The rules for Two Truths and a Lie are very simple. First, have all the players sit in a circle and give each participant a pen and paper. Set a timer, and have everyone write down two true statements about themselves, along with a false statement. The timer is optional, but would be useful in ensuring that it doesn’t take 30 minutes just to start the game! When writing down your two truths and a lie, it’s a good idea for the truths to be somewhat outlandish comments that seem unbelievable, while making the lie seem like it could be very true. For example, three statements could be “I have visited South America. I am allergic to peanut butter. I have owned 15 dogs in my life.” Let’s say the peanut butter allergy is false, but the other two truths may seem more unbelievable than that one.
When everyone has written down their two truths and a lie, someone begins by reading theirs aloud. Each player then guesses which of the 3 statements they believe to be a lie. Each reader will then reveal the false statement, and play moves to the person to the reader’s left. The game ends when everyone has read their statements, and revealed their lie.
There is an alternate, more difficult way to play Two Truths and a Lie, but it can be fun for players who are looking for a challenge! After everyone writes down their information, the slips of paper are folded and placed in a bowl. There will be a host, who will not be guessing, to read the statements aloud for the other players. After the 3 statements are read, the players must first guess who the writer of the statements were. This could be rather odd, because of course the player who wrote the information will recognize his/her own, and will shout, “Those are mine!” Therefore, if you are keeping score, no points should be given to whoever guesses the writer. After the writer is guessed, play resumes as normal, with everyone guessing the lie.
Scoring in Two Truths and a Lie is optional, but can be incorporated to reveal the best guesser at the end of the game. If you wish to keep score, nominate a scorekeeper, and make sure he/she has a notepad. To score, each player who successfully guesses a reader’s lie gets 1 point. At the end, the person with the most points is the winner!
Two Truths and a Lie is a great game to play at any adult get together. It is a good idea for baby showers, bridal showers, or anytime there happen to be a few adults in one room looking to do something fun! It is very simple, and can be played in about 30 minutes to one hour, depending on how many players. The game could also be played by children, though they may need assistance with coming up with their statements. All that is required of this game is paper and pens, but a timer and notepad may be needed if you choose to add them into the game play.