Video games are great are alone, but sometimes it’s nice to get out and socialize too. This weekend was something this writer needed for awhile. From board games, to escaping a room, to a charity Twitch marathon: it was a blast. To spread the joy, here are a few tips on how to recreate the magic with friends.
Monikers: When it comes to modern card games, everybody and their mothers know what Cards Against Humanity is. Monikers is a similar card game with a few twists. Players choose eleven cards from a deck, narrow those down to seven favorites, and add them to a community pile. With teams of two or more, that deck is passed around in three rounds. Teams have an allotted amount of time to describe as many cards as they can before the deck passes to the opposite side.
In the first round players can depict their card however they feel without saying any of the words on it. For example, if the card is Priapus, one might characterize him as the Greek god of fertility. In round two only one word can be used with limited gestures. Exclaiming “Clue” may help indicate that it’s Colonel Mustard. Lastly, round three is pure charades. Once the games are finished, points are added up in-between each round to determine a winner. It may sound a bit complicated, but it’s easy to pick up.
Escape MSP: There’s a new type of live action gaming that’s sweeping the nation as of the past year, or two. It can be traced back to point and click adventure games and has many names: escape game, room escape, locked room, etc. Whatever the name may be, it all boils down to some sort of locked room scenario with evacuating in mind. There are various companies across the nation that creates these events. In fact, there’s one right here in Minnesota’s called Escape MSP. To save on time, check out the website for further details. Now the fun of escape rooms is figuring it out so this writer will paint his experience in broad strokes.
His group was portrayed as a team of MI6 agents that were captured by bank robbers. They were locked and handcuffed in a room with a bomb, set to explode in an hour. The goal was to find three keys and a code in order to deactivate the bomb and escape. The room was littered with clues to solve smaller puzzles that would in turn help disarm the bomb such as keys to the cuffs. It may sound silly, but once tested, it’s a lot of fun. And uh, not to brag, but his team, The Filthy Casuals, made it out alive with over three minutes to spare.
Extra Life: Meanwhile, most of the Internet was streaming events around Extra Life on Saturday, November 7. To those who don’t know, Extra Life is an organization that accepts donations on behalf of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Gaming websites like Giant Bomb and Rooster Teeth had Twitch streams wherein they played games to help donations. It’s simple: watch nerds be dumb and play games to help kids.
One didn’t need a large company to back them either. Anybody could have set up a stream for Extra Life. In fact, this writer was on a friend’s Twitch: deathlocke546. For almost ten glorious and delusional hours, people came in and out to play games like Don’t Stop Talking and Nobody Explodes, The Jackbox Party Pack, Organ Trail, TowerFall, and so much more. There’s an archive of the full stream for those interested. Highlights will hopefully be coming later via this writer’s YouTube account, ReActionExaminer, or deathlocke546’s Twitch. Enjoy the hilarity and, uh, try not to judge excessively. It was a crazy meme filled night.