I Eat Poo
A Twitter-based party game
Earlier this evening, @danfuzz told me that some of his friends were playing a game called “Tweet or Twenty” in which everyone around a table selects a Cards Against Humanity white card and either must post the content to their Twitter account or pay $20 into a pot. The idea is that if the card is too embarrassing, you’d rather pay than have to post it.
I thought this was a fun idea until I realized that since (a) the posts all contained “#TweetOrTwenty”, and (b) a more-or-less complete list of Cards Against Humanity cards is readily available, embarrassment is limited because it’s easy to tell when someone is playing and therefore when their post is not to be taken at face value. So I started thinking of ways to remove this limitation.
After some discussion with Dan, we came up with this game, which is called “I Eat Poo.” It’s a little more complicated than Tweet or Twenty, but we think it’s worth it.
First of all, you are not allowed to give any online hints that you are playing. If you do, you cause unending shame to be heaped upon yourself. This defeats the entire purpose.
On each turn, you give your phone (which must have a Twitter client, signed in to your main Twitter account) to another player. For the first turn, you pass your phone to the person at your left, and in exchange you receive a phone from the person to your right. On the second turn, your phone is given the the person two people to your left, etc. When you’ve passed your phone to everyone around the table, the round is over.
When you receive a phone from someone else, it should have the phone’s Twitter client active, with whatever UI there is to make a new tweet. Then you enter in anything you want. Anything. There are no rules to this part. However, and this is very important: DO NOT POST yet. You may get to do that later. Instead, hand the phone back to the owner.
When you receive your phone back, look at the proposed tweet. Then hand it back to the same person who composed it.
If you don’t want them to post it, conceal a $20 bill in your hand. If you want to allow them to post it, put nothing in your hand. Making sure to hide anything that may be in your hand, put it forward onto the table. Wait until everyone has put their hand in, and then all of you must open your hands simultaneously.
If everyone has $20 in their hands, the money goes into the pot for the next round and nothing is posted.
If nobody has $20 in their hands, nothing gets posted.
If some people have $20 and some people are empty-handed, posts happen for those people who didn’t pay up, and the money (including anything already in the pot) is distributed evenly to those people who didn’t pay.
Finally, any tweets made during this game may not be erased at least until the NEXT occasion that the person plays the game.
Instead of passing phones around progressively to the left, phones are exchanged in pairwise fashion. For a group of five or more this is probably too difficult to keep proper track of without computerized assistance, but has a valuable gameplay benefit: on any given turn, any two players are either playing against each other or not, so incentives and strategy are more comprehensible.
For odd-numbered groups playing this variant, one player must sit out each turn.