My office has started a new policy of "work-life balance" training. Since my employer has no actual interest in any of us truly balancing work with real-life, this training has come to mean that for an hour every Friday afternoon we do something that is not work. I'll pause now for you to get all the California is hippyville jokes out of your system, and see you after the cut.
OK, glad we got all those out of the way early. So these trainings have taken various forms. We have watched videos, taken an hour-long walk on a really nice day, had a little party, and (thanks to my twisted mind) played Werewolf.
Now, I was a little sneaky, I called it a parlour game when I mentioned it to my boss, and suggested it would be a way to have staff relate with each other in a totally different way. Little did she know… Actually, I think she was just glad that someone else was suggesting something, and she didn't have to think about it for that week.
It went over huge! 11 co-workers came to play, and they loved it! Let me tell you, playing Werewolf with a few lawyers just ups the fun, as they are convinced they can read people like a book. I also enjoyed watching people take out work grudges on each other in a game. Does that make me a bad person?
We played 2 games, and totally randomly, the same person was a werewolf in both games. That threw them off. The werewolves won the first game, with not one being caught, but the villagers came back to win the second (although, not before killing the seer, who in a great office moment yelled "motherfucker" when the villagers decided to kill her.)
I was surprised how much fun my co-workers had, and how much fun I had running the games. There is definitely a skill to running werewolf. Luckily, I have had a chance to play numerous times with big groups and with great moderators. Playing live, the moderator has to be very careful not to give any hints about the werewolves or other characters to the people at large.
I wonder if I could convince my boss to let us play boardgames for another Friday afternoon?
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