Some recent games arising from the November-December headspace, in the waning light of the solstice, as the nights got longer and darker.
The Game of Precursors
Nothing comes from nothing. Name the precursor, analogical antecedent or genealogical ancestor for a particular object.
The precursor of toothbrushes was the biting of a horse’s mane.
The precursor of sleep was arousal.
The precursor of dinner was fright.
The precursors of forks were very tiny knives.
The precursors of sandwiches were farms.
The precursors of maps were flecks of ink stuck to a page.
The precursors of molars were roller blades.
The precursor of streets was imperialism.
The precursors of tangled hairs were spider webs.
The precursors of bulldogs were bullcats.
The precursors of pinecones were nailguns.
The precursors of fingers were warts.
The precursors of batteries were genies in a lamp.
The precursors of rats were jelly beans.
The precursors of doorknobs were doormice.
The precursors of bees were dryer lint.
The precursor of flame was flatulence.
The Objectification of Morals
A game invented by the Surrealist Group of Stockholm:
“It was a simple analogy game where we found concrete objects as correlates to abstract concepts. We chose an abstract concept, each player suggested one sensory characteristic associated with the concept, and from the constellation of adjectives we kept discussing until we found an object that embodied all these sensory characteristics.”
-icecrawler/heelwalker, from the post Surrealism is a Shrimp
Hard, bloody, black, aggressive, blunt, silent, limpid…
“Opposition is a pirate”
Sweet, soft, liquid, furry, clean, efficient…
“Amelioration is a bee”
Feathered, cold, spicy, metallic, sharp, messy…
“Revenge is a weathervane”
Buzzing, whirling, short of breath, heavy, soggy …
“Confusion is a pug”
Question and Answer
Where can I throw my refuse?
The deserted apiary.
Who brought ruin to Rome?
That group of insecure teenagers.
How do I learn about advanced math as an adult?
By means of a meat-grinder and lots of time.
A Visit from Beatriz, or the Occult Elevator
Beatriz Hausner also visited us from Toronto. Here’s a group portrait of the evening, “The Occult Elevator”.