List of Basic Shortform Games and Skills

From a discussion in 2013 between some senior WIT trainers about “what skills do we expect Micetro players to pretty much have”.

Not a definitive list of course – we, as a group, regularly learn (or invent!) new shortform games, and some games fall out of favour over time, only to be rediscovered again a year or two later.


Basic object work
Entrances and exits
How to ask the audience for a suggestion
How to ask the director for a clarification
How to be a gracious loser or humble winner
How to be directed in a scene
How to narrate and share control of a story
How to gibber
How to speak in one voice
Generating characters (physical shortcuts, accents, attitudes etc)
Endowing partners (names, occupations, relationships, status)
Show structure, how it starts and ends
Simple songs, faking ‘em
Starting a scene with an activity
Story spine an starting in the middle
Voice – being heard, whispering loudly, being quiet


Chain murder
Crime endowment
Do-ron/ Speed Do Ron / Elimination Do Ron
Emotional replay
Emotional rollercoaster
Epic poem
Evil Twin
Experts (yes and)/ Arms Experts/ variations)
Foreign Film
Foreign Poem
Freeze Tag
Genre songs
Gibberish opera
Gibberish switch (talking in gibberish for an interlude)
Hat Game
He Said She Said
Le Ronde (simple quick rounds)
Little voice
Machine -> Wanky Poem
Master Servant
Movie in a minute, other replay games such as Replay Fairy Tale
Narrated ballet
New Choice
Numbers of words
Oscar Winning Moment (It’s Tuesday)
Pickup lines
Popup Story book
Puppets, furniture
Quick large group games -¬†Questions Only/. No Questions,¬†No S etc, World’s worst
Reminiscences (Reunion, Old Folks’ home, Retired Superheroes)
Room of Death
Short scenes, especially the likes of death in a minute, ends with I love you, Who loves who the most
Silent scenes (e.g. bus stop)
Slide show
Slo Mo Commentary
Speak in one voice
Spoon River, points of view story
Status Switch
Story story die
Tag Out Story / Tag out song
Touch to talk
Typewriter/ Myth/ Narrated story
What Happens / Next Evil Voice
Word at a Time
Yes Let’s
Year book photo / Family Photo