Bjarne Steensgaard (rusa@DIKU.DK)
Wed, 13 May 1992 10:55:54 +0200
Following up on Scott's reply to Don:
Here is another leadership/teamwork game. It is not suited
for the scouts but more for adult leaders and/or patrol leaders.
- match the number:
This is a quiet game best played with around 10 participants.
All players are given the same number of matches (2 or 3). A
non-participant calls out a number between one and the total
number of matches. It is now the players task to put exactly
this number of matches on the table. Hidden from the view of
the others each player puts the number of matches that he/she
wants to contribute with in a closed fist and puts in on the
table. When all players have a fist on the table, the fists
are opened and the number of matches is counted. The trick is
that the players are not allowed to talk together. They have
to find a strategy without communicating with anything but the
number of matches they hold in their hands. The team of
players is assumed to have solved the task when they
repeatedly can match the number given.
A slightly easier version is to allow the players to say aloud
the number of matches they hold in their hand when the hand is
opened. A person can they with the firmness of his/her voice
indicate that he/she has a strategy that the others should
follow (don't tell them this.) The exact contents of the
strategy must then be guessed by the others during the game.
Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City