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Green glass doors

What it is: A talking, thinking game for anywhere from two to a busload of players. This is also one of those games where you need someone who knows the “secret” and other players who are clueless.

Best for: 2 players or however many more you want.

What you need: Nothing! :-) Well, just people to play, at least one who knows the “secret” and at least one who doesn’t.

How to play: The object of the game is for players to discover what can be taken through a hypothetical set of green glass doors. Players who know the secret give other players hints (or further confuse them) by saying “I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing ___, but not ___,” filling in the blanks with an object than can go through the green glass doors and an object that can’t, respectively.

So players who know the secret might say things like this:

I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing a poodle, but not a dog.

I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing the moon, but not the sun.

I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing a puddle, but not water.

I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing boots, but not sandals.

I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing Harry Potter, but not Ron Weasley.

Have you figured it out yet?

Players who don’t know the secret to the game can then try their own sentences, maybe something like, “I’m going through the green glass doors, and I’m bringing a lamp shade, but not a light bulb?” To which the in-the-know players would respond with, “Nope, you can’t go through the green glass doors” while shaking their heads sympathetically. The game can continue indefinitely, and pause and resume as needed, until all players know the secret. It’s perfect for filling long hours during car trips.

So do you know the secret yet? Do you know what can be taken through the green glass doors? ;-) (I’ll give you one hint: the fact that you’re reading this post and not playing this game out loud should be a huge help to you.) Oooh, I know! How about, if you still don’t know the secret, leave a comment in the form of “I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m taking ___ but not ___,” and I’ll respond with a yes or a no! And, if you already know the secret, you can post mysterious, enigmatic sentences to confuse all the clueless people! It’ll be like a massive online, ongoing version of green glass doors! Awesome!

Or…since you’re probably reading this blog to figure out how to play, and if you really really really want to know and have no will power at all, or any desire to experience that awesome “a-ha!” moment when you figure out the secret yourself, click here to find out.

Variations: My mom and sister play the same game but call it Fanny Dooley, where Fanny Dooley a made-up lady and phrases take the form of “Fanny Dooley has ___ but not ___.” I’ve also heard the game called “deep but not profound” (which I think is clever, funny, and awesome).

Also, for a very similar game with more flexible rules, check out going on a picnic.

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45 Comments

  1. Beth Boyer replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors, and I’m bringing a kitten, but not a cat.

    October 22nd, 2011 at 11:01 am. Permalink.

  2. The Game Gal replied:

    Oh yeah, Beth’s got it. I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing a button, but not a hole.

    October 22nd, 2011 at 7:09 pm. Permalink.

  3. hotjoker replied:

    I’m bringing a camel but not a llama!!!!

    July 22nd, 2012 at 5:15 pm. Permalink.

  4. The Game Gal replied:

    Ooh, hotjoker, do you mean you’re bringing a llama, but not a camel? *Then* you can go.

    July 22nd, 2012 at 10:20 pm. Permalink.

  5. Connie replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors, and I’m bring a sheet but not a blanket.

    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:22 pm. Permalink.

  6. The Game Gal replied:

    Connie can go! I’m going through the green glass doors, and I’m bringing Halloween but not Thanksgiving.

    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:54 pm. Permalink.

  7. Fatesong replied:

    Im going through the green glass doors and im bringing a a cello but not a harp.

    November 19th, 2012 at 5:51 am. Permalink.

  8. The Game Gal replied:

    Fatesong can go! I’m going through the green glass doors, and I’m bringing a button and a needle but not thread.

    November 19th, 2012 at 6:53 am. Permalink.

  9. kodi replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing a mattress but not a bed.

    December 12th, 2012 at 7:41 pm. Permalink.

  10. The Game Gal replied:

    Kodi can go! :)

    December 12th, 2012 at 7:53 pm. Permalink.

  11. Cassandra replied:

    i’m bring struggle, but not the pain

    January 9th, 2013 at 5:01 pm. Permalink.

  12. The Game Gal replied:

    Nice. :) Cassandra can go. And I’m going through the green glass doors, and I’m bringing books but not stories.

    January 9th, 2013 at 7:55 pm. Permalink.

  13. Chipsita replied:

    I’m going through the green glass door and I’m bringing cookies but not cupcakes.

    January 10th, 2013 at 9:32 am. Permalink.

  14. Sakshi replied:

    I’m going through the green glass door and I’m bringing a Backpack not a lunch bag?

    January 22nd, 2013 at 5:26 pm. Permalink.

  15. The Game Gal replied:

    Chipsita can go! But Sakshi, sorry, you can’t go. :( Keep trying!
    I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing cheese pizza but not a ham sandwich.

    January 23rd, 2013 at 10:27 am. Permalink.

  16. Morgan replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing glitter but not sparkles.

    January 31st, 2013 at 3:03 pm. Permalink.

  17. The Game Gal replied:

    Morgan can go! :)

    February 1st, 2013 at 2:56 pm. Permalink.

  18. zita replied:

    I”m going through the green glass doors and I”m bringing bottle not bag

    February 25th, 2013 at 12:30 am. Permalink.

  19. The Game Gal replied:

    Zita can go! I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing success but not prosperity, and I can go. :)

    February 25th, 2013 at 12:30 pm. Permalink.

  20. Biep replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing green glass doors but no red metal gates, and I can go.

    March 12th, 2013 at 2:18 pm. Permalink.

  21. Laura replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors, and I’m bringing a volleyball but not a net.

    March 18th, 2013 at 9:15 pm. Permalink.

  22. Emily replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors and bringing glasses but not eyes

    March 21st, 2013 at 10:16 pm. Permalink.

  23. Riana replied:

    Im bringing wood not bark

    May 31st, 2013 at 11:17 pm. Permalink.

  24. The Game Gal replied:

    Laura, Emily, and Riana can all go! I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing letters but not numbers.

    June 3rd, 2013 at 7:31 pm. Permalink.

  25. The dude replied:

    I’m bringing a fiddle but not a violin

    June 13th, 2013 at 8:55 pm. Permalink.

  26. The Game Gal replied:

    The dude can go!

    June 18th, 2013 at 8:46 pm. Permalink.

  27. iejhwflik replied:

    i still don’t know the rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    June 20th, 2013 at 9:48 pm. Permalink.

  28. Alex replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors. I can bring pepper but no salt

    July 2nd, 2013 at 8:38 pm. Permalink.

  29. Jeanne Kelly Garma replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors and bringing butterflies but not flies

    August 29th, 2013 at 3:09 am. Permalink.

  30. Jr replied:

    I can bring a Wii but i can’t bring a PS3

    September 1st, 2013 at 8:26 am. Permalink.

  31. Madisyn replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors and bringing the cattle but not the cow.

    November 22nd, 2013 at 7:56 pm. Permalink.

  32. The Game Gal replied:

    Alex, Jeanne, Jr, and Madisyn can all go!
    I’m going through the green glass doors and I’m bringing sunglasses but not shades, and I can go.

    November 25th, 2013 at 8:24 am. Permalink.

  33. Benny replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors, and I’m bringing a hook, but not a sword.

    November 26th, 2013 at 7:51 pm. Permalink.

  34. TechWiz replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors, and I’m bringing a vacuum, but not a carpet.

    December 2nd, 2013 at 5:39 pm. Permalink.

  35. Lily replied:

    I just looked at the answer, but I originally thought it had to do with the fact that the ones that could go had smiles and the ones that couldn’t go had frowns. XD

    So, I’m going through the green glass doors and can bring cherry, but not a grape.

    December 30th, 2013 at 4:01 pm. Permalink.

  36. The Game Gal replied:

    Hahahaha, that’s a great one, Lily! My husband and I laughed out loud. Sorry if the smiling/frowning illustrations threw you (or anyone else) off!
    And yes, you can go through the green glass doors!

    December 30th, 2013 at 9:33 pm. Permalink.

  37. andyhawk replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors, I’m bringing mellow yellow, but not soda

    December 31st, 2013 at 11:39 am. Permalink.

  38. Emma replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors, and I’m bringing Camille, but not Jed.

    May 27th, 2014 at 9:50 pm. Permalink.

  39. The Game Gal replied:

    Emma can go! :)

    May 28th, 2014 at 8:39 am. Permalink.

  40. The Game Gal replied:

    And andyhawk can go :)

    May 28th, 2014 at 8:40 am. Permalink.

  41. Mandisaurus replied:

    I’m going through the Green Glass Doors and I’m bringing a pool but not a spa.

    June 5th, 2014 at 11:39 am. Permalink.

  42. misz starz replied:

    I’m going to the green glass door and I’m bringing cookies, but not crackers.

    July 7th, 2014 at 4:58 am. Permalink.

  43. Lukia replied:

    I’m going through the green glass door bringing a gecko, but not a lizard.

    July 18th, 2014 at 12:41 pm. Permalink.

  44. The Game Gal replied:

    Mandisaurus and misz starz can go, but Lukia, you’ll have to try again!

    July 18th, 2014 at 2:42 pm. Permalink.

  45. The game dude replied:

    I’m going through the green glass doors and bringing coffee but not tea

    July 31st, 2014 at 8:42 pm. Permalink.

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