Everyone knows the basic rules, but sometimes, special truth or dare rules for each group need to be created.
Especially when someone does not want to do a dare, the group shoud discuss which stricter rules apply.
First, all players gather around in a circle and sit down comfortably in the playing location. Only the players who are playing the game will be able to watch the game. Everyone else who is not playing the games will not be allowed to present when Truth or Dare begins.
Every Truth or Dare is exclusively for the players to experience!
Second, discuss all custom truth or dare rules beforehand! Discuss different scenarios and rule out whichever dare come to mind to be impossible. This way, discussions later in the game are avoided.
For example, a group of players will decide beforehand that
no inappropriate physical contact will be made, e.g. no kissing (often used when playing with couples or younger players)
Normally, truth or dare rules confining the game to a room or to a house because else the party will be too scattered and the game will not be able to conclude well are beneficial for the game. Unless you have many guests.
Remember that within the game of Truth or Dare, actions do not account as real in the minds of the players! They will do things they normally wouldn’t because they are done under the influence of the rules of the game.
Normally, everyone will have to abide by the Truth or Dare rules, unless of course, if involved a very personal question, or an unacceptable dare.
If someone would dare another player to “eat this bacon sandwich as fast as possible without using your hands.” The other player could say: “I can’t do this dare because I’m a vegetarian, I do not eat meat.”
If the other players did not know this, they will have to accept personal boundaries and either choose another dare or switch to truth. In this case, one should not be punished because because the other players were not aware of personal circumstances. Then you should just move on to go to the next step of the game.
The same is true when one is not willing to answer a question which is too personal. The question “who is your secret crush" is a classic case. If the group is open enough with each other, they will talk about stuff like that. But they may choose to skip the question if the crush is present for example. (They may not if they are mean!) Just switch to the question “is your crush a big person or small person.” And just stop in time in order not to hut the personal boundaries of a player.
In any case, the player will want to have fun, but cannot be forced to do anything which they do absolutely not want to do. But one should never forget that being embarrassed is half of the fun of the game! Be strict but fair when deciding what is acceptable and what not.
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