My Team, Your Team has been getting a lot of link-love over the past few weeks. Which is super cool; it's a fun game, and everyone in the world should play it and be in love and have puppies.
But the writers in the house need their fun, too. So here's one we played back in the day (along with Alternate Lyrics Kung Fu):
Best with at least 3 people, or in an email chain.
- Write down a decent metaphor/simile. Take a sentence or two if you need it, or even put it into a short poem. Something like:
"Morning walks with Chump, the hound, left me feeling like a train that had been pulled off its tracks by a mad, furry, whuffling, slobbery locomotive."
- Pass the metaphor on to the next person (and you get one from someone else in the chain)
- Change one part of the metaphor, but leave the other untouched. The two parts of a metaphor are the tenor -- the thing being described (in the example above, the walk with Chump) -- and the vehicle -- the thing used to make the description (the train). Example:
"Morning walks with Chump, the hound, left me feeling like the harem slave to a short, hairy nabob." or...
"Conversations with my Unlce Frank left me feeling like a train that had been pulled off its tracks by a mad, furry, whuffling, slobery locomotive."
- Pass it around again, until everyone in the game has touched everyone else's metaphor. Make sure you keep the changes with the original (in email, that's easy), so that the originator can see the progression of his/her metaphor.