5 Games You Can Play With Only Pen and Paper



While we usually think of games as point-oriented and perhaps even cutthroat, you might want to do something a little more creative with your pen and paper. If you're interested in harnessing your artistic side -- or just love a good game of Mad Libs -- Consequences might be a good choice for you.

The object of the game is to fill in a template story with your own characters, descriptions and actions. You do that by taking turns with one or more people to choose a word or phrase to complete the story. Fold over the paper after each word or phrase is written so nobody knows how the story is shaping up.

Although there are lots of variations on the story, it usually follows a pattern like this:

  • Adjective for a person
  • Name of a person
  • Met (in a standard game, two characters always meet but you could adjust this to another verb)
  • Adjective for a person
  • Name of person
  • Where they met
  • First person wore
  • Second person wore
  • First said to second
  • Second replied
  • The consequence was... (a description of what happened after)
  • What the world said

For younger players, you can even do a drawing version where each kid draws a head, passes it to the next person to add more of the body and so on until you have a completed "monster" or fantasy creature from each kid's initial drawing.