Dating someone is awesome: The warm and fuzzies, the being excited to see him, the learning new things about him. But do you sometimes find the latter to be incredibly awkward? Ask too little, and you might come off cold; ask too much and you might scare him off — or worse, make it seem like less of a date and more of a job interview. Why not break the ice in a playful way by making your next date night a game night?
1. I’ve Never
If you’re feeling daring and really, really (really) want to get to know him better, get ready for a wild ride with I Never. It’s a fun-yet-insane way to break the ice and challenge each other with mind-blowing questions. You’ll probably find you didn’t know each other as well as you thought you did. (Dun dun dunnn!)
2. Table Topics, Couples Edition
A favorite game at dinner parties, Table Topics is also available in a couples edition where you’ll learn more about your guy and yourself, while learning about the things that bond you as a twosome. It contains 135 questions, ranging from, “What possession of your partner’s would you like to throw away?” and “What’s the dumbest argument you ever had?”
3. Monogamy: A Hot Affair
Monogamy is a game that amps up intimacy on an emotional and a “grrr, baby” level. It offers over 400 seductive ideas through three levels of play (intimate, passionate and steamy), giving you both the opportunity to make your fantasies a reality. Me. Ow.
4. Do Tell
Do Tell is a natural ice breaker that will make you feel at ease as you spill the beans and connect on a deeper level. “Do” cards give you the opportunity to reveal and demonstrate your hidden talents, “tell” cards invite you to open up about what’s going on in that noggin of yours, “risk” cards up the ante about challenging subjects, while “wild” cards shake things up.
Authenticity is all about building a solid bond, no matter what stage of the relationship you’re in. Each player takes turns answering questions — you guessed it — authentically. There are 280 questions over seven categories: Life, finance, family, situation, action, romance and religion. It’s a fun, non-competitive way to get to know each other.
6. Match Mate
Match Mate features over 1,000 thought-provoking questions over four categories: Memory, personality, sensuality and odds and ends. Will you and your beau agree on which one of you is easier to get along with, or who has the more interesting fantasy life in bed? I guess you’ll have to play to find out — and then, you know, report back to us.
7. Sexy Truth or Dare
If you’re looking for equal parts sugar and spice, Sexy Truth or Dare features 100 seductions: 50 sticks to be pulled one at a time, revealing a truth on one side and a dare on the other. In the words of Marvin Gaye… oh, you know the rest.