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jinty From: jinty Date: November 5th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Off off off

I grew up playing a similar game, which we call Off Off Off. All you need is paper and pens, some people, and a timer. Fold the paper into eighths; then go round the people each nominating a category. The obvious ones are things like girls names, towns in England; but especially with the sillier people in the Scott family playing, more outré categories like "things you can eat" are listed, with concomitant stretching of plausible answers into silliness. In our rules, the person who nominates a category gets to decide what is and is not a valid answer, even if it's as daft as all get-out. We also don't allow duplicates (hence the name of the game - you shout off off off if you have the same answer as someone else, and if everyone deems your answer is far too silly or outrageously pushes the boundaries too much to be accepted, you'll get it chorused at you by all concerned. It's a very good opportunity to laugh until you cry, the way we play it in my family.

The Scotts (and the Mialls, who are cousins we socialise with a lot) really like word games and pen and paper games. So I was a bit weirded out when I spent my first holiday with R's parents, who play card games (the Devik's pasteboards!) for token amounts of money (gambling!). No, we didn't really reckon card-playing or gambling was a sin when I were a lass, but it's not something i grew up doing, if you see what I mean...
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