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How to Play the Would You Rather Game?

Abhijit Naik Feb 21, 2020
The would you rather conversation game has become quite popular of late, and that too, across all age groups. Here, we intend to put forth the basics of this game.
A popular conversation game, 'would you rather' is ideally played in a group, but can be played between two individuals as well. In this game, players ask each other questions involving two precarious scenarios, from which they have to choose one.
It basically revolves around a simple objective of one player coming up with two horrifying scenarios, while the other making a judgment call by choosing one which is supposedly less horrifying.

Rules of the Game

Though the basic concept of the game remains the same, it can be played in different ways. You can choose the rules of the game according to your convenience. In one of the most popular variants of would you rather game, one player in the group is asked the question.
Once he has answered, other players take a poll about the same question, and if the player's answer matches that of others, the player wins and earns a point. If required, the poll can be taken anonymously in order to make the game a bit more interesting.
A popular version of this game, the 'Would You Rather' board game involves players picking a card from a lot and answering the question printed on it.
In this case, there are some cards that allow the player certain add ons. The player, for instance, can skip a turn or take an extra turn. Also, there are some penalty cards which punish the players when they stumble upon them.
Though, there are no specific rules for would you rather game, you can come up with some rules of your own which can either add to the enjoyment or decide a winner, whichever matters to you. The best thing is that nobody wins or loses, but the entire group enjoys it as a group activity.

Sample Questions

Framing would you rather questions does require some creativity, as they should be precarious enough to put the player in a serious dilemma. We have some examples for you. Would you rather ...
  • kiss a jellyfish, or step on a crab?
  • have a cute math tutor, or no math homework?
  • love and not be loved back or be loved, but never love?
  • eat a live moth the size of a tomato, or eat a dead bird with feathers?
  • prefer your feet smelling for a week, or armpits smelling for a month?
  • be trapped in an elevator with wet dogs, or with three fat men with bad breath?
  • prefer someone hit your thumb with a huge hammer, or shoot you in the big toe with a nail gun? 
The age group of people playing the game should be taken into consideration when framing these questions. The questions meant for adults may not be suitable for kids. Similarly, a question meant for kids will hardly add to the excitement of a game involving adults.
At the end of the day, what matters is fun, and to derive fun, you need not be on the winning side in such an exciting and enjoyable game.