22nd August 1997 at 01:00
Who am I?

Equipment Rudimentary - paper, pens and Sellotape.

Who can play?

Anyone, any number, any age - though under-10s might find it frustrating.


Any time, any place. Especially good for those holiday hold-ups: at the airport waiting for your delayed charter home; on the beach waiting for pedalo number 3 to come in, please.

What happens?

Sit in rough circle. Decide on a character for the person sitting on your left. This character can be real or fictional, living or dead, nice or nasty. Examples drawn from recent games include Dougal of the Magic Roundabout, Vlad the Impaler, God, and Isambard Brunel.

Write your choice on a small piece of paper and stick it on the person's forehead. Do not let them see what you have written and make sure that they are not sitting in front of a mirror or equipped with a pocket-sized travel periscope.

The object is - surprise, surprise - to guess Who You Are. Whoever does this first is the winner.

This, for once enjoyable, identity crisis is resolved by asking questions that can be answered by the rest of group with either yes or no.

Your first questions might be: Am I a man? (Yes) Am I dead? (Yes) Was I short? (Yes) Was I English?

As your label proclaims you Napoleon, the answer is no which means your turn is over. And so it goes on round the circle until someone guesses correctly.

Value for money Excellent.

Entertainment value Good fun. People look a trifle silly with labels on their foreheads, and those who become convinced they are a Hollywood starlet when their label says Postman Pat's Black and White Cat somehow look even sillier.

Who am I? also makes you think. Selecting questions that most effectively eliminate all the people you aren't is a challenge as is the general knowledge aspect (just how many short dead Frenchmen can you think of?) Star rating ****

****Must have *** Rainy-day stand-by ** Emergencies only * Go home

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