MetaFilter Games: It was jessamyn, with the banhammer, on the green... July 13, 2009 9:35 AM   Subscribe

What MetaFilter themed party games are you going to play at YOUR 10th Anniversary MeetUp?

Philadelphia is having a house/garden party potluck, and it occurs to me that a number of silly party games can be tweaked to appeal to a crowd composed nearly entirely of MeFites.

- Pin the beans on the plate: You, ya know, pin the beans... on the plate. And then you think about it. HARD.
- Historical Usernames: Everyone comes up with the best, most ridiculous username for historical figures.
- Iconic AskMe: Everyone submits questions, and responds with typical AskMe answers independent of their appropriateness. (How can I fix my MacBook Air? ----> DTMFA!!! (or) Is it safe to eat? ---> LAWYER UP!!)

But there have to be a million options! So: hope us play great MetaFilter games!
posted by greekphilosophy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:35 AM (68 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I was hoping for a hug o'war, though probably without the group kissing and cuddling part.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:41 AM on July 13, 2009


Naked Jell-O Twister?
posted by eyeballkid at 9:45 AM on July 13, 2009


Someone picks a random topic out of a hat, and the goal is to find some way to blame it on Bush/Christians/fat people before time runs out.
posted by nasreddin at 9:46 AM on July 13, 2009 [5 favorites]


Bus rides to the local strip club where we will all play "20 Dollars, same as in town".
posted by iamabot at 9:49 AM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


I was going to drink expensive Scotch. The rules are simple, really. 1) Drink expensive Scotch. 2) I win.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:49 AM on July 13, 2009 [14 favorites]


Sock Puppet Contest! People show up with (physical, actual) sockpuppets. Prizes for most elaborate, most in number, most creative in theme, etc.


Skeletons in the Closet! Confessional time! Pipe up as to who wrote that anon question, if you really D'd the MF when the hive mind told you too, which trolls are really your sockpuppet accounts, etc.
posted by piratebowling at 9:50 AM on July 13, 2009


Last one standing? Drink till you fall down.

nah, not really, I gotta drive 150 miles homes.
posted by edgeways at 9:55 AM on July 13, 2009


I'm going to bring a giant bucket so we can go Bobbing for Cocks.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 9:56 AM on July 13, 2009


A door prize for every person who wears six colors in his or her outfit.

The door prize would, of course, be a mysterious bag of white powder and a dozen trunk cookies.
posted by shiu mai baby at 10:05 AM on July 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'm just going to sit around and make snotty remarks about how the meetup is not Best of the Party Scene and should be deleted.
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:11 AM on July 13, 2009


I think we're having a cat declawing contest.
posted by flashboy at 10:16 AM on July 13, 2009


Everyone empties their fridge and brings the contents to the meetup for a double elimination game of "Should I Eat This", followed by a bonus round of "Should I go to the Hospital".
posted by iamabot at 10:26 AM on July 13, 2009 [13 favorites]


Everyone brings a laptop, and instead of talking and socializing we sit around staring at screens and posting witty comments to a thread online. It's like metafilter, but live.
posted by Rhomboid at 10:44 AM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


BrokenPictureTelephone-- Live!
posted by zennie at 10:54 AM on July 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


BrokenPictureTelephone-- Live!

We did this at a recent Boston meetup, and it was a blast. Highly recommended.
posted by backseatpilot at 10:56 AM on July 13, 2009


I wonder if I have enough time to construct a massive Wheel for the Boston meetup...
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:12 AM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


robocop is bleeding: "I wonder if I have enough time to construct a massive Wheel for the Boston meetup..."

I'll bring my spindle.
Wait, not that kind of wheel?
posted by Plutor at 11:42 AM on July 13, 2009


I'm going to punch everyone who posted I comment I disliked in the face.

It's fun for me.
posted by Loto at 12:03 PM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm also going to punch myself in the face for getting a/I mixed up.
posted by Loto at 12:03 PM on July 13, 2009


LOLXTIANS??? Where we laugh at Christians for their intolerance of people who think/act differently?
posted by ob at 12:28 PM on July 13, 2009


I'm gonna play let's vomit on cortex but I realize that's a game that can only be played in Portland.

...unless you vomit on him in effigy!
posted by Kattullus at 12:36 PM on July 13, 2009


Strip something or other.
posted by Sailormom at 12:39 PM on July 13, 2009


Pin the tail on Mathowie.
posted by vrakatar at 12:50 PM on July 13, 2009


Loto: "I'm going to punch everyone who posted I comment I disliked in the face.

It's fun for me.
"

To be MeFi appropriate shouldn't you be punching them in the dick?
posted by mindless progress at 12:55 PM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


I guess I could bring my copy of Arkham Horror.
posted by eyeballkid at 12:58 PM on July 13, 2009


All this frivolity should be delayed until after the reading of the Treaty of Westphalia
posted by Cranberry at 1:04 PM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


The one I've been dreaming up is really more for after the meetup but I think there is a lot of potential in it.

I'm calling it "Can you outrun my car?"

And I'm open to suggestions on ways of involving stripping or gambling, because up until now I've always just played for the love of the sport.
posted by quin at 1:06 PM on July 13, 2009


I would definitely spin the wheel. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
posted by explosion at 1:40 PM on July 13, 2009


Put out three food items. Tell your party-goers that one of them was left unrefrigerated for a significant length of time. Challenge them to eat.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:44 PM on July 13, 2009 [5 favorites]


Better yet, C P B, tell them the three items were left out for unspecified lengths of time, one of the items must be a plate of beans.
posted by iamabot at 2:37 PM on July 13, 2009


The other two: pancakes and butter (hurf durf).
posted by hangashore at 3:00 PM on July 13, 2009


Like I said in-thread before it got nuked - Mafia with MeFites promises to be an excellent evening of total overthinking followed by blatant backstabbing - just like MeFi itself!

That, or "I never". Y'know, I've never signed up more than six sockpuppets, I've never flamed out, etc.
posted by Phire at 3:08 PM on July 13, 2009


I'm going to play the game where I pretend everything everyone says is some sort of sexual euphemism. If you know what I mean.
posted by not_on_display at 3:31 PM on July 13, 2009


We could play all sorts of great exquisite corpse games. Like, exquisite corpse parodies of a certain William Carlos Williams poem. Or AskMe questions. Or surreally long usernames.
posted by miagaille at 3:47 PM on July 13, 2009


I'm thinking everyone needs to bring some shirts for a swap. We have people of every hobby/profession/sports fan type here, and it would be cool to exchange them.
posted by misha at 4:03 PM on July 13, 2009


"Show me your drugs"
posted by Meatbomb at 4:11 PM on July 13, 2009 [3 favorites]


Everyone brings + and ! stickers, hands out as they will. 1st person to collect 10 !s is escorted from the meetup by someone wearing a cortex mask. 1st person to collect 10 +s gets a free plate of pancakes or beans (your choice!) delivered by someone wearing a jessamyn mask. Fun for everyone!
posted by donnagirl at 4:36 PM on July 13, 2009


I'm going to bring a giant bucket so we can go Bobbing for Cocks.

If someone chokes on that bucket of cocks, you'll have to do the Heimdick Maneuver.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:13 PM on July 13, 2009 [3 favorites]


A complex game of imagining insulting subtexts in every comment, glance, word or motion directed my way. After I reach 500 points, I'll cut off my hand.
posted by subbes at 5:13 PM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Like, exquisite corpse parodies of a certain William Carlos Williams poem.

Oh man. Like, assign a dozen people at a time numbers between 1 and 12, and that's the line of This Is Just To Say that they have to write a variation on, and then have them all stand up and read their lines in order. Rinse, repeat.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:39 PM on July 13, 2009


Everyone gets a ride on eamondaly's beard, if you know what I mean.
posted by hydrophonic at 6:55 PM on July 13, 2009 [3 favorites]


i was thinking of a confession booth/anon askme set up. Behind a green curtain, No questions answered perse, just a honest hearing and then some hail jessamyns and our mathowies, you know, for penance. Surplice a Sur-plus!
Then 'cuz it's a block party, we can play lawn snarks. it's like jarts, except it's almost entirely metaphorical. Someone puts an editorial or top ten list up on stick and then we through our highly sharpened wits at it until it's full of holes and specious reasoning. Whomever undermines the entire premise of the piece first wins.
And finally, because it's Chicago, there has to be some bean bag tossing. But in this case, we throw a whole plate of beans and then try to think about how to get them all back into the bag and then maybe through the hole. Whoever gets all their beans, named, and with full connotations and historical reference into the hole first might win, although it's always still debate-able.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 8:20 PM on July 13, 2009


Like, exquisite corpse parodies of a certain William Carlos Williams poem.

Oh man. Like, assign a dozen people at a time numbers between 1 and 12, and that's the line of This Is Just To Say that they have to write a variation on, and then have them all stand up and read their lines in order. Rinse, repeat.


This is just to say
Like, no.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:39 PM on July 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm going to hang back being too cool to participate until an opportunity for a zinger is irresistible, at which point I'll reap the big laugh.
posted by desuetude at 9:21 PM on July 13, 2009


I've got this great recursive drinking game lined up. Every time you have a drink, you have to drink.
posted by pompomtom at 9:46 PM on July 13, 2009


Why stop at recursion? Throw some exponential increase in there! Every time you drink, you have to drink TWICE!
int drink(shot) {
    return drink(shot * 2);
}
posted by team lowkey at 12:11 AM on July 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


eam lowkey: if I played that game, I am pretty sure I would never return. Get it? Return? Because none of the calls to drink would return? My programming with cracks me up.
posted by idiopath at 12:41 AM on July 14, 2009


I meant team and wit, not eam and with.
posted by idiopath at 12:50 AM on July 14, 2009


I suggested "Dress as your most humiliating Metatalk callout", but I think I'll be playing alone, my locals being goody goody types - so I offer the idea up to the wider community.
posted by Catch at 1:48 AM on July 14, 2009


I'm gonna marry everyone in sight, irrespective of their own matrimonial status or wishes.
posted by EatTheWeak at 2:24 AM on July 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


pompomtom - reminds me of a drinking game I was taught by my Scottish cousins called "next"... everyone gets 3 pints, whoever lost the previous game goes first... when it's your turn you scull a pint and call "next", at which point the person to your left is up... pretty simple, really...
posted by russm at 3:00 AM on July 14, 2009


Phire: That, or "I never". Y'know, I've never signed up more than six sockpuppets, I've never flamed out, etc.

Good thinkin', Phreckles.
posted by fleacircus at 3:37 AM on July 14, 2009


I say we do some drunken crafting.
posted by orange swan at 5:06 AM on July 14, 2009


I'm just going to expand my downstream network - emerald here I come.
posted by bystander at 5:09 AM on July 14, 2009


Slam books.
posted by Evangeline at 7:39 AM on July 14, 2009


Thank you everyone, you've given me some lols and some very fun ideas.
posted by greekphilosophy at 7:54 AM on July 14, 2009


"Drink Until I'm Attractive And Witty"
posted by The Whelk at 8:00 AM on July 14, 2009 [3 favorites]


Hardcore tater hunt. Whoever finds one, wins.
posted by Never Better at 10:03 AM on July 14, 2009


I got a tater in my-oh nevermind.
posted by The Whelk at 2:04 PM on July 14, 2009


Ooh ooh, here's a good one. It's like the game two truths and a lie. Each person in turn stands up and reads three AskMe questions. Two are legitimate, one is fictional. Everyone else guesses which was the made-up one.

Example:

1) Why do many people in American society find crack funny?
2) Where can I get a mask of myself made for my SO to wear during sex?
3) How scary is blood, really?
posted by ludwig_van at 7:22 PM on July 14, 2009


That's not fair... I really wanted to know the answers for number 2.

For a friend, honest
posted by pompomtom at 9:13 PM on July 14, 2009


Ooh ooh, here's a good one. It's like the game two truths and a lie. Each person in turn stands up and reads three AskMe questions. Two are legitimate, one is fictional. Everyone else guesses which was the made-up one.


FINE


1) How can I get my champagne glass out of the Grand Canal? Is that littering? Will I get in trouble for this? It was plastic.
2) So my brother's lover is hitting on me, should I be worried? We're close friends.
3) I've been banned from Crown Paza Hotels, WTF? How can I get back in? Is it a nation-wide ban?
posted by The Whelk at 10:48 PM on July 14, 2009


The bonus round is played with deleted questions:
  1. I got my blind girlfriend's younger sister pregnant, now what?
  2. While we were hunting I accidentally shot my friend. He doesn't have insurance so I bandaged him up in my basement, but he ain't looking too good -- what do I do?
  3. I'm trying to act out a fantasy wherein I steal the feces of a woman I am secretly admiring and then use it as fertilizer to grow mushrooms which I then eat. Can you tell me how to get the proper spores so that I don't poison myself?

posted by Rhomboid at 11:09 PM on July 14, 2009


fucker.
posted by The Whelk at 11:17 PM on July 14, 2009


Damn it, I came into this thread for the sole purpose of making a strip Twister joke, only to discover that was the second comment.
posted by little e at 12:30 AM on July 15, 2009


Chicago is organizing:

-talent show
-real life FPP contest, with favorite and flag stickers (we have a giant inflatable screen and projector)
-sock puppet pageant (bring your own sock, we provide the crafty materials)

Plus we will likely be winding up the night with a trip to the nearby dive karaoke bar.

Come one, come all!
posted by misskaz at 7:47 AM on July 15, 2009


I'm going to make surreal off-topic remarks at random people until I get a response. Or Favorited. or a hug. or some drugs.
posted by Skygazer at 11:37 AM on July 15, 2009


What of the Narwhale?
posted by The Whelk at 4:27 PM on July 15, 2009


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