Deadly Southern Charm
By Mollie Cox Bryan
I've been placed in charge of finding some suitable Victorian parlor games for our upcoming party. I've been doing a lot of research and thought I''d share some of those games with you--on the off chance that you might find them interesting.
Squeak Piggy Squeak
A spin off Blind Man’s Bluff, in this game one player is the “farmer” gets blindfolded and sits on a pillow in the center of a circle of “piggies.” The farmer spins around a few times, the places the pillow on a random "piggy's" lap and sits down, then says “Squeak Piggy Squeak” and the piggy must make a squeaking sound. If the farmer can guess who he’s sitting on based on the noise alone the piggy becomes the new farmer.
The Minister's Cat
Players take turns describing the minister’s cat with a different adjective. Each adjective must start with a different letter of the alphabet, starting with “A.” The first player might say, “The minister’s cat is an angry cat,” and the next player might say, “The minister’s cat is a bad cat.” Players are eliminated if they repeat an adjective or fail to come up with a new one.
Party guests would dunk raisins in a bowl of brandy and set the booze on fire. Players then try to pick out the raisins and pop them in their mouths. No point exists to the game—other than to avoid getting burnt. Best to leave this one to the Victorians.
There's plenty more of these games. It's seems the Victorians we quite the game players. I love my computer games. (I'm a game-designer!) but I also love to play Scrabble and Chess. How about you? What is your favorite game?
Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman's World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. Mourning Glory is the first short mystery story she's ever published. She lives in Waynesboro, Va.