Villain and shield

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Villain and shield
Type: active game, Group dynamics game, icebreaker
Number of players: about 15 or more
Location: small playing field
Equipment: none
Duration: a few minutes
Preparation: none

Villain and shield is a simple active game that can be played by larger groups, either as relaxation in between, or as icebreaker, possibly even to represent group dynamics.


  • No equipment is required!


Each player selects two other arbitrary players. One of them he chooses to be his "villain", the other to be his "shield". This selection is kept private by everybody.

Of course, everybody is afraid of his villain. So, as soon as the game starts, all players try to such a position that the shield is standing in between himself and the villain. While this might be simple for each player alone, it is not for a larger group: each player might be villain or shield for a number of other players, so each move possibly triggers a number of moves from other players. Let's see what happens ...

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