Truth or dare?

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Truth or dare?
Players2 or more
Setup timenone
Playing timevariable
Random chancelow
Skill(s) requiredcreativity,
embarrassment tolerance

Truth or dare? is a mostly verbal 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. Players must perform the dare they are given, or answer the question asked, quiting the game to avoid a dare or question is not allowed, or switching the choice with the other. The game is particularly popular among adolescents and children, and is sometimes used as a forfeit when gambling.

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The game has existed for hundreds of years, 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].[1]

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

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