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[personal profile] liv
I am doing a job that's both fiddly and intimidating, and I'm forcing myself to concentrate in very small chunks. So I would be most grateful if you'd join me in playing a silly game. I believe [personal profile] ceb invented this, and titled it pessimized twenty questions.

I'm thinking of something. In order to find out what it is, instead of asking yes/no questions as in traditional twenty questions, you are only allowed to ask me what my something is like. I will answer either: yes, it's a bit like what you guessed, or: no, it's more like French toast. I have to be honest, but I don't have to tell you in what way my thing is more like your thing or more like French toast. If you get a yes, your guess replaces French toast as the comparison object.

Like this:
Me: I'm thinking of something
Player: Is it like Guess1?
Me: No, it's more like French toast
Player: Is it like Guess2?
Me: Yes, it's a bit like Guess2.
Player: Is it like Guess3?
Me: No, it's more like Guess2.
Player: Is it like Guess4?
Me: Yes, it's more like Guess4 than Guess2.

Guesses should in general be specific things rather than categories of things. Eg "Is it like a tiger?" or "Is it like Cate Blanchett?" are legitimate questions, but "Is it like an animal?" or "Is it like a celebrity?" belong in trad twenty questions, not in the pessimized analogy version. And if you ask "Is it like [the thing I originally thought of]" then you win and you can think of something and lead the next round.

(I'm wondering if we can take advantage of threaded comments to make triangulating on the answer non-linear, but that's probably too complicated.)

I'll start the first round in the first comment, to make it easier to read if the game works and we want to try further rounds.

Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 02:07 pm (UTC)
randomling: Ten (Doctor Who) looks down in anger. (lonely god)
From: [personal profile] randomling
I am thinking of a thing! Ask me what the thing is like.

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 02:12 pm (UTC)
randomling: Rose Tyler (Doctor Who) (rose)
From: [personal profile] randomling
Hmm, straight off with a tough one! Yes, more like philsophy than French toast, I think.

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 02:18 pm (UTC)
randomling: Oz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) (oz)
From: [personal profile] randomling
Yes, slightly more like a quark than like philosophy.

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 02:48 pm (UTC)
seekingferret: Photo of me with my 2012 Purim beard, with stripes shaven into it. (Default)
From: [personal profile] seekingferret
Is it like Jeremy Bentham?

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 02:58 pm (UTC)
randomling: Walter Bishop (Fringe) grins, eating something. (happy)
From: [personal profile] randomling
Yes, more like Jeremy Bentham than a quark.

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 03:00 pm (UTC)
seekingferret: Photo of me with my 2012 Purim beard, with stripes shaven into it. (Default)
From: [personal profile] seekingferret
More like an elephant than Jeremy Bentham?

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 03:01 pm (UTC)
randomling: Claude Rains (Heroes) in black and white. "you can't see me i'm invisible" (invisible)
From: [personal profile] randomling
Definitely more like Jeremy Bentham than an elephant.

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 03:11 pm (UTC)
seekingferret: Photo of me with my 2012 Purim beard, with stripes shaven into it. (Default)
From: [personal profile] seekingferret
More like a hairbrush or more like Jeremy Bentham?

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 03:12 pm (UTC)
randomling: John Watson (of BBC Sherlock) looking up and to the right. (john)
From: [personal profile] randomling
Still more like Jeremy Bentham.

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 03:14 pm (UTC)
randomling: Audrey Parker and Nathan Wuornos (Haven) pointing guns at a threat. (audrey and nathan)
From: [personal profile] randomling
More like Tinkerbell.

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 03:21 pm (UTC)
seekingferret: Photo of me with my 2012 Purim beard, with stripes shaven into it. (Default)
From: [personal profile] seekingferret
More like Tinkerbell or more like Mother Theresa?

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 03:49 pm (UTC)
randomling: Lance Bass of *nsync, wearing shades and grinning, looks up and to the right. (lance shades)
From: [personal profile] randomling
More like Tinkerbell.

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 04:31 pm (UTC)
seekingferret: Photo of me with my 2012 Purim beard, with stripes shaven into it. (Default)
From: [personal profile] seekingferret
More like Tinkerbell or more like Frodo?

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 05:05 pm (UTC)
randomling: Walter Bishop (Fringe) grins, eating something. (happy)
From: [personal profile] randomling
Hmm, shares attributes with both, but on balance I think more like Frodo.

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 05:14 pm (UTC)
seekingferret: Photo of me with my 2012 Purim beard, with stripes shaven into it. (Default)
From: [personal profile] seekingferret
More like Frodo, or more like Katniss?

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 06:12 pm (UTC)
randomling: Nine and Rose hold hands on their way back to the TARDIS (TARDIS is home)
From: [personal profile] randomling
More like Katniss.

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 07:38 pm (UTC)
randomling: Aeryn Sun from Farscape, as played by Claudia Black. (aeryn)
From: [personal profile] randomling
More like Katniss.

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 09:09 pm (UTC)
alextiefling: (Default)
From: [personal profile] alextiefling
More like Hawkeye (Avengers) than Katniss?

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-24 09:56 pm (UTC)
randomling: Zoe (Firefly). "dangerous beauty" (dangerous beauty)
From: [personal profile] randomling
Still more like Katniss!

Re: Round 2

Date: 2015-02-25 12:37 am (UTC)
randomling: Justin Timberlake makes a victory face. The words "still got it" appear. (got it)
From: [personal profile] randomling
Definitely a lot more like Katniss.

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