Leadership Inspirations Activities

Empire

Group members try to guess the identities of other group members to get them to join their “empire”

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Norming

Type Of Activity

Game

Materials

Paper, Pens

 

SUMMARY

This activity is a great getting to know you activity that encourages relationship building and problem solving.

 

SET UP

  • Prepare enough paper and pens for everyone in the group. Also prepare a bag or box where group members can place their pieces of paper.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Players write down a famous person on a piece of paper and fold it up. They are to do this so no one else knows who they have chosen.
  • Facilitator collects the pieces of paper, then they read the names out. Depending on your group, you may want to read these names out more than once. Once the game has begun – the names are NOT to be read out again. It is up to the players to remember what names have been read out.
  • After the names have been read out, nominate a player to start the game. Player A asks player B if they are [insert a name that has been read out]. If player A guesses right, then player B joins player A’s empire. If player A is wrong, then player B gets control of the game and gets the chance to build their empire.
  • The game gets slightly complex here. If player A has an empire, another player (player C) can go after player A’s entire empire. To do this, player C must guess who player A is, as player A is the head of the group. If player C is correct, player A and all of their empire joins player C’s empire.
  • Once a player joins an empire, they cannot be separated from it, only the head of the empire can be guessed.
  • Players in an empire can confer between themselves – however, it is up to the head of the empire to make the statement and ask the other player. This is where communication comes in, as players will forget the famous people, so collectively they can work out who is left.
  • The game continues until one player has all the other players in their empire.

VARIATIONS

  • Try out RPS Posse for a fast and simple version of this activity!

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?