Truth or Dare?

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Truth or Dare?
Players 2 or more
Setup time None
Playing time Variable
Random chance Low
Skill(s) required Creativity, embarrassment tolerance

Truth or Dare? is a party game requiring two or more players. Players are given the choice between answering a question truthfully, or performing a "dare", both of which are set by the other players. The game is particularly popular among adolescents and children, and is sometimes used as a forfeit when gambling.


The game has existed for centuries, with at least one variant, Questions and Commands, being attested as early as 1712:

A Christmas game, in which the commander bids his subjects to answer a question which is asked. If the subject refuses, or fails to satisfy the commander, he must pay a forfeit [follow a command] or have his face smutted [dirtied].

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Truth or Dare style games may ultimately derive from command games such as the ancient Greek Βασιλινδα (Basilinda) described by Julius Pollux, "in which we are told a king, elected by lot, commanded his comrades what they should perform".[2]


One player starts the game by asking another to choose "Truth or Dare". If the player chooses "truth", then the first player asks a question, usually an embarrassing one, which the second player must answer truthfully. If the player instead chooses "dare", then the first player dares them to do something, often embarrassing or dangerous, which they must do which can entail telling an embarrassing story or acting out embarrassingly . After answering the question or performing the dare, that player asks "Truth or Dare?" to another player, and the game continues. However, the player cannot dare someone to say the truth.