Suppose you're hanging out with a few friends, and the adda isn't quite firing up. For times like this, we've always resorted to party games to breathe life into the dull sessions. After growing out of the naam desh phool phol and chor poolish phase, truth or dare has become one of the staples for such times. Here are some moments you'll most likely come across during any truth or dare game.
SECRET ROMANTIC INTERESTS
No truth or dare game ever starts without creepy “truth” questions regarding someone's love life. It starts off with simple things like “Who was your first crush?” and then moves onto slightly obnoxious ones like pointing at someone present and asking “Do you find him/her attractive?” These questions dominate at first as everyone tends to pick truth.
SOMETHING OTHER THAN ROMANTIC INTERESTS
Peering into other people's love life can only be interesting for so long. At one point, everyone unanimously agrees to not ask such questions anymore. This is where the questions get creative. Embarrassing stories and secrets come out, some of which genuinely surprise you. Everyone has a good laugh and you start to appreciate the spirit of truth or dare.
AWKWARD THINGS WITH STRANGERS
Alright, now let's move onto dares. If you're outside, you can be sure that most dares will be about doing awkward things with strangers. The classic “Go say 'I love you' to that random girl over there,” is usually the starter. Followed by random dance moves in public and something along the lines of going up to a big, scary-looking guy and asking him for a chikon pin er charger.
There will come a time when everyone will get annoyed because everyone, including themselves has been picking truth 95% of the time, while also giving boring, diplomatic and evasive answers. So “truth” will temporarily be unavailable as an option, or some rule will be enforced like having to pick dare if you previously picked truth.
REFUSAL TO DO DARES
When we were young, the one who owned the football or cricket bat would threaten to take it home if everyone didn't agree with him during the game. Being older and more mature doesn't mean we stopped being such buzzkills. People will refuse to do dares if they're not ridiculously easy, hence defeating the purpose of dares. So you can expect some swearing, verbal clashes and mild brawls.
THAT ONE DARE THAT'S SO FUN THAT IT TAKES UP ALL THE REMAINING TIME
Although not guaranteed, but most likely will happen, is what I'd like to call the golden dare. When a creative dare that can involve multiple people meets an open, fun loving participant, the golden dare is born. It's the pinnacle of every truth or dare game. Everyone will become so absorbed and have so much fun in the completion of this one dare that it'll most likely eat up all the remaining time and energy.
By the way, if you're looking to come up with a golden dare for your next game, I'll give you a few hints for a tried and true one; a goofy guy, a make-up box, and the art sense of a terrible artist.
A.K.M. Mushfiqur Rahman is an undercover wizard who spends his days quietly observing muggles. Send him new magic spells at firstname.lastname@example.org