The Never Have I Ever game is a relatively simple game great for large groups that can provide hours of entertainment. Frequently used as a party icebreaker, this highly verbal game helps people get to know each other and also have fun.
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How to Play Never Have I Ever
There are a number of ways to play Never Have I Ever. The directions given below will work with a group of any size or composition.
- Begin the game by having the players sit in a circle, with enough chairs for all but one player.
- The first player stands in the center of the circle and says a simple statement beginning with, “Never have I ever. . .”
- Now it is time to get up and change chairs. Anyone who has done whatever the first player says they have not done must find a new seat, along with the person in the middle.
- If there is only one person who has done what the person in the middle has never done, that individual must tell a detailed story about what happened.
- One person will be left without a seat. This individual takes the place in the middle of the circle also tells something they have never done.
- Play continues, with each person coming up with a new “Never have I ever . . .” phrase.
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Never Have I Ever Rules
- A player is not allowed to take the seats of the two people to their left and right.
- If the person in the middle chooses a statement and nobody has ever done what is mentioned, the person in the middle is out. This rule forces players to be careful and not mention silly or impossible questions.
- Since certain questions can make others feel uncomfortable or embarrassed, agree to limit or omit any topics before beginning the game. For example, you may wish to omit sexual topics, legal problems, or anything that may cause an argument.
- Once limits are set, all players must keep within the agreed limits or they are eliminated from the game.
Never Have I Ever is also known as Ten Fingers, because of the following variation:
Players sitting in a circle hold up ten fingers. Anyone who has done the activity mentioned in the “Never have I ever . . .” statement, puts one finger down. As players put down all their fingers, they are eliminated from the game. The winner of the game is the last remaining player with a finger raised. For shorter games, reduce the number of fingers to five.
The following tips will help the game be more enjoyable.
- You must be honest.
- The more creative you are with your, “Never have I ever . . .” statements, the better.
- Try to make your questions funny.
- Keep the questions relatively simple.
Never Have I Ever Questions
It is fun to explore topics that do not typically come up in normal conversation. For example, “Never have I ever been to a ski resort.”
To win the game, choose questions that keep you safe while hurting other players, such as a guy saying, “Never have I ever had a manicure.”
We have listed 50 events dealing with a variety of topics to use for “Never have I ever . . .” statements. It is not hard to think of questions of your own.
Never have I ever . . .:
- Dyed my hair
- Baked a cake from scratch
- Fallen down in public
- Broken a bone
- Had braces
- Built something out of wood
- Been to Disney World
- Eaten a Krispy Kreme donut
- Screamed during a scary movie
- Been to a professional sporting event
- Slept till noon
- Opened Christmas presents early
- Played Scrabble
- Rolled down a hill
- Toilet papered someone’s house
- Laughed so hard I cried
- Burned myself with a curling iron
- Gotten seasick
- Eaten food that fell on the floor
- Shared a sucker with my dog
- Been in an accident
- Had chickenpox
- Shopped at Home Depot
- Spied on my neighbors
- Plucked my eyebrows
- Ridden in a limo
- Had a pet fish
- Lied about my age
- Bought something at a yard sale
- Fired a gun
- Been ice skating
- Hid on Halloween because I had no candy for trick-or-treaters
- Been in the hospital
- Made a prank call
- Been sick on my birthday
- Gotten a tattoo
- Had food come out my nose
- Had a massage
- Locked my keys in the car
- Ridden a horse
- Been lost
- Been to Europe
- Built a fire
- Been skydiving
- Played golf
- Had a manicure
- Made mashed potatoes from scratch
- Been to the circus
- Made all A’s in school
- Eaten a bug
Never Have I Ever needs no preparation or supplies and can be played anywhere and with almost any group. Be advised that players may reveal some secrets about themselves. Of course, this is part of the fun!
Susan majored in English with a double minor in Humanities and Business at Arizona State University and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Liberty University. She taught grades four through twelve in both public and private schools. Subjects included English, U.S. and world history and geography, math, earth and physical science, Bible, information technologies, and creative writing.
Susan has been freelance writing for over ten years, during which time she has written and edited books, newspaper articles, biographies, book reviews, guidelines, neighborhood descriptions for realtors, Power Point presentations, resumes, and numerous other projects.