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Limericks

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

Goal

To create a limerick with other players who contribute individual lines.

How to play

A limerick is a five-line poem whose first, second, and fifth lines rhyme and whose third and fourth lines share a different rhyme (i.e., the rhyming scheme is AABBA). In addition, the three A lines should have 7–10 syllables and the two B lines 5–7 syllables.

In this game, the first player makes up the first line of the limerick, the second player makes up the second line, and so on, until all five lines are made. Players who cannot think of a suitable line drop out of that round. A full game gives every player a chance to make up the first line. The syllable constraint can be relaxed somewhat to ease gameplay.

Example

Alexander: There was a young man from York,
Byron: Who met a lady named Bjork.
Catherine: He asked if she'd like,
Dana: To ride on his bike,
Eleanor: She laughed: "Sir, you're a dork!"

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