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Surreyman  (Level: 274.8 - Posts: 2776)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 3:01 AM


We had a bit of a party over the weekend, and a long-forgotten game was resurrected.
Amazingly simple, it can either provide fun, or become quite brain-bashing, whichever you prefer.

Only works with two people.

The first says a letter.
That simply continues alternately.
The addition of a letter HAS to contribute to a potential completed word. If challenged, and it doesn't, you've lost (or, if a potential word is possible, the challenger loses)..
You must NEVER complete a word with your letter - that's the trap you continually try and place for your opponent.

That's it.
It's a game of typical Brit idiocy that doesn't even have a name as far as I know!


Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5427)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 4:21 AM

It sounds like a real brain stretcher and could be fun. I'd never heard of anything like it.

M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 7:22 AM

I've always heard the game called "Ghost." Played like "Horse" in basketball. Each failure adds a letter to your score. Fifth failure puts you out (G-H-O-S-T). We used to play it and the geography game you can see on Trivia Tangents when on road trips with my academic team.

We also played a name-game version of the geography game. First person names someone. Next person has to name someone whose name starts with the last letter of the first person named. We would include categories: Famous authors, painters, sports figures, entertainers, etc. I thought I'd hit a killer move when I gave R2-D2, but the student after me topped us all with 2-pac Shakur!

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6810)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 8:15 AM

James Thurber wrote an article called superghosts, describing the game. I'm not sure if it is on line, but I read it in a collection of his serious/semi-serious articles -- very good reading.

Jeannette  (Level: 115.1 - Posts: 1734)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 8:27 AM

i remember playing that but cant put a name to it lol

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 10:01 AM

About ten years or so my friends made up a vairaition of the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Game." One person would name two actors and the rest of us would have to try to link them through a series of films based on costars. Hard to explain really so here's a brief example.
Brad Pitt to Gabriel Byrne
Brad Pitt appeared in "True Romance" with Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette starred in "Stigmata" with Gabriel Byrne.
Of course the connections we used were far less obvious and usually it took a list of at leasr six to ten films before the final connection was made.
We also tried to create a drinking game based on misheard song lyrics. We never quite worked out the kinks on that one although we had a lot of fun trying.

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