Fun Conversation Games
Conversation games are a great way to get to know other people in a fun and laid back way and help to open the lines of communication.
Truth or Dare
Truth or Dare is a classic conversation game that most of us are already familiar with. In this game, everyone sits in a circle and one player will spin a bottle or other game piece. Whomever it points to will be asked the simple question "Truth or dare?" If they answer truth, they will be asked a random question by the person who spun the bottle (the spinner) and will have to answer it honestly. If they answer dare, they will receive a dare by the spinner, which could be something tame or something a little crazy, and they must carry out the dare.
Two Truths and a Lie
Each player takes turn telling the other players three random things about themselves. Two of the things will be true and one will be something completely made up. The other players will guess which of these things is false. This is a great game for learning new things about people you've recently met, and you may even learn a few surprises about friends you've known for a long time.
This is a game of logic that appeals to young and old alike. In this game, players take turns deciding on a person, place, or thing and then another player or players will get to ask that person a total of 20 questions to get to the answer. Responses to the questions will be "Yes" or "No". The other player(s) must guess what the person, place, or thing is within 20 questions or less. This game gets the creative juices flowing as players try to think of the most effective questions that will help them guess correctly before they use up all 20 questions.
Make It or Break It
Players will take turns listing all the positive traits and qualities they hope to find in a future romantic partner. Then another player will say "Make it or break it" and will add a negative trait to the existing list of positive qualities. The original player must then say whether this negative trait would "make or break" their imaginary relationship. This is a great tool for helping young people realize that no one is perfect in all aspects, but helps them determine the qualities most important to them in a partner and which ones would be deal breakers.
Would You Rather
This is a game of rhetoric and can be quite fun as it gets the imagination going. This game could involve very light-hearted questions or more serious questions that really get the audience thinking. Which way you go with the questions will depend on the ages of those playing. In this game, players take turns posing imaginary scenarios to the other players and they have to choose the scenario they would rather have play out. For example, a player might ask "Would you rather be poor and healthy or rich but unhealthy?" The questions can even be about things that aren't currently possible, such as "Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?" Each question and answer opens the door to further conversation, as many times other players will want to know why a certain player answered the way that they did.
Never Have I Ever
Form a circle with one less chair than players. Everyone will have a seat and one player stands in the middle. The player standing in the middle says "Never have I ever..." and filling in the blank with a random activity or action. For example, "Never have I ever cheated on a test" or "Never have I ever ridden in an ambulance." Each time a new statement is made, all the players who have ever done that activity must get up and find a new chair to sit in. The person that's not sitting in a chair will now get to say, "Never have I ever..." It's fun to see who has done what and which players get up the most.
What are You Thinking?
In this game, players take turns guessing what another player or person in the room is thinking or feeling in that exact moment. Players can ask the person questions, such as where they work or what their home is like, in order to help them make appropriate guesses as to what their thoughts or emotions are at the time.
In this game, players take turns thinking of a mutual friend or family member and they must answer random questions about that person's "essence" until another player is able to accurately guess who is being talked about. Questions could be related to the person's favorite food, job, animals, family life, children, age, or any other number of things that would help determine their identity.
Almost everyone loves to talk about their favorite movie stars or musicians. In the famous game, one player mentions a famous person and a second player mentions another famous person that has some sort of connection to the first. Another player must then guess the connection. It could be that they are two actors who played roles in the same film, it could be that they both used to date or were married to the same person, and so on. This is a fun and light-hearted way to break the ice at social gatherings and gets everyone talking and laughing.
Learning about each other can help us find common ground and build trust, both of which are important aspects of friendship or even work related relationships.