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YOU’RE AN ALIEN. YOU AND YOUR CREW HAVE TRAVELLED FAR AND WIDE IN SEARCH OF INTELLIGENT LIFE, AND YOU’VE FINALLY FOUND IT! SORT OF… YOU’VE OBSERVED THESE CURIOUS CREATURES ON THEIR LITTLE ROCK HURTLING THROUGH THE DEEP VOID OF SPACE, AND NOW YOU THINK YOU HAVE SEEN ENOUGH. YOU ABDUCT A COUPLE OF ‘HUMANS’ AND ARE READY TO MAKE FIRST CONTACT.


IN 'WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?' YOU’LL BE USING THE PRIMITIVE HUMAN LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE VERY SIMPLE EARTH CONCEPTS TO YOUR HUMAN ABDUCTEES. IN DOING SO, YOU HOPE TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN YOUR SUPERIOR LANGUAGE AND THEIRS. SURELY YOU WON'T COME ACROSS AS AN IDIOT.


THE SETUP
TO SET UP 'WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?' SIMPLY:

+ GRAB YOUR PHONES AND LOAD THE WEB APP. (THERE IS A QR CODE TO EASILY SHARE THIS PAGE WITH YOUR FELLOW ALIENS)

+ NOMINATE THE FIRST TWO HUMAN ABDUCTEES. 

+ HAVE ALL ALIENS GATHER OPPOSITE THEIR HUMAN CAPTIVES. SEPARATING THE HUMANS BY HAVING THEM ON DESIGNATED BAR STOOLS OR SEATS IS RECOMMENDED (WHO KNOWS WHAT EARTHLY GERMS THEY MIGHT CARRY), THOUGH NOT ESSENTIAL. 


NOTE: PLAYING WITH 8 PEOPLE OR MORE FRIENDS? TIME TO ABDUCT AN EXTRA HUMAN!


 NOT SAFE FOR ALIENS (NSFA) 
THIS GAME IS RECOMMENDED TO BE PLAYED BY MATURE ALIENS, BUT THERE ARE SOME EARTH CONCEPTS THAT MAY BE NOT SAFE FOR ALIENS, EVEN IF THEY ARE MATURE-AGED. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU ARE PLAYING WITH MAY HAVE DIFFERENT SENSIBILITIES TO SOME OF THE RAUNCHIER HUMANS DOWN THERE, SIMPLY SWITCH THE NSFA TOGGLE BELOW THE EARTH CARD. 


THE GAMEPLAY
TO BEGIN A ROUND OF 'WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?' EACH ALIEN WILL GENERATE A NEW ALIEN CARD BY CLICKING THE ‘NEW ALIEN CARD’ BUTTON. THE ALIENS CAN LOOK AT THEIR DIGITAL CARDS. 

ONE OF THE NOMINATED HUMANS WILL GENERATE AN EARTH CARD BY CLICKING ‘NEW EARTH CARD’ AND TURNING THEIR DEVICE SO ONLY THE ALIENS CAN SEE. THERE IS A DELAY BETWEEN CLICKING THIS BUTTON AND THE CARD BEING GENERATED SO THE HUMANS DO NOT SEE WHAT IS ON THE EARTH CARD. 

THE ALIENS MUST GET THE HUMANS TO GUESS WHAT IS ON THAT EARTH CARD BY ONLY SAYING WORDS THAT START WITH THE LETTERS PROVIDED ON THEIR RESPECTIVE ALIEN CARDS, IN THE ORDER THEY ARE SHOWN ON THE CARD. 

FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU’RE WORKING WITH THE FOLLOWING CARDS:


 

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YOU WOULD HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO YOUR HUMAN COUNTERPARTS THE CONCEPT OF CLIMATE CHANGE, ONLY USING WORDS THAT START WITH THE LETTERS ON THE ALIEN CARD, IN ORDER. THIS MIGHT LOOK LIKE:

"
OCEAN COMING QUICKLY! NO POLAR BEARS WORLDWIDE, RELISH THESE YEARS...." AND SO ON.

THE HUMANS MUST COMPETE TO GUESS WHAT THEIR CAPTORS ARE TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO THEM, AND THE FIRST HUMAN TO CORRECTLY GUESS THE WORD (OR GET CLOSE ENOUGH AS DEEMED BY THEIR SUPREME ALIEN OVERLORDS) GETS A POINT. MORE ON THAT LATER.


NOTE: AS AN ALIEN, YOU CAN'T SAY ANY OF THE WORDS ON THE EARTH CARD, EVEN IF YOU HAVE THE CORRECT LETTERS.

NOW THINGS ARE STARTING TO SOUND A BIT MORE DIFFICULT. THAT IS WHY THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR ABDUCTEES.

UNDERSCORES & SKIPS
EACH ALIEN CARD INCLUDES A LIMITED NUMBER OF UNDERSCORES. THESE CAN TAKE THE PLACE OF ANY HUMAN LETTER OF YOUR CHOOSING. NEED AN ‘O’? YOU’VE GOT AN ‘O’. NEED THE ONE THAT LOOKS AND SOUNDS LIKE A SNAKE? GO FOR IT! YOU CAN ALSO SKIP THE UNDERSCORES AS IF THEY DIDN’T EVEN EXIST AT ALL.

IF CHOOSING YOUR OWN LETTERS STILL DOESN'T HELP, YOU CAN SKIP TO THE BOTTOM LINE. IF YOU’RE ALREADY ON THE BOTTOM LINE OR STILL COSMICALLY STUCK SIMPLY CLICK  ‘NEW ALIEN CARD’ AND TRY AGAIN. 



KEEPING SCORE

AS A HUMAN, IF YOU CORRECTLY GUESS THE ‘EARTH CARD’ BEFORE YOUR FELLOW HUMAN OR HUMANS, THEN YOU RECEIVE A POINT. AS AN ALIEN, IF YOU’RE DEEMED A MOST VALUABLE ALIEN DURING A ROUND, YOU ALSO RECEIVE A POINT. HOW DO WE KEEP TRACK OF THE POINTS? YOU’LL FIND YOUR OWN PERSONAL POINTS TRACKER ONCE YOU’VE CLICKED THE PLAY BUTTON!

MOST VALUABLE ALIEN
THE TITLE OF MOST VALUABLE ALIEN IS AN EVER-CHANGING ONE. THE HUMAN WHO CORRECTLY GUESSES THE EARTH CARD HAS THE HIGHEST HONOUR OF DECLARING AN MVA FOR THAT TURN, AND SO THEY CHOOSE THE ALIEN WHO WAS MOST HELPFUL OR IMPRESSIVE WITH THEIR CLUES. 

NOTE: THERE’S NO REAL FORMULA FOR CHOOSING YOUR MVA - IT’S BARELY AN ART AND DEFINITELY NOT A SCIENCE - SO TRUST THAT PRIMITIVE DIGESTION TUBE YOU CALL A GUT AND GET BACK INTO THE GAME ASAP!



CYCLES
TO BEGIN A CYCLE, THE NOMINATED HUMANS WILL START AS EXPLAINED ABOVE IN THE GAMEPLAY SECTION. ONCE A HUMAN CORRECTLY GUESSES AN EARTH CARD AND THE SCORING HAS BEEN DECIDED, THE ALIENS WILL EACH GENERATE A NEW ALIEN CARD AND THE HUMANS WILL GENERATE A NEW EARTH CARD TO BEGIN THE NEXT ROUND. 

ONCE THREE EARTH CARDS HAVE BEEN CORRECTLY COMMUNICATED, ONE HUMAN ROTATES OUT TO BECOME AN ALIEN, AND ONE ALIEN ROTATES IN TO BECOME A HUMAN. EACH PLAYER WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF SIX ROUNDS AS A HUMAN. YOU CAN EASILY KEEP TRACK OF THIS BECAUSE THE FIRST HUMAN TO ROTATE OUT AND BECOME AN ALIEN WILL ONLY START WITH THREE ROUNDS. ONCE THEY ROTATE ALL THE WAY AROUND AND COMPLETE THEIR LAST THREE ROUNDS, THE CYCLE IS OVER. 


HOW TO WIN
THE PLAYER WITH THE MOST POINTS AFTER ONE COMPLETE CYCLE WINS; HOWEVER, FEEL FREE TO COMPLETE MORE CYCLES IF YOU HAVE A SMALLER GROUP OR WOULD SIMPLY LIKE TO PLAY A LONGER GAME!

AND THAT'S IT! YOU'RE READY TO PLAY!
A HUMAN NAMED ROBERT IS YOUR MOTHER'S BROTHER. THAT'S WHAT YOU HUMANS SAY, RIGHT?

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