Adagia

  • Adagia is a group game for four or more people.
  • You need a small pot (or a plastic bag, container, etc.), two sheets of blank paper and a pen per player.
  • Each player gets their two sheets of paper and pen, and cuts or tears one of the sheets into 12 small pieces of equal size.
  • Then everyone, without showing to others, writes a random word (could be nouns, adjectives, verbs) on each piece, folds and puts it into the pot.
  • Once all pieces are in the pot, one of the players draws four from the pot and reads the words out loud.
  • Now all players, using at least three of these four words, try to come up with a creative and fun fictitious saying (a proverb or an idiom) and what it means. Additional words can be used to make up the perfect adage.
  • When everyone is finished, the brand new yet immemorial sayings full of metaphors and wisdom are read out one at a time. If it is not obvious to everyone, the author explains the use or moral of the saying.
  • After all adagia are read and discussed, the group chooses the best adage of the round. The author gets one point.
  • Then a new round begins by drawing another four words from the pot.
  • The game continues this way until the pieces in the pot are over.
  • Whoever got the most points... is a four-leaf clover.