How You Perceive The World

This is a game for 2-5 players about subjective perception.

I’ve never tested it, so if you do, let me know!

Idea

You’ve all been reborn. Your new bodies perceive things differently than your old ones, in subtle or obvious ways. You all have to be re-trained in sensing and understanding the world.

Preparation: Make Perception Cards

Give each player a bunch of blank cards or pieces of paper.

Everyone: For each of the other players, you need to make 2 perception cards – in secret. These cards show how that person’s new body experiences the world, and you’ll use them to describe how they experience the world and the situations they’re in.

Things influencing our perceptions can be, for instance: Biological sex, sharpness/dullness of senses, brain chemistry, age, stage of life, whether or not you have kids, past training, past trauma etc. Try to make cards that are different from that person’s current perceptive makeup.

Example:

Sally is an 80-year old woman. She has lived a sheltered life on a farm and loves animals. You decide that her new body is that of a younger male, and come up with these perception cards:

Overestimates Romantic Interest. (Research consistently shows that men believe women are more sexually interested in them than women actually are).

Sees Other Men As Challengers. (Many men are brought up to see others as potential enemies, rivals or threats).

Play

Together, think of a situation where all the characters are present. Then take turns describing something another character perceives, based on the cards you made for them. Thereafter, that character’s player describes their reaction.

Example:

You all decide that this will be a camping trip, and you’re pitching your tents. On your turn , you describe something Sally’s new body perceives.

You use “Sees Other Men As Challengers”, and describe how one of the other guys on the trip, while setting up his tent, keeps eye contact a little too long. You tell Sally that this feels like a direct challenge, a slight act of aggression. Sally says she stares back and uses a little extra force when setting up the tent pole.

The next turn, you use “Overestimates Romantic Interest”. One of the women in the group just made a joke. You tell Sally that the woman is smiling flirtatiously while telling the joke… there’s a spark there, right? Sally says she laughs out loud at the joke, then winks at the woman.

Play for as long as you enjoy it.

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