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March 13, 2009 2:20 PM   Subscribe

In the spirit of Friday being game day, I give you Broken Picture Telephone; a pictoral version of the classic game of telephone (also known as Chinese Whispers.) Previously on MeFi.
posted by ob (180 comments total) 53 users marked this as a favorite

 
To some people, this will also be familiar as the game "Eat Poop You Cat!"
posted by evilangela at 2:21 PM on March 13, 2009 [4 favorites]


we call this 'telephone pictionary'
posted by oonh at 2:24 PM on March 13, 2009


This is hiliarious.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 2:26 PM on March 13, 2009


Purple Monkey Dishwasher
posted by Sprocket at 2:28 PM on March 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


More random than telephone, I must say, and violently more hilarious. Here is one I just finished.
posted by gcbv at 2:43 PM on March 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


Oh my, this is what the internet was made for.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:03 PM on March 13, 2009


When playing Broken Telephone as a child, I could always tell which kids changed it into something "funny" on purpose and I hated them for ruining the game.
I'm over it now.
posted by chococat at 3:09 PM on March 13, 2009 [5 favorites]


Wish I had a mouse right now! This is so hard on a touch pad!

Loved Picard in a Jar, gcbv.
posted by betafilter at 3:20 PM on March 13, 2009


Man this is AWESOME.
posted by ORthey at 3:21 PM on March 13, 2009


Wow, right now this is my favorite thing ever. I ended this one-- which wasn't at all like is started but each one makes me happier than a Chicago hot dog.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:26 PM on March 13, 2009


So one thing I haven't figured out... when do the games end? They all seem to be different lengths.
posted by ORthey at 3:30 PM on March 13, 2009


My kingdom for a digital tablet! the mouse keeps jittering too much for me to do these exactly how I want. But still, good times!
posted by StrangeTikiGod at 3:31 PM on March 13, 2009


Oh, I see... the starter chooses the number of rounds.
posted by ORthey at 3:33 PM on March 13, 2009


Eat Poop You Cat on MeFi: previously, and as an online game.
posted by RogerB at 3:34 PM on March 13, 2009


"ET phone retirement home" is inventive, plausible, and delicious.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:46 PM on March 13, 2009


A game which requires the participation of other people? Heresy!
posted by Krrrlson at 3:49 PM on March 13, 2009


This is great. Grab a cocktail (or, two, or three) and it gets even funnier!
posted by ericb at 3:52 PM on March 13, 2009


Most people draw better giraffes than I do.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:57 PM on March 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Okay, list your usernames here and I'll start a MeFi game. I'm gnfti.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:58 PM on March 13, 2009


bgm
posted by chococat at 4:02 PM on March 13, 2009


sarahemily
posted by betafilter at 4:06 PM on March 13, 2009


The way-too-verbose and trying-to-be clever ones are annoying and not fun to draw.
Looks like I'm not over it after all.
posted by chococat at 4:11 PM on March 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


Okay, list your usernames here and I'll start a MeFi game. I'm gnfti.

ericb

(duh).
posted by ericb at 4:12 PM on March 13, 2009


Actually, the opening ones read a lot like those Tiny Art Director commissions.

"Three Chuck Norrises, but one of them has no beard, fighting a dinosaur with a robot on its back! But the dinosaur has six legs! In space! And the robot is on fire! Oh, and one of the Chuck Norrises is also a Viking! A metaphorical Viking!"
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:14 PM on March 13, 2009 [2 favorites]



Most people draw better giraffes than I do.


I was going to say "No I don't, Joey Michaels" but then I think I might be wrong. (I'm LogopolisMike there) Of course, all my other drawings suck. I wish I could choose just to guess text but that would, I suppose, be lame.

Who are these freaks who can draw near perfect representations of animated characters with sub-MS Paint technology? And by "freaks" I mean skilled artisans.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 4:15 PM on March 13, 2009


I'm amazed that somebody recognized my drawing of Lenin.
posted by uncleozzy at 4:16 PM on March 13, 2009


Also, those progress bars look like they are pushing a whole bunch of data, even if you're just submitting text. They appear as if they just run for a fixed amount of time.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:17 PM on March 13, 2009


Telephone Pictionary (as I usually call it) is the world's best party game. It requires nothing more than a stack of paper and pens, and it is hysterically funny--I can't think of any other game that's resulted in as much tear-inducing, side-splitting laughter. It requires no skill. Indeed, it rewards poor drawings. Optimal number of people is between 4 and 10, I think; you can do it with more, but it gets a bit unwieldy.
posted by fermion at 4:19 PM on March 13, 2009


Way too hard to draw using a mousepad and javascript. But fun.
posted by orthogonality at 4:19 PM on March 13, 2009


The A Team's penises are magnetically attracted to bums.

I don't remember that episode.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 4:21 PM on March 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


It looks like I'll have the same problem I had with Eat poop you Cat, which is that I can't draw anything that resembles anything. You may say that's the fun of it, but that's only because you've never seen me spend 10 minutes trying to draw a TV set and failing.
posted by saffry at 4:25 PM on March 13, 2009


Same as my metafilter username... (for the private MeFi game)
posted by evilangela at 4:27 PM on March 13, 2009


Okay, list your usernames here and I'll start a MeFi game. I'm gnfti.

ORthey.

chococat, you drew an amazing version of comment with the dinosaur head and the chicken.
posted by ORthey at 4:27 PM on March 13, 2009


this one is quite awesome
posted by localhuman at 4:31 PM on March 13, 2009 [3 favorites]


Frankly, I'm pretty amazed at some peoples' drawing abilities. Some of these are truly genius. And you only get 10 minutes!
posted by ORthey at 4:33 PM on March 13, 2009


Good, that's eight people (including JoeyMichaels, MCMikeNamara and myself). I'm going to give it say 15 minutes to see if we can get to 11, else I'll invite everyone we have and let the site find random users for the remaining slots. I think that's how it works.

chococat we were just in a game together!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:36 PM on March 13, 2009


Frankly, I'm pretty amazed at some peoples' drawing abilities. Some of these are truly genius. And you only get 10 minutes!

Oh wow, yes. I can't draw to save my life, and there's something almost poetic about people creating something so... beautiful for something as seemingly disposable as a 5 by 5 inch drawing for random people on the internets.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:41 PM on March 13, 2009


chococat, you drew an amazing version of comment with the dinosaur head and the chicken.
chococat we were just in a game together!

Ha!

This one managed to keep on track really well until the very end.
posted by chococat at 4:42 PM on March 13, 2009


I'm glad you all like this. I was sent this my a friend this afternoon and it made me laugh so hard I actually wept so I thought MeFi would like this too. I might have to join in...
posted by ob at 4:43 PM on March 13, 2009


Please do!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:44 PM on March 13, 2009


I mean check out the last drawing in this one (that gnfti linked to). Amazing!!!
posted by ORthey at 4:45 PM on March 13, 2009


ITYM this one. But yes, yes indeed!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:47 PM on March 13, 2009


whoops! yeah, you're right.
posted by ORthey at 4:48 PM on March 13, 2009


Oh man, enough. Gotta make dinner.
posted by chococat at 4:51 PM on March 13, 2009


Alright, no more bets, invitations are out. No spoilers till completion please, and godspeed!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:52 PM on March 13, 2009


Alright, to be sure, this is set to 11 rounds, general (not mature), private, and make public on completion.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:53 PM on March 13, 2009


Anyone else have trouble signing in? I want to play. Sadface.
posted by phunniemee at 4:57 PM on March 13, 2009


What goes wrong exactly?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:59 PM on March 13, 2009


Ok I've just joined. My username is satan.
posted by ob at 5:01 PM on March 13, 2009


What goes wrong exactly?

Is this directed at me?

It won't let me sign in. Or maybe it won't even let me sign up. I do the whole username/password thing, and then it just redirects me to the home page, not signed in and not giving me any indication that it knows I've tried to sign up. Or in.
posted by phunniemee at 5:05 PM on March 13, 2009


Did you click sign up on the top right? Did you get an activation email?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:07 PM on March 13, 2009


I'm playing as Rhaomi, if it's not too late.
posted by Rhaomi at 5:07 PM on March 13, 2009


Whoops, forgot to preview -- missed the last few comments. nvm
posted by Rhaomi at 5:08 PM on March 13, 2009


Did you get an activation email?
No. And it's had plenty of time. Why does it hate me? (And I've given it two different addresses, so we don't have any spelling mistakes or anything.)
posted by phunniemee at 5:10 PM on March 13, 2009


Strange, is all I can say.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:13 PM on March 13, 2009


Meaning, restored!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:16 PM on March 13, 2009


so. much. fun. sorry metafilter. see you later. i've got better things to do now -
posted by localhuman at 5:24 PM on March 13, 2009


I told you I can't draw.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:50 PM on March 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


So I thought it was a panda. I got the rest right, didn't I?
posted by darksasami at 6:26 PM on March 13, 2009


Let me know if you're doing another game. This is a lot of fun.
posted by ob at 6:33 PM on March 13, 2009


MarisaS ... or am I late to this?
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:35 PM on March 13, 2009


I'm in! (Through internet explorer. For some reason, it wouldn't let me sign up on firefox.)
posted by phunniemee at 6:55 PM on March 13, 2009


Ha! Nice one, satan.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:16 PM on March 13, 2009


Cheers. Whoever said that this was violently hilarious was right. Case in point.
posted by ob at 7:45 PM on March 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Oh man invetro's Barney shotgun suicide ... I laughed way too hard at that.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:49 PM on March 13, 2009


I'm signed in, but I don't see how to play with you people. Having fun with strangers (well, non-Mefi strangers) just isn't the same.
posted by chowflap at 7:50 PM on March 13, 2009


I haven't done this yet, but you can start a game, and invite only your "friends", so I guess you could add everyone in this thread. But you can't voluntarily join a game, I think. Looks like you get assigned randomly.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:52 PM on March 13, 2009


Yeah, I'm not sure how to do this, but gnfti knows...
posted by ob at 7:52 PM on March 13, 2009


I just started one inviting every user name I saw posted in here. Don't know if you get an email or what.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:57 PM on March 13, 2009


That was a crazy one, Marisa! I was that game as well. Yeah, you're late to this round.

ORthey mentioned not seeing anything indicating an invitation, so I'd like to know if anyone has. I can't see anything about it on my profile or anything, but I believe I invited at least bgm (chococat),sarahemily (betafilter), ericb, LogopolisMike (MCMikeNamara), evilangela, JoeyMichaels (Joey Michaels). I may have gotten something wrong.

Or maybe it's secret by design? Like, games you're invited to appear just as any other game, and everyone is notified when it's done? Just speculating here.


FYI, total known Mefite players so far:

bgm (chococat),sarahemily (betafilter), ericb, uncleozzy, LogopolisMike (MCMikeNamara), evilangela, satan (ob), Rhaomi, MarisaS (Marisa Stole the Precious Thing), gnfti (goodnewsfortheinsane), JoeyMichaels (Joey Michaels)
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:58 PM on March 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


There's me! I'm chowflap here and there. I just drew a terrible drawing of a weightlifter.
posted by chowflap at 8:01 PM on March 13, 2009


I got an email about Marisa's private game. I'm happy with my work.
posted by ob at 8:09 PM on March 13, 2009


Did you invite me, Marisa?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:10 PM on March 13, 2009


Yeah, I made a second one, updated with the names you provided - I missed a couple, and got a few wrong the first time.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 8:15 PM on March 13, 2009


Correction: I erroneously omitted ORthey from both lists above. I did in fact invite him too. Sorry about that.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:20 PM on March 13, 2009


Did ob mean like an automated email from the game server? I didn't get anything, FWIW.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:22 PM on March 13, 2009


Yeah, it's an automated email...
posted by ob at 8:22 PM on March 13, 2009


I didn't get anything, FWIW.

Huh. I'll start a third then, seeing how I also think I missed ORthey.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 8:28 PM on March 13, 2009


I can tell you that the good news from my perspective is that I've started drinking...
posted by ob at 8:35 PM on March 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Yeah, it's just my Gmail, and I checked the spam folder, to no avail.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:35 PM on March 13, 2009


Here's one betafilter started.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 8:38 PM on March 13, 2009 [2 favorites]


Why do all of my games end up involving poop? (Not my doing, I swear.)
posted by chowflap at 8:43 PM on March 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Here's one betafilter started.

That one was wonderful.
posted by ob at 8:44 PM on March 13, 2009


schkoo is me. I can't draw!
posted by darksasami at 8:50 PM on March 13, 2009


Opening a text file now to get all these names in one shot each time.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 8:59 PM on March 13, 2009


I am crying with laughter.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 9:24 PM on March 13, 2009


I'm muncadunc, and I just spent the last 4 hours drawing and waking my roommate up laughing.
posted by dunkadunc at 9:25 PM on March 13, 2009


I'm in as Secretlife. Just wasted spent my evening doing this and now I am off to bed.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 9:34 PM on March 13, 2009


I don't want to bang my own drum, but I am honestly amazed at how the core concept in this one that I linked earlier dissipated, then was restored.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:40 PM on March 13, 2009


Oooh! You guys should go look at The sentence game. Go here to sort by rating and see some past games.
posted by PercussivePaul at 9:41 PM on March 13, 2009


Anyone wanting to start their own game, the names I have so far are

schkoo,ORthey,chowflap,bgm,sarahemily,ericb,uncleozzy,LogopolisMike,evilangela,satan,Rhaomi, gnfti,JoeyMichaels,muncadunc,Secretlife,MarisaS
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:42 PM on March 13, 2009


Heck, toss me in too, if you would (as Xezlec of course).
posted by Xezlec at 9:43 PM on March 13, 2009


I am psho!
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 9:46 PM on March 13, 2009


Alrighty then, if no one else will start it, then I will. Hope some of you folks are still awake!
posted by Xezlec at 9:59 PM on March 13, 2009


I've started one with you added and one with psho added as well.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:05 PM on March 13, 2009


yup. just look for liza :)
posted by liza at 10:10 PM on March 13, 2009


I'm having a time out, but I'll be back in the morning...
posted by ob at 10:12 PM on March 13, 2009


This was posted to projects as Pictodash. But the online versions seem pretty cool too. Thanks!
posted by theiconoclast31 at 10:15 PM on March 13, 2009


!!!!!!! How do I find private games?
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 10:26 PM on March 13, 2009


You get invited to them.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:28 PM on March 13, 2009


Also, the email alerts seem to come a few at a time.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:29 PM on March 13, 2009


Apparently, to get into a private game, you just say "join" and you get assigned to a private one if you've been invited. Right?
posted by Xezlec at 10:32 PM on March 13, 2009


ob got an email alert about a private game.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:36 PM on March 13, 2009


Hmm I'm not getting those.
posted by Xezlec at 10:40 PM on March 13, 2009


Yeah -- I get notified of completed games, but no invites.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 10:46 PM on March 13, 2009


Odd. Maybe we're strangling the email client with stamede of activity!
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:49 PM on March 13, 2009


do get an email when you're invited? how does that work?
posted by liza at 10:49 PM on March 13, 2009


do get an email when you're invited?

Supposedly. Doesn't seem to be happening though.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:52 PM on March 13, 2009


Odd. Maybe we're strangling the email client with stamede of activity!

Would explain why I haven't seen any completed games in a while.
posted by Xezlec at 10:56 PM on March 13, 2009


My username is- wait for it- twirlypen.
posted by twirlypen at 1:18 AM on March 14, 2009


I love playing this game in real life, so I signed up. Of course yahoo would choose this time to crap out on me, so I can't verify my account yet. Once I can get into my email and finish the sign up process I'll leave my username here.
posted by kosher_jenny at 2:10 AM on March 14, 2009


Well, my email seems to be working now, but it looks like I'm still waiting on that verification code (maybe the same problem that has delayed the game emails has delayed that as well?). Anyway, I'm signed up as shamefuljenny, so you can go ahead and add me, and I'll add everyone else once I can properly log in.
posted by kosher_jenny at 3:03 AM on March 14, 2009


Alright, it looks like I can play now. I seem to have misread some comments in this thread, since I thought that there was some way to keep track/record users that you might play often with, but I guess you just have to keep a record of your "friends" offsite somewhere and then manually add each username when you want to start a new game. I'll stop cluttering the thread now.
posted by kosher_jenny at 3:11 AM on March 14, 2009


Judging by all the sudden switches to "A Tree", "Cock and Balls", and "Broken Telephone is Broken", I'm guessing Anonymous found this.
posted by dunkadunc at 4:59 AM on March 14, 2009


I'm missdanie and I long to interpret your artwork.
posted by houseofdanie at 6:29 AM on March 14, 2009


I'm ladycrappo if any more games go down.

Also: this is totally sweet and addictive.
posted by bookish at 8:06 AM on March 14, 2009


I checked on it this morning (and I admit played a few seven more games) and even though I started two games and contributed drawings in three games none of those showed up in my completed games-- only the ones that I wrote in. I was dying to see how my drawings were interpreted.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:13 AM on March 14, 2009


Had to bail last night.
There was a bunch of invite emails from Marisa this morning, so that works at least.
posted by chococat at 8:13 AM on March 14, 2009


OK, I've updated the Mefi Broken Picture Telephone user list.

I checked on it this morning (and I admit played a few seven more games) and even though I started two games and contributed drawings in three games none of those showed up in my completed games-- only the ones that I wrote in. I was dying to see how my drawings were interpreted.

I've been getting notifications of both games I've written in and ones I've drawn in, if it helps. Have yet to see the results of any of the ones I started and invited you all to, though. Going to check my e-mail now.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 8:35 AM on March 14, 2009


Hmm... just signed up. Anyone up for a game?
posted by defenestration at 8:45 AM on March 14, 2009


username = defenestration ...surprising, right?
posted by defenestration at 8:46 AM on March 14, 2009


Anyone up for a game?

Sure! Here's the user list if anyone else is interested in starting a game (no spaces after commas):

schkoo,ORthey,chowflap,bgm,sarahemily,ericb,uncleozzy,LogopolisMike,evilangela,satan,Rhaomi, gnfti,JoeyMichaels,muncadunc,Secretlife,Xezlec,psho,liza,twirlypen,shamefuljenny,missdanie,ladycrappo,defenestration

You just Start Game and scroll down the left margin where your options are to make the game Public or Private. Private games are only for those you invite, but you can allow them to be displayed publicly once completed.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 8:55 AM on March 14, 2009


Oh, I'm MarisaS.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 8:56 AM on March 14, 2009


I'm...phunniemee.
posted by phunniemee at 9:02 AM on March 14, 2009


Cool, I started a game and sent out the invites. I hope I get to draw. I chose 11 steps and invited all of those people, to be safe. I have no clue how the rotation works.
posted by defenestration at 9:03 AM on March 14, 2009


you can add my username to the list too- it is 'localhuman'
posted by localhuman at 9:07 AM on March 14, 2009


Starting a new game with everybody included.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:12 AM on March 14, 2009


And with localhuman, that's 26 users from here altogether.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:14 AM on March 14, 2009


Where on the site does the invite for the private game show up? Or does it just appear in your email?
posted by defenestration at 9:21 AM on March 14, 2009


I have joined our game and I feel that my work is masterful.
posted by ob at 10:19 AM on March 14, 2009


I just did an epic drawing and didn't save. Bummer.
posted by defenestration at 10:23 AM on March 14, 2009


There is definitely something odd going on. I think some of the games never get completed but just evaporate for some reason. Counting last night, I've participated in 17 games, yet only 8 of them show up as finished. I can't find out any information on the site as to why that might be. For example one game I started this morning (Guitar plays tennis with saxophone) at 10:30 has had three hours to complete the 11 entries, yet it never showed up as completed. Could there be a moderator yanking games for some reason?
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 10:24 AM on March 14, 2009


Could there be a moderator yanking games for some reason?

Not sure about that, but it's possible - Anon found these games last night/earlier today and was doing some pretty unimaginative trolling.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:34 AM on March 14, 2009


I'm in as riane. And I am addicted.
posted by riane at 10:37 AM on March 14, 2009


Anon found these games last night/earlier today and was doing some pretty unimaginative trolling.

How so?
posted by ob at 10:37 AM on March 14, 2009


And I am addicted.

Of course you are. It's like internet crack.
posted by ob at 10:43 AM on March 14, 2009


How so?

Every picture, no matter what was drawn, was described as "Tree".

~sigh~ I guess I am not going to the gym today.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 10:53 AM on March 14, 2009


Is it wrong that I want to buy a tablet just so I can play this game better?
posted by chowflap at 10:54 AM on March 14, 2009


This is fun.

I gotta get in on these MeFite games. If I click join game, will it automatically pipe me into private games to which I've been invited? I don't think so, but I also don't see invites anywhere.

Maybe it does it by turn and it only invites you when it's your go—with a large game, I could see that taking a while. I wish this was better organized/more clear.

I guess I'll just play whatever it gives me for now.
posted by defenestration at 11:02 AM on March 14, 2009


SLoG, I wonder if it has to do with people using the "skip" function? So certain prompts/images might get passed over multiple times in a row by different users, thus extending the length of the game. And I guess the turn limit could also extend that time period. According to the site blog it looks like it's just the owner doing the modding right now. He talks about trolling, but doesn't say whether he's been deleting games because of it. For my part I've played 39 games, and all but 7 have been completed, and I received emails for all the completions.

I've started a new game, set to 25 rounds, and added all the people on MStPT's list, plus those who commented after his comment (on preview: but before SLoG's comment. Sorry guys!) This game is crazy addictive.

On preview, I guess if a private game has a turn limit that is equal or more to the number of players continue until everyone has had a turn. Which means that a private game could stretch out for much longer periods of time, or even just die. Since you're dependent on the next person in your group getting the email and responding in a timely fashion. I am I understanding this correctly? Or does everyone in the private group all receive the initial email invite?
posted by kosher_jenny at 11:03 AM on March 14, 2009


I have yet to receive an invite, so I don't think they send out an initial email invite.
posted by defenestration at 11:09 AM on March 14, 2009


Also, I noticed the "tree" on a couple completed games as well, though it hasn't popped up in any of mine (yet). There has been at least one genuinely entertaining game response to the trolling though.
posted by kosher_jenny at 11:09 AM on March 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


Every picture, no matter what was drawn, was described as "Tree".

Oh. That is the very definition of unimaginative trolling!
posted by ob at 11:10 AM on March 14, 2009


Would any mefites be interested in a real (well, real-er) game of Eat Poop You Cat? People could make pictures in paint or photoshop or scan in a paper-pencil drawing. It would take longer, but would also be mightily awesome. I'd be willing to orchestrate the thing if enough people are up for it.
posted by bookish at 11:11 AM on March 14, 2009


I'm down bookish. Just MeMail me if you get it set up. I do sort of like the time limit, though. I find the obstruction makes the game interesting.

If more time and thought goes into the drawings, I think the captions should have more to them as well. Perhaps instead of captions people could write very short stories (or small parts of a larger story), and the drawings could be illustrations.
posted by defenestration at 11:17 AM on March 14, 2009


Thanks Bookish, but I am out-- having better tools would just underscore how dreadful my drawings are, besides I really do need to accomplish something today.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 11:19 AM on March 14, 2009


That sounds like fun, bookish. I'm interested, and I kinda like the idea of it being it more thought-out and eleborate. But at the same time, the more skillful a drawing is, the more recognizable it is to the next player. Which would take a lot of the fun out the game I think, since we could just wind up going around in circles. There would be less opportunity for the game to evolve off in funnier and stranger ways.

I agree that sticking with some sort of deadline/timelimit would be good though. For my procrastination-prone own sake, at least.
posted by kosher_jenny at 11:44 AM on March 14, 2009


I'm kimothy there (and here, obviously) if anyone's still making lists...
posted by Kimothy at 12:21 PM on March 14, 2009


I'd love to join in on some MeFi private games. Username is msvader.

I've participated in few, and I can't figure out how I've gotten a -2 rating already, after just one or two drawings. I'm not THAT bad. Sheesh...
posted by MsVader at 12:22 PM on March 14, 2009


BTW, thanks for posting this. I've loved EPYC since the first time I played it and this is a nifty online version—the best I've seen thus far.

Fun fun fun.
posted by defenestration at 12:28 PM on March 14, 2009


I'm a huge fan of the playable on Facebook version.
posted by Jonathan Harford at 12:44 PM on March 14, 2009


I'm getting loads of completed games, but the two I started haven't finished yet. I'm recognizing some mefites from some of the completed games, though!
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 12:47 PM on March 14, 2009


psho: have you received any invites to private games yet?
posted by defenestration at 1:02 PM on March 14, 2009


BTW, thanks for posting this.

You're welcome! I'm more than happy to facilitate time wasting!
posted by ob at 1:24 PM on March 14, 2009


I can't believe how much this game is teaching me about how to draw badly!

Still, I haven't received a single invite, even from yesterday. Technology, go fig.
posted by darksasami at 2:04 PM on March 14, 2009


I woke up to 39 completed games this morning and my stomach hurts from laughing. I'm hoopy by the way, and I draw with a mouse very, very badly.
posted by h00py at 2:07 PM on March 14, 2009


Goodbye the rest of today.... SO FUN.
posted by headless at 2:46 PM on March 14, 2009


psho: have you received any invites to private games yet?

No!
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 2:49 PM on March 14, 2009


My username is kps2420 btw. ADDICTED.
posted by headless at 4:06 PM on March 14, 2009


Started a new game with the updated user list. I'm curious to see who gets invites from these.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:05 PM on March 14, 2009


My username is 'yaymukund'.
posted by theiconoclast31 at 9:22 PM on March 14, 2009


I have yet to receive any invites. I really have no clue how the private game/invite system works.
posted by defenestration at 9:28 PM on March 14, 2009


I've been playing all afternoon. This is crazy fun. My name's lowkey.
posted by team lowkey at 9:29 PM on March 14, 2009


I haven't been getting any invites either, just completed games. They arrive via email notification, and they could land in your spam folder; a couple of mine did.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:37 PM on March 14, 2009


Hey, there we go! I just got an invite and contributed a terrible drawing.
posted by darksasami at 10:40 PM on March 14, 2009


FWIW, no invites for me yet, either.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:22 PM on March 14, 2009


Okay, I strongly suspect I may have just participated in a Metafilter game -- no spoilers from me though. Seems to support the notion that you might sort of randomly "roll into" a game you're invited to (doesn't solve the puzzle of some people getting emails and some not, however). Surely we will report back here when a MeFi game is completed, right?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:33 PM on March 14, 2009


Some of my games get completed, show up for a while on the site and in my email, and then disappear. When I try to look at them later, I get this message:

Whoopsies! Doesn't look like the game you're looking for can be shown.

Either it doesn't exist, or it's just not complete yet. Try again later!


This seems to happen to about a third of my games. Anybody else experiencing this?
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 12:30 PM on March 15, 2009


I'm down with participating in Metafilter games. My wife and I both laughed ourselves silly looking at some of the "best of" games. Invite away. :D
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:34 PM on March 15, 2009


Secret Life of Gravy, it appears that the admin deleted all the games that were trolled by the tree-drawing guy.
posted by darksasami at 1:31 PM on March 15, 2009


I'm in for a Metafilter game! Username is Lotto.
posted by Lotto at 2:41 PM on March 15, 2009


Because this game is clearly the most significant thing to happen in the history of MetaFilter/the internet, I have taken it to the gray.
posted by phunniemee at 3:07 PM on March 15, 2009 [2 favorites]


I'm in as Ampersand.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 3:24 PM on March 15, 2009


I'm in, username Dejah.
posted by dejah420 at 5:50 PM on March 15, 2009


I'm in: PaterAletheias
posted by Pater Aletheias at 6:11 PM on March 15, 2009


I'm also in, : minifigs
posted by minifigs at 3:58 AM on March 16, 2009


notondisplay be my usernamr, arrr.
posted by not_on_display at 9:18 AM on March 16, 2009


Note to all players [crossposted from MetaTalk] :

I started a little page on the Wiki for players to add their accounts. It is adapted from spiderskull's latest version upthread, so the BPT links go to the players' drawing pages. I'd suggest keeping it that way for now, as they're pretty neat to browse. I would urge all players to add a link to their account, and include a link to their Metafilter profile while they're at it (especially if your MeFi and BPT usernames differ from one another).
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:46 PM on March 16, 2009


I got an invite -- but now the site is broken. Waaaaaa.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 5:49 PM on March 16, 2009


Finally got the site to work! I'm MaryEllen!
posted by sarcasticah at 8:02 PM on March 22, 2009


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