Let’s Play A Game

I promised myself some sort of fun story surprise and I now know what it’s gonna be, and I need your help. It’s like an improv (sketch comedy) game: I beckon the audience (you) for suggestions with which I’ll concoct a scene.

THE RULES!

You have from now until the end of Friday to post suggestions in the comments, and then on Saturday I’ll put them all in hats and draw ideas as I write. One week from today I’ll give you a scene.

No more than 2 suggestions per list item per person (at most, you can give suggestions for the entire list twice!). An unlimited number of people can play. Random is good, but random doesn’t necessarily mean weird. Trust me when I say the simplest ideas are sometimes the best. And, the more total suggestions, the better. Keep it PG-13, please.

Okay, Mr. and Ms. Audiences out there, here’s what I’ll need:

  • An animal
  • A color (e.g. island blue, sweet chrysanthemum pink – behr.com has awesome color names)
  • A bumper sticker quote
  • Your least favorite food
  • A location (e.g. on an island, outside a castle, on top of a flying whale)
  • Something green
  • Advice your mother/grandmother once gave you
  • An inanimate object
  • A fictional weather/natural phenomenon (e.g. gummi bear hailstorm)
  • Something you might shout at a squirrel

How Will The Scene Start? What Sort Of Scene Will It Be?

In sketch comedy, it’s true that the games usually have an outline. For example, in Remote Control, the “Controller” plays, rewinds or fast-forwards the scene that two players are acting out. Or, in Newscasters, the topics of nightly news reported by the “field reporters” are based on suggestions.

Our game is a variation on my favorite, Draw the Line. In the original game, the players collect various types of quotes (e.g. grandma’s advice) from the audience at the start of the show. Those quotes (written on paper) are cut out and divided blindly between the players. The scene is given direction with three verbal suggestions from the audience and then, throughout the scene, the players must randomly draw and incorporate lines. (I’ve adjusted this game for our purposes).

Mini Scene!

[Once I did a Draw the Line scene with a cool lady where we were furiously digging holes. At one point amongst our digging fury, I drew a bumper sticker quote: “well, MY SON IS AN HONORS STUDENT!!” And she shot back with, “MINE, TOO!” Then we stopped/straightened, congratulated each other with grins and hand shakes, and then abruptly resumed digging.]

Our Scene Starts Here

I’ll begin with 3 of your ideas: a location, inanimate object, and mother/grandmother’s advice.

Thank you in advance for playing! You’re making my week. Let’s have some fun. BEGIN! (Remember, the window for suggestions closes Friday at 11:59PM.)

 

UPDATE – the scene became a short story which I’m posting in chunks (“Nana Ana’s Secret Hideout”).

 

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9 thoughts on “Let’s Play A Game

  1. Megan says:

    OOOOH: So fun. My entries:

    An animal: Bunny
    A color: Cerulean
    A bumper sticker quote: I’m not speeding, I’m qualifying
    Your least favorite food: Lima Beans
    A location: Cozy cabin
    Something green: Spinach and Mango Smoothie
    Advice your mother/grandmother once gave you: Always bring an extra pair of underwear when traveling. You can forget almost everything, but not that.
    An inanimate object: Necklace
    A fictional weather/natural phenomenon: Sapphire Duststorm
    Something you might shout at a squirrel: Make up your mind!

    An animal: Capybara
    A color: Dark White
    A bumper sticker quote: I was an honor student, I don’t know what happened
    Your least favorite food: Escargot
    A location: Island Bungalow
    Something green: Peridot
    Advice your mother/grandmother once gave you: Listen more than you talk
    An inanimate object: Statue
    A fictional weather/natural phenomenon: Musical Hurricane
    Something you might shout at a squirrel: Pick a side!

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    • thejander says:

      Otter
      velvet blue
      I Brake for Trees
      Asparagus
      The back of a hyena
      moss
      Don’t let anyone tell you, that you can’t do something
      eyedropper
      ball lightning storm
      Git, you fluffy-tailed rat!

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  2. Cecilia says:

    An animal: Badger
    A color: Taupe
    A bumper sticker quote: I brake for squirrels (then yell at them like a concerned parent)
    Your least favorite food: Hot drinks
    A location: a desk in an orange grove
    Something green: Green Tea
    Advice your mother/grandmother once gave you: Always keep your checkbook balanced
    An inanimate object: Coin purse
    A fictional weather/natural phenomenon: Yarn tornado
    Something you might shout at a squirrel: Stop following me!

    An animal: Salmon
    A color: Nobility Blue
    A bumper sticker quote: Watch out for the idiot behind me
    Your least favorite food: Spicy Salsa
    A location: In a clock
    Something green: Kakapo
    Advice your mother/grandmother once gave you: Try every food offered at least once before you say you don’t like it.
    An inanimate object: The Little Book of Calm
    A fictional weather/natural phenomenon: Honey Tsunami
    Something you might shout at a squirrel: Get off my car, I need to work!

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  3. Lee says:

    [‎3/‎27/‎2017 8:32 AM]
    A Manatee!
    Orange
    If you can read this I have a gun
    Peas
    On a Cliffside
    Catnip plant
    Don’t be so dumb (said in german so it’s Sei nicht so dumm)
    Magnifying glass
    Pennies from heaven
    Honestly?  THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD BUDDY!?

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  4. K. A. Botello says:

    An animal — A parrot
    A color — Cosmic Blue Pearl
    A bumper sticker quote – Donate organs — Save a life!
    Your least favorite food — Liver
    A location (e.g. on an island, outside a castle, on top of a flying whale) — On the back of a dragon
    Something green — Pear
    Advice your mother/grandmother once gave you — If you see a dog foaming at the mouth and acting strange, take shelter immediately.
    An inanimate object — Pocket watch
    A fictional weather/natural phenomenon– Dagger
    Something you might shout at a squirrel– Hold still, or you won’t be in focus!

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  5. cathum says:

    •An animal: cow
    •A color (e.g. island blue, sweet chrysanthemum pink – behr.com has awesome color names): slate grey
    •A bumper sticker quote: I Love Wales
    •Your least favorite food: bread pudding
    •A location (e.g. on an island, outside a castle, on top of a flying whale): 15th floor of an apartment block.
    •Something green: In a bottle.
    •Advice your mother/grandmother once gave you: never wear a red hat
    •An inanimate object: a candle
    •A fictional weather/natural phenomenon (e.g. gummi bear hailstorm): Butterfly tornado
    •Something you might shout at a squirrel: Don’t eat the tulips.

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