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Inflationary Language

No. of Players: 1+
Type of Game: written
What you need: pen and paper


To write sentences that change words with numbers in them.

How to play

Players challenge themselves and others to increase the value of the numbers in a given set of number-words. Number-words include the standard words for numbers (e.g., one), words that make reference to numbers (e.g., once), words that sound like numbers (e.g., won), and words whose spelling include a standard number word (e.g., alone). The gamemaster gives an identical list of number-words to the other players and the first player to include them in sentences that increase them by one is the winner. Extra bonus points go to any player who uses them to craft a short story. Alternatively, the gamemaster writes a series of sentences or a short story with these words already increased by one, and players must re-write them so as to bring them back to the original words.


Audrey challenges Brody to write inflationary sentences using this list of number-words:

won, tonight, before, graduates, feminine, twice, kittens, forgive, into, tender, late, forehead, tattoo, tomato, once, anyone, tennis, asinine, tenor, artwork, great

Brody's sentences:

The Panthers played a gr-nine game threenight. They two by a wide margin.
I have a elevender spot for kitelevens.
She's going to take a course in mathematics befive she gradunines.
"Elevennis, anytwo? Elevennis, anytwo?" he repeated himself thrice.
He walked right inthree the branch, bumping his fivehead.
Twice upon a time, I thought getting a tatthree was a good idea.
The elevenor loves tomnine-o sauce.
He made another asiten comment, embarrassing himself again.
"Fivegive me, but is that really considered arthreerk?" he asked the curator.
She walked very femiten and proud, not caring if she was already l-nine.

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