In the last few months a great many of us have been discovering the video conferencing service Zoom in order to keep up with our friends, family and colleagues. It was my buddy David Serna who first introduced me to this and we and a few other friends have regular weekly calls where we have a chat and most importantly have some fun.
If you haven’t seen this software then it is a very simple piece of kit, free to download, which enables you to have multiple people on the line at the same time, perfect for keeping in touch with everyone. To add some fun to your next Zoom call, here are some ideas for what you can be doing.
Our first attempt at lighting up our Zoom calls was a game of bingo which actually went down very well indeed. There were just 7 of us on the call and David took over the calling duties, meaning that 6 of us were playing in total. There are a number of websites which will generate a random numbered ball for bingo and a simple search on Google images will help you to find some bingo cards, alternatively make them yourself if it is easier.
A regular feature of our calls now is the quiz and it is a really fun way of doing things. There are a couple of ways in which you can do a quiz with your friends and family, the first is that one of you decides to be the quizmaster, and you come up with a quiz or grab one off the web. The second idea, and the method which we’ve had a lot more fun with, has been to each take it in turns to do a round, which you have pre-chosen. Chat with everyone first to ensure that nobody has duplicated rounds, and then simply ask away and see how everyone gets on. I should say that if you are going to decide to do the second option, make sure that every round is worth the same amount of points so that nobody loses out.
We have tried and failed at some games on our Zoom chats such as cards and Cluedo, both of which went pretty badly in all honesty, but one game which has gone down very well indeed was charades. Instead of doing what we would normally do in terms of getting people to pull a name out of a hat, we had to get people to make up their own books, movies or TV shows, ensuring of course that they were well known and not some obscure and cult classic. This has actually worked out very well and the charades are usually one of the most hilarious parts of our conference calls.
These are just some ideas of games which are a lot of fun and which will make sure that your next conference call with friends and family goes off with a bang.