Restaurant Waiting Games
So it’s a special occasion and you’re out at the new swanky Italian place. Meatballs, meatballs, meatballs everywhere. Who wants to wait forever for their meal? Shorten your wait, or at least your perceived wait, & improve your observational skills with these games. Part of a new series of waiting-themed games.
1. Look at the people in the incredibly crowded place. Try to find a couple of people that have something physically apparent in common, such as color or type of clothing, facial expressions, type of company, mood, activity they’re performing, [i.e. eating the food you’re craving] height etc.
2. Try to find a third person that has this same thing in common with the first two. The trick is that all three have to maintain the same quality at the same time, within the same general vicinity. If one of them stops doing the activity, or leaves the vicinity, start over with three new people.
3. You win when you get three people somewhat near each other, all doing the same thing or maintaining the same quality.
1. Proceed with the Tic Tac Toe rules, except this time you are playing as two teams, with each team trying to match 4 people. Each person in the restaurant can only be counted for one team. Openly discuss which four people you are trying to match so everyone knows what’s going on.
2. There is the option to block your opposing team’s connect four path. If one of your people moves around and gets closer to one of the other team’s people, then that is considered a block. It is also considered a block if you find another person who has your team’s common trait, who happens to be in between the opponent’s people.
3. To win, your team must meet all of the rules outlined in the original Tic Tac Toe, while ensuring that none of the other team’s people come in between your people. They could all be as far apart as several tables, but if the opponent’s people start moving in between yours, then you’ll need to restrategize to win.
1. Take an initial count of people in the dining room as fast as possible. If people enter a certain area after you’ve already counted the people in that part, you don’t have to go back and recount them. [You can, though, for an extra challenge.]
2. When people come in and out of the dining room, adjust your total mentally. Continue to keep track, but start over if you get confused.
3. You win by managing to keep track of the total for at least 20 minutes, or until your meal is served, whichever is shorter. While difficult to check your answer, you may measure it by how close it comes to others’ answers, or by how sane [or lack thereof] you feel with your answer by the time your meal arrives.
If the restaurant is not crowded and you’ve been waiting a long time for your meal, you’re on your own.
Around the World of Hunger
Solo or group game
Great for observational skills
Goal: keep track of all the people moving around the room
Connect 4 Diners
Variant of Tic Tac Tummy
Great group game
Goal: Get 4 in a row
Tic Tac Tummy
Solo game or with others
Goal: Get 3 in a row