Truth or Dare?

Truth or Dare?

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footnotes = 1 Play time varies greatly depending on the number of players and their willingness to answer questions and perform dares.

Truth or Dare? is a party game requiring a minimum of two players. The game is very popular with adolescents, but is also played by some adults.


One player starts the game by asking another player, "Truth or dare?" If the queried player answers, "truth," then the questioning player asks a question, usually embarrassing, of the queried player; otherwise, if the queried player answers, "dare," then the questioning player asks the queried to do something, also usually embarrassing. After answering the question or doing the dare, the queried player asks "truth or dare?" of another player and the game proceeds as before.


* In Australia, a popular variant is "Truth, Dare or Torture," with torture being simply for more embarrassing dares.

* Other versions, played under similar rules and circumstances, require the questioning player to ask the queried player an embarrassing question, and afterwards, say "Truth or Dare?". It is only after the question is asked that the queried is allowed to either answer the question, or accept an unknown dare. It can also be played with an empty bottle by spinning it then asking "truth or dare?" to whom the bottle points.

* Another popular variation of "Truth or Dare" is actually an inversion: "Lies or Play it Safe" dispenses with the traditionally accepted question "Truth or Dare?" and purposefully asks the opposite. In "Lies or Play it Safe," the one being asked the titular question must either respond dishonestly to a question of the asker's choice (different variations of the game have different rules stipulating either only "yes or no" responses, or easily seen-through direct inversions of embarrassing or revealing truths) or "play it safe" by humorously agreeing to follow a particularly insipid or obvious precaution stipulated by the asker.

* Another variation is "Truth, dare, double dare, promise to repeat, Hot chili peppers, licorice, electric chair". Hot chili peppers is French kissing something, an object of the darer's choice, licorice is licking anything, and electric chair is three dares in a row.

* Another variation, once again called "Truth or Dare", allows players to opt out of an embarrassing dare by playing a 'chicken card'. This rule is often used in less mature settings, with young players who would not be willing to go as far to perform a dare. This rule also ensures that the player issuing the dare avoids outrageous dares that would be more likely to be 'chicken carded'. Most players place a limit on the number of chicken cards that can be used by any particular player, to ensure participation by all. Others deter excess use of the chicken card by forcing its user to perform another embarrassing dare instead of the original. Regardless, after playing the 'chicken card', play resumes as if the dare had been performed.

* A different variation is Truth, Dare, Double Dare, Promise or Repeat. Double Dare is a more complex and embarrassing type of dare, or can also be played where both the dare giver and the dare receiver perform the dare. Promise is when you have to promise to do something to someone or an object if they are not there. Repeat is when you have to repeat something, mostly really disgusting.

* Also popular with children is Truth, dare, kiss, or swear. Kiss is where someone has to kiss something of the darers choice. And swear is where someone has to say all of the swears.

* A version played in Portugal among preteens and teenagers is called "Verdade, consequência, nota ou preferência" instead of the simpler version "verdade ou consequência" (literally Truth or Dare). In this version, whoever that answers "Nota" (grade), must grade someone in a scale from 1 to 5, 10 or 20 and whoever that answers Preferência (preference) must choose between two chances given by the person who asks, usually choosing between two elements of the opposite sex or two friends.

* Another version popular in the UK is Truth, Dare, Double Dare, Promise or Opinion. Truth, Dare, Double Dare and Promise are carried out as detailed above and if a player chooses Opinion they must give an opinion on something such as "who is hottest - Abi or Jennifer?" or "rate Phill's personality on a scale of 1-10".

* Perverted or Not Perverted is a more hardcore variant of Truth or Dare, in which one person gives another either a perverted (usually sex-related) question to answer, or one that is more mild (often a would you rather, such as, "Would you rather eat oatmeal for a week or throw a baseball through the window of the Mayor's house?").

* Popular amongst pre-teens in Australia is Truth, Dare, Double Dare, Kiss, Touch or Torture: Double Dare is a dare that both the asker and the queried must do, Kiss means that the queried must kiss a person of the asker's choice, Touch means that the queried must touch something disgusting decided by the asker with the group and Torture means that the queried can be tortured (usually by tickling) by the asker for a set amount of time or until the group decides it is enough.

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