determined that the person is alive, guessers can’t ask stumping questions about dead people).

Primes. Good for people who like numbers. Players go around in a circle counting off the numbers starting with 2 (2, 3, 4…) — except instead of saying the number, they replace any prime number with a word, and any composite number with the words of the primes it’s made of. So the first player might say “Plum” for 2, the next might say “Gem” for 3, the next would say “Plum Plum” for 4, the next might say “Dogs” for 5, the next would say “Plum Gem” for 6…

And of course, there are various variations on group storytelling.

If paper and pens are a workable option, some other options are:

Dictionary. Each player in turn picks an obscure word from the dictionary. Other players make up definitions. All definitions including the real one are read out loud. Players guess which one is the real one. If you feel like scoring, players gets one point for everyone who guessed their fake definition, and the “judge” gets one point for every wrong guess.

Telephone Pictionary. Each player starts with a piece of paper and a pencil. At the top of the paper, each player writes a sentence. Then they pass the papers to their left. The next player “draws” the sentence a la Pictionary, then folds the paper so only the drawing is visible and passes it to their left. The next player looks at the drawing and writes a sentence that they think the drawing represents. This continues until all players have their original paper back, and players read the garbles sentences out loud.

Story Train. Each player writes a sentence and passes it on to the next player, who does the same, folding the previous sentence over so each new player can only read one previous sentence. When everyone’s written on every paper, the pieces are read out loud.

Exquisite Corpse. Each player writes down a word, folds the paper, and passes it to the next player, who then writes another word and repeats. All players choosing words that are in the same part of speech at the same time (i.e., all sentences will end up in the structure “adjective, noun, verb, adjective, noun.”) Sentences are read out loud.

Various “who wrote this?” guessing games. All players write the answer to some question (“what’s your favorite animal?” “what was the first piece of music you bought with your own money?”), the papers are mixed up, and players guess who wrote what. Alternatively, each player writes a fact about themselves, the papers are mixed up, and players guess who wrote what.

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