Yesterday I had a date with a NJB (Nice Jewish Boy) in Dolores park. We played checkers (I won! Disclosure: I was a heavily addicted, highly ranked Yahoo! Online Checkers player from 1997-1999) and Subjective Guess Who, a fantastic made-up game I learned about at Brandeis. The only thing I love more than board games is prejudicial, shallow judgments…so Subjective Guess Who is by far my favorite board game. Subjective Guess Who: Are you aware of it?
Normal Guess Who uses objective questions, “Does your person have glasses?”, “Does your person wear a hat?” It is meant for children and is stupid and easy. But Subjective Guess Who is different, it asks only subjective questions with no clear answers such as “Is your person a pedophile?” “Does your person cry when they get drunk?” “Would your person ever shoplift from Walgreens?”
Most of the time there are no winners, since there are no right or wrong answers to any of the questions. But if you have the privilege to play with a soul mate or life long best friend, you may find that your prejudices align so perfectly that you are able to guess who they have right away.
SGW is most fun when played in a medium size group with about three people on each team that way you can collude together and decide if your person “wants to name their first born Harry Severus Potter”. But it’s also a great game to play on an early date because if your partner isn’t funny enough or is too PC to guess if their person “likes musical theater and gay sex” then it’s best to dump them sooner rather than later.
PRO TIP: I highly suggest the travel version of this board game as it is insanely cheap and, well, travel sized.