Drinking Game Based on Oulipian Constraints

Each round lasts until one participant cannot follow the constraint, at which point said participant must drink. If one wishes, rounds can be reorganized, shuffled, and repeated endlessly.

Round 1: Lippogrammatic Story

The first participant chooses a vowel, any vowel. The first participant then says a word that lacks that letter. The next participant must build off the first participant’s word to create a story. Going around a circle this round creates a lippogrammatic story with each participant abstaining from use of the proscribed letter. Non-standard English is fine, of course, but use of “creative” spellings or pronunciation is not.

Example with “A”: We love to drink beers. Tonight we imbibe our beers while sitting in our home, but usually we prefer to go to pubs or clubs. My friends drove here in their truck. Due to their drinking, they won’t be driving to their home tonight, therefore they will sleep on my couch, in the guest room, or elsewhere.

Round 2: Monovocalic Story

This is the inverse of round one. Create a story with words that contain only the vowel from round one. This is harder, and likely won’t be a long round.

Example with “A”: At Anna’s play Abraham (what an ass!) acts a part a way that Abraham can.

Round 3: Palindrome

This is obvious enough. Each player must generate a palindrome.

Example: Madam, I’m Adam; in girum imus nocte et consumimur igni

Round 4: Abécédaire

The first participant begins a story with a word starting with “A.” The second participant continues with a word beginning with “B.” One goes on from there in alphabetical order. Etc.

            Example: Aaron bought computers during Ezekial’s foray (gastronomically happy) in January. Korean larder mostly (not only, Peruvian’s quite reasonably scrumptious) they utilized very well. Xenophiles, yes, zealously.

Round 5: Sinister Buttocks

Not an official oulipian constraint. This round takes its motivation from a recently discovered method, or attempt at such, to mask plagiarism, in which each word from a text is replaced by an apparent synonym. In this round, the participants pick a sentence at random, from the paper, from a book, from an ad. Each participant must replace a word with a synonym, preferably an obscure one.

            Example: Original: “the current big players and new service providers are looking to supply more powerful personalised services.”

becomes: “common mature musicians [and] recent liturgy providers are looking to satisfy…Herculean personalised liturgies.”

Yes, Genette, I do dream of this

« One dreams of a monstrous edition where are assembled, in addition to the Recherche, all the preparatory drafts and successive modifications who – this work in progress – abut this final state of which one knows that at the end it results, not in an achievement, but in a brutal interruption, foreign to the profound law of the work, which was to grow without cease and never to achieve itself. »