A parlor game is a group game played indoors. During the Victorian era in Great Britain and in the United States, these games were extremely popular among the upper and middle classes. They were often played in a parlour, hence the name.
During the 19th century, wealthy men and women had more leisure time than people of previous generations. This led to the creation of a variety of parlour games to allow these gentlemen and ladies to amuse themselves at small parties. Parlour games decreased in popularity in the first half of the 20th century as radio, movies, and later, television captured more of the public’s leisure time.
The idea of bored Victorians gathering together with their friends in various parlours, smacking each other with newspapers immediately made me think of Facebook.
Thinking that way, here’s 14 time-tested social games, begging for clever adaptation:
- Are you there Moriarty?
- Squeak Piggy Squeak
- Dictionary (Fictionary)
- Twenty questions
- Blind man’s bluff
- Elephant’s foot umbrella stand
- Wink Murder
- The Minister’s Cat