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Initial Words

No. of Players: 2+
Type of Game: spoken
What you need: nothing

Goal

To collectively write a sentence whose words have initials that spell other words.

How to play

The first player starts a sentence by saying a word. The second player adds a word, but the initial letters of the two words must form a two-letter word. The next player does the same, adding another word so that the initials of the three words form a three-letter word, and so on. For example, one player starts the sentence with The, the second player adds the word otter (forming the word to from their initials), the next player adds the word navigated (forming ton), and so on. A player who cannot think of a word to add under these constraints must drop out. The last player who is able to successfully add a word is the winner.

Alternatively, words can be added to the sentence so long as an initial word can potentially be completed with the addition of future words. Players can be challenged to prove what word they were thinking of with their addition. For example, a player who adds the word under to the growing sentence The red onion... is challenged. But the player proves his case by pointing out how the word trout could be formed by adding a T-word (like the) to the sentence on the next turn. The challenge is therefore overturned and the challenger must drop out.

Example

Angelo: Nobody...
Brighton: Nobody oiled...
Clarissa: Nobody oiled the...
Darius: Nobody oiled the equipment...
Angelo: Nobody oiled the equipment directly...
Brighton: No letter added to 'noted' makes a new word.
Angelo: Ok, let's start again. But this time let's include potential words as well. Mika...
Brighton: Mika yanked...
Clarissa: Mika yanked the...
Darius: Mika yanked the horse...
Angelo: Mika yanked the horse into...
Brighton: We can make 'mythic' or 'mythical,' but I can't think of a C-word that will fit the sentence. I'm out.
Clarissa: Mika yanked the horse into Chicago...

And so on.

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