For the past 4 years, my friends and I have played a wonderful game, known as Whataboutafellow. It is as wonderful as Helmet Tag, but takes no physical prowess whatsoever. And requires no gear! All it needs is your IMAGINATION and some understanding of the friend you are targeting.
The aim of the game is to challenge your target into determining what they would and would not tolerate in an otherwise perfect mate. Each round comes with the unspoken weight of past questions. In theory, the first question went “Would you date a fellow who was almost perfect except…” But nowadays, all Whataboutafellows have the same set-up:
You: What about a fellow!
Friend: What about a fellow?
You: Almost perfect!
Friend: Almost perfect?
And then you deliver the quality at stake. It could be a physical quality (he has a mole…on his tongue!) or a personality thing (he never shares food! “Two small popcorns, please!”) or something in between (he has a tattoo that says “SPANK ME!”). It could also be a circumstantial thing (He has no furniture in his apartment whatsoever and sleeps on bedding on the floor!) or just an absurd thing (All dogs bark at him crazily—like, INSANELY—whenever they encounter him, even from a distance!)
At this point, there are different directions that the game can go! The target could just say “Yeah, that’s fine,” or “Ew! No!” These responses are NOT IDEAL. Clearly you are doing something wrong and have misjudged your target. Ask yourself these questions:
-Was your question too mild and lame? “Except he has one of those clocks that looks like a cat!”
-Was your question too extreme? “Except he THROWS UP EVERY TIME HE TALKS!”
-Have you been playing Whataboutafellow for like 2 hours straight? Take a break, Anna, jeez!
-Does your target understand the game?
Even bypassing these rookie mistakes, the game works best if you know your target well. Try to toe the line with what you know they hate or what they find disquieting. Appeal to their sense of humor, or their poor taste! Make it difficult! The best Whataboutafellows result in prolonged question-and-answer sessions where you explore this hypothetical person. If you have an intriguing enough fellow, your target will keep asking questions about him even though they would NOT date him. The more you play this game, the more you learn about your friends! They might surprise you with their shallowness or their low standards!
I could list literally hundreds of examples.
Note: Don’t be mislead by the use of the word “fellow!” It does not mean “man,” but refers to the dating preference of your target, whatever that may be. I just haven’t found a term that rolls off the tongue in the same way. Take it to mean that this almost perfect fellow would embody all perfect qualities, even if one of the qualities is being a woman.