Truth or Dare Game Rules

by Kristen Bailey
Party games like truth or dare involve fun, laughter, and good-natured embarrassment.

Party games like truth or dare involve fun, laughter, and good-natured embarrassment.

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Truth or dare is often played at parties or social gatherings, where it allows kids to have fun and get to know one another better through personal questions and silly or embarrassing dares. Every group plays the game a little differently, but there are a few general rules that apply to most games of truth or dare.

Starting the Game

The group must select an individual to start the game. This can be decided based on age, or the winner of a quick game of rock-paper-scissors. When someone has been chosen to start, she begins by choosing another person in the group and asking him, "Truth or dare?" After the second person has chosen one or the other, the starter either asks a question or presents a dare. After completing the task, the second person continues the game by asking another person, "Truth or dare?"

Selecting Truth

If a person chooses "Truth," she must answer a question truthfully in front of the group. These questions tend to be personal, and often embarrassing. After answering the question, she can proceed with selecting another person. If he refuses to answer the question, he must complete a substitute task, often a difficult dare, in order to stay in the game. If he refuses the substitute task, he must forfeit the game.

Selecting Dare

When a person selects "Dare," she must act out a mission of the asker's choosing. These dares tend to be awkward or embarrassing tasks, designed to test the nerve of the individual. Once again, one must finish the task to the group's satisfaction to proceed, or take an alternate dare. The second dare will often be even more humiliating or difficult, so it is often in one's best interest to take the initial dare.

Limiting Truths

Some groups feel that selecting "Truth" is less exciting, or that it is the easy way out. For this reason, some play with rules regulating the number of times one may choose "Truth." For example, the group may decide that one cannot select "Truth" more than twice in a row. If this rule is violated, the penalty may be forfeiting, or completing extra dares to stay in the game. There may also be rules regarding the maximum number of times one can "pass" on a task or select the alternative.


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About the Author

Kristen Bailey has been writing professionally since 2002. She has contributed to "Northern Virginia Parents Magazine," "Washington Parents" and Bailey holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and education from Longwood College, as well as a Master of Arts in educational leadership from the University of Colorado.

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