A Game of Essence

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Publication Date
November 12, 2020

ESSENCE
is a game best played with a group of 8-24 players.
This is the way it is played:

  1. One person (“The Asker”) leaves the room.
  2. Those remaining choose another person in the room (“The One”). This person generally is not, but could be, The Asker.
  3. The Asker returns and asks questions to the group to determine who The One is.
    Some questions The Asker might ask:
    “If The One were a color, which color would they be?”
    “If The One were a time of day, what time would they be?”
    “If The One were a moment in 2020, which moment would they be?”
    “If The One were a conspiracy theory, which one would they be?”
    “If The One were to choose their own method of death, what would they choose?“
    “If The One were a pantry lunch deep into quarantine, what dish would they be?”
    “If The One were a point on a lowbrow-to-highbrow/despicable-to-brilliant scatterplot, in which quadrant would they fall?”
    etc.
    The group deliberates on each question.
    When they land on an answer that they agree most appropriately captures the essence of The One (e.g. “an earthy beige,” “anchovy toast”), they call “Essence!” and move on to the next question. The Asker gets no more than three chances to guess The One.
Publication Date
November 12, 2020
Volume
6
Number
06
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