Each player is given a sheet of paper, and all are told to write down a word or phrase to fit a description ("an animal"), optionally with some extra words to make the story. Each player then folds the paper over hide the most recent line, and hands it to the next person. At the end of the game, the stories are read out.
The exact sequence varies, but a sequence could be:
- An adjective
- A man's name
- The word met followed by an adjective
- A woman's name
- The word at followed by where they met
- The word to followed by what they went there for
- The words he wore followed by what he wore
- The words she wore followed by she wore
- What he did
- What she did
- The words and the consequence was followed by details of what happened as a result
- The words and the world said followed by what it said
Then the story is read (for example):
Mediocre Joe met transparent Kim at the bowling alley, to dig for gold.
He wore a seafoam green leisure suit. She wore a sandwich board. He poured a martini. She looked at her watch. And the consequence was, the band got back together.
And the world said “Somehow, I think I saw this coming.”
Consequences can also be played in a drawing version, sometimes known as picture consequences, where the first player draws the head, passes it unseen (by means of folding) to the second player who draws the body, then on to the third player who draws the legs. The composite person or creature is then revealed to all by unfolding the paper.