Looking for an unusual way to go dating?
Hold your own font flirting speed dating evening!
This is a light-hearted version of speed dating that you can play for fun, not just for singles. This features the new What’s Your Type? card game by Sarah Hyndman.
Warning: Playing this game may encourage provocative behaviour such as type teasing, letterform luring and flirting with fonts!
WHAT YOU NEED
A pack of What’s Your Type? cards (one pack is enough for 16 pairs of guests). Buy them on Amazon here, or from Laurence King here and get a 35% discount if with the code TYPESAVVY before 4 May 3019.
• Print out a score sheet for each guest, download the PDF here.
• Pens or pencils.
• Space where guests can sit and chat in pairs.
• Stickers with A and B to divide guests into two equal groups (not supplied).
If you are playing just for fun then these can be allocated at random. If this is a speed dating event for singles then, for example, the women would wear A stickers and the men would wear B stickers.
• A timer to time 3 minute intervals.
• A buzzer or bell (or two glasses to chink together).
• Suitable beverages and a music playlist to play between rounds.
HOW TO PLAY
a) Guests sit in pairs, sticker A sits with sticker B.
b) The host deals out three cards to each pair “hello there!” (white) side up, don’t turn any cards over yet.
c) The host starts the three-minute timer and guests:
• Secretly decide which font they would choose to be.
• Discuss which of the three fonts they would choose to date, ditch or be just-good-friends with, explaining why.
d) At the end of the three minutes the host sounds the buzzer/bell to tell everybody to stop.
e) The host starts timing another three-minute interval. Guests now turn over the cards to reveal the font dating profiles on the reverse. They spend three minutes discussing whether these match their answers (keeping the fonts they chose to be a secret).
f) The host sounds the buzzer/bell to tell everybody to stop.
g) Participants fill in their score sheet for that round.
All guests wearing sticker A move to sit with the next guest wearing sticker B.
Repeat steps a) to g).
Continue for as many rounds as you need for all of group A to talk to group B.
TALLY UP THE SCORES
When all guests have circulated, the host collects up the score sheets and tallies up the matches.
• A match is made when: the name of the font a guest wearing sticker A/B chooses to be, matches the name of the font a guest wearing sticker B/A chooses to date in a particular round. If both guests in that round match with each other then it’s a double-match.
• A guest may have more than one match.
• The host announces the best matches and the matching pairs are invited to sit and plan their idea of a fontastic date. Guests with no matches are invited to mingle.