After a seemingly endless period of stagnation and mild despair, the club is finally coming back to life! This Thursday we had the opportunity to welcome not only long-lost old members, but we had a number of new people in the house as well, including three international students. The topic of the night was ‘gaming curfew’, a regulation to limit children’s screen time in China. It was a one-in-a-million chance that one of the new visitors turned out to be straight from China, so she got to share her first-hand experience with us. We can’t wait to see everybody again!
If you want to become part of the unadulterated TAKE FIVE atmosphere that used to fill the room before the pandemic hit, don’t hesitate to join us two weeks from now. Please find the latest event on Facebook to make sure you receive all the important updates.
Over the last few months, we’ve tried out a number of popular online games. Every second Thursday, we gather on our Discord server in the ‘Big Table’ voice channel. After a short intro round, sometimes followed by an amusing ice-breaker game, we choose something from our favorites list. Depending on the number of attendees, we play Jackbox, Taboo, Fishbowl, Codenames or skribbl.io. This Thursday we tried out a new game called Gartic Phone, which turned out to be the greatest fun ever! In short, it is the modernized online version of the well-known Chinese whispers game.
We create a room, everybody joins, then the host launches the game. In the first round, you write down a few words as a scene title to start the chain. In the second round, the computer shuffles the titles. This time you have to draw a scene based on a random player’s title. In the third round, someone else will receive your drawing and has to give a new title to it. The chain goes on until we reach the number of players.
When the writing and drawing is over, the host presents the stories on the screen. All you need to do is laugh out loud as the stories evolve from the very first title until the last drawing, filtering through everyone’s crazy imagination. Before you quit the game, you can download any of the story chains as a GIF. Scroll down (after clicking on ‘Continue reading”) to see a fine selection of our slideshows from Thursday:
We launched our gaming sessions last night, and we can tell you that we had a great time! If you feel the need to unwind at the end of a long day, or you simply miss the club, don’t hesitate to join us for some light-hearted gaming every second Thursday until the winter break. Check out the calendar for the dates. If you’re interested, feel free to contact us on our Facebook page, and we’ll send you the link to our Discord server.
After due consideration, we, the TAKE FIVE organizers, have come to the decision that we will no longer continue our regular sessions in the current situation.
The lack of personal contact and the recurring technical glitches in the online space, among other things, seem to be leading to extremely low attendance. In order to maintain the true spirit of our club, we all agree that the regular meetings should be resumed sometime during the spring, or alternatively, after the impact of the pandemic on our daily life has subsided.
Nevertheless, it would be difficult for us to completely lose touch with you. We are currently discussing other options to fill the void throughout the long break.
Thank you for your understanding.
Stay tuned for updates here or on our Facebook page.
We had a fantastic time on Thursday at Nehru part. This was the second ever picnic style session in the history of our club. The introductory section revolved around music, but we also brought back some old favorites, such as … Continue reading →
In response to the current situation, we have decided to move online for the rest of the season and continue our scheduled sessions. The events are going to be organized in Discord, an online text and voice messaging application. We will try our best to stick to the regular format, including the introductory section, the small group discussions and the games. Find the latest event on our Facebook page to receive the invite link to our Discord server. The link will be posted in the event one day before the session.
Last Thursday was the second session of the spring season, and we were delighted to see that nearly 20 people joined us again, with a number of newcomers on board. In case you are a TAKE FIVE veteran, you may spot two new items in the room. The first one is a digital clock, and the second one is our brand new feature: the word of the day. At the beginning of each session we select somebody to say a random word which will later serve as an overarching theme for the night.
This time our session revolved around the topic of health and diseases, as we always like to reflect on current issues. In the game section, for instance, the groups were asked to come up with a ‘wacky’ disease for which they offered possible treatments, too. Combined with our word of the day, we had two variants of the “rainbow disease”. By the end we were struggling with breathing problems as we returned to our all-time favorite: Scattergories. Join us next time to become part of the fun!