Are you looking for a fun conversation starter at your next party? Or maybe you’re looking to get to know your friends a little bit better. Either which way, the 21 Questions Game is a great way to open up that window for the opportunity to both have fun and get to know each other. This game can be played with 2 or more people. However, if you play with too many people, the players may begin to get bored as they ‘oh so patiently’ await their turn.
How to Play 21 Questions
Playing the 21 Questions Game is quite simple. And while there are a few versions of this game, it’s just about the same basics for each one. You ask each player 21 questions and they answer. Or you can throw in the option for two passes per player. If a player passes, they will not be required to answer that question. Everyone gets their chance to ask and answer questions before the round ends. You can choose to play as many rounds as you wish.
The Classic Version
The most well-recognized and most often played version of this game is the classic way. In this version, a random player is chosen to go first, or someone can volunteer to go first. This player will be the one that is asked the questions.
Everyone else takes a turn asking the player questions until there are 21 questions asked in total. Remember, you can choose whether or not to incorporate the option for passing before you begin your game.
You also want to make it clear as to whether or not follow up questions will count towards the total 21 questions.
Once the player has been asked all 21 questions, they can then choose the next victim. Or someone may volunteer as well. The next player being asked questions can also be chosen randomly.
If only two people are playing the 21 questions game, they will each take turns asking a full round of 21 questions. Both players can continue the rounds for however long they wish to play. And don’t worry if the game somehow drifts off into a full-blown conversation. After all, that’s what this game was made for!
The Round and Round Version
When playing this version of the 21 questions game, players will sit in a circle (or face to face if there are only two players). The first person will begin by asking the player next to them a question. Once they answer, that player then gets to ask the person next to them a question.
This goes around the circle until the original player answers their question. Again, if there are only two players in this game, you will continue to take one turn asking each other a question until you finish your game.
As always, feel free to incorporate the two free passes rule as well as the rule allowing follow-up questions.
The Ricochet Version
In this version of the 21 Questions Game, the first person asks a question and the chosen player then answers that question. The rest of the players may then ask the player a follow-up question as well if it pertains to the original question.
After the player has answered the original (and optional follow-up) question, he or she then asks another player a question. However, they cannot choose the player that originally asked them the first question.
This round continues until everyone has had their turn at answering questions. Including the first person that originally asked the initial question. However, each player may only be asked a question (and optional follow-up questions) once until everyone else has had their turn in that round.
When you are playing with only two players, each person goes back and forth asking and answering questions until the game is through.
The More You Know
Now that you have an idea of what the 21 Questions Game consists of, you can now enjoy it at your next party. You can choose any of these versions of the game, and they will all supply hours of fun! You may even get a question that starts up a great conversation. Here is a list of stimulating questions to get your game started.
21 Fun Questions for the Game
- Would you sacrifice one life to save ten others? (Optional follow-up: What if that one life was someone that you know and love? Would your answer change?)
- What is one thing that you have done in your life that gives you the most regret?
- If there were a zombie apocalypse to happen today, what do you think your chances of survival might be? (Optional follow-up: What would be your game-plan for survival?)
- If you had the opportunity to change one thing about the way you have lived your life up until now, what would it be?
- Do you believe that what schools teach students is more helpful than what they can learn through experience?
- If you could bring back any deceased person (celebrity, friend, or family), who would it be and why?
- What is the most dangerous thing that you have ever done? (Optional follow-up: do you regret taking that action? How would you have done things differently?)
- Do you have the same personality regardless of the people you are around? (Optional follow-up: If no, how does your personality or actions change depending on your surroundings?)
- What do you think is the most important thing that parents should be teaching their children?
- Do you see yourself having the same career and life ten years from now? (Optional follow-up: If not, how would you like it to change?)
- Is there a specific rumor about you that just about everyone believes to be true, even though it isn’t? (Optional follow-up: If yes, what is it?)
- Do you think the world will end within the next 100 years? (Optional follow-up: What do you think will be the cause of the world ending?)
- What is one bad habit that you know you need to give up but you can’t?
- If you could come back to life as another race, gender, or nationality, which would you choose and why?
- Knowing what you know today, would you live your life any differently if you were given the chance? (Optional follow-up: What specifically would you do differently?)
- What is the one thing that you are extremely passionate about and why?
- Is there anything that you would regret doing (or not doing) in your life now that would greatly affect your future? What would it be?
- Which movie or book character do you feel that you relate to most and why?
- What piece of culture or history has died out that you would like to see make a comeback?
- Name a time when your gut instinct was right about something that you wish it wasn’t. (Optional follow-up: What was something that your instincts were wrong about?)
- Do you feel that technology has gone too far and eventually might take over the world? (Optional follow-up: What do you fear most about the advance in technology?)
There You Have It
The complete rules and description on one of the most popular and easiest games to play at your next get together. No matter which version you choose to play, you and your guests are destined to have a great time; in addition to learning a lot more about each other.
Enjoy the list of questions and feel free to tweak them up a bit, or even add your own flavor to the mix. And don’t forget to have fun!