With little information regarding when the game 'Truth or Dare?" actually originated, it has nonetheless taken on a life of its own as a favorite party game of many. Rarely will adults play this game, however, as "Truth or Dare?" has become a game, subject to questionable maturity (dependent on the players), it has been typically enjoyed by young children on up to adolescents and college students. With the main objective to pass the time and have fun, the game "Truth or Dare?" has become synonymous with very revealing, and oftentimes dangerous, tendencies that are inherent to the basic structure and fundamental premise of the game. While one audience of participates may keep the game pure of indecencies, others may naturally violate innocence with it, to point of even being downright dangerous.

Depending once again upon both the country, as well as the tendencies and maturity (or immaturity) of the participants, "Truth or Dare?" may take on several variations or additions. If "Truth or Dare?" weren't enough options, some may be familiar with injecting the words "torture" or "opinion" as further complementary options that could be asked of an opponent. The options available, as well as the complexity of the game, once again, is dependent on the consensus of the group that is engaging in this time honored party game.

Things You Will Need

At least 2 Players

Step 1

Before you begin playing the game "Truth or Dare?", it is important that you understand the rules and objective of the game. For a matter of simplicity, although variations of the game do exist dependent upon culture, country, and crowd, the most fundamental options available are obviously "Truth" or "Dare". With these two options, the ultimate objective of this game is to either get someone to reveal a safeguarded truth (i.e. 'secret'), that they may not have otherwise admitted to around others, or to get them to engage in some act, that they may have never done before. Fundamental to the game "Truth or Dare?" is the fact that it is essentially guided by a group's creativity and collective thinking outside the box.

If a person refuses to reveal a truth, or engage in the act/dare asked of them, they are eliminated from the game. Beyond this occurrence, amongst a group of children or adolescents, not participating in what is asked of you can actually have damaging, far-reaching, effects, on your reputation amongst your peers. This deterioration in reputation, if you fail to divulge a truth or engage in an act, can be directly attributable to your inability to simply have fun and cut loose around your peers.

Step 2

Along with the rules and objectives of the game "Truth or Dare?", it is also important to understand the wide spectrum of options regarding a "Truth" or "Dare" challenge. Both options can range from being incredibly innocent, to downright revealing, dangerous, or even hurtful. Embedded and inherent to the very nature of the game, is a game that inherently lends itself to much variety, creativity, and outcomes that are only limited by a group's collective imagination. From revealing whether or not you cheated on a test, to a once-secret kiss with your crush, "truths" can take many forms, and, refusing to divulge a "truth" can be just about as revealing as actually saying it. With "truths", the naturally atmosphere of a game typically causes the "truth" to surface no matter which option the challenge receiver receives.

Similar to "truths", "dares" can include any thing from eating a disgusting to bug, to kissing someone, to, unfortunately, engaging in even more illegal acts. The audience or crowd who play this game will ultimately set the tone for how the game will actually evolve and what the nature of the 'dares' will become that are required. With "dares", whether innocent or dangerous, can naturally cause the game to shift to another venue or location, if only temporarily.

Step 3

With all the rules and objectives explained, the group of typically 2-10 people, can form on the ground or around a table.

Step 4

One player will now have to be chosen to actually begin the game. Either someone can volunteer, or two people can be chosen to battle it out with 'paper-rocks-scissors' in order to determine who will go first. The person who begins the game can ask "Truth or Dare?" of anyone else in the circle.

Step 5

At this point, the person to who "Truth or Dare?" was asked to, will have to decide whether or not they would like to reveal a "truth" or conduct/engage in a "dare". During this point, in order to help the fluidity of the game, the person who initially asked should be brainstorming both options, so that they have something creatively unique in the event that someone chooses the "dare" option. While the other person contemplates whether to pick "Truth" or "Dare", you should have constructed an idea for what you will ask in the event that he/she picks either one.

Step 6

Upon completion of the "Truth" or "Dare", the person who engaged in it will now become the challenger and the process will have to be begun again, but, this time, with a new culprit picked from the circle of participants.

"Truth or Dare?", as a party game, essentially becomes whatever the participants make of it. If they can successfully keep themselves in check, participants can have a fun time with little hurt to others. Of course, the controversy behind the game is that, for the most part, others are essentially forced to divulge information or engage in acts that they wouldn't normally do. Being weary of other's comfort levels, with conducting what is challenged or required of them, can be a great thing to do in order to ensure that the game progresses fluidly and without serious incident.

Tips & Warnings

Unless you really know the audience you are playing "Truth or Dare?" with, and have a good concept of their tolerances, this game can easily deteriorate in a variety of ways. Had one person absolutely refused to divulge a truth or secret, other overpowering personalities may essentially 'force' them to reveal a truth that is utterly embarrassing and hurtful. While, in some ways, this is actually the objective of the game, it does help to be sensitive to the feelings of others, especially when particularly emotional vulnerable people/children become involved in this game (whether of their own decision, or not).

If access to alcohol is had and available, the game can take on a whole new life all it's own, but not always for the best. Alcohol, by its nature, can cause people to do many stupid things without thinking. It would be hoped for that adults could act with a certain level of maturity, however, games like "Truth or Dare?" can quickly become inherently dangerous if alcohol is allowed to be integrated into the game. While one may think that it can make, particularly "dares" more fun and enjoyable, people should consider proceeding with caution because of the negative impact that alcohol can have in clouding judgment.

Before one even considers playing "Truth or Dare?", they should really conduct an internal assessment and judgment based on whether or not they can truly 'trust' all the people that will be playing. While peer pressure may come into serious play, if you are hesitant at all about playing, it would be best to just do you best to avoid the game.

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