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.