We’re Not Really Strangers forges deeper connections


We're not really strangers

Columnist Ashley Newman discusses the depth of thought required for this seemingly average board game.

Ashley Newman, Columnist

Deep connections and lengthy conversations are hard to come by in our current world. With the accessibility of reaching out to someone briefly on one of the many social media platforms we are enthralled by, heart-to-hearts and open, honest conversations are hard to come by. Honest conversation is one of the things that allows us to feel most human. It allows you to see the other person and maybe the whole world in a way you never thought possible, forging a deeper bond or understanding.

Though open conversation may be difficult and seemingly uncharted waters, games like We’re Not Really Strangers present prompts that will help you and your game partner(s) ask the questions you would normally be hesitant to ask. The game has three levels: Perception, Connection and Reflection. As the levels go on, the questions grow deeper, making you truly think about your answer. 

We’re Not Really Strangers (WNRS) is highly active on each of their social media platforms especially on TikTok and Instagram. On each of their socials they are known for posing questions or statements that immediately make you stop and reconsider. They sell merchandise featuring their coined sayings such as “Your Anxiety Is Lying to You!” They love to hang posters and written on bed sheets from random buildings proclaiming such things. WNRS sells their main game, which is for two to six players, in addition to a couples edition, a family edition, a friendship edition and the many expansion packs. Each of these games will help you forge deeper relationships with those important to you.

Feeling brave? Subscribe. WNRS has a mailing list in which they can send you emails and text messages doing weekly check-ins, “questions for your next date”, asking who makes your heart happy, “what are you feeling a lot of”, “are YOU the drama?” and much more. Stopping to read these emails and considering these things is very good for you, deepening your intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships. 

This game encourages growth and transparency. Stop keeping your thoughts all inside of you, share them with the world. If you have feelings for someone, tell them. If you want to know how someone feels about you, ask them. This game teaches you not to play games, stop dancing around the truth and tell it how it is. You will be a better person for telling someone how you really feel. We’re not really strangers, but rather, we are all connected. 

What do you think?