My friend Tito today came up with a brilliant game! It’s simple and the results are usually riotous. This is how it works:
- The first player provides the name of three authors. Any three random authors – the more random the better – though for the sake of everyone’s convenience it’s polite to use the English translations of book titles that aren’t in English. For example, someone in the live version of the game gave me a selection of Douglas Adams, Jean Paul Sartre and Friedrich Nietzsche.
- The second player chooses the title of one book each by these authors, and links them into a sentence that makes sense (though wildly, wildly out of context). For the given set, I came up with this sentence: ‘Gone beyond good and evil, the Devil and the good Lord proceeded to have a hearty lunch at the restaurant at the end of the universe.’ See how that works?
- For the sake of order and sanity (but not entirely necessarily), the second player now gets to provide a list of three authors, which the third player must carry on. And so on and so forth. If there is no third player, the turn goes back to the first player.
- Drinking is optional, of course. In the online version of the game, you don’t even have to know the player who made the selection before you. You don’t need to know or have read the authors in the selection – Google up their works, activate your imagination and get going! The only rule is that you cannot shift around the words in the title of the book when you put it in your sentence. Otherwise the game becomes too easy.
- Like a chain reaction, the game can go on for ever, or at least as long as everyone hasn’t been driven giddy and/or insane! :D
Now I will start off the game with a selection of three authors. Let me choose an easy set: William Shakespeare, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Neil Gaiman, yes? The first commenter can do a sentence with this and then make his/her own selection, which is to be taken up by the second commenter, and so on. Repeat participation is allowed, if the game makes you really happy.