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Let’s face it, long distance relationships are not a great deal of fun most of the time. It’s tricky to maintain a sense of closeness between you and your partner when you are miles apart for weeks or months on end. It’s even harder to actually have fun together when you’re far apart.
Luckily, technology is on our side. Nowadays, a connection is only a click away. We can reach people in real time via text. Video chatting even lets us gaze into our loved ones eyes while we’re talking.
But while technology can connect us, it can’t always make those connections feel fun and easy. Every couple in a long distance relationship are going to go through periods where they struggle to feel connected—when things feel flat, hard, or boring.
During those times, playing a game or two can really help lighten and brighten things up.
Here are ten saucy long distance relationship games that can help keep things fun and interesting when you are miles apart.
1. I have never ever
Have you heard of this popular drinking game? Each player says something they have never done before. Then everyone who has done that thing has to drink.
This game can easily be adapted into a texting game when you’re in a long distance relationship. Here’s one way to do that:
- Text your partner something you have never done before.
- Instead of taking a drink in response, your partner has to send a relevant photo back.
You can make this game as innocent or as naughty as you wish.
2. Play a game online
Play Scrabble, Monopoly, Settlers of Catan (highly recommended!), or other games online.
Everybody in long distance relationship has to give it up for all the techies smart enough to come up with multiplayer games. From board games to the adrenaline-packed action games, there is a game out there you will both love playing.
If you want to spice this up, keep score of who is leading. The next time you are together, the loser has to pay a price! Make the fine as racy as possible to add thrill to this experience.
3. The lamest quote
Feeling down in the dumps about being far apart? Well grab your phone and computer and play “The Lamest Quote” game.
Each of you look for long distance relationship or love quotes (or images) that just make you groan. Then send these quotes or pictures to each other.
You can also play this with love songs. Bonus points if you find truly awful love songs that also have a LDR theme.
Have you ever made your own “fill-in-the-blanks”? It is as simple as starting a sentence and leaving it hanging.
For example, you write something like, “You love it when I…” and then let your partner fill in the blank.
Unleash your flirty side to turn up the heat in this game (and to find out what your partner is been dreaming of while you are so many miles apart.)
5. Mystery photos
Send a mysterious, teasing photo of something (an object, a place, or a body part). Then your partner has to guess what the picture is of.
Again, you can make this game as safe or as spicy as you wish (and as your partner is comfortable with.)
Offer rewards if your partner guesses correctly. What sort of rewards? Well… that’s for you to decide.
6. Good old ‘Truth or Dare’
Who knows what kind of truth you still don’t know about your partner? What have you always wanted to ask them? What have you always wanted to dare them to do?
Proof of dare should be captured on camera and the photo sent by text.
Put a little bit of thought into this (or a little bit of effort into google), and truth or dare for couples can make for a deep conversation, a total laugh-fest, or a heavy-breathing fantasy tickler.
7. Celebrity role-play
Make like a celebrity in this role-play-via-text game. Just make sure that if you intend to turn up the heat, you play behind closed doors!
This is a great way to flirt over text. You pick a celebrity or a character in a movie. Get into your fantasy persona and text away.
Would you character be naughty? Well, then, be naughty. Is there a scene that you have been playing over and over again in your head? Text your thoughts or words to each other.
Then, the next time both of you are in the same Zip code, you can work on those lines all night long.
8. 20 questions
In this game, you must try to figure out what your partner is thinking about in just 20 questions.
To start, one of you has to initiate the game by letting your partner know that he/she is thinking of something. Then it is a race against a 20-question deadline for the other person to figure out what that something is. If you fail to nail it, you will have to pay the price.
Want to spice it up? Turn up the heat with promising rewards or punishing penalties.
9. Strip texting or strip cam
You’ve heard of strip poker, right? Well, why should poker co-opt something so… tantalizing?
There are lots of ways you can incorporate stripping into a long distance game. Here is just one:
- Each of you has to state the exact number of clothes you’re wearing.
- Next, take turns in asking each other questions (about your relationship, your shared history, things that are important to you that you think your partner should know, or anything else).
- If you get an answer wrong, you take a piece of clothing off (and send a photo as proof if you’re playing by text.)
You might have so much fun along the way you’ll start to wonder whether it’s better to win or to lose.
10. Guess where I am
Want to feel closer together or find a fun way to let your partner know where you are right now? This long distance relationship game can help.
Describe your location by text without giving too much away. Then your partner has to figure out where you are. Start of general, and then get more specific.
This is a great game to play when you’re out and about somewhere where you’ve been together, or a place that is special to you both. It is a nice way to show your sweetie that you still remember those lovely moments that you have spent with him or her, and that you think of them when you’re out.
It’s also possible to play this game inside your house. Heat things up by asking your partner to guess where in the house you are, and what you’re doing there.
Susy Richards is a mother of 3 girls. She is a doula, and passionate about providing holistic care during childbirth. She is involved in pregnancy research and runs the pregnant and birth website, rocketparents.com.
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