Have you always wanted to travel back in time and relive all those great experiences with friends? OK, we can’t do magic either and we don’t have a real time machine either… But with this time travel game you can at least travel back in time with your friends and reminisce together!
Do you remember how and why your best friendships came about? How did you meet and what did you like best about each other right away? When I think about these questions, it’s not at all easy for me to come up with answers. How are you doing?
I don’t take my closest friends for granted but I rarely think about our shared past. In fact, I only reminisce about old memories with friends I rarely see. The top 10 of my favourite memories has looked the same for years: crazy shared experiences and unique moments, as well as emotional lows and highs in which the people who mean the most to me have been there for me.
The more extraordinary and unique our shared moment was, the more deeply it was imprinted in my memory. It is these moments that still give me strength today, make me smile or shake my head. With this realisation, I came up with a brilliant idea for a very special evening at home with some good friends: A trip back in time. The evening turned out to be so great that more time travels followed in our own four walls. Here are our special tips for your time travel with friends:.
Do your friends know your craziest fashion sins and weirdest hairstyles? Do they know what you looked like as a baby and at school? A true classic for your evening is the good old photo album. Back in the days before the digital age – the older ones among you might remember 😉 – people used to take photos of special milestones in their lives such as birthdays, celebrations, their first steps, their first day at school or outings. Like my best friend, I was born in the 80s: You can imagine what incredible fashion shockers caused a lot of schadenfreude and laughter.
What if? Who doesn’t know them: the big unanswerable questions that are always the same: What if you had (not) done this and that back then? It’s the big question when it comes to past loves, decisions that in retrospect should shape your entire life and when you ponder about the past. That’s how the game came about: “Would you have…? Would you have…? If you…?”
If you have friends as guests who don’t know each other that well, you start with a short version of your life story. You tell how you know whom and at which milestone in your lives you met. Now you ask one of your friends a question about your shared past, i.e. a question that begins, for example, with the words: “What if… had happened?”, “Would you have… if we…?”, or “If you…, what would have happened…?”.
The answer to this question may be realistic, unrealistic, funny, absurd or thoughtful – let your imagination run wild! Now it’s the turn of the friend in question. He also gives a short summary of his life and asks a friend of his choice a question in the subjunctive. Apart from its nostalgic potential, this game is also wonderfully suitable for your friends to get to know each other better and have plenty of material for conversations beyond small talk!
Preparation time: 20 minutes (+ shopping and cooking food)
Since the first playful time travel into the past went down well and my friends like to try out my creative game ideas, we played a few more rounds of the “What if?” game.
Have fun playing the time travel game!
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