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Truth or dare is a fun game to play with your friends, especially at sleepovers and during other times when you probably won’t be disturbed by siblings, parents, or pets. While things might get weird and sometimes uncomfortable, truth or dare is often really funny as well.
Method 1 of 3:
Setting Up the Game
1Choose your players. The game requires at least three players, and more than seven or eight makes it take too long. Ask people to play that you know will get into the spirit of a game that can get embarrassing and weird! Now you can even play with your friends through apps - but it might not be as fun if you’re not face to face.
2Make sure no one is uncomfortable before you begin. Explain the game and the kinds of things you do. Let people know it’s ok to decline to play. For those who are ok with it, gather the players into a circle. Sitting on the floor or at a table is a good way to get organized. Make sure you get comfortable. X Research source
3Agree to a set of rules. Write them down so that you can refer back to them if there are questions. One popular rule lets players choose the same thing only twice in a row. For example, if they choose truth two times in a row, their next turn has to be dare. It’s important to have ground rules beforehand -- both what you should and shouldn’t do -- so that you don’t get held up discussing it once the game begins.
- What kinds of questions will be off-limits (if any)?
- Where can dares occur?
- Do people have to watch the person perform the dare?
- Can dares involve people not in the game?
- Can dares be done in the presence of adults?
- What kinds of limits will you place on the dares?
- Are we going to go around in a circle or spin the bottle so the player who is answering or doing the dare is chosen randomly?
Method 2 of 3:
Coming Up with Questions and Dares
1Make a list of questions. Each person needs to do this independently so they have a place to start when the game begins. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with good questions or dares while you’re in the middle of the game. Some possible truth questions might be:
- What is the most embarrassing thing to happen to you at school?
- Who do you have a crush on?
- If you only had 24 hours to live, what would you do?
- What is the most disgusting thing you have ever done?
- If you had to pick one parent to live and one to die, which would you pick?
2Think of some fun dares. They need to be weird enough to make people pause before doing them, but not dangerous or harmful. Some good dare examples might be:
- Greet everyone you meet for the day with “I’ve got my eye on you. Aliens are watching.”
- Use indelible marker to put “makeup” on your face.
- Put your hands in another player’s pocket for 15 minutes and keep them there no matter what.
- Howl at the moon for 10 minutes in the front yard.
3Work with the other players to come up with questions if you’re having trouble. If, when the game begins you don’t want to ask yours, you can ask for help from other players. You are able to cooperate with other people to think of a truth or dare, but you must ask the person being asked for their permission to consolidate. Remember you are the one to dare the person, not the other people.Advertisement
Method 3 of 3:
Playing the Game
1Choose a player to begin. If you’re going to move around in a circle, do it as follows: player 1 will ask the question to the person on his or her left, player 2. Or you can choose a person to ask the first question (player 1), then he or she spins the bottle in the middle. Whoever the bottle lands on (player 2) will have to be the one answering or doing the dare.The exchange should go something like this: X Research source
- Player 1: “Truth or dare?”
- Player 2: “Truth.”
- Player 1: “When was the last time you ate your own snot?”
- Player 2: “Ummm . . . . last Tuesday.”
- Player 1: “Truth or dare?”
- Player 2: “Dare.”
- Player 1: “Ok. You need to eat a tablespoon of hot sauce in less than 30 seconds.”
- Player 2: “Yuck. Ok, here goes.”
2Move to the next player. This will be the person who just answered the question or dare. He or she asks the person next in the circle, or spins the bottle to find the next person. Question as before. Continue playing until you can't go any more!
3Don’t let the dares go too far. Don't do anything illegal or life-threatening. If someone really doesn't want to do a dare, everyone in the game will pick a difficult dare of their own. The player then must choose one of the new dares. Choose wisely when electing to go to the alternate dares because they could be much worse. Remember, you don't have to do a dare if it's too much and surpasses the "limit" of what the group is playing for.Advertisement
QuestionWhat do I say if someone asks me if I lied during a truth or dare game?Community AnswerIt's really up to you whether you confess or not. It's meant to be a game, not a police interrogation.
QuestionDo you need to tell the truth when you say truth?Community AnswerYou do need to tell the truth, as the name implies, this game will be the most fun with an honest answer! However, if you don't feel comfortable answering certain questions, that's completely okay.
QuestionWhat limits should I set on a game played at a sleep over?Community AnswerNothing involving drugs or alcohol, weapons, or sex. If someone refuses to do or tell something, that's OK. It is just a game, after all.
QuestionAre there penalties if a player does not go through with a dare?Community AnswerYou could set rules beforehand and create a penalty for declining a dare that isn't dangerous or harmful.
QuestionWhat are the age requirements of this game?Community AnswerThere are none. All ages may play.
QuestionMy little sister is 10 years old, what kind of truths and dares do they do at that age? I want to make the game fun for her and me both (I'm 13).Community AnswerUsually just small funny things like, "stuff seven mini marshmallows in your mouth", "do you like ketchup?" or maybe something more challenging like, "do you have a crush on Jake?" or "I dare you to yell something you hate really loudly!"
QuestionCan another person repeat the same question that has already been asked?Community AnswerIt's better to choose different questions, but you can decide before you start playing to see what other people think.
QuestionMy friends played this and I chose dare. They dared me to ask my boyfriend to have sex. Should I do it?Community AnswerNo. Sex is a really serious issue and you definitely shouldn't commit to having it on a dare. Talk to your boyfriend about sex after you've thought it through carefully and decided you're absolutely sure you're ready. Don't let your friends peer pressure you with this silly game.
QuestionCan you dare someone to tell the truth?Community AnswerThere certainly aren't rules against it!
QuestionIf someone dares me to put my hand down another player's pants, what should I do?Community AnswerAs long as you and the other player are both comfortable with it, then you can do it. Otherwise you can skip your turn or ask for another dare, depending on the rules you have decided on for the game.
- If someone doesn't want to do something, trust them. Don't think that someone is just too scared to share something.
- Be careful what you ask a person. Even though it's truth or dare, what you say or do can affect what another person feels about you.
- Another reminder that just because you dare someone to do something, they CAN choose not to do it, especially if it makes them uncomfortable. For example, daring someone to smell your stinky feet. Don't make them feel bad for turning that down.
- You are allowed to say "no" to a dare. Whether it makes you uncomfortable or it's dangerous and likely to get you in trouble, you are allowed to say "No, I don't want to do that". Stick to your decision, even if people pressure you.
- Never do anything dangerous on a dare, or answer any question that is uncomfortable for you, regardless of how much your "friends" plead. If they cannot accept that you won't do it, then they may not be friends. Friends would never force you to do anything like take drugs or hurt yourself or others.
About This Article
To play truth or dare, you’ll need at least 3 players, but you can have as many as 7 or 8. Make sure everyone agrees on what kinds of questions or dares are off limits before the game starts, like anything dangerous or illegal. Then, have all of the players sit in a circle. To start, have the first player choose someone and ask them, “Truth or Dare?” Once the person chooses, either ask them a question or dare them to do something, depending on what they pick. After they complete their turn, they pick the next person to play, and so on. For tips on coming up with questions and dares before the game, keep reading!