Comical 'Games'

I have come to the conclusion that the Germans love games that just amuse and entertain. I guess they are not technically games. There are no right answers, in fact the opposite applies, the more wacky the answer, the more entertaining the evening.

Frage und Antwort 'games' usually consists of two decks of cards. One deck will have questions, the other answers. The questions and answers are shuffled separately. A random card is drawn by any player (it doesn't matter who does that) and reads it out to all the others. Then an answer is chosen at random and it is the answer that, hopefully, reduces the players to hysterical laughter: At least, that is the aim of the game.

I fell in love with these 'entertainments' soon after I arrived in Germany to live. I can barely read Deutsch so why I should love an all-text game is beyond me. In England, such games are very rare indeed. In fact, I can only think of Impertinent Questions, published in various editions by H.P. Gibson although British expert, Neil Darbyshire, says that they were popular in the 19th century in Britain. In America, such games were also very popular pre-WW1. McLoughlin, Parker and Milton Bradley all had such items in their portfolio. On the humour link, they also made games where a story is read out and it will have various 'gaps' in it. When such a gap is reached, a card is drawn and the word(s) on the card are inserted into the story. The boxes proudly stated things like "Reduce your friends to hysterical laughter". Hysterics? Maybe not, but the games will entertain which is the whole point of such diversions.

I will continue to add content to this page as I unearth more games from my collection..

 

? Frage und Antwort Spiel
Publisher:
Vereinigte Kunstanstalten Senkeisen
Afra
Publisher:
Unknown
Alles Lacht
Publisher:
FX Schmid
Alles Lacht
Publisher:
Ravensburger
Year:
1998
Alles Lacht
Publisher:
Schmid
Alles Lacht
Publisher:
FX Schmid
Year:
1987
Alles lacht
Publisher:
FX Schmid
Alles Lacht!
Publisher:
FX Schmid
Alles Spielt Alles Lacht
Publisher:
Bielefelder
Answer or Else
Publisher:
Whitman
Year:
1954
Art Linkletter's "People are funny"
Publisher:
Whitman
Year:
1954
Askim
Publisher:
Chad Valley
Askim
Publisher:
Chad Valley
Aus 3 mach 1
Publisher:
Bielefelder
Year:
1960
Bieg Dich vor Lachen!
Publisher:
ASS
Bieg Dich vor Lachen!
Publisher:
ASS
Bieg Dich vor Lachen!
Publisher:
ASS
Blödel-Fragen
Publisher:
FX Schmid
Year:
1990
Blush
Publisher:
Gibsons
Da haben Sie den Salat!
Publisher:
Berliner Morgenpost
Year:
1950
Da lachst Du Dich kaputt!
Publisher:
Berliner
Da lachst Du Dich kaputt!
Publisher:
Noris
Da lachst Du dich kaputt!
Publisher:
Berliner
Da lachst du dich kaputt!
Publisher:
Noris
Da Lacht und Tobt die Lausebande
Publisher:
ASS
Das Illustrierte Frage- und Antwort-Spiel
Publisher:
Beate Uhse International
Der Fidele Kaffeeklatch
Publisher:
Jos. Scholz
Der lachende Krokofant
Publisher:
ASS
Die Lachparade
Publisher:
ASS
Die Welt steht Kopf
Publisher:
ASS

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