Sunday, March 6, 2011

Let's Play Musical Free Association

On a few occasions, I've played a musical free association game with some friends on Blip. (I'd created the game several months ago, but am only just now getting around to posting about it.) Since people seem to like playing the game, I thought I'd list the guidelines here for future reference, which'll make it a whole lot easier to explain how to play. If you feel like playing and would like to explain the rules to someone, then all you have to do is just send them a link to this post. :) (I've tried explaining before within a blip or two, but of course, it can be a challenge to explain the object of the game in 140 characters. ;) )

So, if you'd like to play the game with me or with others, here's how it works:

(1) The object of the game is to blip songs that link to a player's previous blip in some way. Here are the ways in which each song can link to the next:
-->You can blip a song that has the same word or group of words within the song title or in the band's name itself.
-->It's also perfectly legitimate to blip tracks from the same artist as the previous player's blip, or even remixes or covers of the same song.
-->You can also choose to blip different songs with the same or title or a similar title.
-->You can also play tracks from band members' side projects if you like. That's still a link, so it counts. :)
-->You can also a blip song that has a potentially less obvious link to the previous song. For example: Maybe one song is by the wife and the other is by the husband. Or, maybe one artist has dated the other. ;) Or, perhaps one song inspired the creation of another. Or, perhaps the title of the band was named after the title of another band's song. You get the idea. :)
-->As long as each blip bears some association to the previous one, it's cool. If the link isn't obvious between one blip and the next, just clarify the connection in blip itself (or put it in the next blip, the other player asks for clarification in their next turn). That way, people can also learn something about various aspects of the music world. :)

(2) Rules of Play: The game is played by blipping selections back and forth between you and one other player. (It'd probably get too complicated if more than two people play. If there are more than 2 players, you'd probably have to establish the number of players who'll be joining the game from the outset, and then take turns going in a particular order. I guess it could be done.)
-->The person who initiates the game starts with a blip of their choice. It's probably a good idea to put the blip game announcement in the first blip, so people know you'd like to play the game. :) Example: "Anyone up for a little free association blip game? If you'd like to join me, here are the rules of play: http://bit.ly/dHYDCX."
-->Once the players have been established, the first player blips something & then replies to the other player to let him now they've begun playing. Example: ""@username: Tag, you're it."
-->Of course, you can still blip stuff that's unrelated, that falls outside the parameters of the game, while the game is still running. To avoid confusion, be sure to use the @username convention addressing the other player, so they know it's a game-related blip. If you're only playing with one other person, it should be pretty obvious that your reply blip is a game-related blip just by the title of the blip itself. :) Of course, by virtue of blipping a selection to the other player, you are also now indicating that it's now their turn to play.
-->You can play for as long or as little as you like. Of course, just let the other person know you're done playing, so they don't hang around waiting for your reply blip. ;)

And that's pretty much it. Enjoy playing!

Cheers,
MM